Board of Trustees

2018 Meeting Dates

Legal Aid is governed by a 30-member Board of Trustees representing the 40-county service area. In accordance with Legal Services Corporation regulations, the board is composed of attorney and client eligible representatives from the program’s service area. This volunteer board meets every other month to consider policy matters, establish case priorities and provide financial and general program oversight. Various board committees meet between regular board meetings to discuss issues and to agree upon specific recommendations to be made to the full board.

Hon. Jerry Venters –  President
Attorney
Appointing Agency: KCMBA

Blake Heath – Vice President
M. Blake Heath, Trial Attorney
Appointing Agency: KCMBA

Matt Dameron – Treasurer
Williams Dirks Dameron LLC
Appointing Agency: KCMBA

Shauna Woody-Coussens – Secretary
BKD, LLP
Presidential Appointment

Lindsey Bachman
Attorney
Appointing Agency: St. Joseph Bar Association

Janelle Bailey
Attorney at Law
Appointing Agency: Jackson County Bar Association

Jose Bautista
Bautista LeRoy, LLC
Appointing Agency: Asian American Bar Association

Ronda Calvert
Community Volunteer
Appointing Agency: YMCA St. Joseph

Hon. Richard Copeland
Attorney
Appointing Agency: Jasper County Bar Association

Sharon Courter
Community Volunteer
Appointing Agency: MERIL

Hon. Charles Curless
Attorney
Appointing Agency: Jasper County Bar Association

Heber Gonzalez
Attorney
Appointing Agency: Hispanic Bar Association

Saundra Hayes
Community Volunteer
Appointing Agency: Mattie Rhodes Counseling & Arts Center

Adam Hess
Community Volunteer
Appointing Agency: Economic Security Corp. of Southwest Area

Mary Hill
Community Volunteer
Appointing Agency: Westside Housing Organization

Matt Keenan
Shook Hardy & Bacon PC
Appointing Agency: KCMBA

Leslie Kern
Community Volunteer
Appointing Agency: Synergy Services

Hon. Meryl Lange
Attorney
Appointing Agency: Johnson County Bar Association

Benjamin Mann
Husch Blackwell LLP (Ret.)
Appointing Agency: KCMBA

Hon. Mike Manners
Langdon & Emison
Appointing Agency: Eastern Jackson County Bar Association

LuAnn Marlow-Shaddox
Community Volunteer
Appointing Agency: Care Connection

Kirk Rahm
Rahm Rahm & McVay
Appointing Agency: Johnson County Bar Association

Dennis Robinson
Community Volunteer
Appointing Agency: Ivanhoe Neighborhood Association

Fred Sgroi
Bryan Cave LLP
Appointing Agency: KCMBA

Kesia Smith
Attorney
Appointing Agency: St. Joseph Bar Association

Pat Starke
Attorney
Presidential Appointment

Cynthia Thomas
Community Volunteer
Appointing Agency: Survival Adult Abuse Center

Beth Tong
Community Volunteer
Appointing Agency: Economic Security Corp. of Southwest Area

Gillian Wilcox
Attorney at Law
Appointing Agency: Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City

Brad Yeretsky
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Appointing Agency: Lawyers Association of Kansas City

Katie Hollar Barnard-Advisor
Firesign

Margaret May-Advisor

 

 

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