Board of Directors

The Children’s Place relies heavily on the support of community leaders who serve on the agency’s Board of Directors. This team of passionate individuals oversees The Children’s Place to help the agency fulfill its mission through strategic direction, oversight, fundraising and more.

Molly Hunter, Chair

Gates Westering, LLC

Danelle Bender, Vice Chair & Treasurer

Dairy Farmers of America

Mike Ensz, Secretary


Amy Allen

Emery Sapp & Sons

Brad Boeshaar

UMB Bank

David Emley

Commerce Bank

Katie Erwin​


Matt FitzGerald

UnitedHealth Group

Lindsay Ford

The Voter Network

Karen Glickstein

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Katie Gound

Community Volunteer

Kristen Harrelson

Kobel & Co.

Elizabeth Hastings, MD

Children’s Mercy Hospital

David Hellen


Rhonda Holman

Community Volunteer

Laura Jones​

Community Volunteer

Mike Levitan

LANE4 Property Group

Rudy Liggins

The Children’s Place, Retired

Kevin Martinez

Distribution By Air – Kansas City & Greenville-Spartanburg

Dawn McPherson


Bruce Pendleton

Swagelok Kansas City

Mitch Peterson

LG Electronics

Mabel Tinjaca, Ph.D.

Community Volunteer

Katie Wasserstrom

Mariner Wealth Advisors

Board Alumni Club

As board members roll off our Board of Directors, they are welcomed onto our Board Alumni Club to stay involved with The Children’s Place even after their board service through regular happy hours, special event access, volunteer opportunities and more. Learn more by contacting Sara Bland (Boatwright), Corporate & Individual Giving Manager, at or 816.363.1898.

The Children's Place Board Alumni Club