PresidentLynelle Phillips, RN, MPH

Ms. Phillips earned her BSN from Ohio Wesleyan University and her MPH from Emory University with an emphasis in environmental and occupational health. She worked for CDC/ATSDR as an Environmental Health Scientist, Nurse Consultant for Vaccine Safety and Development and Public Health Advisor assigned to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Her research expertise is in environmental health and hazardous substance exposure, vaccine-preventable diseases, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.  She has been a consultant for the Heartland National TB Center in areas including education, case study development and consultation. She has served as faculty for the Sinclair School of Nursing and School of Health Professions Department of Public Health at the University of Missouri for the past 12 years. Her teaching expertise is in community health nursing, epidemiology, vaccine-preventable diseases, environmental health, and ethics. She has also led several undergraduate study abroad programs to Cape Coast, Ghana and Capetown, South Africa. She currently serves on the Columbia Boone County Board of Health and is the Vice President of the Missouri Public Health Association. She recently has been appointment as Extension Nurse Specialist for the MU Extension Service, where she is helping to lead efforts to promote influenza and COVID-19 vaccines statewide. 

Vice-PresidentAnnie Eisenbeis, PharmD

Dr. Annie Eisenbeis received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and is a licensed pharmacist in Missouri and Illinois. She completed an Executive Fellowship in Association Management at the Missouri Pharmacy Association after working as a pharmacy manager and clinical coordinator for several community pharmacies in both urban and rural Missouri. Her current role at the Missouri Pharmacy Association as the Director of Practice Development involves overseeing and managing programs including the Pharmacy & Technology Innovation Program and the Pharmacy Service Expansion Program. These programs work to support the design, testing, and evaluation of novel approaches to address evidence-based strategies aimed at reducing risks, complications, and barriers to prevention and control of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Through the Pharmacist Service Expansion program, over 90 pharmacies have become accredited to provide diabetes self-management education classes and education and are building a sustainable reimbursement model for pharmacist-led services. Dr. Eisenbeis serves as the Vice President of the Missouri Immunization Coalition and as a member of the City of Columbia’s Substance Abuse Advisory Commission. She is currently pursuing her Executive MBA at the University of Missouri Trulaske School of Business.  

TreasurerKathy Pabst, MBA, CAE

Kathy Pabst is the Executive Director of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians and the Family Health Foundation of Missouri and has held this position since 2014.  The MAFP consists of over 2,400 members and is active on legislative and regulatory issues impacting family physicians and health care in Missouri.  Prior to her service at the MAFP, she was the director of the Division of Continuing Education at a state university for 10 years.  In addition to her experience in higher education, she has worked with state and national non-profit organizations for over 15 years where she was involved in advocacy and education.

She is currently the President of the Missouri Society of Association Executives and has been involved in a variety of capacities within this organization since the late 1980s.  Kathy also serves on the board of the Tobacco Free Missouri coalition, one of the founding members of the Missouri Immunization Coalition (which began in 2019), is spearheading the preceptor tax credit initiative through the Missouri Healthcare Workforce Coalition, and is involved with many health policy coalitions in the state.

Kathy earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Master’s in Business Administration from William Woods University.  She earned her Certified Association Executive credential in 2016.  Just for fun, Kathy enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren, and creating one-of-a-kind stained-glass pieces that she donates for fundraising events.

SecretaryKate Lichtenberg, DO, MPH, FAAFP

Dr. Lichtenberg is the physician director of enhanced personal health care with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in St. Louis.  She has an extensive background of sharing her expertise by serving in leadership roles of many local, state, and national organizations.  This includes serving as chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Commission on Quality and Practice, past president of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP).  She has been recognized for her services and is the recipient of the Greater St. Louis Community Health Award.  Dr. Lichtenberg earned her medical degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a combined family medicine and public health general preventive medicine residency at the Forest Park Hospital, which is now closed, and Saint Louis University.  

