Board of Advisors

The TeamKC Board of Advisors works to provide guidance and insight into the trends and needs of KC’s recruiting ecosystem. The board works to create a competitive advantage by fostering collaboration among industry sectors and community partners to amplify Kansas City, accelerating our region’s growth and elevating its status as a top lifestyle destination.

 

Aerotek / Aston Carter

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Aaron Francis, CPA
Account Manager

Aaron Francis is an Account Manager for Aston Carter, a division of Aerotek, specializing in the placement of Accounting & Finance professionals in temporary/contact, project-based and/or consulting assignments in the Kansas City market. Aaron is diligent in his client service and is committed to being the best in his profession. He joined Aston Carter in 2011 and has developed a wealth of relationships throughout the Kansas City market over his 8 year career. He was recently recognized for providing “Word Class” customer service to his clients and contractors, based on an independent survey.

Prior to joining Aston Carter, Aaron served for more than four years in the audit practice for EY in Kansas City. He led audit engagements for a variety of clients both large and small, primarily in the construction, agriculture, manufacturing and non-profit industries. Additionally, Aaron spearheaded the development of the volunteer program and after-school mentoring relationship between EY and the students of Gordon Parks Elementary School.

Aaron was born and raised in Saint Joseph, MO. He earned his Master of Accountancy from the University of Missouri in 2006 and upon graduation earned his CPA license, prior to beginning his career with EY. Aaron and his wife, Megan, a Speech Language Pathologist, live in Lee’s Summit with their children, Charlotte and Maxwell, and their dog, Frannie.

Black & Veatch

Brittany McClanahan
TA Operations & College Manager

BrittanyBrittany is currently the Recruiting Operations and College Relations Manager at Black & Veatch. She started her recruiting career in the power industry in 2010, and has continued to work for companies leading the way within the Engineering and Construction industry. She has worked in Talent Acquisition at B&V since 2014, starting as a recruiter and then moving to multiple leadership positions prior to her current role. Brittany not only values growth, but also opportunities to learn and develop within her current position. At B&V she’s served as an Human Resources Business Partner, graduated from the Central Exchange Emerging Leaders Program, worked on strategic initiatives, managed change, and challenged processes.

Brittany is honored to serve on the TeamKC board, and believes in the power of Kansas City!

Burns & McDonnell

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Recruitment Manager

Jen Parker has been at Burns & McDonnell since 2006 working in the HR Department. Currently, Jennifer is the Recruitment Manager on the Engineering, Architecture and Professional Services side of the business.

Prior to working at Burns & McDonnell, she spent seven years at Truman Medical Center as a Nurse Recruiter and HR Manager.

Children's Mercy Hospital

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Director of Talent Acquisition
TeamKC Advisory Board Co-Chair

 

Molly Weaver, MBA, is the Director of Talent Acquisition for Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. She is responsible for all hiring for the hospital with the exception of physicians and has been with the hospital nine years. The goal of Talent Acquisition at Children’s Mercy is to ensure that the organization has the talent it needs in the right place, at the right time, with the right skills now and in the future.

Prior to joining Children’s Mercy she was a Senior Recruiting Manager with responsibilities for recruiting programs for T-Mobile USA. Her focus is on attracting and keeping top healthcare talent for Children’s Mercy while ensuring the candidate experience is the best it can be. Current initiatives include internal mobility, use of video in innovative ways, building internal skills through tuition programs and extending the reach into high schools to ensure talent is there for the future.

ChowNow

Candice Taylor
Director of Recruiting 

Dairy Farmers of America

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Director, Talent Acquisition     

Kyle has been in Talent Acquisition for more than 15 years and has recruited nationwide for all levels of roles, most recently to add talent to the dairy cooperative. These roles range from member services, supply chain, finance, manufacturing and human resources.

 At Dairy Farmers of America, Kyle manages a team of seven recruiting and compensation professionals, focused on adding talent to our corporate office and 40+ additional locations. As a business partner, she supports other departments as the organization continues to grow.

Kyle graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Prior to joining DFA, she worked in the financial sector and temporary staffing industry.

Garmin International, Inc.

Sara Slocum
University Relations Team Leader


Sara Solcum HeadshotSara is the University Relations Team Leader at Garmin and is passionate about recruiting, social media, associate engagement, STEM Outreach, and Diversity and Inclusion. At Garmin, Sara manages a team of eight recruiters and coordinators focused on hiring electrical, mechanical, and software engineering new grads and interns. She has a passion for helping people and loves finding solutions to complex problems in the workplace.

