3RNET Board of Directors
Judd Mellinger-Blouch, Pennsylvania
Judd Mellinger-Blouch is the 3RNET Network Coordinator for Pennsylvania. Judd has led 3RNET coordination for Pennsylvania since 2014, and this is his third term as a 3RNET Board Member.
Judd was motivated to get involved with 3RNET at the Board Level because, “I was impressed by the 3RNET staff and Board of Directors, and I also thought I could contribute to the organization and help it continuously improve. I'd wanted to have an impact beyond Pennsylvania because this is an issue that crosses state lines. We can do so much more when all 3RNET members work together.”
For Judd, “3RNET is the one recruitment partner who really knows what I do and the challenges I face. When I talk to a staff member or a fellow network coordinator, I know we're talking the same language and trying to solve similar issues. That means that we are not a staff of two here in Pennsylvania. We're a staff of 2 x 50+ 3RNET member organizations + 5 superb staff members. That equals a community of hundreds of colleagues that we can rely on.”
Judd lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Joni Adamson, Missouri
Joni Adamson is the 3RNET Network Coordinator for Missouri. She has led 3RNET coordination in Missouri since 2008, and this is her third term as a Board Member. Joni joined the board because she wanted to give back to an organization that has helped and supported both her and her state on a professional level for many years. She is proud to support the mission and purpose of 3RNET.
For Joni, 3RNET allows for, “Pooling resources, networking, increased capacity to get our job done right and efficiently, as well as 'strength in numbers' to give a voice to rural and underserved!”
Joni lives in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Olivette Burroughs, Virginia
Olivette Burroughs serves as the Statewide Health Workforce Manager with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Office of Health Equity (OHE). In this role, she is responsible for the coordination and assessment of the OHE health workforce recruitment/retention initiatives and incentive programs. She addresses challenges and advance goals identified through the strategic planning processes, with a focus on medically underserved areas of Virginia and the assurance of diverse and culturally competent providers. She also provides technical assistance to communities and practice sites with information regarding best practices and resource development pertaining to recruitment and retention for all incentive programs.
Prior to her VDH assignment, Ms. Burroughs worked at Henrico County’s Capital Region Workforce Partnership G.O.A.L.S Institute as a Regional Coordinator for Employment, providing health care related training, personal effectiveness and other training opportunities to youth. She also provided ongoing quality assurance of participant reports and WIA outcome management.
Ms. Burroughs has worked as the Director of Medication Assistance at Lackey Free Clinic where she supervised and set procedures for all patient eligibility, data management, IT operation and medication functions. She also prepared and submitted quarterly grant reports, ensuring all grant objectives were met. She also served as a preceptor for area Universities and a liaison with local Community Services.
She worked as an Assistant Planner/Research Manager for the Office of Human Affairs providing statistical compilation and analysis, developed new programs and proposal budgets. In addition, she identified and pursued grant funding opportunities and assisted in the development of short- and long-range programmatic planning for health care related programs.
Ms. Burroughs also currently serves as an Online Adjunct Faculty at Grand Canyon University College of Nursing and Health Care Professions responsible for teaching eight Health Care Management courses within the prescribed curriculum.
Olivette Burroughs earned a Masters in Business administration with a concentration in health care Management (MBA, HCM) and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Ms. Burroughs also holds a Professional Health Care Instructor Certification (PHIC).
Melissa Candelaria, New Mexico
Melissa Candelaria is the Senior Recruiter at New Mexico Health Resources, Inc. (NMHR). She has been an employee with NMHR since November 1994. She has over 15 years’ experience as a health professional recruiter. She has served on the board of directors of the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNET). Her experience as a recruiter includes involvement with the various state and federal loan for service and loan repayment programs. Melissa is a member of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and serves on their Health & Wellness Committee. She also has extensive experience in organizing continuing medical and dental education conferences. Ms. Candelaria was born in Ruidoso, NM and raised in Hondo, NM, a very rural area in the southeastern part of New Mexico. She attended Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico and the Dona Ana Branch Community College/New Mexico State University, as well as Central New Mexico Community College.
Sasha Randolph, AASPR, is the 3RNET Network Coordinator for Kansas. She has coordinated 3RNET efforts for her state since 2015, and this is her first term as a 3RNET Board Member.
Sasha was motivated to get involved with 3RNET’s board because, “I wanted to do more to help rural recruitment and retention efforts, not just in Kansas, but nationwide. I believe that the more involved you are in an organization, the better the outcomes are for everyone involved. Not only do I believe that value can be given, but that it can also be received.”
