LMH Administrative Council
Gene Meyer, President & Chief Executive Officer
Meyer came to Lawrence Memorial Hospital in 1997 from the Saint Luke's-Shawnee Mission Health System in Kansas City, where he had served as Senior Executive Officer for Saint Luke's South, Senior Executive Officer for Saint Luke's-Shawnee Mission Medical Group and Senior Associate Director for Saint Luke's Hospital. He began his health care career at Spelman Memorial Hospital in Kansas City as Director of Personnel in 1980. Meyer became Chief Executive Officer of Spelman Health System in Smithville in 1984 and served there for 12 years. He is active in many local and statewide organizations.
Carolyn Bowmer, Vice President of Human Resources
As Vice President of Human Resources, Bowmer has responsibility for the Human Resources and Education and Learning Services departments. She previously served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, St. John Hospital in Leavenworth, and four physician clinics - all subsidiaries of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. She received a Master of Science degree in Industrial Relations from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Education degree from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Kathy Clausing-Willis, Vice President/Chief Development Officer
Kathy Clausing-Willis is LMH's Vice President and Chief Development Officer. She has served in this role since July 1998 and is responsible for the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association and Volunteer Services departments. Clausing has extensive experience in non-profit strategic planning, volunteer and board development, policy development and all aspects of charitable giving. Before coming to LMH, Clausing served for 10 years as the Vice President of Development for Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. Clausing holds a bachelor's degree in social welfare from the University of Kansas and a master's degree in business administration from Friends University in Wichita. She has attended extensive local, regional and national professional development seminars and is a 1994 graduate of the National Planned Giving Institute. She was appointed by the governor to the Kansas Volunteer Commission and is involved in church and community service activities, including serving on the Board of Directors for Douglas County Senior Services.
Sheryle D’Amico, Vice President/Physician Division
D’Amico oversees the operations of the Physician Division in addition to developing and implementing strategies to enhance referrals and develop markets that benefit LMH programs. She joined LMH in 1999 as Director of Rehabilitation Services. She previously worked as Director of Rehabilitation Services at Olathe Medical Center in Olathe, Kan., and Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. A 2005 Leadership Lawrence graduate, D’Amico was honored with the 2004 Wellspring Professional Award and has served on the Health Care Access and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce boards.
Janice Early, Vice President/Marketing and Communications
Early joined LMH in 1992 and has responsibility for marketing, planning, communications and media relations. She serves as the designated Freedom of Information Officer. Before coming to LMH, she worked in marketing and public relations for Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Saint Joseph Health Center in Kansas City. Early earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master's in business administration from Baker University. A 1997 Leadership Lawrence graduate, she served on the boards of the Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators, Hospice Care and the United Way of Douglas County and serves on the board for Junior Achievement of Lawrence.
Joe Pedley, Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Pedley, who joined LMH in 2012, oversees the Accounting, Patient Accounts, Admissions, Materials Management, and Central Billing Office departments. Pedley has 20 years experience in healthcare financial management, having worked for Catholic Health Initiatives, a non-profit health system with more than 70 hospitals in 22 states. Most recently, he served as the Chief Financial Officer at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, Colorado. Pedley graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Accounting.
Nikki Rivers, Vice President of Nursing
Rivers joined LMH in 2014. A native of Plainville, Kansas, she has nearly 25 years of experience in surgical nursing and nursing management roles in Oklahoma and Texas. She most recently was Vice President for Surgical Services for the Seton Healthcare Network in Austin, Texas. Rivers joined Seton Healthcare in 1998 and held previous positions as Director of Surgical Services, Director of Finance, Senior Director of Nursing and Regional Chief Nursing Officer. She also worked in surgical services for Tulsa Regional Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
Rivers started her career at Plainville Rural Hospital as a licensed vocational nurse. She completed licensed practical nurse training and then earned her associate degree in nursing from Barton County Community College in Great Bend. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma in Norman and a master’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma City University.
Karen Shumate, Chief Operating Officer
Shumate is responsible for guiding operational departments to achieve the best quality, safety, financial, and patient satisfaction outcomes. She has been with LMH since 2000 and most recently served as Vice President for Clinical Services.
She received her nursing degree from Newman Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Emporia, her bachelor’s degree in health management from Ottawa University/Kansas City, and her master’s degree in management from Baker University. She worked in operating and recovery room nursing and served as Director of Quality/Risk Management/Compliance at Newman Regional Health in Emporia. Shumate attained the credential of Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) in 1996 and is certified in risk management. She has served on the boards of the Kansas Association of Risk and Quality Management, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Lawrence Douglas-County Health Department, and the Douglas County Dental Clinic.