Our Leadership

Meet Our Leadership

  • Charlie Shields

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Truman Medical Centers

    Charlie Shields serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Truman Medical Centers (TMC). Charlie joined TMC in July 2010 as Chief Operating Officer of TMC Lakewood in Kansas City, Mo. He assumed his current role in July, 2014.

    Charlie’s vision for TMC is to lead the way to a healthier Kansas City. His priorities include improving organizational performance; enhancing communication among staff, medical providers and patients; and working with physicians and leaders to develop innovative ways to meet the growing health needs of our community.

    During his tenure at TMC Lakewood, Charlie oversaw significant change and growth. His accomplishments included: opening the Lakewood Family Birthplace, a 19-bed labor/delivery/recovery/post-partum unit completed in October 2011, which accommodates 1,800 births a year; developing an integrated program of behavioral health services for older adults, including opening an innovative 14-bed inpatient acute care geriatric psychiatric unit and establishing an intensive outpatient program for older adults at Lakewood Counseling Service; acquiring, Medical Imaging Eastland, a successful diagnostic imaging center in Independence; creating the Eastland Breast Center within Medical Imaging Eastland, a community-focused center to treat breast cancer and care for the patient from detection to remission; completing construction on Fairmount Family Medicine, a new outpatient primary care center located in underserved northwestern Independence; establishing an elementary school-based mobile dental care program in conjunction with the Independence School District; and opening a full-service Walgreens Pharmacy onsite.

    Prior to coming to TMC, Charlie spent 20 years in the Missouri General Assembly and served as President Pro-Tem of the Missouri Senate from 2009-2011. He began his career in healthcare and spent 17 years with Heartland Health (now Mosaic Life Care) in St. Joseph, Missouri where he served in a variety of leadership roles, including Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.

    Charlie is actively engaged in leadership roles with several community partnerships. These include the Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri Higher Education Partnership, the Independence Chamber of Commerce, the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, Starlight Board of Directors and 12 Blocks West. He was appointed to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – State Board of Education by Governor Jay Nixon in August, 2012.
     

  • Mitzi Cardenas

    Sr. Vice President — Strategy, Business Development
    and Technology

    Mitzi Cardenas is an information technology executive with more than 18 years in the healthcare IT industry.  She currently serves as the Sr. Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and Technology at Truman Medical Centers (TMC), a two-hospital, not-for-profit health system located in Kansas City, Missouri.  In addition to 413 acute-care beds, the TMC system includes TMC Behavioral Health, the Jackson County Health Department, a 188-bed long term care facility, more than 30 ambulatory clinics and a number of primary care practices and clinics. 

    In her current role, Cardenas provides leadership to the organization in developing leading clinical and administrative information systems and technology.  Since her arrival in 2008, Ms. Cardenas has worked with the organizational leadership to execute an 18-month quality-focused plan to complete the roll-out of an electronic medical record.  From this effort, TMC has achieved the Stage Seven designation of the HIMSS Analytics EMRAM and the Stage Seven Ambulatory designation.  TMC recently earned a fourth consecutive Healthcare's Most Wired designation from Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine and also earned Advanced Organization status putting TMC in the top 2 percent of healthcare organizations nationwide.

    Currently, Mitzi is Co-chair of the Technology and Operations Workgroup for the Missouri Health Connection, a role she has held since 2010. 

    As a leader in Health Information Technology, Ms. Cardenas was invited to testify at the HIT Standards Committee Implementation Workgroup for the ONC.  She also serves as the Chair of the Missouri Hospital Association HIT Committee and has been appointed to the CAQH Provider Council.  She has been invited to speak on a number of important topics related to healthcare IT across the country.

    Prior to joining TMC, Ms. Cardenas has held IT Leadership roles in a pediatric medical center, the military health system, and a multi-hospital community healthcare delivery system.

    She received her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master's of science degree from Troy State University.

  • William H. Colby, JD

    General Counsel

    Bill Colby began his law practice in 1982 in Washington, D.C., as a clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals and then in the D.C. office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.  In 1985 he moved to Kansas City and joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon.  Over the years, he has represented large corporate clients as well as individuals in a wide variety of matters in courts across the U.S.

    From the late 1980s into the 1990s, he represented several Missouri families in disputes over an issue that is popularly known as the "right to die."  Most well known was the case of Nancy Cruzan, in which Colby argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, ultimately establishing the federal constitutional right to refuse unwanted medical treatment.

    He has spoken extensively on these medical/legal issues in both the national broadcast and national print media and has been the featured speaker at a variety of meetings, including the American Bar Association and the Aspen Institute.  He has also published two critically acclaimed books and was named Kansas City Civil Libertarian of the Year.

