Welcoming Our 2016-17 Health Leadership Fellows


We are proud to announce the first cohort of our new Health Leadership Program! This cadre of diverse, highly skilled leaders will spend the next 18 months participating in this collaborative learning fellowship. The experience will offer individual leadership development, academic and team support, executive coaching, collaborations with a personal and professional network of leaders, along with an opportunity for collective leadership and change.

Our Health Leadership Program is modeled after a successful effort by the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, which launched its first cohort in 2005 with nationally recognized faculty. Since that time, a total of 213 leaders in their region have participated in the program, which has resulted in the development and implementation of 21 team projects. These projects have influenced change and improved health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

“We are facing some incredibly complex health problems in Missouri, but with dynamic and innovative professionals leading the way, we can be effective in our efforts to move the needle.”

Foundation CEO Dr. Robert Hughes

It is this design, architecture, and national faculty that we have adopted, along with the local talent of a program manager, team advisers, and executive coaches to provide an impactful health leadership experience for professionals in positions of influence within nonprofit organizations in our region. The program focuses on the implementation of competencies that reflect person-centered care, continuous quality improvements, and national best practices.

Fellows will attend four residential sessions of two to three days each. The academic and experiential work of the sessions will be applied and reinforced in small teams in the months in between. By the end of the program, fellows will have a stronger, more diverse network to pull from; be better prepared with the knowledge and skills needed to motivate change; and will be more equipped to make impact on the complex issues facing our state.

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Health Leadership Fellows Class Of 2016 – 2017

  • Phil R. Berger
  • Carmen Parker-Bradshaw
  • Jennifer Brinkmann
  • Laura A. Coleman, LPC
  • Margaret (Jean) Darnell
  • Cynthia G. Dean
  • Lara A. Fallon, LCSW
  • Lester Gillespie
  • Kami Gollhofer
  • Courtney Graves, Ed.D.
  • Jennifer A. Haasis, LCSW
  • Katie Towns-Jeter
  • David Kessel
  • Shanté M. Lampley, Ph.D.
  • Don M. McBride
  • Cathy G. McElderry, Ph.D.
  • Laurie A. Phillips
  • Meredith L. Rataj, LMFT
  • C. Ming Saelee
  • Kevin F. Schuh, CPRP
  • Billy J. Thompson
  • Cheri D. Lilly-Tillis
  • Shawni L. Jackson-Triggs, Ph.D.
  • Amanda R. Mejia Westall