Five Voting Members Appointed by the Governor
Cabinet Chair, Kim Moore, J.D.
Nonprofit Consultant, Achieve Philanthropy LLC
Business owner and local school board member
Senior Marketing Manager, Cox Business
Tyler K. Smith, M.D.
General Academic Pediatrician, Fellowship Program Director, Children’s Mercy Kansas City
DiAnne Owen Graham
President, Graham Advisors, LLC
Kim Moore retired in 2018 after three decades as President of United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. He is currently doing nonprofit consulting through his firm, Achieve Philanthropy LLC. Prior to joining the Fund, he practiced law in Wichita with Foulston Siefkin, where his practice emphasized employee benefits and tax-exempt organizations. He was selected by Ingram’s as one of Fifty Kansans You Should Know in 2018 and received the Samuel J. Crumbine Award from the Kansas Public Health Association in 2017 and the Donald J. Wilson Visionary Award from the Kansas Hospital Association in 2015.
Kim serves on several nonprofit boards including Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, Southwestern College, Child Care Aware (Salina), Hutchinson Community Foundation, and Kansas Hospital Association. He is active in Trinity United Methodist Church, Hutchinson, and serves on the Great Plains Conference (United Methodist Church) Board of Pensions and Health Benefits and Investment Committee. He is a graduate of Southwestern College and Washburn Law School. Kim and his wife Cindy have three adult children and two grandchildren.
LeEtta Felter and husband Jib own truck and equipment dealerships in several states, headquartered in Olathe, Kansas. She resides in Olathe and has lived there since 1994. The Felter family is very involved in the community. Two of their three children currently attend Olathe Public Schools, and their first-born graduated from Olathe East High School in 2013.
Terri Rice is Senior Marketing Manager for Cox Business, the facilities-based provider of voice, video, and data solutions for Cox Communications’ commercial customers. In this role, she leads the local Cox Business marketing team in planning, developing, and executing integrated multi-tactical marketing programs, while developing strategies responsible for commercial business growth. Terri is the recipient of numerous education and civic awards, as well as being recognized professionally. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Master of Business Administration. An active volunteer in both professional and community activities, she serves on various committees, boards, and is heavily involved in nonprofit work, giving back to the community whenever possible. Terri lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband and has one adult daughter and two adult step-children.
Tyler K. Smith-Howells, MD, MPH, FAAP is a board-certified general pediatrician. Her career journey in medicine began by earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology from her “home by the sea,” Hampton University. Her education continued with earning a medical doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, completing pediatric residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center, completing fellowship training in general academic pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and earning a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Her professional interests include advocacy, diversity and inclusion, health care disparities, under-served communities and populations, mentorship, and physician wellness. With a desire to help the under-served, Dr. Smith worked as a general pediatrician at community health centers in the Greater Baltimore area for over six (6) years providing medical care to children while also teaching medical students and pediatric resident trainees. In her current position, she is assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine and fellowship director for the academic general pediatrics training program at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Dr. Smith has a passion for advocacy and mentorship with participation in numerous initiatives through academic institutions as well as professional and civic organizations. She was a 2018 Mentor of the Year for the 40 Under 40 Society at Hampton University.
Dr. Smith is happily married to her husband James and proud stepmother to Anthony and Arianna. She lives by the Frederick Douglass quote, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
DiAnne Owen Graham is President of Graham Advisors, LLC, a full-service consulting firm specializing in advising and fundraising for political and issue advocacy organizations. DiAnne directs multi-million-dollar national fundraising efforts on behalf of her clients, which have included Governors, U.S. Senators, Attorneys General, national and state political committees, and numerous issue advocacy entities. She has served as a political appointee in President George W. Bush’s administration in various roles with the U.S. Department of State and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at The University of Mississippi. DiAnne currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Foundation for Andover Schools, is President of the Mid-Kansas Rebel Alumni Club, is a Trustee for Historic Wichita Cowtown, Inc., a member of the Belizean Grove, and is active in the children’s ministry at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. She was selected as one of the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awardees in 2017. DiAnne lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband, Chris, and their sons, Owen (7) and Parker (3).
