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Our Leadership

Emily Wales
President and CEO

Emily Wales (she/her) serves as President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) and Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes (PPGPV). She joined the organization in 2017, as its first-ever general counsel before later serving as chief operating officer. In her time at PPGP, Emily has led the organization through tightening restrictions on care and a changing landscape of abortion access including an influx in patients traveling from Texas when S.B. 8 took effect in 2021, to total abortion bans in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Under Emily’s leadership, PPGP launched a new health center in Kansas City, Kansas less than a week after the Dobbs decision, increasing access to health care in a community long underserved and providing another point of care for patients throughout the region.  

Emily has consistently helped guide PPGP’s messaging to ensure people across the four-state affiliate knew that PPGP’s doors were open and providing essential sexual and reproductive health care, even as abortion care was no longer available in three of PPGP’s four states. After a historic win for abortion rights in Kansas – in which PPGPV played a pivotal role – Emily quickly prioritized improvements for the three health centers in Kansas, which have filled a critical need for abortion care for patients in surrounding banned states. Under her guidance, PPGP has increased appointments and provider coverage to meet the overwhelming demand, while continuing to advocate at the state level to protect the rights of Kansans. During these times, Emily has remained focused on the well-being of staff and patients, with hope for a future where everyone can get the health care they need, regardless of their zip code.  

Before joining PPGP, Emily was an assistant attorney general for the State of Missouri and a fellow through the Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Program at the National Women’s Law Center. Emily developed a passion for advocating for reproductive rights from a young age, watching her Presbyterian minister father prioritize social justice work and serve on the board of a local Planned Parenthood. A native of Warrensburg, Missouri, Emily is a graduate of William Jewell College and Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, Emily worked at EMILY’s List, helping to elect pro-choice, female Democratic candidates. She enjoys spending time with her husband and young son and is proud to call Kansas City home.  

Dr. Iman Alsaden
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Iman Alsaden (pronoun indifferent) is Chief Medical Officer of PPGP and a board certified OBGYN. They graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Brown University before attending medical school at the University of Illinois (Chicago). They then went on to complete residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago and worked as an OBGYN hospitalist at various academic medical centers, while flying to PPGP and other Planned Parenthood affiliates who relied on traveling physicians to help fill the gap in provider coverage.  

In 2021, Dr. Alsaden joined PPGP full-time as medical director, where they spent countless hours traveling from Kansas to Oklahoma to provide abortion care. Under Dr. Alsaden’s leadership, PPGP has been on the frontlines of care for patients across the four-state region and for those traveling from places as far as Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama. They have also introduced multiple training programs and fellowship opportunities within the affiliate, training many residents, medical students, fellows and attendings in abortion care. Dr. Alsaden is deeply committed to advocating for patients' rights to bodily autonomy and basic human freedoms, empowering them to live authentically. Outside of the health center, their passions include tennis, being in the Orange Theory cult, playing poker, hanging out with Snacks (dog) and Snaggle (cat) and Kelsey (human). 

Executive Leadership Team

  • Emily Wales 
    President & CEO 

  • Dr. Iman Alsaden, MD 
    Chief Medical Officer  

  • Samantha Goodman  
    Vice President of Health Services Operations

  • Sheila Kostas 
    Vice President of Special Projects  

  • Kourtney Vincent-Woodbury 
    Vice President Equity/Community Relations  

  • Paris Pate  
    Vice President Human Relations

  • Heather Palacios  
    Chief Development Officer  

  • Anamarie Rebori Simmons  
    Chief of Staff 

  • Dr. Selina Sandoval, MD  
    Associate Medical Director

  • Erin Thompson 
    General Counsel  

  • Lori Williams, APRN 
    Associate Medical Director  

Board Leadership

  • Chuck Cordray

  • Ronneal Mathews

  • Julie Wellner
    Vice Chair

  • Jason Parson


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