WICHITA, Kan. – Junetta Everett will serve as the next chair of the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) Board of Directors, a nine-member body charged with overseeing the governance and stewardship of the organization.
“It is an honor to assume this role of chair, and I’m so excited to get started,” Everett said. “KHF plays a vital role in the health and nonprofit sectors in our state, and it’s both a privilege and a responsibility to serve on the board of an organization dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans.”
Everett was first elected to the KHF board in 2014 and has since served on the audit, finance, governance and strategic planning committees. For the past year, Everett has been the board’s vice chair.
“During the past eight years, I’ve had a front row seat to the ways in which philanthropy can be a key contributor to improving health outcomes, supporting thriving communities and listening to the critical needs of Kansans,” Everett said. “Now, KHF has the responsibility to address racial and health inequities, and work to decrease the health disparities seen throughout Kansas.”
Professionally, Everett trained and worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist before joining Delta Dental of Kansas in 1987, from which she recently retired after a career culminating with her serving more than 25 years as the organization’s Vice President for Professional Relations.
She has also been active in civic organizations, including serving in 2020 as board chair of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, becoming the first African American to hold that position. As a graduate of Wichita State University (WSU), Everett has served on multiple boards and committees for her alma mater, including a 2021 appointment by the governor to the WSU Board of Trustees. She is also a graduate of Leadership Kansas.
During her time as KHF chair, Everett will work alongside Ed O’Malley, who was recently named the new president and CEO and will join the organization on Aug. 10. As board chair, she succeeds Jeffry L. Jack, who transitioned off the board in June after nine years of service.
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. During the past 35 years, KHF has provided more than $600 million in grants to improve health in Kansas communities.
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