Officers

President José Faus

President

José Faus

Jose Faus is an artist and writer. He is a 2012 Rocket Grant recipient for the community project VOX NAVARRO, and is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective. His writing has appeared in many anthologies, including Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland; Cuentros del Centro: Stories from the Latino Heartland; Raritan; Whirlybird; Luces y Sombras; and I-70 Review. His book This Town Like That is part of Prospero’s Pop Poetry Series. He maintains a studio in downtown KCK, and his murals can be seen all over Kansas City.

 

Vice President Phyllis G. Westover, Ph.D.

Vice President

Phyllis G. Westover, Ph.D.

Phyllis Galley Westover's writing has appeared in literary magazines, anthologies, and newspapers. For 10 years, she was humanities editor and columnist for Potpourri Literary Magazine. Two documentary films she wrote aired on public television, and her children's book, Sold to the Highest Bidder, is available in stores and on Amazon. Previously, she taught English as a foreign language in South Vietnam, and for 24 years she taught English and directed adult degree programs at Oklahoma City University and Baker University, where she was Associate Dean of the University for Graduate and Continuing Studies. She holds a BS in Education from the University of Alabama, an MA in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and a PhD from Union Institute and University.

Secretary LaDene Morton

Secretary

LaDene Morton

LaDene Morton is the author of three non-fiction books on Kansas City history: The Brookside Story, The Waldo Story, and The Country Club District of Kansas City. Her first novel, What Lies West, was a finalist for the 2009 WILLA Literary Award. LaDene received her undergraduate degree in Speech and Drama and her MPA  from the University of Kansas. She was a Senior Analyst for Midwest Research Institute, and Vice President of the Applied Urban Research Institute, as well as owner of her own consulting firm, for fifteen years. She currently lives in the Troostwood neighborhood of Kansas City with her partner Roger.

Treasurer Susan Peters

Treasurer

Susan Peters

Susan Peters has an MA in German and an MBA, both from Indiana University. She worked in international banking before going overseas, first with the Peace Corps in Poland in 1990, and later as an instructor with the University of Maryland in Russia, Iceland, Germany, and Japan. She has written poetry, short stories, and non-fiction, and has been published in Kansas City Voices, Light Quarterly, Persimmon Tree, and other online and print media outlets. Her work has won several local, regional, and national awards. Since 2006, she has taught English to non-native speakers at Johnson County Community College.

 

Directors

Maril Crabtree

Maril Crabtree

Maril Crabtree grew up in Memphis and New Orleans, but calls the Midwest home. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in English and French, an MA in French Literature, and a Juris Doctorate. She has worked as a French teacher, lawyer, peace activist, energy healer, environmentalist, yoga instructor, writer, and editor, and has written three chapbooks: Tying the Light, Dancing with Elvis, and Moving On. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poetry has won numerous awards and appeared in journals and anthologies across the country. She has previously served as poetry editor for Kansas City Voices.

Teresa Leggard

Teresa Leggard

Teresa Leggard is a writer, editor, poet, and playwright. She earned her BA in English from Spelman College, and her MFA in Creative Writing and Media Arts from UMKC. Her work appears in a number of journals, including Number One; Aunt Chloe; Reverie, a Midwest Journal of African-American Literature; and Bear Review. Her short plays have been selected and produced for theater festivals in Missouri, Kansas, and Washington D.C.

Turner White

Turner White

Turner White is executive professor of management in the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University, after a career of over 30 years in business. He is currently president of the board of DARTNet Institute for Medical Research, and he was previously CEO of Union Station, Inc. He is pursuing a doctorate in international management at the International School of Management in Paris, and holds an MBA from Rockhurst, and a BA in English and Philosophy from Colorado College. He is happily married to Susan White, and together they have two adult sons.

Alan Proctor

Alan Proctor

Alan Proctor's poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction has appeared in New Letters, Kansas City Voices, The Rockhurst Review, Chautauqua, and many others. He was twice a Reader's Digest National Poetry Finalist, and a winner in the Whispering Prairie Press 2012 Rex Rogers Formal Poetry Contest. His novel, Adirondack Summer, was published in 2013, and his dual memoir, The Sweden File: Memoir of an American Expatriate, was published in 2015 and made Kansas City Star's “101 Literary Stars of 2015” list. Alan is a poetry editor for Kansas City Voices, and a former humor columnist, tree surgeon, musician, and college administrator.

George Hendon

George Hendon

George Hendon was born and raised in Louisville, KY. He graduated from Union College with a degree in Government and Economics, and studied Public Administration at Columbia University. While not a published author, he has spent most of his career writing and editing management guides and training programs for the Home Office of New York Life and the Federal Aviation Administration. He retired after nearly 43 years, and received the Federal Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He now spends his time traveling with his wife, Sue; painting; and writing or editing as opportunities arise.

Felicia Medellin

Felicia Medellin

A Kansas City native, Felicia Medellin has over 15 years of non-profit leadership experience at both national and international levels. She has a BA in Sociology and Spanish from UMKC, and in 2011 she was chosen as one of 15 Lideres Hispanos by the Spanish Embassy. From 2008-2015, she managed the Escalera program of the National Council of La Raza, the organization's highly successful college- and career-readiness program. Deeply focused on education, she now works for PREP-KC, and serves in volunteer leadership positions across the Midwest. She also enjoys sports, travel, and karaoke.

Andie Paloutzian

Andie Paloutzian

Andie Paloutzian is the Story Center Program Manager at Mid-Continent Public Library, where she  creates workshops and curates a related resource collection for authors, storytellers and filmmakers. She has presented on readers’ advisory, publishing, customer service and up-selling for many local and regional library associations, including the Mid-American Library Alliance, Kansas Library Association, and the Missouri Library Association. She holds a BA in English from Missouri Western State University, and graduate certificates in publishing from the University of Denver and in leadership from William Jewell College. Andie lives in Kansas City with her husband, Brent, and their cats.

 

Angela Brees is a former aircraft mechanic turned word nerd. With more than 20 years of military service, she serves as a captain with the 190th Air Refueling Wing in the Kansas Air National Guard. Angela served nearly six years active duty in the U.S. Navy as a jet engine and fuel systems mechanic before attending college at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., majoring in public relations. A 2016 Centurion, Angela spends most of her free time with her supportive husband Todd and young son, Macaiden. She currently serves as the deputy director for the Office of Public Affairs with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7.


Founding Board

Claire Ann Arnold

Bunni & Paul Copaken

Hallmark Cards, Inc.

William H. & Gloria Hickok

Arthur & Pinky Kase

Nancy & Phil Miller

Ann Slegman

David Stickelber

Emeritus Board

Sydney Backstrom

Bill Bauer

Betsy Beasley

Craig Chance

Charles Ferruzza

Tina Hacker

Lauren Helmstetter

Gloria Vando Hickok

Pinky Kase

Patricia Cleary Miller

Nancy Miller

Trish Reeves

Ann Slegman

Robert Stewart

Alarie Tennille

Maryfrances Wagner

Jeanie Wilson

 


Honorary Advisors 

Robert Bly

James Gunn

Michael S. Harper

Vivien Jennings

R. Crosby Kemper, III

Candice Millard

David Owen

Judy Ray

Richard Rhodes

Linda Talbott

Whitney Terrell

James Tate

Calvin Trillin