    Colby has served on the Board Executive Committee of the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired; as Board Chair of the Children's Center Campus; and on the ethics committee at Children's Mercy Hospital since the late-1990s.  He has worked for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, for the Center for Practical Bioethics, and has taught at the Kansas Law School.  He has a bachelor's degree from Knox College ('77), and a juris doctorate from the University of Kansas ('82).

  • Marcos DeLeon

    Chief Human Resources Officer

    Marcos DeLeon is the Chief Human Resources Officer, providing direction and oversight in enhancing employee and community wellness while attracting, retaining and progressing intellectual talent for TMC. This division also includes Employee Wellness, TMC Corporate Academy and Innovate TMC.

    Prior to joining TMC, DeLeon served as vice president Human Resources, Bernstein Rein Advertising for 11 years. During his tenure he oversaw the recruiting, training and development, employee relations, health and safety, and benefits administration for the eighth largest privately held advertising agency in the United States. Additionally, from 1999-2006, he co-managed the Human Resources function for Beauty Brands’ 54 stores and more than 2,000 employees, and the HR function for the Blockbuster Video franchise holdings which included 103 stores and more than 1,000 employees.

  • Niki Lee Donawa

    Chief Community Relations Officer

    Niki Lee Donawa is Chief Community Relations Officer for Truman Medical Centers. In this role, she is responsible for leading TMC’s community outreach efforts as well as volunteer and retail services. She also has responsibility for TMC’s fresh produce markets and the Mobile Market.

    With more than two decades of sales and retail experience, Niki has worked in both creative and corporate environments. She has extensive experience in training, marketing, and sales. She has participated on numerous organizational design teams and facilitated countless sales training sessions during her nearly 13-year tenure at Hallmark Cards.ʉ۬Prior to joining TMC is 2010, Niki served as the Community/Physician Relations Manager for KU Pediatrics, providing management for external community relations, and volunteer functions.

    Niki earned her MBA at Baker University and her undergraduate degree in Business and Fashion at the University of Central Missouri.

    She is actively involved in the community as a member of Friends of the Urban League, Leadership Intern on the Central Exchange, the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals, Colorado Technical University Advisory Board, the KC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, the National Black MBA Association, Non-Profit Connect and various other non-profit committees.

  • Lynda Donegan

    Vice President, Professional Health Services

    As Vice President/Professional Health Services, Lynda Donegan is responsible for the overall administration and management of Cardiology Services, Environmental Services, Food and Nutrition Services, Laboratory Services, Language Access Services,  Medical Imaging, Pharmacies, Rehabilitation Services, Respiratory Therapy Services, the Center for Sleep Health, Trauma Services and the Neurology Clinic and Diagnostics.

    Donegan began her career at TMC in 1991 as Project Administrator.  She was later promoted to Associate Administrator and subsequently to the Vice President/Professional Health Services with expanded responsibilities.

    Prior to joining TMC, Donegan served as President and CEO of Springfield Community Hospital, Chief Nursing Officer of Springfield Community Hospital as well as nursing administrative positions in Hannibal, Missouri, and Kansas City, Missouri.

    Donegan began her nursing career at Deaconess School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri.  She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Avila University in Kansas City and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Missouri Kansas City.

  • Dmeter Dragovich

    Vice President, Practice Management

    As Vice President, Practice Management for Truman Medical Center (TMC) Hospital Hill, Dragovich provides leadership and direction for all ambulatory care services and clinics, with emphasis on strengthening physician and nursing engagement and furthering a patient-centered environment of care.  Dragovich joined TMC in 2003 as the Director of Managed Care and initially focused his efforts on developing and monitoring TMC’s managed care relationships while in turn managing the performance of these contractual relationships and appropriate payment collection.  In addition, Dragovich was responsible for providing leadership and direction to the Hospital Hill Medical Pavilion, a multi-specialty physician practice at TMC that provides more than 12,000 patient visits on an annual basis.

    Prior to TMC, Dragovich spent more than 15 years with various managed care health plans such as United Healthcare, Humana and CIGNA.

    Dragovich received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of South Florida and in 2011 completed his MBA with a focus on Health Care Administration from Avila University.  Residing in Olathe, KS, Dragovich keeps busy in various church and civic organizations along with his wife, Sharon, and their three daughters.

  • Gerard J. Grimaldi

    Vice President, Health Policy and Government Relations

    Gerard J. Grimaldi, Kansas City, is Vice President of Health Policy & Government Relations for Truman Medical Centers. In this capacity, he is responsible for government relations activities and strategies at the federal, state, and local level; federal grants and managed care.

