Gary Ballard

Gary Ballard’s career spans decades of leadership positions in the wireless industry working for Cellular One, McCaw Joint Ventures-Hong Kong, Nextel, and Aerial. Most recently he was President of YourTel America. Giving back to the KC Community is a priority for Gary and he has served as chair of DeLaSalle Education Center and is on the boards of the ACLU, Mind Drive, and the Palestine Community Center. He’s previously served on Junior Achievement, KU Surgery Association, Union Station, Kansas City Rep and the Girl Scout boards. He also served on the advisory board at Research Belton Hospital. His most notable civic accomplishment was as chair of building the new edifice for his church.

Mark Bryant

Mark Bryant is a public law attorney with extensive experience in land use approvals and entitlements.  He grew up in Kansas City, MO, attending D.A. Holmes Elementary School, Southeast Middle School, and Southeast High School.  Mark has served as Board President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and President of the Freedom, Inc. board.  Mark served the City of Kansas City, MO as a member of City Council from 1983 – 1991.  He has organized numerous community development corporations in connection with retail shopping centers and multifamily housing projects financed with low income housing credits.

Judy Burge

Judy Burge spent 30 years as an executive with Marion Laboratories and Quintiles, Inc.  Her roles included pharmaceutical research, team management and project leadership.  She has a BS in Education from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from Baker University.  Since retiring, her focus has centered on global mission work, especially in Malawi.  She supports the Global Impact Training group and is a summer reading tutor at the Mary Kelly Center.

Deirdre Devine

Deirdre Devine has over 30 years’ experience and is known for her work in leading and facilitating strategy development and execution for health systems, academic medical centers, hospitals, physician practices and not-for-profit organizations.  As part of her personal mission, Deirdre has facilitated strategic planning sessions for a number of not-for-profit organizations, such as Susan G. Komen affiliates and the Kauffman Foundation.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Iowa.  She served on the U. S. Olympic Committee’s Safe Sport Initiative, on Baylor Health’s Memory Alliance and was on former Mayor Emanuel Cleaver’s strategic planning task force.  Her mission is to be of service.

Carol Hallquist

Carol Hallquist’s 38-year career included work at two newspapers, a direct selling company, and 32 years at Hallmark Cards, where she led business units and most recently, the Hallmark Corporate Foundation.  Hallquist has served on five education-based nonprofits prior to being appointed by Governor Parsons to the Missouri State Board of Education in June of 2018.  Her passions include education, diversity, and women’s leadership.  She is the founder of PrincipalsConnect.

Dr. Denice Ross Haynes

Dr. Denice Ross Haynes is a writer, researcher, advisor, teacher’s cheerleader, student learning advocate, systems thinker, and public speaker.  She has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors with significant experience in new initiative development in business, government, community service, and K-16 education.  As principal at Scope ID LLC, Denice supports the work of business leaders, diplomats, and educators internationally and abroad around issues of organizational identity and design, assessment and evaluation, workforce development, teacher effectiveness, and student success outcomes.  Denice holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Northwestern University and advanced degrees in Education from Illinois State and Iowa State respectively.

Randy Hudson

One career dovetails to another…physician to photographer and storyteller; Randy’s work is about people and their life experiences.  He grew up in the Boston area, went to college in North Carolina, and then back for medical school in Massachusetts where he found a love of seeing the world as a photographer.  His transition to storytelling through photography began with illustrating some of the life-altering events happening to patients and families in his medical practice.  Randy has always loved to travel and immerse into other cultures.  Randy is passionate about telling the story of the uniqueness of individuals while looking for common threads of our humanity.

Diana Keating

Diana Keating spent 36 years with Hallmark Cards, Inc.  Her roles included Executive Leadership, Sales and Customer Management, P&L Management, New Business Development, Cross Functional Team Leadership, Product Development, Marketing Management, and Business Strategy.  She has a BA in Business Management from Rockhurst University.  She is actively involved in the community with organizations focusing on children, youth, and families, primarily in the urban core.

Pete Muenks

Pete has served as head of assessment for Lee’s Summit and Kansas City Public schools, in addition to being a teacher, assistant principal and principal in KC area schools.  Muenks has served as a mentor to area principals through a unique mentorship program launched by UMKC.  We welcome Pete’s insight and involvement in PrincipalsConnect!

Susan Morgenthaler

Susan Morgenthaler spent 20 years at Hallmark Cards where she held key leadership positions in marketing and product development.  Morgenthaler is an active volunteer who has provided project management and design skills for key nonprofit organizations including The Ronald McDonald House and Bridging The Gap.  She led the project management and design direction for the teacher’s work rooms at Longfellow and East High School as a PC Advisor.

Michael Roane

Michael Roane has built and led human resources functions for small and large, public and private companies. These companies include senior positions at JE Dunn, Spartech, Sage Software, Greif Inc., Owens and Minor, and Philip Morris.  Civic engagement is a priority for Michael.  He serves on the boards of the YMCA People’s Council, Operation Breakthrough, Metropolitan Community College Foundation, Kansas City Scholars, and Kansas City Teacher’s Residency.  He has a BS degree in Business Administration from Canisius College and is a member of Kansas City Tomorrow and KC Rising Human Capital Work Group.

Willetta Willis-McGhee

Willetta Willis-McGhee takes pride in being described as an always-curious, sometimes-quirky brand communications professional committed to continuous learning.  Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President, partner and a member of the senior leadership team at FleishmanHillard Kansas City.  Ms. McGhee holds dual degrees in public relations and advertising from Central Missouri State University and graduate-level certification in Executive Leadership from the University of Kansas.  In the community, Ms. McGhee serves on the board of the Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation and Kansas City Public Television (KCPT).

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