Members


Peg VanWagoner

Chair

Executive Committee; Finance and Investment Committee

Ms. VanWagoner was appointed to the board in February 2015 and served as treasurer in 2016. She was elected as board chair in 2019.She is a senior consultant at DeMarche Associates, Inc.

Marshaun Butler, M.H.S.A.

Vice Chair

Executive Committee; Program and Grants Committee

Ms. Butler was appointed to the board in February 2015. She was elected as vice chair in 2019. She is vice president of Children’s Mercy South & Regional Medical Practices.


Kim Riley

Secretary

Executive Committee; Governance Committee; Program and Grants Committee

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


Jim Pryde

Treasurer

Executive Committee; Audit Committee; Finance and Investment Committee; Governance Committee

Mr. Pryde was elected to the board in December 2017. He was elected as treasurer in 2019.


Mary Ann Arnott

Program and Grants Committee

Ms. Arnott was elected to the board in December 2016. Now retired, she was a speech/language clinician for various Allen County and Shawnee Mission schools.


Irene Caudillo

Program and Grants Committee

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


Pat Contreras

Program and Grants Committee

Mr. Contreras was elected to the board in December 2017.


Tom Cranshaw

Administration and Logistics Committee; Governance Committee

Mr. Cranshaw was appointed to the board in February 2014 and served as secretary in 2016. He recently retired as CEO of Tri-County Mental Health Services, a safety-net provider.


Jim Dockins, Ed.D., FACHE

Executive Committee; Administration and Logistics Committee; Finance and Investment Committee

Dr. Dockins was appointed to the board in April 2015. He is an assistant professor of Healthcare Leadership at Rockhurst University’s Helzberg School of Management.

 


Ed Ellerbeck

Program and Grants Committee

Mr. Ellerbeck was elected to the board in December 2018.


Chuck Foudree

Finance and Investment Committee, Chair; Executive Committee; Audit Committee

Mr. Foudree was appointed to the board in January 2016. He retired as the executive vice president of Harmon Industries, Inc.

 


Kent Hawkins

Audit Committee; Finance and Investment Committee

Mr. Hawkins was elected to the board in December 2018.


Judge Ann Mesle (Ret.)

Governance Committee, Chair; Executive Committee; Program and Grants Committee

Judge Mesle practiced law at Lathrop & Gage for 18 years before serving on the 16th Judicial Circuit for 12 years. Judge Mesle has served on a variety of nonprofit boards focused primarily on legal, educational, and children’s activities.

 

 


Michael O’Dell, M.D., M.S.H.A., FAAFP

Program and Grants Committee, Chair; Executive Committee

Dr. O’Dell was appointed to the board in February 2016. He is the chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and serves as the associate chief medical officer at Truman Medical Center’s Lakewood campus in Kansas City, Missouri.


Wayne M. Powell

Executive Committee, Past Chair

Mr. Powell was appointed to the board in February 2014. He served as vice chair in 2016 and as chair in 2017 and 2018. He is the vice president of membership and contracting at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City.


Roy L. Robinson

Audit Committee, Chair; Program and Grants Committee

Mr. Robinson was appointed to the board in February 2015. He served as treasurer in 2017. He retired from the Archer Daniels Midland in March 2009.


Julia Simmons, M.D., M.B.A., FAAP

Administration and Logistics Committee, Chair; Executive Committee

Dr. Simmons, M.D., MBA, FAAP,  was appointed to the board in January 2016. She works at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics.


Stephenie Smith, MSW

Executive Committee; Administration and Logistics Committee; Audit Committee

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


Lynette Wheeler

Governance Committee

Ms. Wheeler was elected to the board in December 2018.


Donnie Wilson

Audit Committee; Program and Grants Committee

Mr. Wilson was elected to the board in December 2017.


Tonia Wright

Program and Grants Committee

Ms. Wright was elected to the board in December 2017.


Ex Officio Members

Bridget McCandless, M.D., MBA, FACP
Health Forward President and CEO

Terry Trafton
Health Forward Community Advisory Committee Chair


Board Committees

Administration and Logistics Committee
Julia Simmons, Chair
Tom Cranshaw
Jim Dockins
Stephenie Smith
Lynette Wheeler

Audit Committee
Roy Robinson, Chair
Chuck Foudree
Kent Hawkins
Stephenie Smith
Donnie Wilson
Jim Pryde (Ex-officio)

Executive Committee
Peg VanWagoner, Chair
Marshaun Butler, Vice Chair
Kim Riley, Secretary
Jim Pryde, Treasurer
Julia Simmons, Administration and Logistics Chair
Chuck Foudree, Finance & Investment Chair
Ann Mesle, Governance Chair
Wayne Powell, Past Chair
Michael O’Dell, Programs and Grants Chair
Jim Dockins, At-Large Committee Chair
Stephenie Smith, At-Large Committee Chair

Finance and Investment Committee
Chuck Foudree, Chair
Jim Dockins
Kent Hawkins
Jim Pryde
Peg VanWagoner

Governance Committee
Ann Mesle, Chair
Tom Cranshaw
Jim Pryde
Kim Riley
Lynette Wheeler

Program and Grants Committee
Michael O’Dell, Chair
Mary Ann Arnott
Marshaun Butler
Irene Caudillo
Pat Contreras
Ed Ellerbeck
Kim Riley
Roy Robinson
Donnie Wilson
Tonia Wright

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