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2022 KCPS Education Fundation

Board of Directors

Board Chair
Kasey Vena
General Manager
Country Club Plaza
4706 Broadway, Suite 260
Kansas City, MO 64112
T: (816) 960-6232 | M: (913) 306-6495
Kate Bender
PorchLight Insights
Shannon Berry, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst
American Century Investments
4500 Main St #1816,
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 340-3705

Board Members

Jon B. Gray
Senior Vice President
FleishmanHillard Kansas City
2405 Grand Blvd #1000,
Kansas City, MO 64108
Mia Monarca
Digital Content Coordinator
Andrews McMeel Universal
1130 Walnut St,
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 288-0403
Nancy Phelps
Community Impact & Philanthropy
JE Dunn Construction
1001 Locust St,
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 426-8107
Jeron Ravin
President and CEO
Swope Health
3801 Blue Parkway,
Kansas City, MO 64130
(816) 599-5551
Macaela Stephenson
Manager of Community Relations and Investment
Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City
2301 Main Street,
Kansas City, MO 64108
(913) 205-9945
Carolyn Watley
Vice President of Community Engagement
700 W 47th St #1100,
Kansas City, MO 64112
T: (816) 945-5186 | M: (816) 876-5686


Nicole Collier White
Kansas City Public Schools
2901 Troost St.
Kansas City, MO 64109
(816) 418-7685

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Jennifer Collier
Interim Superintendent
Kansas City Public Schools
2901 Troost St.
Kansas City, MO 64109
(816) 418-7616


Rita Cortez
School Board Member
Kansas City Public Schools
2901 Troost St.
Kansas City, MO 64109
(816) 418-7681


The Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation was established in 2012 as a self-perpetuating, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to promote quality education in Kansas City Public Schools. The Foundation works in partnership with but financially independent of the district to provide supplemental funds for programs typically not funded by Kansas City Public Schools. The Foundation is governed by an all-volunteer board of community leaders who are passionate about public education and committed to KCPS student success.

Core Values

The Foundation aims to create a culture in which diverse professionals work together to help KCPS students recognize their full potential. Four key values guide our behavior:

  • INTEGRITY. Exemplifying honesty, trust and reliability to uphold the highest ethical compliance standards.
  • INCLUSIVE. Soliciting broad community engagement to ensure equitable distribution of resources.
  • STEWARDSHIP. Managing resources entrusted to us in a responsible and transparent manner.
  • DEDICATION. Demonstrating commitment to all stakeholders in support of the development and success of KCPS students.

Our Mission

To secure and provide funds and resources to enhance student learning in the Kansas City Public Schools.


To be the trusted partner for securing resources and engaging the community in support of education in the Kansas City Public Schools.

Demographics & Fast facts

KCPS is the 12th largest school system in Missouri serving more than 15,000 students, grades K through 12. The district is the most ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse in the region; our students speak more than 50 languages. The school system employs approximately 2,500 teachers, more than half of whom hold masters’ degrees. KCPS has 34 academic locations: 18 elementary schools, two middle schools, four high schools, seven signature schools, two early learning community schools, two alternative schools, one charter school, one alternative graduation center, and one early college academy.

For more information, visit www.kcpublicschools.org.

Contact Us

2901 Troost Ave
Kansas City, MO 64109
(816) 418-7685