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Our Board of Directors is an astute group of community individuals who volunteer their time and talents for the health of our community. With their guidance and expertise we’re building a legacy of care. Click on a name below to view bio.


Keith HughesKeith Hughes, Chairman of the Board. CEO and Vice Chairman at First National Bank of Hutchinson, has served on the HRHS board since 2010. He grew up in Oakley, KS and graduated from Kansas State University with degrees in accounting and corporate finance and later earned a graduate degree in banking from SWGSB, Southern Methodist University. He moved to Hutchinson in 1980 and began a career in banking with First National Bank and has spent his entire career with the bank; with the exception of a two year period in the 1980's with a wholesaling and brokerage company. He has held various positions with the bank over the years including his current position as CEO since 2010. Through his role on the HRHS board, Keith recognizes the hospital's important position in the local and regional economy and he brings great experience and expertise in finance, economics and management to the group. He and his wife Renae have two sons, both engineering students at KSU.  In his spare time, Keith enjoys home and farm projects, playing golf, reading and hunting. 

Lee Spence, Vice-Chairman of the Board, is President and CEO of Underground Vaults & Storage, Inc. and has been with the company since 1979. Growing up in McPherson, KS he is a graduate of Hutchinson Community College and received his BSB from Emporia State University where he is currently a Trustee and Board member of ESU.  Lee is very active in the community and is currently serving on various non-profit and civic organization boards which include; Reno Country 4-H Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Reno County Historical Society and Salt Museum and past chairman of the Reno County community jail committee. Lee is a member of the Hutchinson Rotary Club, Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce, Hutchinson Executive Association and Trinity United Methodist Church.  Having a personal connection with the hospital, all three of his children were born at Hutchinson Regional and his family experienced the tragic loss of his daughter in 2005.  His hobbies include racquetball, golf, boating , waterskiing, mowing and exploring underground locations. 

Diane LeeDiane Lee, C.P.A., C.S.E.P., Board Treasurer, a lifelong resident of Hutchinson, is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and CSEP (Certified Specialist in Estate Planning). She was a partner in the firm of Bartlett Settle and Edgerle of Hutchinson, and became a principal in the firm of Swindoll Janzen Hawk and Loyd in 2012 when the two firms merged. She has more than 40 years of service in the accounting profession. Diane is currently chairman of the Board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. She serves on other private company boards. She has been very active in community organizations including current treasurer of the Delos V. Smith Senior Citizens Foundation, past treasurer of the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce, past chair of the Hutchinson Hospital Corporation and Foundation, past treasurer of the Reno County Historical Society, past director of the Hutchinson Community Foundation. Diane has professional affiliations as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA), where she is a past member of the board of directors, and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, with a major in Accounting from Wichita State University. Diane has three adult children.   Some of her favorite leisure time pursuits are hiking, gardening and travel to visit friends and family. Current HRHS positions: Treasurer of Board of Directors, Member of Finance Committee, Member of Executive Committee. 

Joe Fangman, Board Secretary. Co-President of Conklin Cars. He was born and raised in Topeka. He moved to Hutchinson in 1986 after graduating with a mechanical engineering degree from Kansas State. Joe and his wife Susan have four adult sons, two daughter-in-laws and a grandson. Joe currently serves as a commissioner for Hutch Rec, and chairman of Cross Point church’s finance committee. He is a former member of the USD 308, Hutchinson School Board. Joe’s leisure time includes golf, chasing his sons and their families across the country and enjoying his Camaro convertible. 

Ken JohnsonKen Johnson, President and CEO, has been with the healthcare system for over five years and held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to coming to Hutchinson, he was Chief Financial Officer for Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita, a position he occupied for 7 years. In total, Ken has over 34 years of healthcare leadership experience with positions in large and small healthcare organizations and both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Ken was pleased to return to Hutchinson when he began his healthcare career as an internal auditor for Hutchinson Hospital Corporation in 1983. He worked at HHC until 1989, when he moved to Wichita to pursue a Master's Degree in Healthcare, which he received in 1994. Ken is a member of First Church of the Nazarene and enjoys participating in charitable activities in Hutchinson. Ken and his wife Carolyn have been married 35 years and have 2 grown sons. 

