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2023 KCPS Education Foundation

Board of Directors

Board Chair
Nancy Phelps
VP,Community Impact Director
JE Dunn Construction
1001 Locust St,
Kansas City, MO 64106
Lusette Walker, MBA
Client Development & Account Management
15620 W. 113th Street
Lenexa, KS 66219
Edward Murphy, MBA, MPH
Chief Administrative Officer
Swope Health
3801 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64130

Board Members

Jon B. Gray
Senior Vice President
FleishmanHillard Kansas City
2405 Grand Blvd #1000,
Kansas City, MO 64108
Mia Gonzaelz
Director of Business and Development
Behavior Health Allies
10330 Hickman Mills Dr.,
Kansas City, MO 64137
Kasey Vena
Vice President of Operations
1220 Washington Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Shannon Berry, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst
American Century Investments
4500 Main St #1816,
Kansas City, MO 64111
Gretchen FitzGerald
Director, Customer Retention and Engagement
Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City
2301 Main Street,
Kansas City, MO 64108
Jack Logan
Logan Logan & Watson, L.C.
8340 Mission Rd # 106,
Prairie Village, KS 66206
David Gordon
Project Manager
Honeywell FM&T
14520 Botts Rd,
Kansas City, MO 64147
Rebecca Parker
Library Media Specialist
Kansas City Public Schools/East High School
1924 Van Brunt Blvd,
Kansas City, MO 64127
Kate Bender
PorchLight Insights
Kate Killen
Housing Program Manager
Mid-America Regional Council
600 Broadway Blvd, Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64105
Marian Nguyen
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Specialist
Burns & McDonnell
9400 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64114

Ex-Officio Members

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


Solissa McKay
Education Foundation Director
Kansas City Public Schools
2901 Troost St.
Kansas City, MO 64109


Josh Jackaway
KCPS Board Member
Kansas City Public Schools
2901 Troost St.
Kansas City, MO 64109


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

KCPSEF aims to create a culture where diverse staff works together productively to further the vision, mission and values as well as build its potential. With this recognition, KSPSEF embraces the following values:

  • CELEBRATION. Recognizing and uplifting the good that happens with teachers and students.
  • 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.

Vision, Purpose, and Mission

KCPS Education Foundation (KCPSEF) envisions itself as a trusted partner for securing resources and engaging the community in support of education in KCPS. KCPSEF exists to secure and distribute resources that enhance teacher experience and student success, support KCPS priorities, and champion KCPS in the community. The mission of KCPSEF is to secure and provide funds and resources to enhance student learning in KCPS.

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