About Us

Mission: Helping children and families achieve a lifetime of success.

Vision: Bright futures for children and families.

Careers   Leadership   Reports   Culture    Solidarity Statement

How You’re Investing in Kansas City’s Greatest Opportunity

The Family Conservancy creates equitable opportunities for all children to thrive and experience wellbeing throughout their lives, because the first five years of life represent the most important period of human development.

Opportunity The Reason
Strategy Our Approach
Outcomes Measuring Success


Children grow up in healthy communities with thriving families and experience well-being throughout their lives.


Leadership Team

Casey Thomas Director of Impact and Strategy
Cindy Lamb Director of Clinical Programs
Díana Martínez Head Start Director
Gay Poteet Director of Finance
Dr. Gino Taylor Vice President of People, Culture & Equity
Dr. Jeannine Short Vice President of Innovation & Programs
Jennifer Traffis Start Young Director
Jenny Brandt Early Care and Education Director
Jim Doyle Vice President of Finance
Jocelyn Mourning Vice President of Advancement
Paula Neth President & CEO

Board of Directors

Amy Wolf Park University
Angelia Ewing Vice Chair, Head Start Oversight Committee: Commerce Bank
Anna Krstulic Board Secretary Stinson LLP
Anna Thomas-Rios American Academy of Family Physicians
Ashley Daniels, LCSW Children's Mercy Hospital
Brett Loxterman BOK Financial
Cami Walker John Hancock
Chris Constant Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Chris Hermreck JE Dunn
Courtney Starnes Vice Chair, Board Development Committee: Imperial PFS
Don Ash Vice Chair, Planning & Assessment Committee: Retired Wyandotte County Sheriff
Ericka Duker T-Mobile
Ernesto Márquez KPMG
Jacqueline Rodriguez Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
Jenny Faught Audit Chair: Deloitte
Jon Porter Community Volunteer
Larry Lerner Retired Attorney
Nick Nash Board Chair: Union Bank & Trust
Megan Elder Vice Chair, Resource Development Committee: Bank of Labor
Melvin Sarmiento Bank Midwest
Monica Rayford
Pat Thelen Ripple
Raheema Sampson Huhtamaki
Tony Jackson Vice Chair, Finance Committee: SelectQuote
Uma Wilson UMB

Our Culture

The Family Conservancy is committed to being thoughtful, responsible and accountable in its work around issues of diversity, cultural competency and inclusion, so we provide high quality services in an environment that is

welcoming, nurturing and equally beneficial to all. This commitment is outlined in our Cultural Competency Plan and is guided by the following core values:


We meet clients where they are emotionally, financially, and socially to promote a healthy and thriving life.


We acknowledge the inherent value that each person brings to the world and treat every individual with compassion and respect.


We collaborate with families, caregivers, educators, and other partners to create opportunities for children.


We utilize data to promote continuous quality improvement, innovative approaches, and client centered high quality services.


Sustain our mission by wisely managing our human and financial resources for the greatest impact.

Workplace Programs

The Family Conservancy strives to create a working environment that supports the growth of team members in work and life. We’re proud participants in the following workplace improvement programs:

workplace awards
breastfeeding award


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