Fellows Graduates

2016 Advocacy Fellowship Class

The Sunflower Foundation 2016 Advocacy Fellowship class began in November 2015.

Read brief bios and view photos of the 15 Fellows in the 2016 class.

Advocacy Fellowship Class of 2016

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Maureen Mahoney, Kansas City, Chief of Staff for Mayor Mark Holland, Unified Government of Wyandotte County 
Kaye Monk-Morgan, Wichita, Program Director, Upward Bound Math Science Center at Wichita State University
Sheldon Weisgrau, Topeka, Director, Health Reform Resource Project
Eva Schulte, Kansas City, President and CEO, Communities Creating Opportunity
Tracey Osborne, Overland Park, President, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
David Toland, Iola, Executive Director, Thrive Allen County
Liz Sosa, Garden City, CEO, Public Square Communities, Inc.
Tim Cruz, Garden City, Safety consultant in the Division of Industrial Safety and Health for the Kansas Department of Labor
Benet Magnuson, Lawrence, Executive Director, Kansas Appleseed
Vernetta Dixon, Wichita, Director of Outreach, HealthCore Clinic
Jason Ball, Hutchinson, President and CEO, Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce
Denise Cyzman, Topeka, Executive Director, Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved
Jason Wesco, Pittsburg, Executive Vice President, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas
Annie McKay, Topeka, President & CEO, Kansas Action for Children
Chris Tilden, Lawrence, Director of Community Health, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

2014 Advocacy Fellowship Class

The Sunflower Foundation 2014 Advocacy Fellowship class began in November 2013.

Read brief bios and view photos of the 14 Fellows in the 2014 class.

BACK ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT
Rachel Marsh, Wichita, Staff Attorney, St. Francis Community Services
Teresa Lovelady, Wichita, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Health and Wellness
Kathy Mosher, Salina, Executive Director, Central Kansas Mental Health Center
Scott Lakin, Kansas City, Director, Regional Healthcare Initiative, Mid-America Regional Council
Jerry Jones, Kansas City, Executive Director, Community Health Council of Wyandotte County
Bryan Brady, Hays, Chief Executive Officer, First Care Clinic
Dana Pugh, Kansas City, Medical-Legal Partnership Fellow/Staff Attorney, University of Kansas School of Law/KU Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic
Michelle Ponce, Topeka, Executive Director, Kansas Association of Local Health Departments

FRONT ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT
Christie Appelhanz, Topeka, Vice President of Public Affairs, Kansas Action for Children
Robert Stiles, Coffeyville, Director of Operations/Clinic Director, Montgomery County Clinic, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas
Tawny Stottlemire, Topeka, Executive Director, Kansas Association of Community Action Programs
Marlene Willis, Pittsburg, Statewide Coordinator, Migrant Out-of-School Youth Advocacy Project, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center at Greenbush
Lisa Moritz, Tribune, Administrator/School Nurse, Greeley County Health Department
Janis DeBoer, Topeka, Executive Director, Kansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities

2012 Advocacy Fellowship Class

The Sunflower Foundation 2012 Advocacy Fellowship class began in November 2011.

Read brief bios and view photos of the 15 Fellows in the 2012 class.

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Hannah Sandal, Lawrence, Medical-Legal Partnership Fellow, University of Kansas School of Law
Mark Richards, Overland Park, President and CEO, Marillac, Inc.
Audra Kenneson, El Dorado, Smart Start Coordinator, Rainbows United, Inc.
David Sherman, Wichita, Chief Development Officer, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters
Erica Andrade, Kansas City, Health Navigator, El Centro, Inc.
Rachel Monger, Topeka, Director of Government Affairs, LeadingAge Kansas
Deanna Berry, Garden City, Executive Director, Russell Child Development Center
Sue Evans, Colby, Executive Director, Northwest Council on Substance Abuse

FRONT ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT
Linda Bean, Pittsburg, Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas
David Johnson, Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center
Amy Goldstein, Kansas City, Senior Director, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Kansas Chapter
Scott Koertner, Olathe, Director of Programs, Heart to Heart International
Mildred Edwards, Topeka, Manager for Training and Development, Westar Energy
John Calbeck, Topeka, Executive Director, Shawnee Regional Prevention and Recovery Services, Inc.

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Nick Wood, Topeka, Systems Change Advocacy Coordinator and Lead Investigator, Disability Rights Center of Kansas

2011 Advocacy Fellowship Class

The Sunflower Foundation 2011 Advocacy Fellowship class began in December 2010.

Read a news release announcing the 2011 Fellows class.
Read brief bios and view photos of the 15 Fellows in the 2011 class.














