Meet Our GLSHF Board
Lynette M. Wheeler, Chair
Lynette M. Wheeler is currently the Chief Operating Officer at UHLMC. She has held this position since February 2015. Previously Ms. Wheeler served as Chief Nursing Officer from 2011-2015 for the University Health System.
As Chief Operating Officer Ms. Wheeler has restructured the organization to improve patient throughput and the patient experience. She works with the Lakewood Care Center to improve the quality of care and operational efficiencies for the residents and families. Since 2015, Ms. Wheeler has collaborated with several organizations for the recruitment and education of CNAs for Long Term Care. She also holds a license as a nursing home administrator.
Ms. Wheeler has more than 40 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 Service Line.
Ms. Wheeler graduated with her Doctorate in Nursing Organizational Leadership from Kansas University Medical Center, School of Nursing in May 2016.
Carol Morrissey, Vice Chair
Carol Morrissey has served as the Director of Human Resources for Saint Luke’s South and East Region since 2019, responsible for developing and executing human resources strategy for an area that includes Saint Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Saint Luke’s South Hospital and Saint Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Overland Park, Kansas, as well as Saint Luke’s Community Hospitals. In this role, Carol oversees succession planning, talent management, change management, retention, employee relations, policy development, performance management, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for this area.
Carol joined Saint Luke’s Health System in 2008 and has previously served as a senior HR business partner and then director of human resources for Saint Luke’s East Hospital. She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team for Saint Luke’s South and East Region and contributes to the annual strategic planning process. Prior to joining Saint Luke’s, Carol’s HR experience included serving as a staff recruiting coordinator at Shook, Hardy & Bacon.
Carol earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Park University and a Master of Arts in Psychology from University of Saint Mary.
Bruce R. Williams, D.O., FACOFP, Treasurer
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 President of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. 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.
Dr. Laurel Hogue, Secretary
Dr. Laurel Hogue has worked for UCM since 2003, serving as vice provost for Extended Studies for the past six years before being recently named vice provost for online and learning engagement. In her role, she supports the university’s vision for enrollment and retention, leads marketing and promotion efforts, and direct fiscal operations for entrepreneurial and off campus programs. Duties also include budget planning and resource allocation, conducting cost analyses to ensure revenue-generating operations for distance learning, dual credit, workforce development, and UCM - Lee’s Summit operations at the Missouri Innovation Campus. Additionally, she is responsible for the Honors College, Digital Learning and Instructional Innovation, the Center for Global Education, service learning and community engagement. 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.
In addition to her service on the Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation Board, Hogue serves as the chair for the Lee’s Summit Medical Center Board of Trustees and as chair of GradforceKC. She also serves on the Lee’s Summit R7 School District Business Roundtable and as a member of both the Standing Committee for the Keystone Innovation District and KC Rising’s People Driving Committee.
Laurel and her husband Preston have been residents of Lee’s Summit since 2000. Their two children attend Lee’s Summit schools.
Patrick Kueny, Past Chair
Pat Kueny served as Chief Operating Officer at Lee’s Summit Medical Center from 2012 – 2020 where he was instrumental in the growth and expansion of LSMC for over eight years to accommodate for our community’s constantly evolving healthcare needs. Before joining the LSMC, Pat began his career with HCA Midwest Health by serving as Vice President of HCA’s physician group for over five years, helping the organization to grow from 90 to over 300 employed physicians and mid-level providers. Prior to joining HCA, Pat spent and eight years with Emory University and Healthcare in research and clinic operations as well and two years with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in performance improvement.
Pat holds an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Public Health from Emory University and is a member of ACHE. He is also on the Executive Committee for the Kansas City Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk. Pat has resided in Lee’s Summit since 2007 with his wife, Michele, and daughter Clara, who is an eight grader. His son, Sean, is attending the University of Oklahoma.
John Beaudoin, Board Member
John Beaudoin is owner of KC Communications & Media Matters and a media professional with 30 years experience in print, broadcast, radio, online and public relations/marketing experience.
