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Executive Board

RJCH, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, is led by an Executive Board including two nurses, and a healthcare administrator and organizational leadership expert.

Karen Anthony, RN

Executive Board, President, CEO

Karen is president and co-founder of RJ Children’s Haven. She began her career as a licensed practical nurse in 1971. Working as a nurse and a mother, Karen returned to school and became a registered nurse in 1995. Karen started in Bone Marrow Transplantation with Heart of American Bone Marrow Donor Registry in January 1989, where she was responsible for coordinating with marrow donors from all over the U.S. While working under the auspices of the National Bone Marrow Donor Program (now called - Be the Match), she set up the Unrelated Bone Marrow Harvesting Center at Research Hospital in Kansas City. A few responsibilities included finding and bringing unrelated donors to Kansas City, preparation and calculation of marrow, and couriering the marrow to a waiting recipient in the US and abroad.


Karen has a true love and passion for children and in 1998 she accepted an offer to work with Children’ Mercy Hospital as the Stem Cell Transplant nurse coordinator for a new and growing segment of the hospital’s practice. She was responsible for matching children with potential donors; setting up stem cell harvesting procedures; and managing the process of a child’s transplantation through admission and infusion of stem cells. While Karen’s contributions to the program were significant, she became more aware of the challenges that the children and families of the children she transplanted faced after discharged.


Karen retired after a 16-year period in the fall of 2014 to focus her efforts on addressing these challenges. "It became evident while watching these children undergoing therapy, and those getting lost in the process, that there was much more that we could do to help enhance their recovery. Along with parents and several medical persons, we started RJ Children’s Haven.”

Wanda Gooch, RN

Executive Board Vice President, Board Treasurer

Wanda Gooch is vice president and co-founder of RJ Children’s Haven. Wanda began her career as an LPN in 1978. Working as a nurse and mom, Wanda returned to school and became an RN. She has worked as a registered nurse for Consultants in Gastroenterology for 34 years as both a physician nurse and ambulatory surgery staff nurse. She has been a volunteer for Boy Scout Troop 383, teaching First Aid and was a camp buddy at Camp Quality of Greater Kansas City. Her hobbies include biking, clogging, traveling and spending time with her family. Her son Jason, who was also a registered nurse, wanted to help children with cancer after also spending a session as a camp buddy at Camp Quality. He is the “J” in RJ Children’s Haven. He saw the struggles they faced with having cancer and wanted to make a difference in their lives. After losing his life in a tragic car accident, Wanda now works to carry on that vision. With the help of other board members, she strives to help these children by creating a safe place to be while they are healing.

Cassie Toomey

Executive Director, Education

Cassie has been a speech-language pathologist in the Blue Valley School District for more than 16 years. She received her bachelor's and master's in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Fort Hays State University. She achieved a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She was hired by Blue Valley School District to work in the Early Childhood Special Education program. In addition to developing and providing speech, language, and social skills therapy for special needs preschoolers, Cassie has been an active in leadership roles within the department.


In partnership with other colleagues, Cassie has led ongoing professional development and college classes for department-certified and classified staff. She served as an elected member to the Early Childhood Leadership team, where she was able to help guide the department’s role with families and children. Additionally, she served on the early childhood curriculum development committee. During her career, she has supervised college graduate students during school practicum experiences and mentored newly hired speech language pathologists during their clinical fellowship year. She was an active team member for Apple Tree, which provided children and families with music and literacy based learning. During this time, she created music videos, coordinated Saturday playgroups with Parents as Teachers, and planned a community based event to celebrate literacy and music.

After being diagnosed with cancer, Cassie wanted to find ways to give back to others in the way that she was supported during treatment. In May of 2018, she began her journey with RJ Children’s Haven in an education advisory role. She is excited to help develop a safe, healing place for children to play, socialize and recover.

Julia Hadley

Executive Director, Business Manager, Board Secretary 
jhadley@rjchildrenshaven.org


Julia is a career supply chain professional including eighteen years of service with Sysco Corporation and eleven years of service with Saint Luke’s Health System. Her skills include process design and improvement, performance management, leadership development and strategic planning. Julia has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Park University and is a Certified Materials and Resource Professional (CMRP) since 2013.

Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
aleondedis@rjchildrenshaven.org

Angie is a strategic communications and marketing leader with 30+ years of experience in hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, large hospital associations, physician and surgical practices and consulting. She is recognized for strategy development and translating corporate vision into high-impact results. Her areas of expertise include multiple channel integration, branding and identity, thought leadership, C-suite strategy, change management, organizational culture, and program and product launches.

Angie has her own consulting business, Leondedis Communications, and is also a strategy lead for Dobies Healthcare Group. She has a bachelor's degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) with a public relations/strategic communications degree and minor in journalism.

In addition to her volunteer work for RJ Children's Haven, Angie has been involved with many local nonprofits as a volunteer and pro bono consultant, including The Grooming Project, Connecting for Good and Ronald McDonald House. Angie serves as a trained CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in foster care. She also serves on the Board of Directors of CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. 


