Rachel Anderson earned her B.A in Psychology from Beloit College
(Beloit, WI) her M.A. in Social Policy and Ph.D. in Social Policy
from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). In addition she
earned her Postdoctoral Fellow from Rutgers University Institute
for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research-Mental Health
Services Research. Her current occupational positions include:
Adjunct Professor in the College of Nursing at the University
of Iowa, Associate at the Center for Health Policy and Research
(U of I), and Assistant Professor in the Department of Health
Management and Policy in the College of Public Health (U of I).
Dr. Anderson recently received the Collegiate Teaching Award
at the University of Iowa. She has had a number of articles concerning
mental illness and their policy implications published in scholarly
Ms. Blundall is currently the Director for Mental Health Programs:
The Higher Plain, Inc. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree
in Education/Social Work with a special emphasis in Family Adaptation
to Loss from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). She has earned
two Masters degrees, the first being a Masters of Science
in Child Development/ Family Relations with a special emphasis
in Individual and Family Transitions Over the Lifespan from the
University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI). She earned her second
Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from the University
of Osteopathic Medicine (Des Moines, IA) with a special emphasis
in mental health, financing, and creating integrity in internal
systems. Blundall has done extensive research and correlated
work including writing numerous articles and participating in
many workshops focusing on the area of mental health in relation
to the rural community.
Jane Corinne is an experienced health researcher and program
evaluator. She currently is employed as a Public Health and Social
Service Consultant as well as a Research Consultant. In addition
she maintains her certification for being a Licensed Master Social
Worker. Corinne earned a B.A in Sociology from Cornell University
(Ithaca, NY) and a Master of Public Health, Community Health
Practice Degree from the University Of Texas School Of Public
Health (Houston). She has been involved with training people
on many issues including the subjects of community health improvement
and alcohol, tobacco, & drug prevention Corinne has been
involved with developing special projects and raising funds for
various community wellness projects. Her most recent research
and writings focus on frontier communities and behavioral health.
Blanca Fuertes, MPA, is Public Health Analyst for the federal
Office of Rural Health Policy. Among her many other duties, Ms.
Fuertes is the Grants Officer for the Sowing the Seeds of Hope
Karl Goodfellow has been a United Methodist pastor for the past
20 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master of
Divinity Degree at Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, OK). He has
also earned a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in which he focused
his studies upon the relationship between spiritual development
and personal change through prayer. Goodfellow has received training
in working with patients at Hutching Hospital (Syracuse, NY)
where he learned about mental disorders and the use and effects
of pharmaceuticals. In 1993 he founded Safety Net Prayer Ministry.
Among research papers he has written, one is about the inner
relationship between praying for farmers in Iowa and the decrease
in farm accidents and fatalities. His writings about prayer have
also been featured in newspapers, magazines, and books.
Charlie Griffin, M.S., director of the Kansas Rural Family Helpline,
and Assistant Research Professor, Kansas State University
Charlie Griffin, M.S., grew up
on a diversified family farm in Rice County, Kansas, and has
a background in rural mental health, chemical dependency counseling,
stress management and crisis intervention. Before beginning his
work with farm crisis assistance in 1985, he maintained a private
practice as a marriage and family therapist.
Currently he is an assistant
research professor in the School of Family Studies and Human
Services, College of Human Ecology, at Kansas State University.
In addition to his role at the Kansas Rural Family Helpline,
he serves as director of a dispute resolution and mediation skills
Chrysanne Grund is the Project Director for Greeley County Health
Services in Sharon Springs, Kansas. Her primary objective in
being the Project Director is to improve the healthcare services
that are available to the underserved communities in West-Central
Kansas and across the nation. Grund is responsible for promoting
partnerships within the community and among healthcare entities
in Greeley County as well as another neighboring county. She
has experience in organizing, program development, and grant
writing. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness
from Kansas State University.
