New and familiar faces have joined the Kendall Whittier Main Street (KWMS) Board of Directors this month for one-, two- and three-year terms as three long-time members roll off the Board.
Familiar faces include Michael Mills, Service Learning Coordinator at True Blue Neighbors at the University of Tulsa, and Maria Barnes, at-large member, both of whom have previously held the title as Board members for KWMS. They joined the Board for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2025. Barnes previously served from 2010-2020 and was named Board Member of the Year in 2020. Mills served from 2013-2016.
Another returning Board member is Pat Treadway, at-large member, who joined for a two-year term to expire on June 30, 2024. Treadway was previously on the Board from 2014-2020. He was the Board President from 2016-2017 and was named Board Member of the Year in 2018.
Two new Board members with Kendall Whittier ties are Josh New, owner of Josh New Photography, and Juan Miret, Director of Advancement at San Miguel School. New and Miret will each serve a three-year term ending June 30, 2025. Bailey Adkison, Education Program Manager at the Gathering Place, has joined as a Board Intern for a one-year term expiring June 30, 2023.
“We are so excited about all the new Board members coming in,” said Jessica Jackson Seay, executive director of Kendall Whittier Main Street. “With a mix of former Board members with long-time knowledge the district and organization’s history, and fresh new perspectives, we are poised to have some really stellar years coming up!”
Josh Kunkel, owner of Method, takes over for Craig Longacre, an architect with Cyntergy, as the Board President for a one-year term, ending June 30, 2023. Barbara Abercrombie is the President Elect, Calvin Moniz is the Treasurer and Malinda Blank is the Secretary.
“Craig is the kind of President to lead by example – often the first to volunteer,” Jackson Seay said. “With his leadership, we were able to expand our staff, which allowed us to accomplish new initiatives, such as COVID-19 vaccine clinics, school supply drives and community clean ups. Under his leadership, we also saw some of the most successful events to date.”
Rolling off the Board are Ken Busby, Eric Marshall and Longacre. Marshall and Longacre are Past Presidents, and Busby most recently served as Treasurer. They each served two full terms, seeing six or seven years on the Board each.
“All three men were prime examples of the kind of Board members you want,” Jackson Seay said. “Despite their own busy lives and other priorities, their dedication to Kendall Whittier never wavered throughout their time on the Board.”
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, visit our Volunteer page or call or text 918-633-1934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. KWMS is a 2020 Great American Main Street Award winner and an Oklahoma Certified Cultural District.
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