Four Voting Members appointed by Legislative Leadership
Senator and Senate President appointee
Speaker of the House
Representative, House Minority Leader appointee
Senate Minority Leader appointee
Senator Dinah Sykes was elected in November 2016 to represent Kansas Senate District 21 which includes all of the city of Lenexa and the Northwest part of Overland Park. Her Senate committee assignments include Commerce, Education, Ethics, Elections, and Local Government and a Joint Committee on Information Technology. Prior to election Dinah enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom who also ran her own business as a personal chef. She is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with minors in Finance and Economics. Prior to having children, she worked in higher education as a development officer. Dinah enjoys being active in her community and has a passion for serving others. She has served as PTA treasurer, PTA President, Alumni Board Member for her alma mater, and is a 2016 Alumni of Leadership Lenexa through the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce.
Deliece Hofen is a former elementary school teacher turned Principal. She is also mom to Braden, the name behind the organization she founded in 2010: Braden’s Hope for Childhood Cancer. The vision of this Kansas City-based organization is to deliver hope to children and families fighting childhood cancers by funding targeted research to shut down the activators of those cancers. The organization has awarded grants totaling more than $4.17 million for childhood cancer research over nine years.
Deliece’s passion for helping children has been a lifetime in the making. As a teacher at O’Loughlin Elementary School in Hays, Kansas, Deliece earned several national awards including the Presidential Award for Teaching Mathematics, the NSTA (National Science and Technology Association) award for excellence in teaching science, the Milliken Family Foundation Award, was a member of the Kansas Exemplary Educator Network (KEEN) pool, and earned her National Board Certification. As a principal, Deliece took what was once the lowest-scoring school in the Blue Valley district and turned it into one of the highest-scoring, even earning the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education.
Representative Monica Murnan is a licensed teacher and administrator who has had the opportunity to work in public school, non-profit, and education service center settings. Her career has been focused on early childhood systems at the community and regional level. As a founder of the Family Resource Center (The Center) in Pittsburg, Kansas, she has worked with various community groups to align systems to better support all kids and families. As a longtime resident of Pittsburg, she has served on the Library Board, PSU Alumni Association, United Way, and other non-profit boards in addition to serving four years as City Commission with one year as Mayor. Monica currently serves as Director of Student Support Services at Greenbush where she works with early childhood systems and provides professional development in the areas of early childhood, poverty, data-driven community interventions and process alignment. Murnan and her husband of 33 years, Rob, live in Pittsburg. They have three grown daughters and two grandchildren.
John Wilson joined Kansas Action for Children in September 2017 and serves as the President and CEO. He spent the previous 10 years working at the intersection of design, public health, and policymaking. John helped build the Alliance for a Healthier Generation into the nation’s leading nonprofit organization focused on children’s health.
As a Kansas State Representative, John worked to redefine the culture of the Legislature to make it more open and collaborative. He is a 2006 graduate of the University of Kansas, where he studied visual communication.
Lee A. Norman, M.D
Secretary, Kansas Department of Health & Environment (Rachel Sisson, KDHE Designee)
Laura Howard, J.D.
Secretary, Department for Children and Families (Carla Whiteside-Hicks, DCF Designee)
Blake Flanders, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Kansas Board of Regents (Karla Wiscombe, KBOR Designee)
Randy Watson, Ed.D.
Commissioner of Education (Amanda Petersen, KSDE Designee)
Keynen J. Wall, J.D.
Kansas Supreme Court Justice
Deputy Secretary, Kansas Department of Corrections, Juvenile Justice Authority
Early Childhood Director
Program Consultant II
Early Childhood Systems Coordinator
Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator
Dyogga Adegbore joined the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund in 2004. Dyogga tracks financial activities on grants, contracts, interagency agreements and office funds, also coordinates meeting and travel arrangements. She has worked with agency heads in state government and private industry over 20 years. Most recently, Dyogga worked with the CEOs of the Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas State Fire Marshal, and Kansas State Bank Commissioner offices. She graduated with her Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree from Washburn University of Topeka and AAS degree, Platt College. She has held membership in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) for over ten years.
Amy Meek joined the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund in May 2015. Before joining the Cabinet, she spent six years at Community Action, Inc. in Topeka, first as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator and finally as the Director of Head Start and Early Head Start. She fostered collaborative partnerships with school districts and community entities in order to provide high-quality integrated services to at-risk children and families in Shawnee County. She has experience in program management, grant writing, policy development, and compliance with local, state and federal regulation. She also participated in local and state early childhood leadership groups promoting comprehensive services for children 0-5.
