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.

Thomas Bell

Thomas L. Bell
President
Kansas Hospital Association
Topeka, Kansas

Tom Bell began his career at Kansas Hospital Association in 1986 as Vice President and legal counsel. He became President of KHA in January 2005. Mr. Bell is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas.  He is a member of the Kansas Bar Association; the American Health Lawyers Association; and the Kansas Society of Association Executives.

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.

David-Paul Cavazos
David-Paul Cavazos, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Republic County Hospital
Belleville, Kansas

David-Paul Cavazos leads Republic County Hospital in Belleville, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located near the northcentral state line. As its Chief Executive Officer, he oversees a medical staff that includes primary care physicians and specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, general surgery, cardiology, radiology, pathology, ENT, physical therapies, respiratory, and urology. Among his priorities is to increase the hospital staff’s presence in the community throughout the year and to foster a patient-centric culture through a redefinition of physician-led care. Previously Mr. Cavazos was Chief Operating Officer at Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center in Iola. Before that he was Director of Medical Imaging Services Physician Recruitment at Allen County Regional Hospital in Iola. Mr. Cavazos holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Health, Health Care Administration, and Management from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas.

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 — Immediate Past Chair
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.

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
Partners in Family Care
Moundridge, 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 — Vice 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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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.

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Russell " Russ" Johnson
President and Chief Executive Officer
LMH Health
Lawrence, Kansas

Russ Johnson joined LMH Health (then called Lawrence Memorial Hospital) as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2016. With 30 years of successful senior leadership in hospitals and health systems, he previously served as Senior Vice President of Network Development and Outreach with the Centura Health System in Englewood, Colorado.

Mr. Johnson is active in many professional, civic and community organizations. He was a board member for the American Hospital Association for three years and served on regional councils and committees. In 2007 he was awarded the American Hospital Association’s Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Award, which recognizes a small or rural hospital leader who has improved health care delivery in their communities. He also received the Rural Healthcare Excellence Award by the Colorado Rural Health Center in 2007 and was the Colorado AHA Grassroots Champion for 2008.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. He received a bachelor’s degree in management and economics from the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a master’s degree in health care administration from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Robert Kenagy

Robert Kenagy, MD
Stormont Vail Health
Topeka, Kansas

Robert Kenagy, MD, a family medicine physician and native Kansan, is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.  Prior to joining Stormont Vail Health in 2016, Dr. Kenagy served as Senior Vice President at St. John Health Network in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also held several leadership positions at Via Christi Health in Wichita, including President and CEO of Via Christi Clinic and Senior Vice President of Physician Services.

Dr. Kenagy has a Masters in Medical Management from Tulane University. He received his medical training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1987. He completed the Family Medicine Residency through the University of Kansas School of Medicine Wesley Medical Center.

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
Executive Vice President
KAMMCO
Topeka, Kansas

Jerry Slaughter is Executive Vice President of KAMMCO, the physician-owned professional liability insurance company created by KMS. Slaughter served as Executive Director of the Kansas Medical Society from 1975 to 2017. 

George Stover

George M. Stover — 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.

Joseph Stratton

Joseph A. Stratton, DBA, FACHE
Junction City, Kansas

Joseph Stratton, DBA, MS, BA, FACHE, is an experienced health care administrator and educator. Most recently he served as CEO of Geary Community Hospital in Junction City. He is a Board Member and Secretary/Treasurer of the Health Innovations Network of Kansas, and a member of the Kansas Hospital Association Strategic Planning Committee. Stratton holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s of Science in Education Administration from Kansas State University, and a Doctor of Business Administration from the California Southern University-Irvine.

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Brian A. Williams — Secretary/Treasurer
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).