Foundation Welcomes New, Returning Board Members


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Tiffany Phillips
Missouri Foundation for Health
(314) 345-5507

Missouri Foundation for Health announces the addition of three new Board members. The cohort will bring fresh perspectives and skillsets to the group, which plays a critical role in the Foundation’s work.

• Simone Cummings, Dean, George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University (pictured top left)
• Emily Dai, Director of Fundamental Research, Pacific Life
• Eric Ralph, Managing Director, Leadership Team, Highland Associates

The Board’s overarching obligation is to ensure that MFH’s resources are deployed in ways that benefit and achieve the Foundation’s mission – to eliminate the underlying causes of health inequities, transform systems, and enable individuals and communities to thrive. Members are responsible for the overall governance of the Foundation, which includes approving strategic direction and fulfilling fiduciary obligations. The group also works to confirm that all decisions made are consistent with the Foundation’s core values. Ultimately, the Board has the responsibility of approving MFH’s changemaking strategies.

Brian Kinkade, Vice President of Children’s Health and Medicaid Advocacy for Missouri Hospital Association, has been confirmed as the new Board Chair, taking over the role from Donna Checkett, Senior Advisor at Health Management Associates. Checkett served two consecutive terms and remains on the Board. Todd Ahrens, President and CEO of Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, will serve as Vice Chair.
The Foundation also said goodbye to three members: Darrel Pfeifauf (2021-23), Vetta Sanders Thompson (2019-2023), and Aimee Wehmeier (2021-2023).

“Our directors selflessly dedicate their time and expertise to advance our mission and vision for achieving health equity. I am thankful to our esteemed departing Board members and thrilled to continue our journey to ensure all Missourians have a fair and just opportunity to live their healthiest lives,” said Dr. Dwayne Proctor, MFH President and CEO.