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Oral Health Kansas

has been around for
11 years


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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of the Oral Health Kansas Board officers and the chairs of all the Board committees. The Committee has the responsibility to set the agendas for Board meetings and oversee Oral Health Kansas business between Board meetings.

Steve Peppes, President
Schaunta James-Boyd, Past President
Robyne Goates, Vice President
Amber Sellers, Secretary/Resource Development/Conference Planning Chair
Chip Blaser, Treasurer/Finance Chair
Barbara Conant, Advocacy Chair


Finance/Investment Committee

The Finance Committee is chaired by the Oral Health Kansas Board Treasurer and other Board members. The Committee has the responsibility to ensure financial records are maintained accurately and completely. Members of the Committee also review and recommend the annual budget and safeguard the organization’s assets.

Chip Blaser, Chair
Krista Hahn
Brian Smith


Board Development Committee

The Board Development Committee includes both Board members and non-members. The Committee has the responsibility to recruit Board members and ensure Board members are trained for their service on the Oral Health Kansas Board.

Schaunta James-Boyd,Chair
Janette Delinger
Jill Quigley
Denise Maseman
Marlou Wegener


Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is comprised of Board members and non-members. The Committee has the responsibility to guide the communications strategies for Oral Health Kansas and advise staff on message development.

Sonja Armbruster
Kim Gronniger
Gina Penzig
Marlou Wegener


Resource Development/Conference Planning Committee

The Resource Development Committee is comprised of Board members and non-members. The Committee has the responsibility to create and execute revenue development strategies to diversify the funding base for Oral Health Kansas.

Amber Sellers, Chair
Doug Bowman
Jenni Ferguson
Robyne Goates
Kathy Hunt
Christi Nance
Sonia Olmos
Kelly Rippel
Niki Sadler


Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee is made up of Board and non-Board members. The Committee is responsible for developing and recommending the annual Oral Health Kansas Advocacy Agenda. Committee members meet weekly during the Legislative Session and assist staff in forming advocacy strategies.

Barbara Conant, Chair
Rachel Alexander
Sonja Armbruster
Janette Delinger
Dawn Downes
John Fales
Megan Foreman
Stuart Little
Travis Lowe
Marcia Manter
Lougene Marsh
Katrina McGivern
Christi Nance
Chuck Nigro
Jill Quigley
Kevin Robertson
Amber Sellers
Brian Smith
Cathy Taylor-Osborne


Succession Planning Committee

The Succession Planning Committee is responsible for ensuring an up-to-date succession plan is in place for a planned or unplanned Executive Director transition. In the event of a planned or unplanned Executive Director transition, members of the Succession Planning Committee are asked to serve on a Transition Work Group. The committee meets via conference call as needed each year to update the succession plan.

Becky Smith


Dental Champions Advisory Board

The Dental Champions Advisory Board is comprised of graduates of Oral Health Kansas’ Dental Champions Leadership Program who help administer the Dental Champions Program. The Advisory Board is responsible for engaging alumni to advocate for oral health issues in Kansas, help alumni stay in contact with each other and overseeing the nomination and selection of new class members.

Rachel Alexander, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Region VII
Barbara Conant, Kansas Advocates for Better Care
Dr. John Fales, DDS
Megan Foreman, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
Kathy Hunt, RDH
Lucynda Raben, DDS
Brian Smith, Galena School District
Jon Stewart, Heartland Community Health Center
Ashley D. Swisher,
Sharon Tidwell, Jones Foundation
Amy Seery
Dr. James Trotter, UMKC School of Dentistry
Marlou Wegener, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas


Strategic Planning Committee

The Strategic Planning Committee is responsible for working with the Executive Director and staff to serve as a design team in the development process with the consultant. Further, this committee will keep the plan forward on the Board Meeting agendas.

Steve Peppes
Chip Blaser
Sonja Armbruster
Barbara Conant



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