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.

Black & Veatch

Tadd Lucian
College Relations Manager

Burns & McDonnell

TKC-Advisory-Board_Lauren-BertrumLauren Bertram
Talent Acquisition Manager

Lauren Bertram is the Talent Acquisition Manager at Burns & McDonnell with over 16 years of recruitment experience in a variety of industries including healthcare, information technology, engineering, architecture, construction and environmental consulting.

She loves all things recruitment, candidate/employee experience, data analytics, STEM outreach and Diversity & Inclusion. Lauren leads an amazingly talented team of 30 employee-owners who share a like-minded passion for bringing the best talent to Burns & Mac!

Lauren is a Kansas City native who graduated from Baker University with a BS in Management and Marketing. She lives in Brookside and loves everything our city offers her and her family. She is grateful to be a part of the TeamKC board and excited for KC’s continued bright future!

Children's Mercy Hospital

Anna KnoblockAnna Knoblock
Talent Acquisition Director

Anna Knoblock is the Talent Acquisition Director at Children's Mercy. Anna has over 20 years of recruitment experience across several industries including healthcare, technology, and sales.

Anna is focused on attracting top talent and fostering a culture employees want to be a part of. The mission of Children's Mercy fuels her passion for the work she does every day.

Anna graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She lives in Overland Park with her husband and two boys. In her spare time, you can catch her at one of many area sports fields watching her boys do what they love.


City of Kansas City, Missouri

Melissa Kozakiewicz
Assistant City Manager

Dairy Farmers of America

DFA_Krista-GartelosKrista Gartelos
Manager, Talent Acquisition   

Krista has been in Talent Acquisition for 10 years and has recruited nationwide for all levels of roles, most recently focusing on adding talent to a national dairy cooperative. These roles range from member services, supply chain, finance, IT, manufacturing and human resources.

At Dairy Farmers of America, Krista is responsible for full cycle recruiting focused on adding talent to DFA’s corporate office and 90+ additional locations, both domestic and international. Krista also manages DFA’s internship and college recruiting programs. She is passionate about connecting talented candidates with a variety of job opportunities at DFA.

Krista graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Management: Human Resources. Prior to joining DFA, she worked in the financial services industry.

Dimensional Innovations

TKC-Advisory-Board_Vernon-WilliamsVernon Williams
Chief People Officer

EFL Associates

Jill MintonJill Minton
Executive Search Recruiter

Jill Minton joined EFL Associates in 2021 as an Executive Search Consultant, focusing on the professional services industry and offering clients a wealth of consulting experience. Throughout her time in the Kansas City region both as a business owner and professional services provider she has come to know, understand and appreciate the strength and impact of the Kansas City economic system. 

Her extensive background provides her with a deep understanding of business needs and hiring challenges within a wide array of industries and sectors.

Throughout her 20-year career, Jill has built and maintained a deep network of executive relationships. Most recently she served as a business advisory consultant, partnering with business owners to help grow their brands, products and services. 

Former executive turned self-made entrepreneur, Jill transitioned out of the corporate world to launch her own business in 2013, where she successfully created, founded and built a fast-casual dining concept into a multi-million-dollar brand.

Her background in sales and ability to foster relationships with key stakeholders extends to earlier roles at KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deluxe Corporation, and McGladrey. Jill served in a number of different capacities within these organizations, including sales manager, technology risk and advisory manager, and privacy and risk management analyst.

Jill has been recognized as one of the top 20 women in business by the Kansas City Business Journal, a member of the Women Who Mean Business class of 2017 and a rising star by the region as a fellow of the Pipeline 2015 class. Further, she’s been invited to present at many organizations and events, including Garmin, Polsinelli, KC Chamber Annual Dinner, Junior Achievement, Think Bigger Business Media, NBC, Fox4, KCTV5, Bumble, Shawnee Mission Health, Jennifer Allwood Conferences, 435 Magazine, Kansas City Star, and more.

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Avery Adair
Assistant Manager, Human Resources

Avery Adair is an Assistant Manager within the Talent Acquisition function for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In this role, he supports the Bank’s recruitment functions with emphasis on programming related to entry-level talent. This support includes responsibility for campus and intern programs as well as various talent needs across the Bank’s seven state region.

Avery joined the Bank in 2015 and has held various leadership roles since 2019. He holds a bachelors degree in Management and a MBA in Business & Organizational Leadership from Pittsburg State University.

Garmin International, Inc.

CarolineMenges-1Caroline Hamera-Menges
University Relations Recruiter II

In her current role at Garmin, Caroline recruits intern and entry level talent, as well as managing the recruitment strategy for several core universities partnered with Garmin. Though raised on a farm in rural northwest Missouri, she has been a proud Kansas Citian for over six years. After graduating with her Bachelors in Public Communication from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, she has gone on to gain over four years experience in HR and recruiting, first at Cerner Corporation and now at Garmin.

H&R Block

Shannon-GlassShannon Glass
Director, Talent Acquisition

Shannon Glass is a result-oriented people and operations leader who excels in implementing innovative solutions while creating strong, cohesive teams.

Shannon has led successful teams in talent acquisition, human resources, sales, finance, operations, learning and development, and program management for the last 25 years. She has diverse business experience, heading teams in Finance, Human Resources, Learning and Sales from Fortune 500 companies to small private firms.

