Our Leadership

Affinia Healthcare (formerly Grace Hill Health Centers) has proudly served the City of St. Louis since 1906. We provide primary and preventive health care services to more than 43,000 patients each year. That is an enormous obligation and a privilege we gladly embrace. 

My vision is for Affinia Healthcare to be the patient-centered health home of choice in St. Louis and be recognized locally and nationally as a dynamic and transformative leader among community health centers. We are here to serve you.

Sincerely,
Dr. Kendra Holmes
President and Chief Executive Officer

The Affinia Healthcare Board of Directors has selected Dr. Kendra Holmes as Affinia Healthcare President and CEO. The new role is also a historic one: Dr. Holmes is the first woman, and the first Black person, to be selected as the organization’s President and CEO in its 117-year history.

Dr. Holmes joined Affinia Healthcare in 2003 as a pharmacist and worked her way to the organization’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In that role, she oversaw health center operations including: radiology, laboratory, nursing services, security, WIC, maternal child, and services for unhoused citizens. She also spearheaded the health center’s most recent Joint Commission review which resulted in a Gold Award for its ambulatory care. Her previous roles also included director of pharmacy operations and directing the health center’s quality improvement and accreditation initiatives.

Dr. Holmes received her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in pharmacy at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. She is also the recipient of the Community Health Centers Executive Management Fellowship from the Kansas University Medical Center.

Actively involved in the community, Dr. Holmes has received numerous honors and accolades throughout her career. She serves on the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis Board of Trustees and was a member of the 2015 St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class. She is the recipient of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Distinguished African-American Alumni Award, the St. Louis American Foundation’s Excellence in Healthcare Award, St. Louis County NAACP Outstanding Healthcare Service Award, and 2022 Quality of Life Award from the St. Louis Mayor’s Office, among others.

Mr. Kimball McMullin, Affinia Healthcare Board Chair, stated, “Dr. Holmes has progressively developed an impressive resume, displaying exceptional leadership during her 19-year tenure at Affinia Healthcare. Our Board considered several well-qualified applicants for the position. Dr. Holmes’ distinguished service in our organization and throughout the region set her apart.”

Dr. Holmes replaced Dr. Alan Freeman, who stepped down Dec. 31, 2022 after serving as Affinia Healthcare’s President and CEO for 16 years.

Senior Administration

Kendra Holmes, RPh, PharmD

President and Chief Executive Officer
Leslie O’Connor, CPA
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Finance
Melissa Tepe, MD, MPH
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Takisha Lovelace, M.A.

Vice President

Chief Operating Officer
Yvonne Buhlinger, MSW, FCHCEM
Vice President
Development and Community Relations
Steven Harmon, Esq.
Vice President
Human Resources, Equity and Inclusion, Compliance
Sonia Deal, RN, MSN/MHA, CHCEF, PCMH CCE
Vice President
Community Health and Engagement

Board of Directors

Kimball McMullin
Board Chair
David Walters
Vice Chair
Jean Frazee
Treasurer
Paula Davis
Secretary
Laurel Tinsley
Immediate Past Chair
Board Members
Mitchell Baris
Riisa Rawlins-Easley
Araceli Escalante-Gudino
Harry Dengler
Robert Jacobson
Duane Tolen
Consumer Board Members
Elizabeth Coleman
Kevin Hachegechog
Georgia Harris
Gwendolyn Hall
Tondaleria Curry
Debra Leonard
General Advisors
Dr. Ebony Boyce Carter
Joan D’Ambrose
James Lippert
Vickie Lomax
William Van Luven
Regina Everett
Gilbert Peoples
Ex-Officio
The Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson
Dr. Alan O. Freeman, FACHE

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