Board of Trustees

Rosemary Gibson Portrait

Chair, Altarum's Board of Trustees; Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center

Rosemary Gibson is Senior Advisor at The Hastings Center. She is the 2014 recipient of the highest honor from the American Medical Writers Association for her contributions to the field of medical communication. Her writing gives voice to the public’s interest in critical health care issues of the day.

Ronald Gardhouse Portrait

Vice-Chair, Altarum's Board of Trustees; Retired Group Chief Financial Officer, Detroit Electric, Inc.

Ronald J. Gardhouse was Group Chief Financial Officer of Detroit Electric, Inc. until his retirement in March, 2015. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer and President of NextEnergy, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating advanced energy technologies.

Karen Aldridge-Eason Portrait

Foundation Liaison, Office of the Governor of the State of Michigan

Ms. Aldridge-Eason has served on several nonprofit boards and committees, including the Michigan Public Health Institute, the Michigan Community Service Commission, and the advisory committee of CyberMichigan, a former entity of Altarum Institute. Currently, she serves as chair of the board of directors for Genesys Health Systems, an Ascension Health Ministry. She is also a certified community coach for The Harwood Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to sparking fundamental change in American public life.

Jerry Croan Portrait

Consultant, Third Sector Capital Partners on Social Innovation Financing and Pay for Success Program

Jerry Croan is a successful entrepreneur with an extensive career working to advance health, education, and social policy and practice.


President & CEO, Healthcare Financial Management Association

Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA is President and CEO of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). HFMA provides the resources health care organizations need to achieve sound fiscal health in order to provide excellent patient care.

Guy Fish Portrait

Vice President, Healthcare Practice Group, Fletcher Spaght

Guy Fish, MD, has more than 25 years of health care, life sciences, and biotechnology experience. He serves as a Vice President in the Healthcare Practice Group at Fletcher Spaght, the firm’s consulting business.

Senior Strategic Advisor, American Geriatrics Society

Jennie Hansen, a seasoned health care leader, currently serves on several health care and system boards related to care delivery transformation, quality, and safety, and chronic care innovation and technology for older adults and long-term care financing.

Marvin McKinney Portrait

Senior Consultant and Community Fellow, University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University

Marvin H. McKinney is a Senior Consultant and Community Fellow with University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University.

Alonzo Plough Portrait

Vice President for Research and Evaluation and Chief Science Officer Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Plough’s distinguished career includes many awards recognizing exemplary public service and leadership, service on numerous boards of directors of nonprofit organizations, an extensive body of scholarly publications and book chapters, and extensive engagement in the media through opinion articles and television appearances on public health issues ranging from bioterrorism to community empowerment.

Linc Smith Portrait

President, CEO, and Trustee, Altarum Institute

Linc Smith has served as Altarum Institute’s President and CEO since 2007. He has led the Institute’s health systems research and consulting activities since joining the organization as its Chief Operating Officer in 2001, following Altarum’s acquisition of Vector Research, Inc. (VRI).