Promoting and Improving     
     Population Health in Kansas

2017 Board Members


Dr. Bob Moser
Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative
Board Term: 2017

Dr. Moser, MD, is the Executive Director of the University of Kansas Hospital Health Care Improvement Award, the Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative and currently serves as the Chair of the Chronic Disease Alliance of Kansas. He was raised in Tribune, Kansas and attended the KU School of Pharmacy, KU School of Medicine and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Smoky Hill Family Practice Residency in Salina, Kansas. Dr. Moser practiced for 22 years in Tribune, building his practice from one physician to a health care system with 5 physicians and 3 mid-levels that covered three counties in western Kansas when he left in 2010. Still in operation, the Greeley County Health Services Clinic provides prenatal care, surgery, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, mental health and substance abuse counseling to those in rural Kansas. In August 2010, Dr. Moser joined the KU School of Medicine - Wichita, Department of Family and Community Medicine as the Director of Rural Health and Outreach. In January 2011, Dr. Moser was appointed by Governor Brownback as the Secretary and State Health Officer for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. He stepped down from that position in December 2014 and joined the University of Kansas Hospital. He is also a clinical associate professor in public health practice with the University of Kansas School of Medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Moser and his wife Dalene have been married for 33 years and have two adult daughters.


Becky Tuttle
Greater Wichita YMCA
Board Term: 2017

Becky Pattison Tuttle has over twenty years of professional experience engaging community partners through grassroots local coalition efforts focusing on tobacco, physical activity, healthy eating, oral health, fetal infant mortality and worksite wellness. The majority of the experience has focused on policy and environmental changes to improve the health of the community.

As of May 2015, Tuttle is serving as the Project Manager for Health ICT at the Medical Society of Sedgwick County, as well as facilitating the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita. Health ICT is a four year initiative focusing on the prevention of diabetes, obesity, heart attack and stroke. The Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita was established in 2004 and engages community members in healthy eating and increasing physical activity through program and policy implementation. Prior, Tuttle served as a Director of Wellness Initiatives for the Greater Wichita YMCA and was responsible for the coordination of numerous programs focusing on chronic disease prevention and management, including diabetes, cancer, youth obesity, arthritis, and worksite wellness. Tuttle also served at the Sedgwick County Health Department as the Community Health Planning and Performance Improvement Division where she was responsible for public health department accreditation, quality improvement, community health assessment and improvement planning, workforce development, and strategic planning/performance management. Prior to serving as a Division Director, Tuttle served as the SCHD Health Promotion Coordinator for almost six years, with highlights including the first local health department selected for the NACDD STAR Site Visit process, 2 national “I’m Your Community Guide” awards from the Public Health Foundation and a NACCHO Model Practice designation for the Health Department’s “Business Case for Breastfeeding” initiative.

Ms. Tuttle is a Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar, Advance Kansas graduate, Dental Champion and has served on many state and national boards and conference planning committees. Her career highlights include numerous local, regional, state, and national awards, including serving as the Coordinator for Tobacco Free Youth Initiative in Indianapolis, Indiana, which received the 2001 American Public Health Association-GlaxoSmithKline Partnership for Healthy Children Award. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Kansas Public Health Association Virginia Lockhart Health Education Award. Ms. Tuttle has a Master of Arts from Appalachian State University in Student Development Administration and a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Dakota in Psychology and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies.


Miranda Steele

Sunflower Health Plan
Board Term: 2017

Miranda Steele is the director of marketing and communications at Sunflower Health Plan in Lenexa. She manages statewide activities related to preventive health education for the health plan’s 145,000 members receiving medical, behavioral health and community-based services through the State’s KanCare program. Throughout member and provider product development and community outreach operations, she maintains the health plan’s cultural competency program in support of health literacy. Prior to joining Sunflower Health Plan, she was the director of communications at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) from 2011-2014, which provided a fascinating and fast-paced introduction to public health, environmental protection and Medicaid services. She managed crisis communications for a variety of emergencies such as disease outbreaks and extreme weather events, as well as federal and state policy changes impacting large sectors of the population. In addition to the Kansas Public Health Association, Miranda has served as a member of the National Public Health Information Coalition, the Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators and the Kansas Association of Public Information Officers. Prior to KDHE, she served in the public relations office at a U.S. Department of Defense installation of 5,000 government civilians and defense contractors. She earned a Master of Public Administration (2006) and Bachelor of Arts (2003) from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. She remains excited about the future of ‘population health’ with the continuing work to integrate public health and primary care.


Cristi Cain

Director & Accreditation Specialist
Board Term: 2017

Immediate Past President

Erica Anderson

Board Term: 2017

Erica Anderson is a Population Health Strategist for Humana. In her current role, she works to advance policies, practices and programs that improve population health in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. She serves Humana by engaging with community stakeholders in efforts to build and reinforce systems, policies and environments that support population health for all.

APHA Representative

Megan Foreman

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
Board Term: 2017

Megan Foreman is a Program Manager at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, where she runs a grant dedicated to the prevention and management of chronic disease. Megan has been in health policy for ten years, most recently as the Policy Director at Oral Health Kansas. Prior to moving to Kansas City in 2012, Megan was a senior policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). During her six years at NCSL, Megan worked on a variety of state health policy issues, served as the content expert on adolescent health, managed a number of grants, and wrote extensively. She also owns and operates ForemanINK, a freelance writing and consulting company which helps non-profit organizations communicate their concepts to policymakers and other audiences. Megan graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in public policy and journalism studies. She joined the KPHA Board in 2015.


Brandon Skidmore
Sunflower Foundation
Board Term: 2017

Brandon Skidmore is a Program Officer at the Sunflower Foundation. Brandon oversees the foundation’s health care programs, including the Integrated Care Initiative. The focus of this program is on attainable and sustainable integration of primary and behavioral health care at the community and statewide levels. Previously, he served as Director of the Bureau of Health Promotion at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, where he worked for more than a decade. He is a Fellow of the Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute and a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Michelle Peterson
Cerner Corporation
Board Term: 2017

Michelle Peterson is the current Director at Large for the Kansas Public Health Association and has served on the board for over six years working on local, state and international projects in public health. Her experience in both public and private sector health care, drives unique partnerships for shared interests in health. As the senior population health strategist at Cerner Corporation, Michelle brings extensive understanding of the evolving health system and regulatory advancement of payment models. The healthcare industry has customarily thought about health care data and individual responsibility as primary influencers of a person's health outcomes. Organizations recognize that alternative drivers, such as economic status, social factors and physical environments are also key influencers in health outcomes. Michelle serves as an advisors for health systems, public health, large employers, and city governments for design of these healthier community innovations. She also conducts academic research in partnership with the University of Kansas for advancement of these models. Most recently, Michelle has been working nationally to drive clinical-community linkage for social determinants of health and adoption of standardized instruments and referral networks across clinical settings. Many Kansas communities have also worked with Michelle Peterson (Wishon) in her previous work with ASTHO, NACCHO and HHS, in emergency preparedness and response at KDHE, and during her local public health work as a regional coordinator in western Kansas.


Gianfranco Pezzino
Kansas Health Institute
Board Term: 2017

Gianfranco Pezzino, M.D., M.P.H., is a Senior Fellow and Strategy Team Leader at the Kansas Health Institute, where he oversees KHI’s work on public health services and systems by focusing on the development and dissemination of best practices for the organization, financing and delivery of public health services. His work includes supporting local public health departments in their preparation for national accreditation, and contributing to the field of applied public health services and systems research.

Gianfranco co-directs the Center for Sharing Public Health Services, a multi-year, multi-million dollar national initiative which is housed at the Kansas Health Institute and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Center focuses on cross-jurisdictional sharing as a strategy to improve effectiveness and efficiency in public health.

In addition to his work at KHI, Gianfranco serves as the Shawnee County health officer and is a site visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

Gianfranco has international health experience, and served as state epidemiologist and medical director for the bioterrorism program with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. During that time, he was president of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

Gianfranco obtained his medical degree magna cum laude at the University of Bologna, Italy, and his master’s degree in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, is Board-certified in preventive medicine and public health and is certified in evaluation practice from George Washington University.

