Board of Directors

 

Bob LambrechtsBob Lambrechts, JD

Bob Lambrechts is a partner with the Kansas City, Missouri law firm of Lathrop & Gage, practicing intellectual property law focusing on patent prosecution in the mechanical arts. Bob also has a background in environmental law having formerly served as a special counsel to the Regional Administrator to Region 7 EPA.  He has served 22 years as an adjunct faculty member in the Schools of Law and Engineering for the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) and prior to to his law career, Bob served as a robotics engineer with the Allied-Signal Corporation.  Bob has served as a Navy Reserve Officer for the past 24 years and is the Campus Liaison Officer at UMKC where he recruits officer candidates for various programs within the Navy.  Bob received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri at Columbia and his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law.

 

Gary Morsch headshotGary Morsch, MD, MPH
Co-Founder

Dr. Gary Morsch is family and emergency physician, a founder of Heart to Heart International, and currently serves as the HHI board chairman.  Dr. Morsch retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 2012 with the rank of Colonel and has been deployed as an Army physician to Kosovo, Iraq Kuwait and Germany.  Dr. Morsch has received several awards for his humanitarian work including the President’s Volunteer Action Award, the Points of Light Award, two honorary doctorate degrees, and was honored with the first Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
An avid writer, Dr. Morsch has authored a handful of books focused on humanitarian work. He believes in the power of service, and has dedicated his life to inspiring and mobilizing people to serve.

 

Lee NormanLee A. Norman, MD, MHS, MBA

Dr. Lee A. Norman is a senior vice president and chief medical officer of the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City; chief quality office of the University of Kansas Physicians, Inc.; and clinical assistant professor at the KU School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and did his residency in family medicine in Texas.
After serving in the US Air Force as a family physician, flight surgeon, and combat medicine instructor, he practiced medicine in Seattle, Washington for 20 years, serving as a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and was vice president for medical affairs/chief medical officer at the Swedish Health System. Norman also served on the board and as chairman of the Puget Sound Blood and Tissue Transplant Center in Seattle and was the senior physician executive with Carondelet Health System.
Currently, Norman serves as an intelligence officer and oversees disaster medicine planning in the US Army National Guard, stationed at Joint Forces Headquarters in Topeka, Kansas.

 

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M.A. “Art” Chaudry

As President and CEO of Swope Community Builders Art Chaudry focuses the community development organization on comprehensive efforts to redevelop the social and physical infrastructures of urban communities through residential, commercial and retail development. Art joined SCB as its Chief Operating Officer in 2010 to oversee its operations of real estate and community development assets and portfolio in excess of $100 Million.
Art has also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Union Station in Kansas City; Chief Administrative Officer of Jackson County, Missouri; Vice President of Strategy and Tax Product Development at H&R Block; Senior Vice President of the Kansas City Royals; and Vice President of Global R&D Finance at Hoechst Marion Roussel.
Art holds a Bachelor in Science in Civil Engineering and Logistics from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Loyola.

 

Jim Mitchum Headshot2Jim Mitchum
HHI Chief Executive Officer

Jim Mitchum brings considerable experience in senior executive positions to the CEO position at Heart to Heart International.  Jim has worked for Eli Lilly & Co, spent 20 years with Marion Laboratories and held international executive positions with Hoechst Marion Roussel in Germany, Aventis UK, Aventis Japan, and Sanofi-Aventis. he also holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s College of Business Administration and also has a background in service-oriented work having spent some of his youth living in Ethiopia.
Though Jim has lived and worked around the U.S. and the world, he and his wife consider Kansas City to be home, having raised their family and established roots in the KC Metro.

 

Carla Duryee headshotCarla Duryee

Carla Duryee spent 33 years with major pharmaceutical companies, specializing in marketing, communications and education for primary care providers.  Those provider groups included family physicians, osteopathic physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and emergency nurses. For more than 10 years, she has been CEO of Duryee Consulting, LLC, working with pharma, device, and nutrition groups on marketing and communication plans.
Beyond serving on the HHI Board, Carla serves on the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board, the Physician Assistant Board of Trustees, the American Nurse Practitioner Foundation Board of Directors, and the Board of Trustees of Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience.

