Members

Stephenie Smith, MSW

Chair

Ms. Smith was appointed to the board in December 2016. She was elected chair in 2021. She is the Managing Partner of Sophic Solutions, LLC.

Irene Caudillo

Vice Chair

Ms. Caudillo was elected to the board in December 2018. She was elected vice chair in 2021. She is the president and CEO of El Centro.


Geoff Jolley

Secretary

Mr. Jolley was elected to the board in December 2020. He was elected secretary in 2021. He is the executive director at LISC Greater Kansas City.


Nikki Newton

Treasurer

Mr. Newton was elected to the board in December 2020. He was elected treasurer in 2021. He is the president of UMB private wealth at UMB Financial Corporation.


Pat Contreras

Mr. Contreras was elected to the board in December 2017. He served as treasurer in 2021. He is the director of business development at McCownGordon Construction.


Timothy Duncan

Mr. Duncan was elected to the board in December 2019. He is a vice president and retirement plan consultant at Mariner Wealth Advisors.


Stacey Daniels-Young

Ms. Daniels-Young was elected to the board in December 2019. She retired after having served as director of Jackson County Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT) and chief executive officer of Black Health Care Coalition.


Ed Ellerbeck

Dr. Ellerbeck was elected to the board in December 2018. He is the chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, as well as a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Kansas Medical Center.


Kent Hawkins

Mr. Hawkins was elected to the board in December 2018. He is the senior director of financial and offsite analysis at NeighborWorks America.


Ned Holland

Mr. Holland was elected to the board in December 2019. He is a retired senior executive and former government official, having served as the assistant secretary of administration for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Naiomi Jamal

Dr. Jamal joined the board in December 2021. She is a physician with Swope Health Services in Independence, Missouri.


Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley

Ms. McLaughlin Lesley was elected to the board in December 2021. She is executive director at Gilda’s Club Kansas City.


Jim Pryde

Mr. Pryde was elected to the board in December 2017. He served as chair in 2021. He is a lawyer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.


Lisse Regehr

Mr. Regehr was elected to the board in December 2021. She is president and CEO of Thrive Allen County.


Kim Riley

Ms. Riley was appointed to the board in January 2016. She served as secretary in 2019. She is a community advocate for WellCare Health Plans.


Dred Scott

Dr. Scott was elected to the board in December 2020. He is the president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.


Awais Sufi

Mr. Sufi was elected to the board in December 2020. He is the president and CEO of SchoolSmartKC.


Terry Trafton

Mr. Trafton was elected to the board in December 2020. He is an executive consultant helping build organizational and individual health and wellness.


Lynette Wheeler

Ms. Wheeler was elected to the board in December 2018. She is the chief operating officer of Truman Medical Center – Lakewood.


Tonia Wright

Ms. Wright was elected to the board in December 2017. She served as secretary in 2020. She is president and chief executive officer of Grace Advertising and Consulting.


Ex Officio Members

Qiana Thomason
Health Forward President and CEO


Board Committees

Ad Hoc Permanent Home Committee
Tonia Wright, Chair
Tim Duncan
Irene Caudillo
Ed Ellerbeck
Terry Trafton
Awais Sufi
Jim Pryde
*Brenda Calvin, Staff

Audit Committee
Kent Hawkins, Chair
Stacey Daniels-Young
Ned Holland
Pat Contreras
*Nikki Newton, Ex-Officio
*Christena Diven, Staff

Ad Hoc Equity Committee
Tonia Wright, Chair
Tim Duncan
Irene Caudillo
Ed Ellerbeck
Terry Trafton
Awais Sufi
Jim Pryde
*Brenda Calvin, Staff

Compensation Subcommittee
Stephenie Smith, Chair
Irene Caudillo, Vice Chair
Geoff Jolley, Secretary
Nikki Newton, Treasurer
*Qiana Thomason, Ex-officio

Executive Committee
Stephenie Smith, Chair
Irene Caudillo, Vice Chair
Geoff Jolley, Secretary
Nikki Newton, Treasurer
Tim Duncan
Lynette Wheeler
Tonia Wright
Stacey Daniels-Young
*Jim Pryde, Ex-officio
*Qiana Thomason, Staff
*McClain Bryant Macklin, Staff

Finance and Investment Committee
Tim Duncan, Chair
Pat Contreras
Nikki Newton
Kent Hawkins
Geoff Jolley
*Christie Briscoe Zarkovich, Staff

Governance Committee
Lynette Wheeler, Chair
Ned Holland
Jim Pryde
Kim Riley
Tonia Wright
Geoff Jolley
Terry Trafton
*Lana McKinney, CAC Liaison
*Qiana Thomason, Staff

Program and Grants Committee
Irene Caudillo, Chair
Stacey Daniels-Young
Ed Ellerbeck
Lynette Wheeler
Dred Scott
Awais Sufi
*Angie Williams, Staff
*Graciela Couchonnal, Staff

*Non-voting committee member

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