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Maricopa Health Centers Governing Council

Maricopa Health Centers Governing Council

The Maricopa Health Centers Governing Council maintains oversight of our 13 Family Health Centers as well as clinics located in the Comprehensive Health Center on the main MIHS campus. The Governing Council ensures that the services provided are patient focused and directed towards the needs of the community.

To schedule time to meet with any one of the Governing Council please contact the Secretary to the Maricopa Health Centers Governing Council, Pam Hjerpe at (602) 344-1637 or at and she will be happy to assist you.

  • I have been very fortunate to have worn many hats in my professional career in community, healthcare and government positions. Today my spouse and I have a family of six children and raising them in Tempe. They are the love of our lives and bring joy to our hearts every day. Besides spending time with the children, I also enjoy golf when I get to play, music and cooking. I was raised in the Town of Guadalupe, where today I am the administrator for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Guadalupe. I attended Grand Canyon College and ASU with a focus in music.

    As Chairman of the Governing Council MIHS, I am part of a group of individuals from all walks of life, experiences and professions. My vision is to continue to move us towards the opportunities to meet the healthcare needs of individuals and families in Maricopa County. To meet the challenges in our communities and to always provide good healthcare and patient experiences. To help doctors help patients and to continue to promote MIHS as a board member and user.

  • Simon Thomas
    Vice Chair

    Simon Thomas Ph.D is currently the Vice Chairman of the MHC Governing Council. He has served the Council for the past five years, including three years as the chair of the finance committee. Dr. Thomas has a professional background in electronics technology development and was formerly a Vice President of Motorola Inc. His interests include organizational development, consultancy in technology and business development and community service.  He has been a resident of Maricopa County since 1972.

  • Gary Tenney

    Gary Tenney is the Managing Partner of The Nuvo LLC, an investment concern holding and trading commercial real estate, securities, precious minerals, subprime mortgages and operating companies.  He brokered industrial properties for 29 years in the western United States prior to forming Nuvo.  Mr. Tenney graduated with a degree in finance from Arizona State University and currently holds a real estate broker license in the State of Arizona. 

  • Terry Benelli the Executive Director of LISC- Phoenix has dedicated thirty years to community development. Her most recent focus has been on building healthy places through economic development and affordable housing programs near the Light Rail. Appointed to fill the vacancy on the Mesa City Council, Terry Benelli served as the councilmember for District 2. A Mesa resident for almost 30 years, Benelli has been an active member of the Mesa community, serving on numerous boards and committees.  As a Flinn-Brown Fellow and graduate of the Mesa Leadership Training and Development Program her passion for civic leadership and community development is always evolving. 

  • Christine Hammond born and raised in Indiana, graduated from Purdue University and then ASU for my BSN in Nursing.  Christine is married to a wonderful man and has four children and seven grandchildren.  She currently works as an Assistant Director of a non-profit program overseen by AZ Department of Education.   She trains and supports clients in Health, Safety and Nutrition.  Christine is active in the music ministry at her church as well as teaches a women's Bible study.  Children and women's health are of great importance to her and as a member of the Governing Council, she can help advocate for them as well as all patients who are served by MIHS.

  • April Jordan-Kramer is one of the newest members of the MIHS Governing Council.  She holds a BS in Biology from Arizona State as well as a paralegal certification from Phoenix College.  Mrs. Jordan-Kramer comes from a long line of family members who have served in their communities, including her mother, the late Anita Jordan, who served on the Council for many years.  April knows she has some big shoes to fill, and is very much looking forward to furthering her passion of making positive change in the lives of others, as her mother did.  Alongside her service on the Governing Council, she is also currently studying to one day supplement her last name with the title, “Dr.,” and using it to be a provider of healthcare services to underserved populations.

  • Melissa Kotrys is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Arizona Health-e Connection (AzHeC), the Arizona non-profit, public-private partnership that drives the adoption of health information technology (HIT) and advances the secure sharing of electronic health information exchange (HIE). Through statewide education, coordination and collaboration, AzHeC promotes the innovative use of HIT and HIE to achieve the Triple Aim of better care, better outcomes and lower costs.

    AzHeC operates The Network, Arizona’s statewide HIE that enables improvements in care coordination and quality by electronically linking healthcare organizations through a single connection, filling gaps in patient information across the state. The Network serves as a community data trustee and a network of networks that allows participants to save time and resources and create a more comprehensive patient record, providing the right information at the right time and place. In partnership with Mercy Care Plan and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care and with funding from the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), AzHeC also manages the Practice Innovation Institute that is preparing 2,500 Arizona providers for successful participation in value-based healthcare.

    Ms. Kotrys currently serves on the Maricopa Health Centers Governing Council and on the board of the national trade association of community and regional HIEs, the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC).  Prior to joining AzHeC, Mrs. Kotrys worked as a consultant and health policy analyst at Deloitte Consulting.  Mrs. Kotrys holds a Masters in Public Health from The George Washington University with a concentration in health policy, and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Liz McCarty is a fifth-generation Arizonan, born in Phoenix and raised in Show Low. She attended Arizona State University. She owned Coldwell Banker McCarty Realty for 25 years with offices in Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside and Heber-Overgaard.