State of Missouri Bureau of Immunizations ChiefLynelle Paro
NE Regional Representative
NE Regional RepresentativeAlison Gee, MPH

Alison Gee is VP of Government and Community Engagement for Parents as Teachers National Center (PATNC).  In this role, she monitors and supports Federal and state policy and advocacy work. Alison also oversees the PATNC Show Me Strong Families Parents as Teachers model affiliate that provides home visits to more than 250 families each year in St. Louis City and north St. Louis County through Federal, public contract, and private foundation support. She has a 35-year background in advocating for maternal and child health and racial equity.  Alison was previously VP of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region & Southwest Missouri; COO of the Health Policy Institute, a Missouri-based education and advocacy group; and Executive Director of a Washington, D.C.-based, pro-choice PAC. She worked on development and implementation of the Missouri Medicaid Managed Care (MC+) program, and has played a key role in the development, drafting and passage of Missouri state legislation on pre-natal substance use disorder, collaborative practice regulations, and maternal and child health care reform. Alison is a charter member of the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE), a Court Appointed Special Advocate, serves on the Deaconess Foundation Children’s Action Council, and is Vice President of PROMO, a Missouri statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization. She received the St. Louis Argus Distinguished Citizen Award in 2011. Alison lives in St. Louis City with her wife and is the foster-adoptive mother of two adult sons, and grandmother of one.

SE Regional Representative
SE Regional RepresentativeAlan Barnette, MD

As a neonatologist at Saint Francis Healthcare System in Cape Girardeau, Dr. Alan Barnette cares for critically ill infants in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Alan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Washington University and Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Mississippi.  He completed his pediatric residency and a neonatology fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  Alan has worked with Missouri Foundation for Health, Bootheel Babies and Families, and the Missouri Department of Social Services to reduce infant mortality. As a board member of the Missouri Foundation for Health, he aspires to eliminate underlying causes of health inequities, transform systems, and enable individuals and communities to thrive. 

Central Regional Representative
Central Regional RepresentativeScott Henderson, MD

Dr. Henderson is the medical director at the University of Missouri Student Health Center.  He oversees all medical operations at the Student Health Center including compliance, immunizations and other public health matters.  Prior to assuming this role at MU, he had 23 years of experience in graduate medical education.  He served in faculty roles in community-based family medicine residency programs in Iowa and Wyoming.  He served as residency program director for 12 years of those years.  He has held positions as an associate professor at the University of Wyoming and adjunct associate clinical professor at the University of Iowa and Des Moines University.  He has an extensive background in public health, school health, and college health at the local, state, and national levels.  Dr. Henderson graduated from the combined BA/MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  He completed his Family Medicine residency training at the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency Program at Cheyenne and a fellowship in Academic Family Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. 

NW Regional Representative
NW Regional RepresentativeShawnna Jackson, RN, MSN, PHNA-BC

Shawnna Jackson, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and the RN-BSN Program Track Coordinator at Graceland University. She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri, School of Health Professions. Shawnna has 18 years of experience in local public health, specifically in the areas of communicable disease prevention and control, immunizations, and school health. Shawnna is board certified in public health nursing and is currently working on her Doctor of Nursing Practice through Graceland University. 

SW Regional RepresentativeJanet Kilian, PharmD, MPH

As a Clinical Pharmacist, Dr. Janet Kilian has practiced in both rural and urban pharmacy settings. Her current role as a clinical coordinator allows her to continue clinical practice and develop programs and tools to move pharmacy practice forward. Janet enjoys teaching as Adjunct Faculty for both the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Pharmacy and St. Louis College of Pharmacy students as a preceptor for over 10 years. In addition, she precepts first-year pharmacy residents at Cox Health Medical Center in Springfield.

Janet earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Master of Public Health at Northern Illinois University. She is currently working toward board certification in geriatric pharmacy. Her philosophy is that as one ages, appropriate transitions of care is the key to success.