Centurions Alumni

After successful completion of the two-year Centurions leadership program, our graduates are uniquely trained and connected.  The Centurions Alumni Association allows members to maintain that momentum after graduation and make a positive impact on the Kansas City area.  

Centurions Alumni Association (CAA) provides alumni with unique programming, community involvement, and resources to help them keep in touch with each other and the active program. Through this ongoing involvement, alumni can serve their community well after they graduate while staying connected to Centurions classmates as they grow into Kansas City’s leadership.

CAA also provides:

  • Assistance and support to the Centurions Leadership Program, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and other community organizations.
  • A forum for members to discuss and learn about community issues.
  • Association members with opportunities to become and stay actively involved on boards and commissions and in community affairs.
  • An awareness of community issues, resources, and diversity.

Each member’s investment helps to fund projects and resources that make the program successful, including:

  • Stewardship of the Centurions Alumni Association Foundation, which annually awards two partial Centurions scholarships for small business candidates.
  • Planning and operating several social and service activities throughout the year, including: 
  • Events centered on civic issues and leaders
  • Annual holiday party
  • Alumni social events
  • Awards reception with actives
  • Annual meeting and elections
  • Raising awareness of and overseeing the nomination and award process for the Bernard Powell Award, named for one of the program’s most memorable charter members

2018-19 Alumni Board

Jennifer Matney, Class of 2016

President Elect
Jon Hile, Class of 2012

Past President
Jennifer Kraenzle, Class of 2013

Past Active Steering Committee Chair
Shalea Walter, Class of 2019

Sara Harris, Class of 2018

Lathem Scott, Class of 2017

Legacy Fundraiser Co-Chairs
Leslie Dickerson, Class of 2018
Angie Grant, Class of 2018
Jackie Vavroch, Class of 2018

Membership and Communications Co-Chairs
Estuardo Garcia, Class of 2019
Austin Bickford, Class of 2017

Projects Co-Chairs
Meredith Webster, Class of 2018
Rhonda Dolan, Class of 2018

Civic Initiatives Co-Chairs
Jason Carter-Solomon, Class of 2018
Chris Vukas, Class of 2014

Social Co-Chairs
Theresa Garza, Class of 2019
Frank White III, Class of 2019



Adam Abrams, AREA Real Estate Advisors
Frank Allen, Federal Reserve Bank
Lydia Allen, KU Endowment
Ruben Alonso III, Alt Cap
Kathryn Anastasio, UMB
Stephen Anderson, Commerce Bank
Stephen Anderson, Commerce Bank
Sara Anthony, Blue KC
Rachel Arnett, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Janelle Aubrecht, Citizens Bank & Trust
Charlotte Barksdale, LaserCycle
Brittany Barrientos, Stinson Leonard Street
Marissa Baum, American Jazz Museum
Chad Beashore, Shook, Hardy, Bacon
Kate Bender, City of Kansas City, MO
Nathan Benjamin, Burns & McDonnell
Gregory Bentz, Polisnelli
Laura Berger, Saint Luke's Foundation
Erik Bergrud, Park University
Jessica Best Stewart, Barkley
Austin Bickford, BicMedia
Mary Birkel, Taylor'd Communications
Gerron Blackwell, Burns & McDonnell
Jeff Blaesing, JE Dunn
Megan Boos, Children's Mercy Hospital
Trese Booze, Local Initiatives Supports Corp
Kara Bouillette, Bouillette Design
Idonna Bragg, Ameriprise Financial Services
Dan Brown, Dan Brown Design Studio
Daniel Brown, Walter P Moore
Kellie Bryan, Signal Projects
Holly Buckendahl, Ronald McDonald House Charities Chicagoland & NW Indiana
John Burgess, Walsworth
Michael Burke, Michael Burke, LLC
Tim Burkhalter, Burns & McDonnell
Marshaun Butler, Children's Mercy
Kent Cable, KDC Properties, LLC
Jared Campbell, Signature Personal Insurance
Matthew Carr, Kauffman
Jason Carter-Solomon, Enterprise Bank
Ramin Cherafat, McCownGordon
Terry Christenberry, CC Capital Advisors
Kelli Christman, Strategic Communications Consultant
Nicole Clifford, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Michael   Condon, IMA Financial
Kelly Cooper, Parris Communications
Jon Copaken, Copaken Brooks
Dan Cosgrove, KC Chamber
Barbara Cross, Hallmark
Daniel Culver, Enterprise Holdings
Melissa Dailey, Lincoln Financial
Chelan David, Youth Volunteer Corps
Christopher Davis, PGAV Architects
Sam De Jong, BNIM
Tyler Dean, Third Space Property Group
Mike DeBacker, Burns & McDonnell
Greg DeCamp, Fraxier DeCamp Financial
Marie Dispenza, KC Pet Project
Rhonda Dolan, Udo
Mark Ebbitts, Shelton Travel Service
Brian Edwards, GEHA
Jim Erickson, UMB Bank
Jacqueline Erickson Russell, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Shelley Ericsson, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, P.C
Elizabeth Fast, Spencer Fane LLP
Maggie Fitzgerald, Hoefer Wysocki
Gretchen FitzGerald, Blue KC
Trevor Flannigan, Professional Chats
Matthew Flynn, US Bank
Paul Fogel, Karbank Real Estate Company
Tanesha Ford, Kauffman Scholars
Connor Francis, Thomas McGee Group
Daniel Friederich, CBIZ
Michael Funkey, Grant Thornton
Diane Gallagher, American Century Investments
Estuardo Garcia, VanTrust Real Estate
Theresa Garza, Spire Energy
Kate Gasper, Lathrop Gage LLP
Adam Gebhardt, Commerce Bank
Matthew Gigliotti, City of KCMO
Mercedes Givens, Consulting (retirment) PhD
Lori Goben, U.S. Bank
Kyri Gorges, KPMG LLP
Angie Grant, Henderson Engineers
Tami Greenberg, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, Inc.


