Statewide Advisory Board

The Statewide Advisory Board serves as the primary statewide community input and advisory group for KU Medical Center's Institute for Community Engagement activities. It is a resource for KU Medical Center on general health issues, shifting priorities, education needs, services, research and other topics.

The board is co-chaired by Ryan Spaulding, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, and Mike Kennedy, M.D., Director for Rural Medical Education.

Board members represent medicine, nursing, health professions, health care administration, public health and communities across the state.

Board members

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Kathy Bannister
Community
Representative
Hays
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Monte Coffman
Administration
Representative
Coffeyville
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Amy Falk
Administration
Representative
Kansas City
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Terrie Garrison
Public Health
Representative
Kansas City
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Chrysanne Grund
Administration
Representative
Tribune
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Leslie Lacy
Administration
Representative
Phillipsburg
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Jenny Niblock
Nursing
Representative
Colby
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Crystal Schultz
Health Professions
Representative
Goodland
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Jon Sides
Medicine
Representative
Burlington
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Marla Ullom-Minnich
Medicine
Representative
Moundridge


Kathy Bannister

Image of Kathy Bannister Kathy Bannister is an ordained United Methodist clergy living in Hays. She is currently the interim director of the United Methodist Campus Ministry at Fort Hays State University. Her full time work is on the family farm and ranch in rural Rush County with her husband, Ted. They have three daughters.

In previous years, Bannister had long involvement in the World Council of Churches and several national ecumenical agencies. In her local area she has served on boards for the Golden Belt Community Foundation and an area nursing facility. She pursues carpentry, cooking and reading in her spare time. 

Bannister received a bachelor's degree in Spanish/Latin American Area Studies from The American University in Washington, D.C., and an MDiv degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colo.  

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Monte Coffman

Photo of Monte Coffman Since 1992, Monte Coffman has served as the executive director of Windsor Place, a 147-bed skilled nursing facility. He oversees all Windsor Palace operations, community outreaches and campus programs including home care, meals on wheels, transportation, assisted living and a second skilled nursing facility. Additionally, he directs the development of new programs and services such as Telehealth and Age to Age Kindergarten.

Prior to Windsor Place, Coffman worked for 16 years at Top Management Services as Director of Operations with operational responsibilities for long-term care facilities.

Coffman's community work involves public education and hospital boardships. He is active in a local church. He and his wife, Amber, live in Coffeyville.

Coffman graduated from Santa Fe Trails High School in Carbondale in 1976. He started his college education at Baker University and later transferred to Washburn University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1982.

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Amy Falk

SPhoto of Amy Falkince 2006, Amy Falk has served as executive director of Caritas Clinics, Inc., which is comprised of Duchesne Clinic in Kansas City, Kan., and Saint Vincent Clinic in Leavenworth. These clinics provide primary health care services to the uninsured poor of Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties. Amy has been involved with the clinics since 1989 as a volunteer or member. 

She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas Association of the Medically Underserved, serving as treasurer and chair of its Finance Committee and a member of the Legislative Committee. She also served as a member of the Mid-America Regional Council Safety Net Collaborative; chair of the Wyandotte/Johnson County Safety Net Coalition; member of Congressman Kevin Yoder's Health Care Advisory Task Force; president of the Kansas City, Kansas Women's Chamber of Commerce; and Kansas City, Kansas Chamber of Commerce board member.

Falk is a graduate of Washburn University. She has also completed multiple leadership programs including Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System Leadership Academy (The Academy Fellowship - The Advisory Board Company), Leavenworth-Lansing Leadership Program, and Kansas City, Kansas Leadership 2000 and most recently was a fellow with the Sunflower Foundation Advocacy Fellowship Program.

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Terrie Garrison

Photo of Terrie Garrison Terrie Garrison is the deputy director of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas Public Health Department. Prior to becoming the deputy director in July 2015, she was the program manager for clinical services at the Health Department.

Garrison's other experiences include serving as a nurse manager for an organization that provided group home care to individuals with severe developmental disabilities and staff nurse on a rehabilitation unit. Terrie has always worked with populations that require special care and services.

Garrison also participates on the Kansas Maternal and Child Health Coalition and is the past chair of the Mother and Child Health Coalition of Greater Kansas City.

