BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Shannon Rush was born and raised in the Kansas City area. She grew up at Faith Lutheran Church in Prairie Village and is now a member of Holy Cross Lutheran in Overland Park. Shannon graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School and then went to Pittsburg State University where she graduated with a degree in accounting. She works at Huhtamaki (the makers of Chinet) and works in the finance department as a payroll administrator supporting approximately 900 employees.

 

Vice-President & Grant Review Committee Chair: Vivian Strand is a creative, graphic design professional with more than 30 years’ extensive experience in the areas of design and communications. She is currently a Marketing Specialist at The Whole Person, a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities lead independent lives. Vivian looks forward to carrying on her father’s vision and strengthening the Foundation so that it can help those in need far into the future.

 

Treasurer & Investment Committee Chair: Kathy Jenkins, born and raised in Raytown, Missouri, graduated from Webster University and spent more than 30 years in sales, service, marketing and management roles at a major hardware manufacturer. She is currently in HR at the headquarters of a Kansas City-based investment firm. She is active in outreach and community activities at Ascension Lutheran Church and enjoys playing handbells.

 

Secretary & Gifts & Membership Chair: Ingrid Wong serves as in-house counsel for a local banking institution. Ingrid is humbled to have to the opportunity to continue her grandfather’s mission of helping others. In her free time, Ingrid enjoys spending time her fiancé (Michael) and favorite furry friend (Rudy). 

 

Members at Large:

Kelly Grooms has been giving back to her community for over 15 years as a volunteer. She not only volunteers for several organizations but she is on the planning committees of several events throughout the year. This led her to her career as the Volunteer Program Specialist in the Resource Development department at the non-profit organization The Whole Person. The Whole Person connects people with disabilities to the resources they need by supporting independent choice and advocating for positive change in the community. Kelly looks forward to broadening her vision of helping others and giving back more to her community.

 

Bev Sheldon earned a BA at Elmhurst College and M.Ed. at the University of Illinois. After twenty years in public education, she began a career in social service. She served as the volunteer coordinator at Metro Lutheran Ministry, executive director at Community Services League and grant writer at Budget and Financial Management Assistance. A prior member of Faith Lutheran Church, for more than a decade she has been a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

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