Meet the Team

Hana Hinkle, PhD, MPH

Executive Director
Assistant Dean, Rural Health Professions and Director
National Center for Rural Health Professions
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford.
1601 Parkview Ave., Rockford, IL 61107


Darin Bell, MD

Associate Director
Associate Director for Rural Education
Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana
401 West Railroad, Missoula, MT 59802


Heather Whetsell, MBA, MSHI

Administrative Director
Population Science and Policy
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Department of Population Science and Policy
201 E Madison, PO Box 19664, Springfield, IL  62702


Jessica McGuire

Membership Engagement Coordinator
Rural Medical Education Program Coordinator
National Center for Rural Health Professions
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
1601 Parkview Ave., Rockford, IL 61107


Jessica Tripp

Annual Meeting and Events Coordinator 




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Randall Longenecker, MD

Senior Advisor and Consultant
Assistant Dean Emeritus, Rural and Underserved Programs
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
1 Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701


David Schmitz, MD

Senior Research Advisor
Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
1301 North Columbia Road, Stop 9037
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201


The RTT Collaborative: Board

Established November 20, 2012.  Current Board Membership approved on November 15, 2022.

Members of the Board (Greater than 50% required to be directors of a rural program in health professions education and/or training or a site director)

  • Robert Gobbo MD, Program Director, Providence Hood River Family Medicine Rural Training Program and One Community Health, Hood River, OR (President)
  • Dave Kermode DO, General Surgeon, Co-Director of a Surgical Skills Enhanced Family Medicine Fellowship, Des Moines, IA (Vice President)
  • Keri Bergeson MD, Program Director, Chelan Family Medicine Residency (IRTT), Chelan, WA (Secretary-Treasurer)
  • Andrew Bazemore MD, Director, American Board of Family Medicine, Washington, DC
  • Lisa Dodson MD, Regional Campus Dean, Medical College of WI, Central WI Campus, Wausau, WI
  • Robert Epstein MD, Program Director, Swedish Port Angeles RTT (IRTT), Port Angeles, WA
  • Jay Erickson MD, Director of TRUST for UW & Regional Campus Dean for MT, Whitefish, MT
  • Stuart Hannah MD, Program Director, Rural Program (IRTT), Baraboo, WI
  • Joyce Hollander-Rodriguez MD, Program Director, Cascades East Family Medicine Residency Program (Rurally Located Program), Klamath Falls, OR
  • Tiffani Maycock DO, Program Director, Selma Family Medicine Residency (Rurally Located Program), Selma, AL
  • Mike Shimmens, Executive Director, 3RNet (Rural Recruitment and Retention Network), Jefferson City, MO
  • Kara Traxler, Rural GME Development Specialist, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Sauk City, WI

Abigail Ahyong, MD, Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency RTT, Port Angeles, WA (Resident Representative)
Olivia M. Dhaliwal, MD expected 2024, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (Student Representative)
Robin Raquel Rodriguez, MD, MBA, PGY-1, Indiana Regional Medical Center Rural Family Medicine Residency Program, Indiana, PA (Resident Representative)
Araminta Ray, MS3, ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN (Student Representative)