10th Annual Conference Planning Committee

Brenda Bethman, UMKC Women’s Center

Diane Burkholder

Diane Burkholder, Kansas City Care Clinic—Committee Co-Chair

Diane Burkholder is the Lead Evaluator at the Kansas City CARE Clinic. She serves on the agency’s Cultural Diversity and Equity Committee and is Vice Chairperson of Kansas City’s HIV Planning Council’s Assessment and Comprehensive Plan Committee. She believes in the importance of positively impacting her community through activism and is an advocate on issues concerning youth and young adults, women, and the Queer community. She's previously worked as an HIV/AIDS and STI advocate as well as an education and employment counselor for teens and young adults. Diane currently co-moderates the Kansas City Freethinkers of Color - a group dedicated to creating safe spaces and community for non-religious people of color - and the Kansas City Mixed Roots for mixed-race individuals and families. In October 2014, she co-founded One Struggle KC, in response to the events taking place in Ferguson, MO and the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa, Gurrero, Mexico.

Keichanda Dees Burnett, UMKC Multicultural Student Affairs

Jessica Calderon, Metropolitan Community College

Jennifer Coldiron, UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Jennifer L. Coldiron, LCSW, is a licensed certified social worker with professional experiences in higher education, public secondary education, community-based practice, and not-for-profit strategic diversity and inclusion consultation. Coldiron currently serves as the Director of Diversity Initiatives and provides leadership to diversity programs and initiatives as outlined in the UMKC Diversity Strategic Plan. Coldiron attended college in her hometown at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, to earn a Bachelor of Science in Human & Environmental Sciences with a minor in Spanish. She then earned a Master of Social Work degree with an administrative concentration from the University of Washington, Seattle, where she first began equality work with People’s Institute Northwest, an organization that’s shaped her path ever since.

Marji Datwyler

Marji Datwyler, UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Marji Datwyler is a Project Director in the UMKC Division of Diversity & Inclusion. She currently has the privilege of leading Avanzando, a partnership program with the Hispanic Development Fund focusing on improving the retention and graduation rates of Latina students and increasing their access to professional/graduate schools and career opportunities. Marji earned a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri - Columbia where she also served as a residence hall director. She has held leadership positions in a variety of social service and health education organizations and is committed to addressing the needs of underserved and underrepresented communities.

Gabriela Flores

Gabriela Flores, Children’s Mercy Hospitals—Program Committee Chair

Gabriela Flores has over eighteen years of experience working in the area of human services, specifically with refugee and immigrant populations in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Her area of emphasis has been in language access, diversity and health equity. Ms. Flores currently serves as the Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. Her role is to create and implement an organizational framework focusing on health equity, diversity and inclusion, which includes strategies specifically related to community engagement. Recently, Ms. Flores has acquired responsibility for overseeing the delivery of Language Services for the organization. Previously, Ms. Flores served as the Director of Interpreter Services for Truman Medical Centers (TMC), a Level I trauma center and safety net hospital for Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, Ms. Flores is an instructor of the "Bridging the Gap" program and has served as adjunct faculty at Johnson County Community College for the Healthcare Interpreting Program for Spanish Interpreters from 2005 to 2011. She currently serves in a similar capacity at the Metropolitan Community Colleges. Ms. Flores holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, a Master's in Business Management, and has completed the American Hospital Association's Cultural Competency Leadership Fellowship (2006).

Raquel Garcia

Raquel Garcia, Truman Medical Center

Raquel Garcia is the current Community Health Education Nurse for Truman Medical Centers where she manages and coordinates outreach efforts which include Community Health Education, Volunteer Services and the development of integrated community care network programs. Her community service accomplishments include current program coordinator for the Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, committee member and presenter for the UMKC's Women of Color Conference, mentor through UMKC's Avanzando program and assists the Girl Scouts in recruiting new Latinas throughout Kansas City. Raquel holds a bachelor degree in Science of Nursing from Rockhurst/Research College of Nursing and has specialized in Women's Care for the past 9 years of her career.

Chantell Garrett, Office of Mayor Sly James and RUBIES—High School/Collegiate Connection Co-Chair

Wandra Green, UMKC Strategic Marketing and Communications

Sherry Harold, Foreign Language Academy

Sophia Harrison

Sophia Harrison

Sophia Harrison is an enrollment services coordinator in the Office of Admissions at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she recruits students from Southwest Missouri and Kansas. She comes from an advertising background, but felt called to serve the first time college student population and made the transition to higher education. She has a passion for providing youth with the necessary tools to go to college and pursue their dreams. Sophia holds bachelor's degrees in Mass Communications and Spanish from Benedictine College.

