WICHITA, Kan. – Dr. Jennifer Bacani McKenney and Rev. Tom Brady will join the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) Board of Directors on July 1.
Dr. McKenney is a family physician at an independent practice that she owns and manages with her father in her hometown of Fredonia. Rev. Brady has more than 30 years of experience as a senior pastor and has recently been appointed as district superintendent of the Five Rivers and Parsons districts by the United Methodist Church Great Plains Conference.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. McKenney and Rev. Brady to our board,” said Matt Allen, chair of the KHF Board of Directors. “Both are dedicated leaders with a strong understanding of the needs of Kansans. Their experience in health and social service organizations, and their efforts to build stronger communities, will be great assets to the organization and our mission to improve the health of all Kansans.”
In addition to her medical practice, McKenney has served on the board of directors of numerous national and state medical societies and associations. She utilizes her talents locally as well, presiding as health officer of Wilson County and the city of Fredonia and as vice chief of staff at Fredonia Regional Hospital. A graduate of the KU School of Medicine, McKenney is currently the school board president of Fredonia USD 484 and helped establish the Fredonia Area Community Foundation and Cultivate Fredonia.
“I am honored and excited to be joining KHF as a new board member,” McKenney said. “I am passionate about advancing health and community wellness across the state and I am eager to bring my perspective as a rural family physician, a local school board president, a mother, a community activist and a proud lifelong Kansan to this work. I look forward to helping KHF continue to expand its impact on health within every corner of our state.”
Brady has been senior pastor at Lawrence First United Methodist Church, Heritage United Methodist Church, Burlington United Methodist Church and Americus United Methodist Church. He has also served as chair of the Wesley KU Campus Ministry Board and been involved on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Coffey and Douglas counties. Brady received his Doctor of Ministry in Evangelism at the Perkins School of Theology and has master’s in divinity and in arts, pastoral care and counseling from the Iliff School of Theology.
“As a lifelong Kansan, I look forward to helping make a positive impact on the lives of individuals, families and communities throughout the state,” Brady said.
To learn more about Brady and McKenney, or additional members of the KHF Board of Directors, please visit this link.
The Kansas Health Foundation is based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. With a mission to improve the health of all Kansans, KHF envisions a culture in which every Kansan can make healthy choices where they live, work and play. To achieve this, KHF focuses its work in four impact areas: access to affordable health care, healthy behaviors, civic and community engagement and educational attainment. During its history, KHF has provided more than $500 million in grants to Kansas communities and organizations, and looks forward to working toward its mission and vision for many years to come.
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