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 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.
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 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.
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.