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
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
Cindy Lamb Director of Clinical Programs
Díana Martínez Head Start Director
Gay Poteet Director of Finance
Casey Thomas Director of Impact and Strategy

Board of Directors

Nick Nash Board Chair: Union Bank & Trust
Brian Dunn Vice Chair, Finance: JE Dunn Construction
Megan Elder Secretary: Bank of Labor
Angelia Ewing Vice Chair, Head Start Oversight Committee: Commerce Bank
Courtney Starnes Vice Chair, Resource Development: True Accord
Eric Wilkinson Vice Chair, Board Development: Kauffman Scholars
Sara Anthony Compass Minerals
Don Ash Wyandotte County Sheriff
Ericka Duker T-Mobile
Matt Webb BOK Financial
Jenny Faught Deloitte
Tony Jackson SelectQuote
Anna Krstulic Stinson Leonard Street
Larry Lerner Retired Attorney
Edgar Palacios Latinx Education Collaborative
Maggie Ross Ivy Investments
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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