Board of Directors
M.A. “Art” Chaudry
As President and CEO of Community Builders of Kansas City, 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. Chaudry joined CB-KC as the Chief Operating Officer in 2010 to oversee its operations of real estate and community development assets and portfolio in excess of $100 Million.
He 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.
Chaudry holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Logistics from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Loyola.
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, Duryee serves on the AHA Go Red for Women Committee Board, the Physician Assistant Board of Trustees, the American Nurse Practitioner Foundation Board of Directors, and the American Academy of Family Physicians Corporate Council.
David Allyn serves as Director of Philanthropic Affiars for the Allyn Family Foundation as the Director of Philanthropic Affairs. The Allyn Foundation was founded in 1954 by David’s great-grandfather and grandfather.
Before joining the Allyn Family Foundation, he was employed at Welch Allyn Inc. for over 25 years where he spent a majority of his career within various sales and marketing roles. Since 2012, he served as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility. In this role, he developed the company’s goals and strategies for engagement in the community.
In addition to serving on HHI’s board, Allyn also sits on the Rescue Mission Board and is currently the Chair for their Capital Campaign and serves on the Executive Committee, is a member of the Skaneateles Community Center Board of Directors, and is on the Board of Trustees of Kimball Union Academy, a preparatory school in New Hampshire.
He and his wife, Amy, have four children and reside in Skaneateles, NY.
Austin Bickford is the co-owner and Managing Partner of BicMedia, a video agency based in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District. Over the last 18 years, Bickford has leveraged his creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and love for people to build a unique organization that serves the creative, video, and marketing needs of a diverse clientele from pharmaceuticals to retail.
Bickford, and his wife Carey, are parents to two enthusiastic young boys. He also serves on the KC Chamber’s Centurions Alumni Board and Transportation Taskforce and as the Marketing Chair for the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program.
As EVP, Marketing and Communications for the Intouch Group network, Wendy Blackburn brings more than 20 years of healthcare-industry experience to her role as a member of Intouch’s executive leadership team. Day to day, she is also responsible for all aspects of building the Intouch brand and marketing the Intouch Group network, both internally and externally, and managing community and government relations.
At work and within the biopharmaceutical industry overall, she serves as a mentor and champion for women, including Intouch’s agency-wide mentoring program and involvement in the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Recognition for her years-long efforts includes being named to MM&M’s Hall of Femme, KC Business Magazine’s Influential Women of Kansas City, and one of KC Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business.
In addition to serving on the HHI board, Blackburn also sits on the boards of three other Kansas City-area nonprofits: the Arts & Rec Foundation of Overland Park, Forever Welcome, and the Coalition for Healthcare Communication.
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, Creidenberg has diverse experience in branding and marketing, business and commercial development, product launches, medical education, marketing research, business planning, sales, advertising, and public relations. He 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. Creidenberg 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.
Larry Downey has over 40 years of experience serving in senior roles in the pharmaceutical industry. He previously held the position of President – North America Specialty Medicines at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Teva Neuroscience Inc. Downey was an executive at Hoechst Marion Roussel and its predecessor companies, Marion Merrell Dow and Marion Laboratories. His career included management positions in pharmaceutical finance, marketing and business management, specializing in partnerships and business development. Downey received a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a MBA with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
While at Teva, Downey created a people-focused work environment and culture that motivated people to consistently achieve uncommon results, improving the lives of tens of millions of people while earning awards for “Best Places to Work”, “Top Companies”, “Champions of Business”, “Best Companies to Work For” and “Spirit at Work”. Currently, he is providing consulting services to the pharmaceutical industry. He is a member of Insignia Strategies, LLC, whose prime focus is to help companies obtain the greatest value for their pharmaceutical portfolios.