Becky Croker

Executive Director, Social Services

Becky graduated with a degree in Child and Family Services from Northwest Missouri State University. She has a true passion and love for helping children in need, which led her to work with children in an early education program and counseling center who have endured trauma. She also has experience serving as an advocate for cancer patients to obtain financial assistance with respect to drugs that are critical to their treatment. Currently, Becky is an office Dental office manager and assists patients in making the best decisions for their oral health, and serves as an advocate with their health insurance to ensure they receive the best benefits available to them. Becky is honored to be involved in RJ Children's Haven to help families and children experience a safe and loving place to share with other families and children with similar health issues.
Executive Director, Facilities and Construction

Elliott is one of three partners at Axis Construction Group, a commercial construction company. He is an experienced project leader with 16 years in the industry. Elliott got his start as teenager working in the trades as a carpenter, He worked his way to an assistant superintendent position with a commercial restaurant builder. As a partner with Axis Construction Group, his primary roles are the pre-construction phase of operations management and client/project development. Prior to Axis, Elliott was responsible for the development of a new specialized division for his previous employer, Straub Construction. This division focused on office tenant improvement and health care and uniquely phased projects. He also has extensive experience in the construction of child-focused projects. 

A native of Liberty, Missouri, Elliott currently lives in Smithville, Missouri with his wife and their two sons. 

His other community involvement and volunteer positions include Northland Young Professional Board Member, KC Blues Baseball Academy Board Member/President and a Little League Baseball Coach. 

Mohamed A. Radhi, M.D.

Executive Director, Medical Director

Dr. Radhi is a pediatric hematologist/ oncologist in Kansas City, and is affiliated with Children's Mercy Kansas City. Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/ oncology, he has been practicing for 30 years. He graduated from the University of Al-Mustansiriyah, College of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Central Iowa Health System and his fellowship in pediatric hematology/ oncology at Emory University School of Medicine. He is a published author in the areas of childhood cancer, pediatric acute myeloid leukemia, stem cell transplants, and umbilical cord blood transplants. 

Executive Director, Community Outreach

Megan is a clinical social worker and innovative community engagement professional with over 12 years working in healthcare and non-profit systems. She currently serves as the Director of Recruitment and Communication for KVC Health Systems, working to recruit foster parents in Kansas and ensure all children have the opportunity to live in a supportive environment. Previous roles include Community Engagement and Family Services Coordinator for Midwest Transplant Network. 

Megan has an extensive background working with children and spent six years at Children's Mercy Kansas City as a Social Work Department manager, founder of the Youth Peer Violence Program and as co-founder and manager of Adolescent and Young Adult Program. 


Megan is very familiar with the needs of the children and families who will benefit from RJ Children's Haven. For three years at Children's Mercy, she served as a social worker for the Hematology/Oncology Department and provided crisis counseling and ongoing psycho-social intervention to patients and families with complex medical needs. She was also involved in community outreach and advocacy for under-served populations to facilitate greater access to resources for families experiencing an oncology diagnosis.


Megan has a master's in social work with a medical concentration and a bachelor's in psychology. Additionally, she has pursued professional training in non-profit management and in 2017, Megan received the UMKC Bloch School of Business Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge Changemaker Award.

Meghan Hovee

Executive Director, Finance

Meghan is a Certified Public Accountant. Since 2015, she has owned and operated Hovee CPA. which offers small businesses a variety of services including tax return preparation, management consulting, and other accounting and bookkeeping services. She received her BSBA in Accounting from Rockhurst University and began her career as a CPA with a Big 4 accounting firm before starting her own practice.

Meghan spent two years volunteering in traveling youth ministry before entering college. She has an extensive background in volunteer work and teaching young people.

Meghan is passionate about seeing small businesses thrive, and is excited to support RJCH as a financial expert. As the parents of two preschool-aged boys, she and her husband are extremely passionate about serving the Kansas City community, especially in ways that promote healthy, happy families and keep children safe.

Kevin Holland


Executive Director, Corporate Giving and Outreach

Kevin is a Kansas City native with roots in the community and a passion for connecting people. He and his wife Anna are raising three sons and a daughter in Bucyrus and enjoy travelling and outdoor adventures. Kevin has been with Lockton for 12 years, and was a high school Spanish teacher for seven years prior to joining Lockton. 

In 2016, Kevin had softball-sized tumor removed from his thyroid by the incredible surgeon, Dr. Terance Tsue at University of Kansas Medical Center. It was not malignant, but it triggered Kevin to consider how things could have been. He began looking for a cause that could serve as an outlet for his desire to give back. When Anna and Kevin’s friends Becky and Paul Croker, introduced RJ Children's Haven, it was a fit. 

Kevin believes RJCH will offer kids undergoing treatment a place to continue to develop the relationships and skills they need to grow while their bodies heal -- nothing could be more important.