Speaker Date Topic
Emily Hane May 29, 2024
The Rabbit hOle, KC's newest children's experience!
The Rabbit hOle, KC's newest children's experience!

Emily Hane, Development and Grants Manager, joined The Rabbit hOle team in March 2023. Her nonprofit experience spans administrative roles with Reach Out and Read KC, running programs for Literacy KC, managing projects and writing grants for Water.org, and serving as the Director of Learning at Nonprofit Connect. Emily started her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in Cameroon. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Kansas and an MPA from UMKC with a focus in nonprofit management. 

StartUp Rewind Jun 05, 2024
Dion Dodson from Deluxe Transportation Group LLC; and Catina Taylor from Dreams KC

Deluxe Transportation Group LLC – Dion Dodson (ddodson@deluxetransports.com)

  • BIO & OVERVIEW: Deluxe Transportation Group is a luxury chauffeur service that was founded by Dion Dodson in Kansas City, Missouri in 2019. After owning and operating Turf Tiger (a commercial landscaping company) for 9 years, Mr. Dodson decided it was time for a change. In an effort to combine some of his passions for networking, luxury vehicles and formal wear, Mr. Dodson decided to enter the luxury chauffeur industry. After selling his landscaping company for profit, he purchased his first fleet vehicle and set out to start what is now known as one of the best transportation companies in the area.  Deluxe Transportation offers full scale transportation service to the entire KC Metro and surrounding suburbs. With the national and local decline in private passenger vehicle use, Deluxe Transportation Group wanted to provide a livery option for the distinguished customer. With the rising use of on demand transportation or "transportation for hire" service in Kansas City, Mr. Dodson noticed scarcity as it pertained to the luxury vehicle options for hire. Deluxe Transportation Group was founded with a goal to provide additional concierge services to customers that traditional rideshare companies like Uber/Lyft did not. Since 2019, Deluxe Transportation Group has grown by leaps and bounds with more than 11 staff members and 6 fleet vehicles. Every reservation with Deluxe Transportation Group is designed to give customers a memorable experience.

Dreams KC – Catina Taylor (ctaylor@dreamskc.org)

  • BIO: Catina K. Taylor, JD founder of DREAMS KC is an entrepreneurial nonprofit leader working to significantly improve child literacy rates in the United States.  Catina has lent her voice, gifts, skills and talents to assist in reshaping education as a teacher, speaker, workshop facilitator, consultant, edprenuer, community organizer and volunteer. Trusted by her community and those within the education ecosystem, Catina is called upon to source talent for the profession, assist parents in advocating for the needs of their children, coach educators, tutor students, and aiding institutions as they evolve for the future.  When she speaks, people listen, and change happens.
  • OVERVIEW: At DREAMS KC, our journey is a beacon of hope and empowerment, dedicated to liberating  young minds and Restoring Hopes and Dreams to an entire generation. With the guiding philosophy that Literacy is Liberation, we are committed to equipping parents and caregivers with the tools to shape the futures of kindergarten through 3rd-grade students.  Our mission at DREAMS KC is profound and impactful: to empower parents as the fundamental and most influential educators in their children's literacy development. We offer comprehensive training, essential resources, and unwavering support, enabling parents to cultivate the essential literacy skills within the nurturing embrace of their homes. By fortifying the parent-child bond and providing parents with the expertise to impart these vital skills, we expand children's horizons, fostering cognitive, emotional, and social growth that lays the foundation for an empowered future.  Through the lens of Literacy is Liberation, we envision a world where literacy isn't just a skill—it's a pathway to breaking barriers, enabling individuals to forge their own destinies and grasp the boundless potential that awaits.
Stan Weber, KSU Athletics Jun 12, 2024
What's New With The Cats!

Stan Weber was a quarterback for the Kansas State Wildcats football team from 1980 through 1984. He is the current color analyst for the K-State radio network. Now in his 36th year in the booth (as of the start of the 2022 season), Weber holds the longest tenure for a Kansas State radio broadcaster. In addition to his duties with the Wildcat football broadcasts, Weber also provides color commentary for K-State men's basketball games for both radio and television. He originally hails from Goddard, Kansas and was named Male Athlete of the Year and MVP of the 1980 Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star Game by the Wichita Eagle.

At Kansas State, Weber served as captain of the 1984 team and led the Wildcats in rushing while earning academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Weber also held many of the K-State quarterback rushing records until the Michael Bishop and Ell Roberson eras and was once named Big Eight Player of the Week after rushing for 113 yards against number 1 Nebraska.

 

Chad Whitman, Special Agent, DEA Jun 19, 2024
Fentanyl Use In Johnson County
Fentanyl Use In Johnson County

Chad Whiteman currently serves as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for the St. Louis Field Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, (DEA) in the Kansas City District Office. In this capacity, he oversees operational, enforcement, and administrative matters for the DEA in the State of Kansas. In 2015, ASAC Whiteman was appointed as the DEA Country Attaché to the country of Chile, where he served as DEA’s representative for the country, and the U.S. Ambassador’s primary advisor on all counter narcotics activities occurring within the country. Once again, he led a team of DEA Special Agents and foreign police counterparts in conducting criminal investigations targeting high level
transnational criminals. In 2019, ASAC Whiteman was promoted to the position of Chief of International Affairs for the Office of Foreign Operations at DEA’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. In this capacity, he was responsible for preparing DEA’s executive leadership for interactions with foreign police and government diplomats, as well as maintaining good relationships with the DEA’s foreign police partnerships in 69 countries. ASAC Whiteman graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts. He has received numerous professional awards throughout his career. He is married with two wonderful children.

