Board Member Spotlight: Alisa Ford

“I firmly believe that it is important to always focus on providing great care to those we serve.”


Alisa, welcome to the Open Options Board of Directors! Why did you initially become interested in joining us?

I was first introduced to Open Options by a friend and former colleague who is currently a board member. After retiring, I was interested in volunteering for a local, not-for-profit organization and utilizing my experience in healthcare human resources. Upon meeting Vince, President and CEO of Open Options, and attending a board meeting, I was impressed by the quality of the staff and board members and inspired by the important mission of the organization.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in the Kansas City area and currently live in Lenexa with my husband. We have a son and daughter-in-law, a daughter and son-in-law and four young grandchildren. I am also the oldest of six children and love being part of a large, close-knit, extended family.

I am a CPA by training and have worked in internal audit, public accounting, and human resource consulting and recently retired as the Vice President of Human Resources, at The University of Kansas Health System. Although I was not a direct caregiver at the hospital, it was inspiring and rewarding to support and take care of those that did provide direct care to patients. I firmly believe that it is important to always focus on providing great care to those we serve.

I am also a member of JCYM, a women’s philanthropic organization that supports many local charities including Safehome, Kids TLC and Johnson County Christmas Bureau.

What excites you most about the mission of Open Options?

The Mission of Open Options is very powerful – “to support people to realize their full potential.” It is definitely a privilege and a great responsibility to serve those with developmental and intellectual disabilities to help them lead full and rewarding lives. As a board member, I am excited to be able to help support that Mission.

What do you wish other people knew about developmental and intellectual disabilities?

It is important for people to realize that those with developmental and intellectual disabilities have hopes and dreams like the rest of us but have to rely on support from others to achieve those goals. Open Options does a great job providing critical support to both the disabled individuals and their families.