Board Members

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President Phil Parke


Phil Parke moved to Raymore in 2002 to open a new office for Edward Jones Investments as a Financial Advisor in Belton. He moved to the Raymore office in 2005. He received a bachelor's degree in General Engineering in 1990 from Olivet Nazarene University and a master's degree in business management, with a concentration in finance, in 1992 from Purdue University.

He has been a member of the Belton and Raymore Chambers of Commerce since 1993.  He served on the Belton Regional Medical Center Trustee Board for four years (2009 - 2013) with one year as President (2012). He has served on the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation Board since 2006 and became President of the Board in 2013. He has coached youth baseball and basketball for several years. He and his wife, Joy, have four children: Nathan, Jaron, Ross, and Annelise. Nathan and Jaron both graduated from Ray-Pec High School.

Vice President Shauna Stephenson


Shauna Stephenson and her husband, Tim, are 1998 Ray-Pec High School graduates and live in Raymore. They have two children, Alex and Brooke, who attend Ray-Pec schools. Their children keep them very busy with competitive soccer, baseball, basketball, gymnastics and dance.

Shauna has always taken a special interest in being actively involved in a number of organizations within the community. She is a member of the Ray-Pec Citizens Advisory Council and is actively involved in the PTA for Stonegate Elementary and is the Vice President of the South Middle School PTA. She is active in the Harrisonville Rotary Club and served as President in 2017. She is the chairperson for the Community Bank of Raymore annual Stuff the bus Event School Supply Drive. She has been a member of the Raymore chamber of Commerce since 2004 and served as president in 2009. She has been in banking for 20 years and works for Community Bank of Raymore.
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Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele


Pam Steele moved to Peculiar when she started working for the Raymore-Peculiar School District in August 1993 as the secretary to the Special Services Department and School Board.  In 1998, she became the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and continues to serve as the secretary to the School Board. Pam is the Secretary/Treasurer for the Foundation.

Pam and her husband, Terry, live in Raymore. They have two daughters. Andrea is a 2002 Ray-Pec graduate and Niki is a 2006 Ray-Pec graduate. Pam is president of the Missouri Association of Educational Office Professionals and is serving a three-year appointment on the Missouri Local Records Board.

Board Member Leo Anderson


Leo Anderson currently serves as the President of the Raymore-Peculiar Optimist Club. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Central Missouri. He was instrumental in designing cell phone technologies such as mobile data, Push-to-Talk and text messaging. He holds 13 United States patents and is employed with AT&T as a principal engineer responsible for U-verse Advanced TV.

Since moving to Raymore in 2002, Leo has been active in the community. He was a member of the Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education for six years. He coached football with the Cass County Junior Athletic Association, served Hope House and on the Raymore Planning and Zoning Board.  Leo and his wife, Frenchette, live in Raymore. Their son, William, graduated from Raymore-Peculiar in 2015 and currently serves in the U.S. Air Force.

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Board Member Kim Bailey

Kim Bailey and her husband, Ben, are proud parents of Calvin, Dawson, and Hudson. Kim is the former Dean of Women at Calvary Bible College and currently serves as an adjunct professor in their counseling department. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Kim is a nationally approved AAMFT supervisor and mentors other mental health professionals seeking licensure. She has been appointed Director of the Good Neighbors, Strong Community Initiative through the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation.

Kim is very engaged in the Ray-Pec School District. She served as PTA President for two years at Ray-Pec East Middle School and one year at Eagle Glen Intermediate. She was the president of the Athletic Booster Club at Ray-Pec High School for two years and currently serves as President of the Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education.

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Board Member Rich Bartow


Rich Bartow graduated from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., in 2001. He received his Juris Doctor from Washburn University in Topeka. He works with Community Financial as a financial adviser, and his office is located inside the Community Bank of Peculiar. Rich started the Watch D.O.G.S. program in three schools and is an active member in the program.

Rich and his wife, Kara, have four boys. Kara is a former teacher at Raymore Elementary. They enjoy spending time with family, coaching the boys in sports, and attending Sporting KC soccer games.

Board Member Allison Bruflat


Allison Bruflat is an active education advocate and community volunteer. She and her husband, John, have lived in Raymore for eight years and have three children in the Raymore-Peculiar School District. In addition to being co-owner and part-time bookkeeper of Pioneer Supply Company, Allison a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and former science teacher, works as a substitute teacher.

