Meet our leadership

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship is responsible for the overall governance of the organization.  Directors may be nominated by any MHF member and are elected by the current Board to staggered three-year terms which follow the MHF fiscal year, running from September 1 – August 31.  Currently, the Board size ranges from 7-10 members.

Clair Hochstetler, MDiv


Clair Hochstetler, MDiv, is a chaplain currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio who joined the MHF Board in September 2018. He was elected President of the Board in September 2019. He grew up in northern Indiana and graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and AMBS (now Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary). He did his Health Care Chaplain Residency at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and then served in chaplaincy roles in Goshen, Indiana; Canberra, Australia; and most recently in Cincinnati. Prior to that, he served in a number of roles as pastor and program administrator. Clair is a member of Association of Professional Chaplains and enjoys singing, hiking, biking, and unicycling! He has two adult children and three grandchildren and lives with his wife, Carole Anne, in Cincinnati.   

Joann Hunsberger, MD, MS


Joann HunsbergerJoann B. Hunsberger is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist from Baltimore, Maryland. She also serves as Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University. A graduate of Goshen College, Temple University, and Drexel University where she received her MD degree in 2010, she joined the MHF Board in 2017. She was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Board in 2018 and Vice-President in 2019. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Joann and her husband, Matthew Kanagy, now make their home in Baltimore with their four children. Joann enjoys leading singing at church, planting green things in the city landscape, exploring the city by foot, visiting the Chesapeake coast line, and making frequent visits back to her parents’ farm in Pennsylvania.  



Matthew Tieszen, MPAS, MA


Matthew TieszenMatt Tieszen completed his degree at James Madison University in 2019 to become a Physician Assistant   He joined the MHF Board in September 2016 and became Secretary-Treasurer in 2019.  In the fall of 2019, he moves to Richmond, Virginia to work in the emergency department at Chippenham Hospital. Matt graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a BA in Biology in 2010 and an MA in Biomedicine in 2015. He attends Eastside Church in Harrisonburg, has volunteered as an Advanced EMT with the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad and has been involved with Highland Retreat (a Mennonite youth summer camp and retreat center) where he currently serves on the board of directors. Matt is also a classically trained violinist and enjoys playing in the community orchestra at Eastern Mennonite University.  



Ryan Kauffman, MD, FAAFP

Ryan KauffmanRyan Kauffman is a Family Physician in Bellefontaine, Ohio where he founded Hickory Medical Direct Primary Care in 2015. A graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, he has written numerous articles and given many professional presentations. Ryan joined the MHF Board in 2017. Ryan and his wife, Valerie, have three sons with whom he enjoys playing board games and working on projects. He also enjoys music, especially saxophone in a community concert band and playing piano. 



Indigo Miller, BSN, RN, MPH

Indigo Miller is registered nurse and public health professional. Hailing from the slopes of the Colorado Rockies, she currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts where she works as a postpartum RN at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She received her BSN from Goshen College in 2013 and completed her Masters of Public Health from Boston University spring of 2019. In 2016 she received a MHF Steven Roth Memorial Grant for eight months in Tanzania volunteering with Vision for Youth and the Mugumu Safehouse for girls fleeing female genital mutilation. She was a 2018 BU Maternal Child Health Practice Fellow at Planned Parenthood in Boston exploring the integration of reproductive services and substance use disorder treatment. She misses her home congregation, Beth-El Mennonite Church, but is enjoying the small Mennonite Congregation of Boston. She loves staying active with running, cycling, and yoga in Boston, while making an effort to explore New England’s wilderness.

Kristopher Schmidt, PhD

Kristopher SchmidtKristopher Schmidt was elected to the MHF Board in September 2018. He is currently Assistant Professor of Biology at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Prior to that he served for five years on the biology faculty at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana. In both positions, he has been instrumental in working with pre-med and other pre-health sciences students.

Kris earned his PhD in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University after doing his Masters of Science degree in Neuropathology/Neuroimmunology at the University of British Columbia. He currently lives in Rockingham, Virginia with his wife, Kathryn Koslowsky Schmidt and their two children. He loves language study (proficient in French and Spanish) and does gardening and chicken raising. He is active Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. 

Lyubov Slashcheva, DDS, MS, FABSCD

Lyubov Slashcheva

Photo courtesy of Macson McGuigan/EMU

Lyubov Slashcheva joined the MHF Board in 2015 and was re-elected to a second 3-year term in 2018. She served as Vice-President of the Board for 2016-17 and President, 2017-19. Lyubov completed her undergraduate studies at Eastern Mennonite University in 2011, doctoral dental training at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Dentistry in Richmond, Virginia in 2016, and a residency program in Dental Public Health and Geriatric & Special Needs Dentistry in 2019. She and her husband, Scott Roser, live in Rochester, Minnesota where Lyubov works as a dentist in a non-profit dental practice. They are active members of Rochester Mennonite Church, are avid cyclists, and enjoy growing and cooking food. 


Wanda Thuma-McDermond, PhD, RN

Wanda Thuma-McDermondWanda Thuma-McDermond is Professor of Nursing at Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania where she teaches Community Health Nursing; including Social Determinants of Health for social justice & decreased disparities; and Cultural Humilty vs. Cultural Competence, especially in international settings. She has a long association with Macha Mission Hospital, Choma, Zambia where she has led educational experiences with multiple student groups. She lives with her husband, Jay McDermond, in nearby Dillsburg, Pennsylvania and is the mother of two young adult sons who are currently both students at Penn State University. She is affiliated with Engage Community Church, Carlisle, Pennsylvania as well as Grantham Brethren in Christ Church.   



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