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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.
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 and moved to the role of President in 2017-18.
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.
Joann Hunsberger, MD, MS
Joann B. Hunsberger is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist from Baltimore, Maryland. She also serves as Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University. A graduate of Goshen College, Temple University, and Drexel University where she received her MD degree in 2010, she joined the MHF Board in 2017. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Joann and her husband, Matthew Kanagy, now make their home in Baltimore with their four children. Joann enjoys leading singing at church, planting green things in the city landscape, exploring the city by foot, visiting the Chesapeake coast line, and making frequent visits back to her parents’ farm in Pennsylvania.
Ryan Kauffman, MD, FAAFP
Ryan Kauffman is a Family Physician in Bellefontaine, Ohio where he founded Hickory Medical Direct Primary Care in 2015. A graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, he has written numerous articles and given many professional presentations. Ryan joined the MHF Board in 2017. Ryan and his wife, Valerie, have three sons with whom he enjoys playing board games and working on projects. He also enjoys music, especially saxophone in a community concert band and playing piano.
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.
Naomi Yoder BSN, RN
Naomi Yoder lives with her husband, Andrew Yoder, in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she also works as a Clinician II at the University of Virginia in The Women’s Place. She is a 2015 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, has had cross-cultural experience in Guatemala and Colombia, and previously worked in the Neuro Nerancy ICU at the University of Virginia. She has received Stroke Scale and ACLS certifications and attends the Vineyard Church in Charlottesville.