Mayor James announces appointments to 13 boards and commissions

November 10, 2011 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Over 80 exceptional citizens are tapped to serve

Today, Mayor Sly James announced his appointments to 13 different boards and commissions that have a wide variety of responsibilities. The list of 83 appointees includes members of the Kansas City Health Commission, Planned Industrial Expansion Authority, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Human Rights Commission, Brownfields Commission, Liquor Control Review Board, Environmental Management Commission, City Market Oversight Committee, Jackson County Board of Equalization, Truman Medical Center Board of Directors, Main Street Special Review District, Human Resources Appeals Board and Historic Preservation Commission.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank those outgoing members who have served our community so well. Participating on the city’s boards and commissions is often a thankless task. There is no pay and often the meetings occur after the workday has ended. Those who volunteer have my sincere appreciation,” said Mayor James. “I wish the best to each of the 83 residents of Kansas City I am appointing today. Our municipal government works because of the time and effort put in by citizens who care for the future of Kansas City. I am confident each of them will serve the greater good and bring their unique perspective to the roles they now assume.”

Mayor James has appointed these residents of Kansas City, Missouri to serve on the following boards and commissions: 

Kansas City Health Commission:

Thomas Cranshaw is the President and CEO, Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri.
Michael Mayberry is the Executive Director of the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County.
Landon Rowland is Chairman Emeritus of Janus Capital Group.  Prior to July, 2000 he was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kansas City Southern Industries.
Linda Vogel-Smith came to Kansas City in 2003 to serve as the US Health and Human Services Regional Health Administrator for Region VII.
Michael Seward is the Executive Director of the Northeast Health, Education, Labor, and Public Safety Network (Northeast HELP).
Margie Peltier has worked as an auditor for the US Department of Labor and as Deputy Director, Region VII of Kansas City Missouri.
Michael McGill is a student at UMKC’s specialized Institute for Urban Education, where he hopes to be an inner-city elementary school principal.
Alice Kitchen is a Board Member of the Missouri Nursing Home Administrators for the Department of Health and Senior Services.
Brenda Kumm currently works as a consultant on community health projects and previously served as served as Vice President of the Mid-America Coalition on Health Care.
Adriana Pecina is a Program Officer of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas
David Garrett is currently the Senior Director of Medicaid and State Programs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City.
Councilman Ed Ford was elected to serve Kansas City’s 2nd City Council District At-Large.
Councilman Michael Brooks was elected to serve Kansas City’s 5th City Council District In-District. 

Planned Industrial Expansion Authority:

Anthony Abbott for the past 28 years, Mr. Abbott has owned and operated Abbott Properties, a residential property management business.
Lee Barnes serves as the Director of Operations for The Swope Corridor Renaissance/Upper Room, Inc for the past seven years.
Bonnie Sue Cooper served as the Councilwoman for Kansas City’s 2nd District at Large from 1999 to 2007, served as a Missouri State Representative from 1982 to 1999.
Henry Corona is a retired business owner of Corona Litho Company and a life-long Kansas City resident.
A. Jacob Schoop is a Partner at ICON Architecture in Kansas City.
Lester Siegel is President and Treasurer of FLM Industries, Inc. a private investment company.
Demona Manlove-Owens is the Director of Marketing/Sales and Business Contracts Manager for Professional Elevator Service.
J.C. Sanders is President / Owner of Sundial Marketing Group, a Kansas City based management consultancy serving small to medium sized businesses and non-profits.
Ashley Hand LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. AIA is an architectural designer for AECOM, a global provider of technical and management support services.
Timothy Gramling is President of Colorado Technical University’s Kansas City campus.
Reginald Bassa is a Professor and Director of the Program for Adult College Education (PACE)/ Continuing Education at UMKC.
Mark Dresslaer is the General Manager of a new, small business called Greenwave Technology, Inc. headquartered in the West Bottoms.
Marcellus Hughes is the owner of H&H Consultants, L.L.C., a Missouri corporation, specializing in working with small businesses and organizations.
Tamara Henderson is the Director of Real Estate Marketing and Governmental Affairs for Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development, Inc. 

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee:

Eric Rogers, Chair is Executive Director of BikeWalkKC. He leads the organization’s efforts to make the city safer and more accessible for walking and bicycling.

Human Rights Commission:

Eddie Lorenzo is currently a Senior Staff Attorney at Legal Aid of Western Missouri working in the Municipal Defense Unit, where he represents indigent criminal defendants in the Kansas City Municipal Court.
Mary Jane McQueeny
is a supervisory attorney with the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
Nancy Olivares is currently an attorney at Zarate Law Firm in Kansas City, MO practicing in the areas of criminal defense and immigration.
Nekeisha Harris is a mother of two and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Education Program at Avila University.
Christopher Huff is a facility director of the Kansas City Community Center’s Federal Residential Re-Entry Facility.
Kelly Kendall is currently employed by YRC Worldwide, Inc. as a director on their Revenue Management team.

Brownfields Commission:

E. Crichton “Kite” Singleton is an architect and Chair, Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance Board, Kansas City, Missouri
James Price is a partner and chair of the environmental law practice group at the Kansas City, Missouri, office of Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP.
J. Beto Lopez is a partner with ARO Real Estate Co, a full service commercial real estate and development company.
Cecilia Saffold is Contract Manager with Associated Purchasing Services where she oversees the regional contract portfolio.

