Our Leadership Team

Joe McIlhaney, MD
Founder and Chairman

Dr. McIlhaney is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. He established Medical Institute in 1992 to improve prevention efforts for sexually transmitted diseases. He left his private practice of twenty-eight years in 1995 to join MI fulltime. He’s the author of six books, including 1,001 Health-Care Questions Women Ask and Sex: What You Don’t Know Can Kill You. He served as an advisor to President George W. Bush on issues related to STDs and nonmarital pregnancy, and has served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and the Personal Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control. Joe was married to Marion for 57 years before her passing in 2018. He has three children and nine grandchildren.


Lori Kuykendall
President and CEO

Ms. 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 will complete 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.



Michael Mitakidis, MD
Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Mitakidis graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in Surgery. He earned a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Aerospace and Aviation Medicine and has post graduate diplomate qualifications in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, and Tropical Medicine. He founded and led work to pilot HIV/AIDS/STD management in community health centers. He later served in Asia as the Global Medical Services Medical Director for International SOS covering 80 countries and then in Singapore’s Ministry of Health as the Deputy Director of Hospital Services. In 2012, Michael and his family were invited to the U.S. and became U.S. Citizens. He worked as the Science and Medicine Advisor at the American Heart Association in Dallas, Texas, and then in Clinical Education Director-ship within multinational hospital systems in the U.S. and Latin America. Michael and his wife have two adult children.