Section Chairs

Environmental Health Section Chair

Jack Brown
University of Kansas
School of Medicine – Wichita
Board Term: 2017

Mr. Brown, Research Instructor - Preventive Medicine and Public Health, earned his undergraduate degree from Friends University of Wichita, KS and graduate degree in public administration from the Hugo Wall School of Public and Urban Affairs at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. He is also a graduate of the University of Southern California's Environmental Management Institute, and has completed the Mini MBA certificate program through the Wichita State University Barton School of Business and the Wichita State University Hugo Wall School's Executive Development Institute. He was one of the first groups of environmental health professionals in Kansas to become a registered sanitarian in the field of environmental health. He has 34 years of experience in the field of public health. During his tenure he served for 16 years as the Environmental Health Director and as the interim Director of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Department of Community Health. As director he established and administered local environmental programs in water quality, pollution prevention, environmental remediation, food protection, emergency response and other local environmental programs and projects. Mr. Brown lead the Arkansas River study examining the river's bacterial contamination levels and water quality which lead in part to the development of an advisory system to inform the public about the health implication relating to water conditions in the river and a plan to improve Arkansas River water quality in the future. Mr. Brown has been active in the Department since its inception and has taught the MPH Environmental Health course (PVRM 830) since the beginning of the MPH program. In addition he was involved in the development and teaching of the web version of the Environmental Health course this year and is currently a member of the MPH External Advisory Committee.

Research & Evaluation

Molly Brown, MPH
University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita
Department of Pediatrics
Board Term: 2017

Molly Brown, MPH, is the Program Director for the Maternal Child Health Program “Baby Talk” at KU School of Medicine in Wichita, Department of Pediatrics.  The program is dedicated to reducing infant mortality in Sedgwick County through education and prevention efforts by developing strong community partnerships.  She is the co-chair of the Maternal Infant Health Coalition as well as other professional memberships.  Additionally, Molly serves as a teaching associate in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at KU, teaching Evaluation Methods and Program Development and Management.   She has strong interests in using program evaluation and community engagement to reduce health disparities through effective public health programs and social behavioral health.  Molly holds a BA from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Master's in Public Health from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Tobacco, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Section Chair

Daniel Craig, MS
Central Kansas Foundation
Board Term: 2017

Daniel Craig is the Tobacco Program Coordinator for Central Kansas Foundation. He has a strong background in planning and coordinating health promotion and tobacco prevention activities and was chosen as one of WELCOA’s Top 50 Health Promotion Professionals in 2016. Daniel is involved in a number of community coalitions including the Saline County Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition and Live Well Saline County. He currently serves as the Chair of the Primary Prevention Committee for the Chronic Disease Alliance of Kansas and serves on the Board for the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition and Salina Area United Way. Daniel has participated in Leadership Salina and the Kansas Health Foundation Fellows VIII.

Daniel Craig earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Pittsburg State University in 2004 and a Master's of Science degree in Health Promotion & Wellness Management at Missouri State University in 2006. Daniel competed in track and field at both Pittsburg State University and Missouri State University and currently competes in a wide range of running events ranging from the 5K to the marathon.

Administrative Section Chair

Debra Kellison
Johnson County, KS Government
Board Term: 2017

I have been employed at Johnson County Department of Health & Environment in Kansas for 19+ years.  I am currently the Strategic Planning Division Director which is comprised of the IT staff, the population health epidemiologist, the sustainability coordinator and the workforce development coordinator. I am responsible for leading our accreditation efforts, quality improvement program, strategic planning and performance management activities as well as contributing to the community health assessment and improvement plan. We became an accredited health department in June 2014.  I earned an Associates degree in nursing at KCKCC Community College followed by a Bachelor’s degree in nursing at Webster University and will be completing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at University of Kansas in May 2017. I completed a 21 credit hour certificate course for Public Health Informatics through Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in December 2012.

Preparedness Section Chair

Gary Martin, MPA, CHEP
Martin Ventures
Board Term: 2017

Gary Martin is Chief Executive Officer of Martin Ventures, a technical consulting company specializing in maintenance provided websites, and medical countermeasure operational readiness for health care coalitions. 

