Our Core Team comes together from a diverse group of professionals with reputations for making the impossible, possible. Our Board of Directors is passionate about our vision and mission and believes K-Care provides the necessary roadmap to managing healthcare effectively.
Bob Hodge II
Bob is an established business owner with a successful corporate background. Most importantly, Bob is Kyle’s father.
In 1992, Bob created a portable, specialty beverage company with operations throughout the Valley. Shortly thereafter, he created one of the largest independent event specialty beverage and food companies in the Western U.S., serving major sports and entertainment locations, including NFL, NCAA, NBA, MLB, NHL, NHRA and NASCAR as well as multiple amphitheaters, arenas, airports and facilities across the West. He created a restaurant in 2008 that has been awarded “Best of Phoenix” multiple times. The restaurant has given over 5,000 meals to veterans and first responders as well as over 1,000 meals to PBS and numerous other charitable gifts to community organizations downtown and across the Valley.
During his 15 years at Arizona Public Service, Bob served as a Group Segment Manager overseeing the Hospitality Industry Segment, which represented $240 million in annual revenue. He was involved in economic development endeavors and was instrumental in bringing several national resorts to the Valley. Bob also has served on the boards of directors for the APS PAC, AHMA, NHMA and the Phoenix Theatre, and also served as President of the Camelback Mountain Lions Club. Bob has chaired many charitable fund-raising events in the Valley.
As Kyle’s medical advocate during the four years of his battle with sarcoma, Bob was in a unique position to see firsthand the best of the industry, the worst of the industry, and the difficulties in communicating and sharing information when precious time was at stake.
Terry Goddard is a former Attorney General for the State of Arizona and a former Mayor of Phoenix. An effective advocate and advisor, Terry focuses his legal practice on urban development, consumer protection, financial services, anti-money laundering and environmental issues.
A former president of the National League of Cities, HUD official and founder of several nonprofit organizations, Terry has a plethora of practical experience in the planning and management of major urban economic development programs, particularly the areas of housing finance and historic preservation. In short, he knows what it takes to achieve "livability" in an urban context. In addition, he has advocated for, and is a firm believer in, campaign finance reform and voter protection. Terry also has a long history managing water and energy resources in Arizona and the Southwest, and is currently an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Central Arizona Project (CAP), the state's largest source of renewable water.
An honored recipient of City & County magazine's "Municipal Leader of the Year" award, Terry has taught graduate level courses on urban affairs and public participation in local government, and is slated to teach a course at ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law on how state attorneys general impact the development of law.
Rob Laizure has enjoyed a successful career in the outdoor advertising business for 30 years. He founded Nevada Outdoor Systems in 1992 and grew it to over 100 billboards in Las Vegas by 1996. Then he merged with Martin Media and consolidated the Las Vegas market to over 1,000 billboards. In 1999, Martin Media was acquired by Chancellor Media Group. In early 2000, Rob purchased Flack Outdoor in Phoenix, and started Laizure Cooney Outdoor. Over the next 5 years Laizure Cooney grew to over 200 billboards and was sold to Clear Channel.
In 2006, Rob founded ProCerex Dental Lab, which specializes in high quality manufacturing of dental prosthetics in China. In 2008, he created FullContour, a dental technology company with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., China and Costa Rica, with sales globally. In 2017, Rob founded Omniquity, a computer software company holding utility patents for secure Instant™ transfer of data. His successful experiences in manufacturing and consolidating business have given him a unique skill set to lead the Omniquity team.
A serial entrepreneur, Rob has generously offered to provide the technical code to support the file management and transfer capabilities that are key to the success of K-Care.
Eileen Madden Mitchell
With over 25 years of executive leadership experience in supply chain management, logistics and operations with start-ups, Fortune 100 companies, and nonprofits, Eileen brings her passion to K-Care with hopes of changing the way personal health is managed. A consummate people leader with an insatiable curiosity who specializes in creative solutions, Eileen has mastered the art of turning the “impossible” into a reality.
As a senior executive and change catalyst, Eileen brings her history of success energizing teams spanning end-to-end operations to ignite business transformations. Eileen’s education includes degrees in Economics and Business Administration from California State University.
Dr. Michael Smith
Michael A. Smith, MD, is the Chief of Thoracic Surgery and the Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation at Norton Thoracic Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, ranked #1 in the nation. He specializes in thoracic oncology, lung transplantation and esophageal surgery. Dr. Smith was the lead of Kyle’s medical team and was with him from the point of diagnosis until the end. His journey with Kyle highlighted the need for the K-Care application.
Dr. Smith earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed general surgery training and thoracic surgery training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. During his general surgery training, Dr. Smith was awarded a National Research Service Award from the U.S. Public Health Service and a Thoracic Surgery Foundation Research Fellowship Award for research in lung transplantation. He then joined the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, where he was the Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation and Director of Lung Volume Reduction Surgery.
Cherylin is an established business owner. Most importantly, Cherylin is Kyle’s mom.
As Kyle’s medical advocate during the four years of his battle with sarcoma, Cherylin was involved in the minute, intricate details of Kyle’s complex treatment plan. Cherylin worked hand in hand with Kyle’s medical team, ensuring treatment plans were adhered to and were in Kyle’s best interest. She would stay with Kyle during his frequent and lengthy stays in the hospital. Cherylin was in a unique position to see firsthand the best of the industry, the worst of the industry, and the difficulties in communicating and sharing information when precious time was at stake.
In 1992, Cherylin co-founded a portable, specialty beverage company with operations throughout the Valley. Shortly thereafter, she co-founded the largest event specialty beverage and food company in the Western U.S., serving major sports and entertainment locations, including NFL, NCAA, NBA, MLB, NHL, NHRA and NASCAR as well as multiple amphitheaters, arenas, airports and facilities across the West. She co-founded a restaurant in 2008 that has been awarded “Best of Phoenix” multiple times. The restaurant has given over 5,000 meals to veterans and first responders as well as over 1,000 meals to PBS and numerous other charitable gifts to community organizations downtown and across the Valley.
Bobby Hodge III
Bobby is Kyle’s brother. He has an entrepreneurial spirit with a focus on leadership and achievement. Bobby was inducted into the Arizona Football Hall of Fame as a Team Captain/Quarterback and played College Football. He holds several professional wellness certifications. He conducted elite-level performance development at Advantage Training, providing performance-enhancement training at the highest level to professional and college athletes.
Bobby graduated Cum Laude, with degrees in Physiology and Exercise, from Arizona State University.
Larry Landry Ex-Officio Member
For more than 20 years, Larry Landry has represented Arizonan, Alaskan and tribal communities and was previously President and CEO of Landry, Creedon & Associates, Inc., a Phoenix-based consulting firm with offices in Washington D.C. He also has worked for the Office of the Governor of the State of Arizona through several administrations; as the Chairman of the State Parks Board; as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Planning and Development; as Chairman of the Board of the Arizona Office of Tourism; as Chairman of the Arizona Sports Authority, and on several boards appointed by the Phoenix City Council.
Larry received his B.A. in Government from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.S. in Urban Affairs from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He also received the National Training and Development Service Managing Change Expert Award.