Sara graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Human Relations. Prior to joining Garmin, she worked in the accounting and behavioral health industry recruiting entry-level, interns, and experience associates to Kansas City. You can also find her via @RecruitGirl chatting about her love of Kansas City, Garmin, and recruiting on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

GO Topeka

Barbara Stapleton
VP, Business Retention & Talent Initiatives|Inclusion Officer

Barbara W. StapletonBarbara Stapleton, vice president of business retention & talent initiatives for GO Topeka and inclusion officer for the Greater Topeka Partnership, joined the team in March 2015 after serving as the associate director for career & technical education, workforce development for the Kansas Board of Regents. Barbara has used her relationship management talents in a breadth of industries, including higher education, banking, legal and even transportation & logistics; working for fortune 500 companies, non-profits, small businesses and state government.  From serving as a marketing officer to a senior account executive, engagement and collaboration are what drives interactions for her.  She has over 20 years of relationship management, business development, marketing and professional development experience, holding a bachelor of arts in political science from Purdue University and a master of science in management from Baker University.

Barbara is a past 2017 fellow with the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executive’s (ACCE) Fellowship for Education and Talent Development, creating a regional action plan for a collective impact, cradle through career initiative in the region. She recently was accepted into cohort IX of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s TPM Academy, part of the Talent Pipeline ManagementTM (TPM) initiative, and currently serves on Kansas’ Local Area II Workforce Development Board, Washburn University’s Leadership Institute Advisory Board, Emporia State University’s Corporate Advisory Board, and the International Economic Development Council’s Higher Education Advisory Committee.

 

H&R Block

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Director, Talent Acquisition 
Shari Soper has an extensive track record of delivering talent acquisition results at a global, and enterprise wide level that align with strategic business objectives.  She brings expertise in global talent acquisition process design, change management, innovation, and talent branding.  Presently, Shari is the Director of Talent Acquisition for the H&R Block headquarters, where she leads the talent acquisition function and team to deliver the attraction, selection, and onboarding of 80,000+ hires per year.

Prior to H&R Block, Shari spent ten years with Colgate-Palmolive, most recently as Regional Talent Acquisition Leader, The America’s.  Shari was previously on the Board of Directors for the Topeka Performing Arts Center, and also acted as steering committee chair for the Women Empowered Network of Hill’s Pet Nutrition.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Friends University in Wichita, KS.


Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Fred Wise
HR Director - Recruiting, Diversity & Inclusion

Fred Wise is the Human Resources Director for the Global Talent Acquisition and has led Diversity and Inclusion for Hallmark Cards.  He graduated from the Olin School of Business from Washington University in St. Louis with a BS degree in Business Administrations (1989); and holds an MS degree in Organizational Development from American University & NTL Institute in Washington, D.C. (1996).  

Fred’s human resource experience spans 28 years in the HR field with the Pepsi-Cola Company, Nabisco and Hallmark.  His expertise includes: recruiting, talent management, leadership development; workforce and succession planning; organization development; executive and international compensation; and H.R business partnership. 

He has a strong passion for mentoring and coaching diverse talent and in serving the community.  He has served as a mentor, Membership chair and now a board member of the 100 Black Men of Kansas City.  He has been a multi-year,  Hallmark team captain for Christmas in October – a local non-profit organizations, devoted to making home improvements for the veteran, elderly, disabled and undeserved populations.  He is an active, board member with the Urban League of Greater Kansas City – supporting their strategic empowerment, healthcare and employment initiatives.  And he is a member of the University of Missouri- Kansas City Bloch Management School Advisory Council; focused on advancing the school’s brand and value to the Kansas City business and civic communities.

When time permits, Fred enjoys cycling, fitness, travel and spending time with his family.  He is married with 2 children – one enrolled at University of Missouri in K.C. and the other in High school in Overland Park, Kansas.  

Honeywell FM&T

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Kimberly Tholl
Senior Staffing Specialist

Imperial PFS

Heather Keeling
Assistant Vice President - Human Resources 

KC Tech Council

Kara Lowe
Chief Operating Officer

KARA LOWEKara is Chief Operating Officer of the KC Tech Council, a membership-based association serving as the regional advocate for Kansas City’s tech industry. Kara’s role is focused on driving organizational growth through investor development, strategic partnerships,  marketing and events. Prior to joining the KC Tech Council in 2016, Kara accumulated more than a decade of experience leading marketing, corporate sponsorship's and public relations efforts for some of Kansas City's premier destinations, including the Country Club Plaza.

