Promoting and Improving     
     Population Health in Kansas

2018 Board Members


Becky Tuttle
Greater Wichita YMCA
Board Term: 2018

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 June 2017, Tuttle is serving as the Community Development Director for the Greater Wichita YMCA, as well as facilitating the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita.  The Community Development Branch Director provides leadership and management for outreach programs and services including volunteer development, partnership development, fiscal management, financial development, as well as the program and membership experience.  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 the Project Manager for Health ICT, an affiliate of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County.  Health ICT is a four year initiative focusing on the prevention of diabetes, obesity, heart attack and stroke.  Tuttle previously 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 Director, 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 currently serves on the Kansas Public Health Association Board of Directors as President and as the Awards Committee Chairperson, Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition Past President, Health Alliance Chair, Health & Wellness Coalition Leadership Chair, Tobacco Free Wichita Coalition member, WorkWell Kansas Advisory Board, and has served on numerous local, state and national conference planning committees.  Ms. Tuttle is has also been appointed by the City of Wichita Mayor to serve on City of Wichita District II Advisory Board, City of Wichita Park Foundation Board and City of Wichita Sister City Board.  In addition, Ms. Tuttle has served as the Wichita Aero Club Gala Co-Chair for five years, raising funds for scholarships awarded to students interested in a career in aerospace.  Ms. Tuttle is a Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar, Advance Kansas graduate, Dental Champion, Kansas Leadership Center Champion, Leadership Wichita participant, and Leadership Kansas nominee.  Ms. Tuttle has led a grassroots initiative to educate the community on the importance role that health and public health plays in the community’s vitality, including the development and implementation of a Public Health Sister City Site Visit.  Ms. Tuttle was also intricately involved in promoting civic engagement and implemented a “Vote Like a Mother” campaign in the fall of 2016 to encourage young mothers to vote in the upcoming elections.

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 the recipient of the 2012 Kansas Public Health Association Virginia Lockhart Health Education Award, 2016 Wichita Business Journal Women in Business honoree, 2017 Kansas Public Health Association President’s Award and 2017 Sedgwick County National Public Health Thank You Day Award Recipient.  In 2016, Tuttle was a finalist for the Health Equity Award offered by the National Recreation and Park Association and was nominated by the City of Wichita Park and Recreation Department.

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.


Michelle Peterson
Cerner Corporation
Board Term: 2018

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.


Miranda Steele

Sunflower Health Plan
Board Term: 2018

Miranda Steele is the director of product development and management at Sunflower Health Plan in Lenexa where she manages the implementation of new or expanded healthcare solutions. Prior to this role, she served as the marketing and communication director, managing statewide community relations activities and health education activities for members receiving medical, behavioral health and community-based services through the State Medicaid program, with an emphasis on health literacy, food security and other social determinants of health. 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 afforded a fascinating and fast-paced introduction to public health, environmental protection and Medicaid services. With the State of Kansas, 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. She was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Fitness in 2016. 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 initiatives and the integration of public health and primary care.


Cristi Cain

Director & Accreditation Specialist
Board Term: 2018

Immediate Past President

Dr. Bob Moser
Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative
Board Term: 2018

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.

APHA Representative

Megan Foreman

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
Board Term: 2018

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: 2017-2018

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.


Denise Schuele
Cerner Corporation
Board Term: 2018

Denise Schuele is a senior program analyst of Healthy Communities for Cerner Corporation’s Population Health organization.  Denise develops advanced strategies for health systems to know, engage and manage populations to improve the health of workforce and social determinants of health for communities.  She is currently engaged with communities across Kansas and Missouri to identify opportunities available to meet pathways within the population health model that can be applied to their well-being initiatives.

Denise has prior experience in business development, program management and community events since joining Cerner in 2012.  She has most recently organized and executed several Cerner client events for physicians, nurses, executives and other health care IT professionals, overseeing the content and delivery of presentations within several areas of Cerner.

Denise has served on several internal committees within Cerner, developing fundamental training tools for new associates and acted as a mentor to new administrators.  She served on the Executive Women’s International- KC chapter board, as a Cerner representative for more than two years. She currently serves as a member on the Development Advisory Board for the Benedictine Sisters at Mount St. Scholastica.


Gianfranco Pezzino
Kansas Health Institute
Board Term: 2018

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.

