Leadership

Karen Braman, RPh, MS – President and CEO
Karen Braman leverages over 20 years of experience in health care, pharmacy and health policy in providing overall leadership and strategy for the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC). Prior to joining KFMC, Ms. Braman led a team for one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers, supporting clinical benefits and formularies for Medicaid plans across multiple states. Additionally, she held a number of key health care positions during a ten year career with the State of Kansas, including in the Health Policy Authority, the Governor’s Office of Health Planning and Finance, and Medicaid. Ms. Braman has served as President of the Kansas Board of Pharmacy as well as Chair of the Kansas Health Information Exchange Board. She received both her Pharmacy degree and her Master of Science degree from the University of Kansas.

Betty Murrell, MBA - CFO
Betty Murrell, MBA, joined KFMC as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on June 27, 2016. Prior to joining KFMC, Ms. Murrell served as the CFO for Flint Hills Community Health Center (FHCHC) in Emporia for ten years. During her tenure at FHCHC, Betty led the finance team, managed multiple federal and state grants and contracts, and assisted with implementing large-scale initiatives, including the FHCHC electronic health record. Prior to joining FHCHC, Betty was an Accounting Supervisor at Newman Regional Health for eight years. Betty received her Accounting and MBA degrees from Emporia State University.

Lynne Valdivia, BSN, RN, MSW, CCEP – Vice President of Quality Improvement and Review
Lynne has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of nursing and social welfare. She provides oversight to the external quality review, Medicaid hospital utilization review, Medicare quality improvement, and health information technology teams. She is also a certified compliance and ethics professional and provides guidance to the organization in those areas. Lynne earned her nursing degree from Washburn University, Topeka, Kan., and her master’s degree in social welfare from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.