Shannon has degrees from Truman State University and University of Missouri at Kansas City and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. She has been appointed to premier Kansas City leadership programs and received company accolades including CEO awards. She thrives in a dynamic, fast paced environment where she can solve problems, innovate solutions, and achieve results.

In Shannon’s spare time, she is the mother of two active daughters (13 & 10), loves endurance running, yoga, cooking, and baking.

Hallmark Cards, Inc.


Erin Roebuck
Recruiting Leader

Erin is the Global Recruiting Leader for Hallmark Cards, and a founding member of the TeamKC Board of Advisors, with more than 17 years of experience in talent acquisition, creative, product development, talent development, and culture.

A designer by trade and a passionate people-person by nature, Erin brings a unique skillset to the talent acquisition space. She describes herself as a creative thinker, culture driver, community builder and curious connector, and enjoys bringing these talents to the recruiting space for one of the world’s most beloved brands.

Erin earned her BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. She lives in Shawnee, KS with her husband Eric and three daughters, and enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, cooking, and eating local.

Henderson Engineers

Michele Adams Michele Adams

Michele Adams is a full-cycle Recruiter at Henderson Engineers. With more than 10 years of recruitment and talent acquisition experience, mainly focused in engineering, she has a passion for finding the best talent and matching them with their next great opportunity.

At Henderson, she helps lead recruiting efforts for the firm, both locally and nationwide. Michele loves building partnerships with firms' managers and really digging deep with them to learn all there is to know about that specific team and role.

Finding good talent is a hard job but Michele prides herself on making sure that the candidate and the firm are both happy with their decision. Her job is more than just “filling seats” but rather helping grow someone’s career while being a valuable player for the team!

She is excited about being a part of the TeamKC advisory board and looks forward to watching KC continue to thrive.

Honeywell FM&T


Kimberly Tholl
Talent Acquisition Manager

Kimberly is a Talent Acquisition Manager at Honeywell and has a passionate focus on Strategic Recruitment, HR Process Development, and Digital Transformation. Kimberly graduated from Ottawa University with her Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management and has experience in multiple Human Resources roles, alongside management and field marketing experience. Prior to joining Honeywell, Kimberly worked in Talent Acquisition and Field Marketing Departments at H&R Block from 2011-2017.

Kansas State University - Olathe

Lauren Racki Lauren Racki

Lauren Racki is the professional development manager at K-State Olathe and a proud Kansas City native.

She develops and oversees noncredit programs that address workforce talent gaps in Greater Kansas City. She does this by linking K-State and regional subject matter experts with programming in animal health regulatory affairs, leadership skills, food systems, digital skills and other strategic areas that align with workforce needs. She plans all aspects of individual and customized workshops.

From December 2016 to October 2021, she served as the admissions representative/recruiter for the K-State Olathe campus.

Racki is an experienced community builder. Prior to joining K-State Olathe, she served as the program and events director at the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. In that role, she increased enrollment in their Leadership Northeast program and expanded engagement at multiple annual events.

She also has received multiple awards for her leadership and community involvement.

Racki has a master's degree in adult learning and leadership and a bachelor's degree in interior design with a minor in leadership studies from Kansas State University.

Lockton Companies

Amy Lee Sewell

Amy Lee Sewell
AVP - Senior Talent Advisor

Amy Lee Sewell is an Assistant Vice President, Senior Talent Advisor for Human Resources at Lockton. She has been with Lockton since 2007 in various roles supporting talent acquisition. In her current role in the Lockton Founders Series she manages university relations and college recruiting for the assistant account management and summer internship programs, and leads the Lockton Recruiting Ambassador program.

Amy has a passion for supporting others and the community. At Lockton, she leads a high school workforce development program with local districts in the urban core to create educational and employment opportunities for students, and partners with Lockton's Empowered Associate Network (LEAN) groups on various initiatives. In the Kansas City community, she volunteers with Operation Breakthrough, Neighbors Who Care and is a co-founder of the non-profit Road Worthy.

Amy graduated from Kansas State University with bachelor's degree in Mass Communications.

Malfer & Associates

Brent Draper
COO / Realtor

McCownGordon Construction | Co-Chair

Brandi RiggsBrandi Riggs
Vice President, Human Resources
TeamKC Board Co-Chair

Brandi Riggs is Vice President, 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.


TKC-Advisory-Board_Mika-McGinnisMika Liceaga
Supervisor of Early Career and Development

Mika Liceaga is SelectQuote's Supervisor of Early Career and Development. She has a passion for connecting bright and talented students to our leaders in their respective fields.

Creating an awesome experience for students from the job application to the conclusion of their internship with SelectQuote is her number one priority. Mika is passionate about helping others find the place where they can bring their best and make a difference.

Mika is a proud Kansas citian and UMKC alumni. She loves all things KC including the amazing food, creative community full of entrepreneurial spirits and that you can experience all four seasons in one day.

T-Mobile | Co-Chair

Sheri RatliffSheri Ratliff
Director of Talent Acquisition
TeamKC Board Co-Chair 

Sheri Ratliff currently holds the position of director Talent Acquisition at T-Mobile, 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 (now T-Mobile), Sheri 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.



Wendy Hill
Chief People Officer
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