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2340 E. Meyer Blvd.  
Building 1, Suite 300A
Kansas City, MO 64132 

Call us At: (816) 256-4100 
Fax us At: (816) 333-1402 
Email us at: mgakc@sbcglobal.net


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Lisa Sackuvich, RN, BSN, CRNI

Lisa has served as MGA Board President and on the Nursing Advisory Board for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. She is the founder and CEO of ARJ Infusion Services, a specialty pharmacy and home infusion company. She received her BS in Nursing from Avila College in Kansas City. Lisa is a member of the Infusion Nurses Society and is a certified registered infusion nurse (CRNI). Lisa and her husband, Jim, reside in Raymore, MO and have three sons.

Chris Roper

Chris is an Investment Advisor with Lawing Financial Inc. as well as a registered representative with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.  He received his Bachelors at Missouri State University and further expanded his education by obtaining FINRA series 7, 66.  In Chris’s spare time he enjoys photography, watersports and golf.  

Karen Hootman, RN

Karen was diagnosed with MG in 1991 and has served on the MGA Board since then. Karen was the first woman elected as Board President and has also served as Vice President and Secretary. She’s been married to Jim for 42 years and has two children and five grandchildren. Karen retired from the Community Blood Center after 29½ years as a Hemapheresis Practitioner. She is now employed as an Infusion Nurse at ARJ Infusion Services.

LaDonna Diller

LaDonna is a Territory Manager with Soleo Health.  LaDonna has been in the Kansas City healthcare community for many years and was a previous Board Member for the MGA.  When not working, LaDonna’s favorite past time is traveling.  She also likes gardening and spending time doing just anything outdoors.

Joe Bant

Joe is an Attorney, an Associate with Lewis, Rise & Fingersh practicing in the area of civil litigation. His BA in Journalism was from the University of Kansas and his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. Joe lives in Overland Park with his girlfriend, Jessica and her son, Dominic.

Dr. John Sand, Secretary

Dr. Sand is the Director of MD Electrodiagnosis. He graduated as a Fellow at the University of Iowa with a specialty in Neurology and emphasis in neuromuscular diseases. Dr. Sand’s current area of expertise is in the electronic testing of neurological and muscular diseases. He has been a practicing neurologist in the Kansas City area since 1987. He is a past President of the MGA and Dr. Sand lives in Leawood with his wife, Melinda.  

Derek Haverkamp, Treasurer

Derek is a Consumer/Commercial Lender with People’s Bank. He has a BS in Financial Controllership from Kansas State and has worked in the field of finance for the last seven years. Derek lives in Overland Park with his wife Nina and has a small dog named Tuckie.

Ray Olsen, Vice President

Ray is a former Vice President of Employers Reinsurance Corporation and managed international operations and the aviation and marine departments. Retired from corporate life, Ray is currently an Aviation Consultant. He has a BA in History/Government/German from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Ray resides in Overland Park with his wife, Betsy. He has two sons and two grandchildren. Ray is living with MG.

Dennis Wise, President

Dennis is a camping associate at Bass Pro Shop and teaches outdoor skills to children and specializes in adaptive training for those with special needs. He is also a nature photographer and lecturer. For 30 years, Dennis worked at General Motors in statistical analysis. He is co-founder of ReBound Homeless Shelter and has a BS in journalism from KU. Dennis was diagnosed with MG 8 years ago.

Each year at our annual meeting, a Board of Directors and Officers are elected to fulfill our mission through financial and organizational responsibilities.  The Board creates a yearly strategic plan and is expected to meet its goals and objectives.  Board members are chosen because they can bring experience and expertise to move the association forward.  Some Board members are people living with MG, some are professionals in a health-related field that impacts MG and others simply believe in the mission and want to make a difference.  Part of the fiduciary responsibility of the Board of Directors requires making sure that the association has the financial resources it needs.  Members serve a 3-year term and are expected to attend all meetings and functions of the association.  If you would like more information about becoming a Board Member, please call (816) 256-4100 or email: dwalk@mgakc.org.

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