Board of Directors

Each year at our annual meeting, a Board of Directors and Officers are elected to fulfill our mission through financial and organizational responsibilities.  The Board creates a yearly strategic plan and is expected to meet its goals and objectives.  Board members are chosen because they can bring experience and expertise to move the association forward.  Some Board members are people living with MG, some are professionals in a health-related field that impacts MG and others simply believe in the mission and want to make a difference.  Part of the fiduciary responsibility of the Board of Directors requires making sure that the association has the financial resources it needs.  Members serve a 3 year term and are expected to attend all meetings and functions of the association.  If you would like more information about becoming a Board Member, please call (816) 256-4100 or email: dwalk@mgakc.org.

2014 Board of Directors

         DENNIS WISE, PRESIDENT:

 Dennis is a camping associate at Bass Pro Shop & teaches outdoor skills to children & specializes in adaptive training for those with special needs. He is also a nature photographer & lecturer. For 30 years, Dennis worked at General Motors in statistical analysis. He is co-founder of ReBound Homeless Shelter & has a BS in journalism from KU. Dennis was diagnosed with MG 8 years ago.

         RAY OLSEN, VICE PRESIDENT:

Ray is a former Vice President of Employers Reinsurance Corporation & managed international operations & the aviation & marine departments. Retired from corporate life, Ray is currently an Aviation Consultant. He has a BA in History/Government/German from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Ray resides in Overland Park with his wife, Betsy. He has two sons & 2 grandchildren. Ray is living with MG.

           DEREK HAVERKAMP, TREASURER:

Derek is a Consumer/Commercial Lender with People’s Bank. He has a BS in Financial Controllership from Kansas State & has worked in the field of finance for the last 7 years. Derek lives in Overland Park with his wife Nina & has a small dog named Tuckie.

         DR. JOHN SAND, SECRETARY:

 Dr. Sand is the Director of MD Electrodiagnosis. He graduated as a Fellow at the University of Iowa with a specialty in neurology & emphasis in neuromuscular diseases. Dr. Sand’s current area of expertise is in the electronic testing of neurological & muscular diseases. He has been a practicing neurologist in the Kansas City area since 1987. He is a past President of the MGA and Dr. Sand lives in Leawood with his wife, Melinda.  

      JOE BANT:

Joe is an Attorney, Associate with Lewis, Rise & Fingersh practicing in the area of civil litigation. His BA in Journalism was from the University of Kansas & his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. Joe lives in Overland Park with his girlfriend, Jessica & her son Dominic.

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LADONNA DILLER:

LaDonna is the Territory Manager with Soleo Health.  LaDonna has been in the Kansas City healthcare community for many years and was a previous Board Member for the MGA.  When not working, LaDonna’s favorite past time is traveling.  She also likes gardening and spending time doing just anything outdoors.

        CAROL FOILES:

Carol has been an interior designer, benefits manager & elementary school teacher. Now that she’s retired from full-time teaching, she is substitute teaching in the Olathe school district & her creative energies have been redirected into meaningful volunteer activities such as teaching English as a second language & serving on church committees. Carol has experienced the complexities of MG through her mother-in-law, Margaret, who has been living with MG for over 20 years. Carol lives with her husband, Ralph. She has 3 grown sons.

       KAREN HOOTMAN, RN:

Karen was diagnosed with MG in 1991 & has served on the MGA Board since then. Karen was the first woman elected as Board President & has also served as Vice President & Secretary. She’s been married to Jim for 42 years & has two children & five grandchildren. Karen retired from the Community Blood Center after 29 ½ years as a Hemapheresis Practitioner. She is now employed as an Infusion Nurse at ARJ Infusion Services.

 

       DAVID JACK:

David is an Associate Attorney with Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, LLP. He received a BS in Business Administration from KU, an MBA from Baker University & a JD from Washburn University. David lives in Overland Park with his wife Ashlee, daughter Ella & son, Nolan. David was diagnosed with MG in 2006.

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CHRIS ROPER:

Chris is an Investment Advisor with Lawing Financial Inc. as well as a registered representative with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.  He received his bachelors at Missouri State University and further expanded his education by obtaining FINRA series 7, 66.  In Chris’s spare time he enjoys photography, watersports and golf.  

       LISA SACKUVICH, RN, BSN, CRNI:

Lisa has served as MGA past President & has served on the Nursing Advisory Board for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. She is the founder & CEO of ARJ Infusion Services, a specialty pharmacy & home infusion company. She received her BS in Nursing from Avila College in Kansas City. Lisa is a member of the Infusion Nurses Society & is a certified registered infusion nurse (CRNI). Lisa & her husband, Jim, reside in Raymore, MO & have three sons.