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Heidi Lucas

As Ex.Dir., Heidi is leveraging her 15+ years of experience in healthcare, social determinants of health, & leading the organization in addressing rural health priorities.  With a notable presence in media, she played a key role in passing significant legislation in Missouri & has been recognized for her advocacy work, & serving on the board of the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Assoc.

Executive Director | MRHA

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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 and Engagement | MRHA

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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.

Contractor | MRHA