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 Hospital and The University of Kansas Physicians, 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 2016

Names and Hometowns

Shirley Allenbrand
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Rob Ayala-Flores
Kansas City, Mo.

Jason Banks
Kansas City, Ks.

Mary Jane Barnes
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Richard Barohn, MD
Kansas City, Mo.

Martin Bicknell
Bucyrus, Ks.

Mary Birch
Immediate Past Chair
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Ellen Bolen
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Bill Brandmeyer
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Jeff Briley
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Owen Buckley
Kansas City, Mo.

Diane Canaday Hesse
Kansas City, Mo.

Irene Caudillo
Kansas City, Ks.

Art Chaudry
Kansas City, Mo.

Stephen Cloud
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Matthew Condon
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Bill Coughlin
Kansas City, Mo.

Fred Coulson
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Betty Crooker
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Ray Daniels, EdD
Kansas City, Ks.

Ramona Farris
Kansas City, Mo.

Patty Garney
Kansas City, Mo.

Janie Gaunce
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Doris Givens, PhD
Kansas City, Ks.

Jared Grantham, MD
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Greg Graves
Stilwell, 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.

Jim Heeter
Kansas City, Mo.

John Holt
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Alison Jager
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Eric Jager
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Roy Jensen, MD
Gardner, Ks.

Jermee Jones
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Lynn Kindred, MD
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Doug Krtek
Kansas City, Mo.

Mark Larrabee
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Linda Lyon
Kansas City, Mo.

Pat McCown
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Earl Merkel, MD
Russell, 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.

Tyler Nottberg
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Judy Overton
Leawood, Ks.

Keith Pence
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Bill Perry
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Justin Poplin
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Joe Reardon
Kansas City, Ks.

Cindy Reynolds
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Ora Reynolds
Leawood, Ks.

Charlie Rhoades, MD
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Steve Roling
Secretary
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.

Sarah Sullivan, JD
Mission Hills, Ks.

Frank Taylor
Olathe, Ks.

Ursula Terrasi
Parkville, Mo.

Evangeline Thompson
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Frank Thompson
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

Jody Tillotson
Shawnee Mission, Ks.

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.

Joy Wheeler
Kansas City, Mo.

Debbie Wilkerson
Leawood, Ks.

Deryl Wynn
Kansas City, 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.

Staff

Jyll Kafer
Senior Director, Advancement Board
KU Endowment

Janice Benjamin
Vice President, Development
Hospital Fund Development
The University of Kansas Hospital

Becci Blaesing
Vice President for Medical Development
KU Endowment

Last modified: May 10, 2016
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