Gary K. Allen recently retired as the UM Vice President for Information Technology and MU Chief Information Officer, overseeing the planning and implementation of information technology across the four-campus University of Missouri system, MU Healthcare, and statewide Extension. He also had overall responsibility for the statewide Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet). Dr. Allen earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology at MU and is an Associate Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology. His D.V.M. degree is from Mississippi State.
Patrick D. Barron
Patrick D. Barron is a 1975 graduate of MU’s Trulaske College of Business. He obtained a CLU from American College in Bryn Mawr, PA, in 1979. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of USA Radiology Management Solutions and Emergency Medical Care. Mr. Barron sits on several health care boards and has been instrumental in helping health care organizations develop their medical staffs in both the emergency and radiology departments.
Robert Bonney, JD, MBA, MSPH, FACHE
Robert Bonney, a 1976 Health Administration graduate, is a senior vice president for the Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Missouri. He has health care operations experience at the executive level in large hospitals, health systems and managed care organizations. He has held adjunct faculty positions at the Harvard School of Public Health and MU, and the University of Kansas. He also taught over 90 two-day courses over a 23-year period for the ACHE and is a Fellow in the ACHE.
Gloria Crull, FACHE, MPA, MHA
Gloria Crull retired as Chief Executive Officer of Family Health Center in 2017; FHC is a federally qualified health center. She earned her MPA and MHA from Mizzou. She has over 50 years of healthcare experience and served as CEO of Family Health Center for 22 years. She is a Fellow in the ACHE. She is currently a board member of Family Health Center, an advisory committee member of the MO Foundation for Health, the Vice Chair of the advisory council of the Osher Lifelong Learning Program at MU, and president of the advisory council of Adult Day Connection.
Jonathan Curtright, MHA
Jonathan Curtright, an HMI alum, is the CEO of University of Missouri Health Care. In addition to his MHA, Jonathan holds degrees in economics, finance, and business administration, all from Mizzou. His career has taken him to Indiana, Kentucky, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, returning to Columbia in 2016.
Gerard Fischer, Jr., FACHE
Gerard Fischer is a loyal alum of the HMI Department and program. He retired as the Vice President – Ancillary Services for Kaiser Permanente in its Washington region, where he oversaw operations for eight areas in 25+ medical centers. Gerard has over 30 years’ experience as a health care executive, ranging from small, rural hospitals to large quaternary care medical centers, health systems and health maintenance organizations.
Russell Harrington, Jr., FACHE
Russell Harrington, Jr., is a MU, 1971, Health Administration graduate. He served in healthcare administration for 45 years. Forty years of that were with Baptist Health in Little Rock, AR, the last 30 years as CEO. Russ retired in July, 2014. He currently holds the positions of President Emeritus and Senior Advisor of Baptist Health.
Richelle Koopman, MD
Richelle Koopman is Professor and Vice Chair for Research and Faculty Affairs for the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the MU School of Medicine. Richelle received her medical degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She has active federal funding for research and has received and contributed to research grants from NIH, AHRQ, CMMS, and NSF.
Lou Penrod, MD
Lou Penrod is a 2011 Executive Health Informatics graduate. He is the Chief Healthcare Information Officer at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, FL.
Ron Present, CALA, CNHA, LNHA, FACHCA
Ron Present is a Partner and the Health Care Industry Group Leader at Brown Smith Wallace, advising providers, payors and companies that support the health care industry through a variety of value-add channels. He is also the President of a new health care tech company that helps integrate acute and post-acute services. A 3-time MU grad (BHA, MBA and MHA in ‘87), Ron has over 30 years of health care industry experience in both the public and private sectors. He is President of the Missouri Chapter of ACHE, currently serves on boards of several institutions, is a past-National Board member of ACHCA (in which he remains a Fellow), and holds several certifications in Missouri – CNHA, CALA, LNHA
Jim Sinek, JD, MHA, FACHE
Jim Sinek is President of Boone Hospital Center, a 397-bed hospital in Columbia with Magnet designation. Prior to becoming president in August of 2013, Mr. Sinek was President and CEO of Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Sara Sternberger, MHA, MBA
Sara Sternberger has been a healthcare and nonprofit senior leader and community volunteer and donor for over twenty-five years. A MU graduate, with both an MBA and an MHA, she has held various executive positions across the Twin Cities. Having recently moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sara is currently unpacking and getting to know her new community. Sara’s husband, Howard Epstein, is the Chief Medical Officer for Presbyterian Health Plan. Her daughter, Ellis Tappmeyer, is also an HMI alum living in St. Louis. Her two sons, Max and Jordan, are completing college at Appalachian State and Mizzou.
Kristin Waller Hannahs, MHA
Kristin Waller Hannahs is a 1992 Health Administration graduate. She is also a long-term board member and Past President of the HMI Alumni Association Board. Her background includes 23 years of physician practice management. She is currently a consultant with Ludi, Inc., and resides in Cleveland, Ohio.
Stuart Wesbury, PhD
Stuart Wesbury served as the second director of the Health Service Management Program at the University of Missouri from 1972-79. Stuart also served in positions as chief executive officer of a university hospital and educator in health administration and as President of the American College of Healthcare Executives.