Jacqueline Hawkins, UMKC Bloch School

PaKou Her,

Sophia Harrison

Tiffany Hogan, Attorney at Law, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice

Tiffany D. Hogan is an Associate at Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC and practices in a variety of general litigation matters. Tiffany concentrates her areas of practice in insurance litigation, premises liability, financial services litigation and commercial. Tiffany was formerly In-House Counsel for a Fortune 500 Company, serving as a Regional Legal Staff Attorney. In this position, Tiffany represented the company and insured clients at trial, in mediation and settlement negotiations in order to resolve complex bodily injury, property damage, contract, and insurance coverage issues. Tiffany has successfully served as first chair in numerous jury and bench trials.

Tiffany began practicing law as a civil litigation attorney in a private law firm in Kansas City, Missouri in 2009. She received her Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law in 2009. While in law school she was a CLEO Scholar, received the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Scholarship, was ranked first on the Negotiations Team, and received the CALI (top paper) honor in Taking and Defending Depositions. She also served as a legal intern in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, Office of Administration handling employment law for the President’s Staff, as well as procurement matters and FOIA matters. She is a graduate of the 2012 class of the John O. Oliver Trial Academy. Tiffany is licensed to practice law in Kansas and Missouri State and Federal Courts.

Tiffany received her Bachelor of Business Administration, with a double major in Marketing and Management, from the Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University in December 2002. Her professional experience prior to law school includes more than 7 years in marketing and commercial property management. Tiffany currently serves as President of the Jackson County Bar Association, a member of the Baker Sterchi Cowden & rice Diversity Committee, a member of The Claims and Litigation Management alliance, a Board Member of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, a member of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, in several leadership roles in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.-Kansas City, MO Alumnae Chapter, and is an active member of Concord Fortress of Hope Church.

Antoinette Jackson

Antoinette Jackson, UMKC Office of Admissions

Antoinette Jackson is a multicultural enrollment services coordinator for Office of Admissions at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she recruits students in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas high schools in Kansas City Missouri and Kansas. She currently serves as a member of the young alumni committee. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Nicole Jacobs Silvey, Metropolitan Community College

Toya Jenkins

Toya Jenkins, UMKC Student Auxiliary Services

Toya Jenkins is the Administrative Assistant for Student Auxiliary Services at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Toya is a veteran of the United States Air Force, and has traveled all over the globe serving proudly. Toya holds her B.S. in Sociology and Psychology, her Masters of Arts in Adult Education, and she is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education.


Kim Johnson, UMKC Office of the Chancellor

Kim Johnson currently serves as the Executive Staff Assistant to the Chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and has been employed at UMKC since 2000. She dedicated to service at UMKC and beyond. She has served on various committees and boards, including American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, KC Convoy of Hope, Kiwanis Club of Midtown, UMKC Staff Council, UMKC Women's Council and the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity where she serves as a member of the National Advisory Board. Throughout her tenure at UMKC, she has also served as an advisor for several student organizations. She is passionate about the advancement of women and has served as a member of the UMKC Women of Color Leadership Conference planning committee for the past 10 years.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a Master's and Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Administration, all from UMKC, where she is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Higher Education. Her research interests include efforts to enhance the workplace experiences of women staff at institutions of higher education with an emphasis on leadership, professional development, and the lived experiences of African American women.

Danielle Martinez, UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Danielle Martinez currently serves as the Executive Assistant in the Division of Diversity and Inclusion where she manages day-to-day operations of the office, helps coordinate logistics for divisional events/lectures and helps plan and schedule meetings and appointments, among many other duties. Danielle has ten years of retail management experience that includes human resources, office management, and diversity advocacy. She also spent time at a financial institution where she enjoyed coaching individuals, particularly young families, on how to balance personal budgets as well as credit building/rebuilding.

Danielle earned a Bachelor of Art in Sociology from the University of Kansas in 2013, where she focused her studies on family, gender and sexuality, as well as race, ethnic, and cultural relations. Danielle’s experience coupled with her education and own unique diversity story bring an important perspective to the work of the division.

Gabrielle Moore-Jones, Metropolitan Community College

Erika Noguera

Erika C. Noguera

Erika C. Noguera has spent more than nine years as a dedicated community advocate. She is passionate about community development and civic engagement, believing that an engaged and empowered society is the strongest force of nature. She has worked as a community organizer in the neighborhoods of Kansas City's urban core and in various roles, from interpreter to event coordinator, fundraiser, and more. Her work has been about empowering and enriching the lives of the people and families she serves. She has served as the Director of Community Programs at the Mattie Rhodes Center, director for the Alianzas program at UMKC's Institute for Human Development and as the Coordinator for the Division of Diversity and Inclusion at UMKC. Erika studied Anthropology at the University of Kansas and has earned an EMBA from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC.

LaShaundra Randolph

Lashaundra Randolph, UMKC Student Life—Committee Co-Chair

Lashaundra Randolph is the Coordinator for Student Activities at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she is the primary Advisor for the Union Programming Board. She previously served as a Residence Hall Director at Stony Brook University (NY). In the past, she has taught first-year orientation courses and has been a peer instructor for Sexual Assault Facts and Education (SAFE). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Missouri Western State University and a Master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she is also pursuing a Doctorate in Higher Education with an emphasis in Urban Education. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, mentoring, traveling, spending time with loved ones, and motivational speaking. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.-Leavenworth Alumnae Chapter.

