Contact the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
118 Keller Building
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
Phone: 814-863-8214
Fax: (814) 865-4688
porh@psu.edu

Lisa Davis, M.H.A.

Director and Associate Outreach Professor of Health Policy and Administration
Lisa Davis, M.H.A.

Director and Associate Outreach Professor of Health Policy and Administration

(814) 863-8214
118 Keller Building University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Lisa Davis is the Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Outreach Associate Professor Health Policy and Administration at Penn State. Lisa is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the state office of rural health, including ensuring that the office meets its mission of being a source of networking, coordination, and technical assistance to organizations focused on rural health care delivery; developing and sustaining linkages with state and national partners; and seeking ways to expand the office’s role in enhancing the health status of rural Pennsylvanians.

On the national, state, and university levels, Lisa serves on a wide range of boards of directors, advisory committees, and task forces focused on rural health policy, rural health research, economic development, outreach and education, and vulnerable populations and specific health issues such as oral health and cancer. She has extensive experience in the field of rural health research.

She is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and the James D. Bernstein Mentoring Award from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health; the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association; and an Award for Individual Contributions to Public Health from the Pennsylvania Public Health Association. The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health received the Award of Merit from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health.

Lisa holds a graduate degree in Health Administration from Penn State and lives in Boalsburg, PA, the birthplace of Memorial Day, with her husband and daughter.

Lannette Johnston, M.S., M.S.N., B.S.N., R.N.

Quality Improvement Coordinator
Lannette Johnston, M.S., M.S.N., B.S.N., R.N.

Quality Improvement Coordinator

(814) 863-8214
118 Keller Building University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Lannette Johnston is a leading health care professional in Central Pennsylvania with expertise in areas including acute care, home health, rural health care, emergency/pediatric/intensive care nursing, patient advocacy, healthy lifestyle coaching and community health outreach.

Johnston is a graduate of Mount Aloysius College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Health and Human Services Administration. She is currently pursuing her Family Nurse Practitioner degree through Clarion University.

In 2009, Johnston was one of eighteen nurses selected nationally to attend and successfully complete the National Registered Nurse Patient Advocate program. Johnston was a contributing author for the Visiting Nurses Association of America 2011 Policy and Procedure Manual and authored the chapter on Pediatric Intensive Care for the Nursing textbook, “Clinical Case Studies in Home Health.”

She is an active volunteer for numerous organizations in Central Pennsylvania.

Lannette is joining the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health as the Quality Improvement Coordinator. Her initial responsibilities will include working with the state’s Critical Access Hospitals on quality initiatives within the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program (MBQIP). She also will assume responsibilities for the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) Grant and be involved in rural population health initiatives in Pennsylvania.

Terri Klinefelter, B.S.

Outreach Coordinator
Terri Klinefelter, B.S.

Outreach Coordinator

(814) 863-8214
118 Keller Building University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Terri has been the Outreach Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Office of Rural since 2003. She is responsible for planning and coordinating all of PORH’s continuing education events. Specifically, she is responsible for identifying, developing, delivering, and evaluating credit and non-credit conferences, seminars, programs, workshops and meetings. Terri also represents PORH on various committees and taskforces throughout Pennsylvania.

Terri holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State. She lives in Julian, PA with her husband and two sons.

Jim Harvey, B.S.

Pennsylvania Rural Health Farm Worker Protection Safety Specialist
Jim Harvey, B.S.

Pennsylvania Rural Health Farm Worker Protection Safety Specialist

(814) 863-8214
118 Keller Building University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Jim (known by some as “The WPS Geek”) helps agricultural producers and their employees gain an understanding of, and comply with, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Worker Protection Standard (WPS). The program places special emphasis on migrant and immigrant farm workers as well as the Amish and Old Order Mennonite (Anabaptist) communities.

Jim offers technical and compliance assistance in various formats:

  • presentations at agricultural producer meetings and conferences
  • the development of safety training materials;
  • on-site visits to farms, orchards, greenhouses and nurseries.

Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies with an emphasis on conservation law enforcement from Lock Haven State College (Lock Haven University). Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, he served as a regional farm safety educator with Penn State Extension.

Jim lives in the Lewistown, PA area and has two adult daughters. Jim’s hobbies include hiking and helping people and organizations improve their buildings’ energy efficiency – so when he’s not “bothering” growers about WPS, he’s probably “bothering” them about improving their farm’s energy efficiency.

Kelly Braun, R.D.H., M.S.D.H.

Dental Delivery Systems Coordinator
Kelly Braun, R.D.H., M.S.D.H.

Dental Delivery Systems Coordinator

(814) 865-9888
118 Keller Building University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Kelly Braun, RDH, MSDH, serves as the dental delivery systems coordinator at PORH. Kelly leads the implementation of the Medical Oral Expanded Care (MORE Care) Collaborative in Pennsylvania, in partnership with the DentaQuest Institute. This program is focused on integrating oral health, specifically the primary and secondary prevention of dental disease, into primary care practice, specifically in Rural Health Clinics. This initiative is the second pilot of a project first implemented in South Carolina and expanded to Pennsylvania and Colorado through those states’ SORHs. A Registered Dental Hygienist and a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner, Kelly worked in a hospital-based clinical practice prior to coming to the Office of Rural Health. She also is an adjunct faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology in the dental hygiene program. Kelly holds an AS and BSDH, both from Pennsylvania College of Technology. She also obtained a Master’s of Science in Dental Hygiene, with an emphasis on education, from the University of Bridgeport in 2013. Upon completion of her MSDH, Kelly was invited to participate in the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) graduate student clinician program at the ADHA Annual Session in 2014 where she presented her thesis on oral health in the primary care setting, specifically, the attitudes and practice behaviors of physician assistants.

Chris Calkins, Ph.D., MPA

Outreach Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the World Campus Master’s of Health Administration Program and Faculty Associate, PORH
Chris Calkins, Ph.D., MPA

Outreach Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the World Campus Master’s of Health Administration Program and Faculty Associate, PORH

814-863-4791
118 Keller Building University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Chris has over 30 years of experience in health care organizations and education. He brings an applied perspective to many of the health care challenges and policy questions facing the United States. His perspective is informed by previous roles as health portfolio and engagement director for Penn State Outreach, clinical liaison officer for the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, director of special projects for the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State, and as an educator and through a variety of roles in hospitals and other health care organizations. Chris is the co-author of the State Health Improvement Plan 2008-2013 for Pennsylvania, as part of the State’s Healthy People 2020 efforts. He has worked on state agency and health policy plans, independent research projects, and has developed courses and conferences on emerging issues in health care delivery.

Laura Zimmerman

Budget/Staff Assistant
Laura Zimmerman

Budget/Staff Assistant

814-863-8214
118 Keller Building University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Laura is responsible for assisting in the development of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health’s annual budget and in planning expenditures. She assists in the development of state, federal, and other funding sources and monitor’s contracts, budget revisions and assists with Penn State budget expenditures policies.

Laura enjoys spending time with her family and watching her daughter play softball & twirl baton in parades.

Linda M. Fetzer, M.S.

Extension Associate, Penn State University Ag Safety & Health Program
Linda M. Fetzer, M.S.

Extension Associate, Penn State University Ag Safety & Health Program

(814) 865-4582
258 Ag Engineering Building University Park, PA 16802

Linda has been an Extension Associate through Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences since 2001. She is responsible for project management of the PA AgrAbility Project, coordination of the Northeast Ag Safety and Health Coalition through the Northeast Center, and participates in outreach, evaluation and social media for the Worker Protection Standard through PA Office of Rural Health, Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) Project and Penn State Ag Safety and Health Program.

Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Messiah College, and a master’s degree in Agricultural and Extension Education from Penn State. She lives on a farm in Centre Hall, PA with her husband and son.

Jennifer Edwards, M.B.A.

Rural Health Systems Manager and Deputy Director
Jennifer Edwards, M.B.A.

Rural Health Systems Manager and Deputy Director

814-863-8214
118 Keller Building, University Park, PA 16802

Jen Edwards recently joined the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health in August 2018. She is responsible for coordinating the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) and Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) in Pennsylvania. Jen has 15 years of experience in healthcare organizations from clinics to medical centers in a wide variety of operational positions ranging from practice management, financial operations, aeromedical evacuation, emergency management, and medical logistics.

Prior to joining the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, Jen spent thirteen years in the Air Force as a Medical Service Corps Officer in Healthcare Administration working in various parts of the United States and overseas. She is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business Administration.

Jen is originally from Pottstown and is very happy to be back home in Pennsylvania. She and her husband have 5 adult children and live here in State College.

Larry Baronner, M.A., M.Ed.

Consultant, Rural Health Systems Manager and Deputy Director
Larry Baronner, M.A., M.Ed.

Consultant, Rural Health Systems Manager and Deputy Director

(814) 863-8214
118 Keller Building University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

Larry Baronner has coordinated the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) and Small Rural Hospital Improvement (SHIP) Program in Pennsylvania for the past 12 years. He has been instrumental in developing and implementing the core components of the Pennsylvania Flex program. Under Larry’s leadership the Pennsylvania Critical Access Hospital Consortium has adopted a Performance Management System using a Balanced Scorecard framework. Through projects with Penn State’s College of Engineering and Penn State Continuing Education, Critical Access Hospitals in Pennsylvania have been introduced to Lean concepts. Rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) protocol development, rural trauma systems development, workforce assessments, and a rural health care manager’s academy also have been initiated under Larry’s guidance. Larry has served on a number of national committees and has made presentations at a numerous national conferences.

Prior to coming to the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, Larry was Chief Operating Officer of a hospital-owned medical practice. He also served as director of physician services and assistant director of personnel within the hospital. Larry was named “State Rural Health Leader of the Year” at the 2006 Pennsylvania Rural Health Conference.

Larry has an undergraduate degree from Saint Francis University and graduate degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and Saint Francis University.