Meet Our Staff

Denise Cyzman

Executive Director

Denise Cyzman, Executive Director, joined KAMU in October of 2014. Denise is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the Association and overseeing the KAMU staff. She will lead the KAMU team to support its 50+ member organizations through advocacy, education, and communication. Identify and enhance strategic opportunities and partnerships, secure diversified funding, and advocate for policies to strengthen the health safety net environment in Kansas. Denise also serves as the primary spokesperson for KAMU and its members.

Denise brings over 31 years of experience in program development, grant writing and advocacy to the Executive Director role. Before joining KAMU, she was the Vice President of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Denise has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and a Master of Science degree in Health Education from University of Michigan.

Kendra Poole

Chief Financial Officer/ Chief Operating Officer

Kendra Poole, Chief Financial Officer joined KAMU in July of 2007.  Kendra is responsible for the management of financial matters for KAMU and its affiliates. She develops and monitors the Association’s annual budget including individual grants budget. Kendra is also responsible for monitoring grant contracts for fiscal and administrative compliance and works closely with all departments within KAMU to ensure proper oversight.

Kendra also serves as the interim Chief Executive Officer of Kansas Primary Care Connection (KPCC), a wholly owned subsidiary of KAMU.

Kendra brings more than 15 years of fund accounting experience, operations management, and grants management of nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining KAMU, she worked at the Kansas Health Care Association. Kendra has a BA in Business Administration from Friends University.

Katrina McGivern

Policy and Public Affairs Director

Katrina McGivern is the Policy and Public Affairs Director at KAMU. In this role, Katrina advocates to state and federal lawmakers to influence public policy in support of the Kansas health care safety net and the medically underserved population and leads KAMU’s public relations and communication efforts.

Katrina joined KAMU as the Communications Coordinator in March 2012 and was promoted to Communications Director in 2014.

With almost 15 years of experience, Katrina most recently served as Public Relations Specialist at the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc.  Prior to that, she worked at WIBW-TV in the roles of Creative Services Director and News Producer.

She is a member of The Association for Women in Communications and serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators (KAHCC). Katrina is a graduate of Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS.

Sheldon Weisgrau

Director of the Health Reform Resource Project

Sheldon Weisgrau is the Director of the Health Reform Resource Project, a foundation-funded initiative to provide education and technical assistance to consumers and other stakeholders in the implementation of health reform and the Affordable Care Act in Kansas.  Sheldon has more than 25 years of experience in health policy and has worked effectively in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to ensure the delivery of health care services in rural and underserved communities and to enhance the knowledge and engagement of health care consumers, providers, and policymakers. He joined KAMU in May 2011.

Sheldon earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Susan Wood

Director of Clinical and Quality Programs

Susan Wood, Director of Clinical and Quality Programs, joined KAMU in June 2012. Susan provides technical assistance and guidance to members regarding clincal matters, including policy and procedures, quality improvement and risk management.

Susan is a graduate of Washburn University’s School of Nursing and has been a Registered Nurse in Kansas for more than 25 years.  Susan has spent her career serving Kansans, providing inpatient care, occupational health and safety, Medicaid program management, and quality improvement management for Medicaid recipients.

Melody Martin

Director of Development and Training

Melody Martin, Director of Development and Training, is responsible for developing innovative programs and supporting members to efficiently and effectively engage in programs. Mel has more than 15 years experience providing operational support for government agencies, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations. She as a Bachelor of Arts in English from Emporia State University and also has completed the Breakthrough Series College Training through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Terri Kennedy

Health Technology and Quality Improvement Specialist

Terri Kennedy, CAHIMS, is KAMU’s Health Technology and Quality Improvement Specialist.  Terri will provide project management for the Health Centered Controlled Network as well as providing data analyses, program coordination and expertise on meaningful use. Terri has 22 years of experience.  She has a diverse background including project management, Health IT, business and technical expertise.  Terri has a bachelor’s degree from Washburn University, in computer information systems with an emphasis in business.

Debbie Berndsen

Navigator Project Director

Debbie Berndsen began as the Navigator Project Director for KAMU in early September 2013. Debbie leads the efforts to coordinate the recruitment and training of navigators in Kansas for the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

With more than 30 years experience in all aspects of volunteer program development and management, Debbie has worked with a wide variety of community partners to create innovative ways to use volunteers to help address community needs. Organizations include Food Bank of Reno County, Reno County Health Department, Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson Public Schools, as well as, the Reno County Sheriff’s Department.

Debbie guided the growth of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) with 200 volunteers to a volunteer center with more than 1,000 volunteers of all ages serving throughout Hutchinson and Reno County.

As the Navigator Project Director, Debbie works with two Navigator Project Coordinators to oversee a network of certified navigators  located throughout the state and to provide assistance to at least 48,000 eligible Kansans enrolling in private insurance through the Marketplace, as well as Medicaid.

Debbie is a graduate of Friends University in Wichita, Kan., Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management.

DeLynne Walter

Grant Coordinator

DeLynne Walter is KAMU’s Grant Coordinator, who will help organize, monitor and support its various grants and contracts. She will also help with other clerical and administrative functions. DeLynne has over 20 years of business office experience, 13 of which were spent in the lending and banking industry. DeLynne has a BS in Business Administration from Bethany College.

Veronica Miranda

Navigator Project Coordinator - Western Kansas

Veronica Miranda is KAMU’s Cover Kansas  Navigator Project Coordinator for Western Kansas. Veronica will coordinate the recruitment and training of Navigators, as well as provides outreach and enrollment assistance for individuals in the western part of the state. Veronica previously worked with KAMU as a Certified Navigator during the first and second Open Enrollment periods. Before working with KAMU, Veronica was a licensed Property and Casualty insurance agent in California.

Rita Brummer

Staff Accountant

Rita Brummer serves as the Staff Accountant. She began her work at KAMU in September 2012.  Rita assists the CFO/COO with managing the finances and daily operations. Rita specializes in safety net clinics, having served as the Finance Manager at Marian Clinic in Topeka for 11 years. In addition, she has 20 years of accounting experience that includes working at the Kansas Supreme Court Law Library. Rita has an Associates Degree from Fort Hays State University.

Susan Temaat

Navigator Project Administrative Assistant

Susan joined the KAMU team in November 2014. As the Administrative Assistant to the Navigator Project, she provides support to the Navigator Project Directors and Regional Coordinators. Her duties include maintaining up-to-date Navigator records, general correspondence, and other duties to help fulfill the scope of the project.

With more than 30 years in education, Susan comes to KAMU with 12 years’ experience of maintaining accurate, up-to-date and confidential student databases. Her most recent position was Technology Specialist/student State Reporting Administrator for Hutchison Schools.

Susan has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Pittsburg State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Missouri Southern State University.


Kari Parker

Executive Assistant

Kari joined the team in December 2005.  She provides administrative support to the Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, as well as staff support for IT-related issues. Kari assists with event planning and implementation of board of director and membership meetings, as well as legislative activities.

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