About The Foundation

The Mission of Rooks County Healthcare Foundation

Our mission is to lead the way to better healthcare for Rooks County.

Simply put, Rooks County Healthcare Foundation (RCHF) has been working since 1990 to support the health and well-being of the residents of Rooks County by helping fund life-saving and health-enhancing initiatives and programs for non-profit healthcare entities throughout the county.

A stand-alone 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, RCHF is committed to supporting the success of non-profit healthcare entities and initiatives in Rooks County.

Benefits to the Community

RCHF is a foundation that Rooks County can build on. Solid, dependable, and ready to shoulder the burden of helping make sure you, your family, friends, and neighbors have available the resources for a healthier and safer life. Rooks County Healthcare Foundation believes that healthy people make for a healthier community.

Children should be able to rely upon having a solid foundation for a safe and healthy childhood and future. Senior citizens should be able to access the quality of care that enables them to face their emerging healthcare needs with confidence and dignity. Everyone benefits from a safer, healthier community. Rooks County Healthcare Foundation is here to help make Rooks County a shining example of what a rural community can accomplish for its citizens when everyone pitches in.

Your gifts make a difference!

The donations that you make to Rooks County Healthcare Foundation are put to work to better the lives, health, and safety of the citizens of Rooks County. When you give to RCHF you are supporting your community, your family, friends, neighbors, and one day perhaps, even yourself.

If you have donated to RCHF you have:

  • Helped build the Stockton Medical Clinic
  • Helped deliver fuel vouchers and nutritional supplements to county residents undergoing cancer treatment
  • Supplied “Stop the Bleed” kits to every county school system and law enforcement agency
  • Brought advanced diagnostic technologies such as 3-D mammography and on-site MRI services to the county
  • Provided critical emergency care equipment for the county emergency medical services
  • Supported county-wide life-saving initiatives by purchasing AED’s for local schools and recreation centers


But the most important results of your donation to RCHF are the lives that are saved, healed, and re-built and the hope that has been restored to so many.

When you make a gift, you have supported your family, friends, and neighbors who are fighting cancer. You have given our schools, law enforcement, and EMS services the tools they need to save lives. You have made it possible for young and old alike to rehabilitate their bodies and rebuild their lives after the effects of disease or traumatic injury. You have made a difference!

Foundation Board:

President:  Carson LeMaar
Vice-President:  Kathy Ramsay
Treasurer: Linda Rudman
Secretary: Kandie Morain
Members:  Charlie Allphin
                    Donna Brown
                    Chuck Comeau
                    Emily Holloway
                    Sheila Latham
                    Wynn McReynolds

Executive Director: Sam Pfannenstiel

Giving for the Future

Join us as we help build Rooks County a destination for healthy living. RCHF is committed to helping you and your family lead a healthier, safer life. Our goals are the same as yours: healthy people, healthy communities, and a healthy future for everyone.

Your gifts help fund investments in patient care, community education, charitable care, wellness, and more, so that the care you and your loved ones need will always be available, when and where you need it.

The Rooks County Healthcare Foundation is classified as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization by the IRS. As such, the foundation accepts a variety of gifts that are tax-deductible as allowed by law, including the following:

  • Gifts of Cash – outright or pledged over a period of five years.
  • Gifts of Securities – including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and IRAs.
  • Gifts of Personal Property – i.e., coin collections, antique cards, artwork, etc.
  • Gifts of Real Property – including real estate, home, business property, farmland, and pastures, etc. with RCH reserving the right to liquidate at any time.
  • Gifts of Trusts – including charitable remainder trusts, unitrusts, lead trusts, family trusts, annuity trusts, living trusts, etc.
  • Gifts of Insurance – RCH must be both the owner and beneficiary for the donor to receive a charitable deduction.
  • Gifts of Bequests – i.e. gifts received at death directed by a will or living trust.

Any one of these gifts or a combination may be used to create a current or deferred gift to the campaign. A current gift is a gift to be received during the five-year pledge window of the campaign. A deferred gift, also called an estate gift, planned gift or ultimate gift, is a gift that will not likely be realized during the five-year window.

We encourage you to discuss these various giving methods with your accountant, financial advisor, or attorney and select the most effective way for you to make a gift to the foundatio


RCHF is an independent, not-for-profit corporation. Your support ensures that the Foundation can meet its mission of leading the way to better healthcare in Rooks County. Thank you for considering investing in your county’s hospital, emergency services, recreation centers, Cancer Council, nursing homes and other health and safety initiatives and programs that are so necessary for so many of us. RCHF has helped fund all of these entities and others over the years.

We pledge to be thoughtful stewards of your gift, and we value the trust you have placed in us. Gifts to the Foundation are used as designated by the donor. The Foundation Board exercises prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities and assures donors that their gifts will be used exclusively for the purpose they designate. Donors are assured that information about their donations are handled with respect and confidentiality to the extent provided by law.


