The Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) has added a new member to its board of directors, re-elected four current board members and selected its 2010 officers. The 15-member board provides oversight of all MFH activities and grant making. Directors serve a maximum of two three-year terms.
MFH’s new board member is Sam Minner, PhD, of Greentop, in north central Missouri. Minner is dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education at Truman State University in Kirksville, and has more than 29 years of experience in higher education in Missouri, Tennessee, Arizona, and Belize in Central America. He holds a doctoral degree in special education with emphasis on children and adolescents with attentional and behavioral disorders. He is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, International Association of Special Educators and American Association of Higher Education.
MFH re-elected four board members, three of whom assume board officer roles:
Wayne Goode was named MFH board chair. He is aformer member of the Missouri Senate and Missouri House of Representatives, serves on the Board of Curators for the University of Missouri and resides in the Normandy neighborhood of St. Louis.
Bruce Horwitz, PhD, was re-elected to the board. Horwitz lives in Columbia and is a research assistant professor at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, University of Missouri, in the same city.
K. Beth Johnson was re-elected board treasurer. She is a senior consultant at Hammond Associates, a Clayton-based institutional fund advisory firm. Johnson resides in University City.
Corinne Walentik, MD, MPH, was named vice chair of the board. She is a professor of pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and physician executive for managed care and public policy at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, St. Louis. Walentik resides in University City.
MFH also named the following 2010 board officers:
Brenda Battle, member-at-large. Battle is director of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence in St. Louis, and lives in Bridgeton.
Janna Stewart, board secretary. Stewart is a retired attorney and former criminal justice planner for the Alaska Department of Public Safety. She resides in Ava, Mo.
“Wayne Goode has served the Missouri Foundation for Health in many different roles over the past five years, and is ideally prepared to take the position of chair in a critical time for the health of the public,” said James R. Kimmey, MD, MPH, president and chief executive officer of MFH. “And Sam Minner brings to the Foundation a rich background in educational leadership and service to his community, as well as a keen understanding of key health issues in northern Missouri.”
Established in 2000, MFH is the largest nongovernmental funder of community health activities in Missouri. MFH is in its seventh year of grant making, having issued more than $360 million in grants and awards to date. It is dedicated to serving the uninsured, underinsured and underserved in 84 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.