The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City announced Tuesday that 30 local business, nonprofit and public-sector leaders are taking part in 41st Kansas City Tomorrow leadership class.
According to a release from the Civic Council, potential participants were nominated earlier this year and were selected through a competitive process that included in-person interviews. The selected participants began the 10-month program on Aug. 23.
"This year's KCT class is a very strong and diverse group of Kansas City professionals," Paul Holewinski, CEO of Kansas City-based Dickinson Financial Corp. and chair of the KCT Leadership Group, said in a release. "We are excited about the upcoming programming and KCT year, and our Civic Council members are looking forward to interacting with the KCT class."
The KCT program focuses on pressing regional issues, such as education, economic development, diversity and inclusion, as well as the KC Rising initiative.
"Ultimately, we hope that many of these KCT participants will go on to take a leadership role on an important community issue," Civic Council chairman Bill Gautreaux said in the release. "That could mean serving in appointed or elected office, joining a nonprofit board or community task force, or stepping up in some other way in our region."
The Civic Council was formed in 1964 with the "goal of aggregating the resources of the leaders of the region's largest employers to address major challenges and opportunities." The first Kansas City Tomorrow class was formed in 1977.
Today, the 2019-2020 class brings together leaders from many different areas of business, representing business titans like Burns & McDonnell, Hallmark Cards and JE Dunn as well as nonprofits like MRIGlobal and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
The new participants are:
- Kim Wallace Carlson, director of engagement – entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
- Jeffrey Cathey, vice president and operational controller at Crestwood Equity Partners
- Andre Davis, corporate engagement executive at Built
- Brian Dietz, vice president and regional general counsel at JE Dunn Construction Co.
- Carly Diane Duvall, of counsel at Spencer Fane LLP
- Benjamin Frerichs, business development manager at Burns & McDonnell
- Clayton Fulghum, general counsel at Park Hill School District
- Ghadeer Garcia, executive director of The BrandLab KC
- Dean Gray, director at MRI Global
- Jason Grill, founder of JGrill Media & Consulting
- Cokethea Hill, CEO of StoneHill Firm
- Franci Erdmann Himes, vice president of client insights at Service Management Group (SMG)
- Sheri Johnson, vice president of marketing at McCown Gordon Construction
- Edward Lada Jr., CEO of Goodwill of Western MO & Eastern KS
- Tara Markely, county extension director for K-State Research & Extension in Johnson County
- Laura McCarthy, director of client partnership at Global Prairie
- Lindsey McDonald, director of produce configuration management at ScriptPro
- Ryan Mulvany, senior director of operations, analytics and support at KCP&L/Evergy
- Kristen Page, partner and practicing managing partner at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
- David Rambo, chief commercial banking officer at Academy Bank
- Brian Roberts, vice president of operations at Lockton Cos.
- Mark Christian Scharosch, vice president at Bicknell Family Holding Co.
- Andrea Sellers, partner at Stinson Leonard Street LLP
- Eric Sidler, partner at Lathrop Gage LLP
- Ashley Anne Smith, senior technical manager for advanced manufacturing engineering at Honeywell
- Susan Smith, senior managing director and principal at Newmark Grubb Zimmer
- Jason Spacek, chief innovation officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
- Beth Sweetman, senior vice president of human resources at Hallmark Cards
- Alison Troutwine, project manager at Truman Medical Centers
- Ingrid VanBiber, shareholder at Polsinelli PC