Alumni Association announces 2016 to ’17 Kansas City Network officers, board members

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 in Alumni News and News

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The Greater Kansas City Network has elected its officers and six new board members for the 2016 to ’17 term. Kansas City is the nation’s largest community of Jayhawks with more than 94,000 alumni. Lindsay Hare, c’02, l’05, lives in Leawood and will lead the board as president. She is an attorney and partner at Norton Hare.

Jessica Nelson, j’11, managing director of TeamKC, Kansas City Area Development Council, lives in Olathe and is executive vice president. Another Olathe resident, Sheri Hart, f’93, who manages compliance at Adknowledge, is secretary.

Executive committee members include Jace McClasky and Andrew Wank. McClasky, c’95, l’01, lives in Prairie Village and is principal attorney at Burke McClasky Stevens. Wank, b’09, enterprise relationship manager at blooom, lives in Leawood.

Six alumni who join the existing board members are:

  • Sasha Flores Boulware, Fairway, c’98, g’00, owner of Esbee;
  • Bobby Burch, Kansas City, j’11, editor in chief of Startland News;
  • Kimberly Hobbs, Kansas City, j’94, vice president of partnerships and premium sales at AEG Worldwide/Sprint Center;
  • Billy Marshall, Prairie Village, c’00, territory sales manager at Straumann, USA;
  • Todd Moore, Kansas City, c’96, project director at KU Medical Center; and
  • Melissa Thomson, Overland Park, j’01, business development manager at TREKK Design Group.

“We have six exceptional new additions to our board membership that will, without a doubt, be incredible assets to the network,” says Hare. “We cannot wait to get to work and further develop our local alumni programs and outreach to the Kansas City community over the next year.”

Hare succeeds Matthew Taylor, a senior wealth adviser at Frontier Wealth Management, who served as executive vice president from 2014 to ’15 before becoming president last year. He also led the membership committee for two years and will now serve as ex-officio president.

Taylor, b’98, g’03, has hosted and helped organize several Kansas City area alumni events, including the Jayhawk Career Networking Series, and he has served on the committee for the Rock Chalk Ball, the Alumni Association’s largest fundraiser. For his commitment and service to the Kansas City Network, Taylor received the 2016 Dick Wintermote Volunteer of the Year Award.

Nine additional board members will continue their service on various committees, including membership, community awareness, student recruitment and the Rock Chalk Ball. They are:

  • Jake Ballard, Leawood, b’01, senior vice president and unit manager of Lockton Companies;
  • Jason Booker, Olathe, b’99, senior director of corporate sponsorship and broadcast sales for the Kansas City Royals;
  • Scott Fiss, Leawood, b’87, principal at Johnston Fiss Insurance Agency;
  • Mallory Hammersmith Hannah, Kansas City, j’08, strategic marketing consultant at Mallory Hannah Inc.;
  • Christina Stephenson Hopkins, c’10, clinical research coordinator at the University of Kansas Cancer Center;
  • Grant Kollman, Prairie Village, c’10, associate director of Berkadia;
  • Susan Anderson Leonard, Fairway, d’96, g’07, associate principal at Shawnee Mission East High School;
  • Joe Mulvihill, Overland Park, b’06, director of inbound marketing at Keypath Education; and
  • Mark Van Blaricum, Lee’s Summit, b’99, l’02, m’08, owner/operator of Pita For Good food truck.

“The growth in the quality of programming offered in Kansas City, in addition to volunteer opportunities, student recruitment, legacy relations and the impact KU makes in community, is directly tied to the strength in leadership on our Kansas City Network board,” says Betsy Winetroub, c’05, director of Kansas City programs. “Each year our leadership gets stronger, and I couldn’t be more excited to work with Lindsay and the rest of our new officer team.”

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