Kristina McKee Box was selected by Governor Eric Holcomb to serve as Indiana's state health commissioner. Prior to the appointment, Kris was an Ob/Gyn at Community Health Network (CHN) in Indianapolis. Since 2015, she has served as the physician lead for CHN's Women's Service Line. In this role, she built the first multi-disciplinary women's center, developed partnerships with area children's hospitals to improve care and decrease health care costs, and led efforts to ensure low-income women receive the important free health screenings they need.
Kris is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG).
Kris graduated from Indiana University and earned her medical doctorate at the IU School of Medicine. She is a member of the Indiana State Medical Association and the Marion County Medical Association and also serves on many hospital committees. She has been involved in ongoing surgical medical missions to Haiti and Bolivia for more than a decade.
February 2018 Spotlight
Dr. Leilani Valdes Delta Zeta/Emory
Dr. Leilani Valdes was named a Health Hero by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) for her commitment to improving the health of her community. One of only four physicians honored with the award, she was praised for demonstrating leadership and participation with various TMA programs.
As a pathologist, Leilani has served on national committees for the College of American Pathologists, was president of the Victoria-Goliad-Jackson County Medical Society, and is a delegate to the TMA House of Delegates, the association's policymaking body. She is currently a member of TMA's Council on Health Promotion and the TMA HPV Working Group.
She received her Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. After a brief career in marketing and public relations, she attended the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She currently serves as laboratory director for the RPA Anatomic Pathology Laboratory, Cuero Community Hospital, Jackson County Hospital, and Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital.
September 2017 Spotlight
Cathy Ferree Beta/Indiana
Cathy was recently elected as the president and chief executive officer of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites by the ISMHS board. ISMHS features 12 locations around the state that share stories about the people, places and things that shape Indiana.
Prior to her appointment that became effective in May, Cathy served as the vice president and chief operating officer of Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Ind., and associate vice president of exhibits at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Cathy was also a founding staff member of the Children's Museum of Atlanta.
Cathy earned a bachelor of arts and master of public affairs in nonprofit management, both from Indiana University.