Our Board of Directors is comprised of accomplished professionals who are passionate about helping fulfill our purpose and mission. Our Board is responsible for all decisions related to organization grant funding and financial assistance for individuals. They guide our leadership team and ensure we’re accountable to our donors, partner organizations, and patients.
Thomas J. Walsh
Tom is a partner at Think Big Partners in Kansas City, MO and has founded and developed several successful businesses, including Central Interchange, Inc., and H2O Resources, LLC. Prior to that, he was part of the executive leadership team at Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. for 14 years. Tom is a member of the KU Advancement Board, a life member of the Chancellors Club and the Alumni Association of the University of Kansas, and a member of the board of trustees for KU Endowment. Tom was co-owner and co-chairman of Silpada Designs, Inc., a company co-founded by his wife, Teresa. A graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor of science in business administration and management, Tom and his wife, Teresa, live in Leawood, KS and have three grown children, two of which are also KU Alumni.
Teresa was the co-founder of Silpada Designs, Inc. in Lenexa, KS. Founded in 1997 with her business partner and friend, Bonnie Kelly, Silpada Designs grew to become the leading sterling silver jewelry retailer in the United States. Silpada marketed and sold its exclusive, handcrafted jewelry through more than 25,000 independent sales representatives throughout the United States and Canada. Teresa and Tom were inducted into the University of Kansas Hospital Hall of Fame in 2014, recognizing their leadership gift to establish the Cancer Center’s Nurse Navigator Program.
Dr. Terry Tsue
Terry Tsue, MD, FACS is the Physician-in-Chief of the University of Kansas Cancer Center, Douglas A. Girod MD Endowed Professor of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Vice Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Tsue complements his administrative leadership responsibilities with an active clinical practice and resident education. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in microvascular reconstructive surgery for head and neck cancers and, specifically, microvascular reconstruction of the jaw. Dr. Tsue’s clinical focus is on tumors of the mouth, throat, voice box, neck and thyroid glands. His writings on reconstructive microvascular surgery techniques and numerous ENT topics have been included in more than 150 publications and abstracts. He is often a featured presenter nationally at head and neck cancer and residency education symposiums. Since 2005, Dr. Tsue has been included in Best Doctors, a renowned electronic database and consulting service made up of the best 5% of physicians worldwide. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, he studied electrical engineering and biology at Stanford University where he graduated first in his class in engineering. He worked summer jobs for Boeing and ROLM Corporations to enhance his engineering skills prior to attending medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore Maryland. He graduated fourth in his class at Hopkins before entering training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. During his training there, he completed a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded post-doctoral research fellowship in vestibular neuroscience and gained clinical subspecialty expertise in microvascular and skull base surgery. Dr. Tsue joined the faculty at the University of Kansas School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 1996. He has served as Residency Program Director and subsequently as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Tsue and his wife of 26 years, Debbie, have two children, Ashley and Trevor. He enjoys watching his daughter fence for the Princeton varsity fencing team, and travels across the country with his son competing in national fencing tournaments.
Rachel is a certified public accountant specializing in healthcare and not-for-profit accounting. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1993 and was subsequently employed by the international accounting firm of KPMG for the first 10 years of her career. During her tenure at KPMG, she worked in both the Kansas City and Chicago offices where she specialized in audits of not-for-profit and governmental entities. Rachel completed a two-year rotation in Montvale, NJ with KPMG’s National Assurance and Advisory Services group where she developed and delivered national training courses focusing on audits of not-for-profit and governmental entities. Subsequent to her time at KPMG, Rachel has held positions with GE Capital as the Technical Controller of the Healthcare Finance division and VP-Transaction Advisory for the Aviation Financing division; Sprint as the Director of Technical Accounting and CCH Wolters Kluwer as an Accounting Content Editor for Accountingresearchmanager.com. Rachel obtained her MBA from the University of Kansas in 2013 and subsequently spent three years working in marketing as a product/brand manager for Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Parnell Veterinary Pharmaceuticals before returning to her accounting roots. Rachel currently holds the position of Healthcare Controller for the Tutera Group. She recently completed a six-year term on the Board of Directors for Support Kansas City where she served as Treasurer.
Frank Friedman is chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Deloitte LLP, driving superior performance and bridging strategy and operations to ensure world-class operating results. He directs investments in innovation and technology that position Deloitte for global success and is responsible for ensuring capital capacity. Friedman was named CFO in 2011 and recently served as interim CEO. He brings broad C-suite perspective to Deloitte’s 70,000 people and the business community. Like all Deloitte professionals, Friedman plays a crucial role in serving the investor public, protecting capital markets, and helping clients solve their most pressing problems with confidence.
Serving as CFO since 2011, Friedman has led the development of the U.S. firms’ financial strategy, including capital, budgeting, planning, analysis, accounting, partner financial services, taxes, reporting and operations.
Friedman is a frequent commentator on major issues impacting the U.S. economy, speaking to outlets such as Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business and CNNMoney.
Outside of Deloitte, Friedman has served on the board of many philanthropic organizations, including the REACH Foundation, Starlight Theater, Health Midwest, Minority Supplier Council and Menorah Hospital.
