APS Management Team

Dennis George, Chief Executive Officer

Dennis comes to APS after serving as CEO of Coffey Health System in Burlington, Kan. for 20 years. A graduate of Washburn University with an MBA in Health Services Administration from Webster University, Dennis also served as a Medicare auditor, a physician practice administrator and a healthcare CFO at three different organizations. Dennis served on the APS board of directors from 2000 to 2009 including two terms as chairman in 2006 and 2007. Dennis is currently a member of the Kansas Hospital Association board of directors and has served KHA on numerous councils and committees. Email Dennis.

Kathi Branyon, Vice-President Client Services

Kathi holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Ottawa University – Ottawa, Kansas. She came to APS with 18 years of experience in materials management, serving as Director of Materials Management at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa, Kansas. Kathi is responsible for client services for APS members in the Kansas City area. Email Kathi.

Jan O’Brien, Vice-President Workforce Solutions

Jan is a native of Kansas City, Missouri and is a graduate of the Arizona State University School of Nursing and Regent University Law School in Virginia. Prior to coming to APS, Jan worked for Healthcare Services Group as a clinical risk management consultant, providing risk assessments, education and consultation for healthcare facilities in Missouri and Kansas. Jan is responsible for the Staffing Program. Email Jan.

Bruce Frerking, Senior Director Client Services

Bruce holds a Bachelor's degree in Management and Human Resources from Mid-America Nazarene University, in Olathe, Kansas. Bruce came to APS with over 20 years of Central Supply and Materials Management experience. Most recently he served as the Purchasing Manager for Olathe Medical Center. Bruce is responsible for client services for facilities in the Southern Kansas and Missouri areas. Email Bruce.

Lisa Love, Senior Director Client Services

Lisa comes to APS from Denver, Colorado, where she earned her certification as a Respiratory Therapist. After five years of hospital experience, she completed a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado. She applied her Respiratory Therapy background, as well as her Mechanical Engineering background, by directing a team in the research and development of respiratory medical and aircraft products at Puritan Bennett in Kansas City. Lisa is responsible for client services in and around Kansas City and northern Missouri and Kansas. Email Lisa.

Traci Parsons, Director Regional Services

Traci has extensive experience in administering contracts in the healthcare industry. She worked at Children’s Hospital Association (formerly CHCA, NACHRI and N.A.C.H.) for 14 years. During her time with CHA, she held multiple roles in contracting and operations, her most recent role as Contract Manager for more than five years. Over her career, Traci has developed a diverse skill set in administering multi-million dollar GPO contracts. This includes experience in data analysis, legal and regulatory compliance, contract launches, audit projects and customer service initiatives. Traci’s professional affiliations include Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM), National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and the National Notary Association (NNA). She holds a Master Certificate in Government Contract and Master Certificate in Commercial Contract Management from Villanova University. Email Traci.

Blanka Bellinger, Executive Assistant - Business Support

Blanka comes to APS with versatile professional adept at managing multiple projects, providing exceptional customer support, streamlining office operations, and providing thorough and skillful administrative support to senior executives.  Expert in building client/vendor databases, optimizing billing processes, marketing, and web administrator.  Blanka’s professional affilitations include International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), National Association of Government Web Professionals (NAGW), American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP), Missouri Health Care Executive Assistants (MHCEA), and Notary Public for the State of Kansas.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas. Email Blanka.

Linda Wiedner, Member Support

Linda is a lifelong Kansas City area resident and received her Associates Degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College. Before joining APS, Linda worked for a safety consulting company as Administrative Assistant/Office Manager while providing customer support to clients using their compliance software. Linda is responsible for assisting all APS teams and is the customer support contact for members. She also provides oversight and daily operations of the APS Employee Savings program and the Emergency Preparedness Management System. Email Linda.