Leadership Team

Joe S. McIlhaney, MD, Founder

Joe McIlhaney, MD is the Founder and Chairman of Medical Institute for Sexual Health. He founded this organization in 1992 and left his medical practice of twenty-four years to become President of the organization in 1995. He is from Lubbock, TX and graduated from Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) in 1957. He graduated from Baylor University School of Medicine with an MD degree in 1961. Following an internship at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston, he entered the USAF as a general medical officer, serving for two years. He returned to Baylor to do nine months of residency in Pediatrics and then to complete a three year residency in Ob-Gyn. He and his wife and three daughters then moved to Austin, TX where he practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology with an emphasis on care of infertile couples. During that time he was an innovator, bringing gynecologic laparoscopy, gynecologic microsurgery, gynecologic laser and, with three other doctors, IVF to the Central Texas area.

Lori Kuykendall, MPH, President and CEO

Mrs. Kuykendall brings over 25 years experience in community health education and nonprofit leadership. Prior to joining the staff, she served on the MI Board of Directors, and assisted Dr. McIlhaney in leading the National Coalition for “a new sexual revolution.” Lori earned her B.S. in Community Health Education from Texas A&M University and completed her Masters in Public Health from Liberty University in December 2020. She served as Prevention Coordinator for the Women’s Pregnancy Center in Houston and later the Executive Director of LifeTalk Resource Center in Frisco. In 1998, she co-founded Fort Bend ALERT (Abstinence Leadership, Education and Resources for Teens), a federal Title V grantee. Most recently, Lori led Aim for Success, Inc., the largest provider of live health education in Texas, which merged with Just Say YES Youth Equipped To Succeed in 2019. She and her husband Chris have four children.

Peter Sprigg, Research and Advocacy Director

Peter Sprigg joined Medical Institute as Research and Advocacy Director in 2021. Previously he served as Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council (FRC) in Washington, D.C. Peter joined FRC in 2001, and did research, writing, media commentary, and policy advocacy in the areas of marriage, family, and human sexuality. He has authored two books, as well as numerous booklets and policy papers. Peter has also served as a pastor, and as a professional actor and unit leader with the Covenant Players. Before that, he worked as Economic Development Assistant to Congressman Robert F. Drinan (D-Mass.). Peter received a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Drew University, with a double major in political science and economics. He lives with his wife in the Washington, D.C. area, and they have one adult son.

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