Mr. Gerron Blackwell of Raytown, Missouri is serving his first year as a board member. He currently works as a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed and formerly worked as an economic analyst with an engineering consulting firm. In addition, Mr. Blackwell is an active member of the Centurions Leadership Program of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
Tracey Bradford, of Kansas City, joined the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Boys Choir and Kansas City Girls Choir in 2015. She is a fiscal officer for the city of Kansas City, Missouri. She was drawn to the choirs’ by her love of children, and her firm belief, instilled by her parents, that service to the community is a privilege and a blessing. Ms. Bradford is memember of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a national board member of Blacks in Government, and a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church Financial Council.
Chester Brock, of Kansas City, Mo., joined the Board of Directors in 2015. He is a Human Resources Management professional. He supports the choirs’ mission of music education and support programs that help choristers become lifelong assets to the community. Mr. Brock is member of the National Association for African Americans in Human Resources, a former board president for the Minute Circle Friendly House, a former treasurer for the Hallmark Minority Exchange, and a former board member of Kansas City Harmony. As a child, Mr. Brock was a member of his church choir.
Bettye Day, LCSW, of Kansas City, MO has been a member of the KCBC/KCGC Board of Directors for seven years. As a social worker, she works with children and families providing individual therapy. Ms. Day is focused on the growth and the success of the choirs.
Rev. David Gilmore
Dr. Alice Hixson
Dr. Alice Hixson is a native of St. Joseph, Mo., and currently serves as the director of research and opportunities at New Art Thing Studio in Kansas City. She developed a lifelong love of music education through piano lessons, Girl Scouts and the Music Department at Benton High School. Dr. Hixson earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in music education from Shenandoah University in Virginia. Her career in vocal music education includes student work in Arlington, Va., and projects with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Metropolitan Guild Education Department. Dr. Hixson joined the Board of Directors in July 2016 after seeing the positive changes in choristers through the work of Choir Director Ah’Lee Robinson and choir staff. She believes ardently that music has the ability to change lives.
Deborah Hogan serves as the Youth Director for Friendship Baptist Church. She is the Human Resources Manager for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), Kansas City. Ms. Hogan has an unwavering commitment to the growth and development of today’s youth. She has served the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Boys Choir and the Kansas City Girls Choir since June 2016. She has served as Youth Mission Director and Youth Fellowship Director for New Era District Baptist Association, Youth Director Greenwood Baptist Church, Area One Young People Director for the Baptist State Convention of Missouri, and the Past President for the Black Achievers Society of Greater Kansas City. She is also a community youth mentor for a cross-cultural group of developing young college students and graduates. Ms. Hogan’s steadfast faith and professional experience has uniquely equipped her to be a blessing to youth. She gives God the glory in all of her opportunities and successes.
Jill M. Katz
Jill M. Katz of Kansas City, Mo. has been a board member since May 2014. She is an attorney practicing high conflict family law and also serves as the chairperson of The Missouri Bar’s Juvenile Courts & Laws Committee. Ms. Katz joined the board because of her belief the community benefits when children broaden their horizons and seek personal accomplishments.
Lebert D. Shultz
Lebert D. Shultz of Prairie Village, Ks, serves as the Second Vice Chairman and has been a member of the KCBC/KCGC Board of directors for five years. He is an attorney and honorary consul for South Africa. Mr. Shultz was introduced to the organization after the choirs performed the South African National Anthem at a Nelson Mandela Memorial Service and at the annual South African Freedom Day celebration.
Earnest McCoy, of Kansas City, Mo., has served on the Board of Directors for joined the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Boys Choir and Kansas City Girls Choir for four years, and is a former assistant treasurer. Mr. McCoy is a business analyst and a UAS specialist. He supports the choirs’ because he believes the community benefits from the choirs programs. He notes the choirs’ provide a creative and constructive outlet for personal expression, provides guidance, and helps instill positive lifelong habits. Mr. McCoy is an alumnus of the Kansas City Boys Choir, and says he continues to draw upon the lessons he learned while in the choir.
Michael Hobson Sr.
Michael Hobson Sr., of Overland Park, Kansas, has served on the KCBC/KCGC Board of Directors for 16 1/2 years and has served as board chairman for 15 years. He is a customer service manager for the U.S. Postal Service and the president and CEO of Hobson’s Limousine & Transportation, Inc. Mr. Hobson was introduced to the Kansas City Boys Choir after being invited to the organization’s Annual Scholarship affair, where he was struck by the talent and poise of the choristers. He is impressed by choirs’ ability to transform boys and girls into positive, self-confident, well-rounded and respectful young adults. Mr. Hobson is the vice president of the National Association of Postal Supervisors; serves as a board member for MINDDRIVE; an advisory board member and mentor for the “OK” Program; an auction committee member for the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball; executive secretary for the United Methodist Men at St. James United Methodist Church; and a volunteer for Junior Achievement. Mr. Hobson has been a member of the Master’s Men’s Choir at St. James United Methodist Church since 1999.
Regina Toney of Kansas City has served on the KCBC/KCGC Board of directors for eight years and currently serves as the board development chairwoman. She has worked for Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies for 37 years and is currently a Configuration Management Specialist. Ms. Toney is active in her church, St. James United Methodist Church, and has served as a trustee, board chairman and, with her husband, as a the executive director of the church’s building campaign. She has been a member of the St. James United Methodist Church choir.
Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Served 5 years as the Fund-raising chair for the Sorority.
Paul Wenske of Overland Park, Kansas serves as the KCBC/KCGC board parliamentarian and has served as a board member for two years. He is a senior community affairs advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He has also worked as a reporter for the Kansas City Star and as the editor of the Kansas City Business Journal. Mr. Wenske performs gospel and bluegrass music with the band Little Maggie.
Kansas City Girls Choir
The mission of the Kansas City Girls Choir is to offer young girls an opportunity to share their musical talent & to enrich each girl to become a strong positive force in their community.