Wichita Cancer Foundation Board Members
Wichita Cancer Foundation, Kansas

Serving the Community

The Wichita Cancer Foundation is completely independent, entirely donation-based, and mostly volunteer-run. Our Board of Directors is comprised of generous individuals active in the Wichita community who are dedicated to our organization’s mission of providing financial support to local cancer patients.

Our Board of Directors

Wichita Cancer Foundation Board Of Directors Christopher L. Arellano, JD

Christopher L. Arellano, JD

President

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Christopher L. Arellano, JD

President Attorney, Hinkle Law Firm

Christopher L. Arellano has been a resident of Wichita, Kansas, since 2004 after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School. Chris has experience assisting business entities and their principals with a wide range of general business issues, including formation, tax planning, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions. His legal experience extends to the health care industry, real estate, and employment law, and he currently serves as an attorney with Hinkle Law Firm. 

Chris was elected President of the Wichita Cancer Foundation Board of Directors in July 2020. In addition to the foundation, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for the past few years. His wife, Tisha Arellano, is a Pre-K teacher at William Allen White Elementary School in Wichita.

Wichita Cancer Foundation Board of Directors_Laura Dakhil Monahan, JD, MBA

Laura Dakhil Monahan, JD, MBA

Vice President

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Laura Dakhil Monahan, JD, MBA

Vice President Executive Director, Cancer Center of Kansas

Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Laura Dakhil Monahan graduated with honors from the University of Kansas, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Journalism with minors in French and Leadership Studies. Following graduation, she stayed in Lawrence to attend the University of Kansas School of Law to obtain her Juris Doctorate (JD). Laura earned her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Washburn University before returning to Wichita and joining Hinkle Law Firm. After five years of working in the healthcare department, she joined the Cancer Center of Kansas in 2014, where she now serves as the Executive Director.  Laura was honored as part of the Wichita Business Journal’s “40 under 40” Class of 2013 and the Women in Business Class of 2017. She was also recognized in a special “Women in the Law” edition of the University of Kansas School of Law magazine in 2014.

Beyond her legal achievements, Laura has stayed very committed to philanthropy and local leadership roles. She has been involved with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, served on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association, served as Chairman for the Wichita Bar Association Business Law committee, the American Heart Association Heart Ball committee, and KU Alumni Association Round-up committee. Currently, she serves as the Vice President of the Wichita Cancer Foundation, and is a member of the KU Law School Board of Governors and Sedgwick County Zoo Board.

Laura is married to Dr. Bradley Monahan and has four children, Clara, Ava, Milo, and Simon.

Wichita Cancer Foundation Board Of Directors Ziad Jabara, MPA, CPA

Ziad Jabara, MPA, CPA

Treasurer

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Ziad Jabara, MPA, CPA

Treasurer Owner, Ziad Jabara CPA, PA

Ziad Jabara is the owner and president of Ziad Jabara CPA, PA, where he provides businesses and individuals with accounting, tax, and advisory services. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Accounting from Beirut University College (BUC) in 1983 and later received a degree from the Master of Accountancy (MPA) program at Wichita State University in 1996. Ziad has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant since 2004, eventually becoming a member of the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Ziad serves as the Treasurer of the Board for the Wichita Cancer Foundation. He is married to Terri Jabara and has three sons, James, John, and Joseph.

Ellen

Ellen Cooke, MD

Board Member

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Ellen Cooke, MD

Board Member Radiation Oncologist, Wichita Radiological Group
Dr. Ellen Cooke is a radiation oncologist with Wichita Radiology Group. She is a transplant to Wichita after growing up in Texas, followed by many moves related to medical training and practice. She attended the University of Notre Dame where she graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Preprofessional Studies, and a second major in Theology. She then earned her medical doctorate (MD) at Texas A&M.  She did an internship at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas and then residency training at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Cooke is married to Justin Cooke, who works to bring new and exciting ventures to the Wichita area through real estate development. They have 3 children, Marshall, Brielle and Connor, who attend Wichita Collegiate School.
Dr. Cooke and her family relocated to Wichita in 2014 for her medical practice and have loved being a part of this community. She has a passion for helping others, and is the founder of Circle of Hope, an organization she established to teach mindfulness meditation and other mind-body practices for patients with cancer. She also volunteers at the Lord’s Diner, serves as the Hesburgh lecture coordinator for the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Wichita, and is active at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.  She enjoys snowboarding, photography, and traveling the world with her family.
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Alif Hourani, PhD.