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: 2018

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 Co-Chair

Daniel Craig, MS
Central Kansas Foundation
Board Term: 2018

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.

Tobacco, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Section Co-Chair

Kendal Carswell
Kearny County Hospital
Board Term: 2018

Kendal Carswell L.M.S.W, L.C.A.C. has more than 18 years of experience in social and therapeutic.  His passions are social justice and health equity for the underserved and vulnerable populations.  He is the program director for the Pioneer Care Advocacy Team at the Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, KS where he oversees care coordination/social services and leads innovative and transformative services.  He writes grant proposals and assists in managing many of the grants that are awarded.  The primary focus of his work is to address social determinants that affect positive health outcomes.  The program focuses on preventative interventions to reduce non-emergent emergency room use and to reduce hospitalizations.  Kendal began his career providing addiction and mental health services in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Kendal has worked in community corrections and he was a clinical director for Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center, overseeing services in more than 50 western Kansas counties.  He has a strong background in care coordination and has a history of developing programs, especially in western Kansas. 

Kendal was a professor at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) for 7 years, teaching in the social work department.  While at FHSU, he developed an outreach bachelor of social work program, based in Garden City, which addresses an existing professional shortage.  He also developed the online substance abuse counselor education program for FHSU.  Kendal left FHSU to develop and coordinate an outreach master of social welfare program for the University of Kansas that is ongoing in western Kansas.  These programs continue to be major factors in work force development in rural and frontier western Kansas.    

Kendal has served on many past boards and he currently serves on the licensed addictions counselor advisory committee for the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.  He assisted with writing the standards for the legislation, creating licensure for addiction counselors in Kansas.  He is a board member for ABC pregnancy in Garden City, and agency which provides compassionate pregnancy support services.  He is also a member of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council Rural and Frontier Subcommittee.  

Administrative Section Chair

Debra Kellison
Johnson County, KS Government
Board Term: 2018

Debra Kellison is the Strategic Planning Division Director at the Johnson County Department of Health & Environment where she is responsible for leading the accreditation efforts, quality improvement program, strategic planning and performance management activities as well as contributing to the community health assessment and improvement plan. Debra has been in public health for over 20 years, starting out with a focus of direct patient care in the women’s health, STD/HIV and prenatal clinics.  Debra was the MCH program manager for 14 years and in 2013 changed direction to her current role as a division director. Debra earned an Associate’s degree in nursing at KCKCC followed by a Bachelor’s degree in nursing at Webster University and completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the University of Kansas in May 2017. In addition, she completed a certificate course for Public Health Informatics through Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in December 2012.  She joined the KPHA Board in 2017. 

Preparedness Section Chair

Gary Martin, MPA
Martin Technical Consulting, LLC
Board Term: 2018

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.

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: 2018

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

Heather Poole

Kansas State University
Board Term: 2018

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

Christi Nance

Oral Health Kansas, Inc.
Board Term: 2018

Community Health Section Chair

Cynthia Snyder
Kansas Department of Health & Environment
Board Term: 2018

Membership Committee Chair

Michael Showalter

Lawrence Douglas County Health Department
Board Term: 2018

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.

Ex Officio Member

Sonja Armbruster
Wichita State University

Sonja Armbruster, MA, joined the Department of Public Health Sciences at Wichita State University’s College of Health Professions in August 2017. In her role as a Health Sciences Educator, her priority teaching areas include Health Administration and Policy, Health Communication and Quality Improvement. Prior to joining the faculty, she was the founding director of the Center for Public Health Initiatives at Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute. There she led a team that provides training and technical assistance to the state health department as well as local health departments and other health services agencies across the state. Previously, she worked for 10 years at the Sedgwick County Health Department where she served in a number of administrative roles, including health promotion program management, development of the strategic plan and performance management system, supervision of the quality improvement and accreditation preparation efforts, and leadership of community health assessment and improvement planning.

As a consultant for the Public Health Foundation, Sonja has provided training and technical assistance for state, local and tribal health departments in the areas of performance management systems development, workforce development, and quality improvement since 2011.

Sonja is a member of the Oral Health Kansas board of directors and an Ex-Officio member of the Kansas Public Health Association- where she served as the 2009 board president. She chaired the community health improvement coalition, the Wichita Health Alliance, for six years and continues as a coalition member. Additionally, Sonja serves as a site visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and a Master of Arts in Communication, both from Wichita State University.

