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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 and 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 2021

Renny Arensberg
Executive Vice President
KVC Health Systems

Rob Ayala-Flores
Puente Marketing & Advertising

Whitney Bartelli
Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer
CommunityAmerica Credit Union

Kimberly Beatty, EdD
Metropolitan Community College

Paul M. Black
Chair, Board Development Committee
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

Ellen Bolen
Community Volunteer

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

Owen Buckley
Lane 4 Property Group

Lynn Carlton
Regional Leader of Planning

Kelly Carnago
On Sabbatical

Jeff Carson
President, Kansas City Region
Enterprise Bank & Trust

William Cathcart-Rake, MD
Retired Dean of the School of Medicine – Wichita
University of Kansas

Irene Caudillo
President and CEO
El Centro

Jeff Chadiha
Senior Writer
NFL Media

Stephen Cloud
IBT, Inc.

Tim Cowden
President and CEO
Kansas City Area Development Council

Jason Dalen
Vice President – Financial Advisor
RBC Wealth Management

Chelan David
Director of Development
Youth Volunteer Corps

Octavio Estrella
Assistant Director of Student Services
Kansas City Kansas Public Schools

Ray Evans
Senior Partner
Pegasus Capital Management

Katie Fitzgerald
Vice Chair, Community Affairs Committee
Senior Wealth Consultant
Mariner Wealth Advisors

Sonia Garapaty
CEO and Owner
FSC, Inc.

Patty Garney
Community Volunteer

Christy Gautreaux
Community Volunteer

Mercedes Givens
Private Wealth Manager
Creative Planning

Sean Goodale
Retina Associates

Ken Hager
Retired CFO and Treasurer

Hibba Haider, MD
Choice Physicians Group

Brigid Hall
Community Volunteer

Trudie Hall
Advancement Board Secretary
Special Programs Coordinator
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Jane Henney, MD
Retired Oncologist

Bob Hunter
Vice Chair of the Board
FCI Advisors

Angela Hurt
CEO and Founder
Veracity Consulting

Alison Jager
Community Volunteer

Roy Jensen, MD
The University of Kansas Cancer Center

Brian Kaufman
Managing Director
Prairie Capital Management

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

Ahsan Latif
Litigation Counsel
Kansas Corporation Commission

Alan Lowden
Chief Information Officer
H&R Block

Linda Lyon
Community Volunteer

Michael Maddox
President and CEO
CrossFirst Bank

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

Melanie Mann
Mann Development Company

Kay Martin
Community Volunteer

Pat McCown
Retired CEO
McCownGordon Construction

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
Delta Dental of Kansas

Tyler Nottberg
Chairman and CEO
U.S. Engineering Company

Danny O’Neill
Owner and Founder
The Roasterie

Andrea Perdomo-Morales
Chief Program Officer
Vibrant Health

Laura Perin
Chairman and CEO

Bill Perry
Retired General Counsel
First American Title Insurance Company

Justin Poplin
Avant Law Group

Sam Porritt
Falling Forward Foundation

Mary Ann Powell
Community Volunteer and Freelance Editor

Wayne Powell
President and CEO
iBossWell, Inc.

Andrea Price
Community Volunteer

Stacie Prosser
Market President and Publisher
Kansas City Business Journal

Will Pryor
Vice President – Internal Audit

Beryl Raff
Chairman and CEO
Helzberg Diamonds

Brandy Rea
Chief Legal Counsel
Rx Savings Solutions

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

Marilyn Rymer, MD
Retired Neurologist

Jim Saladin
Chair, Marketing Committee
Chief Marketing Officer
Sosland Publishing

Charlie Schellhorn
President and CEO
The Aberdeen Financial Group, LLC

Steve Sestak
Advancement Board Chair
Chairman of the Board
MarketSphere Ventures

Ram Shankar
CFO, Executive Vice President
UMB Financial Corporation

Scott Smith
Retired CEO and President
HNTB Infrastructure

Betsey Solberg
Fleishman Hillard

Jim Stowers
Oxford Companies

Jeannine Strandjord
Advancement Board Chair Elect
Retired Chief Integration Officer

Awais Sufi
President and CEO

Mike Talboy
Director of Government Affairs
Burns & McDonnell

Ursula Terrasi
Chair, Community Affairs Committee
Terrasi Living

Qiana Thomason
President and CEO
Health Forward Foundation

Michael Tracy
Vice Chair, Government Affairs Committee
Owner and Managing Principal
OMNI Employment Management Services

Tucker Trotter
Dimensional Innovations

Angelo Trozzolo
President and CEO
Trozzolo Communications Group

Tray Vedock
Vice Chair, Board Development Committee
President and CEO
SKC Communications

Tom Walsh
President and Co-founder
HNC Living Foundation

Patrick Warren
Kansas Speedway

Debbie Wilkerson
President and CEO
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Suzanne Williams

Kay Wolf
Chair, Government Affairs Committee
Former Kansas State Senator

Linda Woodsmall-DeBruce
Community Volunteer

Jeff Yowell
Getter Farms

Emeritus Members

Annette Bloch
R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation

Greg Graves
Retired CEO
Burns & McDonnell

Forrest Hoglund
The Hoglund Foundation

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
Former Owner
Russell Stover Candies

Lifetime Members

Mary Birch
Government Relations Coordinator
Lathrop & Gage

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
Retired Cardiologist
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

Tammy Peterman, MS, RN, FAAN
President, Kansas City Division
The University of Kansas Health System

Dale Seuferling
KU Endowment

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

Abiodun Akinwuntan, PhD, MPH, MB
Dean, School of Health Professions
The University of Kansas Medical Center

Sue Watson
4-Wichita Advisory Board

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

Akinlolu O. Ojo, MD
Executive Dean, School of Medicine
The University of Kansas Medical Center


Emily Darling
Director, Advancement Board
KU Endowment

Shawn Long
Vice President, Corporate and
Community Outreach
The University of Kansas Health System

Becci Blaesing
Vice President for Medical Development
KU Endowment