Our board members are representative of the communities and patients we serve. Each is a highly respected professional with demonstrated leadership in his or her field, representing careers in medicine, human resources, investment banking, law and more.
Stephanie is currently the CEO at reStart, Inc. reStart is a non-profit agency that serves youth, families, single adults and veterans in Kansas City who are at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness. reStart provides a continuum of housing services and wrap around support services to assist in exiting homelessness and obtaining permanent housing.
Alissia Canady is an attorney and non-profit executive as Deputy Executive Director and Director of Litigation at Neighborhood Legal Support of Kansas City .
Alissia is a community leader and a catalyst for change in the areas of health, housing, education and economic development. She was elected to the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri to represent the Fifth Council District 2015-2019, and was formerly an Assistant Prosecutor in Jackson County.
A native of Kansas City and KCPS graduate of Northeast High School, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Park University, and a Law degree from the University of South Dakota.
Jack Cannon III, CFA, CTP
Jack Cannon is the founder and president of ViSáRes Retirement Plan and Trust -- a self-directed, federally recognized 401k plan.
Prior positions include Vice President of Revenue Enhancement for CAST Management Consultants and Senior Consultant for the Dallas, TX-based Carreker Corporation.
He received a BS/Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin/Madison and an MBA/Finance from the University of Iowa.
Marvin E. Carolina, Jr.
Marvin Carolina is President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Greater Kansas City. Previously, he worked at JE Dunn Construction Company as the Diversity Manager and Vice President of Corporate Diversity. He was also the National Sales Support Manager for Sears in Chicago, Illinois.
He earned a Master of Arts Degree in Community Development from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.
Aaron G. Ellison, MD
Dr. Aaron Ellison is currently a physician at Midwest Metropolitan Physicians Group in Kansas City, MO. Previously, he served as Medical Director at Riverbend Family Practice on Mountain Island in Charlotte, NC.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Morehouse College and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Missouri School of Medicine.
Tresia Franklin is currently the H.R. Director, Total Rewards and Employee Relations for Hallmark Cards, which includes responsibility for Hallmark’s compensation, benefit programs, human resource information systems and employee relations.
She previously founded a web-based human resources communication business and also served as a benefits and human resources consultant for Mercer.
Melika T. Harris
Melika Harris is currently an attorney at Rasmussen Dickey & Moore, LLC, in Kansas City, MO. Previously, she worked at Jefferson Capital Systems, LLC, Kansas City, MO and Kessinger Law Firm, P.C. in Gladstone, MO.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering from the University of Missouri/Columbia and her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri/Kansas City School of Law.
Tom Kokjer, who serves as Finance Chair for Swope Health’s Board of Directors, grew up in Kansas City and attended Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., where he graduated with honors. He began and ended his professional finance career at Commerce Bank in Kansas City, finishing as the Division Manager for the Commerce Bank Capital Markets Group. In between, Tom was a Senior Trading Manager for two Federal Reserve designated primary dealers in U.S. treasury debt.
Tom has been a member of the Swope Health Board of Directors since 2017. Tom also serves as Treasurer of The Diocese of West Missouri.
Jack McCanna is Vice President of Global Programs & Operations for Children International.
Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Geneva Family YMCA in New York. He is a graduate of Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Juan Manuel Rangel, Jr., Chair
Juan Rangel is currently the Chief Partnership Officer at SchoolSmartKC.
Previously, he was the Director of the Gateway to College Program at Donnelly College. He has also served as the Director of Business & Workforce Development and Community Engagement at Metropolitan Community College, and as the Greater Kansas City Region Executive Director of The National Conference for Community & Justice.
Zoraya Rowlands is the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at JE Dunn Construction. Prior positions include Vice President of Operations at the Port Authority of Kansas City, MO and Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities Underwriter at PNC Bank.
She earned an MBA from Baker University and a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Administration from City College in New York, NY.
Dred Scott, EdD
Dr. Scott is President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.
Previously, Dr. Scott served as Deputy Superintendent for the Independence School District.
He received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Baker University and an MS in Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship from Central Missouri State University.
James G. Scott
James G. Scott is a Kansas City native and a graduate of Rockhurst University. He has served in the federal sector for over 35 years and brings a knowledge of federal benefits and health care administration.
Michelle Searcy serves as a Research Analyst in Intellectual Property at SHOOK, HARDY & BACON, LLP, supporting clients in the procurement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Previously, she worked at Lucent Technologies, Inc. and AT&T Bell Laboratories in various capacities including Business Manager, Engineering Manager and Software/Engineer Developer.
She received an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Chicago, IL., and an MS degree in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, also in Chicago.
Dia Wall, Primary Evening Anchor at KSHB-TV 41, has multiple years of experience in newsroom leadership, content creation for online platforms, mentoring, and directing efforts in support of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Jerry Williams, Director of Value Creation and Execution at T-Mobile Corp., has more than 30 years of experience in business/consumer care, engineering support and service assurance.