Ex Officio Member

Tanya Honderick
University of Kansas Medical Center

Tanya Honderick, RN, MS, MPH, PHCNS-BC, is director of the Master of Public Health (KU-MPH) program at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.  Her role is essential to daily operations of the KU-MPH program, including recruitment of a highly qualified and diverse student body, coordination and implementation of admissions and enrollment procedures, development of program concentrations and curriculum, program planning and evaluation, and accreditation activities.  Additionally, she represents the program to the broader university, surrounding community, and statewide stakeholders.  She works regularly with regional and state public health leaders, especially around issues of public health workforce development, education, and research.  She has served on the executive board of the Kansas Public Health Association (KPHA) and on the Kansas Public Health Workforce Development Coordinating Council since 2010.  Her clinical experience spans a decade in public health, with her particular interest being maternal and child health.  She previously held positions in well child, WIC, family planning, and prenatal clinics in two local health departments in Kansas.  Ms. Honderick graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S.N. in 1996 and with a joint M.S. in Nursing/M.P.H. in 2003.  She is ANCC Board Certified as a Clinical Specialist in Community Health Nursing.  Honors include traveling to China in 2006 with People to People International as a Community Health Nurse Delegate and completion of the Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute in 2008.  She is also a 2014 fellow of the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health.  She has been a site visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) since 2014.  She served as secretary for KPHA in 2010 and 2011, director-at-large in 2012 and 2013, president in 2014, immediate past-president in 2015, and KPHA Affiliate Representative to the American Public Health Association Governing Council in 2016.  She will serve KPHA in 2018 as an ex-officio member of the board of directors.  

Ex Officio Member

Eldonna Chesnut
Johnson County Health Department

Eldonna Chesnut, RN, BSN, MSN is employed by Johnson County Department of Health and Environment as Division Director of Child Care Licensing since 2001.  She is a member of the inaugural class of Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute and served on their advisory board after program completion. Eldonna serves as the JCDHE representative to many county and statewide organizations related to child care and to public health. 

Eldonna has served Kansas Public Health Association as past president, president-elect, director at large, Section chair, and Affiliate Representative to APHA Governing Council. Eldonna also served as Conference Committee chair and was on the conference committee member for several years.  Additionally was on Orientation Manual Project committee member, and past Membership Chair. Eldonna received the Samuel Crumbine award, KPHA’s highest honor, in 2012.  She is one of the founding members of MINK – (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas Public Health Associations). Under the mentorship of the Great Lakes Region, MINK started meeting by conference call on a monthly basis and in person at an annual spring meeting. The camaraderie, best practice sharing, and support of each other has helped Region 7 become a recognizable name within APHA and with other affiliates. 

Within APHA, Eldonna is currently serving as Council of Affiliates as immediate past chair.  Additional roles included CoA Chair and Chair Elect, CoA Liaison to Intersectional Section Council Steering Committee ,  and Region 7 Representative to CoA. She was actively involved in the APHA Joint Membership Pilot (JMP) for 6 years.  In 2016, she served on the APHA Executive Board as the CoA representative. During that time she was an active participant in the Committee on Social Responsibly, Executive Board membership committee, and Annual meeting Speaker Vetting subcommittee.  She is currently still serving on the APHA EB membership committee as CoA representative. She has been an APHA member since 2008 and is currently a member of three Sections: Maternal Child Health and the Child Care Committee (under MCH Section), Health Administration, and Public Health Nursing, as well as served on the Opioid Policy workgroup. Eldonna has attended the APHA Annual Meeting and Affiliate Day every year since 2008. 

Graduate Research Assistant/Association Manager

Ruaa Hassaballa
University of Kansas Medical Center

Ruaa Hassaballa is a KU-MPH student in epidemiology. She is currently working as association manager of the Kansas Public Health Association and as microbiology technologist at Laboratory Corporation of America. Ruaa is a graduate of KUMC's clinical laboratory science class of 2014. She worked at Lawrence Memorial Hospital 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's Master's Capstone project for the Spring of 2018 looks at the impact of the 2017 national nurses strike in Kenya on Early Infant HIV/AIDS diagnosis outcomes. Ruaa served as co-president of the Master’s of Public Health Student Organization at KUMC.  She was awarded the APHA Council of Affiliates Outstanding Student of the Year Award in November of 2017.

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