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 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.

 Stephanie Lopata, Foundation Referral Manager

As a staff member of the former Wy Jo Care since 2008, Stephanie brings to the Foundation much institutional knowledge of the referral process and relationships with Kansas safety net clinics. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University. 

Natalie Lynch, Foundation Physician Engagement Director

A Foundation staff member since 2018, Natalie handles recruitment and retention of volunteer physicians and other providers that donate care for Wy Jo Care and Metro Care patients. She also works with Stephanie on relationships with safety net clinics that refer patients. She brings 18 years’ experience in pharmaceutical sales and provider relations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Drury University.

Maria Valencia, Foundation Referral Coordinator

Maria supports the Referral 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.

Laura Yount, Foundation Outreach Specialist

Laura supports the Provider Relations Director in building and maintaining relationships with physicians and other providers. She joined the Foundation in 2019 and has eight years of experience in pharmaceutical sales. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in education from the University of Kansas.