Carol Allton was elected President of the 238 member Hutchinson Regional Medical Center Auxiliary and in that capacity, will serve a two year term on the hospital’s board of directors.  She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she graduated from high school.  She went on to study at Pittsburg University but her studies were interrupted when her husband, Gene, was sent to Spain and then to Italy with the U.S. Navy.  Upon their return to Kansas, she completed her B.S. from McPherson College and began a 25 year teaching career.  In 2000 she received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Friend’s University.  She received the Davis Foundation Award for elementary teaching excellence.  Carol and her husband have a married daughter, son and four grandchildren.  She is on the board of directors for Community Concerts, volunteers at church and the hospital.  Her hobbies are reading, gardening, singing, traveling and playing with her grandchildren. 

Rex DegnerRex Degner, M.D., a pathologist, is an at-large representative for the medical staff. He was raised in Great Bend and left to attend Kansas State, where he earned his bachelor's degree in biology before attending University of Kansas to receive his M.D. Dr. Degner cheers on both schools, but when pressed, he admits he'd wear purple over blue. After completing his pathology residency, he moved home to Great Bend in 1990 where he practiced for 10 years. In 2000, he joined Reno Pathology Associates in Hutchinson. Dr. Degner and his wife Karla have 4 children. When away from work, Dr. Degner enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing. 

Allen FeeAllen Fee, C.P.C.U., a lifelong Hutchinson resident, is the CEO of Fee Insurance Group. He began his career with the family business upon graduating from KU in 1984. Over the years, Allen has served as chairman for several organizations including: the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, United Way, Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce. His involvement on the hospital's board is personal. All four of his children were born at Hutchinson Regional and his family experienced the death of his father at the hospital in 2003. He recognizes how valuable Hutchinson is to the community and its future and he brings a unique understanding of the medical community because of his business experience. Allen and his wife Kriss have four children: Jordan, Tyler, Melissa and Colton. 

Rob Green, Kansas native. Rob holds a B.S. in Construction Science from Kansas State University and an MBA from The University of Kansas. Rob also holds a seat on the Board of Directors of First National Bank of Hutchinson.  Rob and his wife Melanie have three children, Owen, Tess, and Haden.  He enjoys gardening and golf and spending time in the Colorado mountains. 

Michael T. HagleyMichael T. Hagley, M.D., Chief of Staff, is an interventional cardiologist at Hutchinson Clinic and the Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University Of Nebraska College Of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Akron City Hospital, in Akron Ohio and a cardiology fellowship at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. He then completed and additional year of interventional cardiology and vascular intervention training at The Cardiovascular Institute of the South in Houma, Louisiana.  He has practiced in Hutchinson since 2002 and was the Medicine Service Line Chair from 2013-2015. He is now the Chief of Staff. In his free time he enjoys exercise, Jiu Jitsu, woodworking, playing guitar, and spending time with family. 

Janet Hamilton, is currently the Director of Special Projects for the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, a health philanthropy.  Previously she served as a Department Chair at Hutchinson Community College supervising several workforce preparation programs - welding, HVAC, automation, ag-diesel mechanics, and other Ag programs.  She wrote and managed a variety of grants for the college, and led the Continuing Education Department. Janet held many positions throughout her 30 years with the college, including Interim VP for Academic Affairs, Coordinator of Community Service & Special Projects, and Assoc. Dean of Continuing Education.  She has also served as a Community Investment Officer with the Hutchinson Community Foundation, having been responsible for grant-making and Foundation initiatives collaborating with other area non-profit organizations and groups to assist with improving life for Reno County residents.   Currently, she serves on the Hutchinson City Planning Commission.  Janet is a former member of the Hutchinson Community Foundation Community Investment Task Force, the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center Crisis Call Volunteer, SMART START of Reno County Administrative Cabinet Member, Hutchinson District Union (of the United Methodist Church, KS West Conference) Secretary-Treasurer, Child Care Links Board Member, and a member and past Chairperson of the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund Board of Trustees.    Janet attended Hutchinson Community College as a student herself, then earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Magna Cum Laude, from Wichita State University, later obtaining her Masters of Arts from the University Of Kansas School Of Social Welfare. 

