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, 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.

David Cantelme

Cantelme & Brown, PLC

In 2006, Mr. Cantelme formed Cantelme & Brown, PLC, with Aaron Brown. Mr. Cantelme focuses his practice in areas of representation of government entities, construction law, government contracts and procurement, education law and commercial litigation. Mr. Cantelme received degrees from A.B., Harvard College in 1976 and J.D., Stanford University in 1979. He was admitted into practice in 1979 in California, 1980 in Arizona and 2008 to the United States Supreme Court.  Mr. Cantelme has been involved in a number of community resources and publications and has also served as former Counsel to the Board of Directors at MIHS. He would like to see a new Maricopa Integrated Health System built. He enjoys hunting, fishing, sports, classical music and opera. He recently joined Maricopa Health Foundation Board of Directors in late 2013.

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.

Nita Francis

Health Care 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.

Carol Kline Olson

DMG Chairman of Psychiatry

Carol Kline Olson is the Psychiatry Division Chair of the District Medical Group at Desert Vista Hospital. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and she completed one of her Adult Psychiatry Residency programs at the Maricopa Medical Center. Carol is well connected with health systems’ physician staff as well as the psychiatric community. She recently completed a term as Medical Staff President. Carol has a subspecialty certification in MD Forensic Psychiatry and special interests in legal issues. Carol is a Phoenix native and a long-time resident in Paradise Valley. Carol believes in the philanthropic mission of Maricopa Health Foundation to support the safety net functions of the hospital and wants to facilitate greater involvement by the physician staff.

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.

Terence McMahon, Ex-Officio

MIHS District Board, Chairman

Terence McMahon joined the MIHS District Board in 2013. His past experience - in both public and private sectors - includes policy analysis and definition, long-range strategic planning, budget analysis, and construction, and quality management. This experience will be invaluable as I serve on the Special Health Care District Board. His vision for MIHS is A safety net health care system for residents of Maricopa County that offers the highest quality medical care in the most cost-effective manner. He is a graduate of M.B.A., Univ. of Rochester, B.A., St. John Fisher College. Terry’s Hobbies/Interests are – Family, Golf, Gardening, History, Travel, and Music.