Historic Kansas City.

Board Members

Jim Wanser, President

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.

Eric Youngberg, Vice President, AICP

Eric is a retired but active planner, urbanist, tree keeper and historian.  He serves as an advisor to the National Trust, the Country Club Trolley Trail Right-of-way advisory committee and as a board member of the Wornall Homestead Homes Association.  His most recent work has been with the special district overlay for Wornall Homestead and tree planting projects.

Eric Piper – Treasurer

Eric considers himself a life-long preservationist and preservation architect. A founding partner of Piper-Wind Architects (PWA), his focus is primarily on renovation, adaptive reuse and preservation projects for both public and private clients.  Eric is knowledgeable in neighborhood preservation and urban planning, and considered an expert in adapting historic structures to persons with disabilities. He lives in Central Hyde Park.

Mary Jo Draper – Secretary

Mary Jo Draper is an author and the editor of the online news site the Midtown KC Post,  which explores the history of Midtown Kansas City. She lives in the Valentine neighborhood and has been active for several decades in neighborhood issues and activities. Draper worked for 15 years as a reporter and news director of KCUR radio, Kansas City’s public radio station. In 1999, She founded Draper Communications, which helps nonprofits organizations, government entities and neighborhoods with public involvement and other communications services. She is the author of Kansas City’s Historic Midtown Neighborhoods and is on work on a book about the Valentine area.


Manny Abarca, IV

Manny always had a passion for beautiful architecture and historic structures. He first got his taste in historic advocacy when fighting to save a historic school building from the wrecking ball and built a strong group of neighborhood supporters in the Historic Northeast to fight the buildings doomed fate. After nearly two years of a fight the building came down but Manny’s passion for preservation of historic buildings, especially in the Historic Northeast, churned into action by joining the HKC board and the Kansas City Missouri School District’s Building Corporation Board to ensure that in future historic properties are focused towards redevelopment, rather than demolition. Manny currently works for Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II as a Community Affairs liaison as well as serves on several boards across the city including the Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas and the Indian Mound Neighborhood Association.

Dan Cofran

Dan has been active in Kansas City, Missouri civic affairs for the last 35 years.  He was elected to the Kansas City, Missouri City Council for two four-year terms, 1987 – 1995, where he chaired the City Council’s Finance Committee and developed a keen “hands-on” interest in municipal budgeting and public finance.  Dan’s district included the historic 1920’s Country Club Plaza shopping and residential district, where he worked successfully to pass the landmark 1989 Plaza Urban Design and Development Plan, a comprehensive plan to protect the area’s historic architectural character and medium density from development pressures.   In addition to the Plaza Plan, Dan has a long record in historic preservation, including Kansas City’s Union Station’s restoration.  Dan has also successfully litigated historic preservation cases including protecting the historic County Club Plaza and Kemper Arena in Kansas City’s Central Industrial District.

Joan Adam

Joan moved to Kansas City 10 years ago from Atchison KS. She is an attorney and former National Trust Adviser. She founded the Atchison Preservation Alliance and served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1982-1992. Joan was the primary author of the Kansas Heritage Trust Fund, which has provided funding preservation projects since 1992.  Joan Adam is the recent past president of HKC.

Steve Paul

Steve Paul grew up in New England, landed in Kansas City with his family, and eventually logged a 40-plus year career as a newspaper writer and editor. His journalism spans local and national news; book criticism and the arts; long-form features on murder, art fraud, architecture and barbecue; profiles of writers and musicians; restaurant reviewing; and editorial page editing and columnizing. He’s a former board member of the National Book Critics Circle as well as the onetime owner of a bookshop.

Brad Bruce

Brad has been working in the field of historic restoration for 13 years. His company, Plasterkraft, has been responsible for restoring some of Kansas City’s landmark historic properties, which is where Brad first crossed paths with Historic KC and became a believer in their mission and supporter of their work. Since then Brad has worked with the Young Preservationists, hosted the Bungalow Club, and conducted numerous seminars and workshops to arm the public with the knowledge needed to renovate their old homes. His passion continues after hours, restoring an estate for his own family in KCK’s historic Westheight district.

Bob Myers

Bob is a real estate broker with Reece & Nichols. He has a wide knowledge of the Kansas City real estate market and has sold many historic and architecturally significant homes including Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruce Goff, Marcel Breur, Albert Yanda and Don Drummond. He is a founding partner of KCMODERN. His four grandkids keep him busy with activities and travel.

Nancy Powell

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 21stCentury 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.

Lucinda Rice-Petrie

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.