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Leadership at Children's Mercy

The Board of Directors and Administration at Children’s Mercy have the honor, and responsibility, of ensuring the children of our community receive the best care possible. They work together — alongside more than 8,000 employees — to fulfill the mission and vision of the organization on a daily basis.


Board of Directors

Elizabeth Braham – Chair

Bill Krueger – Vice Chair

Vince Clark – Treasurer

Andrew Teigen – Secretary

Kevin Barth

Jean-Paul Chaurand

Carolyn Davis, MD

Diane Gallagher

Jeff Geheb

Paul Kempinski, MS, FACHE

Olga Koper

Terry Matlack

Paul McLaughlin

Walter Porter

Doug Swanson, MD


President and CEO

Paul D. Kempinski, MS, FACHE – President and Chief Executive Officer

Executive vice presidents

David Cauble
– Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Jodi Coombs, MBA, BSN, RN – Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Alex Daneshmand, DO, MBA, FAAP – Executive Vice President and Chief Quality Officer

Robin Foster, JD – Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Rob Lane, MD – Executive Vice President, Physician-in-Chief

Rob Steele, MD, MBA – Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer

Tom Wright – Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Senior vice presidents

Tom Curran, PhD, FRS
– Senior Vice President, Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Children’s Mercy Research Institute

Stacy Doyle, RN, PhD – Senior Vice President, Ambulatory and Physician Practice Operations

Laurie Ellison, EMBA – Senior Vice President and Chief Communications and Marketing Officer

Bob Finuf – Senior Vice President, Value and Payor Relations; Executive Director, Integrated Solutions

Jeanne James, MD, FAAP, MBA – Pediatrician-in-Chief, Chair of Department of Pediatrics

Ylan Kazi – Senior Vice President, Chief Data Officer

Carol Kemper, PhD, RN – Senior Vice President, Service and Performance Excellence; Executive Director, The Improvement Center

Chad Mills, CISSP, CRISC, CPP, CISA – Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Jenea Oliver, PhD – Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Brian O’Neal, PharmD, MS, FASHP – Senior Vice President, Allied Health

Shawn St. Peter, MD – Senior Vice President and Chair, Department of Surgery

Tangula Taylor, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC – Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Michelle Wimes, JD – Senior Vice President, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer

Vice presidents

Ahmed Abdelmoity, MD, FAAP, FAES
– Vice President, Clinical Access

Kim Brown, CPA – Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer

Marshaun Butler, MHSA – Vice President, Clinical Support Services and CMHK Operations, Chief Diversity Officer

John DeWitt – Vice President, Facilities Management

Gena Fitzgerald – Vice President, Supply Chain Services

Laura Fitzmaurice, MD, FAAP, FACEP, FAMIA – Associate Executive Medical Director, Chief Medical Information Officer, Senior Director Clinical Applications

Scott Gage – Vice President, Support Services

Allison Gardner, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CPN – Vice President of Clinical Operations

Beau Gostomsky – Vice President, Revenue Cycle

Sommer Hatfield, JD – Vice President, Provider Administration

Jennifer Kingry – Vice President, Finance

Stephanie Meyer, RN, MS-FNP, NEA-BC – Vice President, Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Genny Nicholas – Vice President, Government Relations

Ashley Papenberg, RN, BSN, MHA, ACM-RN - Vice President of Care Management and Patient & Family Services

Mary Ann Queen, MD, FAAP – Vice President of Regional and Diagnostic Services

Nicole Strombom, MBA – Vice President, Financial Planning

Mary Tomlinson – Vice President of Research Administration, Children’s Mercy Research Institute

Dawn Wolff, MPA – Vice President of Strategy, Innovation, and Partnerships