City of Independence, Missouri
Independence Works 2025 logo

Cabinet Roster

Education Cabinet

Jo Britt-Rankin University of Missouri Extension
Jeremy Davis Metropolitan Community College – Blue River
Gloria Eddington University of Missouri Extension
Maria Fleming Fort Osage School District
Dr. Dale Herl Independence School District
Dr. Jason Snodgrass Fort Osage School District

Workforce Training & Support Cabinet

Steve Dempsey Missouri Jobs Center
Gail Greble Full Employment Council
Debby Laufer Community Services League
Tom Lay Department of Economic Development
Clyde McQueen Full Employment Council
Steve Potter Mid-Continent Public Library
Richard Salazar Full Employment Council

Social Services & Faith Cabinet

Dennis Cato LDS Church
Doug Cowan Community Services League
Brittany Peterson Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission
Cotton Sivils Hillcrest Ministries
Rev. Bob Spradling Maywood Baptist Church

Industry Employers Cabinet

Stan Atkins Continental Siding and Supply
Tom Duvall Truckmovers.com
Doug Goodwin Ronson Manufacturing
Janet Hessenflow Crossroads Hospice
Ryan Koenig PolySource
Jodi Krantz Independence EDC
Tom Lesnak Independence EDC
Andrew Young Burd & Fletcher

Innovators & Entrepreneurs Cabinet

Carmen DeHart UMKC
Bill Kurple Novus Power
Mark O’Renick Community Services League
Christine Sanders Home Grown & Happy LLC
Aaron Smith Independence School District
Xander Winkle Ennovation Center