Committees

KC Rising’s Committee Members, Task Forces and Volunteers are made up of a collective of local professionals from a diverse range of industries. Together we ensure that our initiatives are met.

Steering Committee

The KC Rising Steering Committee is the governing body for the KC Rising initiative and is composed of business and community volunteers from across the metropolitan area who are committed to regional collaboration.  The Steering Committee: 

  • Guides overall direction, ensures integration of strategies, and is accountable for accomplishing the KC Rising goals. Key performance indicators in support of the overarching goals are established by each KC Rising initiative, committee and teams, to be monitored and reviewed by the KC Rising Steering Committee on a regular basis.
  • Maintains strategic focus on the aggressive pursuit of the KC Rising goals.
  • Evaluates the strategies and activities of KC Rising committees and teams.
  • Seeks out best practices in other metropolitan areas and national trends relevant to KC Rising strategies and goals.
  • Reports progress annually to the KC region.

Leadership

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Neal Sharma (Co-Chair)

President

Dentsu DTC

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Carolyn Watley (Co-Chair)

Vice President, Community Engagement

CBIZ

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C. Mauli Agrawal

Chancellor

University of Missouri - Kansas City

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Dr. Kimberly Beatty

Chancellor

Metropolitan Community College

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Michael Boehm

Mayor

City of Lenexa

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Jessica Dain

Superintendent

Piper School District

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Michael Duffy

Community Development Director

City of Riverside, MO

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Steve Edwards

Retired Chairman & CEO

Black & Veatch

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Philip Gaskin

Vice President, Entrepreneurship

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

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Andrea Hendricks, Ph.D

Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer 

Tico Productions

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Cokethea Hill, Ph.D

CEO

StoneHill Firm

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Charlotte Kemper Black

Director, Charitable Trusts & Foundations

Commerce Bank

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Elizabeth MacLeod Walls

President

William Jewell College

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Maria Meyers

Executive Director

UMKC Innovation Center

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Tyler Nottberg

Chairman and Chief Optimist 

U.S Engineering

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Tracey Osborne Oltjen

President

Overland Park Chamber of Commerce

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Bob Regnier

President & CEO

Bank of Blue Valley

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Dennis Ridenour

President & CEO

BioNexus KC

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Rich Smith

President - Emeritus 

Henderson Engineers 

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Qiana Thomason

President & CEO

Health Forward Foundation

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David Von Drehle

Columnist, National Affairs & Politics

The Washington Post

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Shalea Walter

Vice President, Marketing Manager

Arvest Bank

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Fred Wise

Chief People Officer 

Bardavon Health Innovations 

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Pedro Zamora

Executive Director

Hispanic Economic Development Corporation

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Sam Huenergardt

CEO

AdventHealth Mid-America Region 

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Bill Baird

Bill Baird 

City of Lee’s Summit 

People Driving Committee

The People Driving Committee exists to ensure the Kansas City metro region can develop, attract and retain the diverse talent necessary to grow the region’s economic competitiveness.

Leadership

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Molly Weaver (Co-Chair)