Beaudoin worked for many years in the newspaper business at The Examiner and as Publisher/Editor for newspapers in southwest Iowa before returning 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 is a past-president of the Greater Lee's Summit Healthcare Foundation, a member of the Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Pro Deo Youth Center Board of Directors, the HMF Beaudoin Family Foundation Board of Directors and is a past-president of the Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street Board of Directors and the Lee's Summit Elementary Parent-Teacher Association.
Beaudoin also volunteers with the Lee's Summit R-7 School District and is active in Downtown Lee's Summit and with the City of Lee's Summit's Adopt-a-Street program, as well as coaching youth softball for the Lee's Summit Girls Softball Association. John and his daughter, Adaline, live in Lee's Summit where she attends Pleasant Lea Middle School.
Dr. David Buck, Board Member
Dr. David Buck is the superintendent of Lee's Summit R-7 School District, the 6th largest district in Missouri. LSR7 is one of the highest performing and most innovative districts in Missouri. LSR7 has a one of a kind aerospace academy, the largest Grow Your Own teacher program in the state, and award winning departments, teams, and academics.
Dr. Buck has over 2 decades of administrative experience and was a former science teacher, coach, botanist, and Missouri Scholars Academy teacher and administrator. He has had the honor of serving on boards for United Way, Care To Learn, Kiwanis, Economic Development Councils, and Chambers.
He, his wife and 3 children reside in Eastern Jackson County within the LSR7 School District.
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
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.
Jon Ellis, Board Member
Jon has lived in Lee’s Summit 36 years and is a past chair of the board. He helped the Foundation transition from an organization representing just one local hospital to the community-wide health care foundation it is today. He has also been a long standing chair of the Healthcare Grants Committee.
Jon founded Paradise Park locally where he was focused on being involved with the greater Lee’s Summit community. He has served on numerous boards and organizations, including serving as Co-chair of Lee’s Summit 360, Chair of the board of Trustees for Lee’s Summit Medical Center and President of the Breakfast Optimists Club.
He currently serves on the Greater Lee's Summit Healthcare Foundation, Commerce Bank Advisory Board and Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation Board. He has also served on numerous boards for organizations around the community including 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 a graduate 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 also live in the Kansas City region.
Carla Gibson, Board Member
Carla Gibson is Vice President of Programs at the REACH Healthcare Foundation, responsible for all program functions of the foundation, including developing strategic community investments designed to implement REACH’s mission of advancing health equity in its six-county service area. Gibson joined REACH in 2006 and has guided the foundation’s health equity investments, including a strategic focus on community awareness and support services for immigrants and refugees, a regional effort to establish a Welcoming KC action plan, and a new program designed to build capacity and leadership for nonprofit organizations led by black leaders and serving the black community.
Gibson has chaired the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Behavioral Health Action Team and serveson the Community Impact Committee and Health Equity Task Force for United Way of Greater Kansas City. Additionally, Gibson is the immediate past President of the Board of Directors of the Greater Lee’s Summit Health Care Foundation and Treasurer of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Program and Grants Committee for the Missouri Rural Health Association. She was also recently elected to the National Rural Health Association’s Health Equity Council.
Gibson earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska Omaha and a Master of Public Administration from Bellevue University. She and her husband Robert Gibson live in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Jane Griffin RPh, Board Member
Jane Griffin is a Registered Pharmacist with experience in pharmacy practice, clinical research, technology development, regulatory affairs, and lean six-sigma process improvement. In her fourteen years at Cerner Corporation, she worked across organizations to facilitate research, enhance patient safety and improve workflows. She led the development strategy for Cerner’s clinical research solutions integrating research into the health care workflow; was a founding stakeholder in interoperability collaborations; cross-walked health care and research regulations to provide clarity on site regulatory requirements; and worked with health care organizations to create value through process improvement. She also served on the clinical grants review council for First Hand Foundation.