The Rooks County Healthcare Foundation is headed by a Board of Directors that consists of area leaders from various communities in our service area. The Foundation Board has the responsibility for governing the Foundation’s policy making, financial management, and fund development activities.

This group of volunteers, with a diverse background in medicine, education, banking, farming, insurance, and business lend their expertise and dedication to furthering the mission of RCHF. Assisted by the Foundation’s Executive Director, these volunteers receive no compensation for their time and talents.

Donor Form

Click here to download a copy of our Donor Form to print and submit. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Sam Pfannenstiel at 785-688-4428.

Cheyenne Armbruster-Wahrman, PA-C

Specialty: Family Medicine


Cheyenne Armbruster-Wahrman grew up in Plainville and graduated from Plainville High School in 2013. She chose primary care because she enjoys seeing a wide variety of health conditions and age ranges. Armbuster-Wahrman’s philosophy is to always make her patients feel comfortable talking to her and to ensure they know she is there to listen to their health concerns.

She loves the close relationships that small-town living fosters, and Plainville’s close-knit community spirit is evident in the way everyone rallies together to help those in need.

In her free time, she enjoys relaxing with her family and friends. She recommends RCH as a workplace to fellow Primary Care Providers because of the opportunity to get to know patients inside and outside the clinic, as well as the supportive environment among providers, especially for those new to the profession.


  • Wichita State University; 2022

Mary Takaishi, PA-C

Specialty: Family Medicine


Mary C. Takaishi, PA-C, chose to pursue primary care after her family experienced her sister’s premature birth, which involved numerous hospital and doctor visits. Despite initially aspiring to be an astronaut, her dream shifted after a touching encounter with an elderly man with Parkinson’s Disease during a college Christmas caroling event. This encounter ignited her desire to pursue a medical career, leading her to attend PA school to provide care and support to those in need.

Takaishi’s approach to patient care is characterized by compassion and empathy. She strives to create a welcoming environment where patients feel at ease discussing their health concerns. Beyond the clinic, she actively engages in community services, volunteer work, and public health initiatives.

Originally from Olathe, KS, Takaishi practiced medicine in South Central Kansas before settling in Rooks County with her wife. She prefers the rural setting for raising her daughter over a metropolitan area. On weekends, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and tending to her own self-proclaimed “funny farm”.


  • Wichita State University; 2006

Daniel J. Sanchez, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine


Dr. Daniel Sanchez is a family medicine physician. He joined the staff at Rooks County Health Center in 1993. He enjoys preventive medicine — fixing risk factors before they cause problems.

He lives in Plainville with his wife, Karen, and their two children.


  • Residency: Family Medicine at Saint Joseph Hospital; 1993
  • Doctorate of Medicine: Loma Linda University; 1990
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology/Chemistry Minor: Union College; 1986


During medical training, I liked a bit of everything I did and Family Medicine became a very logical choice.  To follow a patient over many years, often treating generations of the same family, gives many insights into a person’s make-up–physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

I once asked a friend’s dad who was a general practitioner (the term used in that day) what his favorite part of medicine was and he told me preventative medicine.  I asked him what that meant and he said it was about helping people become and stay healthy so they wouldn’t get sick.  “Boring!” I thought.  I wanted to save lives, remove disease and do heroic things.

Now I understand.  We can really abuse our health and then bring our broken bodies for a doctor to try and heal, but how much better to take care of it in the first place and maintain it in good working order.  I understand my mentor’s line of thinking. 

My medical school’s motto is, “To Make Man Whole”.  That is my deepest desire, to restore the whole person to his or her greatest potential and maintain the highest quality of life possible.

Cynthia Peticolas, DMD

Specialty: Dentistry


Dr. Cynthia Peticolas is a seasoned dental professional with over 30 years of experience. Dr. Peticolas was born in Maryland, but when she was a year old, her father landed a job with IBM and her family moved to Northern California. When she was in 6th grade her family relocated once again to Eugene, Oregon where her father worked as a physics professor at The University of Oregon. When it came time to go to college, the obvious choice would have been to go to her home-town college where her father worked, but instead she chose Oregon State University, 50 miles north, in Corvallis, Oregon.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oregon State and then attended Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland where she received her dental degree in 1982.

Dr. Peticolas, practiced in Salem and Mill City, Oregon from 1982 until 2007 when she married and moved to Stockton, Kansas. She now lives in Damar, Kansas with her granddaughter and all her pets!! Anyone who knows her, knows how much she loves animals of all shapes and sizes. She is an avid horse-woman and enjoys trail riding (at a really fast trot). She attends local gaming events and has been active in the sport of endurance riding for nearly 25 years.

​Dr. Peticolas is still a student of dentistry and eager to learn and expand her knowledge and skills as a dental practitioner. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and is president-elect for the Kansas AGD for 2016.

