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Advancement Board


Oversight Committee

The Oversight Committee is comprised of Ex Officio members of the Advancement Board and empowers the Advancement Board to exercise its valued advisory role to advance the interests of our academic medical center. This committee shall be responsible for ratifying the Advancement Board Strategic Plan, Bylaws and approving the composition of the Advancement Board membership.

Executive Committee

Jeannine Strandjord, Chair

The Executive Committee, composed of the officers of the Advancement Board, the Chairpersons of the four standing committees and one additional member of the Advancement Board, who shall be elected by the Advancement Board upon nomination by the Board Development Committee and with the advice and consent of the Oversight Committee. The members thereof shall serve on the Executive Committee by virtue of their office or until their successors are elected and qualified. The Executive Committee, subject to such limitations as the Advancement Board shall establish from time to time, shall have and may exercise all of the authority of the Advancement Board between meetings of the Advancement Board, except that such Committee shall have no powers in areas withdrawn from its scope of authority by the Advancement Board, to elect or appoint directors or officers, or to alter, amend or repeal these Bylaws, or any resolutions of the University of Kansas Medical Center or The University of Kansas Health System. Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held at such time and place as the Chairperson may determine. 

Board Development Committee

Tray Vedock, Chair, Dean Newton, Vice Chair

The role of the Board Development Committee is to recommend to the Advancement Board the names of prospective candidates for membership on the Advancement Board, to make such examination of persons suggested by the membership of the Advancement Board, or otherwise as may be necessary in order to make recommendations, and in cooperation with the Oversight Committee, to make nominations with respect to new officers and new members of the Executive Committee.  The Board Development Committee shall approve and recommend for prospective membership only persons who have or who give evidence of having, a special interest in the furtherance of the mission of the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System and by profession, avocation, and residence will tend to give the Advancement Board the broadest possible representation. 


It shall also be the responsibility of the Board Development Committee to develop appropriate tools to review the activities and success of the Board and each of its members.  The Executive Committee will use these annual reports to inform the membership of the success of the Advancement Board and to seek their input to further the mission of the Advancement Board; and to use these annual reviews as a means of establishing criteria for membership and recommendations on the renewal of existing membership.

Community Affairs Committee

Renny Arensberg, Chair, Kay Martin, Vice Chair

The role of the Community Affairs Committee is to serve as ambassadors to the community on behalf of the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System and increase community awareness of their programs, successes, and priorities.  The Community Affairs Committee will assist in the

development, implementation and expansion of various programs designed to reach the public, former and potential patients, physicians, nurses, health professionals, corporate leaders, elected officials, donors, and potential donors. To accomplish this charge, the Community Affairs Committee may host events, special briefings, receptions, or other local or regional events as appropriate.

Government Affairs Committee

Michael Tracy, Chair, Jason Dalen, Vice Chair

The role of the Government Affairs Committee is to assist the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System at the local, state, and federal level, as appropriate, in their respective efforts to increase governmental awareness, understanding and involvement in the needs and programs of the two organizations.  The Government Affairs Committee may also, as appropriate, assist in efforts to effect desirable changes in laws, rules, and regulations affecting The University of Kansas Health System and the University of Kansas Medical Center.  The committee will accomplish this through member communication and advocacy with key governmental contacts and by working to build lasting relationships with governmental officials and other community leaders.

Marketing Committee

Maria Maffry, Chair, Whitney Bartelli, Vice Chair

The role of the Marketing committee is to work in partnership with the academic medical center and professional staff, to develop enhanced marketing strategies that support the priorities of the academic medical center and expand branding of the Advancement Board. It shall be the duty of the Marketing Committee to provide recommendations regarding marketing objectives, positioning, desired branding and other available resources. The Marketing Committee will be a sounding board for staff by offering feedback and suggestions to improve messaging and overall strategic direction for the Advancement Board and by serving as the community antennae. The Marketing Committee will ensure brand is being communicated consistently and appropriately to support the overall Board mission.

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