Brett Henson, Vice-President
​Brett is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Horticulture.  He is an Account Manager in Sales and Marketing 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. 

Allison Foss, President

Allison is a graduate of Iowa State University with a BS in Child and Family Services.  For the past 15 years she has worked as a case manager in different capacities with individuals with developmental disabilities. For the last seven years, Allison has been with Johnson County Government in developmental supports.  Allison grew up in Fairfield, IA, where she was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis at age five.  Allison is the daughter of Barb and Craig, of Fairfield, and sister to Jill & Jon Meuzelaar of Chicago and Clint & Grace Foss of Seattle.  In her spare time, Allison loves to travel, spend time with her dog, Ries, blog, work in the yard, socialize with friends on a patio over a good glass of wine, cook, and enjoy Iowa State Cyclone sports.  

John Wilkinson

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.

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.  

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 and two children.

Ray Olsen

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

Dennis is the former President for the MGA.  He has recently fully retired 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 9 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.  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:

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