Charles Schultz, MD

Specialty: General Surgery

University of Kansas School of Medicine 1979-1983
Residency- St. Luke’s Hospital/University of Missouri at Kansas City 1983-1989
Doctorate of Medicine- University of Kansas School of Medicine 1983

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery

Lavelle Ellis, MD

Specialty: Gastroenterology

Medical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine, 1986

Wayne State University,
Royal Free Hospital, Hepatology

University of Kansas School of Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certifications:
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology

American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology,
American Association of Liver Disease.

Luann Evert, APRN

Specialty: Cardiology

Education and Training

Medical Degree(s)

Masters in Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
BSN, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS

Patricia Crawley, MD

Specialty: Cardiology


Medical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City

Internal Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita

Cardiology, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

Board Certified:
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Scot Bandel, DPM

Specialty: Podiatry


Dr. Bandel is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in the area of Foot Surgery. He is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Dr. Bandel is a Western Nebraska native, who attended undergraduate school at Chadron State College, in Chadron, Nebraska and then went on to pursue a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University. In 2006, Dr. Bandel completed a 3-year surgical residency at Hennepin County Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

​Dr. Bandel treats a vast number of foot and ankle ailments, both surgical and non-surgical, including but not limited to plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, bunions, sprains, fractures, and diabetic foot care needs. 

​During his time not spent with patients, Dr. Bandel is a very active member of his church and enjoys camping and spending time with his family.

Leann Zimmerman, APRN

Specialty: APRN
Location: Rooks County Hospital


Leann Zimmerman, APRN, is a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been providing health care services for over 30 years in rural Kansas.  She also provides a wound care clinic service for inpatients and outpatients at Rooks County Health Center.

Her clinical interest is being a patient advocate and providing care that makes a positive difference in others’ lives.

She lives in Hays with her husband, Jayme. They have 6 children. She enjoys many sports and family events.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing- Fort Hays State University

Master’s Degree in Counseling- Fort Hays State University

Master’s Degree in Nursing- Fort Hays State University

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric Mental Health- Wichita State University

Family Nurse Practitioner- Fort Hays State University

Jerome M. Molstad, PA-C

Specialty: PA-C
Location: Rooks County Hospital


With over 35 years of experience, Jerry was one of the first physician associate’s in Kansas to provide locum coverage to rural and small-town hospitals.

He spent most of his career supporting underserved areas and fulfilling his military obligations including separate deployments to Iraq and Kuwait.

A native of Colby, Jerry is always on the move enjoying hiking, skiing, travel, camping, flying, motor paragliding and John Deere equipment restoration. When possible he assists with EMS and firefighting. Jerry is the busy father of six.

Medical Education:

  • Doctorate of Medicine – University of Kansas School of Medicine 2016
  • Master of Public Heath – University of Kansas Medical Center 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – University of Kansas 2005
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism – University of Kansas 2005

Military Education:

  • Air Command and Staff College
  • Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL (Squadron Officer School)



Beth Oller, MD

Specialty: Family Practice
Location: Rooks County Hospital


Dr. Beth Oller is a family medicine physician who graduated from Wesley Family Medicine Residency in Wichita.

She is delighted to work in the community of Stockton and build a practice at the new clinic. Clinical interests include maternal/child care, quality improvement, and rural medicine/access to care.

In her free time she likes to spend time with her family. She also likes to read, cross-stitch, and explore Kansas.


  • Residency: Wesley Family Medicine Residency Program; Wichita, KS; 2011
  • Doctorate of Medicine: University of Kansas School of Medicine; 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: University of Kansas; 2002

Mike Oller, MD

Specialty: Family Practice
Location: Rooks County Hospital


Dr. Mike Oller is a family medicine physician who graduated from Wesley Family Medicine Residency in Wichita.

He is pleased to live in the community of Stockton and excited to work at the new clinic. Clinical interests include quality improvement, chronic disease management, preventive and procedural medicine.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys nature photography and gardening.


  • Residency: Wesley Family Medicine Residency Program; Wichita, KS; 2011
  • Doctorate of Medicine: University of Kansas School of Medicine; 2008
  • Master of Public Health: University of Kansas; 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology: Fort Hays State University; 2003

Emily Decker, PA-C

Specialty: PA-C
Location: Rooks County Hospital


Emily Decker is a Physician Associate providing medical services at Rooks County Health Center’s walk-in clinic, Doctors Without Delay. She also worked several years as a Physician Associate at Rooks County’s Post Rock Family Medicine. In 2018 she rejoined the staff of Rooks County Health Center. Emily lives in Hays with her husband Thomas, and their son Grayson. Emily enjoys traveling, reading, crafting and spending time with her family & friends.


  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Fort Hays State University
  • Masters of Physician Assistant from Wichita State University


  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support