He was born and raised in Hutchinson, Kansas and has accumulated more than thirty years of preparedness experience in the State of Kansas. He has served in the positions of Fire Captain and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for the City of Lenexa, Kansas; Hospital Emergency Preparedness Manager, Regional Hospital Emergency Preparedness Manager, and Kansas City Regional Hospital Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas; and most recently, Kansas City Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Regional Coordinator, Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) and Cities Readiness Initiative Program Manager for Johnson County Government in Olathe, Kansas. He has also chaired or served on numerous committees at the Kansas Hospital Association, Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Mid-America Regional Council.

Gary represents the Kansas Public Health Association on the State of Kansas Health Care Coalition Steering Committee.

Gary has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Health Emergency Professional (CHEP).

Gary is a retired Fire Captain and EMT with 20 years of service in the city of Lenexa. Gary has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Health Emergency Professional (CHEP). 
Policy Chair

Kaitlyn Perry, MPH
American Academy of Family Physiciansw

Board Term: 2017

Kait Perry, a Kansas native, graduated from the University of Kansas in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology. Kait was involved in several organizations on campus, including Student Senate, The Big Event, and undergraduate research in pharmacology and toxicology. While at KU, Kait received the Hemenway Award for Civic and Public Service and was a 2012 Woman of Distinction. Kait then moved to Boston to obtain her MPH in Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University. While in Boston, Kait served as a clinical research coordinator for the Longitudinal Examination to Gather Evidence of Neurodegenerative Disease (LEGEND) study at the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center. The LEGEND study is a cohort study with over 2500 high school to professional athletes in a variety of sports. After finishing her MPH in May of 2015, Kait moved back to Lawrence to work at the KU Center for Public Partnership and Research for 4 months before transitioning to her role at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department (LDCHD). Her role at LDCHD includes tobacco cessation interventions, tobacco control policy and nutrition interventions. Kait is also a board member for the Midwest Music Foundation, a non-profit that provides Kansas City area musicians with healthcare assistance, education and career development. Kait teaches a senior level community health class at KU in the Health, Sport and Exercise Science department. She lives with her fiance Ryan who is finishing his PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and their dog, Peach, and cats, Stevie Nicks and Pixel. They enjoy watching and attending basketball, football and baseball games and seeing as much live music as possible.

Student Section Chair

Fatima Rahman

University of Kansas Medical Center
Board Term: 2017

Fatima Rahman graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience. Currently she is a student at the KU Medical Center, pursuing a Master's in Public Health in the Social and Behavioral Health concentration. Fatima is passionate about bringing healthcare to underserved populations, particularly rural Americans and refugees in Kansas. She currently works in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the KU Medical Center, as a graduate research assistant for the RE-POWER study. RE-POWER is a clinical trial investigating the optimal method for weight reduction through primary care providers in rural populations across the Midwest. Fatima is also an advocate for youth empowerment and the founder of Amar Kontho (My Voice), a youth empowerment project in Bangladesh committed to teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills to Bangladeshi youth. Fatima hopes that she can utilize her education and skills to improve health care among underserved populations globally, and engage youth to take active roles in public health issues locally. Fatima is also an advocate for social justice and violence prevention in communities. She is serving her first year on the KPHA Board as the Student Section Chair.

Communications Committee Chair

Travis Rickford

Community Engagement Initiative
Office Phone: 202-735-0502

Travis Rickford is the Kansas State Director for the Kansas Health Foundation’s Community Engagement Initiative. Travis has over eight years of experience working in community public health. As a community public health advocate, Travis works with communities to build their capacity to address the social determinants of health through evidence-based policy, system, and environmental changes. This includes activities such as community assessment, sustainability planning, media engagement, and project management. Travis holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Fort Hays State University. In addition to KPHA, Travis is a member of the American Public Health Association. He also serves as an advisory board member for the Kansas Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration. Travis resides in Hays, Kansas with his wife Melissa, son Ashton, and daughter Olivia.

