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Samantha L. Shepherd, Esq.

  -Managing Attorney – Shepherd Elder Law Group, LLC -President & CEO – Assured Trust Company -Founder – Special Needs Assured: A 501 (c)(3) serving individuals and families with special needs and other forms of IDD Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Asset Protection Special Needs Trusts Professional Trust Administration


Melea McRae

Founder & CEO, Crux KC Co-founder & CEO, Crux-Xcelerate   Melea McRae is a marketing strategist with 25+ years of B2B and B2C experience leading client-facing marketing departments, where she earned the reputation of an insightful brand strategist. Formerly the senior vice president and chief marketing officer at the


Tyler Goevert

School Age Education Coordinator Bachelor of Science: Psychology, Kansas State University Master of Science: Special Education, University of Kansas Graduate Certificate: Applied Behavior Analysis

Russell Rein

Vice President, University of Kansas Health System Russell Rein is the Vice President for Ambulatory Services and Practice Management at the University of Kansas Health System. Prior to his current role, Russell spent nearly 30 years in a variety of leadership roles at Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health

Deborah Kass

Retired, Human Resources Executive Deborah Kass possesses more than 20 years of Human Resource experience. Her background includes Vice President level roles with Walmart Stores, Inc., 10K Enterprises, Inc. (Burger King Franchise Group), US Bank Corp and Yellow Freight. Deborah most recently led the human resource division for KBP

Amy Fauss

Chief Operating Officer, CrossFirst Bank Amy is an accomplished banking professional with more than 20 years of experience in operations. Today, she is the Chief Operating Officer at CrossFirst Bank. She most recently served as Executive Vice President and COO of SolutionsBank where she directed all aspects of daily

John Melvin

Executive Vice President, Simplicity Life John Melvin is an experienced Wealth Management Consultant with a demonstrated history of work in the financial services industry. John’s specialties include portfolio management, banking, private banking, investment management and financial planning.

Mike Kulp

President/CEO, KBP Foods For more than a decade, Mike Kulp’s passion for creating a A Great Place to Eat and A Great Place to Own has created a unique culture at KBP Foods. Under his direction, KBP Foods has grown from $7-million to $780 million in annual revenue over

Joe Roos

Partner, Forvis Joe is a certified public accounting specializing in audit and assurance work for clients in the manufacturing/distribution, construction, transportation and service industries. His specialties include audit assurance, mergers and acquisitions and due diligence. Joe is the proud father of a young man with Down syndrome.