    Liz was the Vice-Chairman of Frontier State Bank, a regional community bank with $100,000,000 in assets. In 2003 Frontier State Bank was purchased by National Bank of Arizona, a subsidiary of Zions Bancorporation. 

    She also served in various positions on the White Mountain Association of Realtors as well as the Arizona Association of Realtors. She held positions as director and/or president of the Show Low Chamber of Commerce, White Mountains Division American Heart Association and Northland Pioneer College Real Estate Advisory Committee.

    Liz was on the Foster Care Review Board of Navajo County. She is certified by the State Supreme Court as a Confidential Intermediary and spends time working to reconnect birth parents and adoptees.

    Liz currently resides in Scottsdale with her husband Howard Jones. She enjoys photography, gardening and cooking.

  • Growing up in Oklahoma, as a theater artist and drama specialist, Julie Roberts received her undergraduate degree in speech and theater at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, that later led to graduate school in Ohio.  Before moving to Ohio, she worked with local arts councils, schools and theaters as a drama educator, director and program developer.

    Julie received her M.F.A from Ohio University in Directing and Theater Arts, beginning a freelance directing career that took her to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and ultimately Tokyo, Japan. During those six years in Japan, she was Associate Professor of theater arts for Temple University JAPAN, co-Artistic director of the Omicho cross cultural theater troupe, and Director of Children's Theater programming at Camp Zama, Japan.

    Upon returning to the US, she and her partner Laurel created and co-owned a travel company, specializing in high end LGBTQ travel both into and from San Francisco. This venture lasted approximately 10 years.

    When Julie and Laurel moved to Phoenix, Julie changed the focus of her career, and began working for non-profit organizations and advocacy groups in program development and event planning. Here in the Valley she have been associated with Equality Arizona, 1n10, PFLAG, No Longer Silent, the Desperado Film Festival and Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. Currently, she serves on two other boards: Maricopa Community College Chancellor's Advisory Committee representing the LGBTQ community, and the Arcadia Green homeowners association.

    “Once the Affordable Care Act was enacted, I felt a strong urge to work with MIHS as a patient advocate and community organizer."

  • Rosalba “Rose” Rubio, MSW is a recent addition to the MHC Governing Council.  Rose graduated from ASU with both degrees in Social Work with a minor in Sociology.  She has worked as a Mitigation Specialist with the Office of the Legal Defender for more than 13 years.  Rose has an extensive experience in working in a variety of settings and with diverse population. She has volunteered for different organizations such as the Glendale Fire Department in there Crisis Response Unit, Arizona Coalition for Tomorrow, and Veteran Stand Down. Rose has been a resident of Maricopa County since 1986.

  • Ryan D. Winkle is a community economic development consultant working with underserved communities all over the Phoenix - Mesa Metro Area in the areas of housing options, workforce development, neighborhood revitalization, public outreach and transit oriented development. He graduated from ASU with a dual degree in Sustainability and in Urban Planning and completed his MBA at Wilkes University in Mesa. Ryan’s interests are in community projects, civic engagement and cultural awareness. Ryan grew up in Mesa where he now lives with his wife and son.

  • Susan Gerard

    Susan Gerard has been a leader in healthcare policy and systems in Arizona for more than two decades.

    She served as Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services from April 2005 to July 2008. She oversaw one of the largest departments in Arizona State Government, with a budget of more than $1 billion.

    Susan previously served as a member of Governor Janet Napolitano’s administration as a policy adviser for healthcare issues, assisting with crucial decisions involving state and federal budgets of nearly $8.1 billion directly linked to services for more than 1.2 million residents. 

    As a member of the Arizona Legislature, she served as Chair of the House and Senate Health Committees for 10 years. She championed most of the major healthcare legislation in Arizona in the last two decades.  As a lawmaker, she also led efforts to fund and create intervention and prevention programs such as Healthy Families, Healthy Start and Head Start

    “Much of the progress we’ve made in healthcare is a direct result of legislation Susan introduced and improvements she made at DHS,” said Janet Napolitano, U.S. Director of Homeland Security and former Arizona Governor.


  • Wyatt Howell
    Chief Ambulatory Services Officer & CEO of Maricopa Health Centers Governing Council

    Before accepting the position at MIHS, Mr. Howell was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Children’s Hospital New Orleans, a 247-bed nonprofit, tertiary pediatric academic medical center that is part of the Louisiana Children’s Medical Center System. Prior to that, he served in various leadership roles at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, including Vice President of Professional Services and Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Ambulatory Services.

    He received a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also completed the University of Alabama Paramedic Program.

    Mr. Howell and his wife, Beth, have two girls, ages 12 and 9. He enjoys reading, biking, playing golf and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

  • Lloyd Y. Asato is the executive director for Asian Pacific Community in Action (APCA), a community health non-profit serving Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and other emerging communities in Arizona. APCA was founded in 2002 to meet the health needs of Arizona’s fastest growing segment, the AAPI communities. APCA provides free in-language assistance to a diverse community that speaks over 60 different languages.

