Our People

Board of Directors

2019-2020 Officers

Julia I. Kauffman, Chairman
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation

Jack D. Rowe, J.D., President
Lathrop GPM LLP

Kathy Stepp, Immediate Past President
Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.

Kirsten A. Byrd, J. D., Vice President
Husch Blackwell LLP

Evelyn Craft Belger, Vice President
Belger Cartage Service, Inc.

CiCi Rojas, Vice President
Tico Productions LLC / Tico Sports

David Harris, Treasurer
US Bank

Carolyn W. Parkerson, Secretary
Community Leader

Jeffrey J. Bentley, Executive Director 
Kansas City Ballet

Devon Carney, Artistic Director
Kansas City Ballet

2020-2021 Board Members

Aviva Ajmera, SoLVE
Claire Brand, Hallmark Cards, Inc., Retired
Vince Clark, Creative Planning, Inc.
Thomas Curran, PhD, FRS, Children’s Mercy Hospital
Stephen Doyal, Hallmark Cards, Retired
Anne Elsberry, Community Leader
Michael D. Frost, PhD, Continental Steel Fabrication and Lawson Steel Erection
Matt C. Johnson, CommunityAmerica Credit Union
Paula Klasek, BARRE KC
Linda Lenza, Bank of America
Patricia Macdonald, Community Leader
Cindy Mahoney, DecoPac
Susan Lordi Marker, Artist
Steve McDowell, BNIM
Rachel Merlo, Google Fiber Kansas City
Tracy Musolf, Lockton
Sarah Nelson, State Street Global Services
Kathleen Nemechek, J.D., Berkowitz Oliver LLP
Cindy Rock, Thryv
G. Mark Sappington, J.D., Kutak Rock LLP
Suzanne Shank, J.D., Community Leader
Juliette Singer, Kansas City Ballet Guild
Barbara Storm, Community Leader
Angela Walker, Community Leader
Thomas F. Whittaker, J.E. Dunn Construction Company