ArtsKC Catalyst Mission Grant Committee 2020-2021

Madeline Romious, Committee Chair, Regional Vice President – External Affairs, AT&T Missouri, has been with AT&T since 1988. Since 2004 she has been responsible for legislative affairs, community, civic and external affairs activities in the Kansas City, Missouri region. Romious serves on the boards of the Kansas City Police Foundation, Greater KC Community Foundation, The Partnership for Regional Education Preparation Kansas City (PREP-KC), Greater Kansas City YMCA Foundation, ArtsKC, Grandview Chamber of Commerce, The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City MO Links, Incorporated – Arts Facet Committee Member. Romious is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the Women’s Public Service Network.  She attended Northwestern University and received a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering and Rockhurst University where she received an MBA.

Andrea Gomez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Baker University and is an Approved Mediator.  She currently holds the position of Corporate Contributions Manager in the Hallmark Corporate Foundation at Hallmark Cards Inc. focusing on community relations and contributions.  Her professional background includes previous leadership positions in Global Supply Chain Product Integrity; Global Procurement; Manufacturing and Diversity & Inclusion.  Andrea is a member of the Love INC of Clay County board of directors since 2017 and serves as board president in 2018 and 2019.  She served on Mattie Rhodes Center board of directors from 2009 to 2016 and served on the executive committee from 2010 to 2016 and board president in 2015 and 2016. Andrea enjoys interior design, repurposing furniture and coffee on the patio. Andrea is married and has three children, two grandchildren and a four legged furry family member Bella.

Sariah Pinick, Grant Coordinator, Grants Administrator, Commerce Bank, Charitable Trusts and Foundations. Sariah Pinick holds an MA in music with an emphasis in voice from the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory and a BM in voice performance from the University of Missouri – Columbia (MU). She is currently pursuing an MPA with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management at the UMKC Bloch School of Management. Sariah has been working at Commerce Bank as the Grants Administrator for the Charitable Trusts and Foundations Department since 2015. As a singing actress, she performs frequently in musical theatre, including the role of Anna Leonowens in The King and I with City Theatre of Independence and Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! at Blue Springs City Theatre. She has sung with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus under the direction of Maestro Charles Bruffy since 2009, including the inaugural season of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the Helzberg Hall and on the Kansas City Symphony Chorus debut album Holst The Planets/The Perfect Fool with the KC Symphony. As a voice instructor, she has taught at Music/Arts Institute, Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Northland Cathedral School of Music and the MU Community Music Program.

David O. Renz, Ph.D.    David Renz is Professor Emeritus of Nonprofit Leadership and Director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, the leadership research and development center of the Department of Public Affairs in the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri –Kansas City (UMKC).  The center, a key contributor to UMKC’s community engagement mission, serves approximately 3,500 leaders of nonprofit and other public service organizations each year. An award-winning educator and scholar, David teaches and conducts research on nonprofit and public service leadership, especially nonprofit governance and board effectiveness.  His current research focuses on governance and management in networks and socially-entrepreneurial organizations.  Recently, David was honored with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas City nonprofit association, Nonprofit Connect; in 2017 he was recognized with the “Distinguished Achievement in Leadership and Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award” from the international scholar association, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). David serves public service organizations in many capacities, including consulting and service on councils, task forces, and governing boards.  David has worked with more than 150 boards, commissions, and networks in the past two decades.  Among other initiatives, he helped found the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (a network of university-based nonprofit centers) and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. David writes frequently for both the academic and practice communities and, with his colleagues and coauthors, has produced more than 150 chapters, reports, and articles for journals such as Nonprofit Management and Leadership, The Nonprofit Quarterly, Strategic Governance, Public Administration Review, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.  He also is editor of the fourth edition of The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management and co-editor of The Research Handbook on Entrepreneurs’ Engagement in Philanthropy.   David earned his Ph.D. in Organization Studies from the University of Minnesota.

