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The Historic Kansas City Foundation.
Jacob Wagner, PhD, President
Jake Wagner, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning & Design and Director of the Urban Studies program at UMKC. His research interests include the politics of historic preservation, neighborhood and community planning, and the role of cultural heritage in disaster recovery. In addition to his role as President, he is active on the Advocacy Committee.
Greg Allen, Vice President
Greg has chaired the KC Landmarks Commission, the Union Station Preservation Advisory Committee, the Missouri Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, and has served on the Board of Advisors of the National Trust. Greg formally became a board member in 2010 and currently chairs the advocacy committee. Greg is the President of Allen Financial Corp.
Mike Jantsch, Treasurer
Mike has been a resident of Kansas City, Missouri for 33 years and is a fourth generation Kansas Citian. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor in Architecture and is the founder and managing partner of Jantsch Architects. Mike joined the board in 2010 and currently serves as Treasurer.
Jan Bentley, Secretary
Jan founded the KC Bungalow Club in 2004 after noticing that craftsman bungalows in the urban core were underappreciated. She works to restore and celebrate older homes in the 49/63 area while fighting neighborhood crime. Jan has volunteered with HKCF since 2004. She works as a Contracts Negotiator for CB Richard Ellis/Sprint.
Scott Lane, Past President
Kansas City has been home to Scott since 1963. His interest in architecture led to a real estate career focusing on historic buildings and the co-founding of KC Modern in 2004. Scott is a longtime Managing Broker and Vice President for Reece and Nichols Realtors and has been on the Board of Historic Kansas City Foundation since 2008, where he currently serves as Past President.
Walter was on the Board of HKCF from 1998-2007 and served as President from 2004-2005. He rejoined the Board in 2010. He is also a Board Member for Don Bosco Center and a past Board member of Old Northeast, Neighborhood Housing Service, and the Northeast Kansas City Chamber. Walter has been a resident of Central Hyde Park since 1998 and is a 5 Star Realtor for Prudential.
Mike joined the Board of Directors in 2011. A partner at Shook Hardy Bacon, he has been named to successive Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers listings and was most recently named by The Legal 500 as a standout U.S. lawyer. He is an active member of Friends of the Plaza.
Lucinda joined the Board of HKCF in 1978 and terms of service span four decades. She has served as the Possom Trot’s Historical Research Chairman, Chairman of the Library Committee, and Heritage Hikes Coordinator/Author. In 2008, Lucinda became the liaison to the MO Preservation Alliance and continues to lead Heritage Hikes, which are vigorous walking tours of historic districts.
Nancy has been volunteering for HKCF giving walking tours and bus tours since 1992. She became the chairperson of the Walking Tours Committee in 2002. Nancy completed the “Building 21st Century Leaders” program sponsored by the Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance and received a Masters in Liberal Studies from UMKC in 2010. Nancy joined the Board of Directors in 2011.
Brian Ball, AIA
Brian R. Ball, AIA is a Principal with Gastinger Walker Harden Architects. Projects include the President Hotel, New York Life Building and Western Auto. He has been active in historic preservation and neighborhood and community building for the past 20 years, including the restoration of his home in the historic Rockhill neighborhood.
Ashley Winchell is a planner for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. She is a fifth generation Kansas Citian who grew up in Kansas City’s Marlborough neighborhood. She studied urban planning at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and historic preservation at Tulane University. She joined the board in 2013.
Eric Youngberg, AICP
Eric is a Senior Management Consultant for NeighborWorks America. His specialties include community revitalization, urban design and historic preservation. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the city’s Post Foreclosure Task Force. He is an avid landscaper, photographer, film buff and cyclist.
Jim Wanser, Ed.S. is an educational administrator at UMKC and has a practice in career development and executive selection. He has a long history of midtown neighborhood leadership and serves on a variety of community boards. His primary interest is neighborhood preservation and he has worked with the City of Kansas City on several planning efforts.