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The Team

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD.  Here at the Children’s Place, we work together to make sure we prepare these children for a successful life.  Learn about our various teams below.

 

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Our society needs The Children's Place to rectify what has happened to these kids. The volunteers bring the extra warmth that these kids haven't gotten anywhere else and they get to know each child and their needs individually.

Judy Wasserman, Classroom Volunteer and Board Member

Board of Directors

As a non-profit organization, The Children’s Place relies heavily on the support of community leaders who serve on the agency’s board of directors.  Individual members provide unique skills and expertise; collectively they share a strong commitment to ensuring that the agency successfully fulfills its mission by providing high quality treatment services for traumatized children and their families.

 

ANN ANTHONY, Community Volunteer
VINCENT J. BARONE, PhD., Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
JACOB W. BAYER, JR., Polsinelli P.C.
MATT BENGE, Assured SRA
HARRY S. CAMPBELL, Outlook Partners
DEANNA DRESEL, Midwest ATC Services, Inc.
ANGELA FERA, Johnson County MED-ACT
GRETCHEN FITZGERALD, Blue Cross Blue Shield
MELANIE GRIFFEY, Community Volunteer
SCOTT HALL, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
KALINDA CALKINS, Bank of Kansas City
CHRISTY KLEINSORGE, PhD., Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
SARAH LAUCK, H&R Block
NORA LOCKTON, Community Volunteer

 

 

 

 

JOSEPHINE NJOROGE, Benjamin Banneker Academy Charter
CHRISTOPHER RHOADES, The Sloan Agency
CHAD ROCK, BMO Harris Bank
JOVANNA ROHS, Ph.D., Mid-American Regional Council
STACEY SALADIN, Keller Williams Realty
PAUL SCHIEBER, Sprint
AARON SIDERS, Commerce Bank
MEYER SOSLAND, Sosland Companies Inc.
DANIEL C. STAKER, Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC
ANN TINSMAN, Community Volunteer
RICHARD WETZEL, Centric Projects
MARY WIDMER, Service Management Group
ADAM ZIEREN, BKD, LLP

 

Young Advisory Board

The Young Advisory Board of The Children’s Place has been formed to help connect younger potential donors and volunteers with the agency, its mission and its programs in the community.

The Board will work to host several events throughout the year to raise awareness of the work of The Children’s Place while also raising funds. In addition, members will be invited to participate in a number of volunteer activities and other community service projects.

MEMBERS:

TYLER BELL
ERIN BLEAKLEY
ALEXA FLOYD
ERIN FORD
BLAIR GENTILE
AUSTIN GIDEON
BLAKE GOODMAN
ELLIE GORDON
KINDEL KAELKE
KATHERINE LEE, PRESIDENT
TIFFANI PEARSON
SEAN POWER
THERESA POWERS
TIMOTHY ROSS
KENDRA SAMER
MARY JEAN SCHRADER
STACEY SCHULTZ
JENNY SWAFFORD
KAT TINKHAM
KYLE WAGGONER
MARGARET WAGGONER
EMILY WELLNER
MARTIN WILLIAMS

 

The Angel Board of The Children's Place

The Angel Board is a fundraising auxiliary dedicated to supporting the agency’s mission to ensure the welfare and well being of young children who have experienced severe trauma including neglect and abuse. Since The Angel Board inception in 1995, this committed group has raised over $500,000 and provided countless volunteer hours to support TCP’s services for children most at risk in our community.

 

MEMBERS:

KAREN BAILEY
MELISSA BATZ, PRESIDENT
LISA BRADY
ANN CRAMPTON
TRACY DILLON
CHERYL DONALDSON
BETH DRILL NAY
JANE EMLEY
LAURA GOETTSCH
LISA HARDY
LAURA JONES
AMANDA LAMBRIGHT
ADDIE PERRY
RITA SALADINO
KATHY SCHIRGER
KRISTA TOLSDORF
LAURIE WARWICK
JILL WEHNER

 

