The Implementation Committee serves in a limited-time community advisory capacity to help KC Scholars during the bridge phase of planning to implementation to a permanent, separate 501(c)3 status with its own board of directors. The Implementation Committee does not have any decision-making role regarding awarding individual scholarships.

KC Scholars and the Kauffman Foundation is extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication of the Implementation Committee and their guidance in making the initiative a reality.

Michael Roane, co-chair

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
JE Dunn Construction Company

Jennifer DeHaemers, co-chair

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Dr. Joe Seabrooks

Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley

David Warm

Executive Director
Mid-America Regional Council

Jon Hile

Chief Operation Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City

Lili Englebrick

Director of K-12 Guidance and Counseling
Kansas City Missouri Public Schools

Camry Ivory

Academic Advisor & EOC Advisory Board Chair (liaison to Selection Criteria Workgroup)
Educational Opportunity Center of Kansas City

Lori Hewitt

Diploma+ Program Specialist
Kansas City Missouri Public Schools

Leslie Smith

College Adviser, Postsecondary Advisor
Kauffman Scholars
Previously – Missouri College Advising Corps (Center High School)

Jose Trujillo

Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships
KU – Edwards

Gwen Grant

CEO and President (liaison to Resource Development Workgroup)
Urban League of Greater Kansas City

Susan Wally

President and CEO
Prep KC

Mary Dorr

Director of Financial Aid
Kansas City Kansas Community College

Laurel Hogue

Vice Provost for Extended Studies
University of Central Missouri

Steve Israelite

Former President
Jewish Heritage Foundation of Kansas City

Jim MacDonald

Senior Vice President of Community Investment
United Way of Greater Kansas City