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Chrysanne Grund

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Chrysanne Grund has worked with Greeley County Health Services for the last 22 years. During this time, she's worked in a number of roles including insurance billing, office management and most recently as project director. Grund was recognized for her work and years of community service by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and was named as a Community Health Leader in 2011. GCHS has been involved with national programs such as the National Health Service Corps, Healthy Communities Access Program and was designated as a National Community Center of Excellence in Women's Health in October 2004. GCHS is one of 40 programs across the nation working with the Rural Health Information Technology Network Development grant. 

Grund's commitment to health care does not stop at the office. She is also a founding member of an independent health care foundation in Wallace County and participated as a member of the Sunflower Foundation's 2008 Health Advocacy Fellowship class. Grund has consulted with other rural health systems and specializes in program development and grant writing and has accumulated over $5 million in grants for GCHS and other organizations. 

Grund enjoys spending family time with her husband Jerry and two children Callahan and Chisum on their farm and ranch outside of Wallace.

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Leslie Lacy

Photo of Les LacyLeslie Lacy is a vice president for regional operations for Great Plains Health Alliance. Previously, Lacy served as administrator of Cheyenne County Hospital for almost 20 years. 

Lacy began in health care in 1977 and has worked several locations, serving in every department of the hospital at some point during his career. He has written, managed, or participated in several federal, state and private grants oriented around direct patient care, telemedicine and infrastructure.

Lacy serves on several boards, including Kansas Hospital Association, Sunflower Foundation and the American Hospital Association's Regional Policy Review Board among others. 

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Jenny Niblock, APRN

Photo of Jenny NiblockJenny Niblock is the chief nursing officer for Citizens Medical Center Inc. (CMCI) in Colby. She oversees all patient care areas for CMCI. Previously, Niblock was an APRN at Family Center for Healthcare, a rural health clinic part of CMCI. In all of her roles, she has focused her efforts on advocating for big city care and expertise in the rural setting. Niblock loves mentoring others to bring positive change to health care organizations. She is passionate about making sure rural health care clinics, hospitals and long-term care are positioned to provide quality health care from obstetrics to end of life care.

Niblock is an active part many federal grant projects, including the Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative and the Diabetes Quality of Care Project.

Niblock received her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Fort Hays State University, She is a certified in hospice and palliative care and is also wound-care certified. Niblock is married to the love of her life, Paul, and together they are raising four kids active in sports, 4-H, church activities, as well as many other community activities and projects.

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Crystal Schultz

Photo of Crystal Schultz Crystal Schultz is the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and Telemedicine Coordinator at Goodland Regional Medical Center (GRMC) in Goodland. She provides services across age ranges focusing on a variety of speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. This includes evaluations and development of specific treatment plans for individuals. In addition to SLP services, she coordinates the Telemedicine Clinic at GRMC. This allows her the opportunity to help coordinate patient's needs with specialists not available at the hospital or come to the hospital on a limited basis. Schultz feels that telemedicine is the gateway that helps bridge the needs of rural patients to specialty care providers.  

Schultz received her Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University and her master's degree from Fort Hays State University. Schultz is a native of Northwest Kansas. She started working at Goodland Regional Medical Center shortly after she moved back to her home town of St. Francis to marry her husband, Kyle. She and Kyle are the proud parents of one daughter.

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Jon Sides, M.D.

Photo of Jon SidesJon Sides, M.D., is a primary care physician in Burlington. He has practiced there for 11 years, with obstetrics and supervising the ER.

His most recent endeavor has been the rural assistant network director for the eastern part of Kansas. One of his favorite things to do is mentor medical students early on in their training.

Sides graduated from KU Medical Center in in 2001 and did his residency at Smoky Hill in Salina. He has remained a lifelong Kansan with strong ties.

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Marla Ullom-Minnich, M.D.

Photo of Marla Ullom-Minnich Marla Ullom-Minnich, M.D., is a family physician in private practice in Moundridge, where she provides full spectrum family medicine care to her patients. She also is Clinical Assistant Professor - Volunteer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Ullom-Minnich has served as co-director of the South Central Medical Education Network Site in McPherson since 1998 where she is active with working with the pre-med programs as well as with the precepting of medical students and residents. She serves as medical director for Pine Village nursing home and also serves on the board of the Memorial Home Endowment Foundation.

Ullom-Minnich received her BA in biology and German from McPherson College, her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, and completed her Family Medicine Residency at St. Joseph's Hospital in Wichita. 

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