She currently serves on the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) advisory board for The University of Kansas Edwards Campus, the advisory board for Team KC, the talent initiative for the Kansas City Area Development Council, the marketing committee for Children’s Center for the Visually-Impaired (CCVI), and is an active volunteer and girls basketball coach at St. Elizabeth Catholic Parish. Kara is a 2015 graduate of the KC Chamber's Centurions Leadership Program and a journalism graduate from the University of Kansas. An Overland Park native, Kara and her husband Pat (a Chicago native) live in Leawood, KS with their two children.

KPMG, LLP

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College Relations Manager

 

Kyri Gorges leads the campus recruiting effort at KPMG Kansas City. She has over 13 years of experience in the public accounting industry with 6 years of client service experience and over 7 years of fulltime recruiting responsibilities. At KPMG, her responsibilities include the development and implementation of local office strategies, relationship development with key professionals at major universities, and serves and leads various national recruiting programs for one of the largest accounting firms in the world. Kyri also sits on the steering committee of the local chapter of KPMG’s Network of Women.

In addition to the aforementioned, Kyri was a member of the 2017 Centurions class, serves as an Advisory Board Member of the KU Accounting Advisory Board and sits on several Career Services Board around the Midwest; and serves on the Operation Breakthrough Leadership Council.

Lockton Companies

Amy Lee Sewell
AVP-Manager of Talent Acquisition

Malfer & Associates

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Erin Bassi
Partner, Business Development

Erin grew up in a family that has continuously been involved in investing in commercial and residential properties. Her career began as Director of Operations of a chain of candy confection stores that sharpened her marketing skills. In 2008, she jumped head first into real estate and joined Malfer & Associates immediately after obtaining her real estate license. Most recently, after taking a short hiatus to focus on her greatest blessing, welcoming a daughter to her family, she is excited to be back where she belongs.

Erin's focus is building upon market position by developing, defining, negotiating and closing business relationships.

Although she has been known to give a quick analysis of the stock market, her heart is in real estate and enriching lives with the perfect home. She is proud to be a member of the elite team of Malfer & Associates, where an emphasis is truly placed on exceptional customer service.

McCownGordon Construction

Brandi Riggs
Director, Human Resources

Brandi RiggsBrandi Riggs is Director, Human Resources at McCownGordon Construction. She leads the Human Resource team to attract and retain the best industry talent through engagement and associate experience initiatives.  She also leads the Wellbeing Team, Inclusion Team (D&I), and Women in Leadership programming at McCownGordon.

Brandi’s background includes sales management, human resources, and organizational development. In addition to the TeamKC Advisory Board, she serves on the Board of Directors as Past President of the Society for Human Resource Management of Greater Kansas City, on the Avila Board of Counselors, as a member of the HealthyKC Workplace Wellness Action Team, and on the Board of Directors at her local church.

Brandi has a passion for volunteering in her community, giving back to her profession, serving those around her and seeking opportunities to help and mentor others.

Plexpod

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Director of Operations

Saint Luke's Health System

Heather Gage
Director, Talent Acquisition & HR

Spring Venture Group

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Director, Talent Acquisition


Kristi is the Director of Talent Acquisition at Spring Venture Group where she leads a team of recruiters and HR coordinators to develop, build and deliver innovative hiring and onboarding strategies to align with SVG’s mission. She brings over 20 years of human resources experience, specializing in talent acquisition.

Prior to joining Spring Venture Group in 2019, Kristi was the Manager of Talent Acquisition at H&R Block. She is also the State Director for Missouri State Council of SHRM where she leads a team of 30 volunteers. Kristi has been a SHRM volunteer since 2002.

Sprint

Sheri Ratliff
Director of Talent Acquisition 

Sheri RatliffSheri Ratliff currently holds the position of director Talent Acquisition at Sprint, with responsibility for all Enterprise recruitment efforts. Responsibilities include partnering with the various business units to forecast future talent needs and identify talent for current opportunities. Driving strategy for recruitment marketing, branding, candidate and manager experience while attracting diverse and qualified candidates.

With more than 16 years at Sprint, Sheri has led a variety of operations and shared services teams, ranging from Payroll, Employee Helpline & Transactions, Commissions, Accounts Payable and HR Technology.