Founder

Sunflower Talent Strategies 

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Brandi Riggs

Vice President, Human Resources 

McCownGordon

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Angie Grant

Principal

Henderson Engineering 

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Maria Gibbs

Director, Recruiting

Cerner

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Suzanne Goochis

Vice Chancellor, Instruction

Metropolitan Community College

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Mickey McCloud

Chief Academic Officer

Johnson County Community College

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Jeremy Hegle

Senior Community Development Advisor

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

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Laurel Hogue

Director, Vice Provost, Extended Studies

University of Central Missouri

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Kelly O'Connor

STEM, Diversity and Recruitment Specialist

Garmin

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Lindsey Lanzisero

Vice President of Total Rewards

H&R Block

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Alise Martiny

Secretary, Business Manager  

Greater Kansas City Buildings and Construction Trade Councils

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Megan Remley

Senior Vice President, Unit Leader 

Lockton 

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Clyde McQueen

Chief Executive Officer

Full Employment Council

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Greg Mosier

President

Kansas City Kansas Community College

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Amanda Todd

Senior Director Strategy & Planning, Advanced & Emerging Technologies 

T-Mobile

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Toree Pederson

President

Aligned

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Keely Schneider

Executive Director

Workforce Partnerhips

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Angelique "Angie" Williams

Director, Community Investment and Impact

Health Forward Foundation

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Danica Rome

Vice President, Programs and Partnership Operations

Kansas Manufacturing Solutions 

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Sharmelle D. Winsett

Director of Workforce and Alumni Engagement   

KC Scholars 

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Brenda Thomas

Academic Advisor

Donnelly College

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Bridget Loveless

Manager, Talent Development

Evergy

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Krissy Young

Chief People Officer 

C2FO

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Daniel Folk

Director of Impact

BioKansas

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Tim Shroba

Recruitment Manager for Construction/Transmission & Distribution

Burns & McDonnell

Traded Sectors Driving Committee 

The Traded Sectors Driving Committee was created in 2020 to review industry data to determine the region’s industry strengths. The committee will monitor economic disruptions and select an industry where the region has existing strength that is sooner to recover due to KC being uniquely positioned. The committee will help determine a now and next sector, as well as help in the selection strategy for said sectors.  

Leadership

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Sonia Hall (Co- Chair)

President & CEO
BioKansas

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Tiffany Stovall (Co- Chair)

CEO
Kansas Manufacturing Solutions

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Rebecca Baumgartner

Vice President, Human Resources
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce 

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Hubert Benitez

American International College
President

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Jeff Bloemker

Market Administrator
HCA Physician Services Group
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Katherine Carttar

Director, Economic Development
Urban Land Institute

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Alan Cobb

President & CEO
Kansas Chamber
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Cathleen Flournoy

Vice President, Business Recruitment
Missouri Partnership
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David Frankland

Principal
Novation iQ
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Nathaniel Hagedon

CEO
Northpointe

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Nathan Hermiston

Senior Vice President, Convention Sales & Services
Visit KC
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Jolie Justus

Associate General Counsel
University Health

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Dan Moye

Executive Director, Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority
EDCKC

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Neelima Parasker

President & CEO
SnapIT Solutions 

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Megan Remley

Senior Vice President, Unit Leader
Lockton
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Dennis Ridenour

President & CEO
BioNexus KC
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Melissa Roberts

Senior Program Officer, Entrepreneurship
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

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Allison Schmitt

President
DI Build

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Megan Segura

Director of Special Projects
KCADC
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Nick Suarez

Senior Managing Director
Newark Grubb Zimmer

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Joshua Taimoor Nana

CEO / Founder
MTAR

Biologics Taskforce

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Sonia Hall (Co-Chair)

President & CEO
BioKansas

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Trent Armbrust

Chief Strategy Officer 

Kansas Department of Commerce 

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C. Mauli Agrawal

Chancellor 

University of Missouri - Kansas City

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Daphne Bascom

Vice President, Population Health 

Saint Luke's Hospital 

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Karl Binns

Future Talent Program Specialist 

Merck

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Alf Botchway

Chief Executive Officer 

Attentive Science  

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Robert Conklin

Vice President, Research Operations

MRI Global 

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Tom Curran

Senior Vice President, Executive Director, Chief Scientific Officer 

Children's Mercy 

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Kenneth Durgans

Associate Provost, Diversity & Inclusion

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences 

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Eric Danielson

Senior Director, Business Development, Midwest Region

CRB

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Pam Harris

Manager, Regional Engagement Division  

Missouri Department of Economic Development

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Andrea Hendricks Ph.D.

Senior Executive Director, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer 

Cerner

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Beth Heslowitz

Director, Workforce Development 

MARC

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Ben Isaacs

Head of Pharm Sciences  

Argenta Global

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Lisa Lorenzen

Assistant Vice Chancellor 

University of Missouri 

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Martha McCabe

Executive Director 

KC STEM Alliance

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Jason Neat

Executive Director

PRA Bioanalytical Labortory 

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Dr. Akinlolu Ojo

Professor, Medicine and Population Health

University of Kansas School of Medicine 

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Kelly Ranallo

Executive Area Business Manager  

Rare KC  

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Karthik Ramachandran

Chief Operating Officer & Founder

Likarda

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Dennis Ridenour

President & Chief Executive Office 

BioNexus KC

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Melissa Roberts

Senior Program Officer, Entrepreneurship

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

 

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Miles Sandler

Director, Engagement, Public Affairs 

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation  

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Jake Sittenauer

Manager, Drug Development Services 

CritiTech

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Clay Stafford

Regional Sales Manager 

Ellab

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Tammie Wahaus

Chief Executive Officer 

ELIAS Animal Health 

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Jim West

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Clara Biotech

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Doug Wright

Vice Chair, Research, Department of Anesthesiology 

The University of Kansas 

IDEAS Driving Committee

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Driving Committee exists to build innovation capacity in the Kansas City metro region to increase the region’s prosperity. Capacity is built through building bridges between early-stage companies and corporations, fully develop a capital continuum, recruiting talent, moving ideas to market, and telling the story of entrepreneurship in Kansas City. 

