Executive Board

Executive Director

Executive Board




HCC Programs

Toniann Richard,
Executive Director

The Health Care Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri continues to forge ahead. With the help of her staff, executive board and network partners, HCC is one of the country's foremost rural health networks. HCC membership, which includes a broad spectrum of individuals including health care providers, social services providers, schools and community representatives, work collectively to enhance the delivery of health care in Lafayette County and surrounding areas. Through these efforts, the Collaborative has embarked on initiatives to create healthier communities through workplace wellness programs, a rural health insurance program and health information technology.

Mel Fetter,
Pathways President
Past Board Chairman

Pathways Community Health, a large multi-county, non-profit organization, provides behavioral health and substance abuse services throughout Lafayette County as well as 29 additional counties. The organization is also a strong proponent of e-prescribing and EMRs. Pathways' well-rounded experience will support HCC in a variety of capacities including geriatric psychiatry.

Darrel Box
Board President

Darrel Box is CEO of Lafayette Regional Health Center.  Darrel attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City receiving a BS in Pharmacy in 1988 and started at LRHC in 1993 as the Director of Pharmacy and has held several positions since that time.  He received his Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in 2001.  In 2003, he joined the senior leadership team.  Darrel is currently the Chairman of the Community health foundation of Lafayette county, serves on the executive board of the Healthcare Coalition of Lafayette county and is an Alderman on the Buckner City Council.  He has been married for 19 years to his wife Oletta.  In his spare time he enjoys travel, cycling and watching baseball and football. 


Cathy Wallace,
HCC Director of Operations

Cathy Wallace is the director of operations for HCC. She is responsible for planning, implementing and leading operational strategies, tactics, goals and budgets. Additionally, she will oversee the rural health network and ensure that its two community health centers, Live Well Waverly and Live Well Concordia, operate and function in a patient-centered manner. Cathy is also responsible for implementing and overseeing efficiency measures to ensure the nonprofit’s operations are lean.   Cathy and her husband Mark have two children, Kristina and husband Jeremiah, Justin and wife Jessica. They have four grandchildren, Emeli, Tessa, Finlei and Jaycee. Her favorite past time is genealogy research.

Diana Hoemann,
Care Connection for Aging Services CEO

Care Connection for Aging Services, an Area Agency on Aging, develops evidence-based health and wellness programs for seniors among other support services. Diana brings 16 years of support service expertise, having served with Care Connection for 24 years. Diana directs the Care Management and Information and Assistance programs, linking seniors and caregivers to appropriate agencies and services. Other programs that she is responsible for include the National Caregiver Support Program and the Missouri SORT (Seniors Organized to Restore Trust) program, Legal Assistance, Health Aging Programs and the Silver Haired Legislation. She is a certified Information and Referral Specialist through AIRS, the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems. Locally, she is a member of the Warrensburg Rotary Club, 4-H Leader for the Good Neighbors 4-H Club and an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Donna Brown, Economic
Development Director

Donna Brown has served as the Economic Development Director for the City of Higginsville since 1999.  Her responsibilities include new industry recruitment, business retention, community development, commercial and retail recruitment, and management of the local airport.  She is also responsible for grant writing and administration for a variety of city projects.  Donna is a strong advocate for the development and promotion of regional economic development and partnerships like the Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County that are actively engaged in improving the health and quality of life for the citizens in the region.

Lynda Johnson
, Nutrition & Health Education Specialist

Lynda Johnson served as a Nutrition & Health Education Specialist and County Program Director with MU Extension in Lafayette County for over 30 years, retiring in early 2013. In addition to her CPD role, Lynda’s main responsibilities included implementing innovative, evidence-based health promotion programs; assisting with Live Healthy Live Well Partnership efforts, and enhancing community and organizational capacity to improve health and quality of life.  Lynda is an advocate for making the “healthy choice, the easy choice” by creating environments which empower individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Suzanne Gladney, Esq., MFP Founder 

Suzanne Gladney founded and supervises the Migrant Farmworkers Project (MFP), serving migrant farmworkers picking Missouri’s fruit and vegetable crops.  She held the position of Managing Attorney for Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s West office for more than 36 years.  She specializes in immigration law and advises community agencies serving immigrants. She is a frequent speaker on immigration and migrant farmworker issues and is active in a number of community, cultural and social justice organizations.

Hilda Fuentes,

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Hilda Fuentes, the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center has undergone transformations on several levels. Most recently, this included an extensive capital campaign for construction of a larger facility on land adjacent to the previous structure. The new $25.1 million building opened in early 2012, debt free, with the capacity of providing access to quality health care services for an additional 7,200 residents in the Kansas City community.

Tom Emerson, LCHD Administrator

Lafayette County Health Department (LCHD) Administrator Tom Emerson has worked for the Department since 1992.  The first eight years he served as Multi-County Sanitarian for Lafayette and Johnson counties. In 1999 he came to LCHD full time as environmental public health specialist, also picking up communicable disease epidemiology duties. Emerson brings 20 years of public health experience and a strong vision for inter-agency cooperation to achieve goals that improve public health and health care in Lafayette County.

Health Care Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri By-Laws