Katherine Hall, Saint Luke's Foundation
Ashley Hand, Cityfi
Desarae Harrah, Harrah Law
Sara Harris, UMB
Chad Harris, Cornerstones of Care
Bradford Hart, HealthForward Foundation 
Scott Havens, Truss
Georgiane Hayhow, The Hayhow Group Real Estate
Lindsey Heinz, Shook, Hardy, Bacon
Stephanie Hemberger, HNTB Companies
Jessica Hembree, Platform Civic
Angela Hendershot, University of Kansas
Tammy Henke, Wells Fargo Bank
Tyler Henson, JE Dunn Construction Company
Vanessa Herring, St. Teresa's Academy
Dr. Philip Hickman, Plabook
Allyson Hile, Kansas City Public Schools
Jonathan Hile, Kauffman Scholars, Inc.
Scot Hill, Stinson
Chris Hotop, Burns & McDonnell
Richard Hu, HJM Architects
Anastasia Huggins, BNIM
Jennifer Ingraham, UMKC Foundation
Scott Jacobson
Jake Jacobson, Children's Mercy
Christopher Jagoda, Lockton
Kelly Jander
Mike Jeffries, Ronald McDonald House Charities 
Ann Jerome, Explore Austin
Tricia Johnson, ShowMe KC
Sheri Johnson, McCownGordon Construction
Jermee Jones, Enterprise Bank & Trust
Todd Jones, First American Title Insurance Company
Matt Jordan, Polisnelli
Sam Jordan, HighPointe Financial Group
Michael Judy, Dysart Taylor
Ryan Keller, IMA
Teresa Keller, KCP&L
Lisa Ketteler, LBK
Amy Kligman, Charlotte Street Foundation
Libby Knox, Catholic Education Foundation
Roxsen Koch, Polisnelli
Frank Koranda, Polsinelli
Adam LaBoda, Spencer Fane LLP
Mark Larrabee, Arvest Bank
Sunita Lavin, Burns & McDonnell
Melissa  Lavin, Burns & McDonnell
Steve Lawrence , Personal Financial Group
Bonnie Limbird, SFS Architecture
Andre Logan, Portals Hardware
Fawn Lopez, Modern HealthCare
Kara Lowe, KC Tech Council
Keri Maginn, BNIM Architects 
Saadia Mahmood, Bank Midwest
Bill Mahood, Polisnelli
Paul Malir, TranSystems Corporation
Teresa Martin, Lockton
Jennifer Matney, UMB
Fr. Justin Matthews,  Reconciliation Services
Robert McCormack, University of Kansas Medical Center
Ashley McDonald, AdventHealth
Steve McDowell, BNIM
Julie McKee, FineLine HR Consulting, LLC
Norma McKelvy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
kate McKinney, MartinPringle
Jessica McKinney, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.
Stephanie Meyer, DLR Group
Amanda Middaugh
Kate Migneron, Children's Mercy Hospital
Adam Miller, Teach For America
Pamela Miller
Christopher Mitchell, Architect One
Mark Moberly, Suflower Development Group
Erika Moody, Helix
Brian Moore, Saint Luke’s Foundation
Karen Moore, Metropolitan Community College
Bridget Moss, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
Megan Mulvihill, Populous
Hilary T. Murray
Rob Nagel, Lockton
Genny Nicholas, Children's Mercy
Jennifer Nicholson, Nicholson Capital Management
Melissa Novak, Sunlighten
Kristen  O'Connell, Sprint
Nathan Oleen, Husch Blackwell
Nathan Orr, Spencer Fane LLP


