Carla Gibson is Vice President of Programs, responsible for all program functions of the foundation, including developing strategic community investments designed to implement REACH’s mission of advancing health equity in its six-county service area. Gibson joined REACH in 2006 and has led the foundation’s health equity investments.
Gibson currently serves on the boards of Welcoming America and the Greater Lee’s Summit Health Care Foundation. She is treasurer of the Missouri Rural Health Association. Gibson also is an appointed member of the National Rural Health Association’s Health Equity Council, the Women’s Executive Leadership Council of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and a steering committee member of the Missouri Council on Aging. She previously chaired the Kansas City Chamber’s Behavioral Health Action Team and served on its Diverse Business Committee.
Gibson has received several honors, including an Ace Award from the KC Chamber for outstanding achievement in the nonprofit industry, and was awarded the Bold Health Champion award, sponsored by Humana, Partners in Primary Care, and Novo Nordisk, for being a credible voice of faith in the Kansas City metropolitan health community, as well as the Regional Health Champion Award for leadership in healthcare at the Heartland Conference on Health Equity and Patient Centered Care.
Gibson earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska Omaha and a Master of Public Administration from Bellevue University. She and her husband Robert Gibson live in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.