Patrick N. Connell, M.D., FACEP
Chairman and Physician Member
Dr. Connell is an emergency department staff physician at Maryvale Hospital Medical Center, West Valley Health Center, and part time attending at Maricopa Medical Center. He is President of Maryvale Emergency Physicians, Ltd.; Medical Director of Healthwaves, Inc., a corporate wellness company; and, Councilor of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Connell has worked with the American College of Emergency Physicians as a member of their Practice Management Committee and assisted in policy development for the College. He is a past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians and has served on their Board for ten years. Dr. Connell has been a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians since 1983. Dr. Connell received his medical degree at the University of Arizona and performed his residency in surgery at University Hospital in Tucson.


Edward J. Schwager, M.D., FAAFP
Vice Chairman and Physician Member 
Dr. Schwager is a family physician in Tucson. He was the national chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Organization of Student Representatives and went on to serve as a member of the Executive Council of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and president of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians. He is listed in Best Doctors in America, Pacific Region. He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice and has received an additional Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics. Dr. Schwager is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Schwager completed his medical degree and family practice residency at the University of Arizona.


Becky Jordan
Secretary and Public Member
Ms. Jordan served in the United States Air Force for twenty years. She retired in 1977 with the rank of major. In 1992, Ms. Jordan was elected state representative for District 16, which she held for two terms. While in the State Legislature, Ms. Jordan served as chair of the Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee. During her distinguished military career, she received the USAF Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the USAF Outstanding Unit Award with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, and the Meritorious Service Medal. Other honors include the University of Arizona Alumni Association Distinguished Citizen Award and the American Legion Distinguished Legislator Award. Ms. Jordan received a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a bachelor of science in animal science from the University of Arizona with additional postgraduate coursework in animal physiology.


Ronnie R. Cox, Ph.D. 
Public Member
Dr. Cox is a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University. Among his numerous leadership positions, he was former chair of the African American Advisory Council to the Governor of Arizona, chairperson for the Arizona State Black Faculty, Staff, and Student Caucus, and board member of the Maricopa County Appellate Nominating Committee. An Honor Graduate, Officers Candidate School (OCS), Dr. Cox holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserves. He received his master of science degree in education management from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his doctorate in education-business/finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Jay M. Crutchfield, M.D., FACS
Physician Member

Jay M. Crutchfield, MD, FACS, a native of Arizona, obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York, and completed his general surgical residency at the VA Hospital, in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Crutchfield, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is also an active member of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, the Arizona Medical Association, and the American Society of Parental and Enteral Nutrition. He has authored several surgical and technology related articles. He serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, and holds a paralegal certificate from the University of Arizona's Extended University. Dr. Crutchfield has practiced surgery in rural Arizona since 1996.

Robert P. Goldfarb, M.D., FACS 
Physician Member
Robert P. Goldfarb, M.D. graduated from Tulane University, School of Medicine and works in a private Tucson, Arizona neurosurgery practice. Dr. Goldfarb is also a neurosurgical consultant to the University of Arizona Athletic Department and to the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Hospital. Dr. Goldfarb completed his Internship at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago and his Residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of Illinois Hospitals and Presbyterian-St. Lukes Hospital in Chicago. He is certified by both the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Goldfarb is an active member on the El Dorado Hospital Board of Trustees and is a member of several professional societies including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (Harvey Cushing Society), Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Medical Association, Arizona Medical Association, and the Pima County Medical Society.


Tim B. Hunter, M.D., FACR
Physician Member

Dr. Hunter is a tenured professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Radiology at the University of Arizona. Previously, he served as chief of staff of University Medical Center and was the founder and first director of the Tucson Breast Center. Featured in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Dr. Hunter, along with two other physicians, was awarded a patent for a digital mammography apparatus. A prolific author and speaker, Dr. Hunter is a member of the distinguished Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists, an organization that limits its membership to those who have published significant works in gastrointestinal radiology. Dr. Hunter received his medical degree at Northwestern University in Chicago. He completed his internship at Wayne County General Hospital in Eloise, Michigan; his residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Michigan; and, his fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson.


Ram R. Krishna, M.D.
Physician Member
Dr. Krishna, an orthopedic surgeon who is currently in private practice in Yuma, was formerly the chief of surgery at Yuma Regional Medical Center. Dr. Krishna served as chair of the Yuma Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees and as president of the Yuma County Medical Society. Currently, he is a member of the Arizona Orthopedic Society and the Arizona Medical Association. Dr. Krishna was awarded the Arizona Medical Association's Distinguished Service Award in 2000 for his exceptional work in the community. He completed his medical degree at Bangalore University Medical College in Bangalore, India, and his internship and a one year residency in general surgery and a four year residency in orthopedics at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.


William R. Martin, III, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Martin is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Canyon Orthopaedic Surgeons, LTD. in Phoenix. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Kidney Foundation and the Dr. Charles E. Gavin Memorial Foundation. Dr. Martin has been a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People since 1973. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Arizona Medical Association, the Arizona Orthopaedic Association, the Maricopa County Medical Society, and the Western Orthopaedic Association. He received his medical degree from the Loyola University of Chicago in Maywood, Illinois.


Sharon B. Megdal, Ph.D.
Public Member
Dr. Megdal serves as Associate Director of the Water Resources Research Center, as well as Professor and Specialist of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. She has been a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission and served as the Chair of the Arizona Joint Select Committee on State Revenues and Expenditures. In 1997 Dr. Megdal completed a six-year term on the Arizona State Transportation Board, serving as the board's Chair during the last year of her term. Dr. Megdal has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of TMC Healthcare and the Board of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. She recently served as Co-Chair of the Governor's Transportation Vision 21 Task Force and was a member of the Governor's Water Management Commission. She currently serves on the Arizona Water Quality Appeals Board. Sharon Megdal received her doctor of philosophy degree in economics from Princeton University, with a specialization in public sector economics and econometrics. In October 2000 The Business Journal named Dr. Megdal one of the "Valley's Most Influential" in the area of Transportation.


Dona Pardo, R.N., Ph.D.
Public Member, Registered Nurse

Dr. Pardo is a healthcare educator and former faculty member and is currently serving as the continuing education administrator for the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. She is actively involved in the nursing profession and has received numerous awards, including the Sigma Theta Tau International Medical Award for Excellence in Nursing Journalism and the Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Mu Chapter, Award of Distinction for Excellence in Nursing Education. Dr. Pardo has developed continuing education courses and study modules for nursing students and professional nurses on such topics as mental health, HIV/AIDS, chemotherapy, managed care, and ethics. She earned a master's degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and holds a doctorate in higher education from the University of Arizona.


William W. Wong, M.D.
Physician Member

Dr. Wong is an Assistant Professor for the Mayo Medical School and a Consultant for the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, North Central Cancer Treatment Group, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, Arizona Medical Association, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Wong also serves as a member on the Education Committee at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. Dr. Wong is board certified in Radiation Oncology and Internal Medicine.