Board of Directors


Richard “Dick” Butler, Esq., Chairman

Richard “Dick” Butler, Esq., Chairman

Director since July, 2003, Dick is an attorney, consultant, and lecturer in the long-term care arena and cofounder of Survey Management Services. A graduate of Purdue University and Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, he brings more than 30 years’ experience in health care at the state and national level to the Board. Previously, he served over nine years as the Executive Vice President of the Indiana Health Care Association and served on the Facility Standards Committee and OBRA Task Force for the American Health Care Association. Dick is published in the area of survey information and patient rights and has presented at numerous national conventions and meetings for the long-term care profession. He currently serves on AHCA’s Survey/Regulatory Committee. He is a strong volunteer with youth, having served on the Indiana 4-H Foundation Board of Directors and as its President as well as a Trustee for St. Richard’s Independent Episcopal Day School. Active with Purdue university where he has served on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Liberal Arts. Currently he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Purdue School of Nursing. He resides in Indianapolis, Indiana and is an avid hosta gardner.

Carol Marshall, M.A.Carol Marshall, M.A.

Carol is a risk management specialist based in Ft. Worth, Texas. For the past 18 years, she has trained managers and staff members in long-term care facilities across the country about the benefits of exceptional customer service and risk management. She has offered training programs at numerous state conferences, professional groups, and individual facilities. Carol’s expertise includes regulatory compliance consulting, site audits, and regulatory research for nursing units, rehabilitation units, and other post-acute and long-term care facilities. Her areas of expertise include risk management, quality assurance and performance improvement, program development, and training. She holds a master’s degree in speech pathology and has more than 18 years’ experience in long-term care management and consulting. Carol has authored several books and is published in articles regarding Risk Management and Customer Service. Throughout her career, Carol has held positions as a university professor, a clinician in private practice, and a clinician and manager in acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities. She has also published articles on clinical care issues. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at California State University in Los Angeles and her master’s degree at San Francisco State University.

Diane Voss, M.D.Diane Voss, M.D.

Dr. Voss has been an internal medicine physician for over 20 years and is owner of Reinvent Your Health primary care practice in Independence, Missouri. She received a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 1988 and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 1989. Dr. Voss did her internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She was certified by The American Board of Internal Medicine in 1992. She was a Culpepper Grant participant and a McWilliams Grant participant. Dr. Voss is currently a preceptor in the advanced nursing program and was an associate professor of medicine at the University of Missouri Kansas City. She has also been a teaching physician in the Department of Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. In addition to standard American medicine, Dr. Voss has an ardent interest in holistic alternative/sympathetic medicine, nutritional therapies, exercise, and in coaching people to improved lifestyles. She holds professional memberships in the Society of General Internal Medicine, Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society Metropolitan Medical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Women’s Association, Southwest Clinical Society and Greater Kansas City Society of Internists and the Academy of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Voss’ chapter on “Fluid Balance” has been published in Saudners Manual of Medical Practice.

Gayle Appel Doll, Ph.D.Gayle Appel Doll, Ph.D.

Gayle is the Director of the Center on Aging at Kansas State University. She received her master’s degree from Kansas State University in Kinesiology and her doctorate in 2003 in Life Span Human Development. Under her direction the number of students enrolling in gerontology courses at Kansas State has increased by more than 500 percent since 2005. She teaches gerontology courses, earning the Commerce Bank award for Outstanding Undergraduate teaching in 2005. Some of those courses are for the Great Plains IDEA distance master’s program in gerontology. She has headed the PEAK education team in developing educational materials to advance culture change in long-term care and more broadly on quality of life for frail elders. Due to her most recent research, Gayle is viewed as an expert in the field of sexuality in nursing homes and is currently writing a book on the subject. Gayle has worked closely with Steve Shields at Meadowlark Hills to develop a Kansas State learning community on the Meadowlark campus where she teaches intergenerational courses. In her free time she enjoys her family – three sons and a daughter-in-law, a husband, two cats, two dogs – gardening, painting, quilting, running, biking and jumping out of or off of things.

Ron Ott, Retired Business Owner and Investment Banking ExecutiveRon Ott, Retired Business Owner and Investment Banking Executive

Ron was elected to the Board of Directors in 2006 and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Governance and Compensation Committees. Ron brings to the Board a wide range of business experience having worked as an Accountant, Chief Financial Officer, Investment Banker and finally as the owner of Ott Financial Corporation (OFC), a financial services holding company. Ott Financial Corporation was the parent company of Davidson Securities, Inc, an investment banking company that grew to become a leading underwriter of municipal securities. OFC also owned a successful municipal consulting firm that provided financial advisory services to cities, counties, state agencies, school districts, universities and health care providers. In 2001, OFC was acquired by Gold Bank Corporation, a regional bank holding company which owned banks throughout the Midwest. In 2006, Gold Bank Corporation was acquired by M&I Bank, a national financial services holding company based in Wisconsin. Ron served Gold Bank and M&I Bank as executive vice president of the Wealth Management Division and continued serving municipalities throughout the Midwest. Ron’s career in finance brings critical expertise and financial acumen to the oversight of Medicalodges’ financial reporting systems, banking relationships and general business practices.

Garen Cox, President and Chief Executive OfficerGaren Cox

Garen Cox served as the company’s President and CEO from 2003 until his retirement in 2022. He joined Medicalodges in 1976 after graduation from law school and managed all legal affairs of the company as its General Counsel. In 2003 Garen was elected as the Company’s President, CEO, and General Counsel. Mr. Cox led the Company through the transition to an ESOP company and in expanding the lines of business, while handling issues involving development and acquisitions, employment, workers’ compensation, and insurance. His unique set of talents as an attorney and executive officer provide a perspective that creates a focus on quality care and operating performance. His presence in the health care industry provides expertise not only at the state and local level but, by serving on several significant committees for the American Health Care Association, on a national level. Mr. Cox provided the leadership and vision to guide the Company through a constantly changing health care market.

Leadership Team Board Members

CEO/CFO Scott Hines and Executive Vice President/COO Shannon Lager, members of  the Medicalodges leadership team, also serve as members of our board.