Our Mission

To show and share the love of Jesus Christ by providing compassionate, accessible, high-quality health care for residents in the communities we serve.

Our Leadership

Senior Management

 Dave Sanford | Chief Executive Officer

Dave Sanford
Chief Executive Officer

Education: University of Kansas, BSW

Coming to GraceMed in 2004 with a diverse range of experience in medical marketing and social services development, Dave has overseen the growth of GraceMed from a single clinic to a network that covers the Wichita area and now extends into other communities. Under his leadership, we were also named a Federally Qualified Health Center and expanded our service lines to include dentistry as well as vision and behavioral health care.

 Venus Lee | Associate Executive Officer

Venus Lee
Associate Executive Officer

Education: Emory University, ThD, Doctor of Theology | Wichita State University, MBA

A deeply experienced healthcare administrator, Venus is responsible for directing and coordinating all our operational activities to ensure compliance with established objectives and continuous delivery of quality, cost-effective services. She also provides oversight, administration, coordination and evaluation of our operational support functions, corporate risk management and compliance. Her keen analytical insights have been an essential asset to the efficient expansion of our network of clinics.

 David Wuthnow | Chief Financial Officer

David Wuthnow
Chief Financial Officer

Education: Fort Hays State University, BBA, Accounting & Management | Calvary Bible College, AA, Biblical Studies

David brings a rich depth of ability in both information systems and financial management to GraceMed, specializing in healthcare services from hospitals to home care to addiction treatment. He is responsible for managing every aspect of GraceMed’s fiscal life, including all accounting processes as well as financial reporting and planning.

 Julie Elder, D.O. | Chief Medical Officer

Julie Elder, D.O.
Chief Medical Officer

Education: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation | Michigan State University | Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Elder brings a wealth of experience in the fields of internal medicine and women’s health to GraceMed. In addition to her patient care responsibilities, she directs and supports the medical services provided by our entire clinical staff throughout our network of clinics. Her careful oversight of our medical team is invaluable to the maintenance of the highest standards for the quality of our care.

 Eric DeShazer | Chief Dental Officer

Eric DeShazer
Chief Dental Officer

Education: University of Kansas, Emporia State University, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry

Dr. DeShazer was raised in Hutchinson, KS. He spent many years in private practice and as a independent contract dentist with the U.S. Army. Dr. DeShazer is excited to lead and support the dental services to provide quality care to the patients of GraceMed. He enjoys Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, playing pinball, and fishing with his family.

 Jason Ybarra | Director of Operations

Jason Ybarra
Director of Operations

Education: Baron County Community College, Associated Degree, Business Administration, Kansas Wesleyan University, BA, Business Administration

Jason has managed public health operations for a number of years with a special emphasis on communicable disease intervention. In addition to supervision of clinical and administrative staff, he has also acted as liaison to community partners and media outlets. In his role at GraceMed, Jason provides operational leadership for our 12 Wichita-area clinics, including our medical, dental, vision and behavioral health service lines.

 Alice Weingartner | Director of Community Development

Alice Weingartner
Director of Community Development

Education: University of Charleston, BA, Mass Communications, Wichita State University, Masters of Education

Alice provides the critical leadership link with our Topeka clinics. With her wealth of knowledge and experience in public health and safety administration in the Shawnee County area, Alice is well-equipped to ensure that our clinics serving the Topeka area deliver the highest quality of care with optimum operational efficiency.

Board of Directors

Marc Minnis
Board President
Retired, Kansas City Star

Rob Dakin, DDS
Board Vice-President
Dentist

Marcia Newton
Board Secretary
Retired Teacher/CFO

Fred Ervin
Member
Case Manager, Open Door Resource Center

Michael Good
Member
Business Operations, Via Christi Research

Julie Hedrick
Member
Retired, Wichita Public Schools

Susan Howey
Member
Volunteer, GraceMed Guild

Marlon King
Member
InTrust Bank Commercial Banking

Laurie Labarca
COO, Via Christi Health

Myron Leirwetter
Member
Medical Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas

Garold Minns, MD
Member
KUMC

Lazaro Vasquez
Member
Manager, McDonalds

Rick Woods
Member
Topeka Public School