Board of Directors

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Samer "Sam" Antonios, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Ascension Via Christi St. Francis
Wichita, Kansas

Sam Antonios, MD is a physician leader serving at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis. He is the Chief Medical Officer for Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita and Medical Director for Information Systems. In his role, he provides oversight for the operations of the Medical Staff, clinical services and works collaboratively with all stakeholders at Via Christi to improve quality and delivery of Via Christi’s mission.

He is a Board Certified internist, hospitalist and is a Certified Physician Executive from the American Association for Physician Leadership.

Chad Austin

Chad Austin
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kansas Hospital Association
Topeka, Kansas

Chad Austin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA), which co-founded KHC with the Kansas Medical Society. Prior to becoming president and CEO, he was the primary government relations representative overseeing all state and federal advocacy initiatives for the association. He began his career at KHA in 1999. Chad received his bachelor of science from Kansas State University and his master’s in health services administration from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Kansas Association of Health Care Executives. He also is actively involved with the American Hospital Association, National Rural Health Association, and the Kansas Society of Association Executives.

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Debbie Bruner, MHA
Chief Executive Officer and Administrator
Minneola Healthcare
Minneola, Kansas

Debbie Bruner, MHA, has been Chief Executive Officer and Administrator of Minneola Healthcare in Minneola since 2012. A transformational leader, much of Debbie’s expertise lies in quality, risk, patient experience, and operational performance. Collaborating with the Kansas Frontier Clinical Health Improvement Network on projects has resulted in integration of mental health, improved patient experience, patient outcomes, and chronic care management. She secured USDA funding and successfully facilitated the Minneola Healthcare team through a renovation and new construction project. A passion for service excellence, Debbie continues to lead successful cultural transformation with the Minneola Healthcare team. Through her leadership and focus on all outcomes, her organization has been recognized by the National Rural Health Association as a Top 20 Performer in Quality and Patient Satisfaction. Debbie holds a Master in Healthcare Administration from the University of Southern Indiana.

Liz Carlton

Elizabeth Carlton, MSN, RN,  CCRN-K, CPHQ, CPPS
Vice President: Quality & Safety
The University of Kansas Health System

Liz Carlton leads The University of Kansas Health System's focus on quality and patient safety initiatives, specifically focused on the quest for zero patient harm and empowering health care professionals to provide the best and safest care for the patients they serve. Liz received her BSN from Texas Woman’s University, and a Master’s in Nursing (Adult Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist) from the University of Kansas. Liz has more than 30 years of experience with clinical expertise in adult critical care. She is certified in Critical Care, Hospital Quality, and Patient Safety. In addition, she has expertise in program development with a focus on quality and outcomes management in a regulatory environment. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family, including her children and grandchildren; boating, camping, and riding motorcycles.

Rachelle Colombo

Rachelle Colombo
Executive Director
Kansas Medical Society
Topeka, Kansas

Rachelle Colombo is Executive Director of the Kansas Medical Society (KMS), which co-founded KHC with the Kansas Hospital Association. Previously, she was Director of Government Affairs for KMS for more than eight years and has worked in the Kansas Statehouse in a variety of other positions. Rachelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Craig Concannon

Craig A. Concannon, MD
Internal Medicine
Beloit Medical Center, P.A.
Beloit, Kansas

Craig Concannon, MD currently practices Internal Medicine at Beloit Medical Center, P.A. Dr. Concannon earned his degree in Medicine from the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine in Wichita. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas and affiliated hospitals in Wichita. Dr. Concannon is a past president of Kansas Medical Society.

Charles Craig

Charles Craig, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon
Chief Medical Officer
Newton Medical Center
Newton, Kansas

Dr. Charles Craig has been in Orthopedic Surgery practice in Newton since 1978. He is currently Chief Medical Officer at Newton Medical Center.  He received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1971 and completed his Orthopedic residency at KU Medical Center in 1976. He served at Kenner Arm Hospital, Fort Lee, Virginia 1976-78.

He is Past President of Harvey County Medical Society, Kansas Orthopedic Society and Kansas Medical Society.

Joe Davison

Joe D. Davison, MD
Family Practice Physician
West Wichita Family Physicians, P.A.
Wichita, Kansas

Joe Davison, MD is a family physician with West Wichita Family Physicians, P.A. He received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1981. Dr. Davison completed his family practice residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita and is board certified in Family Practice. Dr. Davison is a past president of Kansas Medical Society.

Debra Doubek

Debra Doubek, MD
Family Practice Physician
Stonecreek Family Physicians
Manhattan, Kansas

Debra Doubek, MD, is one of four physicians who established Stonecreek Family Physicians, Manhattan, in 1999. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her internship and family practice residency also at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. She is a founding physician of the Flint Hills Community Clinic, a free clinic for Riley County citizens that have no health insurance. Dr. Doubek’s passion is treating obesity, and she holds a second Board Certification in Bariatric Medicine.

