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.
Derek is Vice President of Commercial Lending at OakStar Bank. He has a BS in Financial Controllership from Kansas State and has worked in the field of finance for over ten years. Derek lives in Overland Park with his wife Nina and and two children.
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.
Nancy Vinsant has joined the MGA Board of Directors. Nancy was diagnosed with MG 15 years ago. She is currently the Manager of the Village Cooperative of Verona Hills, a maintenance provided community for active seniors. Event planning and volunteer recruitment are skills Nancy hopes to transfer from the Boy Scouts of America to the MGA. Ron, Ivor (21) and Aris (19) round out the Vinsant home team.
Michael is a Senior Vice President of Operations and Marketing for the Advanced Technology Group (ATG). Prior to joining ATG, Michael worked at Deluxe Corporation and Cap Gemini Consulting, having served in multiple sales, marketing, and operational roles. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Missouri State University and a Master’s degree from Webster University. Michael is active in the Kansas City community and is co-founder of the Sporting Blue Valley TEAM Soccer program, a soccer program designed for children with special needs. Michael and his wife Dorothy live in Overland Park and have 3 daughters and 1 grandson. Michael and his family were impacted by myasthenia gravis after his father battled it for many years.
John grew up in Independence, MO, where he graduated from Truman High School and later graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. He taught high school social studies for five years in the late 70's and then began to work for GE Lighting Business Group as a sales representative in 1981. In 1990 John founded Premier Lighting & Controls, a manufacturers rep agency, to sell commercial and industrial lighting products. He is currently VP of sales for the company.
Brett is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Horticulture. He is the Eastern Area Manager for an agricultural adjuvant company, KALO, Inc. located in Overland Park, KS. Brett enjoys golf, fishing, and hunting. He is an avid fan and apologist for the Iowa State Cyclones, Chiefs, and Royals. He is married to Jacqueline and the father of two boys, Owen and Wyatt, and one girl, Isla. Before joining the board, Brett was involved with the MGA Triple Crown Showdown for many years.
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.
Brodie is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Business Finance and a B.S. in Molecular Bioscience. He has worked in the Clinical Science Industry for the past 8 years across multiple therapeutic areas that include Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Immunology, Neurology, Oncology and Pulmnology. Brodie lives in Overland Park with his dog, Ollie.
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.
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.
Each year at our annual meeting, a Board of Directors and Officers are elected to fulfill our mission through financial and organizational responsibilities. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanie is a graduate of Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA with a B.A. In Business Administration. She is an Executive Assistant for the UMKC Foundation in Kansas City, MIssouri. Stephanie has been a part of the MGA Triple Crown Showdown Committee since 2014. She enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, running, volunteering in the Kansas City area and around the world and traveling. Stephanie lives in Overland Park with her husband Jeremy.