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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

Diane Gallagher – Chair

Kevin Barth – Vice Chair

Charlie Harris, Jr., JD – Secretary

Vince Clark – Treasurer

Kevin Bryant

Christy Dempsey, RN, DNP

Jeff Geheb

Paul Kempinski, MS, FACHE

Olga Koper, PhD

Bill Krueger

Terry Matlack

Ashley McClellan

Paul E. McLaughlin

Walter Porter

Mary Ann Queen, MD

Jennifer Sauer, MD


President and CEO

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

Executive vice presidents

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

Robin Foster, JD – Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Doug Rivard, DO - Interim Executive Vice President, Physician-in-Chief

Jim Simaras, MBA, CPA – Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

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

Tom Wright, MSA – Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Senior vice presidents

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

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

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

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

Brian Lancaster, CHCIO – Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Digital Officer

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

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

Teresa Olsen – Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

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

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

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

Vice presidents

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

Lonna Anderson, MS, PHR – Vice President, Human Resources Operations

Kim Brown, MBA, CPA,  – Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer

MaLiz Denk, JD – Vice President, Chief Risk Officer and Deputy General Counsel

John DeWitt, MBA – Vice President, Facilities Management

Amy Fallon, MPH, PhD - Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas

Gena Fitzgerald – Vice President, Supply Chain Services

Laura Fitzmaurice, MD, FAAP, FACEP, FAMIA – Vice President and Chief Health Informatics Officer

Scott Gage, MBA – 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

Scott Helm, PhD – Vice President, Talent Management

Jennifer Kingry, CPA – Vice President, Finance

Colleen Meurer, MA-IR, SPHR – Vice President, Total Rewards

Stacey Murr – Vice President, Patient Care Operations and Associate Chief Nursing Officer

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

Dallas Polen, JD, MBA, CFA - Vice President, Government Relations

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

William Saltmarsh, MBA – Vice President and Chief Data Officer for Data Intelligence

Nicole Strombom, MBA – Vice President, Financial Planning

Mary Tomlinson, MBA – Vice President, Research Administration

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