Kansas City Ballet Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

Kansas City Ballet Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

Kansas City Ballet today announced key appointments to the Company's Board of Directors and senior staff, according to Jeffrey Bentley, Executive Director.

The Board of Directors has elected the slate of new officers for the 2013-14 fiscal year:

Julia Irene Kauffman, Chairperson

Chairman/CEO, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation

Jean-Paul Wong, President

Vice President/Principal, Contract Furnishings

Thomas F. Whittaker, Immediate Past President

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, JE Dunn Construction Company

Jack D. Rowe, J.D., Vice President

Partner, Lathrop & Gage LLP

Kathy Stepp, Vice President

Principal, Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.

Barbara Storm, Treasurer

Community Leader

Claire Brand, Secretary

Vice President, Innovation Platform Leader, Hallmark Cards

The Board of Directors has also added two new members:

Vlad Kucherovsky


CiCi Rojas

Central Exchange

Linda Shoare

Challenger Sports

For a complete listing of the Kansas City Ballet Board of Directors, please refer to our website: www.kcballet.org.

Bentley also announced the following addition to the senior staff:

George Hans has joined Kansas City Ballet as Chief Financial Officer. Hans received his accounting degree from Missouri Western University and his MBA in Finance from UMKC. In his most recent position, he served as Vice-President of Finance and Administration for the Mid-America chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. While at the National MS Society, he was responsible for chapter finances, information technology, facilities management, human resources and special event administrative support. Prior to his work with the National MS Society, George served for eleven years as Chief Financial/Operating Officer with Catholic Charities of Kansas City/St. Joseph, a local social service agency.

About Kansas City Ballet

To make Kansas City a destination for dance

Founded in 1957, Kansas City Ballet is a 28 member professional ballet company under the leadership of Artistic Director Devon Carney and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. The company's mission is to establish Kansas City Ballet as an indispensable asset in its community through exceptional performances, excellence in dance training and quality community education programs for all ages.

Kansas City Ballet is home to Kansas City Ballet School with an enrollment of 500+ children and adults offering professional training for the career-minded student as well as for those simply seeking a healthy lifestyle.

Through its professional company, its second company KCB II and its many community service programs such as Reach Out and Dance (ROAD) and DanceINFORMances we seek to nurture and develop our artists, audiences and students in the values inherent in the creativity, diversity and joy of dance.

Our home, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity on the campus of Union Station, in conjunction with our Resident Company status at the world-class Kauffman Centerfor the Performing Arts has truly positioned Kansas City as a Destination for Dance.