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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 Director Emily Darling at 913-562-2707 or for questions about the board.

Advancement Board Members 2019

Names and Titles

Mayra Aguirre
Vice President and Secretary
Hall Family Foundation

Shirley Allenbrand
Allenbrand Designs & Associates Design, LLC

Renny Arensberg
Executive Vice President
KVC Health Systems

Rob Ayala-Flores
Puente Marketing & Advertising

Richard Barohn, MD
Vice Chancellor for Research
The University of Kansas Medical Center

Whitney Bartelli
NBH Bank Chief Marketing Officer and President
Bank Midwest

Paul M. Black
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

Ellen Bolen
Community Volunteer

Bill Brandmeyer
Vice President of Sales and Business Development
Will & Grail

Owen Buckley
Lane 4 Property Group

Diane Canaday Hesse
Vice Chair, Board Development Committee
Community Volunteer

Irene Caudillo
President and CEO
El Centro

Art Chaudry
Secretary, Advancement Board
President and CEO
Community Builders of Kansas City

Stephen Cloud
IBT, Inc.

Bridgette Cobbins
County Clerk
Unified Government of Wyandotte County

Bill Coughlin
George K. Baum & Company

Tim Cowden
President and CEO
Kansas City Area Development Council

Jason Dalen
Account Vice President, Coronado Wealth Management Group

Chelan David
Director of Development
Youth Volunteer Corps

Ray Evans
Senior Partner
Pegasus Capital Management

Katie Fitzgerald
Senior Wealth Consultant
Mariner Wealth Advisors

Sonia Garapaty
CEO and Owner
FSC, Inc.

Patty Garney
Community Volunteer

Christy Gautreaux
Community Volunteer

Doris Givens, PhD
Community Volunteer

Mercedes Givens
Vice President, Wealth Advisor
Bank of Blue Valley

Sean Goodale
Retina Associates

Ken Hager
Retired CFO and Treasurer

Hibba Haider, MD
Choice Physicians Group

Trudie Hall
Special Programs Coordinator
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Joyce Hayhow
Retired Publisher
Kansas City Business Journal

Mark Henderson
Executive Vice President and COO

Jane Henney, MD
Retired Oncologist

John Holt
Fox 4 News

Bob Hunter
Vice Chair of the Board
FCI Advisors

Alison Jager
Community Volunteer

Roy Jensen, MD
The University of Kansas Cancer Center

Jermee Jones
VP, Relationship Manager
Enterprise Bank & Trust

Jerry Jones, Jr.
Executive Director
Community Health Council of Wyandotte County

Brian Kaufman
Managing Director
Prairie Capital Management

Jeffrey Kramer, MD
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon
The University of Kansas Health System

Doug Krtek
President and Owner
Krtek Real Estate, Inc.

Mark Larrabee
President and CEO
Arvest Bank

Linda Lyon
Community Volunteer

Maria Maffry
Vice Chair, Marketing Committee
Principal and Chief Business Development Officer BNIM

Melanie Mann
Mann Development Company

Pat McCown
Chair, Advancement Board
Retired CEO
McCownGordon Construction

Ellen Merriman
Chair, Community Affairs Committee
Community Volunteer

Erika Moody
Helix Architecture and Design

Bette Morris, PhD
Morris Family Foundation

Kyle Myers
Senior Vice President
PNC Bank

Troy Nash, EdD, JD, MBA
Vice President/Principal
Newmark Grubb Zimmer

Paul Neidlein
President, Midwest Region
JE Dunn

Dean Newton
Managing Director and Executive Vice President
Delta Dental

Tyler Nottberg
Chairman and CEO
U.S. Engineering Company

Danny O’Neill
Owner and Founder
The Roasterie

Keith Pence
Community Volunteer

Bill Perry
Chair, Government Affairs Committee
Retired General Counsel
First American Title Insurance Company

Justin Poplin
Lathrop & Gage

Mary Ann Powell
Community Volunteer and Freelance Editor

Wayne Powell
Vice President
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

Andrea Price
Community Volunteer

Stacie Prosser
Market President and Publisher
Kansas City Business Journal

Will Pryor
Director of Corporate Accounting & Reporting

Joe Reardon
President and CEO
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Cindy Reynolds
Somerset Ridge Winery

Ora Reynolds
President and CEO
Hunt Midwest Enterprises, Inc.

