Staff

Administration

Executive Director
Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner | (816) 474-8463

Strategic Partnerships Coordinator
Annalise Fonza | (816) 784-1117

Receptionist
Arlene Walker | (816) 842-1414  

 

Collections

Director of Collections
Michael Sweeney | (816) 474-4469

Exhibits Associate
Cailin Carter | (816) 474-4469

Collections Assistant
Jayne McShann Lewis | (816) 474-4469

Visiting Curator
Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin | (816) 474-4469

  

Education and Outreach

Community Outreach Coordinator
Karen Griffin | (816) 474-0320

 

Development & Communication

Director of Development & Communication
Jessica Thompson | (816) 421-6121  

Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator
Marissa Baum | (816) 895-8470  

 

Digital Engagement

Director of Digital Engagement
Jess Rezac | (816) 474-5035  

 

Blue Room and Entertainment

Director of Entertainment 
Gerald Dunn | (816) 474-0891

Blue Room Manager
Andre Tyler | (816) 842-0962

 

Facility and Internal Event Management

Executive Administrative Assistant
Karen Anderson | (816) 474-0954

 

Facility Rental/Gem Theater

Special Events Coordinator
Dhana Powell-Pope | (816) 474-4073

 

Jazz Studies

Director of Jazz Studies 
Bill McKemy | (816) 474-0092  

 

Operations

Director of Operations 
Barbara Thomas | (816) 474-0393​

Visitor Services Associates
Leola White | (816) 474-0890
Lernice Jones | (816) 474-0890