Current Members

Trustee Scholar giving circle membership for fiscal year 2014 is indicated by an asterisk (*).
 

Executive Committee

The University of Missouri–Kansas City Executive Committee is elected from among the current Trustees. They manage the business and property of the Board of Trustees in the interim between meetings of the full board.

Ellen Darling

Chair
Executive VP & COO
Newmark Grubb Zimmer
*Scholar Circle Member and Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

 

Joel Voran

Chair Elect
Chairman
Lathrop & Gage, LLP

 

Stephen Doyal
Vice Chair, Trustee Awards Committee

Senior Vice President-Public Affairs and Communications
Hallmark Cards, Inc.

*Scholar Benefactor

 

Doranne Hudson

Secretary and Vice Chair, Strategy and Planning
Retired, Hallmark Cards
ExecutiveinResidence
University of Missouri–Kansas City

 

Chandler McCray

Vice Chair, Trustee Scholars Committee
President and Chief Executive Officer
McCray Lumber and Millwork
*Scholar Circle Member

 

Ann Brandau Murguia

Vice Chair, Real Estate Committee
Executive Director
Argentine Neighborhood Development Assoc.

 

Jim Polsinelli
Vice Chair, Goverment Relations

Shareholder
Polsinelli


Jerry Reece

Vice Chair, Engagement Committee
Chief Executive Officer
Reece and Nichols

 

Ralph Reid

Treasurer, Vice Chair, Finance and Audit Committee

 

Scott Smith
Vice Chair, Development Committee     

 

Maurice Watson
Vice Chair, Governance Committee

Chairman
Husch Blackwell


Sharon Lindenbaum

Assistant Treasurer,
University of Missouri–Kansas City

 

Troy Lillebo

Assistant Secretary,
University of Missouri–Kansas City

 
 
 

 

Regular, Alumni, Community and Special Trustees

The University of Missouri–Kansas City Board of Trustees is comprised of 60 regular, four Alumni, nine Community and three Special Trustees. Honorary and Emeriti members are annually elected at the discretion of the board.

Alan Atterbury

President
Midland Properties, Inc.
Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

 
Debby Ballard

President
Sprint Foundation

 
Jonathan Baum

Chairman
George K. Baum & Company

 
Steven Bernstein

President 
Bernstein Rein Advertising, Inc. 

 
Phil Bixby

Alumni Trustee
President, Chief Executive Officer
and Chairman
*Scholar Benefactor

 
Tom Bloch

Co-founder
University Academy
*Scholar Benefactor and Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

 
John Bluford

Retired President and Chief Executive Officer
Truman Medical Centers

   
John Callison

Vice President—Investments
Oppenheimer & Company, Inc.

 

Raymond Cattaneo

Community Trustee
Alumni Association
*Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor
General Pediatrician
Priority Care Pediatrics  

 

Dianne Cleaver

Executive Director
Urban Neighborhood Initiative

 
Keith Copaken

Principal
Copaken Brooks
*Scholar Benefactor

 
Karen Cox, R.N., Ph.D.

Alumni Trustee
Executuve Vice President
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
*Scholar Circle Member

 

Donald L. Cupps

Special Trustee and Curator
Chairman
UM System Board of Curators

   
Paul DeBruce

DeBruce Companies

 
Michael Deggendorf

Senior Vice President-Corporate Services
KCP&L

 
Ann Dickinson

Board Member
Dickinson Financial Corporation
*Scholar Circle Member

 

Stephen Dunn
Chairman
J. E. Dunn Construction Company 
 
Frank Ellis

Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Swope Community Enterprises

 
Anne Westlake Elsberry
*Scholar Circle member
 
Warren Erdman

Executive Vice President—
Administrative and Corporate Affairs
KC Southern
*Scholar Benefactor

 
Melinda Estes, M.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer
Saint Luke's Health System
*Scholar Circle Member

 
Dr. Brett Ferguson

Community Trustee
Rinehart Foundation

 
Gary Forsee

*Scholar Circle Member

 
Scott Francis

Owner
Francor, LLC

 
Chris Gentile

President
Federal Manufacturing and Technologies

 
Esther George

President
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

 
Greg Graves

President and Chief Executive Officer
Burns & McDonnell
*Scholar Circle Member

 
Mary Beth Guy

Community Trustee,
Pharmacy Foundation

Pharamcy Consultant

 
Marilyn Hebenstreit

Community Trustee,
Hall Library of Science,
Engineering & Technology

*Scholar Circle Member

 

Spencer Heddens III
 
Mark Hinderks

Co-Managing Partner
Stinson Leonard Street


J.R. Hobbs

Community Trustee, Law Foundation Vice President, Wyrsch Hobbs Mirakian Attorneys