Friedman joined Deloitte’s Kansas City office in 1979 after graduating from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in accounting and business administration. Friedman is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Kansas, Missouri and New York.
Rusty is a certified public accountant specializing in income and estate taxation for individuals, families, closely-held business owners, and charitable foundations. Rusty graduated from the University of Missouri in 1977 and was employed by the international accounting firm of KPMG for 28 years. He was elected to the partnership in 1988 and served in the Kansas City office tax practice, becoming partner-in-charge in 1999. He also held several national leadership positions for the firm, including national partner-in-charge of the Personal Financial Planning Practice and head of KPMG Investment Advisors and the Acumen Financial Planning Technology Group. Rusty was a frequent speaker at KPMG’s national tax training programs for more than 20 years. Rusty retired from KPMG in 2006 and founded JMW & Associates, LLC, located in Overland Park, Kansas, a firm specializing in individual income, trust, estate and charitable foundation tax services. Rusty has held many civic positions, including national president of the Missouri Alumni Association (1995 and 1996); member of the board of directors and the investment committee for the Muriel I. Kauffman Foundation; board member of Valley Company, Inc, an investment company; and chairman of the construction committee for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, completed in 2012. Rusty and his wife, Ann, have four adult children.
Brad is Market Leader for The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank in Kansas City. Brad, with more than 20 years of experience in wealth management, and his teams provide clients with investment management, private banking, trust and estate services, and financial planning.
Brad is active in the community, serving on the boards of Catholic Charities of NE Kansas, Kansas City Public Television, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Finance Committee and KC Tomorrow Alum.
Brad is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA). He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and marketing from Missouri Western State University.
Marjorie Smelstor, Ph.D.
Marjorie Smelstor has had successful careers in many arenas, including the foundation world, healthcare, higher education, and consulting.
She is a former Vice President of Kauffman Campuses and Higher Education Programs at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. In that capacity, she was responsible for the largest portfolio at the Kauffman Foundation—$200 million—which was committed to helping post-secondary institutions transform themselves through entrepreneurial education. She also directed a $50 million program that supported the infusion of entrepreneurship education throughout the curricula of 22 Kauffman Campuses as well as developing partnerships with other colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Before joining The Kauffman Foundation in 2006, Dr. Smelstor was Chief Acceleration Officer at Truman Medical Centers (TMC) in Kansas City, Missouri. At TMC, she founded The Truman Medical Centers Corporate Academy, an initiative that continues to provide education for all employees, families, and friends of Truman Medical Centers. She also launched the innovative Center for the Healing Arts, a systematic and deliberate use of the arts to provide care for the caregivers, patients, friends, and families of TMC. Her other responsibilities at TMC included creation of an early childhood development center, coordination of research and the life sciences program, strategic planning, development of an integrative medicine program, and liaison with the Charitable Foundation.
Before her work in healthcare, Dr. Smelstor was a university administrator for 25 years, holding the positions of Assistant Vice President, Dean, Provost, and Interim Chancellor at institutions in Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Missouri. She has published more than a hundred articles and a book, and has lectured nationally and internationally in the United States, Croatia, Japan, Scandinavia, France, Great Britain, and Turkey. In 1981 she was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Croatia.
She has been a consultant for universities, healthcare organizations, and various industries. She is currently the President and CEO of Smelstor and Associates, a consulting firm that focuses on strategic planning, executive development, and organizational change.
Dr. Smelstor has a Ph.D. and M.A. in American Literature and Mass Communications and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A., magna cum laude, from the College of Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati.
The recipient of numerous honors and awards, in 2008 Dr. Smelstor was recognized as one of the Top Ten Women Executives in Kansas City, and in 2007 she was award the Health Innovators Award.
Bill is an experienced, award-winning public relations, corporate communications and corporate social responsibility executive. Over a career spanning more than 35 years, including 10 years as senior vice president, Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at Sprint Corporation, he has won numerous awards for communications programs and strategies including both the Silver Anvil and Gold Quill for communications excellence. He is a frequent lecturer and speaker on corporate reputation, merger and acquisition communications and corporate responsibility. He is the recipient the Ball State University National Public Relations Achievement Award, one of only two national public relations awards that recognize individuals for their communications experience, contributions to the profession and encouragement of educational programs in public relations.
Bill is active in the Kansas City community. He is a member, and serves as chair, of the Helzberg School of Management Advisory Board of Rockhurst University; a member of the Advisory Board of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Kansas City, where he chairs the development committee; and is chair of the Board of Trustees of St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He also is a member of the communications committee of Kansas City Rising and previously served as a member of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, where he chaired the Kansas City Tomorrow program. He, and his wife Ellen, are the parents of four grown children.
A Kansas City native, Janice has spent her professional career as a teacher, career management consultant and author and, for the last 20 years, a fundraising executive. Janice is the vice president of development for The University of Kansas Hospital. When she began more than 14 years ago, her challenge was to build a fundraising program from the ground up. During that time, more than $100 million has been raised to support clinical innovation and patient care at the region’s leading academic medical center. Previously, Janice served as vice president for the Menorah Medical Center Foundation. She’s a graduate of Tulane University and holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in guidance and counseling. Her civic involvement includes serving as the past president of the Junior League of Kansas City, MO and former board Chair of the Central Exchange.