The CGSC Foundation board of trustees unanimously voted in nine new trustees during the Aug. 20 board meeting in downtown Kansas City.
The nine new trustees began their three-year terms effective immediately upon the vote.
Additionally, two former trustees were selected for Emeritus status: former board president Hyrum W. Smith, the now deceased founder of the FranklinCovey Company; and Col. (USA Ret.) Thomas A. Dials, former chairman of Armed Forces Insurance, who was a founding trustee of the Foundation and last served as the Foundation treasurer.
Welcome to our new trustees:
Dr. Jeffrey Colyer, M.D., Former Governor, State of Kansas
Dr. Colyer is a surgeon by training, currently working with Mid-American Orthopedics KC. He served as the Governor of the State of Kansas from January 2018 to January 2019. He was appointed by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Aza to serve as Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, and was a White House Fellow under Presidents Reagan and Bush.
Jay Kimbrough, Senior Vice President, Country Club Bank
Kimbrough serves as a senior vice president and commercial loan officer with Country Club Bank, and has been with the bank since 2008. He is a 2016 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. Prior to joining Country Club Bank, Kimbrough worked for a professional sports franchise in sales and marketing.
Christopher Kuckelman, Compliance Officer and Legal Counsel, Exchange Bank & Trust
Kuckelman is a native of Atchison, and has worked with Exchange Bank & Trust since 2017. He earned his bachelor’s from Benedictine College and his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law. He serves on the finance committee for Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation.
Ambassador (Ret.) Deborah A. McCarthy
Amb. McCarthy is an international security strategist with more than 30 years experience in Europe, Western Hemisphere, and the United States. She is a consultant with the Transnational Strategy Group in Washington, D.C., and moderates “The General and the Ambassador” podcast series. She served as the CGSC Foundation’s DACOR Visiting Professor of Diplomacy for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 2018.
Col. (USMC Ret.) Michael G. McCoy, President/COO, Cowell James Forge Insurance Group
After retiring from the military, McCoy served as safety, leadership, and performance coach in the gas and oil industry. He then transitioned to Amazon, where he served as the operations manager and the learning manager. McCoy’s military career as a Marine officer and designated Naval aviator spanned 25 years. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Mr. Marty Nevshemal, EVP/CFO/Treasurer, MRIGlobal
Prior to joining MRIGlobal, Nevshemal served as the chief financial officer for Sporting Kansas City and the Business Unit CFO – Network and IT/Vice President for Sprint Corporation. He also served in the Marine Corps, achieving the rank of captain as an intelligence officer and infantry commander. Nevshemal currently serves on the board of the National World War I Museum and Memorial and as an advisor to the Kansas City Veteran Coalition.
Dr. Leah Stevens-Waage, M.D.
Dr. Stevens-Waage opened her first family medical practice in Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1984. She has provided a full range of family medical services since that time. She also established the first cosmetic and therapeutic aesthetic/laser clinic in northeast Kansas in November 2017.
Mr. Patrick C. Warren, CASA – Greater Kansas City; President, Kansas Speedway
Warren is the president of the Kansas Speedway. He is a former marketing executive with Embarq, a spin-off of Sprint/Nextel, and the former associate athletics director at the University of Kansas. He was appointed the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for the Greater Kansas City region in August 2019, and currently serves on the board of directors for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas City, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce.
Lt. Col. (USA Ret.) Cheryl Whelan, Director & Administrative Law Judge, Kansas Office of Administrative Hearings
Whelan is an experienced judge, prosecutor, and attorney, and is a retired U.S. Army lawyer with more than 30 years experience. She was appointed to her current position by Gov. Laura Kelly in February 2019. In previous positions, she promoted transparency in government through training, education, and outreach.