VP Strategic Partnerships, Arkansas Rural Health Partnership
CSO for ARcare
Project Manager with UAMS Regional Programs
Vice President over Impact Investing, Heifer Impact Capital
An outdoor enthusiast, Mike enjoys all outdoor sports and has participated in some of the most difficult marathons and ultra-marathons in North America. He frequently volunteers with projects that are personally important to him including, working with the homeless and improving access to healthcare in rural parts of the state of Arkansas. Mike is blessed with a wonderful family who continues to encourage him every day.
President-Elect – Mellie Bridewell, ED, Arkansas Rural Health Partnership
Mellie has obtained over $12 million dollars in grant funds for Arkansas Rural Health Partnership to implement healthcare provide training opportunities, healthcare workforce initiatives, chronic disease programs, behavioral and mental health services, and access to care throughout the Arkansas Delta. Ms. Bridewell currently serves on the National Rural Health Association Congress and was recently chosen as one of fifteen in the country to participate in their Rural Fellows program for 2019. She also serves on the board of the National Cooperative of Health Networks Association.
Brad Walsh, MD, Family Medicine Physician, Family Clinic of Ashley County
Most recently, Craig has focused on legislation to develop a robust infrastructure and process for collection of data for reporting health quality and pricing called the Arkansas Healthcare Transparency Initiative. He worked alongside the Arkansas Surgeon General and state legislators to develop and implement the Health Care Independence Program (also known as the “private option”) and its successor program, Arkansas Works, both of which use an innovative form of premium assistance to provide coverage to low-income Arkansans.
Craig is a graduate of Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas. He is an attorney licensed to practice in Arkansas, having earned his juris doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law and his masters of public administration from Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Atlanta, Georgia.
James E Zini, D.O., FACOFP, Family Medicine Physician, White River Health System
Dr Zini has been a family physician in private practice in Mountain View since 1977 and is board certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy. In the 1980’s he and several other D.O.s founded the Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association and he served multiple times as its President.
In 2001 he had the monumental honor of being elected President of the American Osteopathic Association. In time, that led to the ultimate reality of being a founding Board member of the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith, AR.
Historically, Dr Zini served on the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care for 10 years; was the first D.O. to be named to the Arkansas State Medical Board, serving for 16 years and is currently serving on the Arkansas Board of Health, having served as its President in 2019.
Dr Zini has a passion for restoring, driving and enjoying his antique cars but mostly just enjoys driving them to work, touring the beautiful Mountain View area and having his family and friends drive them too!