KyMel, Inc Board of Directors
Dr. Bryan Wohlwend
Dr. Bryan is a pediatrician at Priority Care Pediatrics in Kansas City, Missouri. He started volunteering at Camp Hope in 2000 when he was a medical student and has been every year since. He went to KU for medical school and completed his pediatric training at Children’s Mercy Hospital. He loves to travel and enjoys cheering on the Chiefs, Royals, Sporting KC and Jayhawks.
Gail lives in Great Bend, Kansas. She has volunteered for Camp Hope since 1998 as a house parent and has been on the committee since 2003. She is pretty much the “local connection” to Great Bend/Barton County. Gail is married to Alan and is an Aflac agent.
Renee retired in 2013 after 32 years at CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. /CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions. (A Third Party Plan Administration Firm, specializing in 401(k) plans.) She spent the last twenty years in management over the finance area and the last 5 years as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to the CUNA acquisition, she served as Secretary to the Board of Directors. Her volunteer history includes serving on the committee, and as Chairman, of the Barton County Relay for Life, and as a Board member of Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation. She is currently volunteering for Almost Home (a nonprofit that provides assisted living and Hospice Care locally), and Prince of Peace Catholic Church. She is married to her husband, Luke, and she two adult daughters. Danielle is married and has two daughters. She is a Physical Therapist at Kansas University Hospital. Sarah recently married and has one adult step-daughter and two step- sons. She is a Cosmetologist.
Dan is a Manager with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, a professional services firm in Overland Park, Kansas. He provides audit, tax, consulting, and accounting services focusing on the nonprofit industry. Dan grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin and traveled to the state of Kansas where he attended college at Kansas State University. He graduated from K-State with a Masters of Accountancy in 2009. While at K-State he met his wife, Janelle, who he married in 2016. In his free time he enjoys traveling, spending time outside, and cheering on his favorite sports teams (Packers, Wildcats, Brewers, and Royals).
Dr. Andy Bukaty
Dr. Andy lives in the Kansas City area, as he has for much of his life. He has been a part of the Camp Hope family since 2008. He married his high school sweetheart in 2000 and they have one daughter, born in 2006, and one son, born in 2009, who rule their worlds. He is a family physician and is fortunate to help lead an organization called Docs Who Care that helps staff rural communities. The flexibility it affords him allows him to work in rural ERs, teach residents in training, devote time to Camp Hope Heartland, and spend a great deal of his time being a dad and husband. He also enjoys film analysis/history, cooking, American history, playing the drums, and cheering for the professional KC teams, Jayhawks and Saint Louis U. Billikens, who represent his alma mater.
Ivan Cortes is risk analyst at Littler Mandelson P.C. Ivan graduated from Quincy University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice. And in 2018, he graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. As a college student, Ivan interned with the Director and staff at the Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department in Quincy, Illinois. There, he communicated with rehabilitation agencies, worked with adult and juveniles, and attended juvenile placement hearings. While in law school, Ivan focused his work in immigration law. Ivan has worked for Immigration attorneys in the Kansas City metro area where he worked closely with the attorneys and clients on cases of asylum, cancelation of removal, withholding of removal, and bond hearings. Ivan currently serves on the board of directors for FosterAdopt Connect.
Charlie and wife Kathy have 3 adult sons; Ryan, Ian and Spencer and one grandson AJ. Charlie started volunteering for Camp Hope as a house parent and later as House Parent Director in 2007. He is on the board of directors for KyMel and currently serves as Camp Director for Camp SIBSational. In retirement Charlie and Kathy travel, volunteer, spoil AJ and be a nuisance to their kids.
Eric is Chief Business Officer for Cornerstones of Care, a Kansas City-based family of not-for-profit agencies, dedicated to strengthening children, families, and the communities in which they live. As Chief Business Officer, Eric oversees Finance & Accounting, Facility Management, and Information Technology. Eric also works closely with staff leaders and boards of directors from across the family of agencies to develop and implement strategic initiatives. Eric received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis, and an Executive MBA from Rockhurst University. When not working, Eric spends time with his wife Joan, roots for the Royals, and eats bacon.