Susan Garrett teaches undergraduate courses at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies where she is the Bachelor of Health Sciences first full-time Spanish-speaking faculty member. Garrett holds a BA in Spanish from University of Missouri – Kansas City and an MPH from University of Kansas Medical Center. She has been active in public health and community development through her roles as Program Director for Preventive Medicine and Public Health at University of Kansas Medical Center and as Director of Community Services for Mattie Rhodes Center.
Garrett is as a member of the Health Sciences District Diversity Council, the Director of the Bachelor of Health Sciences Diversity Peer Education Team. Garrett also serves as a steering committee member of the Latina Giving Circle of Greater KC and a volunteer consultant for Arts as Mentorship.
Dan McClain is an attorney at Seigfreid Bingham, P.C. Dan has practiced law in Kansas City for over 28 years, specializing in contract, construction, lending, real estate, and other business matters and disputes. He represents businesses and individuals, and has tried and argued cases in state and federal court and arbitration, including multimillion dollar complex construction disputes and class actions. Honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America and a Kansas and Missouri Super Lawyer, Dan obtained his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Iowa, where he graduated with highest distinction and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dan started his career as a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri before entering private practice, including running his own law firm for five years. Dan is president of the Kansas City Metro Bar Association’s civil litigation section, has chaired and is an active member of its Business Litigation Committee, and is a former director of the Lawyers’ Association of Kansas City. Dan lives in Leawood, Kansas with his wife (Michelle) and their five children.
Jon North serves as the Executive Director of the MNU Foundation and as the Vice President for University Advancement for MidAmerica Nazarene University. Prior to joining MNU, North served as the CEO for HHI. North has an undergraduate degree in International Development, a Masters in Business Administration and an earned Doctorate of Education. He is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive.
North joined HHI in 1993, was named Executive Vice President in 1997 and was appointed as CEO in 2001, a role he served in until 2010. 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 nonprofit and community boards. In 2005 he was selected as one of Ingram’s magazine’s top 40 Under Forty Kansas City community leaders.
Rick Randolph serves as Chief Medical Officer for Heart to Heart International. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and retired as a U.S. Army Colonel after serving 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.
Randolph sits on several nonprofit 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.
James Zeeb has been with the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department for 25 years. He currently serves as an Assistant Chief and the Chief of the Training Division. Throughout his career he has served the department and the citizens of Wyandotte County and Kansas City Kansas by working his way through the ranks of the department. Zeeb has spent the majority of his career as a member of the Hazardous Materials Response team and now continues to respond as one of the Department Command Officers who direct the operations of the Hazardous Materials Response team.
In addition to his service on the Fire Department, Zeeb is an Adjunct Instructor with the Kansas City Kansas Community College in the Fire Science Program. Zeeb currently serves on the Leadership Team for the Mid-America Regional Council on the Local Emergency Planning Committee, which coordinates emergency response and emergency services cooperation throughout seven counties of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Zeeb has an Associate’s degree in Fire Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College; a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Hastings College, in Hastings, Nebraska; and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth and Overland Park, Kansas.
Kim Carroll serves Heart to Heart International as Chief Executive Officer. She initially joined HHI in 2016 as President of PowrServ.
Carroll joined Heart to Heart International in 2016, bringing to the organization extensive leadership experience from a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. She began her career with Marion Laboratories in Kansas City, and her experience includes general management and commercial leadership roles. Carroll is a graduate of Mercer University and holds an MBA from Troy State University.
Jim Mitchum spent four years as CEO of Heart to Heart International before transitioning his considerable experience in senior executive positions to his current role of CEO of RegaloRx. Mitchum 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. Mitchum 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.
Although Mitchum 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.
Dr. Gary Morsch is a family and emergency physician and a founder of Heart to Heart International. 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. 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, 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.
Jim Kerr is a Registered Pharmacist, a founder of Heart to Heart International and has served honorably as Board Chairman. Kerr 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 a mentor to pharmacy students. Kerr 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. Kerr 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.
Dr. Lee A. Norman is secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. He was a senior vice president and chief medical officer of the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City; chief quality officer 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.