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Our Staff


Michelle Dake
Youth Advocacy Educator 

Michelle provides schools with the resources and support needed to empower students to speak out for healthy
schools and communities.



Matt Davis 
Farm to Institution Manager

As the Farm to Institution Manager, Matt has a passion for building community through advocacy, engagement and collaboration. 




Heather Gibbons
Manager, Communications

Heather plans, develops, and manages all print and electronic educational materials, marketing communications, and promotional campaigns for KC Healthy Kids.


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Ashley Jones-Wisner
State Policy Manager

Ashley brings KC Healthy Kids the policy and funding expertise to bolster change through legislative and policy action related to access to healthy food and active living. Learn more about Ashley.



Gretchen H. Kunkel

Gretchen has guided KC Healthy Kids as the organization's president since 2008 in its efforts to advance community solutions to reduce childhood obesity in Greater Kansas City. 



Beth Low-Smith
Vice President, Policy

Beth leads efforts to shape policies in government, schools and businesses so that everyone has opportunities to make healthy choices wherever they are. Beth also serves as director of the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition.



Rachael McGinnis Millsap
Director, Farm to School Academy 

As director of the Farm to School Academy, Rachael works with local growers, distributors and schools districts to make fresh, locally grown foods more available to students. Learn more about Rachael.



Janet McGraw
Vice President, Administration

As vice president of administration, Janet is responsible for serving as the organization's human resource director, while handling financial and operations areas.



Lucinda Noches Talbert
Vice President, Programs

Lucinda is responsible for designing, executing and overseeing the organization's programmatic strategies that advance health and improve Greater Kansas City's food and built environments. 


Leslie Queen
Assistant, Policy


As policy assistant, Leslie provides invaluable support to the policy team and helps advance policies that encourage healthy eating, active living and a robust regional food system.



David P. Ross
Consultant, Business & Fund Development

David has been with KC Healthy Kids since the very beginning. His main responsibility is raising funds to support KC Healthy Kids' efforts to reduce childhood obesity. 


    Sarah Shipley
Director, Communications

As communications director, Sarah provides strategic direction that will advance KC Healthy Kids’ goals and maximize our policy impact. 





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