About us

Meet our staff

Get in touch with one or more of our rural health researchers.


Mark Holmes, PhD, Director

Mark in rural area

Calloway Peak in Banner Elk, NC. Population: 1,332 (RUCA 10.0)




Angelina Budko, Graduate Research Assistant 21-22

Angelina in a rural area

Taggart Lake Trailhead, Teton County, WY. Population 23,464 (RUCA 10.2)


TJ Grant, Graduate Research Assistant 21-22

TJ in a rural area.

Bakersville, NC. Population: 466 (RUCA 10.0)


Susie Gurzenda, MS, Project Manager/Analyst

Susie in a rural area

Rockwood, PA. Population: 707 (RUCA 10.0)

Tyler Malone, MS, Graduate Research Assistant

Tyler in a rural area

Farmer City, IL. Population: 2,185 (RUCA 2.1)


Julie Perry, Research Assistant

Julie in a rural area.

Burnsville, NC. Population: 1,903 (RUCA 10.0)


George Pink, PhD, Deputy Director & Investigator

George in a rural area.

Phoenix, AZ. Population: 1.63M (RUCA 1.0)


Kristin Reiter, PhD, Investigator

Kristin in a rural area.

Kirkland, IL. Population 1,744 (RUCA 2.0)


Kristie Thompson, MA, Project Manager

Kristie in a rural area.

Big Surr, CA. Population: 5,117 (RUCA 10.0)


Lily Wang, PhD, Programmer/Analyst

Lily in a rural area.

Outer Banks, Dare County, NC. Population: 37,000 (RUCA 10.0)



Ruoyu Zhang, Undergraduate Research Assistant 22-23

Ruoyu in Sandwich, MA

Sandwich, Barnstable County, MA. Population: 20,259 (RUCA 1)


Ariana Pitcher, Graduate Research Assistant 22-23

Seneca Rocks, WV. Population 607 (RUCA 10.0)



Emmaline Keesee, Graduate Research Assistant 22-23

Emmaline Keesee

Fort Peck, MT. Population 246 (RUCA 10.3)

Laura McFadyen, Graduate Research Assistant 22-23

Big Bend National Park, TX. Population 175 (RUCA 10)