Missouri Rural Health Association

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Heidi Lucas

Heidi comes to MRHA with expertise in healthcare advocacy & policy, the social determinants of health, & coalition & community building. She is particularly skilled in expanding the capability & reach of organizations she has led, especially in influencing critical policy & legislative decisions. She is passionate about expanding access to healthcare in rural communities & believes healthcare should be a right and not a privilege.

Executive Director

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Sharlet Kroll

Sharlet joined MRHA following a career in state government where she worked for over 25 years in public health. She is experienced in managing statewide programs, budgets, and grants. Sharlet holds a master’s in public affairs from the University of Missouri. She was raised in rural Missouri and has a deep love of rural life.

Director of Projects & Initiatives

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Rachel Hassani

Rachel draws on her background as a former political director & project manager with extensive advocacy experience in state government. With a master’s degree in public affairs & a focus on strategic communication, she actively contributes to her community, volunteering, & exploring Missouri’s parks with her family in St. Louis County.

Director of Education & Engagement

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Derek Landis

Derek has over 10 years of experience in nonprofits, specializing in rural healthcare for the last five years. With a master’s in social work focused on rural health policy, advocacy, & intervention development, Derek addresses challenges in rural communities through technology & engages in clinical supervision, research, & strategy, while residing outside of Kansas City with his family.

Telehealth & MRHA Connect Coordinator