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Advisory Board

The North Idaho Area Health Education Center (NI-AHEC) Advisory Board helps guide and inform the programs and long-term planning of the North Idaho AHEC. The Board membership includes representatives from a variety of professional backgrounds, including education (college/university and high school), medical (focus on primary care), behavioral health, public health and student(s) enrolled in a health professions program. These professionals fill a vital role in collaborating to ensure the health care workforce and other needs of Idaho are considered from diverse points of view, and we are so thankful for their support!

Board Chair

  • Kayla Sprenger, MHA, Community Health Director, Public Health-Idaho North Central District

Board Members

  • Cody Wilkinson, MHA, Director of Population Health, Clearwater Valley Health and St. Mary's Health
  • Helen Brown, RD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor, Public Health and Nutrition, Exercise, Sport, and Health Sciences, University of Idaho
  • Jacob Hornby, PhD, Member, Professor of Biology, Pre-Health Professions Advisor, Lewis-Clark State College
  • Dr. Jonathan Shupe, MD, Family Physician, Kootenai Family Medicine Coeur d' Alene Residency 
  • Joyce Lyons, PhD,  Rural Crisis Response Project Manager, Public Health-Idaho North Central District
  • Megan Lowery, Human Services Program Specialist (System Design & Implementation), IDHW - Division of Behavioral Health 
  • Rula Awwad-Rafferty, PhD, Program Head, Interior Architecture and Design, University of Idaho
  • Susan Stauffer, MEd, Associate Director, STEM Access, University of Idaho

To learn more about our Advisory Board, please contact Liz Bryant, North Idaho AHEC Director: 208-885-0131 or

Contact AHEC

Phone: 208-885-0131