Karole Bradford, Foundation Chief Executive Officer

Karole became Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation on May 1, 2020. She joined the Foundation in December 2018 as Chief Program Officer. She provides management oversight to the Foundation and reports to the Board of Directors. Bringing 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, she previously was executive director of Riverview Health Services, a Kansas City, Kan., agency that helps uninsured children and adults access prescription medications. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University. 

Amina Barnes, Foundation Business Operations Manager

Amina provides management, administrative, project and event coordination functions for the Kansas City Medical Society Foundation. She joined the Foundation in 2019 and has seven years of administrative and grants management experience in the nonprofit world. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Baker University and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas.

  Rocío Melchor, Program Manager

Rocío oversees the Wy Jo Care and Metro Care programs along with other projects for the KCMS Foundation. Joining the Foundation in 2021, she brings 14 years’ experience helping the people we serve as a referral coordinator, practice administrative manager, and supervisor at three safety-net clinics and FQHCs. She demonstrates a passion for our mission and experience leading process improvement efforts.

Maria Valencia, Foundation Referral Coordinator

Maria supports the Program Manager in handling referrals and arranging for donated care. Joining the Foundation in 2019, she has 15 years of experience in case management and billing administration. Fluent in Spanish, she is an asset in serving the Foundation’s Latino patients. She holds a bachelor’s degree from MidAmerican Nazarene University.

  Donald Paul Jones, Outreach Coordinator

Donald builds relationships with donating health care providers for the Foundation. A graduate of Alabama State University, he brings a background in public health as a program coordinator and health educator. He has a passion for people and serving the community.