United Way of Greater Kansas City

Board of Trustees, Leadership & Staff

Board of Trustees


  • Ray Kowalik: President Global Practices, Burns & McDonnell 


  • W. Russell Welsh: Chairman & CEO, Polsinelli 


  • Kevin Lockett: Partner, Fulcrum Global Capital


  • Patrick “Duke” Dujakovich***: President, Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO

Immediate Past Chair

  • Jeff Provost: Lead Client Service Partner, Deloitte 

Board Members

  • Craig Anderson: President - Commercial Banking, UMB
  • David Anderson: Office Managing Partner, Kansas City Office, EY
  • Molly Biwer: Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communication, Hallmark Cards
  • Sonci Bleckinger: Vice President of Commercial Lending, Central Bank of the Midwest
  • Rob Bratcher: Senior Vice President, Division Manager, Kansas City Commercial Banking, Commerce Bank
  • Tony Carreno: Vice President, Investor Relations, YRC Worldwide, Inc.
  • William C. Cobb: President and CEO, H&R Block, Inc.
  • Doug Cowan**: President and CEO, Community Services League
  • Evelyn Craig**: President and CEO, reStart Inc.
  • Stacey Daniels-Young: Director, Jackson County COMBAT
  • Steve Edwards: Chairman and CEO, Black & Veatch
  • Penny Postoak Ferguson: Deputy County Manager, Johnson County Government
  • Spencer Fields: Office Leader and Client Manager, Mercer (Kansas City & St. Louis)
  • Jo Anne Gabbert: President, JAG Portfolio Services
  • Esther George: President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Darcy Howe: Managing Director/Administrator, KcRise Fund
  • Marie Jenks: Vice President - Supply Chain, KCP&L
  • Derek Locke: Chief Strategy Officer, CSG International
  • Alise Martiny***: Business Manager and Financial Secretary, Greater Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council
  • John Murphy: Chair, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • Dean Newton: Manager Director, Delta Dental
  • Todd Pleimann: Managing Partner, RubinBrown
  • CiCi Rojas: President and CEO, The Central Exchange
  • Rob Smith: Technical Engagement Leader, CTS Operations, Cerner
  • Will Souder: Senior Vice President of Finance Operations, Sprint
  • Brent Stewart**: President and CEO, United Way of Greater Kansas City

** ex-officio members (non-voting) 
*** ex-officio members (voting)


  • Brent Stewart: President & CEO
  • Michelle Hogerty: Chief Operating Officer
  • Alinda Dennis: Senior Vice President, Community Impact
  • Jim MacDonald:  Senior Vice President, Community Investment
  • Teri Retzlaff:  Senior Vice President, Resource Development
  • Sean Wheeler:  Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications