Board of Directors

Kate Regnier Bender – Chair
Deputy Performance Officer,
Office of the City Manager,
City of Kansas City, Missouri

Aaron Siders – Chair Elect
Vice President, Commerce Bank

Melinda Mehaffy – Secretary
Economic Development Director, City of Excelsior Springs

Matthew Heimsoth, CPA – Treasurer
Global Prairie


Jon Atlas
VP of Development, Cohen Esrey Development Group

Michael Bell
VP Client Relations, American Century Investments

Jennifer Berhorst
Attorney, Bryan Cave, LLP

Sam Clevenger
Associate Corporate Counsel, MRI Global

Jennifer Dameron
Director of Intergovernmental Affairs & Policy, Jackson County

Chelan David
Director of Development, Youth Volunteer Corps

Nilson Goes
Chief Operations Officer, Infinite Energy Construction

Katie Kincaid Longhauser
Community Volunteer

Eric Newell
Store Manager, Lowe’s

Ryan Patton
Principal, EVP Capital Advisors

Sara Prem
Community Volunteer

Ken Schaefer, LEED AP, DBIA
Project Manager, Construction/Design-Build, Burns & McDonnell

Sally Stanton
Community Volunteer

Emily Tilgner
Director of MEP, McCownGordon Construction