Board of Directors
Teresa Hamilton, Executive Director of Giving the Basics
Teresa is Vice-President and Co-owner of Hamilton Plumbing and HVAC for the past 30 years. She has served in numerous school boards and is a public speaker for family topics. She attended Rockhurst University.
Ron and James Thompson formed Edelman & Thompson in 1994. Ron has been recognized nationally as a “Top 100” civil litigator by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He has also been honored as a “Top 100” worker’s compensation lawyer by the Workplace Injury Litigation Group, the foremost national organization of worker’s compensation lawyer. Ron is a member of the Missouri and Kansas bars, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Workplace Injury Litigation Group, the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, the Missouri Trial Lawyers Association, and the Kansas City Bar Association. He is licensed in both state and federal courts in Kansas and Missouri.
Attorney at the law firm Seigfreid Bingham P.C. for 10 years. Law degree and LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law.
Director of Sales for SFS Intec for the United States Market for 25 years. Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas University.
Senior Wealth Advisor with Mariner Wealth for five years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the State University of New York at Oneonta and a Masters degree in taxation from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Financial Consultant.
Training Developer - Field Leadership H&R Block . She has served in numerous positions with American Century for the past 25 years. She has a BS degree in Business from Baker University: Paralegal certificate from Johnson County Community College; MBA in Finance from Keller Graduate School of Business.
Vice-President of North America Strategy and Planning for Hallmark Corporation. She has held numerous management positions within Hallmark the past 20 years. Her degrees include a bachelor degree in accounting from Fisk University and a MBA in business administration for Vanderbilt University.
Michele Orpin, Director of Operations for Giving the Basics.
Previously owned and operated the Gymboree franchises in the Kansas City area for 20 years. Her degree BS in Communications and Minor in Marketing from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Corporate Tax Manager at GENESYS Industrial Corp. for the past 3 years. Her degree includes Bachelors in Accounting from the University of Virginia, Monroe.
Heidi Kalin Whitehill
Director of Corporate Responsibility at Two West, Inc. Her degrees include M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Stare University. B.S. Geography and Political Science Ball State University. She is active in a variety of community charities.
Anna Marie Vogel
Retired Civil Engineer and Active in Various Community Projects. She received her Civil Engineering degree from Notre Dame University.
Sean Wheeler M.D.
Director and Doctor of Pain Management and Sports Medicine at College Park Family Care for the past nine years. His medical degrees include these universities: University of Kansas Medical School and University of Texas Southwestern Hospital. He just authored and published a book, UPRISE Liberation from back pain.
Senior Vice President at Lockton Companies in Kansas City, with focus on large Design and Construction firms that include Architects, Engineers and Contractors. Scott has considerable experience with community involvement. Beyond active participation in professional organizations like ACEC, AIA, and EFCG, Scott is a graduate of Kansas City’s Chamber of Commerce Centurions Programs and most recently was Chairman of the Board for the National Kidney Foundation.
Nick Warren is an Executive Vice President at Commerce Bank in Kansas City. Nick got his finance degree at Kansas State University and his MBA at Baker University.
Peter Hardy is Vice President and client portfolio manager for American Century Investments. Peter has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Furman University. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.