BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

Dr. Pu is a surgeon in private practice in Kennett, MO. He is also the medical director of the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett. He served on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Foundation for Health from 2002 to 2008 and as board chair in 2008.

Treasurer of the Board

Dr. Griffith, a medical professor and expert on rural health issues, is board certified in family practice and currently serves as director of the rural preceptorship with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine. He has been with the Department of Community and Family Medicine since 1984, initially working in a rural office in Oak Grove, MO. He became residency program director in 1989 and was associate chair from 1998 until 2001, when he was named department chair serving from 2001 to 2010. He also served as the associate medical director at Truman Medical Center – Lakewood from 2002 to 2011. Dr. Griffith continues to see private patients in the Lakewood Medical Pavilion as well teach Family Medicine residents and medical students. He and his wife Nora have four children and one grandson.

Martha Gragg, MSN, MBA, FACHE, is the Director of Provider Development in the Growth and Expansion Division of Centene Corporation based in St. Louis, Missouri. She has served in executive leadership positions at for-profit and nonprofit healthcare organizations including Vice President for Program and charter board member of the Missouri Foundation for Health, CEO of the Sullivan County Memorial Hospital and Director of Regional Networks for the MidAmerica Division of the Hospital Corporation of America. Ms. Gragg has served on the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy, the Missouri Hospital Association’s Board of Directors and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The OASIS Institute and the Truman State University School of Nursing Advisory Council.

Timothy O'Dea has extensive professional nonprofit management experience in planning and implementing projects involving public and private funders, state and federal agencies, community-based organizations, academic experts, local service providers, and others. He developed innovative approaches to health literacy through collaborative projects for the statewide nonprofit literacy organization (LIFT-Missouri).

David Walsh served as HLM’s interim CEO from August 2011 to June 2012 and provided management and consulting services to the organization since its inception as a nonprofit in 2009. Walsh has a wide breadth of experience in working with nonprofit cultural institutions and attractions throughout the country. He is president of his own management consulting firm and over the last 12 years has helped more than 70 clients with the development of strategic plans, marketing studies, financial planning, and feasibility analyses. He brings a deep understanding of business and financial models and metrics, having spent 15 years in the corporate world working in the new venture development arena.

Dr. Weaver is board certified in emergency medicine and served as director of emergency services at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City for 17 years. He continues as the hospital’s medical director of their clinical forensic care program, caring for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, elderly abuse, and child abuse. In 2006, Dr. Weaver was named vice president of clinical diversity at Saint Luke’s 11-hospital health system, and in 2008 completed a cultural competency fellowship sponsored by the American Hospital Association, Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) and the Institute For Diversity. In 2009, he completed the first disparities leadership program sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard School of Medicine.

Will Ross, MD, MPH is associate dean for diversity at Washington University School of Medicine and professor of medicine in the Nephrology Division.   For over two decades he has recruited and developed a diverse workforce of medical students, residents and faculty while promoting health equity nationally and globally through collaborations with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and public health officials in Ethiopia, Haiti, and South Africa. As a public health and health-care policy expert he has worked on systems integration and construction of conceptual frameworks to reduce health-care disparities. He is a founding member of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence and served on the task force that created the Washington University Institute for Public Health.  He has been instrumental in redesigning local access to health care for the underserved as the founder of the Saturday Free Health Clinic and co-founder of Casa de Salud Health Center. He is also a founding member of the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, a magnet health professions high school in St. Louis.  Dr. Ross previously served as the chief medical officer and director of ambulatory clinics for the St. Louis Regional Medical Center, the last public hospital in St. Louis. He is a charter and founding member of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, which has leveraged millions of dollars annually to St. Louis to maintain an integrated network of safety net primary care clinics and public health services.  He served as Chairman of the board of directors of the Missouri Foundation for Health, where he helped create the nonprofit, Health Literacy Missouri.  He is Chairman of the board of directors of the Mid America Transplant Services Foundation, Chairman of the St. Louis City Board of Health, and a member of the CDC Health Disparities Committee.  Dr. Ross was recently appointed to a region-wide task force to assess strategies to enhance St. Louis City and County coordination.  Dr. Ross is the associate editor of the public health journal, Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion.  Dr. Ross has numerous scientific publications and book chapters. He has been honored with the 2005 State of Missouri MLK Distinguished Service in Medicine Award, the 2009 Washington University Medical Center Alumni Faculty Achievement Award, the 2011 Health Literacy Missouri Trailblazer Award, and the 2013 Samuel Goldstein Leadership in Medical Education Award.  He is a lifetime member of Alpha Omega Alpha.  A Yale University graduate, he completed medical school at Washington University School of Medicine, an Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University, and a Renal Fellowship at Washington University.  He completed a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health.