Danielle is a healthcare executive and children’s advocate with nearly twenty years of experience developing health and wellness programs and speaking out on behalf of children and adults across the Kansas City metro area.
Previously Danielle served as vice president of quality development at ReDiscover, a community mental health agency with a staff of 600 healthcare professionals who serve 10,000 clients annually. In this role, she created and managed cross-system collaborations among community organizations and secured funds to sustain programming. The scope of her work at ReDiscover involved Kansas City area children’s services, health departments, service agencies, school districts, health clinics and support service agencies.
Earlier in her career, Danielle served as associate director at Resource Development Institute and as a case manager at Cornerstones of Care’s Gillis Campus. She held a clinical instructor appointment at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, for 12 years.
Danielle holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Black Hills State University.
“KC Healthy Kids’ board, staff and volunteers work hard to identify opportunities for improving the health and quality of life for our youth. I’m proud to lead an agency that works so consistently to make sure all kids have access to healthy food and safe places to play,” says Danielle.
Rachael McGinnis Millsap
Vice President, Policy and Programs
As vice president of programs and policy, Rachael is responsible for designing, executing, and overseeing the organization’s programmatic strategies to improve community-driven initiatives and advocacy where children and families live, learn, work and play. She leads a team that staffs key coalition efforts including the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition and the Kansas Food Action Network.
Rachael works to build new partnerships and political relationships and cultivates champions for health-promoting policies, environments, and programs. During her tenure with KC Healthy Kids, Rachael helped found the Johnson County Food Policy Council and served as chair and vice chair.
Rachael has a long career of bringing about social change through agriculture. She spent nine years as nutrition and gardening educator for the University of Missouri Extension and was director of the Eating from the Garden program in Jackson County, which taught gardening and nutrition concepts to elementary students. Through KC Healthy Kids’ partnership with Community Housing of Wyandotte County, Rachael’s team operates Splitlog Farm and Orchard, which is owned by the housing agency.
Rachael graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors in Plant Science and received her Masters in social work from UMKC. She stays active in that field by facilitating direct intervention and group counseling at a local medical center on a part time basis. She holds a certificate from Community Development Academy, a series of intensive, experiential courses offered by the University of Missouri Extension Community Development Program.
“Schools and communities have a huge potential to address health disparities by reinventing themselves as places that promote healthy eating and active living and educate families about healthy food,” she says.
Lucinda Noches Talbert
Vice President, Operations
Lucinda oversees the day-to-day workings of KC Healthy Kids, including general office operations, financial management, human resources, IT support and fund development. She started at KC Healthy Kids in 2013 to lay the foundation and secure grant funding for programs like Champions for Health, Healthy Communities Initiative and Farm to School Academy.
She has nearly 20 years of management experience in program planning, grant writing and fund development at government and non-profit organizations in Kansas and Missouri. She has served as treasurer of Riverview Health Clinic and currently serves on the Board of the Nettleton Foundation.
Lucinda continually strives to provide excellence in leadership. She is a 2014 graduate of the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City Leadership Academy and a 2011 graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program. In 2018, she received a volunteer of the year award from United Way of Wyandotte County.
Lucinda holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science from Virginia Tech and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. She is originally from Topeka, Kansas and has lived in the Kansas City metropolitan area for 15 years.
“I believe health is a human right, not a privilege. At KC Healthy Kids, I can align that belief and apply my skills toward our efforts to create a more equitable system and healthier society overall,” Lucinda says.
Committees and Affiliations
Nettleton Foundation Board of Directors, Since 2012
Upsilon Rho Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Since 2016
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program, 2011
Riverview Health Services Board of Directors, 2012-2018
Andrea Clark, AICP
Director of Food System Planning
Andrea began her career with KC Healthy Kids as a planning intern in 2016 and returned in 2019 as a member of the policy team. As an urban planner, she manages collaborative projects that connect and strengthen the local food system. She also supports initiatives of the Greater KC Food Policy Coalition, advocating for good food and farm policy at the local, state, and federal level. She views her work through the lens of equity and resilience.
She is an active member of the American Planning Association’s Food Systems Division and has presented at local workshops and national conferences. She is trained in qualitative research methods and has earned graduate degrees in Urban Planning, American Studies and Sociology.
American Planning Association, since 2017
American Institute of Certified Planners, since 2020
As creative director, Heather oversees communications for KC Healthy Kids. She also builds strategic partnerships with artists and arts organizations to encourage broader civic and community involvement around our policy and programmatic priorities. Heather’s big-picture thinking paired with a strategic focus and collaborative approach allow her to effectively work across channels and with diverse partners to advance the organization’s mission.
Before coming to KC Healthy Kids, Heather worked for the American School Health Association, the Missouri Coordinated School Health Coalition, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, and other health-focused organizations. She also spent 10 years developing product at Hallmark Cards, where she led creative teams in the development of gift and stationery products, music collections, and seasonal cards, including licensed products like Harry Potter, American Girl and classics like Peanuts, Winnie the Pooh and Mattel characters. She also established Hallmark’s grassroots EcoTeam, which is now supported by the company’s social responsibility department.
“As a longtime advocate for local food, I’m thrilled to be putting my creative communications skills to work for KC Healthy Kids’ mission. Our staff and partners are doing amazing work and they make it easy to share the results of their talent and hard work with our communities,” Heather said.