W. Hannan, MS
Roger lives with his wife in deep southern Illinois near the
confluence of the Ohio and the Mississippi Rivers. Roger is Executive
Director of the Farm Resource Center (FRC) which he helped create
in 1985. FRC provides outreach mental health crisis intervention
to rural families in Illinois, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and
Eastern North Carolina. Roger has been a mental health professional
for over 30 years and has involved himself in rural health planning
throughout his career. Prior to becoming Executive Director of
FRC, Roger directed a community mental health center for nearly
20 years. Roger has authored several professional papers, has
testified before Congressional committees and is a freelance
outdoor writer in his spare time. He has published two outdoor
books. Roger was the 1998 recipient of the Victor I. Howery Award
presented by the National Association for Rural Mental Health
and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association
for Rural Mental Health. Roger is a member of the Illinois Rural
Health Association Board of Directors and is a member of the
National Advisory Committee on Suicide for the Suicide Prevention
Stephanie Hauge is currently a graduate student in the School
of Public Health (University of Minnesota) working towards obtaining
a Master of Public Health Degree. She earned her Bachelor of
Arts Degree in Sociology and Womens Studies at the University
of Wisconsin (Madison). She has experience working for the Wisconsin
Office of Rural Health where she executed several full-length
community health assessments and performed secondary data analysis
on national, state, and local data sets. Hague most recently
has been working at the University of Minnesota providing research
assistance to the Department of Health Services Research &
Policy where she has developed research publications on rural
mental health issues.
Ken Imhoff is the Manager of the Farm Stress Unit, the Farm Stress
Line, Saskatchewan Agriculture Inquiry Line, and the Saskatchewan
Feed Grain and Forage Listing Service as well as the Saskatchewan
CONNECTIONS Services Directory. His most recent achievement is
being named the Provincial representative to the Board of Directors
Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, and the Saskatchewan
Alliance for Agriculture and Safety. Imhoff received his Bachelor
of Arts Degree from the University Saskatchewan and a Masters
Degree from the same institution in Continuing Education. He
has special interests in Canadian government, interest group
behavior, and lobbying techniques.
Jane Hayes-Johnk earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural
Business and Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Education
from Iowa State University. Hayes-Johnk is currently a 4-H Youth
Development Specialist for Iowa State University Extension in
Red Oak, Iowa. She is involved in program development, volunteer
development, training and marketing for 4-H Youth Programs. She
also designs and delivers youth development based educational
programs in a variety of settings including 4-H Community Club,
special interest groups, and school enrichment programs. In addition
she actively collaborates with other agencies to provide training
and information on youth development issues.
Alana Johnson is the Director of the Foundation for Australian
Agricultural Women and a fifth generation farmer. She is a qualified
social worker, a registered clinical family therapist and teaches
part-time at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales. She
is conducting research on sustainable farm families to investigate
factors that contribute to farm families ability to overcome
adversity. She is Past President of the Foundation for Australian
Agricultural Women and a past member of the Rural Womens
Advisory Group to the Federal Minister for Agriculture. Recently
Ms. Johnson returned from twelve months study and living
in France and a speaking tour of Ireland.
Paul Jones is Manager of the Breaking New Ground Resource Center
at Purdue University. His areas of focus include farming with
a disability, caregiver issues, and farm safety among Old Order
Anabaptist groups, such as the Amish. He is currently the Project
Manager for a multi-state NIOSH-funded surveillance initiative
to better understand the nature of Old Order farm injuries and
best-practice intervention strategies. Paul has also been the
Chairman of the Caregiving in the Heartland planning committee
for the past two years, and has served in a leadership capacity
with that committee since it began in 1999.
Paul and his mentor, Dr. Bill
Field, recently authored a peer-reviewed journal article on Old
Order Anabaptist farm injuries, and Paul has written, edited,
or designed more than 20 additional publications, newsletter
editions, and brochures.
Michelle Kobayashi, MSPH, is Vice President of NRC, Inc.
Michelle has a Masters degree in Public Health with an emphasis
in statistical analysis. Michelle has made scores of presentations
to public managers, elected officials and staff. She has designed
and overseen a wide variety of research projects on topics that
include domestic violence, patient satisfaction, elder care,
childcare, unintended pregnancy and the health and lifestyle
of older adults. She has worked extensively on outcomes
in cancer, speech and audiology, biofeedback and asthma.
