Meet the GLSHF team!
Carla Gibson, Chair
Carla Gibson is a Senior Program Officer at REACH Healthcare Foundation, responsible for program development and grants administration in the foundation’s priority outcome areas of Enroll All Eligible, Close the Coverage Gap, and Strong Safety Net, as well as for special projects. Gibson joined REACH in 2006 and has guided the foundation’s health equity investments. Prior to joining REACH, she directed community health programming at Kansas City CARE Clinic, and served as a Ryan White case manager at Swope Health Services. Gibson also worked for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as a health program manager for the northwest region.
Gibson serves as co-chair of the Health Equity Committee for Region VII Health Equity Council (RHEC), co-chair of the Greater Kansas City Chamber Behavioral Health Action Team (Healthy KC) and is a member of the board of directors of the Lee’s Summit Arts Council. Additionally, Gibson chairs the Behavioral Health Funder’s Network Steering Committee for Grantmakers in Health, a national nonprofit educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. Previously, Gibson served as chair for the National Office of Minority Health Heartland RHEC. She also chaired the RHEC’s Affordable Care Act Committee, and helped to plan several regional conferences on health disparities.
Gibson was honored as an outstanding social justice leader by Communities Creating Opportunity and received the 2016 Spirit Award for her work related to equity. In 2014, she was named a “Health Hero” by the Black Health Care Coalition of Greater Kansas City for her work in addressing access to care, advocacy and health promotion in the African American community, and, in 2012, Gibson received the Cross-Cultural Leadership Award from the Institute for International Medicine.
She and her husband Robert Gibson live in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Patrick Kueny, Vice Chair
Pat Kueny has served as Chief Operating Officer at Lee’s Summit Medical Center since 2012 – where he has been instrumental in the growth and expansion of LSMC over the past 7 years to accommodate for our community’s constantly evolving healthcare needs. Before joining the LSMC family, Pat began his career with HCA Midwest Health by serving as Vice President of Midwest Physicians for over five years, helping the organization to grow from 90 to 278 employed physicians. Prior to joining HCA, Pat spent and eight years with Emory University and Healthcare and two years with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Lynette M. Wheeler, Treasurer
Lynette M. Wheeler, DNP, RN, FABC, is Truman Medical Centers Lakewood Chief Operating Officer since February 2015. Previously she served as TMC Chief Nursing Officer from 2011-2015.
As Chief Operating Officer at Truman Medical Centers Lakewood Ms. Wheeler has restructured the entire Lakewood Community and Family Medicine Clinics to improve patient throughput and the patient experience. She continues to improve operational efficiencies for Long Term Care while improving the quality of care and the resident’s experience.
As Chief Nursing Officer, Lynette Wheeler was responsible for all aspects of nursing service programs, standards of nursing practice including competencies and compliance with all applicable accrediting and regulatory requirements regarding inpatient, ambulatory and specialty programs.
Wheeler has more than 30 years of combined clinical and management experience. She began her career as a staff nurse in the Coronary Care Unit at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Cardiopulmonary Vascular Services at Heartland
Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo. In that role, she provided senior administrative leadership and coordination of the development of the Heartland Regional Medical Center Cardiopulmonary Vascular Services Department. She was also instrumental in leading a performance improvement project that saved the health system $4.5 Million over three and half years in multiple practice areas.
Prior to her work with the Heartland, she worked as Division Director of Cardiovascular Services at the Prairie Heart Institute/St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill, and Director of Cardiology and Vascular Services for the Nebraska Health System in Omaha, Ne.
Wheeler graduated with her DNP in Organizational Leadership from Kansas University Medical Center in May 2016. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders.
Carol Ferrara, Secretary
CAROL FERRARA is the Director of Human Resources at Saint Luke’s Health System, where she is responsible for Saint Luke’s East Hospital, Saint Luke’s South Hospital, Saint Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, and Saint Luke’s South Community Hospitals. Carol provides guidance and support on all HR issues, including employment, retention, employee relations, personnel records, compensation and benefits, orientation, training on HR-related topics, and policy development. She serves as a member of the Senior Leadership team and contributes to the annual strategic planning process, as well as serving on various Saint Luke's Health System committees and task forces.. Carol provides administrative oversight of Spiritual Wellness, Volunteer Services, Gift Shop, and Employee Health at all campuses. She holds a Masters of Arts, Psychology from University of Saint Mary and a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from Park University.