 

Rick RandolphRick Randolph, III, MD

Rick Randolph is a family physician based in Lenexa, Kansas.  He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and retired as a U.S. Army Colonel.  He served two tours in Iraq. For the past two decades Randolph has provided primary care, public health and disaster response in the U.S., the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, the Philippines and first deployed to Haiti in 1994.  He was a principle partner with College Park Family Care and owned a health care staffing company.  He sits on several non-profit boards in organizations focused on children’s health and on the developing world.  He holds a graduate certificate in Public Health in the Developing World.

 

 

Jan Creidenberg

Jan Creidenberg is an Operating Partner and Board Member with Shore Capital Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm.  Jan holds a BA in Biology from Gettysburg College and has completed courses toward an MBA at the University of Kansas.
As a global life sciences business leader and marketing executive with experience in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and consumer, Jan has diverse experience in branding and marketing, business and commercial development, product launches, medical education, marketing research, business planning, sales, advertising, and public relations. Jan has served as Vice President/General Manager of Infection Prevention at CareFusion (now under BD); Senior VP at Fleishman Hillard; VP at Sullivan, Higdon & Sink; Senior Product Manager at Hoechst Marion Roussel; and European Marketing Director at Marion Merrell Dow. Jan is committed to giving back and serving those who are less fortunate through volunteer service on non-profit boards, and holds eight years of non-profit board chair experience.

 

Jon North 1Jon North

Jon North serves as the Vice President for University Advancement for MidAmerica Nazarene University and as the Executive Director of the MNU Foundation. Prior to joining MNU, North served as the CEO for HHI. North has an undergraduate degree in International Development and a Masters in Business Administration.  North joined HHI in 1993, named Executive Vice President in 1997 and was appointed to the role of CEO in 2001.  During his tenure as CEO, HHI grew from a grassroots network in the Midwest to become one of America’s top charities. North is an active member of the Kansas City community, serving on various non-profit and community boards.  In 2005 he was selected as one of Ingram’s magazine’s top 40 Under Forty Kansas City community leaders.

 

Jim Kerr editJim Kerr, R. Ph.
Co-Founder Emeritus

Jim Kerr is a Registered Pharmacist, a founder of Heart to Heart International and has served honorably as Board Chairman.  Jim has practiced pharmacy for more than 30 years, helped start an Independent Pharmacy Buying Group, is the pharmacy consultant for a local school district, is on the founding committee of the Olathe (KS) Medical Center Hospice, and serves as mentor to pharmacy students.  Jim has also served on the Johnson County (KS) Drug Council, and is on the Board of the United States Congressional Award for Youth in Washington, DC.  Jim is also the recipient of the prestigious Bowl of Hygeia from the American Pharmacists Association for the State of Kansas.  Kerr attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, and owned his own business, Kerr’s Pharmacy, for a number of years.

 

John VandewalleJohn Vandewalle, MD, MBA, BSc(Hons)

John Vandewalle has held several executive positions and is currently a serial entrepreneur involved with numerous companies. John began his career as a high school teacher and research scientist. He worked as a physician in the teaching hospitals in Johannesburg, South Africa.  For Marion Merrell Dow he worked in Zurich, Switzerland as Director of Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa and then at the headquarters in Kansas City held various positions including VP of International Business and VP of Global Business Planning.  John was CEO and founder of Teva Marion Partners and then worked for Quintiles, served as President of North American and South American operations.

John sits on the boards of various businesses and philanthropic organizations, is an advisory council member and was an adjunct marketing professor with the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University. He also mentors for The Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring program, the executive MBA program at Rockhurst University, and for Southwest High School and the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Kansas City. He is a member and the past President of The Overland Park South Rotary Club as well as a two-term District Governor for Rotary.   John also serves on the Board of the Kansas City Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program (KCSAPP).