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.

He has been married to his wife Nancy for 39 years.  They have two adult children and two grandchildren and currently live in Indialantic, Florida.

Dana Gartzke

Vice-President

Dana Gartzke joined 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. and various state capitals.

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 (HHS), 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 defense programs at Harris Corporation for key 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.

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. Dana married his wife, Joy, in 1980 and they have four grown children. He currently resides in the Washington D.C. area and enjoys skeet and sporting clay in his spare time.

The Alliance Board

Scott Reddig

CEO, 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

 

David Gibbs, Chairman

Legal Counsel, NCLL

 
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