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 Edelman

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 lawyers 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.

Brandon Henry

Brandon Henry is a partner and trial lawyer at Wagstaff & Cartmell LLP. Brandon has extensive jury trial experience, which includes numerous trials involving multi-million dollar damage claims in multiple state and federal jurisdictions. Brandon represents clients in the areas of professional liability, product liability, personal injury and wrongful death and commercial and business disputes.

Heath Hoobing

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. 

Brian Leitner

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.

Thomas Charles

Senior Vice President at Lockton Companies in Kansas City, where he serves as lead advocate for Lockton clients and the service teams in engineering, architectural and complex casualty risks. Thomas has a B.S.B.A in marketing from Rockhurst College. His extensive experience in the community include working closely with Leukemia and Lymphoma society, United Way, American Cancer Society and serving as a Board Member and Board President at Sporting Kids from 2011 - 2016.

Kimberly Newton

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. 

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.

Scott Fillmore

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

Nick Warren is an Executive Vice President at Commerce Bank in Kansas City. Nick received his finance degree at Kansas State University and his MBA at Baker University.

Peter Hardy

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 charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute.

Kristi Macaluso

Vice President, Human Resources for H&R Block.  Kristi is responsible for building organizational capability and capacity for the corporate functions through leadership of Talent Acquisition, Corporate HR Business Partners and the Associate Relations Center.