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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, Former Classroom Volunteer and Board Member

Board of Directors

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 and collectively they share a strong commitment to ensuring the agency successfully fulfills its mission.

MATT BENGE, Chair, AssuredPartners, Inc.

AMY ALLEN, Co-Vice Chair, Emery Sapp & Sons
DANELLE BENDER, Treasurer, Dairy Farmers of America
BRAD BOESHAAR, UMB Bank
TANYA BURRELL, MD, Children’s Mercy Hospital
MIKE ENSZ,
 KPMG
KATIE ERWIN, FleishmanHillard
ANGELA FERA, Co-Vice Chair, St. Mary’s Medical Center
GRETCHEN FITZGERALD, Secretary, Blue Cross Blue Shield
LINDSAY FORD, The Voter Network
KATIE GOUND, Community Volunteer
CELESTE GREENLEE, Junior League of Kansas City
KRISTEN HARRELSON, HOK

 

 

ELIZABETH HASTINGS, MD, Children’s Mercy Hospital
DAVID HELLEN,
 Accenture
RHONDA HOLMAN, Community Volunteer
MOLLY HUNTER, Gates Westering, LLC
LAURA JONES, 
Community Volunteer
RUDY LIGGINS, 
The Children’s Place Teacher, Retired
NORA LOCKTON, 
Community Volunteer
JOSEPHINE NJOROGE,
 Community Volunteer
MITCH PETERSON, LG Electronics
ANNE SCHARF, Hunt Family Foundation / Kansas City Chiefs
NATE TESMER, JPMorgan Chase
JULIA THOMPSON, Ph.D., Children’s Mercy Hospital
MABEL TINJACA, Ph.D., Community Volunteer
KATIE WASSERSTROM, Mariner Wealth Advisors

Young Ambassador Board

The Young Ambassador 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:

Mallory McCurry Wellner, Chair
Mallory Baska
Jack Brown
Grant Burnside
Mary Crowe
Jackson DeLay
Charles Earnest
Maddie Ehlers
Libby Halsey
Emily Hannah
Austin Huynh
Jack Klisares
Maddy Logan
Gretchen Schmidtlein
Ann Stevenson
Kaitlyn Stevenson
Taylor Streff
Michelle Thommi

 

The Angel Board

The Angel Board is a fundraising auxiliary dedicated to supporting the agency’s mission by investing in the needs and well-being of young children who have experienced abuse, neglect and other traumas. The Angel Board raises over $500,000 annually and provides countless volunteer hours to support The Children’s Place services.

 

MEMBERS:

Lindsey Anderson, Chair
Jamie Berg
Heather Blacketer
Jennifer Call
BK Christopher
Sarah Clark
Kristie Clifft
April Crosser
Anne Cusser
Ericka Duker
Katherine Ellis
Jenny Hobick
Kyle Kennedy
Jenny Kim
Jenny Koreckij
Amanda Lambright
Molly Lane
Katherine Lee
Betsy Lucas
Jan McConnell
Sarah McConnell
Katie McCune
Joellen Messerli
Kate Nelson
Meg Nohe
Whitney Reagan
Kathy Schirger
Kellie Stauffer
Tracy Tetrick
Katie Wasserstrom
Allison Waters
Susie Wollard

 

Meet the Team

SENIOR STAFF

ANN THOMAS, President/CEO
thomasa@childrensplacekc.org

DAWN DOWNES, Vice President of Program Administration
downesd@childrensplacekc.org

LEON FISHER, Vice President of Operations
fisherl@childrensplacekc.org

 

POLLY HOWARD, Vice President of Development & Communications
howardp@childrensplacekc.org