    Grimaldi currently serves on the MO HealthNet Oversight Committee. He is an active leader in local, state, and national hospital and healthcare organizations and is a past chair of the Government Relations Committee of the National Association of Public Hospitals.  In 2005, Grimaldi was a key strategist in the successful campaign for Kansas City, Missouri funding for healthcare and emergency services and its 2013 renewal which achieved a 76 percent YES vote.

    His civic and community leadership includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Council.  Grimaldi is a past chair of the Jackson County Community Mental Health Levy Board of Trustees and the Bannister Federal Complex Community Advisory Panel.  

    Previously, Grimaldi was Kaiser Permanente’s Vice President, Strategy and Human Resources in the Kansas City market. Early in his career, Grimaldi was a U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives staffer; in that role he played a key role in numerous economic development, healthcare, and other projects in Western Missouri.  A Kansas City native, Grimaldi graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Journalism. Grimaldi and his wife, Julie, are the proud parents of four children.

  • Allen Johnson

    Chief Financial Officer

    Allen Johnson has been Chief Financial Officer at Truman Medical Centers since 1999. Prior to entering healthcare, Johnson worked as a CPA at several Minneapolis accounting firms.  After serving as a Reimbursement Auditor at Blue Cross Blue Shield (1985-1987), Johnson was Director of Reimbursement at Hennepin County Medical Center (1987-1991) and Chief Finance Officer at Metropolitan Health Plan (1991-1999), a Minnesota HMO.  He earned a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Minnesota and later received public accountant certification.

    As CFO for Truman Medical Centers, Johnson is responsible for accounting, budgeting, supply chain, revenue cycle, patient access, and reimbursement.  Due to improved revenue cycle and other operational improvements, TMC revenue has increased over $208 million since 1999.

  • Mark McPhee, M.D., M.H.C.M.

    Executive Vice President, Clinical Coordination

    As Executive Vice President of Clinical Coordination, Mark McPhee, MD, MHCM, is responsible for direct oversight of Nursing, Behavioral Health Services, Practice Management and Professional Services. He also provides leadership in the coordination of discharge planning, inpatientoutpatient handoffs, chronic disease management support, physician alignment, care coordination across a continuum of service and those enterprises that master customer service throughout the patient experience and particularly in the ambulatory care arena.

    A native of Kansas City, Dr. Mark McPhee is a magna cum laude graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California-concentrating in biology and literature. He was class valedictorian and a summa cum laude graduate of the University Kansas School of Medicine. He did his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital as well as a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed a master’s degree in Health Care Management at Harvard University.

    Prior to joining TMC, Dr. McPhee was a founding partner of Mid-America Gastro-Intestinal Consultants, GI Diagnostics, Inc. and Plaza Gastroenterology Associates. He has served as Saint Luke’s Health System as Chief Academic Officer, Chief Medical Officer/Vice President for Medical Affairs and finally as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. During his administrative leadership at Saint Luke’s, the hospital was a recipient of the Missouri Quality Award three times and also the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2003 – the second such award nationally in the healthcare category. His academic roles have included, Director of the GI Endoscopy Unit at the University of Kansas and then, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Associate Dean/Director of Medical Education and Research at Saint Luke’s Hospital.

    In 2009, Dr. McPhee joined the Cleveland Clinic Executive Team in 2009 as Chief Operating Officer for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) and was appointed interim Chief Executive Officer in October, 2010. During his tenure with CCAD, the new hospital project remained substantially (>90%) on time and under budget.

    Academically, Dr. McPhee’s research interests have been in drug treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and in disorders of the gallbladder and bile ducts and pancreas.

    In addition to his clinical, academic and administrative roles, Dr. McPhee served as a delegate to the American Medical Association for 16 years and in various roles as Committee Chair, Governing Board Members and Officer with the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Digestive Health Foundation and the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition. He has also served on the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and on the boards of multiple organizations devoted to the arts, medicine, higher education and community welfare.

  • Marsha L. Morgan

    Chief Operating Officer, Behavioral Health

    Marsha Morgan provides leadership in the areas of TMC Behavioral Health clinical services, staff competence, financial viability, customer satisfaction and client safety for hospital and community-based services. 

    She is also a member of TMC's corporate leadership team. 

    As COO of Behavioral Health, Morgan accomplished major organizational restructuring in the form of a divestiture, change of ownership, and a merger.

    Morgan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Park Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia with specialization in Therapeutic Recreation.  She also received a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a specialization in Labor and Industrial Relations.  

  • Amy Peters

    Interim COO, TMC Lakewood 

    Amy Peters, MBA, BSN, RN, is the Interim Chief Operating Officer of Truman Medical Center Lakewood, bringing more than 18 years of healthcare experience to help provide quality health services to the residents of Eastern Jackson County.

