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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, 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
MIKE ENSZ, KPMG
KATIE ERWIN, FleishmanHillard
ANGELA FERA, Co-Vice Chair, Hero Fund USA
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, Kobel + Co.

 

 

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:

Grant Burnside, Co-Chair
Mallory Wellner, Co-Chair
Jack Brown
Myranda Cleary
Mary Crowe
Jackson DeLay
Charles Earnest
Maddie Ehlers
Libby Halsey
Austin Huynh
Jack Klisares
Zachary Mallory
Cameron Range
Haley Regan
Alexandra Rodriguez
Gretchen Schmidtlein
Hank Simpson
Kaitlyn Stevenson

 

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:

Whitney Reagan, Chair
Lindsey Anderson
Heather Blacketer
Amanda Blackwood
BK Christopher
Sarah Clark
Kristie Clifft
April Crosser
Anne Cusser
Ericka Duker
Katherine Ellis
Kyle Kennedy
Jenny Kim
Molly Lane
Katherine Lee
Sarah McConnell
Joellen Messerli
Jenny Muntzel
Kate Nelson
Meg Nohe
Kathy Schirger
Tracy Tetrick
Allison Waters
Casey Welsh
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

VICTORIA ALMARAZ, Floater Teacher
almarazv@childrensplacekc.org

BLAIR BALLARD, Clinical Director of Day Treatment Services
ballardb@childrensplacekc.org

LYNDSEY BURCH, Early Education Teacher
burchl@childrensplacekc.org

LUKE EVJEN, Early Education Teacher
evjenl@childrensplacekc.org

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

MO GAYNOR, Occupational Therapist
gaynorm@childrensplacekc.org

STEPHANIE FRAZIER, Early Education Teacher
fraziers@childrensplacekc.org

GRACE GAWATZ, Early Education Teacher
gawatzg@childrensplacekc.org

MIRACLE HAISLIP, Early Education Teacher
haislipm@childrensplacekc.org

CATIE HARBOR, Floater Teacher
harborc@childrensplacekc.org

JOY HITCHCOCK, Infant Mental Health Therapist
hitchcockj@childrensplacekc.org

LOVIE HOLLINS, Assistant Early Education Manager
hollinsl@childrensplacekc.org

 

 

ALEX HUNGATE, Early Education Teacher
hungatea@childrensplacekc.org

SOPHIE WILSON, Child & Family Therapist
wilsons@childrensplacekc.org

CARIANNE McCARTHY, Early Education Teacher
mccarthyc@childrensplacekc.org

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

SHASHANDA MITCHELL, Early Education Teacher
mitchells@childrensplacekc.org

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

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

PAMELA SIMPSON, Director of Early Education
simpsonp@childrensplacekc.org

DEBBIE TUSHER, Early Education Teacher
tusherd@childrensplacekc.org

RACHEL ULRICH, Child & Family Therapist
ulrichr@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

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

 

 

 

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT STAFF

SARA BOATWRIGHT, Corporate Partnerships Manager
boatwrights@childrensplacekc.org

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

 

 

RACHEL HERBIG, Grants Manager
herbigr@childrensplacekc.org

RYLIE SWAIN, Multimedia Specialist
swainr@childrensplacekc.org

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATIONS & ADMINISTRATIVE

D.J. BARNES, Director of Human Resources
barnesd@childrensplacekc.org

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

LISA HAMRICK, Operations Manager
hamrickl@childrensplacekc.org

CHARLOTTE JETT, Evening Receptionist
jettc@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, Operations & Finance Specialist
sibenallerp@childrensplacekc.org