About Us

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

Vision: Bright futures for children and families.

Careers   Leadership   Reports   Culture    Solidarity Statement

How You’re Investing in Kansas City’s Greatest Opportunity

The Family Conservancy creates equitable opportunities for all children to thrive and experience wellbeing throughout their lives, because the first five years of life represent the most important period of human development.

Opportunity The Reason
Strategy Our Approach
Outcomes Measuring Success


Children grow up in healthy communities with thriving families and experience well-being throughout their lives.


Leadership Team

Paula Neth President & CEO
Jim Doyle Vice President of Finance & Administration
Jocelyn Mourning Vice President of Advancement
Dr. Jeannine Short Vice President of Innovation & Programs
Dr. Gino Taylor Vice President of People, Culture & Equity
Jenny Brandt Early Care and Education Director
Cindy Lamb Director of Clinical Programs
Díana Martínez Head Start Director
Gay Poteet Director of Finance
Casey Thomas Director of Impact and Strategy
Jennifer Traffis Start Young Director
Deborah Bowman Early Childhood Mental Health Director

Board of Directors

Nick Nash Board Chair: Union Bank & Trust
Megan Elder Secretary: Bank of Labor
Don Ash Vice Chair, Planning & Assessment Committee: Retired Wyandotte County Sheriff
Angelia Ewing Vice Chair, Head Start Oversight Committee: Commerce Bank
Tony Jackson Vice Chair, Finance Committee: SelectQuote
Courtney Starnes Vice Chair, Resource Development Committee: Imperial PFS
Sara Anthony
Ericka Duker T-Mobile
Ashley Daniels, LCSW Children's Mercy Hospital
Brian Dunn JE Dunn Construction
Jenny Faught Audit Chair: Deloitte
Anna Krstulic Stinson Leonard Street
Larry Lerner Retired Attorney
Ernesto Márquez KPMG
Jacqueline Rodriguez Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
Raheema Sampson Huhtamaki
Melvin Sarmiento Bank Midwest
Pat Thelen Ripple
Cami Walker John Hancock
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:


We meet clients where they are emotionally, financially, and socially to promote a healthy and thriving life.


We acknowledge the inherent value that each person brings to the world and treat every individual with compassion and respect.


We collaborate with families, caregivers, educators, and other partners to create opportunities for children.


We utilize data to promote continuous quality improvement, innovative approaches, and client centered high quality services.


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

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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