The Children's Place Staff

Senior Staff

ANN THOMAS, President & CEO
thomasa@tcpkc.org

STEVE CALLAHAN, Vice President of Finance & Operations
callahans@tcpkc.org

AMY WICKSTROM, Vice President of Development & Communications
wickstroma@tcpkc.org

CARRIE ZELLMER, Vice President of Program Administration
zellmerc@tcpkc.org

Day Treatment Staff

LINDA DODDS, Director of Day Treatment Program
doddsl@tcpkc.org

REGETTA DUPREE, Assistant Director of Day Treatment Program
dupreer@tcpkc.org

GAY ADAMS, Toddler 1 Classroom Co-Teacher
adamsg@tcpkc.org

ZAKIA GAFFORD, Toddler Classroom Co-Teacher
gaffordz@tcpkc.org

TREVIA DAWSON, Preschool II Classroom Co-Teacher
dawsont@tcpkc.org

ASHLEY HERMANN, Classroom Co-Teacher
hermanna@tcpkc.org

ASHLEY HENSON, Classroom Co-Teacher
hensona@tcpkc.org

JANETTE DESSELLE, Classroom Co-Teacher
dessellej@tcpkc.org

TAMARA GRIDDINE, Floater Teacher
griddinet@tcpkc.org

LISA HAMRICK, Floater Teacher
hamrickl@tcpkc.org

SUSAN HERSHBERGER, Preschool I Classroom Co-Teacher
hershbergers@tcpkc.org

KATHY JOHNSTON, Speech Language Pathologist
johnstonk@tcpkc.org

RUDY LIGGINS, Preschool Classroom Co-Teacher
ligginsr@tcpkc.org

NICHOLE MCELWAINE, Toddler I Classroom Co-Teacher
mcelwainen@tcpkc.org

TRISTEN MCGRATH, Preschool I Classroom Co-Teacher
mcgratht@tcpkc.org

MICHAEL PIERRO, Cook/Floater Teacher
pierrom@tcpkc.org

RACHEL RAMA, Occupational Therapist
ramar@tcpkc.org

CRISTINA SANCHEZ, Toddler Classroom Co-Teacher
sanchezc@tcpkc.org

KAY VERTS, Floater Teacher

Clinical Services and Parenting Support Services Staff

BLAIR BALLARD, Child and Family Therapist
ballardb@tcpkc.org

CHERYL MANN, Director of Clinical Services
mannc@tcpkc.org

JAIMI JENKINS, Early Childhood Specialist
jenkinsj@tcpkc.org

KRISTA KASTLER, Child & Family Therapist
kastlerk@tcpkc.org

KELLY KINCAID, Child & Family Senior Therapist
kincaidk@tcpkc.org

KARI LEATHERWOOD, Diagnostician
leatherwoodk@tcpkc.org

BRIT VISSER, Child & Family Therapist
visserb@tcpkc.org

RHONDA PARKS, Parenting Support Services
parksr@tcpkc.org

KERRY SCOTT, Child & Family Therapist
scottk@tcpkc.org

GINA SHIBEL, Diagnostician/Child and Family Therapist
shibelg@tcpkc.org

EMILY POUNDS HERNANDEZ, Day Treatment Therapist
poundse@tcpkc.org

 

Administration

CARRIE EDWARD, Receptionist
edwardc@tcpkc.org

CHARLOTTE JETT, Evening Receptionist
jettc@tcpkc.org

BEVERLY NAFZIGER, Health Information Systems Specialist/Medical Records

nafzigerb@tcpkc.org

KERRI PERKS, Admissions Coordinator/Case Management
perksk@tcpkc.org

MELINA JOHNSON, Financial Consultant
johnsonm@tcpkc.org

DIANE PRIGMORE, Graphic Designer
prigmored@tcpkc.org

JANE SCHRADER, Manager of Development and Events
schraderj@tcpkc.org

PAT SIBENALLER, Billing Specialist
sibenallerp@tcpkc.org

BARBARA BRUCE, Operations Assistant
bruceb@tcpkc.org

STEPHANIE MACK, Operations Manager
macks@tcpkc.org

HANNAH BROCKWAY, Volunteer Manager
brockwayh@tcpkc.org