Board of Directors

Lee Kendall

Lee lives with Amy, his wife of almost 20 years, and 3 children near Boulder, Colorado. He has worked in public accounting as well as financial roles in high tech companies during his career and is currently a controller with a dairy ingredients producer. His passion for hands on service and development began when he attended Pepperdine University and traveled with professors and fellow students to Mexico to build homes for shelterless families. Lee has served on the board of Global Health Innovations and it’s predecessor organization since 2004. He still likes to get his hands dirty but also assists with the financial aspects of GHI.

Michael Miller

Michael is married to Lorisa and has one beautiful daughter. He has lived and served in ministry in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for the past 13 years. He is currently serving as the founding director of the Upper Room in Dallas, Texas. The Upper Room is a multi-cultural resource center in the Urban Dallas area focusing on prayer and city transformation. Michael has been actively involved in international ministry since 2000 and continues to have a passion for people living in poverty stricken areas.

Brian Bliss

Brian and his wife Susan have been married 20 years, and live in Kansas City. They have three children, Rebekah, Paige, and Tyler. Brian works in the telecommunications industry, and has over 25 years of business experience. Brian earned his MBA from Webster University, and has also actively served in ministry for the past several years. Brian and his wife Susan are passionate about scripture’s call to “take care of widows and orphans in their distress.” James 1:27

Michelle Schweitzer

Michelle grew up in Kansas City and lives here with her husband, Phil, and their growing family. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri State University and worked for leading healthcare IT company for over eight years. Her work included implementing complex healthcare software for hospitals on four different continents and training hospital staff to use their new system. Michelle has a heart for young mothers and children in need of support, encouragement, and quality healthcare.

Austin Lehr, DO, FACOS

Austin lives just outside Kansas City, Missouri with his wife of 18 years and five awesome children. He works as a general surgeon in Kansas City and has experience in advanced laparoscopy, robotic surgery, bariatrics, hepatobiliary procedures and surgical burn care. Austin became involved in international missions and ministry largely through his acquaintance with GHI’s founder and president and has a heart for providing medical care to the underserved as well as supplying other basic needs and services to lend a hand to the impoverished.

Brad Gautney

Brad Gautney PNP, MPH

Brad is married to Monica, his wife of almost 20 years, and they live near Kansas City with their children Hope, Emma, and Kado James. Brad is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health where he specialized in International Health. In addition to living and working in Haiti for several years, he has worked in poverty stricken countries providing health care and community development for more than a decade. His most recent work includes implementing new health programs to reach those most affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and providing health care to orphaned and vulnerable children in Western and Eastern Africa.

Board of Directors

Lee Kendall

Lee lives with Amy, his wife of almost 20 years, and 3 children near Boulder, Colorado. He has worked in public accounting as well as financial roles in high tech companies during his career and is currently a controller with a dairy ingredients producer. His passion for hands on service and development began when he attended Pepperdine University and traveled with professors and fellow students to Mexico to build homes for shelterless families. Lee has served on the board of Global Health Innovations and it’s predecessor organization since 2004. He still likes to get his hands dirty but also assists with the financial aspects of GHI.

Michael Miller

Michael is married to Lorisa and has one beautiful daughter. He has lived and served in ministry in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for the past 13 years. He is currently serving as the founding director of the Upper Room in Dallas, Texas. The Upper Room is a multi-cultural resource center in the Urban Dallas area focusing on prayer and city transformation. Michael has been actively involved in international ministry since 2000 and continues to have a passion for people living in poverty stricken areas.

Brian Bliss

Brian and his wife Susan have been married 20 years, and live in Kansas City. They have three children, Rebekah, Paige, and Tyler. Brian works in the telecommunications industry, and has over 25 years of business experience. Brian earned his MBA from Webster University, and has also actively served in ministry for the past several years. Brian and his wife Susan are passionate about scripture’s call to “take care of widows and orphans in their distress.” James 1:27

Michelle Schweitzer

Michelle grew up in Kansas City and lives here with her husband, Phil, and their growing family. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri State University and worked for leading healthcare IT company for over eight years. Her work included implementing complex healthcare software for hospitals on four different continents and training hospital staff to use their new system. Michelle has a heart for young mothers and children in need of support, encouragement, and quality healthcare.

Austin Lehr, DO, FACOS

Austin lives just outside Kansas City, Missouri with his wife of 18 years and five awesome children. He works as a general surgeon in Kansas City and has experience in advanced laparoscopy, robotic surgery, bariatrics, hepatobiliary procedures and surgical burn care. Austin became involved in international missions and ministry largely through his acquaintance with GHI’s founder and president and has a heart for providing medical care to the underserved as well as supplying other basic needs and services to lend a hand to the impoverished.

Brad Gautney PNP, MPH

Brad is married to Monica, his wife of almost 20 years, and they live near Kansas City with their children Hope, Emma, and Kado James. Brad is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health where he specialized in International Health. In addition to living and working in Haiti for several years, he has worked in poverty stricken countries providing health care and community development for more than a decade. His most recent work includes implementing new health programs to reach those most affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and providing health care to orphaned and vulnerable children in Western and Eastern Africa.

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