Our Board

Board Meeting Materials can be found here.

CWC Kansas City currently has eight talented and passionate board members.

Please see biographical information below: 

Luke Norris (Chair of the Board):  Luke is Managing Director of Strategy and Government Relations for OpenCities a Kansas City and Melbourne, Australia based government technology firm.  Previously Luke served as the Senior 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 and that work, in addition to his role at CWC-KC landed him on the Top Connectors list in the Kansas City education and entrepreneurship community.  He’s been 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 the Managing Principal at Hufft, a Kansas City based architecture firm. A Registered Architect, he has a collective fifteen years of experience in both the architecture and construction industries. Prior to joining Hufft, Jacob worked as Development Director at Centric and practiced architecture at HOK (formerly 360 Architecture). He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University. Jacob is passionate about the Kansas City community and was a founding member of the Midtown Community School Initiative (MCSI) which worked to bring Citizens of the World Charter Schools to Kansas City. He is also an alumni of the Greater KC Chamber Centurions Leadership Program, AIA Pillars, and an active member of the Urban Land Institute.


Maria Salcedo (Secretary of the Board):  Maria is an Associate Attorney in Kansas City and her practice focuses on representing companies in individual and complex products liability cases.  Maria has experience in all stages of litigation in state and federal court, including fact investigation, expert witness preparation, motion practice, and trial.  Maria has served on several trial and case teams that have consistently achieved postive results for thier clients.  Pro bono work is important to Maria.  She dedicates a significant amount of time representing parents and children in Family Court.  She has particular experience handling child abuse and neglect cases.  Maria holds a bachelor’s degree with highest distinction and a J.D. from the University of Kansas.  She received the President’s Award from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (of which she is a member), and is a member of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City and the Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City.  


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.


Johna Sutton:  Johna has 17 years of experience serving in public school systems in Kansas and Missouri.  She has held the positions of classroom teacher, instructional coach, elementary math coordinator, and K-12 district coordinator.  Johna is currently an assistant principal in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.  Prior to joining LSR-7, Johna worked at a peer charter school supporting K-12 programming focusing in the areas of assessment, teacher development, and school improvement.  In 2016, her school received Title I School of the Year & a National Blue Ribbon.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Assessment & Design, and a Specialist Degree in K-12 Administration.  Johna lives with her husband and two sons in Kansas City, Missouri where they have resided for over 21 years.


Jim MacDonald (acting Treasurer of the Board):  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.



Derrick Nelson:  Derrick is the AVP/Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Manager for Commerce Bank; he joins as a Board member bringing his nearly 20 years of experience in human resources and Diversity/Equity/Inclusion to the organization.  Prior to joining Commerce Bank, Derrick worked in similar corporate diversity and inclusion roles for CVS and AMC Theaters.  In 2019, Derrick was the recipient of the KC Chamber’s ACE Award for Corporate Diversity.  Derrick is a graduate of Fontbonne University and has two Master’s degrees, one in Human Resources and an MBA from Webster University. 



Tonia Gilbert:  Tonia is the Executive Director of The Upper Room and joins as a Board Member bringing her 17+ years of experience in education, non-profit leadership, and law to the organization.  Prior to serving with The Upper Room, Tonia was a senior cabinet member for multiple superintendents at the Kansas City Public School District, including most recently as the Executive Director for Student Support and Community Services.  Previously Tonia was a student discipline and staff attorney for the District.  Tonia is a Howard University graduate and has a JD from Washburn Law School.   



Board Committees

In addition to the nine 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
        Scott Waller 

Finance Committee - Oversight and guidance in the area of fiscal sustainability and responsibility
Brian Donawa 

Diversity Committee - Oversight and guidance in the area of socio-economic, racial, and cultural diversity across the CWC Kansas City community
        Miguel Meneses, Chair 

Academic Excellence Committee - Oversight and guidance in the area of academic assessment, growth, and performance
        Johna Sutton, Chair 
        Dr. Kaye Otten

Our Sponsor

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].


Financial Audits

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.

Our auditor’s report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2017 can be found here.

Our auditor’s report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2018 can be found here.