Advancement Board

The Advancement Board is an advisory group of more than 85 appointed members, which represents the objectives of the University of Kansas Medical Center, The University of Kansas Health System, collectively known as the academic medical center. In its first nine years, the Advancement Board for the University of Kansas academic medical center has helped improve medical research and healthcare for the Kansas City area, the state of Kansas and the region.

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The Board works to develop community and public support for the academic medical center and to bolster philanthropic efforts for education, research and patient care. The full Board meets twice each year, with committee meetings and community affairs events held throughout the year. Under the direction and guidance of the Executive and Oversight Committees, standing committees work to accomplish strategic priorities.

The Board Development Committee identifies community leadership in targeted sectors that support a robust advocacy contingency. Government Affairs works to empower board members to understand and respond to federal and state fiscal policy that impacts the academic medical center. Community Affairs creates public awareness to engage and educate community leaders and advocates regarding the role of the academic medical center by sponsoring community outreach events. The Marketing Committee works in partnership with professional staff, to develop enhanced marketing strategies that support the priorities of the academic medical center and expand branding of the Advancement Board.

Please contact Advancement Board Senior Director Jyll Kafer at 913-562-2707 or jkafer@kuendowment.org for questions about the board.


Advancement Board Members 2017

Names and Hometowns

Shirley Allenbrand
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Rob Ayala-Flores
Kansas City, Mo.

Richard Barohn, MD
Kansas City, Mo.

Martin Bicknell
Overland Park, Ks.

Ellen Bolen
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Bill Brandmeyer
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Jeff Briley
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Owen Buckley
Kansas City, Mo.

Ronnie Burt
Kansas City, Mo.

Diane Canaday Hesse
Kansas City, Mo.

Irene Caudillo
Kansas City, Ks.

Art Chaudry
Kansas City, Mo.

Stephen Cloud
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Bridgette Cobbins
Kansas City, Ks.

Matthew Condon
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Bill Coughlin
Kansas City, Mo.

Fred Coulson
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Tim Cowden
Overland Park, Ks.

Betty Crooker
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Chelan David
Overland Park, Ks.

Ramona Farris
Kansas City, Mo.

Katie Fitzgerald
Leawood, Ks.

Patty Garney,
Kansas City, Mo.

Doris Givens, PhD
Kansas City, Ks.

Mercedes Givens
Overland Park, Ks.

Ken Hager
Leawood, Ks.

Lisa Hale
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Trudie Hall
Kansas City, Ks.

Cathy Harding
Kansas City, Ks.

Joyce Hayhow
Chair
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Mark Henderson
Parkville, Mo.

John Holt
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Alison Jager
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Roy Jensen, MD
Gardner, Ks.

Jermee Jones
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Jerry Jones, Jr.
Kansas City, Ks.

Jeffrey Kramer, MD
Kansas City, Mo.

Doug Krtek
Kansas City, Mo.

Mark Larrabee
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Linda Lyon
Kansas City, Mo.

Maria Maffry
Overland Park, Ks

Pat McCown
Chair-elect
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Ellen Merriman
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Bette Morris, PhD,  
Topeka, Ks.

Troy Nash, EdD, JD, MBA
Kansas City, Mo.

Jack Newman, Jr.
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Dean Newton
Prairie Village, Ks.

Tyler Nottberg
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Danny O’Neill
Kansas City, Mo.

Judy Overton
Leawood, Ks.

Keith Pence
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Bill Perry
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Justin Poplin
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Will Pryor
Prairie Village, Ks.

Joe Reardon
Kansas City, Ks.

Cindy Reynolds
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Ora Reynolds
Leawood, Ks.

Robbin Reynolds
Mission Hills, Ks.

Steve Roling
Secretary
Kansas City, Mo.

Marilyn Rymer, MD
Kansas City, Mo.

Jim Saladin
Overland Park, Ks.

Dirk Schafer
Kansas City, Mo.

Charlie Schellhorn
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Steve Sestak
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Mahnaz Shabbir
Stilwell, Ks.

Neal Sharma
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Jim Shay
Kansas City, Mo.

Chase Simmons
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Scott Smith
Kansas City, Mo.

Betsey Solberg
Kansas City, Mo.

Ira Stolzer
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Jim Stowers
Prairie Village, Ks.

Jeannine Strandjord
Leawood, Ks.

Sarah Sullivan, JD
Mission Hills, Ks.

Mike Talboy
Kansas City, Mo.

Frank Taylor
Olathe, Ks.

Ursula Terrasi
Parkville, Mo.

Evangeline Thompson
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Frank Thompson
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Jody Tillotson
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Angelo Trozzolo
Kansas City, Mo.

Barbara Unell
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Tray Vedock
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Michael Viazzoli
Overland Park, Ks.

Susan Wally
Kansas City, Mo.

Tom Walsh
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Carolyn Watley
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Carol Wei
Olathe, Ks.

Debbie Wilkerson
Leawood, Ks.

Kay Wolf
Prairie Village, Ks.

Jeff Yowell
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Emeritus Members

Marc Asher, MD
Leawood, Ks.

Annette Bloch
Rancho Mirage, Ca.

Forrest Hoglund
Dallas, Tx.

Bob Honse
Lawrence, Ks.

Drue Jennings
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Joe Morris
Leawood, Ks.

Bob Regnier
Leawood, Ks.

Addie Ward
Kansas City, Mo.

Lifetime members

Dick Bond
Overland Park, Ks.

Tom Bowser
Olathe, Ks.

Bill Hall
Mission Hills, Ks.

Mary Hunkeler
Mission Woods, Ks.

Cheryl Jernigan
Kansas City, Mo.

Betty Keim
Lawrence, Ks.

Bob Kipp
Leawood, Ks.

Charlie Sunderland
Overland Park, Ks.

David Wysong
Mission Hills, Ks.

Staff

Jyll Kafer
Senior Director, Advancement Board
KU Endowment

Janice Benjamin
Vice President, Development
Health System Fund Development
The University of Kansas Health System

Becci Blaesing
Vice President for Medical Development
KU Endowment

Last modified: May 31, 2017
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