Mark Hoffman, Board Member, Past Chair 2020 - 2021
Dr. Hoffman serves as the Chief Research Information officer for Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) and the Children’s Research Institute. Dr. Hoffman has delivered a TED talk on the “Envirome” and won the iThermometer category in the Google wearable devices in healthcare challenge in 2015. He is an inventor on 19 issued patents and a member of the American Academy of Inventors. He is the PI on a CDC funded data warehouse project. Prior to CMH, he served as VP for Research and Genomics at Cerner, where he led initiatives in public health and “big data”.
John Beaudoin, Board Member
Past Chair 2019 - 2020
John Beaudoin is owner of KC Communications & Media Matters and a media professional with 25 years experience in print, broadcast, radio, online and public relations/marketing experience.
Beaudoin worked for many years in the newspaper business, with 10 years at The Examiner before taking a publisher position in southwest Iowa. In 2009, Beaudoin returned to the Kansas City area as Publisher of the Lee's Summit Journal, Blue Springs Journal, Belton Star Herald and Cass County Democrat Missourian. During his tenure in journalism, Beaudoin has won dozens of state, regional and national awards for his stories, columns, editorials, design and special projects.
Beaudoin currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Greater Lee's Summit Healthcare Foundation, the Economic Enhancement and Organization committees of Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street, works on the Truly 150 Steering Committee and is the past-president of Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street's Board of Directors.
Beaudoin also volunteers with the Lee's Summit R-7 School District and Pro Deo Youth Center and is a member of the Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce, the Lee's Summit Historical Society, the Friends of the Lee's Summit Symphony and Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street. John and his daughter, Adaline, live in Lee's Summit where she attends Lee's Summit Elementary.
Janeece L. Dent-Bennet, Board Member
Past President 2017 - 2018
Janeece L. Dent-Bennett is an attorney practicing estate planning law in Lee's Summit, Missouri. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1979, UCM in 1982 with a BSBA in Accounting, and UMKC School of Law in 1985.
Janeece is married to Mark R. Bennett and has 3 children, Jillian Dent and Nathan Dent (graduates of LSN High School and students at MU), and Andrew Bennett (a 7th grader at BCMS).
She is a member of The Summit Church and enjoys traveling, cooking, helping her clients, and being with family.
Terry Trafton, Board Member
Past Chair 2016 - 2017
As President/CEO of CommCare Inc., A Community Network for Behavioral HealthCare in Missouri, Terry Trafton MS, LPC, NCC, ACHE, serves community mental health, substance use and crisis services organization across the state of Missouri to create a network to serve people with mental health and substance issues access to healthcare. CommCare also operates the regional access crisis intervention call center 24/7/365 for quality crisis screenings and referrals to resources and services at 1-888-279-8188.
Trafton also serves as an Executive Consultant for Resilience Builders Consulting works with companies on organization development, change management, personnel training and coaching. He works from a trauma-informed perspective to build resilience and engagement in the workforce and improve the quality of care to clients.
Trafton has over 25 years of experience in healthcare settings including behavioral health, community and hospital healthcare. Trafton worked for Two Rivers Behavioral Health System of UHS Inc. in 2016 as Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director. For 19 years, he worked at Truman Medical Centers’ Behavioral Health Division including eight years as an Administrator. Trafton holds a National Certification and License as a Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri with a Master’s degree from Avila University. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Trafton is civically active in Kansas City area and Missouri for many years, serving as a Resilient KC Ambassador for Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and on Boards of Directors as the Past Chair of the Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation joining the board in 2012, Vice Chair on the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City’s Community Advisory Council, Vice Chair on the Missouri Mental Health Foundation and the Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce. Trafton is also a member of the Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice to drive national change to create a resilient, trauma-informed society where all individuals and families have the opportunity and the supports necessary to thrive.
Jon Ellis, Board Member
Jon is the Founder, President and CEO of Paradise Park, Inc., established in 1991 and Kansas City’s premier family destination.
