Kendall Whittier Main Street welcomes new Board members

Kendall Whittier Main Street (KWMS) welcomes five to the Board of Directors after four Board members with a combined 33 years of KWMS experience have rolled off the Board.

The new Board members will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2023.

Joining the Board are:

“We are extremely excited to welcome so many talented new members to our board, who we feel will bring fresh ideas, diverse perspectives and a new level of enthusiasm to help to Kendall Whittier to the next level,” said Eric Marshall, Board President.

Marshall, of Marshall Brewing Company, takes over for Trent Morrow, of Ziegler Art & Frame, as Board President for a one-year term, ending June 30, 2021. Craig Longacre is the President Elect and Ken Busby is the Treasurer.

“I want to thank Trent for his leadership last year. In that time, we created a new initiative with our dog calendar and started a brand new event, the K-Dub Grub & Suds,” said Jessica Jackson, director of Kendall Whittier Main Street. “We have a great executive committee coming in. Their passion for the district and foresight are the keys to a successful program.”

The 2020-2021 Board of Directors has a lot new faces as eight of the 13 Board members are either new or started in July of 2019. Rolling off the Board included two who have always been members – Maria Barnes and Stephanie LaFevers.

“It is very tough to term out several members that have been long-time dedicated contributors and collaborators on our Board,” Marshall said. “Maria and Stephanie were founding members and have certainly been champions of our neighborhood. Their love and passion for Kendall Whittier is irreplaceable.”

Other Board members whose final term expired include Michael Murnan, who joined in 2013, and Pat Treadway, who joined in 2014.

“A lot has changed in Kendall Whittier since these four Board members started,” Jackson said. “Their grit, determination and background knowledge is certainly going to be missed.”

The Kendall Whittier Main Street Board together averages about 750 volunteer hours each year, making up about half of all the volunteer totals organizationally.

“The Kendall Whittier Main Street Board isn’t for the faint of heart,” Jackson remarked. “They work hard for the organization and for the district. They make what I do easier and that much more rewarding.”

There are volunteer and committee opportunities available for those interested in getting involved in Kendall Whittier Main Street. For more information or to get involved, please call or text 918-633-1934 or email info@visitkendallwhittier.com.

Kendall Whittier Main Street is a nonprofit organization that inspires the ongoing revitalization and growth of a historic and cultural neighborhood in Tulsa, striving to transform it back to a thriving, walkable commercial district. Kendall Whittier is a Certified Cultural District. It was named a two-time Great American Main Street Award semifinalist.