MHA Announces Leadership Changes; Mitchell Promoted to Executive Vice President

Posted on November 13, 2018

Seaman to Retire; Mitchell, Barkholz and McKeague Assume New Roles; Carlson Joins Advocacy Team

David SeamanEffective Jan. 1, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association will see major leadership changes. David Seaman, currently executive vice president, will retire. Seaman has spent 33 years with the MHA as executive vice president and chief operating officer, leading the association’s advocacy and policy divisions and overseeing the MHA’s operational divisions. Seaman has also served as the longtime MHA Board of Trustees staff secretary.

“We salute David Seaman’s outstanding contributions to Michigan healthcare over the past three decades. We are also confident that our leadership transition plan will ensure that the association will continue to thrive well into the future,” said MHA CEO Brian Peters. 

Chris MitchellUpon Seaman’s departure, Chris Mitchell will be promoted from senior vice president, Advocacy, to executive vice president, Advocacy & Public Affairs. Mitchell will have executive oversight of the Advocacy, Policy and Communications divisions. Mitchell joined the MHA in 2006 as a fellow, serving as a lobbyist for the hospital community and for the last two years leading the association’s Advocacy division.

Adam Carlson will join the advocacy team effective Nov. 20 as senior director, Government & Political Affairs. Carlson joins the MHA from the State Budget Office, where he served as senior advisor since January 2017. Prior to that, Carlson worked as a legislative director and senior budget advisor for the appropriations chair in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Amy BarkholzAmy Barkholz, MHA general counsel, will assume Seaman’s Board of Trustees staff secretary duties. Barkholz has been with the MHA for nearly 25 years and serves as the chief legal officer for the association and its related entities, including the MHA Keystone Center, the MHA Health Foundation and the MHA Service Corporation.

Nancy McKeagueNancy McKeague, currently senior vice president and chief of staff, has been named chief operating officer, and will oversee Human Resources, IT, Graphic Services and Accounting & Finance. A former member of legislative staff in both the state House and Senate, she has more than 30 years of experience in government relations and nonprofit association management.

Based in greater Lansing, the MHA advocates in Michigan and Washington, DC, to advance the health of individuals and communities. The MHA is a nationally recognized leader on initiatives that protect and promote quality, cost-effective and accessible healthcare. To learn more, visit


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