9th Annual Conference Planning Committee

Diane Burkholder

Diane Burkholder is the Lead Evaluator at the Kansas City CARE Clinic. She is an advocate issues concerning youth and young adults, women, and the LGBT community. Diane currently co-moderates the Kansas City Freethinkers of Color -a group for non-religious people of color- and the Multiracial Family Circle for mixed race individuals and families. She's previously worked as an HIV/AIDS and STD advocate as well as an education and employment counselor for teens and young adults. Diane holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from California State University, Long Beach and is pursuing a master's degree in Race and Resistance Studies from San Francisco State University.

Marji Datwyler

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.  

Raquel Garcia

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 Avazando 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.

Gabriela Flores

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).

Wandra Green
Sherry Harold

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.

Antoinette Jackson

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 the vice chair of staff council and a member of the young alumni committee. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Toya Jenkins

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.

Erika Noguera Erika Noguera, Co-Chair

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 is currently the Coordinator for the Division of Diversity and Inclusion at UMKC. Erika studied Anthropology at the University of Kansas and is currently pursuing an EMBA from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC.

LaShaundra Randolph Lashaundra Randolph, 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.

Pauline Rios

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."

Kelsay Rinehart

Kelsay Rinehart is currently an Administrative Associate in the Chancellor's Office 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.

Heather Swanson
Edna Talboy

Edna Salcedo Talboy is owner of Salcedo-Talboy Consulting and specializes in instructional design consultation and development of training and e-learning projects. Before going into business for herself, she worked for the University of Missouri - Kansas City, Kansas City Kansas Community College, and Boise State University. In addition to instructional design services for a variety of institutions and clients, she has been an administrator of training and educational programs and an instructor of Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language. She holds a Master's degree in Instructional Technology, and a Doctorate in Instructional design specializing in online learning. 

Sierra Warren

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 White, also known as "K.K.", is a passionate and tenacious leader both professionally and civically. She is the Quality Improvement Program Manager at Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH), where she has served in several leadership roles. Civically, she serves on the Board of Awesome Ambitions and chairs 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 16 high school, 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 Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration from The University of Kentucky, a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Fisk University and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with a certification in Child and Adolescent Development at Avila University.


Tiffany Williams

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.