LINC Commission

The LINC Commission is the governing board of a community collaborative that includes business and civic leaders, community and neighborhood representatives and involved citizens.

The commission is involved in various initiatives aimed at developing comprehensive neighborhood services. The initiatives include welfare-to-work, training for family child care providers, school-based health and human services along with professional development of state and community providers.

The Commission was formed in November 1992. Read the speech from the first meeting given by LINC founder Bert Berkley.

Mike Sanders, County Executive from Jackson County Missouri and Ex-Officio LINC Commissioner presents to the LINC Commission.

Mike Sanders, County Executive from Jackson County Missouri and Ex-Officio LINC Commissioner presents to the LINC Commission.

Download LINC Commission booklets.

Download LINC Commission booklets.

LINC Commission Members

LINC Co Chairs

John (Jack) C. Craft † (1992)
Lathrop & Gage

Bailus Tate † (2002)
Black Economic Union of Greater Kansas City

Bert Berkley † (1992)
LINC Founder
Tension Envelope Corp.

Sharon M. Cheers (2002)
Neighborhood Leader

Aaron Deacon † (2013)
KC Digital Drive

Thomas Davis (2016)

Mark Flaherty † (2016)

Herb Freeman (2002)
Mental Health Advocate

SuEllen Fried (1992)
Civic Leader

Rob Givens (2008)

Anita Gorman (1992)
Civic Leader

Richard Hibschman (2002)
Retired, Pembroke Hill School

Tom Lewin (2011)
University of Kansas

Rosemary Smith Lowe † (1992)
Neighborhood Leader

Mary Kay McPhee   (2002)
Civic Leader

Richard Morris (1996)

Ken Powell (2016)

David Rock (2002)
Civic Leader

David Ross † (1996)
David P. Ross LLC

Gary Stangler (2016)

Marjorie Williams (2012)
Retired, Educator

Sly James (2011) Ex-Officio
Mayor Kansas City, Mo.

Frank White (2015) Ex-Officio
Jackson County Executive

† Executive Committee members


Commission Meetings

The LINC Commission meets monthly to inform board members, community partners, and the public on current LINC initiatives as well as topics of community interest such as education, health, child care, and other family and neighborhood supports. The public is invited (sign up to receive meeting notification and registration emails).

2018 LINC Meeting Schedule

  • January 22 (Monday), 4-6 p.m.
  • February 26 (Monday), 4-6 p.m.
  • March 19 (Monday), 4-6 p.m.
  • April 16 (Monday), 4-6 p.m.
  • May 21 (Monday), 4-6 p.m.
  • June 25 (Monday), 4-6 p.m.
  • July 16 (Monday), 4-6 p.m.
  • August - no meeting
  • September 17 (Monday), 4-6 p.m.
  • October 15 (Monday), 4-6 p.m.
  • November 19 (Monday), 4-6 p.m.
  • December - no meeting

Meetings are held at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo.  

Meeting location, dates and times are subject to facility availability, weather, etc., and may be changed with notice given.

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