Our Work Groups

Conservation Work Group

Conservation Work Group members:

  • Stephen Van Rhein

  • Kelly Blandford

  • Laurie Brown

  • Edd Brown

  • Christa Dillabaugh

  • Joy Ellsworth

  • Ian Fannin-Hughes

  • Bill Fessler

  • Scott Schulte

This work group's goals are to:

  • Protect natural resources

  • Improve water quality in the Blue River

  • Identify and support projects that meet conservation goals and benefit community

  • Identify funding opportunities and support HCA in developing funding sources for conservation projects

The Conservation Work Group meets nine months of the year on the third Thursday from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Find the next meeting on our calendar.

Please contact  HCA Land Trust Coordinator Adison Banks for more information about meetings and projects.

Education & Outreach Work Group

Education & Outreach Work Group members:

  • Dan Allenbaugh

  • Larry O'Donnell

  • Jensen Adams

  • Kitty Steffens

  • Lara Isch

  • Roberta Vogel-Leutung

  • Connie Chapman

  • Tiffany Bartley

  • Keith Hannaman

This work group's goals are to:

  • Assess what education is currently being done by our partners

  • Create video telling the story of the Blue River

  • Table and do public outreach

  • Create large map of the Blue River with pictoral outtakes for use at tabling events highlighting important historical, ecological, and recreational opportunities on the Blue River.

The Education & Outreach Work Group meets every two months (evens) on the second Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center. Find the next meeting on our calendar.

Please contact HCA Partnership Coordinator, Natasha Karsk, for more information about meetings and projects.

Partnership Work Group

Partnership Work Group members:

  • Jim Armer

  • Kristen Bontrager

  • Travis Freeman

  • Brianna Leiker

This work group's goals are to:

  • Maintain value of membership to Alliance for partner organizations by insuring mutual benefits

  • Provide direct support to help build capacity of Alliance partners

  • Provide opportunities for Alliance partners to share information efficiently with one another and stay informed of issues and opportunities

  • Effectively engage partners and potential partners

The Partnership Work Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of March, May, July, August, September, and October at 4:30 p.m. at Vireo. Find the next meeting on our calendar.

Please contact HCA Partnership Coordinator Natasha Karsk for more information about the Partnership Work group.

Policy Work Group

Policy Work Group members:

  • Samuel Bennett

  • Kelly Blandford

  • Kristen Bontrager

  • Eric Bunch

  • Andrea Clark

  • Victoria Dunkin

  • Michael Frisch

  • Sarah Hemme

  • Christina Hoxie

  • Teresa Kelly

  • Robin Martinez

  • Scott Schulte

This work group's goals are to:

  • Promote an understanding of what we want to protect

  • Research the best practices for preserving land

  • Identify and engage those who can influence protecting land

  • Actively enlist champions to build support to protect land

The Policy Work Group meets every two months (odds) on the last Friday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Vireo. Find the next meeting on our calendar.

Please contact HCA Land Trust Coordinator Adison Banks for more information about the Policy Work group.

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Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center

4750 Troost Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64110

 

(816) 759-7305, ext. 1148

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