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 "Nate" Lowrie - President & CEO

Maricopa Health Foundation

A native Phoenician with a personal connection to MIHS, Nate Lowrie has served as a board member since 2009 and as CEO of the Maricopa Health Foundation since 2015. With background as an owner and investor in small Arizona businesses including Zoe’s Kitchen in Phoenix and the Bicycle Haus in Scottsdale, he brings a passion for community health and his hometown to the Foundation each day. Lowrie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations from the W.P. Carey College of Business at Arizona State University. He is a cycling enthusiast and father of two young children, Dillan and Austin.

Nita Francis - Board Chair

Healthcare 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.

Kevin Neal - Board Vice Chair

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.

John Hoopes - Board Secretary/Treasurer
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.
Mike Cowley

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.

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.

Bryan Jeffries - PFFA President

Professional Fire Fighters Association of Arizona

Bryan Jeffries has worked in the Fire Service and EMS industry since 1991, and currently serves as a captain and paramedic for the City of Mesa Fire and Medical Department. He leads Arizona’s firefighters as President of the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Arizona (PFFA) and previously served as a Phoenix City Councilman, representing District 2.

Bryan spent the last two decades involved in numerous community endeavors, brokering a multitude of fire and emergency service agreements throughout Arizona, consulting on numerous community projects, and speaking at various leadership forums.

The Arizona Republic named Jeffries as one of the paper’s “Arizonans to Watch in 2015”, and he was highlighted by The New York Times for leading the Arizona Public Safety Pension Reform Project.  Jeffries is author of the book, Fire Service Labor Management Relations:  A Practitioner’s Guide.

Jeffries earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from George Washington University, a Master of Arts in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore, and is a graduate of the Labor and Work Life Studies Program at Harvard University. He holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Phoenix College and was recently inducted into the school’s alumni hall of fame. 

Bryan has been married to his high school sweetheart, Lynn, for 25 years. They share their lives and furniture with two spoiled-rotten Labradors. 

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.

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).

Bart Patterson

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


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.

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.  

Steve Purves, FACHE, Ex-Officio

President & Chief Executive Officer
Maricopa Integrated Health System

Steve Purves became President & Chief Executive Officer of Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) in September 2013. MIHS is Arizona’s largest public healthcare system and Maricopa County’s largest training center for physicians and other healthcare professionals. MIHS includes the Maricopa Medical Center, the Arizona Burn Center, the Arizona Children’s Center, a Level I Trauma Center, two behavioral health centers and a network of 13 Federally Qualified Health Centers that serve the entire county. MIHS is the longest serving teaching hospital in Arizona with 10 ACGME accredited residency programs with over 350 residents, hundreds of medical student rotations and significant nursing and allied health training programs. Purves works with the publicly elected five-member Board of Directors who represent the Maricopa County Special Health Care District, to provide executive leadership for the growth and development of MIHS.  Since 2013 Mr. Purves led an $86 million financial turnaround at MIHS and helped secure a $935 million bond referendum to replace facilities and to reinvent MIHS’s role as the safety net system of care for Maricopa County, Arizona.

Mr. Purves is actively involved in the community as an ambassador for MIHS and in a variety of roles outside his health care duties. He serves on the boards of America’s Essential Hospitals, the Arizona Hospital and Health Care Association, the Arizona State University Health Advisory Board and Health Care Futures Council, Valley of the Sun United Way, Maricopa Health Foundation and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.  He is a member of the regional policy board of the American Hospital Association, and is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership.

Mr. Purves has over 37 years of service as a health care executive serving in the investor-owned, public, academic and private not-for-profit settings. Prior to joining MIHS, Mr. Purves served 7 years as President & CEO of Munroe Regional Health System, Inc., a public, not-for-profit healthcare system that serves Marion County and North Central Florida.  Prior to that Mr. Purves served 8 years as President & CEO of the Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals in Columbia, South Carolina, a two-hospital regional health system serving the midlands of South Carolina. During his time in South Carolina, he served as Adjunct Professor for the University of South Carolina School of Public Health. 

Mr. Purves has numerous awards and honors; some of which include an appointment to the position of Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for South Carolina, award of the U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, top 25 most influential leaders in Phoenix, and political advocacy awards from the American Hospital and the Florida Hospital Associations.  He received his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education (Cum Laude) from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. Purves is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

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

Betsey Bayless, Ex-Officio

MIHS President Emeritus

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.

Warren Whitney, Ex-Officio

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs
Maricopa Integrated Health System

Warren Whitney serves as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), our community’s public teaching hospital and safety net health care system. Mr. Whitney joined MIHS in 2005 after voters approved the creation of the Maricopa Special Health Care District – moving the health system from county government to a special taxing district with its own elected board of directors. He directs the health system’s government affairs programs, legislative agenda and real estate strategy.

During more than 30 years in federal, state and county government roles, he served as Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Administration, Deputy Secretary of State, Chief Administrator of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, District 3, and as a District Field Representative for then U.S. Congressman Jon Kyl.

While at the Arizona Department of Administration, Whitney was responsible for management of state facilities and security, including oversight of the Capitol Police Department and management of the state’s construction program.

Mr. Whitney has held leadership and board positions with numerous civic and community organizations, including two terms as an elected member of the Madison Elementary School District governing board, serving as both president and vice president. He has also held board leadership roles for Valley of the Sun United Way, Central Arizona Shelter Services, the Veterans Medical Leadership Council and the Phoenix Museum of History, where he served as board president. He currently serves on the board of the North Mountain Village Planning Committee.  Whitney was recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as a “40 Under 40 Leader" and is a graduate of Valley Leadership Class XVII.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Arizona State University, and an MBA in Health System Management from Grand Canyon University.