A small cadre of outstanding physicians, nurse educators, clergy and business leaders have developed a clear sense of call to commit themselves to the CHT mission and vision. This solid and credible core is growing rapidly both in their depth of commitment and the breadth of expanding influence among other like-minded individuals.
Anne Ruch, M.D.
Chair of Board
Anne is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist in Toledo since 1992. She has also been working with the poorest of Guatemala for the last 20 years with the organization SewHope. On a return flight from Guatemala in 2014, she started asking herself why she was not serving those most in need in her own community of Toledo as much as she was working for the poorest in a far-away country. This led her to start talking to amazing people in Toledo and Detroit who encouraged her to pursue a faith-based clinic that would address these needs. Through the grace of God, she was connected with an incredible group of people who joined her in starting Compassion Health Toledo. Anne and her husband Randy have four much loved children who share their passion for righting the great inequalities of this world.
Janet Robinson, Ph.D.
Vice Chair and Secretary
Janet Hoey Robinson is a nursing leader in Northwest Ohio and is a founding member of Compassion Health Toledo. She brings 20+ years’ experience as an administrator in higher education in Toledo. She earned a BSN from Mercy College (now University of Detroit Mercy) and an MSN and PhD from Wayne State University. She taught nursing in Michigan, Oklahoma and Ohio. She was a tenured professor in nursing at both Lourdes College (now Lourdes University) and Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo Medical College). In addition to teaching at the School of Nursing at MCO, she was an assistant professor in the School of Medicine. Positions she held include: Interim President of Lourdes University, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Lourdes. She was also the Dean of Graduate Programs at MCO School of Nursing and Department Chair of Primary Care. Janet has a passion for serving others and has been active in a variety of church and community organizations. She brings interpersonal communication and networking skills to CHT and enjoys sharing the mission and vision with the community. She and her husband Gene have three sons and seven grandchildren.
Bill Rudolph is chairman of The Rudolph/Libbe Group, parent company of Rudolph/Libbe Inc., GEM Inc., GEM Energy and Rudolph/Libbe Properties. The Rudolph/Libbe Group is a nationally ranked, full-service construction firm serving the facility, process and energy needs of many of the nation’s leading industrial, commercial and institutional owners.
Bill earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. from The Ohio State University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a member of the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT).
Lauri Cooper, J.D.
Lauri Cooper is an active Community volunteer and has been a board member for Compassion Health Toledo since April of 2015. As a practicing attorney for over 21 years, with health care as a specialty, Lauri brings a wealth of experience to Compassion Health Toledo with respect to its legal and compliance needs. Lauri previously worked for the University of Toledo Medical Center and ProMedica Health System. Lauri and her husband Rod, also an attorney, currently live in Ottawa Hills with their two children Zoe and Alex.
Rev. Robert Hoey
Pastor Bob Hoey lives in Detroit, where he has been a founding member of Covenant Community Care, a faith-based Federally Qualified Health Center, (FQHC), for primary care, dental and behavioral health.
He was among the first to encourage the possible creation and development of Compassion Health Toledo. Covenant Community Care has taken a continuing active interest and advocacy on behalf of Compassion Health Toledo, largely through Bob, as their Director of Community Relations, in tandem with their Executive Director, Paul Propson. As liaison in this fruitful collaboration, Bob brings CHT a wealth of experience in matters crucial to our development and growth. Bob is a team player, fostering respect, encouragement and good will in both board policy and community engagement. Bob and his wife, Evelyn, have five children and eight grandchildren.
Lori Johnston is the Chief Information Officer at ProMedica Health System in Toledo. She is responsible for all aspects of information technology throughout the health system. Prior to her current role, Lori served as president and chief administrative officer for ProMedica Physicians and oversaw the recruitment and employment of more than 800 physicians and advanced practice providers, operations of approximately 150 medical practice facilities and provider strategic planning. She has worked at ProMedica since 1996 in various capacities, including chief financial officer/chief operating officer of ProMedica St. Luke’s Hospital, senior vice president of ProMedica Continuum Services and senior vice president of finance. Lori earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration at the University of Toledo and a Master of Business Administration at The Ohio State University. She is active in the community serving on the boards of Compassion Health Toledo, Toledo Mud Hens and Walleye sports teams, St. Ursula Academy, and the Advisory Council for the Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio. Lori also participates in medical missions in conjunction with the University of Toledo Medical School. She lives in the Toledo area with her husband and three children.
Wendy Maria Avina
Wendy Maria Aviña was born in Hanford, California to Mexican Immigrants. Along with her parents, Wendy experienced first-hand the various barriers and inequalities many immigrants endure on a day to day basis in the U.S. These experiences have led her to help Latino families navigate the immigration, education, and healthcare system. Wendy currently works as an Outreach Paralegal with Legal Aid of Western Ohio where she is part of the Agricultural Worker and Immigrant Rights practice group. Wendy is the Chair of FALCON the Farmworker Advocacy Network, and she is also a member of the Latino Alliance of Northwest Ohio. Wendy seeks to create a haven for immigrant Latino families in Toledo where they feel safe and respected. Wendy joins us because she believes that CHT is a great way to connect with the most underserved Latinos in Toledo and a place where this community can heal, learn, and prosper.
Monica Morales lives in Toledo, OH. Monica has been a long-time employee for Schindler Elevator Corporation, and also works as a community organizer for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee- a civil rights and labor organization. She has attained the degree of Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toledo, and the degree of Masters of Organizational Leadership at Lourdes University. Monica is a founding board member of Compassion Health Toledo. She brings cultural competency and diversity skills to CHT as well as serves as a representative voice of the community. Monica was born and raised in the same neighborhood where Compassion Health Toledo is located. She involves herself and two children in various organizations and projects that give back to the underserved in the area. Monica feels blessed and passionate about being a member of the Compassion Health Toledo team.
Laura is a 1985 graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She has served in many volunteer roles while staying home with her six children.
Laura served as the Toledo Area Coordinator for Healing The Children, an organization dedicated to providing medical services to children in developing countries. She is currently dividing her time between volunteering with Compassion Health Toledo, Mercy Cancer Center, Christ Child Society and the Toledo Museum of Art.
Rachel Easley volunteered with Compassion Health Toledo for a year before joining the board in early 2017, where she currently serves as the board secretary. By day, Rachel is the Executive Director of SewHope, a Toledo-based non-profit that works with impoverished populations in northern Guatemala. By night, she lends her administrative talents to CHT and is pursuing a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Rachel desires to see poor neighborhoods in Toledo (and around the world) revitalized through grassroots community development efforts such as Compassion Health Toledo.