Lara Pabst, Krigel & Krigel, P.C.
Steve Paddock, Folly Theater Board President
Nicholas Page, Mariner Wealth Advisors
Dede Palmer, Lockton Companies
Lauren Palmer, MARC
Tom Paolini, Paolini Garment Company
Andy Pence, Hallmark Cards
Ashlee Peterson, HCA MidAmerica 
Jeffrey Phillips, Landmark National Bank
Rob Pitkin, Horn Aylward & Bandy, LLC
Ted Place, Kansas City PBS
Scott Potter, US Bank Commerical Real Estate
Monica Powers, Advent Health
Darren Prenger, ECCO Select
Stacie Prosser, Kansas City Business Journal
William Quatman, Burns & McDonnell
Matt Ralston, Burns & McDonnell
Danny Ramon, Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC
Michael Raupp, Husch Blackwell LLP
Michael Reardon, McCownGordon
Zachary Richmond, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Susann Riffe, Dignity Memorial Chapel Hill
Laurie Roberts, Parris Communications
Bridget Romero, Lathrop Gage
Lindsey Rood-Clifford, Starlight Theatre Association of Kansas City, Inc.
Elizabeth Rowe, Husch Blackwell
Scott Rowe, CrossFirst Bank
Ken Schaefer, Burns & McDonnell
Eva Schulte, Travois
Matthew Schulte, Kansas City Royals Baseball Corporation
Stephanie Seger, Children's Mercy Hospital
Scott Seitter, Levy Craig
Sara Selkirk, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Marc Shaffer, Searcy Financial Services
John Shoemaker, CBIZ
Bob Silvy, Americay City Business Journals
Jeff Simon, Husch Blackwell
Grover Simpson, Lockton
Tracy Smedley, Jackson County 
Megan Stanfield, Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City
James Steimer, US Bank
Brian Stewart
Elizabeth Stoltz, KCP&L
Brad Stratton, Overland Park Wealth Management
Scott Strawn, Burns & McDonnell
Tiffany  Stuck, Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City
Erin Stucky, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Kate Sullinger, Grandbridge Real Estate Capital LLC
Ann Swarts, CBIZ
Annie Swartz, Creative Courseware
Holly Swyden, KC STUDIO Magazine
John Teasdale, Cent Alumni (NM)
Terry Trafton, CommCare & Alternatives EAP
Allison Trimble, Polsinelli PC
RJ Trowbridge, Jones Lang LaSalle
Kelly J. Turner
Kerrie Tyndall, KCMO
Chris Underwood, Burns & McDonnell
Wendy Van Duyne, Stantec Consulting
Ann Van Zee, AVZ & Associates
Thomas Vansaghi, William Jewell College
Shanelle Varone, Children's Mercy Hospital
Jacquelyn Vavroch, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
Holly Villasi, Creative Planning
Scott Vincent, Vincent Law LLC
Chris Vukas, Sunflower Development Group
Bess Wallerstein Huff, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Shalea Walter, Arvest Bank
Angela Wasson-Hunt, Citizens Bank & Trust
Caitlin Waters, CBIZ
Jason Webb, Accenture
Ryan Weber, KC Tech Council
Meredith Webster, Kutak Rock LLP
R. Loren Weeks
Alissa Wehmueller, Helix Architecture + Design
Julie Welch , Meara Welch Brown
Julie Wellner, Wellner Architects
Frank White III, KCATA
Cynthia Whitlock Andrews
Michael Williams, Williams Dirks Dameron
Amy  Wright, encompas Corporation
Amy Young, Global Prairie
Dan Zeller, Gould Evans