Heartland Foundation Blog

Circuit One Council Members

Circuit 1 is a student-led, problem-based learning experience. Students are tasked with creating group presentations which are addressed to the emPowerU Council. The Council will ask questions and provide feedback after each presentation. We want to thank those who have volunteered their time to be a part of the Council.


Skylar Birchmier, Altec Industries Emily Hill, News-Press NOW Tom Richmond, Altec Industries
Brenda Blessing, St. Joseph City Council Kappy Hodges, SJSD Board Member Harry Roberts, Community Volunteer
Devran Brower, Heartland Foundation Steve Holdenreid, Community Volunteer Matt Robertson, CliftonLarsonAllen


Jeff Burnett, Ameri-PAC Inc. Ron Hook, Buchanan County Western District Commissioner Tyson Schank, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Carol Burns, Community


Joe Houts, Commerce Bank Christy Sisco, Community Volunteer
Jody Carlson, Missouri American Water Anita Jolly, Youth Alliance Aaron Smullin, Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department
Bobbie Cronk, United Way Larry Koch, SJSD Board Member Corinda Stallbaumer, emPowerU Facilitator
Pat Dillon, Mosaic Life Care Lowell Kruse, Senior Fellow, Heartland Foundation Joyce Starr, Community Volunteer


Peggy Dillon, Hy-Vee Nancy Lear, Community


Mark Struthers, Retired SJSD Educator
Tim Doyle, Restoration Church Clara Liles, SJSD Amy Thomure, Mosaic Life Care
Tracy Fender, IMKO Workforce Solutions Rocky Massin, Mosaic Life Care Louise Untiedt, Retired Educator


Amy Foley, Highland Community College Bill McMurray, Mayor of

St. Joseph


Darren Verbick, SJSD


Danielle Foster, Self-Employed Sarah Meierhoffer, Commerce Trust Company Peggy Voltz, Retired SJSD Educator


Taira Garvey, CliftonLarsonAllen Amy Michalski, Community Volunteer Caleb Watson, Community Volunteer
Amy Goddard, Realtor, Reece & Nichols Terri Modlin, Experience Room 108, Felix Street Gourmet Sarah Weaver, Commerce Bank


Susan Gower, Retired St. Joseph School District (SJSD) Educator Shannon Moore, US Bank Joni Woolard, Mosaic Life Care


Bill Grimwood, Hillyard, Inc. Brian Myers, St. Joseph

City Council and Owner, Tiger’s Den

Emmy Wright, Community Volunteer
Tamara Grubb, Community Volunteer Tami Pasley, SJSD Board Member


Seth Wright, Polsinelli and SJSD Board President
The Late Ken Hamlin,

Community Volunteer

Don Payne, Altec Industries


Kelly Hartnett, Community Volunteer Sandra Pettit Weber, Heartland Foundation  
Burgandy Herbert, Community Volunteer Nancy Potter, Murphy, Taylor, Siemens and Elliott