Prior to joining Community Action, Inc., Meek worked as an administrator for a hospital child care center and also worked in the pediatric and orthodontic dental field. She holds a BA in Human Development and Family Life with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration from Baker University.
Melissa Rooker was named Executive Director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund in February of 2019. Before joining the Cabinet, Melissa served three terms in the Kansas House of Representatives, representing House District 25 between 2012 and 2018. Her work in the legislature focused on children’s issues and public education. Melissa recognized that high quality early childhood interventions led to student success and made funding those programs her priority. She played a lead role in drafting a new school finance formula for K-12 public education that includes an expansion of the preschool at-risk program and full funding for all-day kindergarten.
Prior to running for office, Melissa spent 15 years as a development executive at Clint Eastwood’s Malpaso Productions. She retired in 2001 to raise her kids. Over the years, Melissa served in a variety of leadership positions with local, regional and state PTA in Kansas, and as a legislator served on the Johnson County Education Research Triangle Authority Board, Shawnee Indian Mission Advisory Board and the Kansas Forestry Service Advisory Council.
In 1986, Melissa graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in Art History. She and her husband Tom make their home in Fairway. They have two adult children, and one grandson.
Brea Cudney joined the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund in August 2020. Before joining the Cabinet, she worked in the Office of Graduate Admissions at the University of Kansas since 2016. In her role as Graduate Admissions Specialist, she provided support and training for graduate program faculty, staff, and KU stakeholders with the graduate admissions application system. In addition to application management, she conducted international credential evaluations and processed graduate applications for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering.
Prior to her role at KU, Cudney worked in admissions at Neosho County Community College, and in activities at Delmar Gardens of Overland Park Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from KU, and a M.S.E. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education from KU.
Debbie Deere joined the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund staff in August of 2020. Prior to joining the Cabinet, Debbie owned/operated a licensed child care center in Lansing, KS for 27 years. During that time, she also partnered with the local school district to offer a K-5 before and after school program, and the United Methodist Church for a summer camp. Debbie served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2017-2019, focusing on children’s issues, public education, and corrections. Prior to owning her business, she served as Executive Director for a non-profit organization providing services to families and children of offenders throughout Kansas and as support staff at a private children’s home in St. Joseph, MO.
Debbie values the importance of community service and public office, and has been involved in many community and civic organizations. She served on the USD 469 school board from 2011-2020, as well as the executive boards of Caritas Health Systems, Leavenworth Community Homeless Shelter, Leavenworth/Lansing Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce, Leavenworth County Mental Health Task Force, Leavenworth Child Abuse and Prevention Council, and USD 469 Early Childhood Site Council.
Debbie is a graduate of Friends University with a degree in Organizational Management and Leadership. She lives in Lawrence with her husband, Kyle. They have 3 grown children, 4 grandchildren, and a Yorkie named Gus.
Hannah McGahey joined the Children’s Cabinet in August 2020. Prior to joining the Cabinet, Hannah worked on the behavioral health team as the Re-Entry Coordinator at the Shawnee County Department of Corrections from 2018-2020. She worked closely with public shareholders as well as advocacy groups to establish a system of re-entry in the Shawnee County Community. Behavioral Health and working for the equity of all people have always been themes in Hannah’s professional and educational life. Before her time at the Shawnee County Department of Corrections, Hannah worked as a Police Dispatcher from 2012-2018 at the Riley County Police Department. She contributed to policy conversations, initiatives regarding recruitment and retention, and developed her passion for curriculum development and adult learning. Hannah brings systems building experience and passion for people to the Cabinet Team.
Hannah spends her time away from work corralling her two boys, Luca and Lincoln. They keep her on her toes with their inquisitive minds, creative ideas, and penchant for anarchy. As a family, Hannah and her boys enjoying playing with their two cats, Zooey and Archie, as well as doing anything outside like biking, playing sports, and catching frogs.
Hannah is a graduate of Allen Community College and Fort Hays State University. She holds a Associate in Arts, BS in Psychology, and MPS in School Psychology.