Committees

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Scott Blakesley, Spencer Fane LLP – 2019 Chair 

Shellie Billau, Midwest Trust Company – 2020 Chair Elect

Amy Guerich, Stepp & Rothwell, Inc. – Past Chair (2018)

Christine Graham, UMB Bank, n.a. – Past Chair (2017)

Lynn Cockle, Polsinelli PC – Past Chair  (2016)

Kathy Laursen – Treasurer

Daniel McCarroll, UMKC School of Law CLE – Secretary

SPEAKERS AND TOPICS COMMITTEE

Lynn Cockle, Polsinelli PC – Chair

Daniel McCarrollUMKC School of Law CLE

Chris Anderson, Dysart Taylor

Scott Blakesley, Spencer Fane LLP

Heather Counts, The Counts Law Firm

Mark Gilgus, Seigfreid Bingham, P.C.

Christine Graham, UMB Bank, n.a.

Chris Hoyt, UMKC School of Law

Jane Lampo, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Kathy Laursen 

Joe Price, Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, P.C.

Craig Reaves, Reaves Law Firm, P.C.

Susan Teson, UMB Bank n.a.

Julie Welch, Meara Welch Browne, P.C.

Daniel P. Wheeler, Kirkland Woods & Martinsen, P.C.

Corey Ziegler, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Elizabeth Rowe, Husch Blackwell

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Kathy Laursen – Chair

Shellie Billau, Midwest Trust Company 

Scott Blakesley, Spencer Fane LLP

Amy Guerich, Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.

Daniel McCarroll, UMKC School of Law CLE

Steve Johnson, The Whitlock Company 

Julie Welch, Meara Welch Browne, P.C.

Evelyn Kucherovsky, UMKC School of Law CLE 

MARKETING COMMITTEE

Christine Graham, UMB Bank, n.a. – Chair

Shellie Billau, Midwest Trust

Lynn Cockle, Polsinelli, PC

Becky Godfrey, UMB Bank, n.a.

Joe Growney, Lathrop & Gage LLP

Amy Guerich, Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.

Daniel McCarroll, UMKC School of Law CLE

Kirby Asplund, Asplund Group   

Lynn Bayes-Weiner, Law Offices of Jay Thomas, P.A.*

Ansley Reynolds, FireSign

Jason Simmons, Cripps & Simmons, LLC

Pam Simpson, UMKC School of Law CLE 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Chris AndersonDysart Taylor – Chair

Shellie Billau, Midwest Trust Company

Scott Blakesley, Spencer Fane LLP

Jim Cole, Country Club Trust Company

Mark Gilgus, Seigfreid Bingham, P.C.

Amy Guerich, Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.

Nicole Modica, UMKC School of Law CLE

HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE

Becky Godfrey, UMB Bank, n.a. – Co-Chair

Jane Lampo, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences- Co-Chair

Shannon Barks, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Jim Cole, Country Club Trust Company

Paul Himmelstein, Van Osdol, PC

Eric Ireland, The Commerce Trust Company

Alice Haseltine, Kirkland Woods & Martinsen, P.C.

Nicole Modica, UMKC School of Law CLE

EXHIBITORS/SPONSORS COMMITTEE

Paul Himmelstein, Van Osdol, PC  Chair

Amy Guerich, Stepp & Rothwell, Inc. 

Shellie Billau, Midwest Trust

Jane Lampo, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Daniel McCarroll, UMKC School of Law CLE

Kevin Johnson, New York Life Insurance Company

Elizabeth Rowe, Husch Blackwell

Pam Simpson, UMKC School of Law CLE 

TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

Russ Utter, BridgeBuilder Tax + Legal Services, P.A.  Chair

Heather Counts, The Counts Law Firm, LLC

Alexander Edelman, Edelman, Liesen, & Meyers, LLP

Austin Keiser, Bank of America Private Bank

Peter Phillips, U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management

Brynne C. Brown, Van Osdol, P.C.*

Ryan Patton, EVP Capital Advisors*

Ansley Reynolds, FireSign 

Seth Snyder, UMKC School of Law CLE

Jacob Thomas, UMB Bank, n.a.

STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE

Mark Gilgus, Seigfreid Bingham, P.C. – Chair

Chris Anderson, Dysart Taylor

Scott Blakesley, Spencer Fane LLP

Shellie Billau, Midwest Trust Company

Lynn Cockle, Polsinelli PC

Jim Cole, Country Club Trust Company

Heather Counts, The Counts Law Firm, LLC

Amy Guerich, Stepp & Rothwell, Inc. 

Christine Graham, UMB Bank, n.a. 

Daniel McCarroll, UMKC School of Law CLE

Joe Price, Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, P.C.

STUDENT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Joe Price, Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, P.C. – Chair

Jim Cole, Country Club Trust Company

Alexander Edelman, Edelman, Liesen, & Myers, L.L.P.

Donald Friend, Friend & Associates, LLC

Joe Growney, Lathrop & Gage LLP

Chris Hoyt, UMKC School of Law

Eric Ireland, Commerce Trust Company

Peter Phillips, U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management 

Russ Utter, BridgeBuilder Tax + Legal Services, P.A.

Rachel Zender, UMKC School of Law, Estates & Trusts Society Student Chapter President

FUNDAMENTALS/INTERMEDIATE PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Jim Cole, Country Club Trust Company – Chair

Scott Blakesley, Spencer Fane LLP

Andrew Felker, Chinnery Evans & Nail PC

Donald Friend, Friend & Associates, LLC

Becky Godfrey, UMB Bank, n.a. 

Paul Himmelstein, Van Osdol, PC

Craig Reaves, Reaves Law Firm, P.C.

Russ Utter, BridgeBuilder Tax + Legal Services, P.A.

Corey Ziegler, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Jerald J. Cook, The Cook Law Firm 

M.Suzanne Hall, Country Club Trust Company*

Rachel Horvath, Creative Planning*

Jessica M. Kinnard, BKD, LLP*

Evan M. Lange, The Signatry*

Thomas Ruane, Polsinelli, P.C.

Seth Snyder, UMKC School of Law CLE

REGIONAL AMBASSADORS COMMITTEE

Joe Growney, Lathrop & Gage LLP – Chair

Lynn Bayes-Weiner, Law Offices of Jay Thomas, P.A.

Jason Simmons, Cripps & Simmons, LLC

Nicole Modica, UMKC School of Law CLE

*Denotes Non-Board Committee Members