Hannibal Regional Healthcare System Board of Directors

Jack Whitaker

After four years of service in the United States Air Force, Jack Whitaker moved to Houston, Texas where he received his BBA at the University of Houston.  He later returned to that university, receiving an Executive MBA in 1984.  In 1997, his company, Morris Communications Company, transferred Mr. Whitaker to Hannibal, Missouri, where he served as Publisher of the Hannibal Courier-Post, Missouri’s oldest daily newspaper until he retired in June 2011.  Jack served as President of the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce in 2000.  He also served on the Boards of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area, Hannibal Industrial Development Company and other community non-profit organizations.

Paul Ewert
Vice Chairperson

Paul Ewert is the Chief Executive Officer of Beth Haven, a Hannibal faith-based not-for-profit retirement community. Mr. Ewert has a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Illinois, Springfield and a BA in Political Science with a Minor in Economics from Wichita State University.  Mr. Ewert is a member and past President of the Hannibal Rotary Club, Hannibal Chamber of Commerce and LeadingAge Missouri.


Carolyn Shaw
Carolyn Shaw is retired from US Bank where she served as Community Bank President of the East Missouri Market, which included branches in Hannibal, Bowling Green, and Montgomery City.  She now works part-time in Loan Operations for The Mercantile Bank of Louisiana, MO.  Ms. Shaw received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Economics, from William Jewell College.  She manages her family’s 530 acre farm and serves as director of music and youth ministries for the First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green.  Ms. Shaw is a member of Chapter DA P.E.O. and G.F.W.C. Heir Study Club, and she enjoys doing volunteer work with community service organizations. 


Steve Miller
Secretary Pro Tempore

Steve Miller is Director of Advancement for Planned Giving at Culver-Stockton College.  Upon graduating from high school Mr. Miller served 3 year in the U.S. Army.  Mr. Miller graduated from Hannibal-LaGrange University with a A.A. degree and Northwest Missouri State University with a B.S. degree in Public Administration with a minor in Business.  Mr. Miller also has an MBA from William Woods University.  Mr. Miller has worked in the business community in the Hannibal area since 1984.  Mr. Miller has served as President of the United Way Board of directors, YMCA Board of directors and Early Bird Kiwanis.

Jason Poage

Jason Poage is the Owner of Poage Automotive - Farm – Land Management.   Mr. Poage is a member of the Hannibal Chamber of Commerce, Mark Twain Corvette Club, 4H and MADA.  Mr. Poage has serviced as a Director for Missouri Auto Dealers Association for Northeast Region and the Hannibal Nutrition Center.  Mr. Poage has been recognized as a GM Mark of Excellence Dealer.  

Jerry Trower
Assistant Treasurer

Jerry Trower is the past President, CEO and current Director of HOMEBANK in Palmyra, Missouri.  Mr. Trower is the past President, Treasurer and Director of the Palmyra Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Trower is past President and Board member of the Hannibal Chamber of Commerce.  

Mr. Trower also serves as Treasurer of the Marion County Library District, Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council and is a board member of the Missouri Bankers Association. He currently serves as a board member on the Health Network of Missouri (HNM) as HRHS representative.

Pat Benson

Pat Benson is the founder of Benson Financial Group.  Mr. Benson has been in the financial business for the past 19 years.  Community involvement is important to Mr. Benson, as he serves on the board of directors for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Hannibal Police and Fire Pension Board, The Kissing Well, and is a Board of Trustees member at Hannibal-LaGrange University.  He formally was a member of the Hannibal Regional Hospital Board. Mr. Benson is also part of a BBT (Biblical Business Training) group in Hannibal.   

Mr. Benson is a lifelong resident of the tri-state area.  He was born and raised in Monroe City and lived there until moving to Hannibal in 1993 with his wife Connie and daughter Kyley.  He is an active member of Second Baptist Church in Bowling Green, MO where he serves as a deacon.  He and his wife, Connie, are very supportive of missions work in Haiti, Guatemala, and Uganda.  In his free time, he enjoys golfing, reading, traveling, spending time on the farm, and watching his favorite sports team.

Robert Gilstrap

Robert (Bob) Gilstrap is a McDonald’s Owner / Operator in Hannibal, Bowling Green, Macon and two in Kirksville. Mr. Gilstrap graduated from University of Missouri – Columbia with a degree in Operations Management. Upon graduation Bob worked for AT&T, Southwestern Bell and SBC for a total of 12 years in a variety of management positions.  Mr. Gilstrap has served on the Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation Board for more than 4 years. He also helped found Kids in Motion which serves at risk teens in Hannibal, Bowling Green, and Louisiana, Missouri.   

Dr. Erik Meidl

Dr. Erik Meidl received his B.A. degree in biology from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.  He received his M.D. degree from The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.  He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Geisinger Medical Center.  He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  He has been practicing internal medicine at the Hannibal Clinic in Hannibal, MO since 1996.  He has served twice as President of the Medical Staff at Hannibal Regional Hospital.  He has an interest in medical ethics and has published numerous articles in that field.  He volunteers at the Hannibal Free Clinic as well as the Knights of Columbus,  Boy Scouts of America,  and 4 H. 

Dirk Sauer

Dirk Sauer is retired owner/operator of Martin's True Value Hardware, Inc. in Hannibal, MO, having spent over 40 years in the retail hardware business.  Mr. Sauer attended the University of Missouri where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1972.  Mr. Sauer serves as a director on the Session of First Presbyterian Church in Hannibal in addition to the HRHS board of directors.  Mr. Sauer also formerly served as a member and officer of the Beth Haven Nursing Home board, Hannibal High School Booster Club, the Hannibal Free Public Library, and the Hannibal Jaycees. 

Gene Scholes, Jr.

Gene Scholes, Jr. is the Vice President of Reliable Pest Solutions, a regional pest management company in the Tri State area.  Mr. Scholes is a board certified entomologist and a member of various civic and professional organizations.  He has served on and chaired numerous boards and associations on a local, state, and national level.  He additionally works as a consultant for pest control companies.  He formally was a member of the Hannibal Regional Hospital Board and served as Chair.  He has served as President of the Hannibal Chamber of Commerce and the Hannibal Evening Kiwanis Club.


Linda Straube

Linda Straube is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Hannibal, Missouri as well as a limited partner with Edward Jones.  She earned a BS in Education at the University of Missouri and opened her first business, The Home Maid Shop in Mexico, Missouri in 1973.  She expanded with a second store in Hannibal, Missouri in 1975.  She served as President of Huck Finn Merchants Association before selling both stores in 1984.

Linda joined EF Hutton as a Financial Advisor in 1986 in Quincy, Illinois and trained in New York City.  She opened an office for Edward Jones in Hannibal, Missouri in 1993 where she currently provides financial services for individuals and businesses.  She has served on several executive boards, including the North East Missouri Community Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Hannibal Arts Council, Hannibal Country Club and currently serves on the A+ Committee and was a founding member.  Linda was presented with the 1997 Community Betterment Award, along with John Grossmeier and Tim Carter for raising funds for the fire department to purchase specialized helmets.  She has been honored with many achievement awards by Edward Jones and the financial industry, including the National Who’s Who for Executive Professionals.

She enjoys traveling, playing cards, golf and family.

Dr. Richard Valuck

Dr. Richard Valuck is a native of Kirksville, MO. He earned BA and MD degrees at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been practicing Cardiology in Hannibal for 25 years. He is a member of Hannibal Regional Medical Group and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Medical Association and Northeast Missouri County Medical Society.