Henry W. Bloch
School of Management

Boards and Councils

Making an impact at Bloch and beyond.
The advice and counsel of the business and civic community informs and guides many aspects of the Bloch School’s overall direction. Many of the area’s most respected leaders participate on Bloch School boards and councils.

Leigh Salzsieder, Ph.D., CPA, ABV

Bloch Faculty Representative
Department Chair for Accountancy
Associate Professor of Accountancy
315 Bloch School

Melanie Coleman


Mike Plunkett

Co-Founder and COO/CFO PayIt

Chuck Robb

St. Luke’s Health System

David Seay


Brad Batz

President and CEO
Fike Corporation

Don Bisbee

President and Chief Executive Officer
ValueHealth, LLC

Tom Bloch

Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation


Jean-Paul Chaurand

Executive Vice President
Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation

Tim Cowden

President and CEO
Kansas City Area Development Council


Tim Dunn

Chairman and Chief Investment and Treasury Officer
JE Dunn Construction

Spencer Fields

Client Relationship Director & KC Office Leader
Willis Towers Watson

Esther George

President and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City


Gabe Hernandez

Vice President, Transmission & Distribution Services
Burns & McDonnell

Myles Howell

Vice President, Strategy
Bardavon Health Innovations

Brian Kaufman

Managing Director, Founder and President
Prairie Capital LLC

Ed Link

Vice President, Information Systems
Garmin International


Maria Maffry

Principal and Chief Business Development Officer


David Miles

Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation

Kelly Murphy

Senior Director of Human Resources

Roger Nelson

Retired Deputy Chairman EY, and
CEO Management Consulting Services

Sook Park

Executive Director
Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City

Paula Petersen

Executive Vice President
Commerce Bancshares, Inc.

Mike Plunkett, BAC Chair

Co-Founder and COO, CFO

Bob Regnier

Bank of Blue Valley

Young Sexton

President & CEO
WingGate Travel Inc.

Richard Wetzel

Centric Build

Jerry White

Senior Retail Advisor
Colliers International

Jason Banks

Procurement Category Manager
JE Dunn Construction

Jenn Beard

Program Officer

Michele Boeckholt

Director, Graphic Design & Media Services
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nickolette Cole

Director, Technology – Tax Systems & Financial Services
H&R Block, Inc.

Rachael Dameron

Manager, Primary Care Integration
Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics

Clifton Holly

Project Controls Senior Analyst
Black & Veatch

Thomas Kepka

Director of Marketing & Communications
U.S. Engineering Company

Kristi McGowin

Senior Nursing Director
Children’s Mercy Hospital

Scott Morris

Chief Technology Officer
National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Gillian Power

Chief Information Officer
Lathrop & Gage

Julie Smith

Graduate Recruiter
UMKC Bloch School of Management

Altaf Uddin

Director of Information Systems – School of Pharmacy
University of Kansas

Blake Williams

Management Consultant
Outside Advisors LLC

The Finance Advisory Board provides advice, expertise and support for the activities of the Bloch School Department of Finance.

Michael Brown

Frontier Justice

Michael Campo

Senior Vice President
Lockton Companies

Tom R. Halvorson

Principal and Chief Operating Officer
Freestate Advisors LLC

Ryan Hays

Vice President
Lazard Middle Market LLC

Alan Hintz

Senior Vice President Investments
Torchmark Corporation

Jolene Jeffries

GE Oil & Gas

Mark D. Nuss

Assistant Vice President Commercial Banking
UMB Bank, n.a.

Robert D Regnier

President and CEO
Bank of Blue Valley

Linda S. Schroeder

Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

John E. Sundeen Jr., CFA

Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Waddell & Reed Investment Management Co.

Erik Swanson

Credit Analyst
Palmer Square Capital Management LLC

Phillip A. Worden

Senior Vice President
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

John M. Clark, Ph.D.

Finance Department Chair
233 Bloch Heritage Hall
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-235-2345 | ClarkJM@umkc.edu

Kelly Beck

Director, Human Resources

Nancy Burford, SHRM President

Human Resources Director
Avila University

Lora Cheatum

Senior Vice President, HR and Labor Relations
Kansas City Southern

Rebecca David

Vice President, Human Resources
US Engineering

Anissa Elsey

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Ronnie Felder

Chief People Officer

Shelley Ferguson

Assistant Vice President Human Resources and Development
Americo Financial Life & Annuity Insurance Company

Spencer Fields

Client Relationship Director and KC Office Leader
Willis Towers Watson


Renee Gartelos

Vice President of Human Resources
Burns & McDonnell

Terry Gaylord, HRAB Chair

Chief Human Resources Officer


Jeffrey Hanslick

Littler Mendelson P.C.

Carol Hintz

Vice Chancellor of Human Resources
University of Missouri—Kansas City


Jennifer Jennings

Vice President of Human Resources
Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Laurie Johnson

Vice President of Human Resources
John Knox Village

Rhonda Johnson

Executive Vice President, Human Resources
DH Pace Company, Inc.

