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Bo Ryall

President & CEO

Bo Ryall is president and CEO of the Arkansas Hospital Association.  He has been with the Association since 2005 and was named president in 2010.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Bo also served as the chief lobbyist on the state level for Arkansas hospitals and was previously executive director of the HomeCare Association of Arkansas.  He currently serves as the chairman of the Health Care Providers Forum, is a member of the Health Care Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, is an Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency board member, and is a past-president of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives.

(photo by Jason Burt)

Paul Cunningham

Executive Vice President

Paul Cunningham, executive vice president, came to the AHA in 1980. His primary focus is upon federal relations, data/policy analysis, research, communications, and public education. He earned both a BSBA and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas.

Tina M. Creel

AHA Vice President of Member Services, President AHA Services

Tina Creel is AHA vice president of member services and president AHA Services.  She began working for the AHA in 1988 . She runs the AHA’s for-profit subsidiary, AHA Services Inc., where she coordinates delivery and marketing functions of all endorsement relationships including services in the areas of insurance, human resources, finance, business consulting, education, information and group pricing advantages.   Tina also serves as the group manager of the AHA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insured Trust and is a careLearning executive board member. Prior to joining the AHA, she worked for the MHA Diversified Services, a subsidiary of the Mississippi Hospital Association.    She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing from Mississippi State University.

Elisa White

Vice President and General Counsel

Elisa White, vice president and general counsel, came to the AHA in 2007. Her responsibilities include providing legal counsel and advice to the AHA board and membership. She works on issues involving compliance, state and federal regulations, quality and patient safety, as well as others. Prior to joining the AHA, she was a partner at Kutak Rock in Little Rock, and is a graduate of Arkansas State University and of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

Jodiane Tritt

Vice President of Government Relations

Jodiane Tritt joined the AHA executive team, as vice president of government relations, on October 4, 2010.  Jodiane previously served as Executive Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at UAMS.  Prior to that position, she was Director of Community Support for the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH).  In her work at ADH, she was responsible for their legislative agenda and advocating on its behalf with legislators. Jodiane is a graduate of Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Jodiane is an Arkansas Society of Association Executives board member and vice president of Arkansas Society of Professional Lobbyists.

Pamela Brown, RN, BSN, CPHQ

Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety

Pam Brown, RN, BSN, CPHQ joined the AHA in February, 2012.  She most recently served as vice president of quality programs for the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, the state’s QIO.  Prior to joining AFMC, she served in various hospital clinical positions such as director of clinical services, case manager, staff and charge nurse.  Her primary duties will be to lead in the development, coordination and implementation of the goals and work plan of the AHA’s new Patient Safety and Quality Program.

Lyndsey Dumas

Vice President of Education

Lyndsey Dumas, vice president of education, came to AHA in 2004. Her primary focus is providing educational programs and continuing education for member hospitals and their employees, one of the key benefits of AHA.  She most recently served as director of education operations at the AHA.  Lyndsey earned both her BBA and MBA from the University of Central Arkansas.

Suzanne Bierman, JD, MPH

Vice President of Data and Policy

Debbie Love, CPA

Director of Financial Services

Nancy Godsey, RN, CPHQ

Director of Quality and Patient Safety

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