PAUL SCHIEBER, Chief Financial Officer
schieberp@childrensplacekc.org

DAY TREATMENT PROGRAM STAFF

TY’SHIA ADAMS, Early Education Teacher
adamst@childrensplacekc.org

BLAIR BALLARD, Day Treatment Clinical Manager
ballardb@childrensplacekc.org

ATIRA COLE, Early Education Teacher
colea@childrensplacekc.org

LUKE EVJEN, Early Education Teacher
evjenl@childrensplacekc.org

AMANDA FRANCIS, Child & Family Therapist
francisa@childrensplacekc.org

TASHEKA GARRETT, Early Education Teacher
garrettt@childrensplacekc.org

MO GAYNOR, Occupational Therapist
gaynorm@childrensplacekc.org

MIRACLE HAISLIP, Early Education Teacher
haislipm@childrensplacekc.org

LOVIE HOLLINS, Administrative Assistant
hollinsl@childrensplacekc.org

 

ALEX HUNGATE, Associate Teacher
hungatea@childrensplacekc.org

DENNY McKEE, Speech-Language Pathologist
mckees@childrensplacekc.org

CHRISTINA OCANA-WILSON, Early Education Teacher
wilsonc@childrensplacekc.org

GINA SHIBEL, Diagnostician/Child & Family Therapist
shibelg@childrensplacekc.org

PAMELA SIMPSON, Early Education Manager
simpsonp@childrensplacekc.org

DEBBIE TUSHER, Early Education Teacher
tusherd@childrensplacekc.org

KATIE VEYS, Child & Family Therapist
veysk@childrensplacekc.org

KIM VOLZ, Early Education Teacher
volzk@childrensplacekc.org

ALIDA WILLIAMS, Cook
williamsa@childrensplacekc.org

 

 

 

 

CLINICAL SERVICES & FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

CLARISHA BLAYLOCK, Child & Family Therapist
blaylockc@childrensplacekc.org

JAIMI JENKINS, Admissions Coordinator
jenkinsj@childrensplacekc.org

KRISTA KASTLER, Senior Child & Family Therapist
kastlerk@childrensplacekc.org

KARI LEATHERWOOD, Diagnostician/Child and Family Therapist
leatherwoodk@childrensplacekc.org

 

CHERYL MANN, Director of Testing Services
mannc@childrensplacekc.org

RHONDA PARKS, Family Support Specialist
parksr@childrensplacekc.org

ASHLEY PHILLIPS, Child & Family Therapist
phillipsa@childrensplacekc.org

VLADIMIR SAINTE, Director of Counseling & Family Support Services
saintev@childrensplacekc.org

 

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT STAFF

DOUG ANDERSON, Individual Giving Manager
andersond@childrensplacekc.org

SARA BOATWRIGHT, Corporate Partnerships Manager
boatwrights@childrensplacekc.org

LACEY HELMIG, Marketing & Communications Manager
helmigl@childrensplacekc.org

 

RACHEL HERBIG, Grants Manager
herbigr@childrensplacekc.org

DIANE PRIGMORE, Graphic Designer
prigmored@childrensplacekc.org

DENTON WILLIAMS, Community Engagement Coordinator
williamsd@childrensplacekc.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATIONS & ADMINISTRATIVE

THERESA BYNUM, Billing & Payroll Coordinator
bynumt@childrensplacekc.org

LISA HAMRICK, Operations Manager
hamrickl@childrensplacekc.org

CHARLOTTE JETT, Evening Receptionist
jettc@childrensplacekc.org

JACKIE JOHNSON, Director of Human Resources
johnsonj@childrensplacekc.org

PEGGY LEINEN, Ambassador of Guest Experience
leinenp@childrensplacekc.org

MELINA JOHNSON, Financial Consultant
johnsonm@childrensplacekc.org

JULIA MONTEROSSO, Executive & Development Assistant
monterossoj@childrensplacekc.org

BEVERLY NAFZIGER, Health Information Systems Specialist/Medical Records
nafzigerb@childrensplacekc.org

PAT SIBENALLER, Billing & Payroll Specialist
sibenallerp@childrensplacekc.org