She co-authored Citizen Surveys: How to do them, how to use them,
what they mean with Tom Miller and Outcome Handbook for Programs
Serving Older Adults. Michelle has worked as Chief Project
Manager on a variety of health care outcome projects with Evaluation
Systems International, Inc. Her work includes integration
of research outcomes on cancer risk estimates for exposure to
power line electromagnetic fields, published in Risk Analysis,
and studies of low-income patients for Denver Health and Hospitals
and the Tri-County Health Department. Michelle conceived and
managed the evaluation of the Sowing the Seeds of Hope project.
O. Lorenz, Ph.D.
Fredrick O. Lorenz, Ph.D., is Professor of Statistics and Sociology
at Iowa State University. Educated at Mankato State University,
South Dakota University and Iowa State University, Dr. Lorenzs
interests are in the application of statistical methods to the
analysis of multi-informat and panel data. Working with the Iowa
Youth and Families Project, Dr. Lorenz has helped describe the
complex interrelationships of economic pressures with symptoms
of depression, substance abuse and antisocial behavior in farm
Since 1992, Larry has served as an Iowa State University Extension
Swine Field Specialist covering six counties in east central
Iowa. He has also been the Coordinator of the Southeast Iowa
Quality of Life Team for the past two years. He joined Iowa State
University Extension in the fall of 1990 as the OBrien
County Extension Agriculturist. Previous to joining ISU Extension
he was a Vocational Agriculture Instructor at Macomb, Illinois
and was also concurrently farming 250 acres producing corn, soybeans,
wheat, and oats. Larry has an extensive background in agriculture
and is quite diverse in agriculture production knowledge and
skills. Larry received a B.S in Agricultural Education from the
University of Illinois and an M.S. in Swine Nutrition from the
University of Nebraska.
Carol Miller is currently the Executive Director of Frontier
Education Center: The National Clearinghouse for Frontier Communities,
Santa Fe and Ojo Sarco, New México, which she founded
in 1997. The Center is the only organization in the U.S. devoted
solely to the issues and concerns of frontier communities. She
also serves as a Public Health Consultant and is involved in
health education, community organizing, and personnel policies.
Her research is primarily focused on health policy and advocacy
including pushing for state and national health reform. Miller
received her B.A. in Art from Wheaton College (Norton, MA) and
her Master of Public Health Degree in Health Education from the
School of Public Health, University of California (Berkeley).
Her post graduate studies have included courses in bioethics,
curriculum development in health education, and statistics.
Marcene Moran, Ed.D. is a Consultant for program development
and services for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, SD, a board member
for the National Association for Rural Mental Health and for
AgriWellness, Inc. and has many years of experience providing
behavioral health services and training to farm and ranch families
in South Dakota and elsewhere. Dr. Moran was trained as a nurse
and is licensed in that profession in Iowa and South Dakota and
completed a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling
at the University of South Dakota and is licensed as a psychologist
in Iowa. Dr. Moran has presented more than 100 workshops, chiefly
on managing stress, grief issues, self-esteem and farm culture.
She has achieved many awards for her leadership and contributions
to improving behavioral health care in South Dakota and elsewhere.
Wayne Myers M.D. is a retired pediatrician. The former Director
of the federal Office of Rural Health Policy (1998-2000), Dr.
Myers is currently President of the National Rural Health Association.
Dr. Myers spent most of his career developing and managing rural
medical schools, allied health and AHEC programs in Alaska, the
Pacific Northwest and Appalachian Kentucky. He directed a branch
of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Alaska
from 1975-85 and was the Associate Dean for Regional Affairs
of the UW Medical School from 1985-90. He and his wife, JoAnn,
developed the University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health
in Hazard between 1990 and 1998. Dr. and Mrs. Myers live at Waldoboro,
Maine where they raise commercial organic produce and heritage
Peter Nathan, Ph.D., is University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished
Professor of Psychology and Public Health. Before coming to Iowa,
he was on the faculty of Rutgers University where, between 1983
and 1989, he directed the Center of Alcohol Studies. He has done
research and clinical work in alcoholism for almost 40 years.
