Administration

Robert Hughes, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Kristy Klein Davis, MSW
Director of Learning and Effectiveness
Anita Morton
Receptionist
Sarah Sellers
Executive Assistant to the President
Lisa Grove
Administrative Assistant
Megan Klenke-Isgriggs
Learning Officer

Communications

Courtney Stewart, MA
Vice President of Strategic Communications
Damon Green
Community Events Coordinator
Sharon Sharp
Administrative Assistant
Ryan Weis
Communications Officer
Erin Roper
Graphic Designer
Daniel Waxler
Communications Associate

Health Policy

M. Ryan Barker, MSW, MPPA
Vice President, Health Policy
Alexandra Dansicker, J.D.
Health Policy Fellow
Nancy Kelley, MA
Director of Expanding Coverage
Jessi LaRose, MPH
Health Policy Officer
Thomas McAuliffe, MA
Director of Health Policy
Sarah Morrow, MS
Health Policy Officer
Chris Raborn
Administrative Assistant
Andrew Shaughnessy, MA
Health Policy Officer

Finance and Administration

Candice Buhrman
Staff Accountant
John Cho, CPA
Senior Accountant
Steven Frisbee
Grants & Facility Specialist
Deena Lauver Scotti, MBA 
Director of Grants Management
Frank Rybak, MBA
Grants/Investment Manager
Betsy Schilling, MA
Administrative and Grants Manager
Mark Seebeck
Senior Director of Finance & Administration
Donna Shoff, MBA
Grants Manager
Cherie Scott, MS
Human Resources Manager

Program

Stacey Easterling, MPH
Vice President of Programs
Kathleen Holmes, RN, MPH
Program Director
Matthew Kuhlenbeck, MHA
Program Director
Thomas Adams, M.Div.
Program Officer
Jean Freeman-Crawford, MPH, MSW
Program Officer
Deidre Griffith, MPH 
Program Director
Cynthia P. Hayes, MA, MHA
Program Officer
Melissa Logsdon, MPH
Program Officer
Jenny Minelli, MS
Program Assistant
Jessica Miner
Program Assistant
Volyia "Terry" Plain, MA
Program Officer
Michael Renner, MSW
Program Officer
Wendy Rohrbach
Program Assistant
Sarah Smith, MSW, MPH
Program Fellow
Rhonda Smythe, MPH, MS, RD
Program Officer
Miriam Stevens
Program Assistant
Maranda Witherspoon, MPPA
Program Officer

MFH Staff

Robert Hughes, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer

Robert Hughes

Robert (Bob) Hughes became the president and chief executive officer of Missouri Foundation for Health in January 2012.  Before joining MFH, he was a visiting research professor in the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University and served in various leadership positions for more than 20 years at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey. Since joining MFH he has enhanced the strategic direction of the organization and positioned it to be a catalyst for change throughout the region. Under his leadership MFH focuses on fostering a culture of learning, exploration and collaboration that promotes improvements in the health of underserved Missourians. A native of Illinois, Hughes received his doctorate in behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.  Hughes serves on the boards of Grantmakers in Health, St. Louis Regional Health Commission and Missouri Health Connection, and on the Advisory Board of Center for Effective Philanthropy.

M. Ryan Barker, MSW, MPPA

Vice President of Health Policy

Ryan BarkerM. Ryan Barker joined Missouri Foundation for Health in 2002 and assisted in establishing and growing its Health Policy area. As the Vice President since 2013, he is responsible for coordinating the team’s work and providing leadership on the direction and content of the area’s work. At MFH, Barker has developed expertise on Missouri’s Medicaid program, health equity, federal health reform issues, and policy options to provide health coverage for the uninsured. Previously, he worked at the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, where he focused on program evaluation, mental health parity, and grantmaking to address severe mental illness. He also previously worked as a case manager and harm reduction specialist with runaway and street youth at social service agencies in Cincinnati, OH, and Portland, OR. Barker obtained a bachelor of science degree from Xavier University, holds a master’s in social work from University of Cincinnati, and received a master’s degree in public policy administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is an Adjunct professor at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work-Institute of Public Health and at St. Louis University’s Aquinas Institute for Theology.

Stacey Easterling, MPH

Vice President of Programs

Stacey Easterling has extensive experience working in community-based and philanthropic organizations, with successful implementation of strategic objectives. Before joining MFH Easterling held the position of Director of Program Growth and Development at Encore.org in New York. During her one-year appointment, she helped develop a five-year campaign supporting Encore talent (individuals aged 50+) to improve the lives of vulnerable children and youth. While there, she also developed partnerships among new leaders and expanded the reach of Encore.org in diverse communities. Prior to her role there, she served as a Program Executive on the U.S. Aging Program at The Atlantic Philanthropies. Easterling managed a portfolio of $35 million and engaged in work that focused on economic security, advocacy and grassroots mobilization. Her time at the Cleveland Foundation as the Director of Community Responsive Grantmaking included work in health, social services, education, arts and culture, economic development and the environment. 

Courtney Z. Stewart, MA

Vice President of Strategic Communications

Courtney Z. Stewart joined Missouri Foundation for Health in 2014 as vice president of strategic communications. At MFH, she is responsible for leading Foundation-wide communications and providing direction and support for use of communications tools in program implementation. Before joining the Foundation she served as associate vice president of university relations at Harris-Stowe State University. Stewart has a bachelor of journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia and a master of arts from Webster University.

