HKC PRESERVATION BOARD MEMBERS
Kansas City boasts some of the country’s most amazing architectural structures. Yet each year, 300 buildings are torn down. History crumbles as each brick falls. With the support of Preservationists across Kansas City, we can work together to protect our city’s built heritage and stop the ongoing demolition of historic resources in our community.
President – Vicki Noteis
Vicki is an architect, urban planner, and president of Collins Noteis & Associates. She has served on the Kansas City, Missouri City Plan Commission, the Missouri State Board for Architects, Engineers, Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects, as President of AIA Kansas City and was named an Alumni Fellow of the Kansas State University College of Architecture and Design in 1999. Prior to forming CNA, Vicki was Director of the City Planning & Development Department for Kansas City for 7 years. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Director where she led the city’s development of a new comprehensive & strategic masterplan, FOCUS Kansas City, which received the American Planning Association’s National Award for Excellence.
Vice President – Mary Jo Draper
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.
Treasurer – Rick McDermott
Rick is founder emeritus of RDM Architecture, founded in 1979 and based in Kansas City, Missouri. He was also a partner in a landscape design build company, Everything Grows. Renovation and reuse of existing space and sustainable design principals guided his professional philosophy. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University, College of Architecture and Design. He was a passionate member of the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects including having served as treasurer and President. He served seven years on the Kansas City Architectural Foundation Board including two as President.
Secretary – Jeff Zumsteg
Jeff is a long-time supporter of the University of Missouri Alumni Association, Past President – Kansas City Chapter Mizzou Alumni Association, Co-Chair – Kansas City Tiger Ball, Tiger Pride Award Recipient, Marching Mizzou Alumni Band Hall of Fame Inductee, and Friends of Music Foundation. He has also been an active participant with the Missouri Preservation Society and the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood Association.
Past President – Greg Allen
Greg Allen is known to friends (and foes) as a sometimes civic enthusiast (sometimes contrarian) and a perennial volunteer in preservation and city planning. His more recent efforts in preservation have focused on Historic Kansas City, where he is a past president and devoted advocate for Kansas City’s scenic and historic assets, leaving him time as well to dally with young grandkids and steward the Allens’ longtime home in the Roanoke Historic District. 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 is the President of Allen Financial Corp.
Christy Cubbage, is a Certified Public Accountant with over 27 years of accounting experience. She has spent the last 5.5 years at Support Kansas City as a Director of Client accounting providing accounting back office services to over 130 501c3 organizations. Her interests include historic places (specifically houses), interior design, gardening and architecture. She grew up on a farm outside of Nevada Missouri and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University. She also has an Executive MBA from UMKC.
Chris lives in the Valentine neighborhood and has been active for several decades in neighborhood issues and activities. Chris currently serves on the Valentine Neighborhood Association and Broadway Westport Council. Her many activities have also included the Midtown Housing Advisory Board, Midtown Plaza Area Plan Steering Committee, and Westport Plan Steering Committee.
Amelia McIntyre is an attorney with forty-one years of experience in real estate law. During the last eleven years, she has served as an attorney for the City of Kansas City, Missouri on a variety of matters, furthering preservation through revitalization of the City’s historic neighborhoods. Amelia’s real estate expertise contributed to the success of a number of complex transactions for City, including the transfer of the former Kemper Arena, saving it from demolition, while enabling a developer to create the Hy-Vee Arena, as a sports venue for the region, and the transfer and redevelopment of historic structures in the 18th and Vine District known as the former Crispus Attucks School and 2000 Vine.
Former President of HKC – 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.
After serving two separate stints on the Kansas City Council, bookending her 12 years as Jackson County executive, Katheryn Shields knows her way around local government. During two terms on the city council in the late 80s and 90s, Katheryn ﬁrst demonstrated her support for preservation when she negotiated the creation of a $1M fund, resulting from the loss of General Hospital, to be used for historic preservation projects in the city. These funds jumpstarted a number of preservation projects that are important to us today. Subsequently, as Jackson County Executive, she worked to preserve the historic courthouses in downtown Kansas City and in Independence. Having just completed two additional terms on the city council in 2023, she has made multiple contributions to the city’s historic heritage. Upon taking ofﬁce in 2015, Katheryn immediately opposed the demolition of 4 large historic apartment buildings on Armour Blvd. With great negotiating skills, Katheryn developed a plan to entice the developer to undertake a complete renovation of these buildings. Katheryn was a critical player in the effort by preservationists to retain 5 historic buildings surrounding the Nelson Atkins Museum, originally slated for demolition. Following a two year process involving dozens of property owners, city ofﬁcials, developers and citizens, the Council voted unanimously for an overlay district proposal submitted by and championed by Councilwoman Shields. The overlay district is a major “win” for preservation in Kansas City. It codiﬁes existing recommendations but, as a city ordinance, adds more “teeth” to height and use regulations for the bowl, or central low rise area of our iconic Country Club Plaza. HKC and Neighborhood Associations worked long and diligently on this effort but success would have been doubtful without the strong advocacy voice of Katheryn Shields.
Marquita Brockman-Taylor, MBA has more than 20 years’ experience in fund development, community relations, marketing and special events for several non-profit organizations in the community as well as management experience in banking and finance in the corporate sector. Marquita is the director of development for Urban Neighborhood Initiative; serves as president of the Santa Fe Area Council Neighborhood Association; holds appointments on the Jackson County Memorial Wall Commission, Neighborhood Tourism and Development Fund for the City of Kansas City Missouri, Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and as board member of Project Equality.