    Prior to her current position, Peters served as Assistant Chief Nursing Officer for TMC Lakewood. In that role, she was responsible for Nursing Services, Rehab Services, Respiratory Therapy, and Radiology Services, including Eastland Medical Imaging. In 2012, she led clinical services through a successful Joint Commission Survey with no deficiencies noted for Nursing Services. Under her leadership, TMC Lakewood acquired the Da Vinci Surgical System, which offers patients a minimally invasive option for many surgical procedures. She also led the opening of TMC Lakewood’s new Labor and Delivery Unit, the addition of a new group of private OB/GYN physicians, the implementation of a Level II NICU and the establishment of a partnership with Cerner for mother/baby care for its employees.

    Peters previously was Director of Administrative Services for TMC Hospital Hill where she developed the the Nursing Division Dashboard. She also chaired the corporate code blue committee, responsible for the successful development and implementation of Rapid Response Team.

    Peters holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Kansas; a bachelor’s in nursing from Mid America Nazarene University; and a MBA from Baker University. She also is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
     

  • Shauna R. Roberts, M.D., C.P.E.

    Corporate Quality Medical Director

    Shauna Roberts, M.D., C.P.E, is the TMC corporate medical director for quality and director, clinical outcomes at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Department of Medicine.

    Previously, Dr. Roberts was medical director of the Genesis Heart Institute at the Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa. 

    Dr. Roberts also served as a clinical associate at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, a world leader in cardiac care and its approaches to treatment of heart failure and end-stage lung disease.  She served as clinical faculty at Kansas University Medical Center, and co-director of cardiac surgery services at Heartland Health Systems in St. Joseph, Mo.  There she co-led the start-up of an open-heart program and was the Medical Director of Heart-link, a cardiac program regional development project.

    Dr. Roberts has served on the American Hospital Association workgroup on readmission issues, Workforce on Internet Applications and Communications for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Board of Directors for Women in Thoracic Surgery, the Education Committee of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, and is a Senior Examiner on the National Board of Baldrige Examiners.

    Dr. Roberts received her medical degree in 1984 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She completed a residency in general surgery in 1989 at St. Luke's Hospital, in Kansas City, Mo., and a residency in thoracic surgery in 1991 at University of Tennessee in Memphis.  She is board certified in surgery, thoracic surgery, and surgical critical care, and is a certified physician executive.

  • Vicki Smith

    Vice President, Public Relations and Marketing

    As Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing for Truman Medical Centers (TMC) health system, Smith provides corporate leadership and strategic direction for all of TMC's communications, marketing, brand management and public relations.

    With more than 20 years of business experience in the energy, telecommunications, and not-for-profit sectors, Smith's career has included leadership in strategic planning and communications, business/product development, brand management, marketing and operations.

    Prior to joining TMC in 2007, Smith had been both an entrepreneur of a marketing ideation business and a corporate marketing executive for two Fortune 100 companies. Smith's corporate experience included Aquila, Inc., an international energy company where she served as Vice President of Marketing and Brand Management. In this role, Smith managed a number of challenges and opportunities including the development of marketing strategy to differentiate the brand and increase sales; re-launching the corporate brand; launch the brand internationally into five countries and co-directing the communications for an IPO.

    At Sprint, she held several management roles in the areas of international B2B program development, product/service line marketing which included the launch of the first smart phone technology and partnership alliance management. In the non-profit sector, Smith managed group home operations, community advocacy and counseling services for an organization serving the developmentally disabled.

    Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from William Jewell College and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Missouri. Her civic involvement and support has included the Association of Retarded Citizens, the Humane Society, American Heart Association, Central Exchange, United Way, Chamber of Commerce, JDRF and the TMC Charitable Foundation.

  • Mark T. Steele, M.D.

    Chief Medical Officer,
    Truman Medical Centers

    Executive Medical Director,
    University Physician Associates

    Associate Dean for TMC Programs,
    UMKC School of Medicine

    As Chief Medical Officer, Mark Steele, M.D., is responsible for oversight and leadership for all hospital clinical functions.

    Dr. Steele attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine's combined six-year medical program where he received his BA/MD degrees.  His emergency medicine residency was under the tutelage of W. Kendall McNabney, M.D. at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City. 