Deeanne King

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Tiffany Monroe

Chief People Officer
H&R Block

Kelly Murphy

Senior Director of Human Resources

Patrick Reeves

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Associated Wholesale Grocers

Christina Robertson

Vice President, Human Resources
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Doris Rogers

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Saint Luke’s Health System

Julie Schaller

Senior Vice President, Human Resources
CommunityAmerica Credit Union

Kay Stinson

Vice President, Human Resources
Seaboard Foods


Burke Walker, Vice-Chair

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
North American Savings Bank

Carolyn Walters

Vice President, People & Culture

Nancy Whitworth

Chief People Officer
McCownGordon Construction

Angela Connelly, Chair

Marketing Communications Senior Manager
KeyPath Education


Melissa Hendricks

Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Verisk Analytics

Mary Bristow

Vice President & National Marketing Director
JE Dunn Construction

Alma Azuara

Multicultural Marketing Manager

Andrea Kirsch

Chief Executive Officer
MAKE Digital Group

Mike Yardley (VML)

Chief Integration Officer


Andre Davis

DIRTT Champion/Business Development Executive
Built Interior Construction

Grant Gooding

Brand Strategist and CEO
Proof Positioning

Corey Hampton

Vice President – Business and Strategic Development
Van Trust Real Estate LLC

Kelly Hancox

Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships

Kelli Ramey

Vice President of Advertising & Brand Engagement
H&R Block

Roy Johnson

NextGen Agriculture
Black & Veatch

Ellen Junger

Chief Marketing Officer
Helzberg Diamonds

Chris Kovac

Digital Marketing Thought Leader, Speaker, Trainer, & Consultant
KindBeef.com, BetaBlox, KovacDigital

Delaina Lee

VP Marketing
BlueScope Buildings, North America

Jimmy Keown

Vice President, Brand Growth, Brand Consulting, Brand Culture

David Patrick

Chief Marketing Officer
High Performance Retail Marketing Group

Kristy Lewis

National Marketing Director
Hallmark Greetings

Bruce Scott

Vice President – Solutions
Innova Consulting Group

Ted Sowle

Assistant Vice President of Consumer Marketing
Dairy Farmers of America

Andy Tretiak

Chief Marketing Officer
Executive Airshare

George Weyrauch

Founder, Rock Creative Network
Rock Creative Network

Thomas Kepka

Director of Marketing
U.S. Engineering Company Holdings

The Council will serve as a critical link between the department and the community. It will help department faculty and staff monitor and understand the issues, problems and needs of the public service community of Greater Kansas City and the Midwest region and develop responsive education and research programs to address them.

The department has served the Kansas City community for nearly 50 years, yet the coming five years will be a period of fundamental growth and development as the department embarks on an ambitious initiative to strengthen and expand its programming in service to the region. The Advisory Council is a vital source of intelligence, insight and support to the department as we develop our next generation of programming.

The Advisory Council is a key leadership group designed to provide guidance and feedback on department programs and activities. It advises and works with the department and its faculty and staff on program development, strategic communication and marketing and multi-year strategy and resource planning. An active and vital Advisory Council is instrumental to enabling the department to ensure that it continues to be a cutting-edge, high value community resource. Members of the Advisory Council hold key positions in various business, nonprofit organizations and local government bodies in the Greater Kansas city area. Current Advisory Council members include:

Deidre Anderson

Executive Director
United Inner City Services

Suzie Aron

Crossroads Community Association

Alex Benson

Sr. Director, Corporate Development
Cerner Corporation

Irene Caudillo

El Centro

Bill Ebel

City Manager
City of Overland Park, KS

Roger Edgar

Formerly George K Baum & Co

Jim Giles

Formerly City of KCMO

Phil Glynn


Sherri Lozano

Executive Director
JDRF Kansas & Missouri Chapter

Carol Marinovich

Formerly Mayor Wyandotte County
Donnelly College

Mark McHenry

Retired Former Director
KCMO Parks and Recreation Dept

Felicity Pino

Director, Continuous Improvement
Children’s Mercy

Annie Presley Author

Formerly McKellar Group

Steve Roling

Formerly Health Care Foundation of GKC

Mari Ruck

Commissioner of Revenue Finance Dept.
City of KCMO

Stacia Stelk

Executive Director
Ripple Glass

Shari Stimetz

Formerly Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City

Arzie Umali

Assistant Director
UMKC’s Women’s Center

David Warm

Executive Director
Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)

Gene Wilson

Formerly Kauffman Foundation

The Regnier Institute Advisory Council is a by-invitation group of successful business leaders representing an array of industries who are devoted to fostering the growth of entrepreneurship globally and in Kansas City. Members of the council serve in an advisory role with respect to the continued success of The “Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (RIEI), within the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at The University of Missouri-Kansas City. The Council supports the RIEI and its mission to inspire and nurture entrepreneurs and innovators through transformational education, research, and programs designed to accelerate early startups from ideas to sustainable launch in a safe environment of learning, experimenting and mentoring. Additionally, the council celebrates entrepreneurship each year by planning the Entrepreneur of the Year event, which celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by honoring innovative and creative accomplishments, as well as inspiring a new generation of successful entrepreneurs.

Mary S. Bloch

Civic Leader

Randolph Buseman

Retired Partner at Ernst & Young, Kansas City Office

Tom Collins

COO of Dimensional Innovations

Chad Feather

Fund Analyst of KCRise Fund

Jordan Garcia

President of JNA Advertising

Donald Hawkins

Co-Organizer of KC Collective

Walt Lane

Founding Partner and President of NetStandard Inc.

Benny Lee

CEO of Duracomm

Maria Meyers

Director of UMKC’s Innovation Center and Founder of KCSourceLink

Zach Pettet


Brett Posten

Highline + Partners, Principal

Robert Sprague

Senior Vice President of Lockton Companies

Ryan Sprott

Co-founder and Managing Partner of Great Range Capital

Anne St. Peter

Co-chair Advisory Council
Founder of Global Prairie

Evan Stewart

Retired Vice President and CIO at B/E Aerospace

James Stowers III

Owner and Founder of Oxford Companies

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