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NYS Association for Rural Health Announces New Leadership

The NYSARH Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Seven Valleys Health Coalition (SVHC) based in Cortland, NY, has been selected to provide executive and administrative services.

Jackie Leaf is the new Executive Director of NYSARH.She will oversee all agency operations and focus on providing the premier rural health conference in New York State each September.






Staff members of Seven Valleys Health Coalition will facilitate communication, regularly update the NYSARH website, develop a social media image and manage bookkeeping.

Sara Wall Bollinger joins the SVHC team as NYSARH Director for Strategic Development.She will focus on policy, membership and capacity building initiatives.




The new leadership team will engage with NYSARH members to achieve the goals identified in the Strategic Plan that was approved by the Board of Directors in December 2017.

NYSARH Board of Directors President Richard Merchant stated “We look forward to a fruitful relationship with Seven Valleys Health Coalition.Jackie and Sara possess the leadership experience, skills and drive to greatly enhance NYSARH’s capacity to provide value to its members and serve as the voice of rural health in New York State. We acknowledge former Executive Director Kathy Carpenter for her many years of dedicated service to NYSARH.”

NYSARH is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, grassroots membership organization working to preserve and improve health and human services in rural New York State.  NYSARH advocates at the national and state levels to improve the health and well-being of rural New Yorkers and their communities.

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