She is currently treasurer of the Ray-Pec Band Boosters and has served in multiple board and volunteer positions with PTA. In 2013, she became chairperson of the Caring About Nutrition Board of Directors through the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation. Prior to moving to Raymore, Allison was on the Raytown School Board and served three years as the board president for Jackson County Girls on the Run. 
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Board Member Matt Hocker


Matt Hocker grew up in Pleasant Hill and graduated from University of Central Missouri in 2001 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration marketing. He has been the agency owner of Matt Hocker Agency, Inc. - American Family Insurance since 2005.  

Matt moved to Raymore in 2010. He has been active in the community, serving in officer roles in the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club and has been involved with the school district as a member of the Ray-Pec School District Early Childhood & Citizens Advisory task forces. Matt has three children. Two children are students in the Ray-Pec School District. He enjoys family time, sports, camping, fishing and his competitive BBQ team.

Board Member Dana Jermain


Dana Jermain is a partner at Deloitte, which is a global professional services firm which focuses on helping companies attain their strategic goals. She has served on various boards of non-profit organizations. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1998 and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Dana and Scott, her husband of 20 years, moved to Raymore in 2007. Scott is a teacher in the Raymore-Peculiar School District. Their children, Jordan, Lauren, and Ashton, attend Ray-Pec schools and are actively involved in their schools. The Jermains enjoy family time, including church, sports, and other community activities.
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Board Member Brad Kiehl


Brad Kiehl is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in architecture with an emphasis on community development. Brad is the Executive Director of Market Strategy for McPherson Contractors, Inc.

His experience encompasses the many facets of the design and build industry. He has a broad range of skills from project management and master planning to community engagement, public speaking, construction administration, and cost estimating. Brad is on the Board for the Kansas City Chapter for the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), which focuses on improving learning spaces for students and teachers.

Brad and his wife, Tiffany, have three children. They enjoy sports and the outdoors together. They love being long-term residents in the Raymore community.

Board Member Meryl Lange


Meryl Lange is a former Associate Circuit Judge in Cass County. She now conducts mediation for family law litigants. Meryl has been a practicing attorney in the Raymore-Belton area for over 25 years.

She and her husband, Ted, had five children graduate from the Raymore-Peculiar School  District.  She wants to help Raymore-Peculiar Schools continue their outstanding tradition of excellence in educating our children.
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Board Member Don Laffoon


Don Laffoon began his career in the electrical contracting industry in 1979. He served a four-year apprenticeship and worked on numerous construction projects around the country.

In 2003, Don became President and CEO of Electrical Corporation of America. He has been with ECA for the past 36 years. 

He is a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association, the Electric League of Missouri and Kansas, Electric International Foundation, UMB Advisory Board, and is on the Baord of Directors for NewCon Insurance Company.

Don and his wife, Lynn, reside in Peculiar. They have two children, Amanda and Rhett, and a granddaughter, Nora. Don and his children are graduates of Raymore-Peculiar High School.

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Dr. Kari Monsees


Dr. Kari Monsees came to the Raymore-Peculiar School District in 2013. Prior to coming to Ray-Pec, he taught math at Smithton High School, was a principal at California (MO) High School, was an assistant superintendent in the Warrensburg School District, and was the Chief Financial Officer in the Wentzville School District.

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Kari received his bachelor’s, master’s, and education specialist degrees from the University of Central Missouri, and his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Missouri.  Kari is married to Laura Monsees – her son, Christopher, lives in Overland Park with his wife, Emily, and their children Jaxon and Anlynn.

Allison Scott


Allison Scott moved to Raymore in 2007 with her husband and three boys. She is currently employed as a behavior specialist with the Raymore-Peculiar School District. Allison is the chairperson of Ray-Pec Cares through the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation and helped co-found the Refuge student center, as well as co-sponsored the Girl Talk mentoring program for youth in our community, She is a member of the middle school PTA board and is active with the sports and activities in which her sons participate.
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Board Member Kim York


Kim York was elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2014 to the Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education.  She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she obtained her accounting degree.  After graduating, she become a CPA, obtained her master's degree in business administration, and worked in the areas of auditing, budgeting and strategic planning.

She serves as the Cass County Circuit Clerk in the 17th Judicial Circuit. Kim lives in Raymore with her two daughters who attend Ray-Pec schools.

Executive Director Jodie Huston


Jodie Huston joined the Foundation in January 2013 when the Executive Director position was created. Before joining the Foundation, Jodie has worked for Hallmark Cards in the Creative Staffing and Development Department, Harrisonville Christian School as Director of Development, and as a private music instructor. Jodie received a bachelor's degree in office administration and a minor in music from Northwest Missouri State University. 

She and her husband, Bob Huston, have two daughters, Kailey and Abbey.
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