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Public Affairs Advisory Council

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:

Suzie Aron

Crossroads Community Association

Deidre Anderson

United Inner City Services

Irene Caudillo

El Centro, Inc.

Bill Ebel

City Manager
City of Overland Park, KS

Jim Giles

City of Kansas City, MO

Jason Klumb

Regional Administrator
US General Services Administration

Carol Marinovich

Donnelly College

Mark McHenry

Kansas City Parks and Recreation

Annie Presley

McKellar Group (retired)

Steve Roling

Retired CEO

Mari Ruck

City of Kansas City, MO

Stacia Stelk

Ripple Glass LLC

Brent Stewart

United Way of Greater Kansas City

Shari Stimetz

Retired Assistant Executive Director
Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City

Arzie Umali

UMKC’s Women’s Center

David Warm

Executive Director
Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)

Gene Wilson

Consultant / Former EVP
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation