Andrea Brown is the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Before joining the team in 2022, Andrea was the Assistant Business Manager at the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law for 24 years. Andrea worked with law school students, staff and faculty in her previous role by leading the scheduling and organization of the school calendar, accounts payable, human resources functions and accounts reconciliation.
Andrea earned a bachelor’s degree from UMKC in criminal justice and sociology and a medical coding specialist certification from Metropolitan Community College.
Andrea is passionate about serving all communities, learners and employees at KU Medical Center.
Nicole Garner, MBA
Director, Center for African American Health
Nicole Garner is the Director of the Center for African American Health. Before joining the team in 2023, Nicole worked for the Wyandotte County Health Department as the Planning and Operations Division Manager. Nicole's person-centered approach to health and her dedication to fostering positive outcomes have made her an influential figure in public health.
Barb Manning is the Program Manager for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In her previous role, Barb worked with high school, undergraduate and graduate students for clinical and research experiences and their healthcare career pipelines as the KEE (KUMC Educational Experience) Program Manager at the Institute for Community Engagement. Barb is passionate about connecting students, individuals and communities to programs and opportunities that bring awareness, equity and inclusion and help break down barriers.
Barb received her Bachelor of Arts in Management and Human Relations from Mid-America Nazarene University and began her career at KU Medical Center in the School of Health Professions Nurse Anesthesia Department in 2016. She actively engages with community initiatives and serves with distinction on the Education to Employment Committee and Student Engagement Strike Team with the Wyandotte County Health Initiative Program (CHIP); the Kansas City, Kansas Public School Advisory Committee, and Rural Health Executive Committee; and as co-chair for the Workforce Pathway for the Rural Health Council. Barb is a connector and strongly believes in building partnerships with all stakeholders to create equitable spaces where everyone can flourish regardless of their background. Barb is extremely excited to join KU Medical Center’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team.
Danielle Binion, Ed.D.
Dr. Danielle Binion is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she will continue to amplify marginalized communities' voices and needs. Prior to joining the medical center, Dr. Binion served school districts in the heart of Kansas City for eight years through her work at PREP-KC. She has collaborated with districts, postsecondary institutions, philanthropy, and businesses to support programming and strategic planning that strengthens the science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine workforce pipelines by developing equitable learning solutions for K-12 & higher education. Keystone partnerships at PREP-KC that Dr. Binion has co-designed and cultivated include Kaufmann Foundation's Real World Learning Initiative Shared Pathways Model, KCKPS's BioPlus program with KU Medical Center and the Kansas City Kansas Community College, The Honeywell Opportunity for Prosperity through Education (HOPE) Scholarship Mentorship Program, and the Adjunct Fellows Scholarship - scholarship opportunity to expand dual credit certified instructors in PREP-KC partner schools.
Dr. Binion has specialized career experience in recruiting and facilitating partnership teams, program piloting, strategic planning, multicultural program management, recruitment of underrepresented populations, and student intervention and retention strategies. Before joining PREP-KC, she coordinated a national pre-law program for youth from marginalized communities at UMKC School of Law sponsored by the Law School Admissions Council. She worked in public health for the St. Louis City Health Department. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling at Lindenwood University and a Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education with a concentration in Instructional Design & Performance Technologies at Baker University. In recognition of her leadership and advocacy for women in STEMM, Dr. Binion received the 2020 WiSTEMM Champion Award from the Central Exchange.
Jerrihlyn McGee, DNP, RN, CNE
Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Jerrihlyn L. McGee is the vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for KU Medical Center. Dr. McGee is also a nurse and clinical associate professor in KU School of Nursing. Dr. McGee earned her first bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of New Orleans, LA, and her second bachelor’s, a master’s and doctorate from KU School of Nursing. With a significant history of leadership in the practice and academic settings, Dr. McGee has led sustainable change by helping improve patient outcomes, by increasing staff and physician satisfaction scores, and through course and program development. Dr. McGee’s scholarly works have focused on diversity, civility, healthy work environment, cultural competency, emotional intelligence, mentoring and health and educational equity. These inquiries have afforded Dr. McGee opportunities to present locally and nationally and facilitate seminars and workshops. Dr. McGee’s community work in the Greater Kansas City area is extensive ranging from coordinating and participating in community health events, to leading professional development initiatives, and serving as a board of director for the REACH Healthcare Foundation. Dr. McGee is listed as an author in the 2019 State of Black Kansas City report, as well as other published articles. Dr. McGee has delivered numerous keynote addresses about diversity, fostering equitable and inclusive learning and working environments, leadership, unconscious bias and systemic racism. As a graduate of KU, Dr. McGee is proud to serve KU Medical Center, its stakeholders and surrounding communities.
"I truly believe it is each our responsibility to change the world we live in. We can do this by respecting one another; being kind; embracing our differences; educating ourselves and others; mentoring; speaking out; holding ourselves and one another accountable; challenging the status quo; and most importantly--being the change we want to see. Transformative change begins with you, right where you are, on your platform and in your community.” We [KU Medical Center] are on the right path. We are committed to cultivating internal and external environments that are inclusive and equitable for our employees, learners, patients, partners and surrounding communities."- Dr. McGee