Leadership Team

Saint Francis Ministries' leadership team brings a breadth of executive, public policy and clinical healthcare and human services experience to our mission to provide hope and healing to children and families in the communities we serve. Click each picture to learn more about our leadership team.

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William J. Clark

President and CEO

William J. Clark

President and CEO

Having retired a colonel after 30 years in the U.S. Army, Bill brings a wealth of organizational leadership to Saint Francis. During his military tenure, he commanded troops overseas in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and Bosnia, as well as in the United States as Garrison Commander at Fort Riley, Kansas. Most recently, he served as president of St. John’s Military School in Salina. When first joining Saint Francis as Chief of Staff, he acted as a resource and support to the chief operating officer by guiding and supporting staff to complete strategic initiatives and goals set by the leadership team. As President and CEO, Bill guides the leadership team in supporting all services.

Trish Bryant

Chief Operating Officer

Trish Bryant

Chief Operating Officer

Trish’s entire professional career has been spent in the service of children and families. She joined Saint Francis more than three decades ago and has occupied multiple leadership positions within the ministry. That work included oversight of Saint Francis residential programs. She currently serves as Chief of Operations, where her leadership and strategic planning allow Saint Francis to thrive.

Cristian Garcia

Chief Development Officer

Cristian Garcia

Chief Development Officer

Cristian Garcia

Cristian joined Saint Francis Ministries in 2019 after serving in various roles in social services. Prior to Saint Francis, Cristian served as Executive Director for One Accord for Kids, Regional Director for Buckner International, and in a variety of capacities at the Texas Department of Child and Protective services. A graduate of Texas Tech University in 2007 (B.A.) and Lubbock Christian University (M.S.) in 2015, Cristian also serves on the Lubbock IMPACT Board of Directors and with several state and national organizations. Cristian received the “20 Under 40” award by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce as well as the “Adelante” award by Los Hermanos Familia. Cristian and his wife, Casey, both natives of West Texas, live in Lubbock and have two children.

John Thurston

General Counsel

John Thurston

General Counsel

John Thurston

John brings more than two decades of legal experience to Saint Francis Ministries. He began his career as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Manhattan, Kansas. John then transitioned into private practice for many years, handling a variety of legal matters including Child in Need of Care cases. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Kansas State University and regularly spoke at legal seminars around the country. As General Counsel, John provides advice and legal guidance on a broad range of issues that support the organization’s mission.

Cheryl Rathbun

Chief Clinical Officer

Cheryl Rathbun

Chief Clinical Officer

Cheryl joined Saint Francis four decades ago as a social worker and therapist. A licensed specialist in clinical social work, she has served as an individual and family therapist, supervising all social work and clinical services provided through Saint Francis’ outpatient and residential facilities. She has also co-authored several professional papers on treatment for children and youth. As Saint Francis’ chief clinical officer, Cheryl provides strategic direction on all of Saint Francis’ clinical care initiatives - both nationally and internationally - and oversees accreditation standards, operating procedures, performance improvement, and professional ethics for all clinical services.

Lora Winchell

Chief Financial Officer

Lora Winchell

Chief Financial Officer

Lora Winchell

Lora joined Saint Francis in September 2020, bringing expertise in organizational transformation, evidence-based leadership, business process improvements, multi-dimensional budgeting, and strategic planning. Most recently, she served as CFO for Hunter Health, during which she oversaw four finance departments, led two department restructures, and served as mentor for the National Association of Community Health Center’s CFO institute, a six-month CFO training program for new leaders. Prior to that, she served as CFO for Boys & Girls Clubs of South-Central Kansas and as senior tax associate with Grant Thornton LLP. Active in the Wichita community, she has served on numerous boards of directors, including Ballet Wichita and the Kansas Children’s Foundation. As CFO, Lora provides leadership and oversight for all of the Saint Francis Ministry’s finance functions, while managing business operations.

John McDowell

Chief Information Officer

John McDowell

Chief Information Officer

With 15 years under his belt as an Information Technology professional, John has developed a Holistic IT Business Strategy, enabling him to build IT functions, systems, and distributed operational teams from inception to full readiness. A seasoned team builder, he helps develop high-performing leaders while fostering a culture of service and operational excellence. He has earned some of the most demanding operational certifications in Information Technology, including PMP, CSM, SSBBP – even as he works on a doctorate in Business Administration – Information Systems & Enterprise Resource.

Raymond Nunweiler

Chief Support Officer

Raymond Nunweiler

Chief Support Officer

A U.S. Army veteran, Raymond retired after 24 years in service. During those years, he was deployed multiple times in support of U.S. combat operations while serving in Airborne and Ranger units. Upon his retirement from active duty, he served as a deputy sheriff, helping local schools and businesses plan for emergency situations. In 2017, he assumed the position of Commandant of Cadets for St. John Military School in Salina, until St. John’s merged with Saint Francis Ministries in 2019. Raymond served as a Director and Executive Director for Saint Francis prior to taking his current role. As the Chief Support Officer, Raymond is responsible for Facilities, Safety & Security, Transportation, Corporate Compliance, and The Saint Francis Leadership Center.

Alison Kossover

Chief Administration Officer

Alison Kossover

Chief Administration Officer

Alison brings to SFM rich experience in strategic and people leadership, tactical implementation, business and marketing analytics, and systems management for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. As the principal consultant for Kossover Strategic Business Solutions for more than 10 years, she has teamed with clients to provide organizational design, cultural change management, process improvements, new program implementation, and a host of other business operations. Prior to coming to SFM, Alison led her clients and employers to leverage information, to improve overall effectiveness across a wide range of key business metrics.

Leadership History

Guided by the example of “Fr. Bob,” six presidents have served Saint Francis over the years, leading our growth and expansion of services.

Starting with the founder and first president of Saint Francis, The Rev. Robert Mize Jr., Episcopal priests have led our ministry, and we have maintained that tradition for over 70 years.

A Board of Directors – comprised of clergy, businesspersons, and community leaders – oversees the ministry of Saint Francis.

Father Bob Miser Photo

The Rt. Rev. Robert H. Mize, Jr.

Founder and President
1945 - 1960

The Rev. Dr. William E. Craig

1960-1980

The Rev. Canon N. Kenneth Yates

1981-1990

The Rev. Canon Philip J. Rapp

1990-2002

The Very Rev. Edward W. Fellhauer

2002-2014

The Very Rev. Robert N. Smith

2014-2020

William J. Clark

2020-present