A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) Board of Trustees appointed officers and elected new members at its quarterly meeting July 24, 2020.
The following trustees were selected as officers: Linnette Sells, DO, FAOASM, ’82, of Alpharetta, Georgia, is chair; G. Reid Downey III of Atlanta, Georgia, is vice-chair; and Rosie Allen-Herring, MBA, of Washington, is secretary.
Dr. Sells is a team physician for Georgia Tech and staff physician for Piedmont Urgent Care. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Truman State University and doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) in 1982. Dr. Sells served in the U.S. Air Force as chief of the emergency department at McDill Air Force Base and is a Desert Storm veteran. Dr. Sells also served as ATSU-KCOM family medicine clinic director and faculty member from 1986-90.
Mr. Downey is founder of Downey Capital Ventures, president of GRD3 Properties, and limited partner and investment advisor with Cultivation Capital. He holds a bachelor of science degree in management from Georgia Tech. Mr. Downey has extensive global experience in cloud services, career coaching, enterprise sales leadership, organizational and people development, and IT consulting. He retired from “corporate America” in 2015 to leverage these experiences and focus on helping companies and individuals reach their full potential.
Mrs. Allen-Herring is the president and chief executive officer of United Way of the National Capital Area. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Howard University, and a master of business administration degree from Strayer University. Mrs. Allen-Herring holds key leadership roles with several businesses and civic organizations, and has been honored in the areas of leadership, partnership development, corporate philanthropy, and community investment. She has been included on prestigious lists such as “Outstanding Young Women of America” and “Who’s Who in America.”
New trustee elected to the board is Alan Morgan, chief executive officer of the National Rural Health Association. With more than 30 years’ experience in health policy development at the state and national levels, Mr. Morgan is recognized among the top 100 most influential people in healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine and is one of the nation’s leading experts on rural health policy. In addition, his health policy articles have been published in The Journal of Rural Health, American Journal of Clinical Medicine, Journal of Cardiovascular Management, Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology Review, and Laboratory Medicine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Kansas and master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.
“ATSU’s Board of Trustees members are some of America’s brightest and most talented leaders,” said ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84. “Board members graciously accept challenges confronting all universities and collaborate to find opportunities for ATSU student, faculty, staff and alumni.”
“As chair, I am pleased to welcome Alan Morgan to our Board of Trustees. He will be a welcome addition to our talented group as we help navigate ATSU into the future,” said Sells.
The following trustees will continue their service on the board: Reid Butler, JD, of Phoenix, Arizona; Johnathan Cleaver, DO, FAOCD, FAAD, FASMS, ’08, of Kirksville, Missouri; C. Lisette Dottavio, PhD, CPA, of Stephenville, Texas; G. Scott Drew, DO, FAOCD, ’87, of Marion, Ohio; Geoffrey Hoffa, DHSc, ’14, MS, PA-C, ’00, DFAAPA, of Phoenix, Arizona; Herb Kuhn of Lohman, Missouri; Michelle Mayo, PhD, of Durham, North Carolina; Paulina Vazquez Morris, JD, MBA, MHSA, of Paradise Valley, Arizona; Isaac Navarro, DMD, MPH, ’08, of Visalia, California; Bertha Thomas of Kirksville, Missouri; and Gary Wiltz, MD, of Franklin, Louisiana.
The next board meeting will be Oct. 2-3, 2020, in Kirksville, Missouri.