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 Moeder


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.

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.

Dan Kopshinsky


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).

Brook Bailey

Brook Bailey is an attorney at Polsinelli, where she has practiced commercial real estate law since 2005.  She feels strongly about volunteering time and giving back to those in need in her community, including being a “mock interviewer” at the Women’s Employment Network, serving breakfast to the hungry at the Catholic Charities program, Morning Glory Café, and logging many pro bono hours for the regional Presbyterian Church, as well for as the Covenant Network, which advocates for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ Presbyterians in the church.  During her service with the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Program she logged over 150 service hours, organized a task force on law and justice in the Kansas City area, and attended hours of programming on what makes this community so great and confronting the challenges that we continue to face.  Brook graduated from Grinnell College in 1998, and got her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago in 2002.  In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her 14-year-old twin girls, Nora and Tessa, reading good books, cooking strange foods, and being outdoors.

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

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 Dixon

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 Giovanni

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.

Jennifer Harris-Patterson

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!

Jason Schmitt

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 Uryasz

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 Wagner

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

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown is the son of Camp Hope founder “Ma Donna” Brown and the author of two books on the history of the camp.  Brown lives in Winfield with his wife, Pam, and together they have six children, four son- or daughter-in-laws, and six grandchildren.

Dalton Risner

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.