Our Board

Kelly Ranallo - RareKC Founder/Governance

Kelly Ranallo

Founder / Governance

Kelly Ranallo is a healthcare business entrepreneur, long-term parent advocate and the Founder/President of the Turner Syndrome Global Alliance (TSGA).

Angie Dunbar - RareKC Board Chair/Governance

Angie Dunbar

Board Chair / Governance

Angie Dunbar has been involved with RareKC since the beginning, serving as Board Chair for the past two years.

Alli Kafka - RareKC Program Director/Board Member/PR Communications Chair

Alli Kafka

Program Director/Board Member/PR Communications Chair

Alli Kafka is the Program Director for RareKC. She is responsible for the overall management and implementation of RareKC programs according to strategic objectives set by the Board of Directors.

Dennis Ridenhour - RareKC Board Member/Treasurer

Dennis Ridenour

Board Member / Treasurer

Dennis Ridenour became President and Chief Executive Officer of BioNexus KC on February 18th, 2019.

Kim Kimminau, PhD - RareKC Board Member/Secretary/Program Co-chair

Kim Kimminau

Board Member / Secretary / Program Co-chair

Dr. Kimminau is a biomedical anthropologist and health services researcher who has worked throughout her career with organizations trying to meet the health needs of their communities.

Amber Heinemann

Amber Heineman

Board Member/Development Co-Chair

Amber Heinemann joined RareKC in 2018 and currently functions as the co-chair of the fundraising and development committee.

Jay Vivian - RareKC Board Member/Program Co-Chair

Jay Vivian

Board Member/Program Co-Chair

Jay L. Vivian PhD is a Research Associate Professor and Scientific Director of the Transgenic and Gene Targeting Facility at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the Director of the Rare Disease Research Center at the Children’s Research Institute of Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

Eric T. Rush, MD, FAAP, FACMG - RareKC Board Member/Program/Legislative Committee

Eric T. Rush

Board Member/Program/Legislative Committee

Dr. Eric Rush is a Clinical Geneticist at Children’s Mercy Hospital and the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Mindy Bridges - RareKC Board Member/Development Co-Chair

Mindy Bridges

Board Member/Development Co-Chair

Mindy Bridges is an assistant professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Broadly, her research interests include the connection between language and reading development and disorders.