Liquor Control Review Board: 

Mary Jane Judy is an attorney with Polsinelli Shughart PC.  Ms. Judy focuses her practice on real estate transactions and real estate finance matters.
Vivienne Smith retired from Gates & Son Barbeque after 27 years serving both as an area supervisor and later in the Gates Headquarters accounting office.
Lee Lambert is presently the President of the Independence Plaza Neighborhood Council, Inc.
Hila “Dutch” Newman has been a small business owner in Westport and active community leader her entire life.
David Lloyd is a compliance officer at UMB Financial Corp,a part-time professor of law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the co-owner of Method, a men’s clothing boutique in the Crossroads.
Bailus Tate is a retired Great Plains Energy executive; concluded a 33 year career as Vice President of Administration.
James Brooks has been partners with Deron Cherry in ownership of United Beverage Co, LP, an Anheuser-Busch INBEV distributorship, for the last 20 years.

Environmental Management Commission: 

Bob Berkebile is a founding principal of BNIM Architects and has contributed 44 years to the architectural profession.
Carol Adams worked for Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) until she retired from paid employment in 1995.
Caroline Davies is an Associate Professor of Geosciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Marty Kraft is a leader and proponent of the All Species Project in Kansas City.
Jack Schrimsher served as an assistant city attorney for the City of Kansas City, Missouri for 30 years, before retiring in 2003.
Jason Parson is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a community activist, entrepreneur, and sponsor of youth empowerment.
Chuck Moore is a retired Administrative Officer for Kansas City’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Maria Coppock is a classically trained pianist, former Worthy Adviser of Rainbow Girls and an avid horseman who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1987.
Tom Wyrsch is the Director of Contract Compliance for Jackson County, Missouri.
Spencer Fields is the office leader and client manager with Mercer. Mercer is a global leader in human resource consulting, outsourcing and investment services.
Robin Martinez is a partner with Martinez Madrigal & Machicao, LLC.  His law practice emphasizes business, real estate, and community economic development.
Elizabeth Fischer retired after serving as Director of Programs for Bridging the Gap.
Lance Conley is the Physician Liaison for Truman Medical Center Lakewood.
James “Jim” Hansen is a Principal at H2B architects, inc. and a licensed Architect with over twenty years of professional experience.
Ken Kramme is a retired teacher from the North Kansas City School District.  He continues to work part-time at UMKC and Liberty Public Schools.
Tom Brink is Director of Critical Facilities and Engineering at Olsson Associates. Tom is responsible for all aspects of Fault Tolerant Infrastructure and Mission Critical Facilities.

City Market Oversight Committee: 

Dyanne Bean is the Marketing Manager of Emery Sapp and Sons.
Cheryl Dillard is the Government Relations Liaison for Coventry Health Care Kansas City.
Robert Gunnels, along with his wife Kina Gunnels, are the owners of K.City Coffee House in the River Market.

Jackson County Board of Equalization:

Teresa Crosby is a certified appraiser and principal in Crosby & Co., LLC working with several national and local banks. She is also residential realtor with Prudential Realty KC working in area of urban revitalization.

Truman Medical Center Board of Directors:

Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo was elected to represent the 5th Council District At-Large on Kansas City’s City Council.
Marvin Lyman is the C.E.O. of Papa Lew’s Soul Delicious Foods, a family-owned restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri.
Michele Chollet practices law with her husband at Devine & Chollet, LLC.

Main Street Special Review District: 

Rick Kappa is the is the Owner/President of ABC Business Records Center, Inc.
Rachael Cozad is the Director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
George Knipp is the Owner/Principal of go studio LLC, an architectural firm located in Kansas City, Mo.
Diane Burnette is the Executive Director of the Main Street Corridor Development Corporation (MainCor), Chief Administrator of the Main Street Community Improvement District and the Managing Staff of the Penn Valley Park Conservancy.
Brad Satterwhite is a co-founder and Principal of KEM STUDIO and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional.
Laura Sterchi is a real estate professional who coordinated monthly events to educate the public on environmental issues and advances Kansas City.

Human Resources Appeals Board:

Denise Fields is an associate attorney at the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP. She is a board member of both the Cross-Lines Community Outreach and the Friends of Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center.

Historic Preservation Commission:

 Patrick Bustos has worked for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1991. He now serves as a Chief of the Chemical Risk Information Branch of the EPA.
Joe Mattox serves as Historian and Independent Scholar at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and State Museum.
Erik Heitman is a Designer and Project Manager at BNIM Architects, where he has overseen a number of renovations and additions to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Andrew Ray is IF Engineering Manager for Environmental Services at General Electric.
Helen Bryant is the Broker/Owner of Bryant Real Estate.
Robert Gangwere currently serves as Area Counsel and Designated Agency Ethics Official for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Dr. Raymond Doswell is Vice-President of Curatorial Services for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the 18th & Vine Historic District of Kansas City.
David Matthews is Vice President of Lutjen, Inc., a multi-disciplinary land development firm.
John Hardin is the Director of Debate and Forensics and instructor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bishop Ward High School.


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