Dr. Mandy Graul-Conroy
Dr. Mandy is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born and raised in Southern Illinois but has moved around a lot, initially due to her husband, Brad’s, military career and then for her own medical training. She moved to the Kansas City area in 2018 with her family and hopes this will be a long-term home. She has two children: Ian – age 14 and Wyatt – age 13. Mandy loves travel and all types of music, especially musical theater.
Jenny has been the Curriculum Director at Saint Luke’s Hospital Child Care Center. As Curriculum Director, Jenny oversees the state licensed center which cares for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. The center is open to Saint Luke’s Health System employees and is very busy! Jenny is very passionate about the children and making sure they receive the quality care they deserve. Not only does she demand quality from her teachers, but she also partners with parents to make sure they also are aware of the whole child, their readiness for Kindergarten and all future learning. Jenny has her B.S. in Elementary Education and a MBA in Organizational Development, both from Avila University. When not working, Jenny loves to bake and plan events of all types and even though Jenny has been here for 18 years, she is still a true St. Louis girl and loves her Cardinals baseball and Imos Pizza!
Janelle Kopshinsky, LSCSW, LCSW
Janelle Hilger Kopshinsky lives with her family in Olathe and began volunteering at Camp Hope in 2008 and now serves as Chair of Camp SIBsational. She is a “free play enthusiast,” licensed, clinical social worker and prevention response specialist in and around the Kansas City area. She likes to binge novels and sporting events while living across the street from family and laughing with her husband, Dan. Some of her favorite things include travel, all things KyMel, warm and lulling beverages, outdoor activities and life splintering podcasts.
Jason lives in Beloit, and grew up on a farm just to the west by Downs. He and his wife Kelly own Wall to Wall Carpet & Interior, a flooring and paint store, in Beloit and Concordia. They have 4 kids, 2 boys and 2 girls. He had 2 rounds with AML Leukemia from ages 10-15 including a bone marrow transplant the second time. This is how and why Camp Hope means so much to him, as he attended for many years as a child and was a Junior Counselor for a couple years during his college years. He also volunteers for Make-A-Wish as a wish grantor and public speaker. This was another important organization that helped him through his cancer years. He attended Kansas State University and has a BS in Agribusiness and since college has worked for a few different companies in customer service, sales/marketing and accounting/finance before owning his own business and working on the family farm. During his free time he enjoys golfing, spending time with family and rooting for Kansas State, KC Royals and Dallas Cowboys.
Tim is the Director of Quality Assurance of Drug Free Sport International where he oversees, enhances and develops an industry leading Quality Management System. A Kansas City native, Tim graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011, working the following 5 years within MiLB and MLB organizations before moving back to Kansas City. Tim is involved in numerous charitable events and organizations including Children’s Mercy, Catholic Charities and various substance abuse and mental health organizations. He is a childhood cancer survivor, a former camper at an oncology camp for numerous years as a child, a Nebraska Cornhusker and a regular traveler. Tim has visited 47/50 states and 8 countries.
Judy has been attending camp since 1991. She serves as the Vice President Mission Integration for St. Joseph Health, St. Mary. She currently lives in Victorville, CA; located ½ way between Las Vegas and Los Angeles along with her three cats. Judy is an avid Kansas State University Wildcat fan and bleeds PURPLE!!
Ad Hoc Board Members
Dr. Gary Morsch
Gary is the founder and president of Heart to Heart International, a global humanitarian organization based in the Kansas City area. Dr. Morsch believes that each of us longs to make a positive difference in our world, and that every person is uniquely gifted to do so. As a frequent speaker, his passion and enthusiasm continually challenges people to commit their lives in service to others. His own life-long commitment to volunteerism has taken him literally around the world. As a physician, Dr. Morsch continues to practice family and emergency medicine through Docs Who Care, a medical staffing company he founded in 1995, serving critical access hospitals throughout the Midwest. Dr. Morsch has authored several books with his most recent titled; You’ll Never Be The Same – Transform Your Life By Serving Others. Dr. Morsch is married with four children and nine grandchildren. He and his wife Vickie enjoy living on a farm south of the Kansas City area. To learn more about Dr. Morsch, visit his website at www.garymorsch.com.
Dalton is an offensive lineman for the Denver Broncos. He graduated from Kansas State University (KSU). While at KSU he visited Camp Hope for several years and has continued to be involved in KyMel.