OUR MISSION

The mission of the Kendrick Foundation is to financially support education and initiatives that improve the physical and mental health of Morgan County residents.

OUR VISION

The Kendrick Foundation will be the premier catalyst to identify and promote the healthcare needs of Morgan County.

Our Team


Keylee Wright, MAExecutive Director
Keylee Wright is the Kendrick Foundation’s first Executive Director. In this role, Keylee manages the day-to-day operations of the Kendrick Foundation, leads the Board of Directors in establishing the strategic plan and other key initiatives, provides direction and guidance to grantees, promotes the work of the Kendrick Foundation, and represents the Kendrick Foundation at Morgan County community functions.

Since 2003, Keylee’s worked within the public health system. She started her career at the Open Door/BMH Health Center and accepted a position with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) in 2004. Keylee completed a Master of Arts degree in Wellness Management and Applied Gerontology from Ball State University in 2007. She worked for the ISDH, either as a state employee or contractor, for almost 15 years, specifically in cancer prevention and control from 2008 through 2019. The Indiana Public Health Association named Keylee a public health hero in 2014, and she received the Indiana Cancer Consortium’s highest honor – Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Control – in 2015.

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Tricia Runningen, MPHAssociate Director

Tricia Runningen joined the Kendrick Foundation team in April 2022. Tricia’s role is to support strategic planning and research efforts, implement the Kendrick Foundation evaluation plan, and to support development and implementation of organizational program areas.

Tricia earned her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with minors in Coaching and Public Health in 2012 and completed her Master of Public Health from the Indiana University School of Public Health in 2016. She has worked in multiple areas of public health including health promotion and disease/injury prevention as a physical conditioning specialist with the military, in healthy aging as a program coordinator with the Area 10 Agency on Aging, and most recently she worked as a program director at the Indiana Department of Health, focusing mostly on prevention of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. She has enjoyed volunteering with organizations such as Hoosier Hills Food Bank, the YMCA of Monroe County, People and Animal Learning Services, Fit2Serve, and Force Fitness.

For her own physical and mental health and wellbeing, Tricia enjoys running, biking, backpacking, kayaking, and camping with her husband and rough collie.

OUR BOARD

Eric Wymer, MD

President

Amanda Walter, MD

Vice President

Sara Dungan

Secretary

Greg McKelfresh

Paul Broderick, DO

JoAnn Fischer

BJ Pendill

OUR HISTORY

The Kendrick Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2001 as a vehicle to assist health-related programs benefiting residents of Morgan County.

Formed from the proceeds of the sale of Kendrick Memorial Hospital, the Kendrick Foundation reflects the long service of the hospital to the health of the community. It has become an extension of the life work of Dr. William Kendrick, and all who preceded him in the 100 years of service given at Kendrick Memorial Hospital.

The Kendrick Foundation is leading health initiatives for Morgan County. With assets over $30 million, the Kendrick Foundation provides grant and scholarship funds to medical and health programs, and supports community outreach, health care education, and programs for the medically indigent. The Kendrick Foundation is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors who is responsible for the oversight of its investments, grants, and scholarships.

The mission of the Kendrick Foundation is to financially support education and initiatives that improve the physical and mental health of Morgan County residents. The Kendrick Foundation will be the premier catalyst to identify and promote the health care needs of Morgan County.