Krista Allen, Board Member
Kansas University Endowment Association, Development Director – KU Cancer Center
Krista Allen is the Development Director for the KU Cancer Center, with the Kansas University Endowment Association. The Cancer Center has received worldwide recognition for its state-of-the-art facilities and treatments. Prior to her position at the Endowment, Krista was the Development Officer at Crittenton Children’s Center, which provides high quality mental health services for children and families including acute, residential and community-based treatment. Ms. Allen graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s of Science in business administration and a Bachelors of General Studies in psychology and went on to obtain a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She spent 11 years building the development program at Crittenton, managing all aspects of fundraising including grants administration, facilitating individual gifts, and event planning, before advancing to the KU Endowment Association in November, 2013.
David Cascio, Board Member
Attorney, Case Linden P.C.
David is an attorney with Case Linden P.C., specializing in Civil Rights Actions, Employment Law, Class Action Defense and Litigation. He received the CALI Excellence Award in Employment Discrimination. He graduated from Marquette University, and obtained his JD from KU. David became aware of issues regarding secondary trauma during his service in Kansas City’s family court. His family is very involved in KC philanthropy, particularly with Don Bosco Centers.
Valeri Crenshaw, Board President
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Rose Brooks Center
Valeri is the Supervisor for Children’s Therapeutic Services at Rose Brooks Center, where she has worked for over 13 years. In that role Valeri provides supervision to the Children’s Therapeutic team while advocating for community collaborations and facilitating grant funding requests. She leads the secondary trauma-focused initiative at Rose Brooks and is an active member of the trauma-informed care committee. She collaborates with school districts, social workers, health care providers, community agencies and educators while to develop treatment plans to address safety, mental health issues, abuse and neglect, emotion management, educational expectations, healthy relationships and goal setting. Valeri is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with Master’s Degrees in both Mass Communication and Marriage and Family Therapy, both from Kansas State University. Her bachelors degrees, from Baker University, are in psychology and journalism.
Amber Eastabrooks, Board Member
Lead Screening Coordinator, Score 1 for Health
Amber is the Lead Screening Coordinator for Score 1 for Health, a preventive health program that provides free, in-school health screenings for elementary-aged children in the greatest need, including urban core and low-income families from under-resourced neighborhoods. She was formerly a Renal Transplant Coordinator for St. Luke’s Hospital, as well as a nurse for the Duchesne Clinic in Kansas City, Kansas. Her undergraduate degree is from Truman State University and her Nursing Degree is from Avila University.
Keith Gary, Board Vice-President
Vice-President, Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute
Keith is the Vice President of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute. He is responsible for facilitating collaborations between scientists at stakeholder institutions to take advantage of research funding opportunities issued by life sciences funding agencies. Additionally, he works with stakeholder representatives to help establish or expand research infrastructure within the region. Prior to joining the Life Sciences Institute, Keith was an Assistant Professor and Director of Basic Science Laboratories in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut. Keith received a PhD in Biochemistry from UMKC.
Haley Harrison, Board Member
Anchor, KMBC News
Haley is a reporter and anchor for KMBC. She grew up in Topeka and studied journalism at the University of Kansas. She spent nearly five years on the East Coast as a reporter in Washington, D.C. In her career, Haley has covered some exciting stories, including Hurricane Irene, the 2012 State of the Union address, and the East Coast earthquake. Some of her most memorable and interesting interviews include documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, the late Marion Barry, actor and 2008 Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson and 2016 Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate (and Kansas City native) Tim Kaine.
Christine Ladner, Board Member
Assistant Attorney General, Kansas
Christine is Assistant Attorney General in Kansas, specializing in human trafficking and sex crimes. She lives in Lawrence, offices in Topeka, and works all over the state of Kansas. She received her Bachelors from KU and her JD from Washburn University. She is a member of the Leadership Class of the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka and the Kansas Human Trafficking Advisory Board.
Kelli Ramey, Board Member
Vice-President of Advertising and Creative Services at H&R Block
Kelli leads teams that have created large campaigns at H&R Block, coordinating with creative talent and media producers. She was named one of Ad Age’s 40 Under 40. She helped create H&R Block Dollars & Sense, a philanthropic program committed to increasing teen financial literacy. The campaign provided $3 million in scholarships and grants in 2015. Kelli is passionate about cause marketing and prior to joining Block she led corporate PR and philanthropy for Kohl’s Corporation which included distributing more than $16 million to children’s hospitals and education through the Kohl’s Cares for Kids program she managed.
Nicole Shaw, Board Member
Engagement Leader, Cerner Corporation
Nicole manages large and complex projects supporting over 150,000 medical providers for Cerners Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She is passionate about animal rights and social services. She values giving back to the community and looks for service opportunities wherever available. New to the Kansas City area, Nicole went to Upper Iowa University.
Stephanie Siders, Board Treasurer
Associate, CC Capital Advisors
Stephanie is an Associate with CC Capital Advisors. She was previously a financial analyst with Christenberry Collet & Co. Inc., as well as with Hallmark Cards. She focuses on due diligence, financial model development, risk analysis and company valuation for Capital Advisors clients. Stephanie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She is a member of the CFA Institute, the Kansas City CFA Society and the Jr. League of Kansas City.
Patti Sosa, Board Secretary
Healthier You Wellness Consultant, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Patti is a Healthier You Wellness Consultant with Blue Cross Blue Shield. She has a background in public health policy and communications. She was the Communications Director for KCMedNet and Metro Med. She graduated from Mizzou. She is a Centurion and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and was on the Steering Committee for KU Meds Young Professionals Alliance.
Executive Director, Secondary Trauma Resource Center
Julia Westhoff, MPA, has over a decade of experience working in social service, both in the United States and abroad. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master’s in Public Administration is from San Francisco State University. Working for Big Brothers Big Sisters spurred her interest in prevention education and public health. She and her colleagues at the Secondary Trauma Resource Center based their secondary trauma mitigation curriculum on the same principles that she has used to prevent violence and poverty in other fields. Prior to her tenure at the Secondary Trauma Resource Center, Ms. Westhoff was the Director of Education at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault. She was also a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Panama, where she implemented community economic development programs.