Jim E. Riviere and Nancy Monteiro-Riviere will be joining Kansas State University’s department of anatomy and physiology in August. His expertise is in pharmacology and hers is in toxicology. Additionally, the researchers will open a simulation/modeling center and a nanotechnology center on campus.
Robert Casillas, PhD, has accepted an appointment to serve on the Missouri Biotechnology Board of Directors. Casillas, MRIGlobal’s Vice President of Strategic Global Health and Security, will serve a three-year term, which began April 3. MOBIO is a non-profit association dedicated to the development and growth of the Missouri biotechnology industry.
Kay van der Horst has joined MRIGlobal as Vice President of Business Development for National Security and Defense Programs. Van der Horst has more than 20 years of experience developing programs in defense and national security. He previously held executive positions at SPARTA Inc. and Battelle Memorial Institute.
Saint Luke’s Hospital
Bradley W. Simmons has been appointed as chief operating officer of Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. Previously, he served as senior vice president of medicine, surgical and emergency/trauma services at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas and vice president of operations for Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas. He holds a master’s degree in health administration from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baylor University in Texas. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dr. Julie Banderas has been appointed UMKC School of Medicine Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Allied Health. A tenured professor in the department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Banderas has served as assistant dean for Graduate Studies since 2010. A member of the UMKC Graduate Council and Graduate Officers Committee, Banderas assumes the administrative duties as assistant dean of Allied Health Programs, which include the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program and the Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Program.
Lora Lacey-Haun, PhD, dean of the UMKC School of Nursing, has been appointed by Kansas City Mayor Sylvester James to serve a three-year term on the board of the Kansas City Health Commission. Lacey-Haun’s primary appointment will be to serve on the board’s Health Planning Committee, which oversees development, as well as, and updates of the city’s Community Health Improvement Plan.