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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.
Lyubov Slashcheva, DDS
Lyubov Slashcheva graduated in 2016 from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Dentistry in Richmond, Virginia. After completing her undergraduate studies at Eastern Mennonite University in 2011, she interned with the Luke Society in Honduras and Peru for four months in a public health service role. She was a National Health Service Corps Scholar and has engaged in research and service opportunities pertaining to Latino, geriatric and special needs populations. She has received numerous honors for her research and service endeavors and during her student years held leadership positions on the VCU campus, including the Christian Medical and Dental Associations chapter. In the spring of 2016, she moved to Iowa City, Iowa where she is in residency and doing postgraduate training in dental public health. She has also been active in leading worship/music/children’s education in her local congregation, and is a committed cyclist for commuting. She enjoys playing the flute, reading, and learning about different cultures. She anticipates four years of public health practice in an underserved setting following her studies. Lyubov was elected Vice-President of the Board for 2016-17 and moved to the role of President in 2017-18.
Ryan Kauffman, MD, FAAFP
Ryan 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.
Kenton T. Derstine, DMin
Kenton Derstine is a chaplain from Harrisonburg, Virginia and has served on the MHF Board since 2013 and as Secretary-Treasurer since 2015. He is Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Pastoral Education & Mentored Ministry at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and AMBS, and then entered Clinical Pastoral Education and served Chaplain Internships and Residencies in three different hospitals, eventually gaining certification as a CPE Supervisor. Kenton has also been a beekeeper for over forty years. He and his wife, Rhoda, are the parents of three adult children.
Kristine K. Charles, MD
Kristine Charles was elected to the MHF Board in June 2014. Kris is a physician from State College, Pennsylvania working as a Gynocologist at Centre Volunteers in Medicine Clinic. A graduate of Goshen College and Penn State University College of Medicine, she worked with the Geisinger Medical Group Womens Health, 1997-2013. Kris is married to Thomas Charles and they have two sons, one at Goshen College and the other a high school junior. She is active at University Mennonite Church Church, having previously served as a youth sponsor and currently involved with the Worship Commission. She is also involved with a community organization, “Global Connections,” which fosters relationships between internationals and community members. In her free time, Kris enjoys gardening, running, and photography.
Joann Hunsberger, MD, MS
Joann 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. 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.
Joseph Longacher, MD
Joe Longacher is from Harrisonburg, Virginia, having retired at the end of 2012 as a gastroenterologist in Richmond, Virginia. He has served on the Board since May 2012, including the first two years as President. Joe graduated from Eastern Mennonite College (1959), and the Medical College of Virginia (1963). After an internship and four years of service as a General Practitioner in Appalachia (eastern Kentucky), he did a residency in Internal Medicine from 1968 to 1970, followed by a fellowship in Gastroenterology both at the Medical College of Virginia. Following three years in Bluffton, Indiana from 1972 to 1975, he returned to Richmond and was in practice with Virginia Physicians through 2012. In addition to clinical practice, Joe was also an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and member of the Admissions Committee at the Medical College of Virginia. While in Richmond, he served in a variety of roles including as a mentor to the 50 Mennonite medical students who have attended Medical College of Virginia. He has also served at the conference and denominational level and was a past president of Mennonite Medical Association (MMA). He is married to Constance (Brenneman), originally from Hesston, Kansas, and they have four children and six grandchildren. His hobbies are reading, travel, and watching baseball games.
Indigo Miller, BSN, RN, MPH candidate
Indigo Miller is registered nurse and life long outdoor enthusiast. Hailing from the slopes of the Colorado Rockies, she currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts and studies as a full-time Masters of Public Health student at Boston University. She received her BSN from Goshen College in 2013 and worked as an RN in her hometown of Colorado Springs for several years as a long-term care nurse and postpartum hospital nurse. In 2016 she received a MHF Steven Roth Memorial Grant for eight months of public health volunteering in Tanzania. There she lived and worked in Arusha with Vision for Youth and in Mugumu at a Safehouse for girls fleeing female genital mutilation. Throughout her work and studies she has always been drawn to studying and advocating for sexuality education and reproductive health which drives her course work now at BU. She is a 2018 BU Maternal Child Health Practice Fellow working at Planned Parenthood in Boston on a project assessing and evaluating 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 this new New England wilderness.
Wanda Thuma-McDermond, PhD, RN
Wanda 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 Commuinty Church, Carlisle, Pennsylvania as well as Grantham Brethren in Christ Church.
Matthew Tieszen, MA
Matt Tieszen lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he is a Physician Assistant Student at James Madison University. He joined the MHF Board in September 2016. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with an BA in Biology in 2010 and an MA in Biomedicine in 2015. He attends Eastside Church in Harrisonburg. He volunteers 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.