Jon is committed to being involved with his community and has served on numerous non-profit organizations, including serving as Co-chair of Lee’s Summit 360, Chair of the board of Trustees for Lee’s Summit Medical Center, President of the Breakfast Optimists Club and President of the Lee’s Summit Lacrosse Foundation. He also serves on numerous boards and organizations around the community including the Greater Lee's Summit Healthcare Foundation, John Knox Village Foundation, Citizens Leadership Academy, Powell Gardens, Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Optimists, the School of Economics, and the Lee’s Summit Youth Lacrosse Association.
Jon graduated from Iowa State University and received his Master’s degree from the University of Missouri. He is presently a member of the Helzberg entrepreneurial mentorship program and committed to working with local organizations to build a strong community.
Jon and Juli have two sons that are obtaining degrees at Iowa State University. He lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Jane Griffin RPh, Board Member
Jane Griffin is a Registered Pharmacist, Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) and Lean Six-Sigma Yellow Belt experienced in pharmacy practice, clinical research and technology development. Since joining Cerner in 2005, she has worked across organizations to facilitate research, enhance patient safety and improve workflows. She led the development strategy for Cerner’s clinical research solutions that integrate research into the health care workflow; was a founding stakeholder in interoperability collaborations; and has been actively engaged in bringing clarity to FDA regulatory expectations. She is currently focused on collaborating with health care organizations to create value through process improvement.
Prior to joining Cerner, Griffin was a Director for Regulatory/Clinical Consultants, Inc., a clinical research organization supporting pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. She also spent several years in
independent pharmacy practice. She received her pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Laurel Hogue, Board Member
Dr. Laurel Hogue was appointed Vice Provost for Extended Studies at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in July 2015. As the Vice Provost for Extended Studies, she supports the university’s vision for enrollment and retention, lead marketing and promotion efforts, and direct fiscal operations for Extended Studies. Duties also include budget planning and resource allocation, conducting cost analyses to ensure revenue-generating operations for distance learning, dual credit, workforce development, study abroad and UCM - Lee’s Summit operations at the Missouri Innovation Campus. She holds a BSBA and an MBA degree from UCM, and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Gabriel Clements, Board Member
Gabriel Clements, Chief Operating Officer for Lee’s Summit Medical Center
Gabe joined HCA Healthcare in 2006 as the Director of Rehabilitation Services at Lee’s Summit Medical Center. Most recently, Gabe served as Vice President of Operations at Centerpoint Medical Center, where he played an instrumental role in CTMC’s growth within the Eastern Jackson County community. As VP of Operations, Gabe assisted in the planning and
development of multiple construction projects, including a $69m 64-bed hospital expansion that included a 16-bed inpatient rehab facility, Cath Lab, OR room redesign and cancer center. Gabe led physician recruitment efforts for various hospital service lines, including rehab, pulmonology, neuro and vascular, while coordinating efforts to bring new service lines to CTMC, including inpatient rehabilitation. Gabe has also worked with leadership across HCA Midwest Health through various committees to enhance orthopedic services across our Kansas City market, through physician collaboration, brand awareness and operational excellence. Gabe has strong roots in the Lee’s Summit community. He and his wife Brenda have lived in
Lee’s Summit with their two kids, Chase (14) and Emily (15), and their dog Cassie since 2006. Brenda is a sign language interpreter, and Chase and Emily attend Lee’s Summit West High School. They enjoy sports and spending time together as a family. Gabe has been a positive addition to the LSMC family and culture
Daniel D. Rexroth, Board Member
Mr. Rexroth is President/CEO of PremierLife and the Village. Mr. Rexroth joined the Village in 1990 as Executive Director of the VCC. He was promoted to Vice President of the Village’s Health Services Division in 1991 before becoming Village President in March 2001.
Mr. Rexroth is currently a member of several professional boards including Caring Communities Insurance Company, Mid-America Nazarene University, Saint Luke’s East and the Palestine Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Rexroth is also active in the local community serving on the boards of directors of the Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation, the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council and the Lee’s Summit Civic Roundtable.
Mr. Rexroth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Olivet Nazarene University, and a Master of Arts from Ball State University. Mr. Rexroth earned his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) degree in Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University in May 2015.
Jeanné Willerth, Board Member
Jeanné Willerth has lived in Lee’s Summit 27 years and is a past chair of the board. She helped the Foundation transition from an organization representing just one local hospital to the community-wide health care foundation it is today. She was the Executive Director of the Southwestern Bell Telecommunity Center and was a member of the Computer Science faculty at Longview College. Jeanné is a past chair of the program “Leadership Lee’s Summit”, and was a charter member of the Lee’s Summit Sunrise Rotary club. She was on the Lee’s Summit Board of Aeronautical Commissioners for over 20 years and volunteers for many flight organizations such as Angel Flight and Challenge Air.
She currently has an aviation training business providing consulting, pilot services and flight instruction. Jeanné travels around the country speaking on various topics to pilots. She also re-certifies flight instructors for the FAA through the largest pilot organization in the world, Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association (AOPA). She is an Airline Transport rated pilot (ATP) and an FAA certified flight instructor for single and multi-engine aircraft.
Jeanné graduated from Wayne State College and received her Master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Both degrees were in mathematics.
Jeanné is married to Lee’s Summit attorney, Joe Willerth. They are active in Lee’s Summit Christian Church and have three adult children. Her website is www.jeannewillerth.com
Lia McIntosh, Board Member
Lia McIntosh is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified coach, a United Methodist Church endorsed life coach, a Gallup certified CliftonStrengths coach, and author.
Lia is a Program Officer and Grant Manager on the Education Team for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. As a Program Officer Lia leads the Kauffman Education Fellowship and oversees a grant portfolio of over $1M annually.
Lia is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Saint Paul School of Theology with master’s degrees in business (MBA) and Divinity (M. DIV). Previously, Lia served communities across the Midwest in corporate marketing and specialized in leading, training, and coaching employees.
As a Lee’s Summit resident for 20 years Lia has served on the City of Lee’s Summit Human Relations Commission, the Lee’s Summit School District Citizens Advisory Council, and as a PTA volunteer. She lives with her husband and three children in Lee’s Summit.
Jennifer Craig, Board Member
Jennifer Craig, MA, MS, LCPC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is currently the President/CEO at ReDiscover, an innovative Certified Community Behavioral Health Organization (CCBHO) serving southern Jackson County Missouri.
Jennifer has more than 25 years of experience in behavioral health services working in community, residential and outpatient settings as a therapist and administrator. Jennifer received her BS from Northwestern University, her MA in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University and her MS in Organization and Management from Capella University with a specialization in HR Management. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois, is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Society for Human Resource Professionals Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Jennifer is currently a member of several boards including Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Lee’s Summit Civic Roundtable and CommCare. Prior to moving to Lee’s Summit in 2018, Jennifer served on the board of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health. Jennifer is a former member of the Illinois Counseling Association’s Governing Council and Past President of the Lewis and Clark Chapter of the Illinois Counseling Association. Jennifer is a member of Rotary, Mental Health Centers of America, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society for Human Resource Professionals.
Bruce R. Williams, D.O., FACOFP
Bruce Williams, DO is a Board-Certified Family Physician and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He is currently the Associate Dean of Clinical Education at the Kansas City University (KCU), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Previously, he practiced Family Medicine in Eastern Jackson County for nearly 31 years. He graduated from KCU in 1987 and did his post-graduate training at University Hospital in Kansas City.
Dr. Williams currently serves as the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, President-Elect. He has served on the ACOFP Board of Governors since 2015 and prior he served on the ACOFP Patient Centered Medical Home/ACO Committee and the Ethics Committee. He has also served as a Delegate to the Congress of Delegates for a number of years.
Dr. Williams is a Past President of the Missouri Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, where he continues to serve on the Board of Trustees and serves on several committees including the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. He has also served as a Delegate at the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates since 1997.
Dr. Williams has served on the Board of Trustees of Kansas City University; Primaris, a quality improvement organization located in Columbia, Missouri; and he served on the Vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Kansas City.
Dr. Williams is married to Julie and they have one son. He lives at Lake Waukomis, Missouri.