Board of Trustees
The Sunflower Foundation is governed by nine trustees who represent, as much as possible, the ethnic, racial and geographic diversity of Kansas. Eight trustees are appointed through a process overseen by the Kansas Attorney General. One trustee is appointed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.
Jay Kennedy, Frankfort, is CEO of First National Bank. He was appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2015.
Andrea Krauss, Russell, is Secretary/Treasurer of John O. Farmer, Inc. She was appointed to the Board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2013.
Les Lacy, St. Francis, is Vice President for Regional Operations at the Great Plains Health Alliance. He was appointed by former Attorney General Steve Six in March 2010.
Beryl “Bebo” Lowery-Born
Bebo Lowery-Born, Topeka, retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas as the company’s Chief Financial Officer in 2013. She was appointed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas in 2014.
Krista Postai, Pittsburg, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas. She was appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2014.
Reginald L. Robinson
Reginald L. Robinson, Lawrence, is Professor and Director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. He was appointed to the foundation board by former Attorney General Steve Six in 2009.
Martie Ross, Leawood, is a Principal at Pershing Yoakley & Associates healthcare consultants. She was appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2014.
Don Sherman, Wichita, is Vice President of Community Relations and Strategic Partnerships at Westar Energy. He was appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2014.
Liz Sosa, Garden City, is Chief Executive Officer of Public Square Communities. She was appointed to the foundation board by Attorney General Derek Schmidt in 2016.
Note: The term of Mia Korbelik, Dodge City, ended during 2016.
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Community Advisory Committee
The nine-member Sunflower Foundation Community Advisory Committee (CAC) nominates candidates for the foundation’s Board of Trustees. The CAC also acts in an advisory role to the foundation and reviews the annual reports. The Kansas Attorney General appoints eight of the committee members; the ninth member is the chair of the Sunflower Foundation Board of Trustees, serving ex-officio with vote.
Kent Bradley, MD, Valley Center, is an obstetrics-gynecology physician at Newton Medical Center.
John Coen, Ottawa, is president & CEO of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.
Susan Concannon, Beloit, is a representative in the Kansas House, District 107.
Francie Currie, Neodesha, is office manager for Dr. Bert Chronister, a family practice physician.
Sue Krische, Topeka, is retired Chief of Staff to four Kansas Senate Presidents.
Terry Presta, Overland Park, is owner of Presto Convenience Stores, LLC.
Reginald L. Robinson, Lawrence, serves on the CAC in his role as chair of the Sunflower Foundation Board of Trustees.
Glen Singer, MD, Iola, is a family practice physician.
Donna Thomas, DDS, Leawood, practices Pediatric dentistry in the Kansas City area.
Note: The term of Janet Schalansky, Topeka, ended during 2016.
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Phil Cauthon, Director of Communications
Elizabeth Stewart Burger, Program Officer
Billie Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer
Julie Dillingham, Executive Administrator
Brandon Skidmore, Program Officer
Cheryl Bean, Chief Financial and Operating Officer
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