Executive Team

Hon. Dave Weldon, M.D.

President

Former Congressman Dave Weldon was asked to take the position of president of The Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries in January of 2017 and is responsible for overseeing all of the affairs of the ministry association.

Dr. Weldon served seven terms in Congress from 1995 through 2009.   During his years of congressional service, he was on multiple committees and subcommittees that dealt with healthcare policy. After his retirement from Congress, he has practiced internal medicine and has been on the faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology, teaching in their Biomedical Engineering Department.

Prior to Congress, Dr. Weldon was an officer in the United State Army from 1981-1987 (Major Medical Corp) and was in private practice in Internal Medicine.  He is a graduate SUNY Stony Brook with a B.S. in biochemistry, and obtained his M.D. degree from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine.

He has served on the board of directors of multiple entities and corporations since leaving Congress and most recently was on the board of directors of Christian Care Ministry, one of the member ministries of the Alliance.

Dr. Weldon is a born again Christian, having given his life to Christ at age 19. He has been married to his wife Nancy for 37 years.  They have two adult children and two grandchildren and currently live in Indialantic, Florida.

Joel Noble

Vice-President

Joel Noble has served with the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries since its formation. He was appointed as Vice President in 2014.

Noble is the Director of Public Policy at Samaritan Ministries International, where he has served since 2001. Noble earned his bachelor’s degree in history education from Illinois State University, with an emphasis on political science, geography, and sociology. While at ISU, he was honored to perform with the Gamma Phi Circus, the oldest collegiate circus in the United States. Noble completed a Master of Arts in leadership studies from the Seminary at Lincoln Christian University, where his final research paper focused on what the Bible teaches concerning the proper jurisdiction of the family, church, and civil government.

He has served in the past on the board of Groveland Missionary Church. He currently attends Harvest Bible Chapel Peoria. Joel has been married to Sarah for 16 years and they have four boys.

Dana Gartzke

Executive Director

Dana Gartzke was named Executive Director for the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries in January of 2017, and is responsible for the association’s administrative and legislative affairs in Washington D.C.

Gartzke served 22 years on Capitol Hill as a Chief of Staff for three members of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives. During that time, he helped secure key legislation for conscience protection for health care providers; protecting First Amendment rights of military service members wishing to express their religious actions and speech; and advancing second amendment rights and protections.  He has experience with several key committees including Appropriations, Financial Services, Armed Services, Education and Labor, and Science & Technology.

Prior to the Hill, Gartzke spent 15 years as an engineer and program manager for complex defense programs at Harris Corporation for key defense platforms and agencies such as DoD, NASA, JPL, and NSA. He also co-founded the Space Coast Family Forum, an ad hoc citizen advocacy group promoting pro-life and pro-family legislation in the state of Florida.

Residing in the Washington, D.C. area, Gartzke received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida, a M.B.A. degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, and was awarded from Harvard Law School in 2014 the Program on Negotiation certificate. He is a Stennis Fellow and is the past co-founder and board member of Covenant Christian School in Palm Bay, Florida and was an elder and deacon of that PCA church. He currently attends McLean Bible in McLean, VA. Dana has been married to Joy for 37 years and has four grown children. He enjoys skeet and sporting clay in his spare time.

The Alliance Board

Mick Gosdin

Chairman of the Board, Christian Care Ministry

Ted A. Pittenger

Founder and CEO, Samaritan Ministries

Keith Hopkinson

Legal Counsel, Winstead PC

Howard Russell

CEO, Christian Healthcare Ministries

James Lansberry

Executive Vice President, Samaritan Ministries

Ted Squires

CEO, Christian Care Ministry

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