With Jack Gorman, he has edited A Guide to Treatments that Work,
which was recently revised (Oxford, 2002).
Mark Oleson is the Executive Director of the Financial Counseling
Clinic at Iowa State University. He is also a Financial Counselor
at Iowa State University and Utah State University. In addition
he serves as a Credit Counselor Trainer for In-Charge Institute
(Orlando, FL). He earned his B.S. in Psychology from Brigham
Young University. He then earned his Master of Science Degree
in Family & Human Development from Utah State University.
In addition he earned his Ph.D. in Family Life (Family Financial
Counseling) from Utah State University. He is a licensed Marriage
and Family Therapist as well as a Registered Financial Consultant.
Oleson is a member of the American Association for Marriage &
Family Therapy and the Association for Financial Counseling &
Deborah Reed is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky
in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health
as well as being a Professor in the College of Nursing. She is
a volunteer program director of the Parish Nurse Program, Bruners
Chapel Baptist Church. In addition she is the Project Manager
for the NIOSH sponsored Farm Family Health and Hazard Surveillance
Project (University of Kentucky). She earned her BSN (Nursing),
MSN (Community Health), MSPH (Public Health: IH), and Ph.D. (Nursing)
all from the University of Kentucky. Reed is a member of the
Kentucky Farm and Home Safety Council and the American Public
Health Association. She has submitted articles to journals on
topics including injuries to farm children and adolescents and
theoretical explanations of injured farmers return to work.
S.M. Robertson is a Senior Research Technician in the Department
of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Penn State University.
She is Project Coordinator for the research project, Identifying
Family and Community Impacts of Farm Work Injuries. Along with
Dennis Murphy, she revised the Farm and Agricultural Injury Classification
(FAIC) code. Previously, she served as Director of Education
and Co-directed The AIDS Project, and HIV/AIDS agency that provided
services to three primarily rural Pennsylvania counties.
R. Rosmann, Ph.D.
Michael R. Rosmann received a bachelors degree in psychology
from the University of Colorado (1968) and a Ph.D. in Clinical
Psychology from the University of Utah (1976). Following a five
year stint as a faculty member in the Psychology Department of
the University of Virginia, Rosmann and his family moved to their
farm in rural western Iowa where he developed an organic crop
and livestock operation. He also began providing mental health
services to the farm population, first in private practice and
then in community mental health centers. He developed the first
mental health response in Iowa to the farm crisis of the 1980s.
He initiated Prairie Rose Mental Health Center in Harlan, Iowa
and was its Director for eight years. Rosmann received recognition
from the National Health Service Corps for his work to broaden
incentives to mental health practitioners who serve in rural
areas. Rosmann is the winner of the 2002 Victor I. Howery Memorial
Award, given each year by the National Association for Rural
Mental Health to an individual who has made significant contributions
to the rural mental health field. The Sowing the Seeds of Hope
program, which AgriWellness administers, was selected for inclusion
as a model program in Rural Healthy People 2010: A Companion
Document to Healthy People 2010. He is a leader of national efforts
to fund health care for uninsured and underinsured farm and ranch
families and agricultural workers and to establish a National
Center for Rural/Agricultural Behavioral Health.
Leslie Schmalzried, MA, LMSW, is associated with Prevention Concepts,
Inc., located in central Iowa. She has many experience delivering
substance abuse services and prevention information.
Kathy Schmitt is a Community Services Specialist for the Wisconsin
Farm Center, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, and Trade &
Consumer Protection. She assists farmers with career development,
career change, and job transition information. In addition she
is a project manager for Sowing the Seeds of Hope, a behavioral
health program for Wisconsin farmers. She has 19 total years
of experience as a vocational counselor including 11 of which
she specialized in the farm population. Schmitt earned a Master
of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from
the University of Wisconsin. She has presented at a variety of
conferences including the Wisconsin Rural Health Association
Wade Seibert is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Lock
Haven University (PA). In addition he teaches Health Administration
and Management courses as an Adjunct Professor at Lebanon Valley
College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Among his research
interests he focuses upon care giving by non-traditional caregivers.
