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.
- Kim Moore, J.D.
- Edward E. Berger, Ph.D.
- Ken Johnson
- David Neal
- Rona Gazaway, M.D.
- Rex Degner, M.D.
- Diane Lee, C.P.A., C.S.E.P.
- Mike Evans, C.P.A.
- LaVerna Shaw
- Michael T. Hagley, M.D.
- John Swearer, J.D.
- Allen Fee, C.P.C.U.
- Keith Whitaker
- Keith Hughes
- Janet Hamilton
- Joe Fangman
- Lee Spence
- Rob Green
Kim Moore, J.D., Vice Chair, 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 35 years, have three adult married children and two grandsons. Kim is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He rejoined the Southwestern College Board in July 2013 and is chair of the Investment Committee. He also serves on the Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, Great Plains Conference, UMC. 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, volunteers with Circles of Hope and authors a blog, To My Way of Thinking.
Edward E. Berger, EdD., Chair, has forty-five years of experience in community college education as an instructor and administrator recently completing twenty-three years as President of Hutchinson Community College. After attending Hutchinson Community College, he received his BA and MA at Wichita State University and his EdD in Adult and Occupational Education at Kansas State University. He is currently President of Berger Training and Consulting LLC. Married to wife, Carol, with two adult sons.
Ken 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 32 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 33 years and have 2 grown sons.
David 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.
Rona Gazaway, M.D., grew up in Quinter, Kansas. Her interest in medicine was spawned after working in the hospital laboratory and X-ray department at Gove County Medical Center in Quinter during high school and college. She received an undergraduate degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine from Pittsburg State University and subsequently completed medical school and a radiology residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Gazaway has been a radiologist at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for the past 9 years. She has served on several hospital committees including the HRMC Board of Directors, Medical Staff Committee, Hospital Quality Committee, Board Quality Committee, past CEO search committee, Tumor Board, and Radiology Department Chairperson. She is married and has 3 boys. In her spare time she enjoys camping with her family, running, and playing the piano.
Rex Degner, M.D., Chief of Staff, 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.
Diane Lee, C.P.A., C.S.E.P., 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 vice chairman of the Board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, and also serves as chair of the finance committee. She is a member of the Advance Insurance Company board and 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: Board of Directors, Member of Finance Committee, Member of Executive Committee
Mike Evans, C.P.A., is president of Lindburg Vogel Pierce Faris, Chartered. Mike was born in Halstead and moved to Hutchinson in 1976. He has 30 years of experience at his accounting firm. Mike serves as the board treasurer. He and his wife Sue have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Aside from spending time with them, he really enjoys fishing.
LaVerna Shaw 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 the Hillsboro area, graduated from Bethel Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, Newton and became an R.N. Later, she graduated with a BSN degree from Incarnate Word College, San Antonio. LaVerna was licensed in nursing in Kansas, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma. LaVerna and her husband have two married daughters and three grandchildren. She volunteers at church, at the hospital and in the community. Her hobbies include gardening, reading and quilting.
Michael T. Hagley, M.D., Chief of Staff-Elect, 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 Elect. In his free time he enjoys exercise, woodworking, playing guitar, and spending time with family.
John Swearer, J.D., was born and raised in Hutchinson. Graduating from Grinnell College in 1980 and University of Kansas School of Law in 1983, he returned home to practice law and is now a partner at the law firm Martindell Swearer Shaffer Ridenour, LLP, where he has worked the last 26 years. John is very active in the community; he has served in leadership roles for various non-profit and civic organizations, some of which include: Reno County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce, Reno County Republican Party and the Hutchinson Community Foundation. Presently, outside of his board appointment, he also serves as president of the Reno County Bar Association. John has 2 children.
Allen Fee, C.P.C.U., a lifelong Hutchinson resident, is president of Fee Insurance Group. He began his career with the family business upon graduating from KU in 1984. Over the years, Allan 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. Allan and his wife Kriss have four children: Jordan, Tyler, Melissa and Colton.
Keith Whitaker has held a variety of leadership and management positions within the agricultural equipment industry over +25 years. Most recently he was the General Manager of the McPherson, KS location for PrairieLand Partners, a nine-store John Deere dealership. Prior to this, he held leadership positions which included President, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Manager of Engineering and several others for industry leaders as John Deere, CNH Industrial N.V. (former Case Corporation) and Kuhn Krause, Inc. in Hutchinson, KS. 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. Keith also serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Reno County and the Finance Committee of CrossPoint Church. His hobbies include golf, boating, waterskiing, running, and spending time with family.
Keith Hughes, CEO at First National Bank of Hutchinson, has served on the board since 2010. He grew up in Oakley, Kan., and after graduation from Kansas State University in 1980, moved to Hutchinson. With a dual degree in corporate finance and accounting and an added graduate degree in banking from SWGSB, Southern Methodist University, Keith was quite prepared for a career in banking. Except for a three year stint at another company, he has been employed in various capacities at First National. Most recently, he was named CEO. Through his role on the Hutchinson Regional board, Keith recognizes the hospital's important position in the local and regional economy and he brings great experience and expertise in corporate finance and economics to the group. He and his wife Renee have two sons, Logan and Nolan. His sons' involvement in sports and academics provide him plenty to do in his free time. He also enjoys golfing, hunting waterfowl and upland game and participating in home projects. A lesser-known fact, Keith is quite a connoisseur of history and artifacts from the late 19th century. It probably won't come as a surprise to learn that he's especially interested in US currency.
Janet Hamilton, is Department Chair at Hutchinson Community College where she also supervises several workforce preparation programs - welding, HVAC, automation, ag-diesel mechanics, and other ag programs. She has written and managed a variety of grants for the college, and has experience working in and leading the Continuing Education Department. Janet has held many positions within Hutchinson Community College throughout her 34 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.
Joe Fangman, is 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 soon to be born grandson. Joe currently serves as a commissioner for Hutch Rec, a member of the Hutch Chamber’s Public Policy Committee and Crosspoint church’s finance committee. He is a former member of the Hutchinson school board. Joe’s leisure time includes golf, chasing his sons and their families across the country and enjoying his Camaro convertible.
Lee Spence, 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.
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.