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

    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

        Economic Modeling Team

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        Ahmed Abdelmoity (Co-Chair)

        Director, Division of Neurology

        Children's Mercy

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        Trent Armbrust

        Director, Strategy, Biosciences & Technology

        Kansas Department of Commerce

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        Josh Boehm

        Solutions Architect

        mySidewalk

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        Doug Davidson

        President

        Johnson County Economic Research Institute (CERI)

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        Alison Felix

        Senior Policy Advisor

        Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

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        Veronica Gielazuskas

        Assistant Commissioner

        Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development

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        Jeff Pinkerton

        Director Economic Research

        Missouri Department of Economic Development

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        Megan Segura

        Director, Special Projects

        KCADC

        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 and Inclusion 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 and Inclusion 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 Commitee

        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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        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