Seibert is a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania. He had a
varied career in human service agencies that spanned 20 years
before he started teaching. He has a Bachelors Degree from Pennsylvania
State University, a Masters of Science Degree in Organizational
Behavior from Cornell University, a Masters of Social Work Degree
from Marywood University, and a Doctor of Social Work Degree
from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his private
clinical practice and teaching he volunteers for various organizations
that deal with health related issues. He also lectures widely
to support groups and volunteer groups on topics of care giving,
anger, and grief with particular emphasis on men, adolescents,
Beth Hudnall Stamm, Ph.D., is Research Professor, the Director
of Telehealth and the Deputy Director of the Idaho State University
Institute of Rural Health. Educated in psychology and statistics
at Appalachian State University (B.S., MA) and the University
of Wyoming (Ph.D.), Dr. Stamm has held previous appointments
at the VA National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,
Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Alaska at Anchorage.
Working primarily with rural underserved people, Stamms
efforts focus on health policy, cultural trauma and work-related
traumatic stress where telehealth figures prominently. She is
the author of numerous professional writings and books, including
serving as editor of Rural Behavioral Health Care: An Interdisciplinary
Guide which has been published by the American Psychological
Association (2003). Her work is used in over 30 countries and
in such diverse fields as health care, responding to disasters,
news media and the military.
Larry Tranel works for Iowa State University Extension as a Dairy/Beef
and Forage Field Specialist in Dubuque, Delaware, Clayton, and
Buchanan Counties. Prior to his current position he worked as
an Agriculture Agent, Assistant/Associate Professor, and Department
Chair for the University of Wisconsin Extension in Iowa County.
He received two B.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville;
they are Agricultural Economics and International Studies. Tranel
later earned his M.S. in Agricultural Industries from the University
Margaret Van Ginkel is currently the Families Field Specialist
and Hotline Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension.
For this position she organizes, develops curriculum, markets,
and teaches classes on Family Resource Management to a variety
of audiences in the Central Iowa Area. In addition she supervises
and markets the Iowa Concern Hotline which includes Teen Line,
Healthy Families, and Bets Off. She also collaborates with a
variety of agencies and organizations to promote hotlines and
extension programs. She belongs to a number of professional organizations
including the National Association for Rural Mental Health. She
also is on different boards and advisory committees including
Agriwellness and Iowa Disaster Human Resource Council. Van Ginkel
earned her B.S. in Family and Consumer Science Education and
her M.S. in Adult Education.
R. Weigel, Ph.D.
Dr. Randy Weigel is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
in the Family & Consumer Sciences Department at the University
of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming, USA. He has been at UW since
1987 as faculty and administrator in the Cooperative Extension
Service. He has a BS degree in Psychology from Colorado State
University, a MS degree in Human Development and Family Life
from Kansas State University, and Ph.D. in Professional Studies
from Iowa State University. Randy has taught the human resource
section of the Western Integrated Resource Education (WIRE) course
since its inception. He is a contributing author for AG Help
Wanted: Guideline for Managing Agricultural Labor. Prior to coming
to UW, he worked for Iowa State Extension and taught techniques
for addressing farm stress to Iowa farmers during the farm crisis
of the mid 80s. His current extension and research interests
include personal life planning using the WIRE model, wellness,
rural male psychology, and human interaction in agricultural
Steven Wilhide grew up in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains
of Maryland. He graduated with a BA degree in Social Sciences
from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland in 1965.
After service as a VISTA volunteer in Cherokee, North Carolina,
he served in the US Army with a tour in Vietnam.
He graduated in 1972 from the
University of Maryland School of Social Work with a Master of
Social Work in Community Organization. In 1976, he completed
a Master of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.
In the fall of 1976, Wilhide
accepted a position of Executive Director of the Southern Ohio
Health Services Network, a newly formed community health center
serving five Appalachian counties. Today, SOHSN operates 12 primary
care clinics with a staff in excess of 250 and a budget over
In January 2002, he became the
Executive Director of the National Rural Health Association.
He is the author of numerous
articles about rural health and medical group management and
has consulted in the majority of states with rural health providers.