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Family Advisory Board

Graphic of four hands reaching for a heart and the words: PFAC patient family advisory council FAMILY ADVISORY BOARD

The Family Advisory Board (FAB) consists of 21 families who are primary caregivers of a child who has been cared for at Children's Mercy. The FAB collaborates with hospital leadership to ensure the highest level of quality, safety and experience of care is provided to every patient and family. The FAB serves as the oversight group for all of the Patient Family Advisory Councils (PFACs) at Children’s Mercy.

The goals of the FAB are:

  • To promote and support the mission, programs, services and initiatives at Children’s Mercy

  • To promote communication between hospital staff and families

  • To assist with the education of Children’s Mercy staff and health care providers

Contact Us

Miriam Iliff
Parent Chair

Katie Taff
Director, Patient and Family Engagement

Sheryl Chadwick
Program Manager, Patient and Family Engagement

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Annual Report

This year's Family Advisory Board Annual Report highlights the accomplishment of the FAB, along with the 16 Patient Family Advisory Councils.


If you have read through the bylaws and feel like this committee would be a good fit for you, please fill out an application.

Board members

Front row
Carey Bickford, Kim Freeman, Astra Garner, Jay Arnold, LaShelle Ginther, Wendy Southard, Julie Quickel

Second row
Emily Brown, Isleen Gimenez, Joe Cummings, Annette Campbell, Kacy Seitz, Terrence Gallagher, Brooke Groneman

Not pictured
Rachel Callihan, Laura Chisholm, Tiffany Freelon, Natalie Gibbs, Mia Hotze, Miriam Iliff, Melanie Traynham

Parents Offering Parent Support (POPS)

Children's Mercy offers a program called Parents Offering Parent Support (POPS), a network of trained parent volunteers who mentor other parents through the challenges of their child's health condition. Click the button below to learn more about requesting the support of a mentor or becoming a mentor yourself.