Board of Directors
Courtney Hughley, President
Hughley is the Media Relations manager with KCP&L. She received her
bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of
Missouri—Columbia and also holds a master’s degree in Business
Administration from the University of Missouri—Kansas City.
lifelong resident of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, Mrs. Hughley has
a passion for children and education because of the opportunities her
education has afforded her. She also enjoys venturing out and finding
new things to do around the city. Mrs. Hughley and her husband
Ron welcomed their first child, Ronald III, in January 2014.
Patricia Vichareli Crawford, Secretary
Vichareli Crawford is currently an Early Childhood Educator in the Park
Hill School District. Ms. Vichareli Crawford has over 20 years of
experience in the field of education. She received her undergraduate
degree in Economics from Rice University and her master’s degree in
School Administration from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.
She holds TESOL certification and works with English language learners.
Ms. Vichareli Crawford is currently working toward National Board
Richard Moore, Treasurer
recently retired as President of Commerce Mortgage and the Director of
Consumer Risk for Commerce Bank, where he worked for nearly 30 years. He
received BA in History and a BS in Elementary education from the
University of Kansas. His past board memberships include the Missouri
Mortgage Bankers Association, Kansas City neighborhood Alliance, Pacific
Primary School, Oakhill Day School and Gordon Parks Elementary School.
Ron Cattelino, Board Member
Cattelino retired as Executive Vice President for Administration from
Kansas City Art Institute, where he worked for 42 years. He received a
B.S. in Business Administration with a major in accounting from
Pittsburg State University. Ron is also a member of the board for the
Women’s Christian Association and has served on this board for over 30
years. While at Kansas City Art Institute, Ron was also active in both
the National and Central Association for College and University Business
Officers and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.
Diane Charity, Board Member
Charity recently retired as the Community Liaison for Cristo Rey Kansas
City High School. She has been a community activist for over 30 years.
Her experience includes project coordinator, team leader, program
instructor / facilitator, program director, research analyst and
neighborhood leader. Ms. Charity is a member of KCPT’s Community
Advisory Board, the Full Potential Project, the Black Agenda Group and
St. Monica Catholic Church Parish Council. She has been a member of the
Board of Directors for Parade Park Homes, Inc., Kansas City/St. Joseph
Diocese Campaign for Human Development, National Community Building
Network, Safe Cities Initiative, Church Community Organizing Committee,
Kansas City/St. Joseph Central City School Fund and Kansas City
Harmony’s Congregational Partners Planning Committee: “Sons and
Daughters of Abraham”.
David Francis, Board Member
Francis is a Kansas City native who graduated from Barstow School in
1976 and earned a BSBA from Rockhurst University in 1991. After high
school, he attended flight school in Florida to become a commercial
pilot and then returned to Kansas City in 1978, where he has continued
his flying career for the past 36 years. David has also developed and
owns two golf courses in the Kansas City area. He serves on several
nonprofit boards and is a member of the Francis Family Foundation Board
of Directors. David is married to Janis Francis and they have two
children, Emily, 24, and John, 22.
Beth Sweetman, Board Member
Sweetman is Chief Human Resources Officer for the DST Enterprise. In
this role, she provides strategic vision for the entire Human Resources
organization representing over 12,000 associates in 10 countries around
the world. Mrs. Sweetman’s responsibilities include Training and
Organizational Development, Employee Relations, Benefits, Compensation,
Payroll, Talent Acquisition and Development.
With more than 20
years’ experience working with large Human Resources departments, Mrs.
Sweetman has expertise in corporate recruiting, compensation and
benefits programs, succession planning, internal communication
strategies, associate engagement programs, policy and procedure
management, charitable trust management, leadership development,
employee relations, and training.
Prior to joining DST in 2013,
Mrs. Sweetman was SVP for Furniture Brands International, parent company
to some of the best known and respected brands in the furniture
industry. She previously was the VP of Human Resources International for
Mrs. Sweetman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Psychology from Creighton University, and was awarded a Master’s
degree and PhD in Research and Organizational Psychology from St. Louis
University. She has worked with several non-profit organizations,
including her current board position at Crossroads Academy of Kansas
City, and formerly, she sat on the board of Metropolitan School in St.
Shelli Allen, Dean of Student Development, MCC – Maple Woods
John Crawford, Economic Development Corporation (Retired)
Jamie Kapke, American Century Investments
Al Mauro, Vice President, Kansas City Southern (Retired)
Cherie Mericle, Behavioral Consultant, Ozanam
Sean O’Byrne, Downtown Council of Kansas City
Albert Ray, Architect, Moody Nolan
Tim Sweeny, Praxis Nonprofit Strategies