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

Chair

Attorney at Law
Walker Commercial Law Group, LLC

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Susan Trautman

Vice-Chair

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 

Treasurer

President,
East Communities 
Mercy

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Spring Schmidt

Co-Director 
St. Louis County Public Health Department

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Ronald Watermon

President, CEO &
Head Groundskeeper
Brand Journalism Strategies, LLC


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

Director
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

Executive Director
Places for People


2 Members by the Governor of Missouri

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Jennifer Tidball

Acting Director
Missouri Department of Social Services

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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

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Candace Jennings

Regional President
SSM Health – St. Louis

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Rich Liekweg

President & Chief Executive Officer
BJC HealthCare


1 Member by the Local Medical Schools

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James P. Crane, MD

Associate Vice Chancellor for Special Projects
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine