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



Nita Francis

Healtcare Professional

Juanita F. Francis has extensive background and interest in healthcare and education. She holds a nursing degree and an MBA in healthcare management. Nita was a women’s health nurse manager and childbirth educator in Illinois, Ohio and Massachusetts. In Arizona, she worked for the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix campus and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 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, the Arizona State University Foundation, Valley of the Sun United Way, and The Wellness Community-Arizona. She is president of the F2 Family Foundation.  Nita and her husband Phil have four children, six grandchildren, and a dog named Bit O’ Honey.

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

MMC, 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.
Eric Katz, MD

MMC, 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

McNamara Solutions LLC

Anne McNamara, PhD, RN, is the dean and professor of nursing at Grand Canyon University (GCU), where the College of Nursing enrollment is more than 5,000 students in both traditional and online programs. Their educational programs consist of traditional undergraduate (BSN), registered nurse (RN) to bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) options and a range of master of science in nursing (MSN) programs. In the past, she held important quality positions in the Maricopa Health System. She is active in a number of professional groups, having served as American Nurses Association treasurer and, most recently, on the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) board. She was recently recognized as Nursing Advocate of the Year at the fifth annual Healthcare Leadership Awards sponsored by Arizona Business Magazine.

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).

Tom Simplot

Arizona Multihousing Association

Tom Simplot was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona Multihousing Association in 2008. 

The AMA is the trade association for the apartment industry in Arizona and provides educational training, community/government relations services, and special events for 2,000 members statewide, representing more than 230,000 apartment units.

Tom is very active in the community and served on the Phoenix City Council for 10 years.  He has also served in leadership positions on the Maricopa County Board of Health, the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority, the Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission, the Encanto Village Planning Committee and the Phoenix Housing Commission. Tom also served as board chair of METRO Light Rail and was appointed by the George W. Bush Administration to the Federal Communications Commission’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee.  Currently Tom serves on the boards of the Valley of the Sun United Way, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Theatre, and Wells Fargo Arizona.  Tom is also a weekly columnist for the Arizona Republic. 

Tom is a licensed attorney and previously served as deputy director of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona. Tom also served as workforce development advisor to Arizona Governor Fife Symington and was chief of staff to Maricopa County Supervisor Betsey Bayless.


Betsey Bayless, Ex-Officio


Betsey Bayless has served as the President and CEO of Maricopa Integrated Health System since 2005. Ms. Bayless’ leadership position at MIHS follows 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.

Mary Harden, Ex-Officio

MIHS District 1

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 VP of Strategic Development

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.