    Each year, APCA helps thousands of low income, limited English proficient AAPIs access lifesaving healthcare and navigate complex health systems. The APCA Strong Women Healthy Families program provides culturally competent, in-language care empowerment and enabling services for women. APCA’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative educates providers about type 2 diabetes in the AA community, educates at-risk community members and helps them access care and information to better manage their condition. The APCA Benefits Enrollment Center helps low income seniors and persons with disabilities access programs that pay for healthcare, food and more. APCA partners with the community to advance health equity for all Arizonans. APCA convenes and leads cross-cultural coalitions with a common vision to serve and empower communities of color in Arizona.

    Mr. Asato currently serves on the Maricopa Health Center Governing Council and is on the board of the Arizona Asian Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Asato previously served as the deputy director for the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians and served as the senior policy analyst for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum in Washington, D.C. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Asato served as the interim chief of the Hawaii State Office of Rural Health. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii.

Meeting Calendar

The Maricopa Health Centers Governing Council holds a regular monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of each month.  An exception may occur if the first Wednesday falls on a legal holiday, in which case the Governing Council will select another date and publish it in advance.  Special meetings may be called at the Governing Council’s discretion.  All meetings are open to the public. 

During a meeting open to the public, the Governing Council may decide to go into executive session. A majority vote of Governing Council members will authorize the executive session to convene immediately following the vote and that will not be open to the public. Executive session discussions are confidential as required by law.

Agendas for all Maricopa Health Centers Governing Council  and Committee’s meetings are posted at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting on this website and posted in the lobbies of the Family Health Centers and on each floor of the Comprehensive Health Center located on the hospital campus at 2525 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008. Back up materials for each agenda item, except executive session items, are available in the office of the Secretary to the Maricopa Health Centers Governing Council after the agenda has been posted and also are available at the meeting.

As a convenience to the public, and in the discretion of the Secretary to the Maricopa Health Centers Governing Council, back-up materials for the agendas also can be posted on this site.  If back-up materials are not posted on this site and you would like a copy, please contact the Secretary to the Maricopa Health Centers Governing Council, Comprehensive Health Center, Administration Office, 1st Floor, 2525 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008, (602) 344-1637.

Meeting Information

Maricopa County District Map

District 1

District Board

Mary A. Harden, RN

Governing Council

Terry Benelli

Christine Hammond

April L. Jordan-Kramer

Simon Thomas

Gino Turrubiartes

Ryan Winkle

District 2

District Board

Mark Dewane

Governing Council

Elizabeth McCarty

Julie Roberts

Gary Tenney

District 3

District Board

Susan Gerard

Governing Council

Eileen Sullivan

Lloyd Asato

Melissa Kotrys

District 4

District Board

Elbert Bicknell

Governing Council

District 5

District Board

Mary Rose Wilcox

Governing Council

Rose Rubio


  1. El Mirage Family Health Center
    12428 W. Thunderbird Road
    El Mirage, AZ 85335
    (623) 344-6500 - Directions
  2. Sunnyslope Family Health Center
    934 W. Hatcher Road
    Phoenix, AZ 85021
    (602) 344-6300 - Directions
  3. Glendale Family Health Center
    5141 W. Lamar Road
    Glendale, AZ 85301
    (623) 344-6700 - Directions
  4. Maryvale Family Health Center
    4011 N. 51st Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85031
    (623) 344-6900 - Directions
  5. McDowell Healthcare Center
    1101 N. Central Avenue, Suite 201
    Phoenix, AZ 85004
    (602) 344-6550 - Directions
  6. 7th Avenue Family Health Center
    1205 S. 7th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    (602) 344-6400 - Directions
  7. South Central Family Health Center
    33 W. Tamarisk Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85041
    (602) 344-6400 - Directions
  8. Avondale Family Health Center
    950 E. Van Buren Street
    Avondale, AZ 85323
    (623) 344-6800 - Directions
  9. Guadalupe Family Health Center
    5825 E. Calle Guadalupe
    Guadalupe, AZ 85283
    (480) 344-6000 - Directions
  10. Mesa Family Health Center
    59 S. Hibbert
    Mesa, AZ 85210
    (480) 344-6200 - Directions
  11. Chandler Family Health Center
    811 S. Hamilton Street
    Chandler, AZ 85225
    (480) 344-6100 - Directions
  12. Comprehensive Health Center
    2525 E. Roosevelt Street, 2nd Floor
    Phoenix, AZ 85008
    (602) 344-1015 - Directions
  13. Maricopa Medical Center
    2601 E. Roosevelt Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85008
    (602) 344-5011 - Directions
  14. Desert Vista Behavioral Health
    570 W. Brown Road
    Mesa, AZ 85201
    (480) 344-2013 - Directions
  15. Maricopa Medical Center Behavioral
    Health Annex
    2619 E. Pierce Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85008
  16. Pendergast Family Health Center
    10550 W. Mariposa Street, Suite 1
    Phoenix, AZ 85037
    (602) 344-2520 - Directions

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