Board of Directors
Jim Hise, Chair
Co-Founder of the All In for a Cure Charity and having formerly served as Director of Corporate Fundraising for the March of Dimes Kansas City Chapter, Jim has a wealth of experience in service to others. Jim has served as a Private Wealth Advisor for Merrill Lynch since 1994. He is actively involved with his church including volunteering as a Sunday School teacher and his hobbies include jogging, reading and activities with his kids. Jim and his wife Megan Kennedy Hise have four children.
Peggy Dunn, Vice Chair
Peggy Dunn is mayor of Leawood, Kansas. She is the past board chairman of the United Way of Greater Kansas City and serves or has served on the boards of many other organizations, including the Johnson County Community College Foundation, the Salvation Army, Starlight Theatre, Children's Mercy Hospital, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and the Union Station.
Mark Tatum, Secretary
Mark Tatum is an attorney specializing in employment policy matters. He is a partner with the well-respected Kansas City law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon. Mark is active in a number of youth programs and is married with children.
Melanie Tucker, Treasurer
Melanie Tucker is a licensed CPA with 16 years of public accounting experience. She is Vice President-Finance for JE Dunn Construction Group, one of the largest construction companies in the United States. Melanie is President-Elect of the Angel Flight Central nonprofit organization.
Tristen is from Kansas City, Missouri, and is currently a student in Economics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Tristen got his start with YVC as a Bank of America Student Leader working for YVC of Kansas City. Besides his love for YVC, Tristen devotes his time to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, actively fighting back against cancer. Tristen loves to read, drink coffee, and play with his two dogs at home.
Vicki Clark is a consultant and trainer from Memphis, TN. In her practice, Building the Capacity of Organizations, she works in the business, nonprofit and public sectors. Her past experience includes 12 years at the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, D.C., and serving as an AmeriCorps/VISTA trainer. Vicki also developed two youth volunteer programs for the Volunteer Center in Houston, TX.
Cathi Duchon recently retired from her position as President and CEO of Ann Arbor YMCA, host site of YVC of Ann Arbor. She served in a variety of roles in YMCAs in Illinois, Texas, Ohio and even Hong Kong. She has served on many boards including the national board of YMCA of the USA, the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital, the Ann Arbor Rotary Club and the American Humanics of Eastern Michigan University. Cathi’s husband is the former President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, and she also has three other family members who work at YMCAs throughout the country.
Stephanie O’Connell is a young marketing professional. Born and raised in Kansas City, she earned her BA in Psychology from Harvard University. She is currently working in Boston as an Account Executive at Cambridge BioMarketing where she develops brand strategy and print and digital collateral for pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Her lifelong passion for volunteering and civic involvement came from her parents, and she actively volunteers with her alma maters. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys traveling and cheering on Boston and Kansas City sports teams.
Margi Pence is an active community volunteer, serving on a number of boards, including Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, the Hall Family Foundation, Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association and the American Red Cross, Kansas City Chapter. She was chairman of the 2013 Jewel Ball which benefits the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City Symphony. Margi and her husband have three children.
Elizabeth Potterf is a Youth Volunteer with YVC of Kansas City. In four years with YVC, Elizabeth has accumulated 493 service hours, has earned her 100-in-1 award for 100 hours in one year and has nearly reached the Ethic of Service award (500 hours). She is a member of the YVC of Kansas City’s Youth Advisory Board, serves as a Youth Leader for YVC of Kansas City and is also a member of YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board (IYAB). Elizabeth is currently a junior at Liberty North High and participates in high school debate.
Lisa Rinehart Hoffman
Lisa Rinehart Hoffman is a media relations consultant with an extensive communications background, including two Emmy Awards for television news reporting. Lisa serves on several Kansas City-area boards and volunteers time at her son's school.
Laurie Sepanski is the Executive Director of the Youth Volunteer Corps of Hampton Roads. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree but her true passion lies in bringing out the best in young people. She began volunteering as a 12-year-old candy striper and continued her volunteer work throughout college and as a military spouse. While coordinating service ministries for teens within her church, Laurie discovered the need for quality service projects in her community in which young people could make a difference. She brought Youth Volunteer Corps to Hampton Roads in May 2009.
David Battey, President
David Battey founded the Youth Volunteer Corps, developing the program first in Kansas City before mounting a national collaborative effort to expand the program across the country.
Former Board Chairs
Retired Kansas state senator Audrey Langworthy served as chair 2013 to 2015. Under her leadership YVC received the largest gift in its history—a $2 million endowment gift ensuring YVC’s long-term sustainability—and the YVC board added five new board members, expanding the board’s reach and perspective.
Adele Hall, late community volunteer and matriarch of Hallmark Cards, served as chair from 2011 to 2013. Adele forged new partnerships with YMCA both locally in Kansas City and nationally, and she also created a vision for YVC to be in 100 communities throughout North America.
Don Sloan, a late partner at KPMG Peat Marwick, served as chair from 1996 to 2011. Don’s long tenure as chair meant he led YVC through launching Affiliates in dozens of new communities while focusing on ensuring financial stability of YVC Headquarters.
Dr. Rich Davis
YVC’s late Founding Board Chair Dr. Rich Davis, founder of KC Masterpiece, served as YVC’s first board chair when it separated as an independent nonprofit in 1992 until 1996. He assembled a strong board that met monthly to ensure YVC would get off to a solid start as a national nonprofit based in Kansas City, Missouri. Under his leadership YVC successfully implemented a growth strategy launched by a $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.