Board Member

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Alif Hourani, PhD.

Board Member Partner, Pulse Headquarters, LLC

Dr. Hourani served as Executive Chairman of Pulse Systems, Inc., a practice management and clinical record software company. He co-founded the company in 1999. Dr. Hourani was, until 2010, a board member of WellCare Health plans (NYSE: WCG) and a member of the audit committee, the compensation Committee and the Health Care and Quality Committee of the board. From 1985 to 1997, Dr. Hourani held various positions, including CEO of Physician Corporation of America/Data Systems, Senior Vice President of management information systems of Physician Corporation of America. Physician Corporation of America started in Wichita, KS and had a successful IPO in 1993. Prior to that, Dr. Hourani was Manager of Computer Engineering at the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation. Dr. Hourani received his undergraduate degree from the University of Lyon and his Master of Science and Doctorate from the University of Strasbourg in France.

Wichita Cancer Foundation Board Of Directors Erin Moeller

Erin Moeller

Board Member

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Erin Moeller

Board Member Account Executive, Guardant Health

Erin Moeller was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, before attending Texas Christian University and earning a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising and a Business Administration degree in Finance in 2002. She is an experienced Oncology sales representative and currently holds the title of Account Executive with Guardant Health in Kansas. 

Erin joined the Wichita Cancer Foundation Board of Directors after being involved in the organization’s special events and brings a passion for serving cancer patients. Erin also enjoys volunteering with the Junior League of Wichita and the Wichita Collegiate School. She is married to Clark Moeller and has two young children, Teddy and Davis.

Wichita Cancer Foundation Board Of Directors David L. Murfin

David L. Murfin

Board Member

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David L. Murfin

Board Member Chairman and CEO, Murfin, Inc.

David L. Murfin graduated from the University of Kansas in 1975 with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and business. He is Chairman and CEO of Murfin, Inc., a family-founded subsidiary of the Murfin Drilling Company, specializing in diverse business operations in Wichita, Kansas. David’s vast leadership experience spans decades and makes him an invaluable asset for the Wichita Cancer Foundation Board of Directors. 

David’s additional community involvement includes serving as a member of the University of Kansas School of Business Board of Advisors, serving as a Trustee for the University of Kansas Endowment Board, and serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Kansas, Inc. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Underground Vaults and Storage and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American State Bancshares and the Kansas Heart Hospital. 

David has three children with his wife, Janet Murfin, and loves spending time with his three grandchildren.

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Kevin Nichols

Board Member

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Kevin Nichols

Board Member Senior Vice President-Wealth Management USA and Senior Portfolio Manager & Market Director- UBS Financial Services
Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Kevin attended WSU and graduated from Arizona State University School of Business in 1990 with a B.S. in Finance.
Kevin serves on the Koch Global Trading Advisory Board, WSU.  He is a past Chairman of the Wichita Crime Commission where he was awarded the Twelve Apostles of Justice Award and currently serves as a trustee of Wichita Collegiate School.  Kevin is a member of Wichita Downtown Rotary and has served on the American Heart Association Board and has been active in ACS, Communities in Schools and United Way.
Kevin and his wife Kelsey have three children, Dylan, Kinsey and Natalie.
Wichita Cancer Foundation Board Of Directors Kevin Strecker

Kevin Strecker

Board Member

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Kevin Strecker

Board Member Senior Vice President, Ascension Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Via Christi Hospitals

Kevin Strecker grew up in Scott City, Kansas, and earned his bachelor of science degree in Communications from Kansas State University in 1993. He later left Wichita, Kansas, to complete his master’s degree in Business Administration and work as a regional administrator for HealthSouth’s imaging division. In 2002, he returned to Via Christi in Wichita as Director of Radiology and later served as Vice President of Imaging and Laboratory Services. In 2009, Kevin assumed the Vice President of Operations role and eventually earned a second master’s degree in Management and Leadership in 2012. Currently, Kevin serves as regional President for Ascension’s Wichita-area hospitals and system Chief Operating Officer for the Kansas Ministry Market.