Jeremy Ensey

Jeremy Ensey
Chief Executive Officer
Saint Luke Hospital and Medical Center
Marion, Kansas

Jeremy Ensey is the Chief Executive Officer at Saint Luke Hospital and Living Center in Marion. Previously, he was the Chief Nursing Officer at Saint Luke. Jeremy began his nursing career as a certified nursing assistant working in two different nursing homes while attending Wichita State University. After graduation, his first registered nursing position was in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at St. Francis in Wichita. He also worked in a variety of other nursing and management positions at Wesley Medical Center and Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita. Jeremy is also co-owner of the Historic Elgin Hotel and Parlour 1886 restaurant in Marion. Jeremy holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from Friends University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Wichita State University.

Niceta Farber

Niceta Farber
Chief Executive Officer
Sheridan County Health Complex
Hoxie, Kansas

Niceta Farber is Chief Executive Officer of Sheridan County Health Complex and has served in this position for the past three years. Her career in health care began as an LPN, graduating from Colby Community College. She has held a variety of health care positions over the past 25 years. Her passion is delivering exceptional health care to every patient she encounters. In addition to her responsibilities as CEO, she is active in the Hoxie community with various clubs and organizations.  

Aron Fast

Aron Fast, MD — Secretary/Treasurer
Partners in Family Care
Hesston, Kansas

Aron Fast, MD, is a graduate of Southwestern College and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Family Practice and is the Medical Director at Schowalter Villa, Hesston. He is a native of Hesston.

Lynn Fisher, MD

Lynn Fisher, MD — Chair
Assistant Professor, Family & Community Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
Wichita, Kansas

Lynn Fisher, MD, is an Assistant Professor, Family & Community Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Previously, he practiced full spectrum family medicine at LifeLine Family Medicine in Plainville. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of Kansas Medical School and 2004 graduate of the North Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program in Greeley, Colorado. He is a past president of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. 

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K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH
Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine
Research Division Director
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas

K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH, is currently Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) in Kansas City, Kansas. He directs the department's Research Division and has a secondary appointment and teaches in the MPH and MS in Clinical Research Programs in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He completed an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Brown University and medical school and a family medicine residency at the University of Kansas. In 2000, he completed a Primary Care Research Fellowship at the University of Kansas and a Masters in Public Health degree.

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Margaret Grismer
Cohesive Healthcare
Edmond, Oklahoma

Margaret Grismer previously was the CEO of Kiowa District Healthcare in Barber County. That position followed a 24-year, active duty career with both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Public Health Service. She has over 15 years of leadership as both Chief Nursing Officer and Health Services Administrator. In addition to health care administration, Ms. Grismer is an adult Nurse Practitioner and completed her MSN from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2000.

Jennifer Koontz

Jennifer Scott Koontz, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician
Newton Medical Center
Newton, Kansas

Jennifer Scott Koontz, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is a primary care sports medicine physician at Newton Medical Center. A native of Hutchinson, she joined the Newton Medical Center staff in 2009. Dr. Koontz earned an undergraduate degree from Bethel College, North Newton, and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Dr. Koontz is an active member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the Kansas Medical Society.

Jerry Slaughter

Jerry Slaughter
Senior Executive Advisor
Kansas Medical Society
Topeka, Kansas

Jerry Slaughter is Senior Executive Advisor for the Kansas Medical Society, which co-founded KHC with the Kansas Hospital Association. Previously, Slaughter served as Executive Director of the Kansas Medical Society from 1975 to 2017. 

George Stover

George M. Stover Immediate Past Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Hospital District #1 of Rice County
Lyons, Kansas

George Stover is the CEO of Hospital District #1 of Rice County in Lyons, a leadership position that he has held for five years. Prior to that he served as CEO of Rush County Memorial Hospital, LaCrosse. Stover is a member and past president of the Kansas Hospital Association’s Workers Compensation Board of Directors, and serves chair of the KHA Communication Workgroup. He currently serves as president for the Lyons Chamber of Commerce.

AJ Thomas

AJ Thomas
Chief Executive Officer
Rooks County Health Center
Plainville, Kansas

AJ Thomas has been the Chief Executive Officer of Rooks County Health Center since February 2018. He previously served as the Rehabilitation Director at Rooks County health Center, overseeing Physical Therapy, Occupation Therapy, Speech Therapy, Cardiac Rehab, and Sports Medicine Outreach Services. AJ is an adjunct instructor at Fort Hays State University in the Biology and Athletic Training departments, where he helps mentor students and promote the benefits of serving rural citizens at the highest professional level. He is Board Certified as a Sports Clinical Specialist and serves on the United States Olympic Committee’s Volunteer Medical Team. He is on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Physical Therapy Association and Chief Delegate of Kansas to the American Physical Therapy Association. AJ earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree and Master of Science in Biology degree from Fort Hays State University. He earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rockhurst University.

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Brian A. WilliamsVice Chair
President and Chief Executive Officer 
Labette Health
Parsons, Kansas

Brian Williams is President and Chief Executive Officer, since 2015, of Labette Health, a 99-bed regional healthcare system. Labette Health serves a six-county region in southeast Kansas. Prior to joining Labette Health, Mr. Williams possesses over fifteen years of experience leading physician and hospital organizations as well as ten years of prior experience leading financial services organizations.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and General Business from Missouri State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Drury University. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College. He is a General George C. Marshall Award recipient, is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (retired).

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