Sheri is actively engaged with several workforce initiatives, holding a seat on the KU Edwards Workforce Advisory board, Kansas City Veterans Coalition, Consumer Technology Association 21st Century Workforce Council and represents Sprint on the Google IT Certificate Program.

Having an insatiable desire to innovate with a focus on organizational effectiveness, Sheri leverages analytics and strategic partnerships to achieve best in class results. This deliberate and precise coordination can be tracked back to her Marine Corp roots. Having brought the vital nutrients to her fellow soldiers now bringing the vital nutrients to Sprint.

Sheri holds a BA in Management from Baker University, emphasis on leadership. Prior to her tenured background in corporate America, Sheri obtained the rank of Corporal in the United States Marine Corps.

 

SS&C Technologies / DST Systems

Gary Estes
Talent Acquisition Manager

State Street

Steve Green

Steven Green
Talent Acquisition Manager, Vice President
TeamKC Advisory Board Co-Chair 

Steve is a talent acquisition manager, vice president for State Street located in Kansas City, Missouri. He has been with State Street since 1998, serving Global Human Resources Talent Acquisition and Global Total Rewards-Shared Services in various capacities.

Currently, Steve serves as the Global Project Lead for Associate Recruiting, involved in planning and executing State Street’s Talent Acquisition Global Footprint Strategy. As a leader and change agent, he works with other partners in Global Human Resources, other support departments and business leaders in locations including Kansas City to help provide talent solutions and ensure State Street is recognized as a preferred employer.

Steve is a graduate of Truman State University, a member of SHRM and ATD. As a relocatee to Kansas City himself, he is passionate about supporting TeamKCs mission. Serving as Chair, he is a member of TeamKCs executive committee and serves as an ex-officio member of the KCADC Board of Directors. Steve and his family make their home in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Superior Bowen

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Vice President of Human Resources / EEO Officer

Jenna is a Kansas City native with a heart for people and for Kansas City’s local sports teams. Her career has been spent in the Midwest serving companies in various human resources departments. Her passions and goals are to attract, train, and retain the top talent for her company’s team because she believes that people are a company’s best asset. She currently serves the entire Superior Bowen family of companies for their HR needs including Inspired Homes, AB Rock, CMTG, and Manchester Pavement Solutions. Her strategic leadership skills bring collaboration and a unique view to the leadership team at Superior Bowen to ensure compliance and enhance the company culture. A graduate from Park University, Jenna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with emphasis in Human Resources and went on to receive her Master of Science in Management and Leadership from WGU. She is a certified HR professional from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP), a national SHRM member, a SHRM-KC Member, and a part of the Kansas City Area Development Council as a board member for Team KC. When she’s not connecting with people within the business and local market, Jenna loves connecting with her daughter, running, and cheering on Kansas City’s sports teams.

University of Central Missouri

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Director, Career Services Center


Amber Goreham is the Director of Career Services at the University of Central Missouri (UCM). In her role, her team is tasked with leading career readiness initiatives as well as working to connect students and graduates to opportunities that will ultimately help them to achieve First Destination Success beyond graduation. She joined the Career Services team in 2008 and has been in higher education for the past 15 years.

Amber is currently involved in the following organizations, National Association of Colleges and Employers, the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, and The Career Services Collective. In addition to her roles and responsibilities at the university, Amber has also taken part in an external review committee of other Career Centers. Amber also teaches First Year Seminar, Business Communication, and Learning Strategy courses as needed.

Amber graduated from UCM with a Master of Science in Ethical and Strategic Leadership as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in the areas of Management and Human Resources. She is originally from FlowerMound, Texas and came to UCM to pursue her degree and to also be a part of the Jennies Bowling Program.

VMLY&R

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Director, Talent Acquisition

With more than 15 years of experience in the marketing and advertising industry, Kimberly joined VML in 2014 as Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition. She became Associate Director, Talent Acquisition in 2016 and was promoted to Director, Talent Acquisition in January 2018. Today Kimberly is responsible for leading recruitment efforts for all North American offices as well being a strategic partner with company leadership to ensure staffing goals are met. Previously Kimberly spent four years at PlattForm Advertising (now Keypath Education) where she began as Account Executive and was promoted to Talent Acquisition Manager in the agency’s HR department. Kimberly holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Kansas State University (KSU) and an MSA in textile science, also from KSU. Kimberly is a VML brand champion who leverages the agency’s successes to develop talent acquisition strategies that will attract top talent. She’s also a social maven that tells the VML story via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and considers herself a problem solver, creative thinker, champion of people, strategist and hustler.

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