The Regional Health Commission is an appointed body of individuals dedicated to ensuring the financial sustainability of the health care safety net in St. Louis, developing and sustaining an integrated health care system for those most in need, and serving as point-of-contact for State/Federal agencies regarding health care safety net issues.

Commission Officers

3 Members by the Community at Large

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Cheryl Walker


Attorney at Law
Walker Commercial Law Group, LLC

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Susan Trautman


Executive Director
Great Rivers Greenway

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Vacant Seat

3 Members by the St. Louis County Executive

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Jeffrey Johnston 


East Communities 

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Spring Schmidt

Deputy Director 
St. Louis County Public Health Department

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Ronald Watermon

Founder & CEO

3 Members by the Mayor of the City of St. Louis

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Simone Cummings,
Ph.D., MHA

Dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology
Webster University

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Frederick Echols, MD

St. Louis Department of Health

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Will Ross, MD

Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Diversity
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

2 Members by the RHC’s Advisory Boards

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Fred W. Rottnek, MD, MACHM

Chair, Provider Services Advisory Board

Professor and Director of Community Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine
St. Louis University School of Medicine

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Joe Yancey

Chair, Community Advisory Board

Mental Health Advocate
Places for People (retired)

2 Members by the Governor of Missouri

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Vacant Seat

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Vacant Seat

2 Members by the Federally Qualified Health Centers

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Dwayne Butler

Chief Executive Officer
Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers

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Alan Freeman

President & Chief Executive Officer
Affinia Healthcare

2 Members by the Local Hospitals

Jeremy Fotheringham

Regional President
SSM Health

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Rich Liekweg

President & Chief Executive Officer
BJC HealthCare

1 Member by the Local Medical Schools

David D. Limbrick, MD, PhD

T.S. Park Chair and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery
Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Washington University School of Medicine