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2019 Board of Directors

Jonathan Scales, President
Adviant, Inc – 

Is the Midwest managing principal and a shareholder of Adviant, Inc., a human resources consulting firm. Jonathan is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in financial planning and services from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas.

Dennis Manley, Vice President
Mercy Hospital –

Chief Nursing Officer for Mercy Hospital, Joplin. Serves on the Board of Directors for Landmark Hospital and has served many roles with the Missouri Hospital Association in the area of emergency and disaster preparedness.

Garrett Taylor, Immediate Past President
Arvest Bank

Garrett is the current board chairperson and has been an investment advisor since graduating from Missouri Southern State University in 2006. He is currently employed at Arvest Wealth Management helping bank and personal clients with their retirement and investment goals.

Ben Miller, Treasurer
W. Ben Miller, CPA

Ben Miller is a CPA in private practice. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of CPAs. Ben serves on several boards in the community including Children’s Haven and volunteers in many areas including serving meals at local shelters.

Grace Ayton, MN, RN, BC, Secretary

The current board secretary retired from Missouri Southern State University in June after serving as the chairperson for MSSU’s nursing program. Grace graduated from Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Degree in Nursing. In 2007, she received the Freeman Excellence in Nursing Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Robert Willcoxon, Board Member
Freeman Surgical Associates

Dr. Willcoxon is retired from Freeman Surgical Associates. He and his wife, Dorothy, serve with many organizations. Bob volunteers with the Community Clinic, Wildcat Glades, St. Peter’s Outreach House, and Meals on Wheels.

Dr. John Paulson, Board Member

Dr. Paulson is an Assistant Professor of Primary Care at the University of Kansas City School of Medicine and Biosciences. He is very involved with Hope City Church as well as other volunteer organizations in the community.

Dustin Ledford, Board Member
Carthage Nazarene

Pastor Dustin is very involved in the Carthage area community including volunteering with Carthage Vision 20/20, Bright Futures, and the Carthage Alliance.

Pat Tikkanen, Board Member
Self  Employed

Pat holds her licensure as an RN and has a history of leadership in health facilities. She is the president of the Peace Lutheran Church board, a past board member of the Red Cross, and a board member of Home Medical Equipment Services in Joplin. She assists nonprofits with strategy development and outreach.

Matt Adrian, Board Member
Freeman Health Systems

Matt is the Assistant General Counsel for Freeman. He also serves on the Jasper County Association for Social Services board and previously served on Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club, Joplin Area Catholic Schools, and the MIZZOU Parent Leadership Council.