Kelsay Rinehart

Kelsay Rinehart, UMKC Athletics

Kelsay Rinehart is currently an Assistant Business Manager in the Athletics Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has been with the university for over six years, starting when she was a student in a work-study position. She has had the opportunity to work with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion on many of their programs including: the Social Justice Lecture, the Pride Keynote Lecture, the Pride Scholarship Breakfast, the Agapito Mendoza Scholarship Breakfast, as well as the Women of Color Leadership Conference. She holds a bachelor's of business administration from UMKC, and is currently pursuing a bachelor's of science in nursing.

Pauline Rios

Pauline Rios, BRAVA Enterprises

Pauline Rios is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri, and is owner of BRAVA Enterprises, a consulting business. Ms. Rios has been called "Ms. Energizer" for her ability to motivate people in all areas of their personal and professional endeavors. She is a renowned public speaker and has provided exceptional training and workshops for numerous organizations, government agencies, businesses as well as middle and high schools on a variety of professional life skill topics. She believes in giving back to the community, and has volunteered with over fifty organizations in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area; a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her community involvement, she has been recognized by the Kansas City Star publication as their "Community Star."

Heather Swanson, UMKC Finance and Administration

Sierra Warren

Sierra Warren, Metropolitan Community College—High School/Collegiate Connection Co-Chair

Sierra Warren currently serves the Executive Assistant to the President of the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. She is a proud native of the Kansas City area. She has worked with the University of Missouri, Kansas City over the past couple of years servicing her community in tutoring the youth, and leading workshops to help motivate and educate teen girls. She has volunteered with the WOCLC for four consecutive years. From there she has help lead several community projects with her church Macedonia Baptist Church, where she also co-leads the Twenty Something Small Group Ministry there. Mrs. Warren graduated from U.M.K.C with a Bachelor's degree in Communication with an emphasis of Broadcast Media. She is also currently the co-host of Concrete Truth Radio on Kansas City's new Rap, Rhythm & Praise gospel station, Praise 95.3 FM Radio. Mrs. Warren is pursuing her Master's degree in Higher Education, Administration here at U.M.K.C. Her biggest accomplishment is being a loving wife to her husband and a mom to her newborn son.

KaMara White

Kamara “K.K” White, Children’s Mercy Hospital

KaMara White, also known as “K.K.”, is a passionate and tenacious leader both professionally and civically. She is the Director of Patient Experience at Children’s Mercy Hospital, where she leads the Patient Advocate Department, along with many patient experience initiatives. Civically, she has served on the Board of Awesome Ambitions and has chaired community events for R.U.B.I.E.S. (Realizing your Best In Every Situation) Inc., both prominent Kansas City-based non-profit organizations focused on leadership and professional and personal development of African American female youth. Ms. White independently mentors 21 college and adult-aged women in the Kansas City metro area. Her dream is to help young girls reach their dreams. Ms. White earned a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Fisk University, a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from The University of Kentucky, a certification in Child and Adolescent Counseling from Avila University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology at Avila University.


Tiffany Williams

Tiffany Williams, UMKC Multicultural Student Affairs

Tiffany Williams currently serves as Assistant Dean of Students for Student Success at the University of Missouri - Kansas City where she seeks to educate, engage and empower students to embrace their collegiate experience. In addition to her work, she has served on various boards and committees, including the board of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, Diversity Task Force with Big Brothers Big Sisters of KC. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.- Kansas City Missouri Alumnae Chapter. Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is currently working on her Educational Doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Above all her greatest role she enjoys the most is serving as mom to one of the smartest seniors at the University Academy, her daughter Imani.


Susan Wilson, UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Susan B. Wilson PhD MBA is a licensed clinical psychologist with a multifaceted career in healthcare administration, consulting, clinical and media work. Wilson currently serves as the Vice Chancellor of the Division of Diversity and Inclusion. In this chief diversity officer role, she oversees diversity and inclusion policies and programs for students, faculty, and staff and community.

Wilson attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an M.B.A. from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC. Wilson has held leadership positions in several notable health and behavioral healthcare organizations in the Kansas City area, including Swope Health Services and St. Luke’s Health System. She has also served as a consulting psychologist to the National Football League and the Kansas City Chiefs and a host and contributor for KCUR 89.3 FM, the Kansas City affiliate of NPR.

Wilson has contributed her time and skills to numerous civic and community endeavors, including Jackson County COMBAT Commission, Missouri Department of Mental Health Cultural Competency Committee, and the Statewide African American Mental Health Taskforce. She is a former member of the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City and is Chair-elect of the Prime Health Board. Wilson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Links, Inc., both public service organizations.