Prior to 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 has served on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Pharmacy.
Mark Hoffman, Ph.D, Board Member
Dr. Hoffman serves as the Chief Research Information officer for Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) and the Children’s Research Institute. He is a professor in Pediatrics and Biomedical and Health Informatics at UMKC and a professor in Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Hoffman has delivered a TED talk on the “Envirome.” He is an author of 37 peer-reviewed publications, inventor on 24 issued patents, and a member of the American Academy of Inventors. He co-leads the Frontiers Clinical and Translational Sciences Award Informatics group and is a member of the Center for Practical Bioethics “Ethical AI” advisory group. His research interests include genomic integration with the electronic health record and using data science to promote quality care and health equity. Prior to CMH, he served as VP for Research and Genomics at Cerner, where he led initiatives in public health and “big data”.
Eric Jones, Board Member
Eric is a Partner/Wealth Manager at Creative Planning. He works directly with his clients to develop and implement comprehensive financial plans to address their goals and financial needs. He practices in the areas of retirement planning, investment management, tax planning, risk management, estate planning and charitable giving. He helps his clients design charitable giving strategies that benefit them and the charities that they are passionate about.
Eric has over 2 decades of financial planning experience and has served on the boards of the New Longview Foundation and the Heart of America Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where he has helped to lead a team to raise over $250,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since his son’s diagnosis in 2005.
Eric earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Central Missouri. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional as designated by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Eric enjoys watching the Royals, playing golf, working around the house, and spending time with his wife, Missy, and their five children.
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 the Director of KC Rising and a member of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City's Senior Management Team. She has 25 years of experience, including as a Program Officer at the Kauffman Foundation, pastor of four congregations, and a corporate marketing manager.
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.
Daniel D. Rexroth, Board Member
Rexroth joined John Knox Village in 1990 as executive director of the Village Care Center. He was promoted to vice president of the Village’s health services division in 1991 before becoming John Knox Village president in March 2001.
Prior to joining John Knox Village, Rexroth was administrator at North Shore Terrace in Chicago from 1985 to 1990. Throughout the 1980s, he served as a health care consultant, developing programming, staffing and quality programs in Florida, Illinois and Indiana.
Rexroth currently is 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. He has served on the boards of Caring Communities Insurance Company, LeadingAge (formerly the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging), Nursing Facilities Agent Corporation, LeadingAge Missouri and State of Missouri Certificate of Need Program. Rexroth also is 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.
Rexroth earned a Doctorate of Education from Olivet Nazarene University in May 2015. He has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University.
Terry Trafton, Board Member
As a Change Agent, Strategic Consultant and Executive Coach, Terry Trafton works with organizations to support leadership and educate employees to build a strong organizational and team culture that includes resilience, and mental wellness. “The mental and physical health, wellness and resilience of your employees will fuel the success of your organization’s mission and strategies.” Terry offers customized services that focus on operational effectiveness, strategic planning, and employee support services. He holds certifications to build organizational engagement and employee resilience through appreciative inquiry, energy-based operating systems, and is trained in trauma-informed culture transformation.
Terry works directly with clients, organizations, and through organizational development firms #lovework and iBossWell Inc. #lovework helps companies reduce burnout, retain talent, and build amazing team culture in minutes a day through an app enhanced team-based development program. iBossWell offers strategic planning, community collaboration consulting, and organizational development.
With over 30 years of experience in professional business settings including non-profits, behavioral health, community, and hospital healthcare; Terry has served in executive leadership roles for over 13 years. Terry holds a National Certification and License as a Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Terry currently serves as the President and Chair of the Missouri Mental Health Foundation Board of Directors. He is a Board Member of The Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation and The Health Forward Foundation. He is also a member of the Kansas City Business Journal Leadership Trust.
Jeanné Willerth, Board Member
Jeanné Willerth has lived in Lee’s Summit for 30 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