Passing of the Gavel Jun 26, 2024
President Sara will reluctantly pass the gavel to an eager Ryan!
No Meeting Jul 03, 2024
Pre-Independence Day
Start Up Rewind Jul 10, 2024
Corey McCartney from AGA Productions; and Jeff Pelaccio from Pelaccio & Partners

AGA Productions – Corey McCartney (coreytmccartney@gmail.com)

  • BIO: Corey McCartney has more than 10 years’ experience as both a producer and actor. He got his start in 2010 producing music videos and later transitioned into producing short films, trailers, and proof of concepts. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Missouri, studied at the Peter Wise Actors studio, as well as the Sanford Meisner Center in North Hollywood. McCartney has since gone on to start a film production company in Kansas City called AGA Productions. He produced notable shorts “Affection of a Tiger” for BET.com and viral sensation “Bel-Air” which has over 1 billion views on all streaming platforms and lead to a 2 season order on Peacock TV. McCartney recently served as creative producer on the science fiction short “Sapiens”, as well as a groundbreaking musical short titled “DISARMED” with the Kansas City Police Department. McCartney teamed with recording artist Suli4Q to produce/executive produce the musical short “Skin Deep” on the album SCARlet R3D reaching the top 10 on iTunes album charts. In 2021, McCartney produced and was the production manager for “The Unexpected” film written and directed by Remi Adeleke to bring awareness to global human trafficking, now a feature length film in development with G-Base (Gerard Butler & Alan Siegle) In addition to producing and production management, McCartney is an actor, voice actor, and the co-founder of the nonprofit organization FACEKC.
  • OVERVIEW: AGA combines film & music production with a goal of producing high quality content through inspiration, voice, storytelling & emotion.

Pelaccio & Partners – Jeff Pelaccio (jeffpelaccio@gmail.com)

  • BIO: Yet to come...
Daniel Mack VP - Asst. Gen. Mgr.,KC Royals Jul 24, 2024
What's Going On WIth The Royals
What's Going On WIth The Royals

Dr. Daniel Mack is entering his 12th season with the Royals and third as the Vice President, Assistant GM of Research & Development. In this role, Dr. Mack oversees the entire quantitative analysis staff as well as the performance science department. He has previously held titles as the Assistant General Manager of Research & Development from 2019-21, Senior Director of Quantitative Analysis/Amateur Scouting in 2018, Director of Baseball Analytics/Research Science from 2015-17 and Analyst in Baseball Analytics from 2013-14.

Greg Musil, Real Estate Development Attorney Jul 31, 2024
Economic Development Incentives: "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly"
Economic Development Incentives:  "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly"

Greg Musil is a native Kansan, raised on a farm near Frankfort in northeast Kansas, where his brother continues the farming tradition. He graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 1980, and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1983. Following law school, Greg served on Capitol Hill for four years as the legislative assistant to United States Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker (R-Kansas). In 1987, Greg entered the private practice of law with the Overland Park, Kansas office of Shughart, Thomson & Kilroy, P.C. He has practiced in the areas of land use and real estate development, commercial and business litigation, and property taxation and since 2014 has been a partner with Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C. Greg served on the Overland Park City Council, serving from 1993 to 2001, including as Council President in 1999 and 2000. In 2011 he was elected to the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees and served three terms, leaving office in January 2024. He also served as the co-chair of the Forward OP visioning Steering Committee (2017- 2019, and has been an active member of the Overland Park Rotary Club since 1993. He chaired the Club’s 2008 Star Spangled Spectacular. Greg has two beautiful, smart, and energetic daughters who live in Johnson County, Elizabeth Musil, M.D. (a pediatrician with Olathe Health Pediatrics) and Madeline Tarry, L.M.S.W. (a behavioral health specialist with Marillac). All are members of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection and try hard to count their blessings daily.

U.S. Representative Sharice Davids Aug 07, 2024
Washington Legislation Update and Q&A
Washington Legislation Update and Q&A

Representative Davids was raised by a single mother, who served in the Army for 20 years. After graduating from Leavenworth High School, she worked her way through Johnson County Community College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City before earning a law degree from Cornell Law School. As a first generation college student who worked the entire time she was in college, Rep. Davids understands the importance of quality public schools and affordable higher education. It is that foundation that allowed her to go on to a successful career, focused on economic and community development, which included time as a White House Fellow under President Barack Obama.  When she was sworn into the 116th Congress, Rep. Davids became one of the first two Native American women to serve in Congress. Rep. Davids has centered her work in office on putting Kansans first, fighting to limit the influence of special interests and make health care more affordable and accessible to everyone. She is a resident of Roeland Park.

