Advisory Council

Providing Feedback

The Advisory Council was formed in July 2011 to provide input and feedback about the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s programs, services and communication efforts. The Advisory Council meets quarterly. Get more information about the duties and responsibilities of the Advisory Council by reading our formation flyer (PDF).

Our Advisory Council Members:

Aida Hernández
Aida is a certified medical interpreter and has been volunteering her services, including at the Health Department, for more than eight years. Aida is from Mexico, where she spent 15 years coordinating an environmental education program. She has a master’s degree in education from the University of London.
Ashleigh Lottinville
Ashleigh is a mother and an artist. She trains in Mixed Martial Arts and Jujitsu. She is passionate about community needs and equality.

Robert Kortlucke
Robert is a father and Lawrence “townie.” He received a master of social work from the University of Kansas. He is the Fatherhood Initiative case manager at the Lawrence Community Shelter.
Lisa Mason
Lisa and her husband have a blended family of nine children. They own a small software company that develops Enterprise Document Management Software for companies and government organizations. She started a local support group for young mothers in Douglas County.

Sarah Rahija
As a Lawrence resident and mother of four, Sarah comes to the Advisory Council as a former client and mentor mom for a breastfeeding support group called Breast Is Best Social. She thrives on connecting people with resources.
Mary Baskett
Mary served as executive director of the Kansas Head Start Association for 12 years before retiring in 2011. She is co-chair of the Childhood Trauma Research Group of Justice Matters, an interfaith initiative addressing social justice issues in Lawrence.
Kenny Yates
Kenny is the program manager and fatherhood career specialist at the Lawrence Community Shelter. He’s excited about the opportunity to help develop great programs and organizations in Lawrence.

Seeking Residents

The Health Department is seeking Douglas County residents who have used its services and programs to join the Council. If interested, email Jenn Preston at or call 785-843-3060.