2019 Philly Awards, Marketing Campaign, Gold
2017 Philly Awards, Media Relations, Silver
2016 Philly Awards, with Dazium Design, Award of Distinction
Director, Kansas Food Action Network
As director of the Kansas Food Action Network, Miranda supports the grassroots leadership and food systems change efforts of Kansas’ 30+ local food, farm, and policy councils.
Miranda previously worked at The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, based in the Washington DC area, where she managed and directed significant community-based research initiatives in communities across the US and abroad. Miranda holds an MS in social policy from University College Cork-Ireland and an MA in communications and public engagement from Kansas State University. As Kansas’ first Mitchell Scholar, her research in Ireland focused on SNAP policy and local responses to food insecurity.
While at K-State, Miranda worked for the Center for Engagement and Community Development, chaired the Junction City Food Policy Council and co-founded Live Well Geary County. She draws upon these firsthand experiences as she supports Kansas councils in leading community-driven food systems change.
“I’m thrilled to be part of a team of brilliant people with the knowledge and drive necessary to create sustainable change at the local and state levels. I’m honored to put my experience with coalitions and local food systems to work here at KC Healthy Kids to create a healthier and more equitable Kansas."
Affiliations & Awards
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, Since 2021
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Pathways Advisory Team Member, Since 2020
Kansas Healthy Food Initiative Advisory Board Member, Since 2019
George J. Mitchell Scholar, 2018
South Central Nebraska YWCA Tribute! Woman, 2015
Dr. Nancy Osborn
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Dr. Nancy Osborn is the in-house psychologist for KC Healthy Kids. For 30 years she has provided individual and family therapy to thousands of youth and their families who are managing issues associated with trauma or who meet the criteria of autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorder, or mood disorder.
A trainer in Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid and trauma-informed care, Dr. Osborn is frequently the featured speaker at educational workshops and in-service trainings for health providers, educators, hospital and residential treatment professionals, criminal justice personnel, social service specialists, faith-based organizations and families across the Midwest.
Skilled at providing a variety of trauma-based interventions including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and prolonged exposure and cognitive processing therapy, Dr. Osborn holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas.
Director of Grants and Quality Improvement
As our resident data analyst, Gina works to embed evaluative thinking across programs. She has nearly a decade of evaluation expertise, with specific skills in design, implementation and analysis. Gina also provides critical support to staff in preparing grant proposals and reports.
Gina’s background is in health and social services, specifically in assessment of locally-funded non-profit initiatives. This includes evaluating advocacy and policy efforts as well as social justice programming.
She has served as a grants and advocacy administrator, preparing local and state grant proposals for children’s services, mental health, education and substance use services. She designs programs and works to secure the funding to sustain them. She actively engages funders, elected officials, media, stakeholders and the general public in policy issues.
Gina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed the Grantsmanship Training Program in 2017 and plans to continue her education in public health to strengthen her skills from a community-based perspective.
“I am dedicated to finding ways to help people improve the health and wellbeing in their communities. My role at KC Healthy Kids is challenging and incredibly rewarding in that aspect,” Gina says.
Lacy Stephens, MS, MPH, RDN
Director, Local Food Programs
As director of local food programs, Lacy directs programs and initiatives that support and advance just and equitable food systems. She builds relationships with stakeholders across the food value chain to increase local food sales and purchases and to strengthen local food system networks and partnerships.
Lacy is a public health and non-profit professional with more than ten years of experience in food systems and community nutrition initiatives. She brings systems-oriented and equity-centered approaches to public health and food system challenges. In her most recent position as programs director with the National Farm to School Network, Lacy worked to expand the farm to school and early care and education movement through information sharing, network building and advocacy at the national, state and local levels. While there, she coordinated working groups on early care and education and equity in farm to school research and evaluation.
Lacy is a registered dietitian with a Master’s degree in sustainable food systems and is a graduate of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She got her start in local food in Kansas City and is thrilled to return to her food and community roots here after seven years of life in Montana and national food systems program work.
Executive Administrative Assistant
As executive administrative assistant, Markesia supports all aspects of KC Healthy Kids’ work by organizing internal activities as well as external meetings and events. She also maintains accounts payable/receivable and provides key support to our fund development team.
Markesia has 8 years’ experience in child care and a strong desire to serve her community. She has managed a successful freelance career in makeup artistry since 2008 and is active in a local food pantry ministry.
“I feel impassioned and inspired by what we do here,” Markesia says. “As someone who grew up in Wyandotte County, I know what it’s like to live in a place where healthy food isn’t available to everyone,” Markesia says.
Recurrent Meningitis Association Board of Directors, Since 2018
As Director of Accounting, Jen is responsible for managing KC Healthy Kids’ day-to-day accounting tasks, including recording financial transactions and leading the monthly reconciliation and invoicing processes. She helps monitor organizational spending and compiles multiple grants management reports for program staff. Jen also provides support for the production of monthly, quarterly and annual grant and organization financial reports for the leadership team and board.
Originally from North Carolina, Jen has earned an M.B.A., a Bachelor’s degree in management, and a Bachelor of Finance with a minor in economics from Missouri Western State University. Before joining KC Healthy Kids, Jen served as an accountant at a property management company. She is greatly interested in the well-being of children living in under-resourced communities. During her high school and college years, Jen volunteered to help special needs children at her high school and at an elementary school in Saint Joseph.
“I am dedicated to ensuring proper stewardship of donations and grants that support the work we do to address food insecurity and trauma-informed care for children and families,” says Jen.