REACH Board Elects Members with Health, Business, Educational Expertise


The REACH Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors, a 17-member board that provides governance and oversight to the health philanthropy, elected six members at its March 24 meeting. The elected members included individuals with oral health, higher education, nonprofit, finance and health care law experience. Five are new to the REACH Board; one is an incumbent elected to a second term. All elected members are residents of the foundation’s six-county service area.

The following individuals will begin their terms on June 1:

Arif Ahmed, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Health Administration at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC, where he leads the health leadership and management programs and guides development of health-related executive education. Ahmed completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Policy/Research and Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He began his career as a dental surgeon in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Laura Bond, JD, is an attorney with Spencer Fane LLP. She has spent much of her 25-plus year career providing legal services to health care providers and managed care entities, including hospitals, physicians, MCOs and safety net providers. Bond earned a law degree from the University of Kansas. She has served on the boards of Health Partnership Clinic, Olathe Area United Way, Olathe Chamber and the Olathe Medical Center.Angela

Angela Harse, JD, is Staff Counsel/Assistant Risk Manager at Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Office of General Counsel. She previously worked at Dentons and as a Partner and Associate at Husch Blackwell. Harse has focused her practice in the health care area, monitoring regulatory changes and developing risk mitigation strategies. She earned a law degree at UMKC School of Law. She is a member of Children’s Mercy Hospital Hands and Hearts Auxiliary Board.

Vicki Hohenstein, MBA, CFA, is Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager and a member of Tower Wealth Managers Board of Directors at Tower Wealth Managers/Country Club Trust. Hohenstein previously was Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager for Bank of Kansas City. Hohenstein is a REACH Board incumbent, serving on the Finance Committee, and previously served as Vice Chair of the REACH Community Advisory Committee.

Danielle Jones, MPH, is an Army Public Health Center Fellow assigned to advise the Senior Commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In this role, Jones provides analysis of public health programs, policies, services and protocols to enhance the readiness and resiliency of the community. She brings a background in health promotions. Jones earned a Masters of Public Health at the University of West Florida.

Lisa Thurlow, DDS, is the clinical director of the dental hygiene program at Concorde Career College in Kansas City, MO, and maintains a clinical practice at Johnson County Dental Care. Thurlow has served as president and other leadership roles for the Fifth District Dental Society of Kansas and as a Kansas Dental Association delegate. She served on the dental peer review committee for more than 15 years. Thurlow earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery at UMKC and completed her residency at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Kansas City, MO.

In selecting members, the REACH Board looks for candidates who represent the geographic and demographic diversity of the foundation’s six-county service area. The board also seeks candidates with experience in nonprofit management and governance, financial services, health care and volunteer service, and who share the foundation’s interest in issues that affect individual and community health.

The next application cycle will begin in fall 2016. The deadline to apply for consideration for 2017 is December 15, 2016. Eligibility and application information is available on the Board of Directors section of the web site.