Dr. Jermaine Pennington, Chief Operations Officer and Senior Project Manager

January 2, 2024

Prairie View proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Jermaine Pennington as Chief Operations Officer (COO) and Senior Project Manager. Dr. Pennington's promotion reflects his outstanding leadership and dedication, marking a significant chapter in Prairie View's history of transformative mental health care in Kansas.


Dr. Pennington brings a wealth of experience, having served the Wichita community for the past 20 years. His diverse background includes:

  1. Ministry: Dr. Pennington is a church planter with a successful track record of establishing and nurturing three thriving congregations, fostering spiritual growth and community engagement.
  2. Health Care: As a chaplain and administrator in hospice, hospital settings, and long-term care, Dr. Pennington has provided compassionate support in critical healthcare environments.
  3. Social Services: Dr. Pennington has excelled in social services, serving as a community mobilizer and coalition builder around public health initiatives, showcasing his dedication to community well-being.


In addition to his impactful community service, Dr. Pennington holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology, a Master’s degree in Public Health, and a Doctorate in Ministry. He is a proud husband to Sara and a devoted father to sons Jackson and Jordan.


Reflecting on his new roles, Dr. Pennington shared, "As someone who has a true appreciation for history and community change, I am thrilled to link arm and arms with others to steward the leadership of Prairie View, which has this undeniable and rich history of contributing to transformative mental health care in Kansas for over 7 decades. The vision is compelling, our leader is vibrant, and I look forward to helping to write the next chapter of our story."


Prairie View President & CEO Marcy Johnson expressed excitement, stating, "Dr. Pennington's appreciation for our history, commitment to community change, and dedication to our transformative vision align seamlessly with Prairie View's values."


This appointment underscores Prairie View's commitment to internal talent and its ongoing mission to provide outstanding mental health services to the community. The organization looks forward to Dr. Jermaine Pennington's continued contributions as Prairie View enters the next chapter of its impactful journey.