About Us - Board Members
Empowering Olympic Hopefuls Through Financial and Educational Support
Kyle Barlow – President
Kyle is a healthcare executive who is passionate about impacting an organization through leadership that exemplifies collaboration, financial efficiency, and strategic orientation. He is currently the Executive Director for Health Partners, a physician-hospital organization (PHO) made up of Washington Regional Medical Center, over 600 providers (primary care and specialty) and four outpatient surgery centers. He has a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration and will be completing his Doctorate in Healthcare Administration in 2018. Kyle has past leadership experience in helping and leading people as he has two other masters in theology and counseling. In his free time, Kyle is an avid sports fan and enjoys writing and exercising. His greatest time spent is with his wife, Sheena, and three children, Ashlyn, Alex and Josh.
Christina Stumbaugh – Vice President
Christina is the founder of The Chasing Gold Project. As the mom of an athlete who has spent her life chasing gold, she understands the importance of the parental and financial support of an athlete. She has spent most of her career in the digital marketing space and is currently the Director of Digital Marketing for pharmaceutical skin care company, Theraderm Clinical Skin Care.
Karla Gochenour – Treasurer
Karla is the Vice President of Human Resources at WoodmenLife, a fraternal benefit society with open membership in the United States. Her primary focus is overseeing employee relations, workforce planning, recruiting, compensation, benefits, talent development, and wellness initiatives. Prior to joining WoodmenLife in 2003, Karla was an independent consultant for a Fortune 500 company and assisted them in establishing a Merger and Acquisition process. Prior to that, she spent over 17 years at First Data Resources, primarily in Operations and Human Resources. Her last position was Vice President of Human Resources, specializing in employee relations, mergers and acquisitions, and crisis management. As a seasoned advocate for managing human capital, Karla has a passion for all of the dynamics of human resources, including change management and the development of tomorrow’s leaders. She also has an uncanny ability to perform as a business analyst. Her ability to maintain a seat at the executive-level ensures her contributions are exemplary.
Karla is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and Human Resources Management Association of the Midlands. She also continues to proudly serve her community as a WoodmenLife chapter member, a vital part of volunteer activities within the community and country.
Sandi Morris – Secretary
“The reason I am so passionate about The Chasing Gold project is I know what it’s like to sacrifice everything to chase “the dream”. I grew up dreaming of becoming an Olympian, and now that have accomplished that, my eyes are set on the World Record and a gold medal. I live 14 hours away from my family in order to train with my coach at Arkansas. I give up all of my time to spend it training. Every waking hour of mine is spent studying nutrition, watching videos of my vaulting technique, planning my competition schedule, or sitting on flights to Europe to go compete. My entire life is the pole vault. This project speaks to me because I know how hard this dream is to catch, but one thing I am lucky not to have to experience first-hand is the financial struggle while simultaneously trying to train and compete. Because I have a supportive family and became a medalist within a year of becoming pro, I never lacked the financial ability to focus on training. My situation is extremely rare. Most athletes have to work a part (or full) time job along with training. If an athlete is not a medalist, they likely are barely making enough money from track meets to survive. This means they have to find a job that can supplement their income, but also one that is lenient enough to allow them to leave and travel for weeks at a time. These types of jobs are few and far between. Track and Field is not like the NFL. When an athlete “goes pro”, they are on their own to find a coach, a place to train, and clothing to train in. Arkansas gracefully has allowed me to stay at the University as a “volunteer coach” so I am allowed access to facilities, my coach, and my training partners/teammates. Most Uni’s don’t do this. This is why I want to play a role in The Chasing Gold project. Every athlete with The Dream deserves the opportunity to give it their all. They need support, and I want to help provide them all the things I always had. Without them, I never would have accomplished what I have thus far.”