JoMarie Andrews

JoMarie Andrews graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and earned a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She worked in public accounting for KPMG Peat Marwick and was an accounting supervisor at the corporate offices of Didde Corporation. She is the mother of two beautiful teenage children.

Cass Butler, Ph.D. 

Cass Butler graduated from Saint Louis University with a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and serves as the regional director of Webster University’s Kansas City campus. She has more than 10 years’ experience in a variety of roles in higher education administration and leadership, including enrollment management, corporate outreach and development and operations leadership. She earned her BA and MS from Bellevue University in Omaha, NE. Currently Cass supports PrepKC, Junior Achievement and Global and Multicultural Education (GAME) along with other groups that provide students life skills and prepare them for the workforce.

Dan Cosgrove 

A Kansas City native and graduate of Rockhurst University, Dan is currently the CAO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. In this role he gets to pursue his passion of making Kansas City a better place to live and work. Dan is also an area coordinator for the Junior Board, a education program for middle school students designed to introduce the basics of successful philanthropy. The Junior Board focuses on the business aspects of non-profit organizations while weaving in lessons on essential life skills. Dan is married with three daughters.

Jennifer Jones

Jenni graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in English. She received her law degree from the University of Iowa School of Law. After practicing law for several years, Jenni returned to the University of Missouri, Kansas City to obtain a teaching degree. She taught English at Shawnee Mission East High School for four years. Jenni helped her husband, Spencer, launch SAFARIZ, the friends’ association at the Kansas City Zoo. She has also served on the friends’ board for Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center and co-chaired the annual Children’s TLC Crown Center Pumpkin Patch for two years. In 2004, Jenni and Spencer helped form the Ronald McDonald House Charities friends’ association, Friends of the House, at the Kansas City location. Currently, Jenni works with K9s 4 Mobility, fostering puppies for persons in need of service dogs. Jenni and Spencer have twin girls, Allie and Julie.

Lisa Krigsten 

Lisa is a partner in Dentons’ Government Investigations and White Collar Defense practice group. She is an accomplished trial lawyer who has first-chaired dozens of complex cases in her 20 years of practice.  Lisa is a former federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, DC, where she received numerous commendations and awards for the investigation and prosecution of high-profile criminal cases across the country.  As a capstone to her federal government service, Lisa served as principal deputy assistant attorney general for Civil Rights, a presidentially appointed position within the DOJ leadership. She was responsible for guiding the national enforcement of federal laws by a division with more than 500 lawyers. She also coordinated DOJ’s responses to congressional inquiries and assisted in the drafting of key regulations and statutory amendments passed by Congress.  Each year, Lisa teaches a week-long intensive trial advocacy class at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Tiffany Poor Lynch

Tiffany has a Bachelors Degree from Bowdoin College and a Masters Degree in Teaching from Boston University. She taught and coached for ten years in the Boston area before moving to Kansas City with her husband Greg in 1999. Tiffany has represented Forest Foundation; a Boston based family foundation, for the past 17 years. Since moving to Kansas City she has served as a board member of Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Friends, Front Porch Alliance and Horizon Academy. She is the President and Co-Founder of Youth Ambassadors. Tiffany is a passionate philanthropist, educator, and mother to four teenagers.

Susanne Mitko

Susanne earned her Bachelors Degree in Sociology and teaching certification from UMKC, her Masters Degree in Education from Avila College and became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2009.  Susie was a Family Teacher at Father Flanagan’s Boys Town, taught 12 years at Visitation School and is currently teaching in the Lee’s Summit School District.   She is also an adjunct professor and mentor for Avila University.  Susanne was appointed by the Missouri Commissioner of Education to serve on the National Department of Education’s Mid-Continent Comprehensive Center Regional Advisory Board.  She serves on the education advisory boards of the International Relations Council, Avila University and Phoenix University.  Since 2011 she has served on the Supreme Court of Missouri’s Civic Education Committee and chairs the sub-committee on the creation of school presentation for judges. She served on committees to develop model curriculum at the district and state level and is currently serving on her district’s committee to develop a teacher evaluation system.  In 2009 Susanne was chosen as the Lee’s Summit Teacher of the Year and in 2010 the Missouri Teacher of the Year.   She has been a teacher in the Youth Ambassador program since 2011.

Paige O’Connor

Paige has a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of California Berkeley.  She worked in the computer software industry before moving to Kansas City with her husband Rory in 1989.  She is the mother of four young adults.  For 13 years she worked as the adult founder and supervisor of Kids Helping Kids, a youth community service organization dedicated to helping children in need.  Currently, she privately mentors youth that want to take an active role in their communities and is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Youth Ambassadors.

Vincente Perez

Vincente is a senior at The University of Chicago on full academic scholarship working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. He has been with Youth Ambassadors for 4 years now after joining the program as a Youth Ambassador in the Argentine neighborhood during the summer of 2011.  Throughout his college education, Vincente has used art and activism to advocate for underserved youth throughout Kansas City. He is a Mellon Mays Fellow and plans on obtaining a PhD in Anthropology. Vincente is a published poet, performance artist, and father of twin sons.

Carrie Fry Robinson

Carrie graduated with honors from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Upon graduation, she moved to San Francisco where she was a business analyst and strategy consultant for Deloitte Consulting in their Corporate & Competitive Strategy Group. In 2007, Carrie moved back to her Midwest roots and founded Alvin H., a web strategy and design firm. Her passion for sports and working with kids led her to coaching premier soccer and also starting Finesse Soccer, a youth soccer training academy. Additionally, she is a member of a family foundation actively supporting at-risk youth. Carrie and her husband Michael welcomed their second child in the fall of 2015.

David Von Drehle

David is editor-at-large for TIME magazine. Since joining the magazine in 2007, he has written more cover stories for the magazine than any other writer. He is the author of four books, most recently the New York Times bestseller Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year. A graduate of the University of Denver and Oxford University, he lives in Kansas City with his wife and four children.