CWC Kansas City currently has eight talented and passionate board members.
Please see biographical information below:
Luke Norris (Chair of the Board): Luke is the Head of Local Government Solutions for PayIt, a Kansas City-based government technology start-up. Prior to joining PayIt, Luke was the Director of Government Relations at Code For America, an organization that helped build open-source technology while empowering residents to take an active role in their community to make government services simple, effective, and easy-to-use. Luke has 12 years of experience in executing growth strategies for start-ups, including not-for-profit and Fortune 500 companies. Luke is a committed member of the Kansas City community, honored as the most valuable volunteer by the YMCA’s Civic Engagement Team, recognized as a Distinguished Citizen by the National Conference for Community and Justice, named a Rising Star of Philanthropy, and appointed as a Commissioner to the Housing Authority of Kansas City. Luke is also a member of the advisory boards for KC Digital Drive and Neighborly, a San Francisco-based public finance start-up. He previously served on the Women’s Center Board at UMKC, Planned Parenthood, and was the founding chairman for Mayor Sly James’ Challenge Cabinet. Luke received a Bachelor of Science and Arts and an MBA from Rockhurst University where he was also recognized as the most outstanding student leader. Luke, his wife, and his daughter proudly live in the urban core of Kansas City - in Central Hyde Park.
Jacob Littrell (Vice-Chair of the Board; Chair of the Facilities Committee): Jacob is a founding member of the Midtown Community School Initiative (MCSI). A registered architect, Jacob currently serves as the Development Director at Centric Projects, a commercial construction firm in Kansas City, Missouri. From 2006 to 2014, Jacob was a Project Architect at 360 Architecture, also in Kansas City. Jacob is a committed member of the Midtown Kansas City community, serving in the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce’s Centurions Leadership Program, and on the elder board at his local church. Jacob received his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University in 2004. Jacob’s wife Kristin is also a founding member of MCSI.
Dr. Kaye L. Otten (Secretary of the Board): Kaye is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Central Missouri, teaching classes such as ’Behavioral Management Techniques’ and ’Advanced Education of the Exceptional Child.’ Previously, Kaye served as a Behavioral/Autism Specialist at Lee’s Summit School District in Missouri, the Director of Special Programs at the Autism Asperger Resource Center, and as a Special Education Teacher in Nebraska. Kaye also founded and served as the Co-Executive Officer at Camp Encourage in Kansas City, Missouri. Camp Encourage strives to encourage social growth, independence, and self-esteem in youth with autism spectrum disorders through a camp experience. Kaye is the co-author of the book ’How to Reach and Teach Children with Challenging Behavior’ and provides professional development on topics related to behavior management nationally and internationally. Kaye received a BA in Elementary Education and Human Development and a Masters of Education from the University of Nebraska, along with a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 2003, focusing on Special Education, Autism, and Behavioral Disorders.
Tonya Brown (Treasurer of the Board; Chair of the Finance Committee): Tonya is the Vice President of Finance & Human Resources of the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors. Tonya is a highly efficient and dedicated financial executive with over 18 years experience in finance, accounting, and business operations across various operations. Previously, Tonya was the Director of Accounting for Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas. In this role, Tonya oversaw successful audit and monthly financial reporting procedures, managed comprehensive benefit systems, and launched a new payroll reporting system. Tonya has also worked at the Community Living Opportunities, Inc. non-profit as the Director of Finance. Tonya holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and a Masters of Business Administration in Accounting, both earned at Avila University. Tonya anticipates completing her CPA candidacy in 2016.
Dr. Joy Vann-Hamilton (Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee): Joy is the Chief Educational Officer of Cum Laude Educational Consultants (CLEC). CLEC partners with schools and community organizations across socio-economic, geographic, ethnic, and linguistic boundaries in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and SEL (social-emotional learning) education. With the goal of creating and increasing equitable opportunities for others through education and training, she provides professional development, training, and/or certification for individuals, school, and after-school personnel and youth-development practicioners in both areas. Joy’s experience and expertise in education and training is from pre-college to adult levels. She is a Missouri certified Pre-K-12 teaching substitute. She previously served as the Vice-President of Operations for a college preparation and scholarship program for urban youth. She continues working at the pre-college level collaborating with organizations in STEM project development and management. At the college level, she has previously served as an academic dean in career and technical education and currently consults for an online university. She also educates and trains professionals in youth-serving organizations internationally, in both STEM and SEL. Locally, she works with adults using SEL strategies to help increase thier employability. Prior to moving to the KC metro, Joy worked at the University of Notre Dame in various capacities, including as an Assistant Provost, Director of Faculty Learning Communities, and Director of College and Pre-college minority engineering programs. Joy received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Wichita State University, a MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Andrews University.
Miguel Meneses (Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee): Miguel is the Director of Human Resource Operations at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. Immediately prior, Miguel served as the Staffing Manager of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, TX. Miguel’s career began in Kansas City as a Human Resource manager at a staffing agency before becoming the President/CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. While in Kansas City, Miguel served Gubernatorial appointments on the Missouri Hispanic Business Trade & Culture Commission and the Missouri Employment Training Council. Miguel has also served on the UMKC Hispanic Advisory Committee and the Boards of Truman Medical Center, the Kansas City Convention & Visitors’ Association, and the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City. Since returning to his hometown, Miguel is an active member of the Young Latino Professionals and a Board Member of the Westside Housing Organization. Miguel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Jim MacDonald: Jim MacDonald is the Senior Vice-President for Community Investment and Agency Relations at United Way of Greater Kansas City. In his role with United Way, Jim is responsible for managing a portfolio of $15 million worth of annual investments in health and human service programs throughout Greater Kansas City. Jim also oversees a range of projects and initiatives aimed at combating poverty and building financial stability among low-income families. Jim has worked for United Way in various capacities for 29 years, having served with the United Ways in Kansas City and Jacksonville, Florida. Jim holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame. Jim and his husband Andy are actively involved in efforts to promote LBGT equality in Kansas City, particularly on behalf of LGBT youth and families. Jim is a long-standing member of the City of Kansas City’s Public Improvements Advisory Committee and a 25-year resident of midtown Kansas City. Jim and Andy are proud parents of a CWCKC student. They live with their daughter in the Volker neighborhood.
Anthony Sealey: Anthony is an Associate Director of Benefit Communications for Sun Life Inc. Anthony and his family are new arrivals to Kansas City, both relocating for opportunies to live and work in the urban corridor. Prior to coming to Kansas City, Anthony spent over 10 years working at MetLife in various strategy, sales, and leadership roles. In his current role at Sun Life, Anthony and his team are responsible for educating consumers on health insurance and other employee benefits offered in the workplace. An active member of his community, Anthony is also a board member of Beacon Hill Homeowners Association. Anthony earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Seton Hall University.
In addition to the eight Board Members, CWC Kansas City is fortunate to have additional community members serving on focused committees to aid in our operation. They are:
Facilities Committee - Oversight and guidance in the area of campus growth and development
Jacob Littrell, Chair
Finance Committee - Oversight and guidance in the area of fiscal sustainability and responsibility
Tonya Brown, Chair
Diversity Committee - Oversight and guidance in the area of socio-economic, racial, and cultural diversity across the CWC Kansas City community
Dr. Joy Vann-Hamilton, Co-Chair
Miguel Meneses, Co-Chair
CWC Kansas City is sponsored by the Missouri Charter Public School Commission. More information about the Commission can be found on their website.
Our full charter can be found here [allow time for a large file to download and open].
CWC Kansas City is committed to financial transparency and as such, we have our financial statements independently audited.
Our auditor’s report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2016 can be found here.