For Sasha, 3RNET means: “We honestly could not do recruitment in Kansas without the efforts of 3RNET. Not only with the quality candidates we receive, but also with the resources and education geared towards rural recruitment and retention as well. We've received some of the most valuable candidates for our rural communities that have given their time and talents over the last decade and do not plan to leave. The impact is felt locally and nationally.”
Sasha lives in Park City, Kansas.
Stacy Kusler, North Dakota
Stacy Kusler is the 3RNET Network Coordinator for North Dakota. She has coordinated 3RNET efforts for her state since 2014, and this is her second term as a 3RNET Board Member.
Workforce Specialist at the North Dakota Center for Rural Health, which serves as the North Dakota State Office of Rural Health. In her role, Stacy is the connection between rural healthcare facilities in North Dakota and qualified health professional job seekers. She assists rural facilities to attract health professionals to their areas by working closely with medical and other health profession students during their training, and by collaborating with the North Dakota Area Health Education Center (ND AHEC) to promote and assist with rural training opportunities. She manages the state’s J-1 visa Waiver program for the North Dakota Primary Care Office, and supports facilities who are looking to hire a J-1 candidate through the application process. Through her position, Stacy is working to reduce the healthcare workforce shortages throughout the state.
Stacy lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota
Rachel Ruddock, Michigan
Rachael Ruddock, MBA, CPRP, is the 3RNET Network Coordinator in Michigan. She has led 3RNET coordination efforts in Michigan since 2015, and this is her second term as a 3RNET Board Member.
Rachel was motivated to become a Board Member of 3RNET because, “I wanted to learn more about the organization and help further serve its mission. 3RNET is an incredible organization with talented staff and Network Coordinators who bring expertise and experience to all things healthcare-workforce-related. Plus, the 3RNET staff and Network Coordinators are a lot of FUN! We enjoy what we do and that shows in our work and our passion for this organization.
“3RNET to me and my work means community. 3RNET and its Network Coordinators are a community of individuals and resources that are available to help health professionals and employers find the right positions and the right people. We work together with a common goal and mission in mind to help rural and underserved communities. We are one community that helps other communities,” Rachel said.
Rachel lives in Okemos, Michigan.
Jessica Seel, South Carolina
Jessica Seel joined the South Carolina Office of Rural Health in 2018 as the workforce program manager. She currently serves as Director of Behavioral Health Initiatives & Workforce Development.
In her role as Director of Behavioral Health Initiatives, Jessica leads SCORH’s efforts to eliminate barriers to mental healthcare and
reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use within rural communities. This work includes suicide prevention programs, and collaborations to address substance use disorder (SUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD). Jessica is the program lead for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP), a statewide consortium of partners to integrate behavioral healthcare, primary care, and the treatment of infectious diseases associated with SUD/OUD.
In her role as Director of Workforce Support, Jessica works to attract and retain physicians, advanced practice providers, and other essential providers to rural and medically underserved communities. She also connects students and clinicians to state and national programs that support long-term rural retention.
A Columbia native, Jessica received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Columbia College and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining SCORH, she worked in the healthcare field in various capacities including marketing, management and community education.
Jessica serves on the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) Physician Assistant Advisory Council, the board of directors for the Rural Recruitment and Retention Network, and the board of directors for Carolinas Association of Physician Services. She enjoys running, exercising, spending time on Lake Murray and cheering for the Gamecocks.
Stephanie Wickliffe is the 3RNET Network Coordinator for Cherokee Nation. Stephanie has led 3RNET coordination for Cherokee Nation since 2015 when she became the Director for the Cherokee Nation Health Services’ Office of Health Professional Recruitment and Retention. This is her first term as a 3RNET Board Member.
Stephanie was motivated to be involved with 3RNET’s board because, “I was impressed with the commitment and mission 3RNET has to continually strive to be an invested partner ultimately helping to improve rural health care access.”
For Stephanie, 3RNET provides many tools and resources: “With the responsibility to recruit and retain physicians and medical providers across the 14-county area of Cherokee Nation it's important to have an organization that understands the needs and challenges of the rural and underserved. 3RNET is a leader and is unique in what they do. They have given us the resources and tools to help improve our recruitment efforts while launching into a new era with the recent rebranding and website,” she said.
Stephanie lives within the Cherokee Nation Reservation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.