Costy Mattar, MD., Chief of Staff-Elect, has been a physician at Hutchinson Clinic since 2014 and also a physician at the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.  Dr. Mattar attended medical school and did his Residency in General Internal Medicine at the Lebanese University School of Medicine in Beirut, Lebanon. He completed his Residency for Internal Medicine and his Fellowship in Cardiology at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.  His Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology was completed at Tufts University School of Medicine at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA.   Dr. Mattar is a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Cardiology.  His Board Certifications include: American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine –Interventional Cardiology, American Board of Cardiology, American Board of Adult Transthoracic and Transesophageal Echocardiology, American Board of Nuclear Cardiology, and the American Board of Interventional Cardiology.   

Kim MooreKim Moore, J.D., is President of the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. Prior to taking this position in 1987, Kim was an attorney at Foulston & Siefkin in Wichita. He was also a former Law Clerk for Delmas C. Hill, U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He received his B.S. in history and political science from Southwestern College, and his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law. Kim and Cindy, his wife of 40 years, have three adult married children and two grandsons. Kim is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Kim became a member of the board of the Kansas Hospital Association in 2017.  He rejoined the Southwestern College Board in July 2013 and is chair of the Business Affairs committee. He also serves on the Board of Pensions and Health Benefits and Investment Committee of the Great Plains Conference, United Methodist Church. He is a former board member of the Hutchinson School District, Kansas Underground Salt Museum, Grantmakers in Health (national association of health philanthropies), Oral Health Kansas, and Kansas Commission on National and Community Service. Kim's hobbies include reading, gardening, politics, and walking. He is a member of a men's book club. 

David NealDavid Neal, Sr. Wealth Advisor of Frontier Wealth Management and board member, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and his MBA degree from St. Louis University. David began his career as an assistant basketball coach at St. Louis before joining USB in 2000, earning his Portfolio Manager designation in 2010. A past President of the Board for the Kansas Chapter of the Leukemia Society, a United Way Young Leader, and Wichita Business Journal's 40 Under 40, David currently serves as Director of the John & Michael Neal Foundation for Cancer Research. Spare time is spent with his wife and their children, Katie and Jack (twins), Ben, and Andrew. 

Valerie Pryor is a Realtor for Plaza Astle Realty.  She has been a resident of Hutchinson since 2005.  She graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2003 earning a BSBA with a Major in Human Resource Management.  Valerie has been a Realtor for 13 years and holds both the CRS and ABR designations.  She was named Prairie Land Realtors Reno Council Realtor of the year in 2015, and was recognized at one of Reno County's 20 under 40 Professionals in 2012.  She is involved in several community organizations including The Community Foundation (current board member), Hutchinson Board of Realtors (past board member), Interfaith Housing Services, and Cancer Council of Reno County.  She and her husband, Brad, enjoy traveling and spending time with their 3 children. 

Tom Sellers was born and raised in Hutchinson. He graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, MO, with a major in Economics and Business Administration. Before joining Luminous Neon in 1990, Tom worked in the commercial real estate business in Kansas City and Cleveland, OH. As CEO at Luminous Neon, Tom divides his time between the company's locations, making frequent trips across the state. Tom lives in Hutchinson with his wife. He has served as President of World Sign Associates, Chairman of the Board of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, Chairman of the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce and as a director of the Hutchinson Community College Foundation board. He enjoys travel and playing golf. 

Keith WhitakerKeith Whitaker has held a variety of leadership and management positions within the agricultural equipment industry over the past 30 years. He currently is employed by AGCO Corporation as the CEO of the AGCO-Amity, JV operations. Prior to this, his business and leadership experience includes Director of Product Management for Global Green Harvesting at AGCO, President of Kuhn Krause and Vice President of Sales & Marketing of the former Krause Corporation, Engineering and Marketing Management roles at CNH Industrial, as well as engineering experience with John Deere. He also brings management experience with John Deere dealerships. Originally from southern Minnesota, Keith and his family moved to Hutchinson in 2005 when he joined Krause Corporation as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. He holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a BS in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State University. He is married with two daughters. His hobbies include golf, waterskiing, running, and spending time with family.