Jim’s academic experience includes several years as assistant professor of marketing with the Indiana University School of Business and an appointment as visiting professor of marketing at the Bloch School of Business at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was also invited to serve as marketing instructor in the CIMBA international study program in Italy. He is currently enjoying travel, family life and working with non-profit organizations devoted to hunger abatement.
She was the founding director of Kansas City Harvest, one of the first food-rescue programs in the United States. As the founding executive director of Foodchain–The National Food-Rescue Network, she raised millions of dollars for member programs, and she helped facilitate one of the nation’s largest nonprofit mergers between Foodchain and America’s Second Harvest (now Feeding America).
Ms. Martin formerly served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, where she taught freshman and sophomore writing courses for seven years.
She holds B.A. degrees in history and English and an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Jane has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and an MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also holds CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) certifications. In addition to her volunteer work with After the Harvest, Jane is an active volunteer for both the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and KCUR Public Radio. Her hobbies include knitting, biking and hiking.
Vickie has a bachelor’s degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Master’s Degree in management and human resources from Webster University.
As the former Director of Corporate Diversity and Inclusion for Hallmark Cards, Inc., Vickie set strategic direction and provided leadership that fostered company commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Vickie is a committee member with Women’s Employment Network, and formerly served on the boards of Rose Brooks Center and Kansas City Harmony.
Kelly has worked with many large and small agribusinesses, as well as producer and professional associations, to develop and implement innovative marketing
communications programs that effectively reach customers, prospects and influencers. In addition, he has organized national and international conferences and education programs to address issues important to clients in the food production industry.
Today, he works primarily on the John Deere, NovaSource Crop Protection and other ag accounts. Kelly remains active in his family’s 600-acre corn, soybean and commercial cow-calf operation and owns a 90-acre farm in south central Iowa.
Kelly has a BS in agricultural journalism from Iowa State University and post-graduate studies in risk/crisis communications management from Harvard University. He cu1Tently serves as chairman of the Professional Improvement Foundation of the American Agricultural Editor’s Association and executive advisor to the AAEA board of directors, and is active with the National AgriMarketing Association, Livestock Publications Council, and National Association of Farm Broadcasters.
Mark has served on other boards including the Institute of Supply Management–Kansas City, the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, and the advisory board for the Society of St. Andrew’s western headquarters.