Shane DeWald, Ex. Dir. Blue Valley Rec. Comm. Aug 28, 2024
Update on the BVRC
Update on the BVRC

Shane DeWald is the Executive Director for the Blue Valley Recreation and oversees the operations of the Sports Complex, Activity Center, and Recreation Center at Hilltop. With more than 20 years of experience in parks and recreation, he’s also served as the Executive Director of Belton Parks & Recreation and oversaw the daily operation of a wellness center, two aquatic facilities, and three athletic complexes. A graduate of Fort Hays State University, DeWald received his undergraduate in Health & Human Performance with an emphasis in Recreation/Sport Management as well as a minor in Business. He received his masters from Wichita State University in Sports Administration.

Start Up Rewind Sep 04, 2024
Haley Prophet from Haley Prophet Consulting and Dr. Brandy Archie from AskSAMIE
Haley Prophet from Haley Prophet Consulting and Dr. Brandy Archie from AskSAMIE

Haley Prophet Consulting – Haley Prophet (haley@haleyprophet.com)

  • BIO: With nearly two decades of corporate well-being expertise, Haley brings a holistic and authentic approach to fostering thriving environments for individuals, organizations, and communities.  Guided by the mantra “live will to thrive,” Haley employs creative strategies to assess and implement comprehensive well-being initiatives, and interventions that are innovative and meaningfully aligning with company goals, values, and culture.  Emphasizing energy management as a key to resilience, she advocates for happier, healthier, and more productive and engaged workplaces for long-term sustainability.  As a dynamic speaker, and facilitator, Haley advocates for workplaces to thrive when their employees thrive.  She has earned numerous awards and recognitions for her impactful contributions to workplace well-being, positively influencing countless lives throughout her career.  By nurturing personal and professional flourishing, Haley envisions sustained well-being for individuals which translates across teams and entire workplaces, creating a harmonious atmosphere where thriving is not just a goal but a way of life.
  • OVERVIEW: Haley Prophet Consulting focuses on building individuals, teams, organizations and communities that thrive.  The solutions she offers include:
    • Developing leaders as coaches, not just as a manager
    • Leveraging team members strengths and values
    • Promoting the expectations of a “Culture that Cares”
    • Instilling a mindful approach to the culture through leadership
    • Building both team and organizational resilience
    • Supporting a work ethos where everyone can thrive
    • Incorporating well-being into performance management

AskSAMIE – Brandy Archie (hello@asksamie.com)

  • BIO: Dr. Brandy Archie, a seasoned occupational therapist, has devoted her career to supporting individuals with physical or cognitive changes. With over 15 years of experience, she has worked in various states across the U.S., providing direct care to patients in their homes. Dr. Archie's journey led her to recognize the crucial need for comprehensive solutions in accessibility, especially as insurance often does not cover essential adaptive equipment and home modifications. This insight drove her to create AskSAMIE, a curated marketplace offering education resources and adaptive equipment to facilitate accessible, safe, and independent living at home for older adults and those with a disability. Her dedication and expertise have positioned AskSAMIE as a beacon of hope and innovation in the realm of aging in place.
  • OVERVIEW: Because we believe accessibility should be everywhere, we’ve built a platform called AskSAMIE enabling clinicians and individuals with the tools they need to help older adults stay safe at home. We pull clinicians, adaptive equipment, senior care services, and resources all in one place and organize that through our AI so getting to solutions is as easy as asking SAMIE.
Kimberly Svaty, Pol. Dir.;Advanced Power Alliance Sep 11, 2024
How Clean Energy Works for Kansas
How Clean Energy Works for Kansas

With more than twenty-five years of experience in public affairs, Kimberly Gencur Svaty is a nationally recognized leader in energy policy.  As a former board member at AWEA (now American Clean Power), Kimberly is a respected industry expert and a sought-after source of information in local, state, and national publications and news-form documentaries.  Kimberly began her work in the traditional utility space but in 2007 she formed Gencur Svaty Public Affairs and has managed the development of the clean energy economy in Kansas since that time.  When she took the helm of the Advanced Power Alliance in Kansas, there were only two operating wind farms in the state, and since that time the state’s clean energy footprint has added an additional forty-one operating wind farms, new solar farms, and an overall clean energy portfolio of more than eight gigawatts of electricity, making Kansas one of the largest clean energy states in the nation.  Kimberly was directly involved in every piece of policy at the state and local level influencing those projects during that time period.  During that same stretch of time, Kimberly also became the mother of four children and she and her husband raise them in Topeka and on their operating livestock and crop operation in central Kansas which provides a unique perspective into the intersection of energy, agriculture and water policy along with the challenges of further seeding the clean energy economy in rural areas to power more urban population centers.  Kimberly's roots and heart remain in Lenexa/Overland Park where her extended family still lives. She is a proud Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougar! 

Bill Morton and Bill Flohrs Sep 25, 2024
Polio Plus Campaign and Recap of the Rotary International Convention

Bill Morton will review the Polio Plus iniciative that our club will be embarking on.

Bill Flohrs will give a review of the Rotary International Annual Convention in Singapore that he attended in May, 2024..