“Since I’m going to spend the rest of my life in Missouri, I was looking for an organization in which to invest my time, energy and experience,” said Dr. Kathleen “Kathy” Bond of Parkville, recently selected AARP Missouri State President. “When I received the recruitment letter – and because I have always admired the work of the organization – I knew I wanted to make a contribution that affects the lives of older adults and their families.”
Dr. Bond has held formal and informal leadership positions for 25 years as an educator in the nursing field and has advocated for people of all ages and economic backgrounds to receive good health care. Past volunteer experiences have included working in storefront clinics, administering health screenings, and participating in health fairs.
A champion of health care, Dr. Bond has served as the Dean of the School of Nursing at six universities, including as founding Dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing. She retired from Adelphi University located in Long Island, NY, where her responsibilities included developing and executing unit and university-wide strategic plans, testifying before state legislatures, presenting invitational speeches, and serving on editorial boards for professional journals. Dr. Bond has also received formal executive leadership, board of director, and media training.
During her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Policy with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in Washington, DC, Dr. Bond served as a health legislative aide in the office of former Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt. She has also served on several World Health Organization (WHO) committees.
In her new volunteer post, Kathy says her mission is to inspire and lead other volunteers by example. “We will be working side by side,” she said. “And ‘we’ is a very powerful word. You can accomplish any task with others working with you.”
Dr. Bond, a member of AARP for 20 years, hopes to get out in communities across the state, meeting leaders and personally inviting others to join AARP and to become volunteers. “I am going to put my heart and soul in this position to ensure that AARP Missouri makes many positive contributions to our members and others,” she said.
Craig Eichelman, AARP Missouri State Director, said, “Kathy is anxious to get started and has much to offer AARP in this leadership position.”
“I’m exceedingly honored to have been selected and am looking forward to working as AARP Missouri makes a difference in many lives,” Kathy said.