Community Advisory Council

The 13-member Community Advisory Council serves as a liaison between Missouri’s communities and the MFH Board of Directors.  CAC representatives help ensure MFH’s Board has a deeper understanding of how its grants are impacting communities and what health concerns need to be addressed.  

The CAC also oversees the recruitment of highly qualified candidates interested in serving on the CAC and MFH Board. The CAC is committed to diversity in its membership, to reflect the entire MFH region, the broad scope of MFH’s funding, and the challenges of urban, suburban and rural communities.  The CAC also conducts several outreach meetings each year to gather information, and publishes reports to build greater understanding of the health challenges Missouri faces and how progress can be made.

The CAC identifies, screens, and nominates individuals to serve on the Foundation's Board of Directors.

Judy Baker, MHA

Term: 2015–2017

Judy is an experienced health care executive, policy maker, consultant, adjunct professor and health economist as well as a former lawmaker. Currently she serves as a senior fellow for the Governing Institute, lending her expertise in health and human services, health IT and Pay for Success policy initiatives. Her executive positions include public and private integrated health care delivery systems. While a state lawmaker from 2005-2009, she was ranking member of the budget, health care and education committees in the Missouri General Assembly, after which she was a Democratic nominee for Congress. From 2009-2012, she served as the regional director, Region 7, for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Secretary. Judy currently consults for a health care IT startup and a biotech startup, as well as governmental agencies and foundations on policy development and innovative models for financing social entrepreneurship.  She has subject matter expertise in health reform, innovative health care payment models (ACOs, Medical Homes, Bundled Payments, etc.) and Pay for Success policy. She is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker on health care and policy issues.

Alfreda Brown, MA

Term: 2013–2016

Alfreda Brown is a social psychologist who is currently serving as the regional director for the St. Louis Higher Education Recruitment Consortium and the human resources project manager for diversity at Washington University in Saint Louis. She is responsible for providing local leadership for a network of universities, colleges, and affiliated institutions created to recruit and retain diverse workforces.  Her previous experiences include serving as the executive director for the East Central Missouri Area Health Education Center, where she created and managed educational and experiential programs for underrepresented youth interested in pursuing careers in health care. Her work in this position resulted in establishing and working closely with an extensive network of community partners in health care. Alfreda is a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences and is chair of the board of directors for Hylton Point II Senior Housing.  Alfreda received her master of arts in social psychology from Washington University in Saint Louis and her bachelor of science degree in psychology from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas.  She was selected to serve on the Community Advisory Board in 2010.

Joel Ferber 

Term: 2015–2018

Joel Ferber is the director of advocacy at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM). Since 1985 he has fostered LSEM’s mission of “providing high-quality legal assistance and equal access to justice” for low-income Missourians in a variety of ways. Joel has conducted extensive policy analysis and advocacy regarding public benefits, Medicaid, managed care, the Food Stamp Program and low-income health care issues. He has litigated Medicaid and other public benefits cases in the United States District Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He was also one of the lead attorneys representing Missouri consumer groups in the settlement of a lawsuit involving the reorganization of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri. Joel has won numerous awards, including the Alberta Slavin Award from Consumers Council of Missouri (2012) and the Clarence Darrow Award from St. Louis University School of Law (2011).

John Hickey

Term: 2014–2017

John Hickey is the Missouri chapter director for the Sierra Club, the nation‘s largest grassroots environmental organization. John is a native St. Louisan who has worked as a community organizer for over 30 years, working with a range of organizations that advocate for greater healthcare access for low-income people and for cleaner air and water to promote public health. John earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and is the proud father of two sons.

Deborah Kiel, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC

Vice Chairperson

Term: 2013–2016

Deborah Kiel, a public health nurse clinical specialist, is director of graduate nursing programs at Lindenwood University School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. Her academic and practice experience includes health policy, public health administration and maternal and child health. Deborah’s teaching interests include community health nursing, leadership, management, health policy and maternal and child health. Her research focus is on reducing our community’s unacceptably high rates of infant mortality by improving the health of women before during and after pregnancy. Deborah’s current work examines how women’s individual health behaviors, health care delivery systems and health policy interact to influence birth outcomes. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in nursing, and a PhD in Public Health Studies from St. Louis University. Deborah joined the Community Advisory Council in 2013.