Robbin Reynolds
President and Owner
Sound Products

Steve Roling
Community Volunteer

Josh Rowland
CEO and Vice Chairman
Lead Bank

Marilyn Rymer, MD
The University of Kansas Health System

Jim Saladin
Chair, Marketing Committee
Fractional CMO

Charlie Schellhorn
President and CEO
The Aberdeen Financial Group, LLC

Steve Sestak
Chair, Board Development Committee
Chairman of the Board
MarketSphere Ventures

Mahnaz Shabbir
Shabbir Advisors

Ram Shankar
CFO, Executive Vice President
UMB Financial Corporation

Neal Sharma
Co-Founder and CEO

Jim Shay
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Hallmark Cards

Chase Simmons
Chairman and CEO

Scott Smith
Retired CEO and President
HNTB Infrastructure

Betsey Solberg
Fleishman Hillard

Ira Stolzer
Community Volunteer

Jim Stowers
Oxford Companies

Jeannine Strandjord
Retired Chief Integration Officer

Mike Talboy
Director of Government Affairs
Burns & McDonnell

Ursula Terrasi
Vice Chair, Community Affairs Committee
Terrasi Living

Evangeline Thompson
Community Volunteer

Frank Thompson
Community Volunteer

Michael Tracy
Owner and Managing Principal
OMNI Employment Management Services

Angelo Trozzolo
President and CEO
Trozzolo Communications Group

Tray Vedock
President and CEO
SKC Communications

Tom Walsh
President and Co-founder
HNC Living Foundation

Carolyn Watley
CBIZ-Benefits and Insurance Services

Carol Wei
Founder and President
Mid-America Asian Culture Association

Debbie Wilkerson
President and CEO
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Suzanne Williams

Kay Wolf
Vice Chair, Government Affairs Committee
Former Kansas State Senator

Jeff Yowell
Getter Farms

Emeritus Members

Annette Bloch
R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation

Greg Graves
Retired CEO
Burns & McDonnell

Robert Honse
Retired CEO
Farmland Industries

Drue Jennings
Retired Senior Counsel

Bob Regnier
President and CEO
Bank of Blue Valley

Charlie Sunderland
Retired Chairman
Ash Grove Cement Company

Addie Ward Owner
Russell Stover Candies

Lifetime Members

Mary Birch
Government Relations Coordinator
Lathrop & Gage

Dick Bond
Former Kansas State Senator

Tom Bowser
Retired President and CEO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Janie Gaunce
Grapevine Designs

Laura Gregory
Community Volunteer

Bill Hall
Hall Family Foundation

Mary Hunkeler
Community Volunteer

Cheryl Jernigan
Community Volunteer

Betty Keim
Community Volunteer

Lynn Kindred, MD
The University of Kansas Health System

Bob Kipp
Retired Vice President
Hallmark Cards

Earl Merkel, MD
Family Medicine Specialist
Russell Regional Hospital

Charlie Rhoades, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon
Dickson-Diveley Midwest Orthopaedic Clinic

Jewel Scott
Retired Executive Director
Civic Council of Greater Kansas City

Joy Wheeler
Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri

David Wysong
Former Kansas State Senator

Ex-officio Members

Douglas Girod, MD
University of Kansas

Bob Page
President and CEO
The University of Kansas Health System

Dale Seuferling
KU Endowment

Robert Simari, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor
The University of Kansas Medical Center

Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, FASAHP
Dean, School of Health Professions
The University of Kansas Medical Center

Jill Docking
4-Wichita Advisory Board

Sally Maliski, PhD, RN
Dean, School of Nursing
The University of Kansas Medical Center

Alan Moore
Board Chair
Hays Medical Center

Tammy Peterman, MS, RN, FAAN
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer
The University of Kansas Health System


Emily Darling
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: Nov 17, 2020