 

 



 
 

 
Ed Honesty

President and Chief Operating Officer
Best Harvest Bakeries
 

Thomas Hyde
Richard Johnson

Founder and President
KC Pharma, LLC

 
Mark Jorgenson

Regional President and CEO
US Bank  

Pete Levi

Polsinelli

    
Pat McCown

Chief Executive Officer
McCownGordon Construction
*Scholar Circle Member

 

Pat McLarney

Attorney
McLarney Law Firm
*Scholar Circle Member

 
John McMeel

Chairman
Andrews McMeel Universal
*Scholar Circle Member

 
Leo E. Morton

Community Trustee
UMKC Chancellor

 
David Oliver

Partner
Berkowitz Oliver Williams Shaw & Eisenbrandt LLP

 
Danny O'Neill

The Roasterie
*Scholar Circle Member

 
Roshann Parris

President and Chief Executive Officer
Parris Communications

 
John Phillips

Special Trustee and Curator
Senior Counsel
Husch Blackwell

 
Annie Presley

Author
ACE Publishing LLC

  
John Readey, III

Senior Partner
Bryan Cave LLP

 

Ora Reynolds

President
Hunt Midwest Enterprises, Inc.

 
James Sangster

President
UMB Bank
*Scholar Benefactor

       
David Shapland

CFO
Russell Stover Candies

John Sherman

MLP Holdings
*Scholar Circle member

Betsey Solberg

Executive Consultant
Fleishman-Hillard, Inc.
*Scholar Circle Member

 
Charles Sosland

President and Chief Executive Officer
Sosland Companies, Inc

 
Kent Sunderland

Vice Chairman and Secretary
Ash Grove Cement Company


Thomas Turner III
Executive Vice President
Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC
*Scholar Circle Member
 
Tim Van Zandt

Community Trustee
Conservatory of Music and Dance
Vice President, Government and Community Relations
St. Luke's Health System

 
Don Wagner

Investor
Wagner Investments, L.P.
*Scholar Circle Member

 
David Westbrook

Alumni Trustee
Senior Vice President—Strategy
and Innovation
Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics

 
Joy Wheeler
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri

 
Timothy Wolfe

Special Trustee
President
University of Missouri System

 

Kelli Wright

Community Trustee Women's Council
Alumni Association *Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor
Co-Director
Consortium for Aging in the Community, UMKC

 

David Yost
Community Trustee, Athletics

Executive Vice President
Midwest Trust Company

 

Emeriti and Honorary Trustees

Malcolm Aslin

Emeritus
Chairman of the Board
Alterra Bank

 
William (Bert) Bates

Emeritus
Of Counsel
Lathrop & Gage, LLP

 
G. Kenneth Baum

Emeritus
Chairman of the Board
George K. Baum Group
*Scholar Benefactor

 
The Hon. Theodore Beckett

Emeritus
Of Counsel
Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.

 
Angela Bennett

Honorary

 
Bert Berkley

Emeritus
Chairman of the Board
Tension Envelope Corporation

 
Henry Bloch

Emeritus
Honorary Chairman of the Board
H&R Block Incorporated

 
Barrett Brady

Emeritus

 
Mary Shaw Branton

Honorary

 
Newton Campbell

Honorary
Executive in Residence
University of Missouri‐Kansas City

 
Thomas Carter

Emeritus

 
Richard Davis Sr.

Emeritus
Founder
KC Masterpiece BBQ Products

 
William French

Honorary
*Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

Ollie Gates

Emeritus
Owner and Founder Gates BBQ
   

Barbara Hall Marshall

Emeritus
Co–Founder
National Museum of Toys/Miniatures
*Scholar Circle member
and Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

 
Robert Peterson

Emeritus

 
Louis Rasmussen

Emeritus

 
George Russell

Honorary

  
Beth Smith

Honorary

 
Neil Sosland

Emeritus
Executive Editor
—Markets
Sosland Publishing Company
*Scholar Circle member

   
Arthur Stoup

Emeritus
President
Arthur H. Stoup & Assoc., P.C.

 
Stephen Talge

Emeritus

   
Robert West

Emeritus

 
Hugh Zimmer

Emeritus
Chairman
Zimmer Companies, Inc.
*Lifetime Giving Endowed Scholar Benefactor

Meet a Trustees Board Member

Tom Bloch

Tom Bloch

 

“The Board is made up of an outstanding group of individuals who bring a diverse background and experience to UMKC, and the Board provides a valuable link between the campus and community. The one common thread is that everyone has a great interest and enthusiasm for UMKC.”