K. Brooks Miller, Jr., MA


Term: 2015–2018

Brooks Miller is president and chief executive officer of Jordan Valley Community Health Center, which provides medical and dental health services in southwest Missouri. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in education administration, both from Truman State University. He has served on the boards of organizations including City Utilities of Springfield, Isabel’s House, and the Springfield Regional Health Commission.

Loretta Prater, PhD

Term: 2014–2016

Loretta Prater recently retired from Southeast Missouri State University, where she served as the dean of the College of Health and Human Services for nearly a decade. She received her PhD in Human Ecology (Child and Family Studies) with a minor in Educational Leadership from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She has acted on numerous boards in different capacities, including with the United Way of Southeast Missouri, where she served as both president and vice president.

Claudia Preuschoff, MD

Term: 2015–2018

Claudia Preuschoff works as a pediatrician in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, serving a large population of rural families living at or below the poverty line. She is deeply involved on both the local and state levels, advocating for the health of her patients and their families. She has been active in many community organizations, including serving on the board of directors of the Haven House, Ozark Family Resource Agency, and on the advisory board of Whole Kids Outreach. She is also the chair of the SAFE/CARE Advisory Council, as well as on the DSS Health Coordination and Oversight Committee for Foster Children.

Sosunmolu Shoyinka, MD 

Term: 2015–2018

Dr. Shoyinka is a board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist who obtained his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Following a brief stint as a senior house officer in psychiatry in the Royal Free NHS Trust in England, he completed training in general adult psychiatry at the Maimonides Medical Center, during which he completed a fellowship in psychoanalysis at NYU and served as chief resident in his senior year. Shoyinka currently serves as medical director for behavioral health with Cenpatico Behavioral Health with Sunflower State, Home State, Buckeye and managed Health Services Health Plan, where he oversees planning and delivery of mental health services. He also holds a faculty appointment at the University of Missouri - Columbia and maintains an active clinical practice.

Misty Snodgrass, MPA

Term: 2014–2017

Misty Snodgrass has spent her entire professional career working in health policy. She has been involved in public policy in the Missouri General Assembly, the U.S. House of Representatives, and in non-profit agencies in Missouri. She worked as director of government relations for the American Cancer Society for five years, and is currently the director of public policy for the Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers. 

Kimberly Stemley

Term: 2015-2018

Kimberly Stemley, as chief financial officer of Rx Outreach, is responsible for ensuring that medications are affordable for people in need, by assessing the underinsured and uninsured patient population. She is passionate about health advocacy, awareness and legislation surrounding Medicaid expansion and is committed to addressing the health needs of underserved communities. Like Ferber, she also represents the St. Louis region for the CAC.

Dennis Tesreau, JD

Term: 2013–2016

Upon Dennis Tesreau’s arrival at the Wegmann Law Firm in 1976, he gained experience in a variety of areas of the law, including municipal and government law, personal injury, employment law, and real estate. In particular, he has established an expertise in workers’ compensation law, representing both employers and employees. In recent years, Tesreau has nurtured a growing municipal practice, providing governmental bodies with solid legal advice and representation regarding employment practices and statutory procedures, as well as a vast list of other legal questions which are presented to governmental bodies. He was appointed to the Community Advisory Committee in 2005.

Aimee Wehmeier

Term: 2015–2016

Aimee Wehmeier serves as executive director and chief executive officer of Paraquad, Inc., president of the Missouri State Rehabilitation Council and member of the Missouri Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee, Diversity Awareness Partnership and the Regional Chamber of Commerce. A recipient of the 2010 Governor's Council on Disabilities Inclusion Award and the 2015 St. Louis Business Journal Diverse Business Leaders Award, Aimee has been described as “the face of disability.” She has a passion for public policy, advocacy and increasing opportunities for people with disabilities. Employment and economic self-sufficiency are her highest priorities. Aimee joined the Community Advisory Council in 2015.