Board of Directors

MHF is governed by a Board of Directors composed of a diverse group of community leaders who are dedicated to the Foundation’s mission.

Nathan Lowrie - President & CEO

Maricopa Health Foundation

Nathan Lowrie is the CEO of Maricopa Health Foundation and has a background in computers, finance, and business management. He is a young business owner that brings a passion for health and Phoenix to the board. As a native Phoenician, Nathan wants to see Phoenix compete as one of the nation’s best cities. He is a cyclist and health enthusiast who lives in Phoenix and enjoys spending time with his two children, Dillan and Austin.

Bart Patterson - Chairman

Clear Title Agency of Arizona

Bart Patterson is CEO of Clear Title Agency of Arizona and graduate of the University of Arizona. Mr. Patterson has a strong background in business development, marketing, and organizational administration, with deep relationships and contacts throughout Arizona. Mr. Patterson is interested to learn about the challenges facing the County health care system, to determine where he can add value to the Board’s efforts. He is most interested to learn how he can help the hospital’s efforts to treat indigent care and the less fortunate residents of Maricopa County. Mr. Patterson has no doubt that he can support the Board’s efforts to change the image of the hospital to be viewed as a quality resource for all residents of Maricopa County.

Steve Schramm - Vice Chairman


As the founder of Optumas, Steve is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of health care reform projects across the country.  Steve’s expertise is in developing innovative health care purchasing strategies for large health care purchasers that address not only who has access to health insurance (addressing the under-insured as well as the uninsured), but also how health care is provided to all individuals and groups in a given health care marketplace.  Steve’s primary responsibility for his clients is strategy development, risk management and analysis, public and expert witness testimony, and communications and messaging.

Steve lives in Paradise Valley with his wife Sara, and two children, Hailey and Patrick. As an avid cyclist, Steve enjoys getting outdoors and taking charge of his health; he strives to instill the same mentality in others, for the betterment and health of the community.

Mike Cowley - Secretary/Treasurer

Cowley Companies, Inc.

Mr. Cowley manages a host of businesses encompassing a diverse portfolio of real estate holdings and investments including raw land in AZ, CO, NM, ID and TX, over 1 million square feet of industrial property in the Phoenix area, and hard-asset lending. Additional interests include ownership in First Scottsdale Bank, Avista Senior Living, and Carioca Oil Co, a petroleum retailing/convenience store company. Mr. Cowley has served in a number of civic capacities and has devoted the last 7 years to the Maricopa County Integrated Healthcare System; currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Maricopa Health Foundation and previously serving on the Inaugural Board of Directors for the Maricopa County Special Heath Care District as Vice-Chairman and Chairman. In addition, Mike is a Trustee for The Cowley Family Foundation and served as Vice- Chairman of the Board of Directors for Chrysalis. Mr. Cowley received a Bachelor of Science, Psychology, degree from the University of Utah with minors in both Business and Portuguese.

Glenn de Souza

The Unispec Companies

Glenn's experience is deeply rooted in the areas of healthcare provider services and commercial real estate development. Glenn functions as President and CEO of the Unispec Companies, a holding company based in Scottsdale, Arizona whose subsidiaries have included Unispec Development Corporation and Unispec Facilities Management LLC. These companies have owned, managed and facilitated over $50 million in various real estate projects, including the conception, development and day-to-day operations of the Trillium Specialty Hospitals, which at the time of their sale in 2012 comprised 240 licensed and certified acute care inpatient beds, 400 employees, and approximately $40 million in annual revenue.

Glenn is the founder and CEO of Signature SALON STUDIOS, an innovative real estate driven salon and day spa company which comprises five locations containing approximately 250 studios in the Greater Phoenix area. Glenn also serves as a founding partner in the Santé companies, a multi-state developer, owner and operator of inpatient transitional rehab services which also offers a continuum of outpatient post-acute services including rehab, home health and hospice.

Juanita “Nita” Francis

Healtcare Professional

Juanita F. Francis, RN, MBA has extensive background and interest in healthcare and education. Her career as a women’s health nurse was in Illinois, Ohio and Massachusetts. She moved to Arizona in 1998 and worked for the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix campus and Phoenix Children’s Hospital until her retirement. She has a long history of philanthropy and community involvement in Chicago, Columbus (Ohio), Boston and Phoenix, including Teen Parent Connection, the National Medical Interpreter Project, and United Way. In addition to the Maricopa Health Foundation board, she serves on the boards of the University of Illinois Foundation and the Arizona State University Foundation. She is a member of the Arizona section of the International Women’s Forum and is president of the F2 Family Foundation.  Nita and her husband Phil have four children, eight grandchildren, and a dog named Scruggs.

Philip C. Gerard

Cavanagh Law Firm, P.A.

Phil is a senior member of The Cavanagh Law Firm, practicing in the area of family law, which includes divorces with substantial assets, complex financial issues, and property characterization issues, as well as preparation of pre- and post-marital agreements.  Phil is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, has been listed in Best Lawyers of America since 1987, in Southwest Super Lawyers since 2007, and certified by the Arizona State Bar since 1992 as a Family Law Specialist. 

Phil's litigation experience in family law matters includes the analysis and trial presentation of separate and community property issues, business valuations, the community or separate property characterization of retirement plans, stock options, restricted stock, and other management level compensation plans, spousal maintenance claims and various tax aspects of these financial issues.  These issues frequently involve working with forensic experts, including accountants and valuation experts.

Prabodh Hemmady, MD

DMG, Chair of the Pediatrics Department

Dr. Prabodh Hemmady is a pediatrician at Maricopa Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

John Hoopes
John Hoopes currently serves as the elected Vice President of the Salt River Project.  John's community service has included the Arizona-Mexico Commission board of directors, Maricopa Health Foundation board of directors, Morrison Institute for Public Policy advisory board, Valley of
the Sun United Way board of directors, Phoenix Zoo board of trustees, Governor's Regulatory Review Council, and board member and past president of the Mesa Southwest Museum Foundation.
A fifth generation Arizona native and graduate of BYU and the University of Arizona College of Law, John and his wife Nancy have four children: Jonathan, Charlotte, Christopher and Michael, and seven grandchildren.
Bryan Jeffries - PFFA President

PFFA President 

Bryan holds an Associate’s degree in Fire Science from Phoenix College, a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences with a Major in Emergency Medical Systems Management from George Washington University, a Master’s of Liberal Arts in

Legal and Ethical studies from the University of Baltimore in cohort with the National Labor College and he is a graduate of the Trade Union Studies program at Harvard.

Bryan has spent the last decade involved with numerous endeavors including co-authoring the Arizona Fire Service Labor Management White Paper, brokering a multitude of “Meet and Confer” agreements throughout Arizona, consulting on numerous labor/management projects and speaking at various Fire Service leadership forums.

Eric Katz, MD

DMG, Chair of the Emergency Medicine Department

Dr. Katz, has been with MIHS since 2006 and started as program director for the emergency medicine residency program at MIHS before becoming vice chairman of education and later vice chair of the emergency medicine department. He has also led the graduate medical education committee for MIHS.

Anne McNamara, PhD, RN.

Anne McNamara, PhD, RN. - McNamara Solutions LLC

Dr. Anne McNamara joined the Maricopa Health Foundation Board of Directors in January 2017 as part of her decades-long commitment to “advancing the profession of nursing” through quality educational and organizational programs.

Dr. McNamara is owner and principal of McNamara Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in point-of-care nurse competency and educational excellence for colleges and universities. She is dedicated to educating nurse leaders in all settings to focus on the importance of assuring an informed, competent nursing workforce.

McNamara has held local and national nursing leadership positions throughout her career – most recently serving as Executive Vice President at Isleworth Partners, parent company of the Galen College of Nursing and Galen Center for Professional Development, in Louisville, Kentucky. Additionally, while at Galen, she served as President of the Galen College of Nursing, successfully securing the school’s programmatic accreditation for four academic programs and initiating the pre-licensure BSN. From 2007 to 2014, McNamara served as Dean of Nursing and Healthcare Professions at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. At GCU, she expanded programs that met the highest standards of academic excellence and the educational needs of the nation.

Her ties to Maricopa Integrated Health System go back to 1992 when she served more than five years as the health system’s Director of Nursing Research and Chief Quality Officer. While in the CQO position, MIHS was awarded JCAHO accreditation with accommodation.

In addition to her involvement with Maricopa Health Foundation, McNamara serves as Board Secretary for the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and as an Advisory Board Member for Project Cure, the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world.

Her previous roles include Treasurer of the American Nurses Association, President of the Arizona Nurses Association, First and Second Vice President and Chairman of the Arizona Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees, Scottsdale Healthcare Board Member from 2001 to 2011 and she chaired the Scottsdale Healthcare Board of Directors Quality Committee.

A graduate of Worcester State University College of Nursing, Dr. McNamara received her Master’s degree in Nursing from Arizona State University and her Doctorate degree in Nursing from University of Arizona.

Scott R. Meyer

ReMax Signature

Scott Meyer is an experienced and successful executive with a diverse background in both for-profit and nonprofit leadership positions. He began his career in 1983 where he held positions in Quality Engineering, Manufacturing Management and as Vice President of Business Development in the aerospace industry for Fiberite – a carbon fiber composite materials manufacturer. In 1997 he co-founded OneNeck IT Services Corp., a Scottsdale-based Information Technology firm and as President and COO. Mr. Meyer successfully led both the business development and service delivery operations of this global provider of information technology outsourcing services. His leadership culminated in a successful re-capitalization of the business in June 2005 and his subsequent exit from the firm. Currently Mr. Meyer is a licensed Realtor with RE/MAX Signature and enjoys advising homeowners & investors across the Valley, and also serves as President of Straight A Properties, LLC.

Mr. Meyer’s nonprofit work began in 2005 while serving on the board of directors of the Phoenix Boys & Girls Club. He then joined the board of directors of the Foundation for Blind Children in 2007, and during nine years of board service he was board president, chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee, Blindsight Event chair and chair of a successful $10M Capital Campaign. When Scott retired from the board in 2016, he was the longest serving board member in the organizations 60+ year history. Currently he is an active member of Scottsdale Leadership’s class 32. He is passionate about serving the greater Phoenix metropolitan area that he has called home for nearly 30 years.

Scott and his wife Roselyn are devoted parents to their young son Andre, and Scott’s college-aged children Allison and Adam. His family loves spending time at their Pinetop cabin, where they enjoy snow skiing and camping, hiking, riding quads and long walks in the ponderosa pines. Scott is also an avid motorcyclist. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kevin Neal

Gallagher & Kennedy

Kevin practices in the area of civil litigation, with an emphasis on aviation law, commercial litigation, medical malpractice, product liability, wrongful death and personal injury.  Kevin has handled cases for clients in some of the largest lawsuits litigated in Arizona.  He represents clients in claims and suits arising out of a variety of issues.

Kevin is a trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience before judges, juries and arbitrators.  Although he has tried many cases, Kevin focuses on global resolution through alternative dispute resolution.  He also advises clients on handling risk management and dealing with the aftermath of catastrophic events.

Kevin is admitted to practice before all Arizona State Courts, the United States District Court for Arizona, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He has represented clients throughout Arizona, as well as in New Mexico, Nevada, California, Texas, Alabama and Georgia.

Kevin is a member of the Arizona State Bar, the Maricopa County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Aviation Insurance Association, and the Helicopter Association International. He has also earned the prestigious AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is a frequent lecturer on legal matters before both professional legal organizations and the public.

Kevin is a graduate of the University of Kansas and Arizona State University College of Law.  He is a resident of Scottsdale, Arizona and serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the City.  Kevin is a member of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Advisory Posse, the Explorers Club and he is involved with several local charities.

Tim O'Neil

Ironline Partners

Tim is the founding Partner and President of Ironline Partners, LLC and Principal of Evergreen Devco. Inc.

Tim is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management (MBA).

Hiral Tipirneni, MD

Healthcare Professional

Hiral is an Emergency Medicine physician by trade, having completed her residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center and serving as Chief Resident.  In 1996, she and her husband moved west to Arizona.  For several years, she staffed some of the busiest emergency departments in Phoenix and Glendale, including time spent in the MIHS ED.  As a result, she developed a deep appreciation for the critical resource MIHS is for the county and the remarkable role it plays for the grateful residents it serves.  Eventually, she chose to take a leave from clinical medicine and, for the past eight years, she has put forth her passions for medical science and cancer research into her work with the Health Sector of CSRA, a company based in VA that works with organizations such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Department of Defense’s CDMRP.  Her role there is as a facilitator in the process of developing a yearly vision for funding for these various organizations, and then vetting and securing the most optimal research to fulfill that vision. 

Outside of her professional commitments, Hiral has been an active member of her school district’s parent-teacher organizations throughout the years.  She is the lead organizer of the first TEDx event in the West Valley, the theme of which last year was “Act Today, Change Tomorrow.”  She also serves on the board of the Guerrant Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on microlending programs serving women in third-world countries. 

After growing up and attending medical school in Ohio, both she and her husband completed their residencies in Michigan and relocated to Arizona to work, start their family, and enjoy the copious sunshine.  Two decades later, they can say with pride and gratitude that they have two daughters in college, a son in high school, and three adorable, poorly-behaved dogs. 

As a member of the MHF Board, Hiral seeks to give back to the city of Phoenix by supporting this invaluable health institution and further serving the communities she cared for in her capacity as a physician.  

Betsey Bayless, Ex-Officio


Betsey Bayless served as the President and CEO of Maricopa Integrated Health System from 2005 until 2013. Ms. Bayless’ leadership position at MIHS followed a distinguished career in public service. From 1997 to 2002, Ms. Bayless served as Arizona’s 17th Secretary of State. For eight years, Ms. Bayless was a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, where she served two terms as Board Chairman. Her extensive State government career includes serving as the director of the Arizona Department of Administration, acting director of the Arizona Department of Revenue, and assistant director of the Arizona Board of Regents. Additionally, Ms. Bayless worked in the securities industry as an investment banker and stockbroker. A third-generation Arizonan, Ms. Bayless earned her Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Arizona, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University, and an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters from the University of Arizona. Active in community service, Ms. Bayless received the 2005 Valley Leadership Woman of the Year Award. She is a member of the Greater Phoenix Leadership and numerous Boards of Directors including the TGen Board, the Arizona Community Foundation Board, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association Board, the Campaign Finance Institute Board, the Childhelp Arizona Board, the Catholic Community Foundation Board, the Fresh Start Board, the Morrison Institute Board, the University of Arizona’s College of Business and Public Administration National Board, and the Arizona State University West Advisory Board.

Mark Dewane, Ex-Officio

District 2, Maricopa County Special Health Care District

Mark joined the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors in December 2012 after more than 20 years of volunteer service in Maricopa County.

Mark is a financial planner by profession and serves as Senior Vice President of RBC Wealth Management in Phoenix. He has 27 years of experience in the financial planning field and was a member of the inaugural class of the Center for Planned Giving sponsored by the Arizona Community Foundation. This 18-month program teaches the intricacies of endowment building and high-level fund raising for non-profits.

Outside the financial industry, Mark’s passion to serve has made him a leading figure in Arizona philanthropy.  He has been nominated as a life member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Blind Children. During his time as Board President, Mark assisted the agency in raising more than $3 million. He also chaired a dinner event that collected over $1 million for blind children of Phoenix and surrounding areas. Mark’s expertise in finance and non-profit organizations has led him to serve as a director, treasurer and president of many other local non-profits, including Valley Day School, Kitchen on the Street, JDRF and Citizenship Counts. During the last decade, Mark has helped these groups and others raise millions of dollars.

Mark brings his passion for positive change to MIHS with a sweeping vision to revitalize the state’s only public health care system. His goals include supporting management to build a bigger and better health care system; creating a better patient environment; enhancing the MIHS brand; upgrading and enhancing outdated facilities and creating a world-class teaching facility with the University of Arizona College of Medicine -- Phoenix. He also cites the importance of protecting Maricopa County taxpayers by acting within his fiduciary responsibility to govern and oversee property tax dollars directed to MIHS.

Mark has lived in the Phoenix area since 1970 and received his bachelor’s degree in business management from Arizona State University in 1985. He also has taken graduate coursework through the Hanover Forum at The Wharton School. He is a life member of the FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy Alumni Association, an outreach program by the FBI to qualified U.S. citizens to educate the public on the role of the FBI. The program took Mark to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Mark also is President of the Scottsdale Business Development Forum, a group of business leaders who work with Mayor Jim Lane to promote sensible, sustainable growth in Scottsdale. 

Mark and his wife of 18 years have two children. During his free time, Mark enjoys outdoor activities including fly fishing, camping, horseback riding and hunting. He also loves watching his children participate in extracurricular activities.

Mary Harden, Ex-Officio

District 1, Maricopa County Special Health Care District

Mary is a retired nurse who worked in the operating room at MIHS for 32 years and prior to that at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She enjoys playing piano, collecting antique teacups and saucers. Mary is involved in various church ministries, the Special Olympics, and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. Passionate about patient care and the trust that is given nurses, Mary believes this should never be taken for granted.

Steve Purves, Ex-Officio

MIHS President & CEO

Steve Purves joins MIHS after working seven years as the President & CEO of Munroe Regional Health System, Inc., a public, not-for-profit healthcare system that serves Marion County and North Central Florida.  Overseeing 2,500 employees, 1,700 volunteers and  annual net revenues of over $372 million, the healthcare system includes Munroe Regional Medical Center a 421-bed tertiary acute care hospital (recognized year after year as one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals), a wholly owned Clinical Integration Organization, Florida’s first Free Standing Emergency Center, a Speech and Hearing Center, three Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers and various clinical joint ventures, including a long term acute care hospital, a 180-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility and a regional home healthcare service.

Purves spearheaded the regions first Clinical Integration Organization (Physician Health Partners) which includes over 200 physicians working together to improve quality and reduce costs across the continuum of patient care.  He also opened the region’s first Pediatric Emergency Center and led the construction of both a Wound Care Center and Munroe at the Oaks, a secondary market facility with access to all of Munroe’s primary service lines. In addition to establishing the region’s first cardiac electrophysiology program, he re-organized and re-branded Munroe’s nationally recognized cardiovascular program, Munroe Heart, while launching new brands such as Munroe Orthopedics and Munroe Surgery. During his tenure Munroe’s service lines earned an average of 40 national awards a year, including the National Research Corporation consistently naming Munroe as Marion County’s Most Preferred Hospital by consumers.

Purves served on the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) Board and was Chairman of the Advocacy Committee, serves as a member of the American Hospital Associations Regional Policy Board and was appointed by the Florida Speaker of the House to the Florida Medicaid Low Income Pool Council.   He was awarded the FHA Spirit of Advocacy Award and the American Hospital Association Grassroots Advocacy Award for his effort working with the legislature. Locally he served on the boards of the Marion County Children’s Alliance, Marion County Public Policy Institute and was chairman of the Ocala/Marion County Economic Development Corporation. During his leadership at Munroe Regional, over $151 million in quantifiable benefits were provided to the community (at cost).

Before joining Munroe, Purves was President/CEO of the Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals in Columbia, South Carolina.  The 322-bed not-for-profit organization consists of two acute care hospitals, the Providence Heart Institute and the Providence Orthopedics and NeuroSpine Institute.

Purves is a native of Roanoke, Virginia.  He and his wife, Mary Anne, have two grown children.

Warren Whitney, Ex-Officio

MIHS, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs

Warren Whitney joined Maricopa Integrated Health System in 2005 as the Senior Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer. As the former Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Administration, Mr. Whitney was responsible for the management of the state's facilities, the Capitol Police, and physical security. Recognized as a "Business Journal 40 Under 40 Leader" and a graduate of Valley Leadership Class XVII, Mr. Whitney holds leadership and board positions with several civic and community organizations including Madison Elementary Governing Board, Valley of the Sun United Way, Central Arizona Shelter Services, Phoenix Museum of History, Veterans Medical Leadership Council and the Arizona Town Hall. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. Additionally, he holds a Certificate in Public Policy from the University of Arizona.