Learn about our current Health Professions board members, responsibilities and the history of our alumni association.
Mission of the KU Health Professions Alumni Association
To serve as a resource for the Dean of the University of Kansas Medical Center’s School of Health Professions and to support and promote a positive image of the School of Health Professions and its advancement of professional and academic endeavors.
The Association accomplishes this mission primarily by:
- Advocating and promoting networking, fellowship and lifelong learning amongst present and former students from the School of Health Professions.
- Assisting in guiding the activities of the Association, as managed by the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Director of Alumni Relations (“Director of Alumni Relations) or their designee.
- Assisting the Dean of the School of Health Professions by providing key contacts, information, knowledge, skills or expertise on matters relating to alumni relations and the field of health care.
The Association serves the University of Kansas Medical Center graduates, health profession students, the KU School of Health Professions and potential students.
History of the Health Professions Alumni Association
The KU Allied Health Alumni Association was organized in 1982. Early membership dues were $10, then increased in 1999 to $20. Current dues are $35 per year. The name changed from KU Allied Health Alumni Association to KU Health Professions Alumni Association in 2011 in conjunction with the school name change.
The active membership consists of graduates or former students of the University of Kansas School of Health Professions, any honorary alumnus and current and former members of the faculty.
Unlike the other two schools at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the school is segmented into distinct organizational units based on field of study. Due to the various academic departments within the School, the Association's Board is comprised of a variety of representatives from each program. Student representatives of each educational program can also serve, on an annual rotating basis.
Through the support of its members, the KU Health Professions Alumni Association plays a role in supporting student activities and scholarships.
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KU School of Health Professions student organizations can apply for a small monetary sponsorship to help with an organization project. To learn more and apply, download and complete the KUMC Alumni Small Grants Application.
Current Board Members
Dr. Marlon Addison is a physical therapist at The University of Kansas Health System’s Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Services. He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Kansas in 2014 and a doctorate degree from the University of Kansas School of Health Professions in 2017. Addison volunteers with the JaySTART Clinic, a free physical therapy and occupational rehabilitation clinic serving the Kansas City community.
Judy Bielby, MBA, RHIA, is a coding educator and auditor at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Missouri. Bielby received a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Record Administration (now known as Health Information Management) from the University of Kansas School of Health Professions in 1987 and an MBA from KU in 1995.
Kaitlyn Brown, MHSA, RHIA, is a clinical assistant professor in the University of Kansas Health Profession’s Department of Health Information Management. An alumna of KU's bachelor's degree program in health information management, Brown returned to the medical center campus in June 2019 where she now teaches and trains future professionals in this field. She earned a master's degree in health service administration from the KU in 2017. A registered health information administrator, Brown currently serves as an information systems analyst at Saint Luke's Health System in Kansas City, Missouri.
Dr. Darshan Deole is an Area Director for SERC Physical Therapy. Deole received his Master of Science in Education from University of Kansas in 2007 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas School of Health Professions in 2001. He started with SERC Physical Therapy after graduation and has progressed through his professional career, from to staff clinician to Clinic Director role, then to a multi-site director role, and now to his current role as an Area Director.
Julie-Ann Dutton is a Dietitian/Study Coordinator at the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Atherosclerosis & Lipid-Apheresis Center. Dutton received her Master of Science in Dietetics & Nutrition from the University of Kansas School of Health Professions in 1999. She is a member of the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition, as well as the National Lipid Association.
John Harris is a Respiratory Therapy Heart Center Team Leader in the Department of Respiratory Therapy at The University of Kansas Health System. He received his bachelor of science degree is respiratory care from the University of Kansas School of Health Professions in 2012.
Andrew Jones is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He teaches undergraduate courses in management principles in health care and co-teaches fundamentals of analytical techniques. Jones also leads student laboratory courses in bacteriology and mycology/parasitology in the clinical laboratory science program. In 2012, Jones earned a bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science from the University of Kansas School of Health Professions. He became an ASCP-certified medical laboratory scientist the same year. He also earned a master's degree in business administration in 2015 from Baker University.
Dr. Natalie Kivlin is an Occupational Therapist, OTR/L at Jefferson Healthcare in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas School of Health Professions. Dr. Kivlin received her bachelor of science in occupational therapy is 2015, a master of occupation therapy is 2017 and a doctor of occupational therapy in 2021.
Dr. Donna Nyght is a clinical assistant professor, department chair, and Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education at the University of Kansas School of Health Professions. She has almost 20 years of CRNA experience, working 10 years as a staff nurse anesthetist in the Kansas City area for Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City and Northland Anesthesiology, Inc. Dr. Nyght served six years as a reservist in the Army Nurse Corps, joining the Army STRAP program while in nurse anesthesia training. Dr. Nyght received a BSN from the University of Kansas in 1977, and an MS in adult education from Pittsburgh State University in 1991. In 1993, Dr. Nyght graduated from KU with an MS in Nurse Anesthesia. In 2010, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the KU School of Nursing.
Dr. Ralston currently practices at Professional Hearing Center a division of Ascentist Healthcare in Kansas City. She graduated from Rockhurst University with her bachelor's in Science and the University of Kansas with her doctorate in Audiology. She primarily works with adults with hearing loss to help them effectively communicate with the world around them. She also teaches undergraduate students at Rockhurst University. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and try new KC local restaurants.
Francie Stoner received a bachelor's degrees in microbiology and medical technology from the University of Kansas in 1973. Currently she is president and founder of the LAUGHH Foundation and serves as a clinical assistant professor in the University of Kansas School of Health Profession’s Department of Health Information Management. She also served as an executive at Cerner Corporation for 29 years.In 2011, Stoner was awarded the Soul of First Hand Award – only the second recipient of this award – for her dedication to changing the lives of children. Also that year, she received the KU School of Health Professions Distinguished Alumni Award for her work in changing health care around the world.
Dr. LesLee Taylor is currently the Vice-chair for the Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training and Founding Program Director for the Master of Science in Athletic Training program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration and as an educator and has practiced clinically in both the collegiate and secondary school settings. Dr. Taylor earned her master’s degree from the University of Arizona and her PhD from Texas Tech University. She is a Kansas native and has her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas.
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Board Member Expectations
- Attend meetings of the board annually, at own expense
- Adhere to the Bylaws of the Association
- Board members should maintain membership in the Association, as well as actively promote membership in the Association.
- Participate and represent the Association at various events and activities supported by the KUMC Alumni Association
- Identify and recruit volunteer leaders and financial support for the Association
Terms of Office
- Terms begin at the first board meeting of the year
- President: two-year term
- President-elect: two-year term
- Immediate Past President: two-year term
- Treasurer: two-year term, appointed by president
- Membership and Elections Chair: two-year term
- Member-at-Large positions: three-year term