Jan. 10, 2024 (Kansas City, KS) – Pharmacy of Grace is pleased to announce the hiring of its first executive director, marking a significant moment of growth for this 16-month-old organization. Janice Benjamin started as Interim Executive Director at Pharmacy of Grace in January 2024.
Janice is a seasoned nonprofit and philanthropy executive with a deep passion for health equity and healthcare access. Janice is drawn to the important work at Pharmacy of Grace because it aligns with her lifelong passion for improvingthe health of our community.
“I believe deeply that all people should have access to healthcare, and Pharmacy of Grace is doing this critical work. You cannot underestimate the importance of access to medication, since the inability to afford medication can make a person’s health and quality of life spiral so quickly.”
In 2020, Janice retired as the vice president of development for The University of Kansas Health System where she built a highly regarded philanthropy program from the ground up to support clinical innovation and patient care at the region’s leading academic medical center. She previously served as the vice president of the Menorah Medical Center Foundation.
Janice spent her early professional career as a teacher, career development and management consultant, business owner, and author. She was the president of the Career Management Center, consulting with individual business and professional clients and corporations. She co-authored How to Be Happily Employed, published with a resource guide for six US cities.
She is a graduate of Tulane University with a BA in secondary education and sociology and holds a MA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City
in guidance and counseling. Her civic involvement includes serving as the past president of the Junior League of Kansas City, MO, former Board Chair of the Central Exchange, and a founding board member of The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City (United We). Currently, she is a member of the board of directors for HNC (head & neck cancer) Living Foundation and for JFS KC (Jewish Family Services).