 

BACK ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT
Eunice Lee-Ahn, Lawrence, Medical-Legal Partnership Fellow, University of Kansas School of Law
Rebekah Jones, Mayetta, Tribal Victim Assistance Program Manager, Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Police Department
Mark Wiebe, Kansas City, Director of Public Affairs, Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Health
Schaunta James-Boyd, Wichita, Executive Director, E.C. Tyree Health & Dental Clinic
Jensen Adams, Kansas City, Associate Executive Director, Metropolitan Energy Center
Stephanie Fuhrmann, Dodge City, Forensic Interviewer, Crisis Center of Dodge City
Greg Hennen, Independence, Executive Director, Four County Mental Health Center, Inc.
Heidi Foster, Atwood, Chief Executive Officer, Rawlins County Dental Clinic
Anna Lambertson, Topeka, Executive Director, Kansas Health Consumer Coalition
Amy Falk, Kansas City, Executive Director, Caritas Clinics, Inc.

FRONT ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT
Lalo Munoz, Topeka, Executive Director, El Centro of Topeka
Julie Govert Walter, Manhattan, Executive Director, North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging
John Washington, Garden City, Superintendent, Garden City Recreation Commission
Cara Greve, Topeka, Director, Workforce Center, Kansas Hospital Association
Vickie James, Dighton, Director, Healthy Kids Challenge

2010 Advocacy Fellowship Class

The Sunflower Foundation 2010 Advocacy Fellowship class concluded September 2010.

Read a news release announcing the 2010 Fellows class.
Read brief bios of the 15 members of the 2010 Fellows class.
Read a news release about the class graduation.

BACK ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT
Rick Dalke, Executive Director, Area Mental Health Center, Garden City
Corrie Edwards, Section Administrator, Child Placement Agency & Residential Program, Bureau of Child Care & Health Facilities, Kansas Department of Health & Environment, Topeka
Monica Murnan, Executive Director, Family Resource Center, Inc., Pittsburg
Jake Lowen, Principal, Kansas Grassroots Consulting, Lawrence
Craig Kaberline, Executive Director, Kansas Area Agencies on Aging Association, Topeka
Doug Vance, Executive Director, Kansas Recreation and Park Association, Topeka
Janette Meis, State Director, Kansas CASA Association, Inc., Hays

FRONT ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT
Arturo Ponce, Director, HIV/AIDS Education & Outreach, Liberal Clinic & Care Center, United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries, Liberal
Annette Graham, Executive Director, Central Plains Area Agency on Aging, Sedgwick County Department on Aging, Wichita
Anne Nelson, Associate Executive Director, Central Plains Regional Health Care Foundation, Wichita
Katherine Kelly, Executive Director, Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, Kansas City
Brutrinia Arellano, Member, Class of 2011, Department of Health and Human Services Emerging
Leaders Program, Washington, D.C.
Dee Ann DeRoin, Family Practitioner and Health Educator, Community Health and Wellness, Lawrence
Roberta Lindbeck, Executive Director, Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Inc., Kansas City
Deb Kiker, CEO, Community Health Ministry, Wamego

2009 Advocacy Fellowship Class

The 2009 class of the Sunflower Foundation Advocacy Fellowship, which was the inaugural class participating in this unique program, began on November 19, 2008, and concluded September 9, 2009.

During the final session, Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson congratulated the Fellows on their graduation from the program and thanked them for their commitment. He told them their efforts to strengthen the advocacy capacity of the diverse health nonprofits they represent are important because the people on whose behalf they advocate often have no other voice and because advocacy dramatically leverages the power of their organizations.

Read the related press release.
See the gift of appreciation presented to the foundation by the Fellows.
Review the class roster, including individual photos and bios.



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Rosa Molina, Executive Director, Medical Service Bureau, Wichita
John Carney, Vice President, Aging and End of Life, Center for Practical Bioethics, Kansas City
Michael Mayberry, Executive Director, Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, Kansas City
Phelps Murdock, President & CEO, Bridging the Gap, Kansas City
Richard Cagan, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness - Kansas, Kansas City
Brian Walker, President & CEO, Kansas Food Bank, Wichita
Cathy Harding, Executive Director, Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, Topeka
Stephanie Waggoner, CEO, United Methodist Mexican American Ministries, Garden City
Shannon Cotsoradis, Executive Vice President and COO, Kansas Action for Children, Topeka

FRONT ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT
Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence
Kara Lineweber, Public Policy Advocate, El Centro, Inc., Kansas City
Chrysanne Grund, Project Director, Greeley County Health Services, Sharon Springs
Mitzi E. McFatrich, Executive Director, Kansas Advocates for Better Care, Lawrence
Vicki Worrell, Associate Professor, Emporia State University, Emporia
Krista Postai, CEO, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Pittsburg