Aaron North

Vice President of Education
Kauffman Foundation

Carey Wilkerson

Vice President
The H & R Block Foundation/
Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation

Denise St. Omer

Vice President of Grantmaking Services
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Mayra Aguirre

Executive Director of Hispanic Development Fund
Director of Community Investment
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Tracy McFerrin

Vice President
Hall Family Foundation


Joe Seabrooks, co-chair

Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley

Michael Roane, co-chair

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

Camry Ivory, liaison to Selection Criteria Workgroup

Academic Advisor and EOC Advisory Board Chair
Educational Opportunity Center of Kansas City

David Warm, liaison to Outreach and Marketing Workgroup

Executive Director
Mid-America Regional Council

Garrett Webster

Young Achievers Director
YMCA of Greater Kansas City

Gwen Grant, liaison to Resource Development Workgroup

CEO and President
Urban League of Greater Kansas City

Jon Hile

Chief Operation Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City

Julie Holland

Education Advisor
Mayor’s Office of Kansas City Missouri

Lili Englebrick

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

Lori Hewitt

Diploma+ Program Specialist
Kansas City Missouri Public Schools

Maureen Mahoney

Chief of Staff
Kansas City Kansas Mayor’s Office


Jennifer DeHaemers, chair

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Douglas Dunham

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rockhurst University

Jose Trujillo

Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships
KU – Edwards

Leslie Smith

College Advisor
Missouri College Advising Corps (Center High School)

Mary Dorr

Director of Financial Aid
Kansas City Kansas Community College

Michele Gray

Senior Program Officer, Grantmaking Services
Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Susan Wally

President & CEO
Prep KC

Tanesha Ford

Program Director
Kauffman Scholars


Brian Henke

Director of Finance and Operations
Kauffman Scholars

Chantell Garrett

Special Assistant for Office of Civic and Community Engagement
Office of the Mayor of Kansas City Missouri

Clyde McQueen

President & CEO
Full Employment Council

Doug Elmer

Vice President
Prep KC

Edgar Palacios

Chief Engagement Officer
Central Exchange

Irene Caudillo

El Centro, Inc.

Jason Farnsworth

Assistant Principal
Harrisonville High School

Juanita Ariza

College Adviser
Missouri College Advising Corps (Northeast High School, KCMO)

Kaci Bray

Admissions Representative, Office of Admissions
University of Kansas

Keely Schneider

Associate Director
The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City

Lisa Martinez

Diploma+ District and Community Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Public Schools

Meaghan Higgins

Postsecondary Advisor
Kauffman Scholars

Megan Hinkle

Admissions Counselor
Donnelly College

Natalie Beyers

Director of Institutional Planning and Research
Johnson County Community College

Rebecca Dukstein

University of Kansas Talent Search

Sheri Gonzales-Warren

Community and Economic Development Project Manager
Mid-America Regional Council

Tommy Herrera

East High School – KCMO

Wendy Torrance

Director, Entrepreneurship
Kauffman Foundation

Leigh Anne Taylor

DeBruce Foundation


Angie Besendorfer

Western Governor’s University

Bernard Franklin

Special Assistant to the Vice President of Student
Kansas State University

Cherilee Walker

Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Kansas City Kansas Community College

Gregory Housel

Community Affairs Specialist

Ivan Huntoon

Director of Corporate Relations
Baker University

Jim MacDonald

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

Katherine Allen

Associate Vice President, Institutional Advancement and Government Affairs
Johnson County Community College

Laurel Hogue

Vice Provost for Extended Studies
University of Central Missouri

Madeline Romious

Regional Vice President – External Affairs
AT&T Missouri

Phil Hanson

President and CEO
Truman Heartland Community Foundation

Steve Israelite

Former President
Jewish Heritage Foundation of Kansas City