Deena Lauver Scotti, MBA

Director of Grants Management

Deena Lauver Scotti joined Missouri Foundation for Health in 2002 and currently serves as the director of grants management. She is responsible for all aspects of grants management and ensuring collaboration among grants management, policy, program and other Foundation staff.  She is an alumna of FOCUS St. Louis’ Leadership St. Louis class of 2011 and FOCUS St. Louis’ Diversity Leadership Fellowship inaugural class of 2014. In 2006, she was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of St. Louis’ up and coming leaders through the “30 Under 30” Awards. She received her undergraduate degree from Fontbonne University in 2004, and received her master of business administration degree from Fontbonne University in 2006.

Deidre Griffith, MPH

Program Director

Deidre Griffith joined Missouri Foundation for Health in 2010, and was promoted to her current position in 2016. She previously worked as a program manager at Washington University Brown School in St. Louis. She has an extensive management background and experience implementing public health programs that focus on access to healthy foods and levels of physical activity in underserved communities; increasing masters- and doctoral-level trained minority public health students; and working with nonprofit organizations to address health literacy needs of vulnerable populations. At MFH, she is responsible for the implementation and management of the Foundation’s five-year initiative to combat childhood obesity in the service area. Griffith received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and environmental studies from Loyola University New Orleans, and a master’s degree in public health from Saint Louis University.

 
Kathleen Holmes, RN, MPH

Program Director

Kathleen HolmesKathleen Holmes joined Missouri Foundation for Health in 2007, and was promoted to her current position in 2011. She previously spent four years as a research coordinator at the Saint Louis University Center for Cultural Cancer Communication Research. She began her career at Alton Memorial Hospital, working as a registered nurse, and coordinating a parish nurse program. She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from McKendree University in Lebanon, IL, and a master’s of public health degree from Saint Louis University.

Nancy Kelley, MA

Program Director

Nancy Kelley joined Missouri Foundation for Health in 2014 as Program Director for Expanding Coverage. She is a leader in the areas of advocacy, health reform, and nonprofit services. Before joining the Foundation she served as director of engagement and advocacy for Saint Louis Effort for AIDS. There she managed their Expanding Coverage Through Consumer Assistance grant. She possesses more than 14 years of leadership experience and served as executive director for the Center for Women in Transition and Phoenix Crisis Center.

Matthew Kuhlenbeck, MHA 

Program Director

Matthew KuhlenbeckMatthew Kuhlenbeck joined Missouri Foundation for Health in 2002 as a program associate and became a program officer in 2005. From 2005-2013, he led MFH’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative. He is currently responsible for coordinating and supervising MFH’s Responsive Portfolio. The portfolio is focused on implementing strategies to respond to community generated opportunities and strengthen Missouri’s heath sector. Kuhlenbeck is adjunct faculty at Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice. He was a founding board member of Tobacco Free Missouri, a statewide coalition of advocates dedicated to reducing the harmful effects of tobacco on Missourians. He currently sits on the St. Louis Regional Youth Violence Prevention Task Force focused on preventing area youth violence, the Missouri March of Dimes Program Services Committee, and Gateway Center for Giving’s Programs & Services Committee. Kuhlenbeck graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor of science degree in community health, and holds a master’s of health administration degree from Saint Louis University.

Thomas McAuliffe, MA

Director of Health Policy

Thomas McAuliffe joined Missouri Foundation for Health in 2005, after serving as government relations associate for the United Way of Greater St. Louis. At MFH, he is responsible for communicating MFH’s work related to health policy research, evaluation and analysis. He also has served as a lecturer at Webster University in St. Louis. He has a master’s degree in political science from Purdue University, and has completed course work for a doctorate in public administration and political science.

Kristy Klein Davis, MSW

Director of Learning and Effectiveness

Kristy Klein Davis joined Missouri Foundation for Health in 2010 to launch the MoCAP program, became a program officer in 2011, deputy chief of staff in 2013 and director of learning and effectiveness in 2015. In her current role she is responsible for developing approaches to improve the overall effectiveness of the Foundation, ensuring that key performance benchmarks, measures and metrics are in place to assess the organization’s outcomes. Previously she was associate director of education and outreach with the national office of the Alzheimer’s Association. In that role, Davis managed national safety and quality residential care programs and provided technical program assistance to local Association chapters. In 2011, the St. Louis Business Journal recognized her as one of St. Louis’ up and coming leaders through its “30 Under 30” Awards. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s of social work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Mark Seebeck 

Senior Director of Finance and Administration

Mark Seebeck joined Missouri Foundation for Health in 2002 as controller and became senior director of finance and administration in 2015. His responsibilities include managing all accounting functions, budgets and analysis, cash management, financial reporting, payroll, procurement and coordination of the annual audit. He also provides oversight to human resources, information technology, facilities and risk management. He has attained 12 straight years of clean audits. Previously, as controller for Madison County Wood Products, he was responsible for all accounting functions for the parent company of the multi-site manufacturer. His duties there also included extensive analytical work related to profit and loss, tax and business strategy and risk management. He is a graduate of Fontbonne University with a degree in business administration and majors in accounting and finance.