Our Board and Staff

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Our Board and Staff


Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Michael Luby, Chair, Merrill Lynch
Tom Syverson, Past Chair, University Physician Associates 
Neila Whitt, KCP&L
Jovanna Rohs, UMKC Institute for Human Development 
Betty Shelton, Brotherhood Bank 
Stephen Nixon, TYR Energy 
Larry Lerner, Levy & Craig 
Amanda Keller, Mid America Regional Council (MARC)
Betsy Vander Velde, The Family Conservancy 
Don Ash, Wyandotte County Sheriff
Anthony Andrews, Church of Faith International 
Dennis Barnett, Citi Cards
Olushola Bodie, Ascend Learning
Erin Brower, Alliance for Childhood Education (ACE)
Cheryl Carpenter-Davis, MCC-Penn Valley 
Michael Contreras, DeLoitte
Brian Dunn, J.E. Dunn Construction 
Joe Harmon, Hallmark Cards
Renee Herrmann, Community Volunteer
Vercie Lark, DST Systems
Julie Matlage, Black & Veatch 
Nick Nash, Union Bank & Trust 
Philip McKnight, Stinson Morrison Hecker 
Ryan Patton, UBS Financial Services
Maggie Ross, Waddell & Reed
Pat Thelen, UMB
Christi Weaver, The Polished Edge Fine Jewelry 
Matt Webb, Bank of Kansas City
Lindsay Wright, KC Chamber of Commerce
JR Majors, Executive Director Emeritus


Executive Staff
Betsy Vander Velde, President and CEO
Kristin Graue, Vice President of Administration & Finance
Dean Olson, Vice President of Programs
Jocelyn Mourning, Vice President of Development & Communications