Infectious Diseases Section Chair

Mary Schwartz, RN

Kingman County Health Department
Board Term: 2017

Mary Schwartz has been a staff nurse at the Kingman County Health Department for nearly 10 years.  Mary is the primary infectious disease investigator for Kingman County, the role bringing her to the KPHA Board as this year’s Infectious Disease Chair.  WIC, Family Planning, Early Detection Works, immunizations, and serving as Public Information Officer for the Kingman County Health Department are among her other responsibilities.   Mary is also in charge of coordinating school health services with rural Kingman County school districts not able to employ full-time school nurses who usually perform the yearly vision and hearing screens that schools are required to provide to their students.   Prior to her public health nursing career, Mary was a float RN at the Hutchinson Clinic after being a renal dialysis nurse.  Mary graduated from Friends University in 1994 with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology/Human Services and from Pratt Community College School of Nursing in 1997. 

Oral Health Section Chair

Pam Smith

Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved
Board Term: 2017

Pam Smith is the Fluoridation Specialist and Evaluator at Kansas Department Health & Environment – Bureau of Oral Health. She is originally from Liberty Missouri and moved to the great state of Kansas in 1982. Pam currently resides with her family in Lenexa, and enjoys participating in the Lenexa BBQ & Chili competition held annually. Pam has always had a passion for oral health and graduated from the dental hygiene program offered at Johnson County Community College in 1998. Pam began her hygiene career in private practice in the Kansas City area in both general dentistry and Periodontal practices. While in the periodontal practice Pam was able to increase her ability to offer her patients the latest technologies by using NdYag laser and became certified in CO2 laser therapy. Pam enjoyed her time in the private practice but saw such a high dental need when volunteering in the Kansas School Screening Program since its inception in 2008. This led to Pam participating in several Kansas and Missouri Mission of Mercy programs over the last several years. This also inspired Pam to enroll and complete the Extended Care Permit III Certification through UMKC that the KDA and other dental professionals helped to create to allow another level of care for underserved people in Kansas. Pam joined KDHE – Bureau of Oral Health in the summer of 2014. Since joining, she has completed water fluoridation and evaluation training with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and is currently participating in Class VII of the Oral Health Kansas Leadership Program offered through the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita. Through this program she joins a diverse and remarkable cadre of Dental Champions Alumni that are working in a variety of roles and capacities to improve oral health in our state. This particular class is focusing on community water fluoridation.

Community Health Section Chair

Open position

Membership Committee Chair

Michael Showalter

Lawrence Douglas County Health Department
Board Term: 2017

Michael Showalter is a 6th generation Kansan and has worked as a Health Promotion Specialist at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department (LDCHD) in Lawrence, Kansas since 2015. His current work focuses on the intersections between health and the build environment, and affecting health outcomes by advancing multi-disciplinary physical activity and nutrition-related public health policies.

Michael began his career in public health working at a non-profit community AIDS project in Springfield, Missouri. After graduating from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology, Michael served for over two years as a Community Health Coordinator with the United States Peace Corps in Cameroon, West Africa. In this role, he collaborated with international aid organizations and government agencies to develop a culturally-relevant comprehensive HIV prevention and sexuality education curriculum for 17 rural government health centers. He also served as chairman of the Cameroon HIV Prevention Steering Committee and administered several grant-funded initiatives aimed at increasing HIV testing rates, and increasing patient access and adherence to prescribed drug therapies. Michael lives in Lawrence with his fiancé Benet, the executive director of a state-wide nonprofit advocacy organization, and their three dogs, Bruce, Kristoff, and Winnie. They spend their free time gardening and developing their amateur bee-keeping skills.

Graduate Research Assistant/ Association Manager

Ruaa Hassaballa, MLS (ASCP)
University of Kansas Medical Center

Ruaa Hassaballa is a KU-MPH Master of Public Health student with a concentration in epidemiology. She is currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant with the Kansas Public Health Association. Ruaa is a graduate of KUMC's clinical laboratory science class of 2014. She worked at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Kansas before learning about a week-long study abroad in public health. In June 2015, Ruaa was at University College London's Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health to learn about the social determinants of health. This interactive summer program piqued Ruaa's interest in public health and health equity, and she decided to pursue graduate studies at the KU-MPH program. Through her studies, she hopes to work toward equitable, inclusive and sustainable solutions to local and global public health challenges. Ruaa is currently co-president of the Master’s of Public Health Student Organization at KUMC. In May of 2017, she attended the World Health Organization's 70th World Health Assembly Meeting as a Global Health Council Delegate in Geneva, Switzerland.

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