Leadership

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Maria Meyers (Co-Chair)

Executive Director
UMKC Innovation Center

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Jason Banks (Co- Chair)

Procurement Director
JE Dunn Construction 

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Adam Arredondo

CEO
STARTLAND
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T.J. Berry

Deputy District Director
KC Region SBA

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Robert Conklin

Vice President, Technical Operations
MRI Global

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Simone Curls

Executive Director
Prospect Business Association
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Dell Gines

Senior Community Development Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

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Jim Erickson

Vice President & General Manager - Missouri West

Spire

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Stephen Mills

Vice President & General Manager - Missouri West

Spire

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Tina Peterson

Founder & Manager
T-Mobile Accelerator

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John Rochelle

Program Director, Innovation
University of Kansas Health System
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Tim Saracini

Chief Financial Officer
Community America

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Sherry Turner

Executive Director,
Women's Business Center, Enterprise Center of Johnson County 

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Theodis Watson

Assistant Vice President
Central Bank Midwest
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Shakia Webb

Small Business Capital Access Program Officer - Entrepreneurship 
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Capital Access Taskforce

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Alan Lowden (Co-Chair)

Chief Information Officer
H&R Block

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Maria Meyers (Co-Chair)

Executive Director
UMKC Innovation Center

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Klassie Alcine

President
KC Common Good

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Ruben Alonso

President
Alt-Cap
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T.J. Berry

Deputy District Director
KC Region SBA

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Chris Bornheimer

Chief Financial Officer
Lead Bank
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Rob Bratcher

President
Commerce Bank - Kansas City

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Brandon Calloway

Executive Director
Generating Income For Tomorrow 

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Katherine Carttar

Director, Economic Development
Unified Government   of Wyandotte County / Kansas City, KS

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Jean-Paul Chaurand

Executive Vice President
H&R Block Foundation
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Isaac Collins

Owner
Yogurtini

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Simone Curls

Executive Director
Prospect Business Association
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Bill Dana

President/CEO
Central Bank KC
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Jason Dehaemers

Chief Financial Officer
Trust Neighborhoods

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Daniel Edwards

Managing Principal
Digital Builders

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Dell Gines

Senior Community Development Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

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Rebecca Gubbels

Business & Program Development Consultant
Missouri Small Business Development Center

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Donald Hawkins

Founder
Tenth

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Geoff Jolley

Executive Director
LISC

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Mark Larrabee

President & CEO
Arvest Bank
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Ajia Morris

CEO & Co-Founder
Greenline Initiative
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Denise St. Omer

Vice President Grantmaking and Inclusion Initiatives
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
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Stacy Purvis

Community Development Banker
PNC
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Melissa Roberts

Senior Program Officer
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

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Joshua Rowland

CEO & Vice Chairman
Lead Bank
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Tim Saracini

Chief Financial Officer
Community America

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Bryan Shannon

Managing Partner
MSTS

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Amy Slattery

Founder
Odimo

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Matt Tapp

Griffin Riley Property Group 

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Sherry Turner

Executive Director,
Women's Business Center, Enterprise Center of Johnson County

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Kerrie Tyndall

Assistant City Manager
City of KCMO

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Theodis Watson

Assistant Vice President
Central Bank Midwest
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Shakia Webb

Small Business Capital Access Program Officer - Entrepreneurship
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation 

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AnnMarie Wills

CEO & Founder
Leverage Lab
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Pedro Zamora

Executive Director
Hispanic Economic Development Corporation

Supplier Diversity Taskforce

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Alan Lowden (Co-Chair)

Chief Information Officer

H&R Block

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Maria Meyers (Co-Chair)

