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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.
Laura A.G. Yoder, PhD, RN
Laura Yoder joined the MHF Board in September 2014. She lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia and is currently Assistant Professor of Nursing at Eastern Mennonite University (2003-2011, 2014-present), and Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia (2014-present). She graduated from Goshen College in 1997, received a Masters as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in 2002, and a PhD from the University of Virginia in 2014. She and her husband Edward T. Yoder have two school-aged children, a daughter and a son. Laura is an elder at Park View Mennonite Church. Her favorite pasttimes are road cycling, reading, listening to music, singing with the church choir, and salsa dancing. Laura served as Vice-President, 2015-16, and currently serves as President for 2016-17.
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.
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.
Beth Good, PhD, APHN-BC, CNS, RN
Beth Good is a nurse and health program administrator currently in transition from Columbia, Pennsylvania to eastern Congo. Beth joined the MHF Board in 2013 and has served as Secretary-Treasurer, and, in 2015-16, as President of the Board. She currently works as Health Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in the area of Public Health including water & sanitation, HIV/AIDS, sexual and gender-based violence, maternal/child health, and psychosocial trauma healing. She and her husband, Clair Good, lived and worked in DR Congo from 1984-1985 and Kenya from 1989 to 2001 doing church planting and community development. Beth and Clair also served as co-pastors with Vision Columbia where she established a primary care clinic in the church building to serve uninsured, low income patients. In December 2014, Beth successfully defended her PhD dissertation with a study on conflict-related sexual and gender based violence. Starting in October 2016, Beth and Clair will be moving to eastern DR Congo where Beth will continue as Health Coordinator for MCC. She and Clair have 4 daughters, 4 sons-in-law, and 5+ grandchildren.
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.
Carol Spicher, MS, RD, CDE, LDN
Carol Burkhart Spicher is a registered dietician from Mountville, Pennsylvania. She joined the MHF Board in 2012 and was elected to a second term, 2015-18. She graduated with a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from Eastern Mennonite College (1982) and did a Dietetic Internship at Medical College of Virginia in 1983. She spent 2 months in Paraguay during her husband, Jim’s Student Elective Term (SET) program. She finished her MS in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics in Pittsburgh in 1988. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when they moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1990 and that nudged her to become a Certified Diabetes Educator and Insulin Pump trainer. She currently works in Medical Nutrition Therapy; Individual Counseling at General Internal Medicine of Lancaster; Nutritionist for Community Services Pool at Lancaster General Health; Medical Nutrition Therapy for Students at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster. She is a member of Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster.
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.
Keri Weaver, RN
Keri Weaver is a registered nurse from Marietta, Pennsylvania who joined the Board in September 2016. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and is currently working at Lancaster General Hospital where she is also part of the Future Nurses Club. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. She attends James Street Mennonite Church where she is a teacher and youth leader. In her spare time, she loves to draw and doodle!