About Us

Mission: Helping children and families achieve a lifetime of success.

Vision: Bright futures for children and families.

Careers   Leadership   Programs   Reports   Culture    Solidarity Statement

Serving Kansas City
for 140 years.


Over the past 140 years, our organization has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the community. In the early days of our founding as The Provident Association in 1880, we helped families overcome joblessness, floods and epidemics. Over the decades, we responded to the impact of wars, poverty and societal changes to support families and children in pursuit of stability and happiness. Learn more about our fascinating history.


Today, our family of programming uses high-impact, research-based approaches to create brighter futures for Kansas City. We’re focused on supporting families, teachers and child care providers in their work to prepare young children for success in school and life.

Programs at The Family Conservancy

the family conservancy programs

Leadership Team

Paula Neth President & CEO
Jocelyn Mourning Vice President of Advancement
Christopher Potthast Vice President of Finance and Administration
Jeannine Short Vice President of Innovation and Programs
Jenny Brandt Early Care and Education Director
Díana Martínez Head Start Director
Christopher Parrott Director of Finance
Casey Thomas Director of Impact and Strategy

Board of Directors

Stephen Nixon Board Chair: Clinical Reference Laboratory
Brian Dunn Vice Chair, Finance: JE Dunn Construction
Sara Anthony Vice Chair, Resource Development: Blue Cross Blue Shield of KC
Eric Wilkinson Vice Chair, Planning / Assessment: Kauffman Scholars
Nick Nash Vice Chair, Head Start Oversight: Union Bank & Trust
Matt Webb Vice Chair, Board Development: BOK Financial
Angelia Ewing Secretary: Commerce Bank
Don Ash Wyandotte County Sheriff
Ericka Duker T-Mobile
Megan Elder Bank of Labor
Jenny Faught Deloitte
Gary Henry Community America Credit Union
Tony Jackson Evergy, Inc.
Anna Krstulic Stinson Leonard Street
Larry Lerner Levy Craig
Edgar Palacios Latinx Education Collaborative
Maggie Ross Ivy Investments
Stephanie Sage Sage Restoration
Raheema Sampson
Melvin Sarmiento Sunflower Bank
Amanda Schulte Johnson County Sheriff's Office
Courtney Starnes
Pat Thelen Ripple
Joe Valenciano CoreFirst Bank & Trust
Cami Walker
Uma Wilson UMB
Amy Wolf Park University

Our Culture

The Family Conservancy is committed to being thoughtful, responsible and accountable in its work around issues of diversity, cultural competency and inclusion, so we provide high quality services in an environment that is

welcoming, nurturing and equally beneficial to all. This commitment is outlined in our Cultural Competency Plan and is guided by the following core values:


Treat everyone in our diverse community; including employees, consumers and stakeholders; with dignity.


Sustain our mission by wisely managing our human and financial resources for the greatest impact.


Challenge ourselves to improve our systems and services through innovation and collaboration.


Put people first with sensitivity and empathy.

Workplace Programs

The Family Conservancy strives to create a working environment that supports the growth of team members in work and life. We’re proud participants in the following workplace improvement programs:

workplace awards
breastfeeding award

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