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.

Matt Benge, Chair

AssuredPartners, Inc.

Amy Allen, Co-Vice Chair

Emery Sapp & Sons

Danelle Bender, Treasurer

Dairy Farmers of America

Brad Boeshaar

UMB Bank

Mike Ensz


Katie Erwin


Angela Fera, Co-Vice Chair

Hero Fund USA

Gretchen FitzGerald, Secretary

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Lindsay Ford

The Voter Network

Katie Gound

Community Volunteer

Celeste Greenlee

Junior League of Kansas City

Kristen Harrelson

Kobel & Co.

Elizabeth Hastings, MD

Children’s Mercy Hospital

David Hellen


Rhonda Holman

Community Volunteer

Molly Hunter

Gates Westering, LLC

Laura Jones

Community Volunteer

Rudy Liggins

The Children’s Place, Retired

Nora Lockton

Community Volunteer

Josephine Njoroge

Community Volunteer

Mitch Peterson

LG Electronics

Anne Scharf

Hunt Family Foundation / Kansas City Chiefs

Nate Tesmer

JPMorgan Chase

Julia Thompson, Ph.D.

Children’s Mercy Hospital

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 Polly Howard, Vice President of Development & Communications, at or 816.363.1898.

The Children's Place Board Alumni Club