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.
Heath HoobingAttorney 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.
Scott HutchingsDirector of Sales for SFS Intec for the United States Market for 25 years. Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas University.
Brian LeitnerSenior 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.
Jana MeyersTraining 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.
Kimberly NewtonVice-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.
Kelley is Director of Finance for Giving the Basics. Kelley is a CPA and has working in both the public and private sector. She was previously the CFO at Maxam Construction Company for 10 years and a Tax Director at Sprint. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Louisiana, Monroe.