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.

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.

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).

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.

Secretary of the Board

Ellen Sherberg is currently Special Advisor to the CEO of American City Business Journals following a 20-plus year tenure as publisher of the St. Louis Business Journal. She has also served on the executive board of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and is the founder of the Women’s Leadership Initiative for United Way, which has raised more than $100 million dollars for the St. Louis community. 

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.