During his service to Via Christi, Kevin has held a variety of leadership roles. In 2010, he served as Senior Administrator for St. Teresa and eventually served as Senior Administrator for what is now Ascension Medical Group Via Christi.

Kevin serves on the Wichita Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Wichita, Kansas. 

Marly

Marlyse Tauke

Board Member

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Marlyse Tauke

Board Member Certified Physician's Assistant, Homemaker

Marly was born and raised in Olathe, Kansas as a cradle Jayhawk. She graduated from The University of Kansas with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In 2005, she settled in Wichita and subsequently completed her Master’s of Physician Assistant degree from Wichita State University. Through serving patients she was able to express her respect for both the human condition and the dignity of all people.

Marly is an active member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. She is married to Dr. Jason Tauke and mother to three children: Annabelle, Nora & Claire.

Wichita Cancer Foundation Sudha Tokala

Sudha Tokala

Board Member

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Sudha Tokala

Board Member Owner, Hampton Inn & Suites, Springhill Suites by Marriott

Sudha Tokala, a native of India, has called Wichita, Kansas, her home for the past 18 years. Sudha’s childhood was spent in India and South Africa; however, her family traveled frequently as her father worked for the United Nations. Growing up, Sudha’s father dreamed that his children would have careers in the medical field, eventually inspiring Sudha to pursue pharmacy and receive her pharmaceutical degree in India. After graduating, she followed her brother to the University of Kansas to study health science and work toward a master’s degree in pharmaceutical chemistry. Sudha maintains her pharmaceutical license but is not currently employed as a pharmacist.

Sudha has always been business-minded and entrepreneurial at heart. As her children reached high school, she began investing in multiple aspects of real estate. She has acquired multiple real estate properties and currently serves as owner of the Hampton Inn & Suites and Springhill Suites by Marriott near the Wichita Airport with her husband, Chandra. The Tokala’s are very encouraged about the growth and development that has occurred over the past ten years in the downtown landscape. They believe that downtown is a dynamic place to attract students, leading them to begin a real estate investment focus in the downtown Wichita area, starting with creating an Osteopathic Medical School.

Sudha is married to Dr. Chandra Tokala and has two children, Nathan and Meghan.

Wichita Cancer Foundation Board of Directors_Georges Youssef

Georges Youssef

Board Member

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Georges Youssef

Board Member Chef/Owner, Georges French Bistro, Chester's Chophouse & Wine Bar

Georges I. Youssef is a chef and owner of Georges French Bistro and Chester’s Chophouse & Wine Bar. Georges attended a French culinary school in Ottawa, Ontario, and has been a resident of Wichita since 1997. Georges’ innovative, artistic, and hospitable approach has influenced Wichita’s restaurant scene over the last 20 years.

Georges is an active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and is passionate about helping people and the community. He is married to Desiree Youssef, who actively helps out at the restaurants, and has three children: Georges, Madeleine, and Scarlett.

Past Members of the Board of Directors

We thank our past members of the Board of Directors for their service and continued support of the Wichita Cancer Foundation!

  • Steve Peterson

  • George Laham

  • Dana Hensley

  • Patricia Hourani

  • Dr. Sam Kouri

  • Dr. Hana Razek

  • Dr. Aziz Maksoud

  • Stephanie Bergmann

  • Don Henry

Our Founding Partner

Shaker R Dakhil MD FACP

Shaker R. Dakhil, MD, FACP

Medical Oncologist / Hematologist

Born in Lebanon, Dr. Dakhil obtained his medical degree in 1975 from St. Joseph University School of Medicine, Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Dakhil completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and served a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Michigan. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

Dr. Dakhil entered private practice in Wichita in 1981 when he joined the Cancer Center of Kansas, and since 2000 when he became the President, Dr. Dakhil has provided overall leadership to the center. He is a clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita. He is very dedicated to clinical research and for many years has served as the Principal Investigator of the Wichita NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), a National Cancer Institute sponsored research program now Cancer Research of Kansas.

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