Executive Director

UMKC Innovation Center

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Adam Arredondo

CEO

STARTLAND

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Maria Antonia Pérez-Andújar

President & CEO

Index Lingua

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Sharon Auck

Owner

Fresh Approach Cleaning Professionals LLC

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Nakisha Bausby

Diversity Manager

JE Dunn

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Joyce Christanio

Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity

Sprint

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Robert Conklin

VP of Technical Operations

MRI Global

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Joe Davis

CEO

Custom Engineering

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Martina Derra

Owner & President

DiverseID LLC

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Alexandra Donnelly

Senior Vice President, Global Operations

C2FO

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Gena Fitzgerald

Vice President, Supply Chain

Children's Mercy

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Todd Fitzpatrick

Vice President, Commercial Lending

First Business

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Debashis Haldar

CEO

Kong Telecom LLC

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Chris Kelly

Program Coordinator, Supplier Diversity

Metropolitan Community College

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Marvin Lyman

Corporate Relations and Business Development Manager

Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council

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Sandra Olivas

Commercial Lending Business Development Officer

Bank of Labor

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Jordan Warzecha

Co-Founder & CEO

Backstitch

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Jennifer Pozzuolu

HR Manager

Garmin

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Kim Randolph

CEO/President

Heartland Black Chamber

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Sharon Reed

Procurement Officer

Unified Government of Wyandotte County

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Nia Richardson

Assistant, Director for Small Business + Entrepreneurship

KC Bizcare Office -City of Kansas City

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Martha Salinas

Chief Customer Officer

MSTS

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Mary Shannon

Founder

Connectus Worldwide

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Timberlyn Smith

Environmental Consultant

Mustardseed Cultural and Environment Services, LLC

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Oliver Trejo

Supply Chain Manager

Cerner

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Sherry Turner

Founder

Women's Business Center, Enterprise Center of Johnson County 

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Betsy Villarreal

President

BVA LLC

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Valerie Coyazo

Lead Supplier Diversity Manager

Evergy

Data & Analysis Resource Team

The Data & Analysis Resource Team exists to support KC Rising in creating and maintaining a metrics framework to measure progress toward goals, enable community action and provide data for decision-making. Regular reports will be provided to the steering committee and annually to the community at large regarding Horizon Goals, system and strategy metrics. In addition, the DART will support driving and enabling committees in finding data to inform activities and provide data analysis and visualization to tell the story of committee work.

Leadership

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Ahmed Abdelmoity (Co-Chair)

Director, Division of Neurology

Children's Mercy

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Trent Armbrust

Director, Strategy, Bioscience and Technology

Kansas Department of Commerce

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Kaitlin Bast

Director, Public Policy

KC Chamber of Commerce

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Kate Bender

Deputy Performance Officer

City of Kansas City, Missouri

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Jared Benesh

Director, Customer Experience Capabilities

H&R Block

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Josh Boehm

Senior Data Analyst 

WSP 

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Karin Chang

Executive Director

University of Kansas City - Missouri,  Urban Education Research Center

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Doug Davidson

President

County Economic Research Institute, Inc. (CERI)

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Silas Dulan

Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Evergy

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Alex Francisco

Senior Population Health Scientist 

Kansas City Health Department 

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Lauren Frazell

Director, Data Services

Kansas City Life Insurance Company 

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Melissa Hazley

Director, Community Research, Training and Evaluation

University of Missouri - Kansas City

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Todd Jordan

Chief Community Engagement Officer

United Way of Greater Kansas City

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Laura Lester

KC Area Research Liaison

MO Department of Higher Education

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Jessica Mindnich

Senior Director Evaluation, Learning & Impact Stories

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

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Teesha Miller

Assistant Vice President and Community Affairs Officer 

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 

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Megan Mooers

Program Analyst

Hispanic Economic Development Corporation

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Drew Stiehl

Senior Data Analyst 

mySideWalk

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Jeff Pinkerton

Director, Economic Research

MO Department of Economic Development

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Robin Smith

Senior Director

DeBruce Foundation

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Kaitlyn Thomas

Finance Analyst

MO Department of Economic Development

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Kristin Johnson - Waggoner

Director, Communications and Public Affairs 

Mid - America Regional Council

Communication & Engagement Resource Team

The Communication & Engagement Resource Team exists to support KC Rising in creating and maintaining a comprehensive communication strategy to engage corporate businesses, stakeholders in education, elected leaders, nonprofits and disconnected communities, and to promote community action toward the KC Rising shared vision pillars of prosperity.  The CERT will provide strategic guidance to staff in oversight of the contracted public relations and marketing firm, support an interactive online presence through social media, help plan events, coordinate an ongoing communications strategy, and create regular marketing collateral to tell the KC Rising story. 

