About Us

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

Vision: Bright futures for children and families.

Serving Kansas City
for Over 138 years.


Over the past 139 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

Dean Olson President & CEO
Paula Neth Vice President of Programs
Christopher Potthast Vice President of Finance and Administration
Jocelyn Mourning Vice President of Development and Communications
Marla Baldwin Clinical Director
Jenny Brandt Early Care and Education Director
Díana Martínez Head Start Director

Board of Directors

Stephen Nixon Board Chair: Clinical Reference Laboratory
Pat Thelen Vice Chair, Finance: Ripple
Sara Anthony Vice Chair, Resource Development: Blue Cross Blue Shield of KC
Eric Wilkinson Vice Chair, Planning / Assessment: Kauffman Scholars
Suzanne Williams Vice Chair, Board Development: Barkley
Nick Nash Vice Chair, Head Start Oversight: Union Bank & Trust
Anna Krstulic Secretary: Stinson Leonard Street
Don Ash Wyandotte County Sheriff
Olushola Bodie DST Systems
Brian Dunn JE Dunn Construction
Megan Elder Bank of Labor
Angelia Ewing Commerce Bank
Gary Henry Community America Credit Union
Tony Jackson Evergy, Inc.
Mike Luby
Julie Matlage Black & Veatch
Edgar Palacios Latinx Education Collaborative
Maggie Ross Ivy Investments
Stephanie Sage Sage Restoration
Raheema Sampson Compass Minerals
Melvin Sarmiento BMO Harris Bank
Amanda Schulte Johnson County Sheriff's Office
Courtney Starnes Huhtamaki
Joe Valenciano CoreFirst Bank & Trust
Cami Walker Qualified Plan Advisors
Christi Weaver The Polished Edge Fine Jewelry
Matt Webb Mobank
Neila Whitt KCP&L (retired)
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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