Julie Robinson, Executive Vice President – Client Services at Trozzolo Communications Group. Julie is an experienced marketing professional and executive leader. In her current role as Executive Vice President of Client Services at Trozzolo Communications Group, she works with clients and account teams to solve business challenges through telling stories, sharing information and engaging in conversation. Julie and her team develop programs across the integrated marketing communications spectrum: advertising, public relations, branding and digital. Julie is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia.  She was selected as a member of the Griffith’s Leadership Society of Women, a catalyst for connections among diverse and distinguished Mizzou student leaders and alumnae. She is also a member of the Kansas City Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business program, which honors the top-ranking women in the Kansas City business community. Julie enjoys putting her expertise to work in the community. She currently serves on the board of ArtsKC and chairs its Marketing and Community Engagement Committee. Previously, she served on the Powell Gardens board of directors and led its marketing committee. She has been involved as a volunteer with many other local organizations including the Kansas City Chamber and Boys and Girls Clubs of Kansas City, the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the Shawnee Mission School District. Julie and her husband, Randy, a creative director, are the parents of two adult children and a new puppy. As a family, they enjoy traveling. Their goal is to hike in every national park in the U.S.

Brian Sandefur, Mechanical Engineering Manager, Garmin International. Brian Sandefur holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas, and has spent his career first at Hallmark Cards, and subsequently at Garmin International.  Both have been creatively rewarding and educating, offering a marriage of the technical with the artistic by working with graphic arts, printing, and product design.  Through this, he has discovered that art and engineering intersect more than many think.  Each has a core based on creativity and creation, though sometimes they follow different rules, and for different ends.  But when done well, the beauty of engineering and art enrich the lives of both the producer and consumer. Brian lives in Lawrence, KS with his wife and three kids, and all enjoy being part of a dynamic, stimulating community.  He counts among his passions and interests photography, architecture, and interior design, and served for several years as a judge for the River to Well photo competition, benefitting the creation of water wells in various spots throughout Africa.  More than that, he’s fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends with real talents in writing, music, movement, painting, and film.

Leo Valdez, Director of Learning and Talent Development, NPC International. Leo Valdez currently works as the Director of Learning and Talent Development for NPC International, the largest franchisee of Pizza Hut and Wendy’s in the US with more than 1,200 restaurants. Prior to joining NPC, Leo served as Vice President of HR for Children International and Director of HR for the international division of Payless Shoes.  Additionally, he has worked in restaurant operations and human resources in the US and Mexico and in support of global business entities across the world. He was a Board Member of Mattie Rhodes from 2015 through 2017.  He is a native of Pueblo, Colorado, and graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Business Administration.  He and his wife, Michele, live in Kansas City, MO.

Madison Zalopany is an artist, access worker, and disability activist. After receiving her BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011, Zalopany worked as a freelance artist and educator before becoming deeply invested in Disability Justice. In 2015 she joined the Access and Community programs department at the Whitney Museum of American Art; combining her passion for art and access.  In addition to her work in museums, Zalopany freelances as a consultant and has most recently worked with United Artists, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Laundromat Project.  She currently lives in Kansas City, MO and works as the Manager of Community and Access Programs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Interested in serving on one of our Grant Committees?

Grant Awards are decided by committees of community volunteers based on the applications submitted.

We are looking for individuals who are either knowledgeable in the arts or who are art enthusiasts. Qualified individuals may include staff of arts and cultural organizations, artists, community leaders and educators, or any other individual. We welcome individuals with diverse geographic, ethnic, gender and aesthetic perspectives.

Responsibilities include

  • read assigned applications over the course of a few weeks (number of applications will vary)
  • write evaluation comments in our online grant system
  • meet as a group to discuss the content of applications, and make funding decisions, which will be recommended to the board for approval
  • answer to a Committee Chair, who leads the group; and to the ArtsKC Grants Manager, who guides the group on policy, eligibility, and history

We are dedicated to implementing a fair and equitable process, and ask committee members to follow our conflict of interest and confidentiality policies.

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