    Dr. Steele has served on the faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UMKC School of Medicine/Truman Medical Center since his graduation from residency in 1983.  In 1987 he was named Vice Chairman, Program Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine in 1990, and in 1997 as Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine.  He has risen through the ranks to his current positions as Chief Medical Officer at Truman Medical Center (TMC) and Executive Medical Director for the University Physician Associates (UPA).  Dr. Steele also holds the position of Associate Dean for TMC Programs at the UMKC School of Medicine where he also is a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

    In 2002, Dr. Steele was named as one of Ingram's Top Doctors of Kansas City and he also was the recipient of the UMKC School of Medicine E. Grey Dimond Take Wing Aware, an award established in the name of the school's founder and awarded to alumni for outstanding achievements in medicine.  Other honors and awards include becoming a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians in 1988, the UMKC Alumni Achievement Award in 1990, induction as a faculty member into Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society at the UMKC School of Medicine in 1992, and receiving the UMKC School of Medicine Excellence in Medical Education award in 1992.

    Academically, Dr. Steele has more than 60 publications.  His interests have been in the areas of infectious disease, wound care, circadian rhythms, shift work, emergency medicine practice and workforce issues.

    Dr. Steele's professional memberships include the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the Missouri State Medical Association, and the American Medical Association.  In 2003, Dr. Steele was selected as a member of the Board of Directors, for the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) where he currently serves as secretary-treasurer.  He also serves as an ABEM item writer, chief examiner for the oral examination, chair of the Test Administration Committee, and chair of the Emergency Medicine Continuous Certification Task Force.

  • Lynette Wheeler

    Chief Nursing Officer

    As Chief Nursing Officer, Lynette Wheeler is responsible for all aspects of nursing service programs, standards of nursing practice including competencies and compliance with all applicable accrediting and regulatory requirements regarding inpatient, ambulatory and specialty programs.

    Wheeler has more than 30 years of combined clinical and management experience. She began her career as a staff nurse in the Coronary Care Unit at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Most recently, she served as Vice President of CardioPulmonary Vascular Services at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo. In that role, she provided senior administrative leadership and coordination of the development of the Heartland Regional Medical Center CardioPulmonary Vascular Services Department. She was also instrumental in leading a performance improvement project that saved the health system $4.5 Million over three and half years in multiple practice areas.

    Prior to her work with the Heartland, she worked as Division Director of Cardiovascular Services at the Prairie Heart Institute/St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill, and Director of Cardiology and Vascular Services for the Nebraska Health System in Omaha, Ne.

    Wheeler received her R.N. Diploma from the Clarkson School of Nursing in 1976 and went on to earn her bachelor of science in nursing from Clarkson College and her master’s degree in nursing from University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1993. She is also a member of the Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders, American Academy of Medical Administrators and the American College of Cardiology Administrators.

  • Karlyn Wilkins

    Executive Director, TMC Charitable Foundation

    Karlyn Wilkins is the executive director of the TMC Charitable Foundation. In this role, she leads fundraising programs designed to advance TMC’s mission. The Charitable Foundation provides support for each of TMC’s primary facilities through grants from charitable foundations, corporate and individual philanthropy and special events.

    Prior to joining TMC, Wilkins served as Director of Major and Leadership Gifts for the University of Missouri – Kansas City Henry W. Bloch School of Management. She has also served on the Dean’s Board of Advisors, managed alumni relations and supported numerous special events including producing the Henry W. Bloch documentary, No Shortcuts: The Entrepreneurial Life Henry Bloch. 

    Previously, she held the role of Marketing Manager – New Business Development for Hallmark Cards. In this role she was responsible for the launch of a $40 million gift and card product - Maya Angelou Life Mosaic. She has also served as Director of Corporate Development and Sponsorship Marketing at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL and worked in brand marketing at General Foods in White Plains, NY and with Helene Curtis in Chicago, IL.

    Wilkins earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University and an MBA in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

  • Barbara Zubeck

    Vice President, Internal Audit and Compliance

    As Vice President of Audit & Compliance for Truman Medical Centers, Barbara Zubeck is responsible for reviewing the financial statements, ensuring compliance with laws and regulations and analyzing operating processes for effectiveness and efficiencies.

    Zubeck has more than 20 years of financial and auditing experience with healthcare organizations.

    Prior to joining Truman in 2004, Zubeck served as Internal Audit Manager for CHAN Healthcare Auditors, where she was responsible for the establishment of the audit function for Carondelet Health System, which includes St. Joseph Health Center and St. Mary's Hospital of Blue Springs.

    Zubeck also worked as Director of Internal Audit for Health Midwest for 15 years, where she trained and supervised audit staff for the 13-hospital system; managed multiple audits at various locations; and ensured the accuracy of financial data and the efficiency and effectiveness of departmental operations.  Zubeck also was a senior auditor for KPMG, LLP, one of the big four accounting firms.

    She graduated with honors from University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Zubeck is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.