Leadership

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Laura McCarthy (Co-Chair)

Executive Director, Marketing and Communication 

University of Kansas Health System

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Eric Morgenstern (Co-Chair)

CEO

Morningstar Communications

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Ashlie Hand

Director of Communications

Diocese of Kansas City-St.Joseph

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Kristin Johnson Waggoner

Director, Communications & Public Affairs 

Mid - America Regional Council 

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Melanie Mattes

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

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Tim McCoy

President + Creative Director

Yoodle

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Jessica Palm

Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations

KCADC

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Miles Sandler

Director, Policy & Engagement

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

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Nicholas Segura

Founder & Creative Lead

Segura Marketing & Media Solutions

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Neal Sharma

President

Dentsu DTC

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Angee Simmons

Program Leader, Communications & Engagement

Kauffman Foundation

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Kiona Sinks

Community Engagement Manager

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

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Shalea Walter

Vice President, Marketing Manager

Arvest Bank

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Susan Wally

President & Chief Executive Officer 

PREP - KC 

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Carolyn Watley

Vice President, Community Engagement

CBIZ

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Advisory Committee

Our region continues to experience significant economic disparities by ethnicity and race. Initiated in 2018, the KC Rising Steering Committee created a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Advisory Committee to ensure that KC Rising is inclusive of diverse backgrounds and community stakeholders, in both its volunteer participation and public outreach and strategies.

Leadership

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Tahir Atwater (Co-Chair)

Director of Donor and Volunteer Engagement

Jackson County CASA

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Teresa Ascencio (Co-Chair)

Chief People Officer

Academy Bank

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Abdulmajeed Baba Ahmed

Project Engineer 

Zahner

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Steven Lewis

Director, Head Start Program

Mid - America Regional Council

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Nicole Jacobs Silvey

President & Co-Founder

Connection Coach KC

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Denise St. Omer

Vice President of Grantmaking and Inclusion Initiatives

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

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Keely Schneider

Executive Director

Workforce Partnership - Kansas

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Nicholas Segura

Founder & Creative Lead

Segura Marketing & Media Solutions

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Rodney Smith

Vice President, Access and Engagement

William Jewell College

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Greg Valdovino

Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Greater KC Chamber of Commerce

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Sherman Whites

Director, Education

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

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Nicole Collier White

Director

KCPS Education Foundation

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Susan Wilson

Senior Advisory Consultant 

University Health

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Lauren Conaway

Founder & CEO 

InnovateHER KC

Place Advisory Committee

The Place Advisory Committee (PLAC) exists to advance the shared vision of regional prosperity in relation to the Connectivity and Neighborhoods Pillars. The PLAC will focus on attainable housing and effective, accessible transportation and internet options to allow people to build better futures and open doors to economic mobility.

Leadership

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Gretchen Ivy (Co-Chair)

Vice President, Transportation Planning and Policy Project Director 

HNTB

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Madeline Romious (Co- Chair)

Regional Vice President

AT&T

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David Bower

Principal, Business Development, and Design Management

Marc Taylor Inc.

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Michael Collins

Managing Director & Global Trustee and Americas Executive Committee  

JE Dunn & Urban Land Institute

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Carrie Coogan

Deputy Director 

Kansas City Public Library & Coalition for Digital Inclusion 

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Meryl Dillman

Sr. Specialist, Foundation Programs & Operations – Social Impact & Sustainability

T-Mobile 

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Steven Howland

Associate Economist   

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 

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Jodi Krantz

Senior Vice President 

Independence EDC 

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Anthony Luppino

Professor of Law and Director of Entrepreneurship Programs

University of Missouri - Kansas City

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McClain Bryant Macklin

Director, Policy 

Health Forward Foundation

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Scott McCullough

Planning Director

City of Lenexa

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Joel Mendez

Assistant Professor

University of Kansas 

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Rachel Merlo

Government & Community Affairs Manager

Google Fiber

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Steve Miller

Founding Partner

Miller Schirger LLC 

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Agnes Otto

Transportation Director 

Burns & McDonnell 

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Graham Smith

Associate Principal 

Gould Evans 

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Chris Wally

President   

Wally & Company 

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George White

Director, Business Development    

GMLV