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Every youth earns a paycheck with their name on it. Many times this is their first job and we want them to have that sense of pride by seeing their name on a paystub. The cost for us to employ a youth for the summer program is $1,500. This includes their wages and processing fees. Join the many other incredible individuals and organizations and support BoysGrow and our urban Kansas City youth.

Give and Grow.

Every youth earns a paycheck with their name on it. Many times this is their first job and we want them to have that sense of pride by seeing their name on a paystub. The cost for us to employ a youth for the summer program is $1,500. This includes their wages and processing fees. Join the many other incredible individuals and organizations and support BoysGrow and our urban Kansas City youth.

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President
Ryan joined Boys Grow as a member of the board in fall of 2017.  February 2019, Ryan became the Board President.  He joined Cargill, Inc in 2008 where he today works as a Read More
Ryan MurdockPresident

Ryan joined Boys Grow as a member of the board in fall of 2017.  February 2019, Ryan became the Board President.  He joined Cargill, Inc in 2008 where he today works as a Workstream Leader for Cargill’s Accelerated Continue Improvement organization.  In addition, he leads Cargill Cares, the companies community outreach committee in Kansas City. Ryan and his wife, Melanie, have a son, Chase, and a black lab, Casey. In their free time they enjoy being outside, often at a lake and spending time enjoying Kansas City.

Secretary
Mike McEnany is Vice President and the Small Business Loan Manager for Commerce Bank with primary responsibilities of Credit and Market Expansion. He received his B.S. at Missouri State University Read More
Mike McEnanySecretary

Mike McEnany is Vice President and the Small Business Loan Manager for Commerce Bank with primary responsibilities of Credit and Market Expansion. He received his B.S. at Missouri State University and an MBA at UMKC’s Bloch School of Business. Mike’s previous volunteer experience includes serving on the Board of Catholic Charities, 3&2 Baseball Coach, and facilitating projects in India and Egypt on best banking practices in financing small and medium size enterprises. When Mike is not spending time with his daughter Kennedy, he likes to be outside, especially golfing or fishing.

Jim Calcara is a founding principal of 360 Architecture. Jim is recognized for his passion and expertise in urban design. Through his professional practice and personal initiatives, Jim has had Read More
Jim Calcara

Jim Calcara is a founding principal of 360 Architecture. Jim is recognized for his passion and expertise in urban design. Through his professional practice and personal initiatives, Jim has had an uncommon influence and impact on the pattern of urban development in Kansas City, sensitively blending rehabilitated buildings with new construction to improve the quality, aesthetic and vitality of our urban community.  In addition to his work for the Avenue of the Arts Foundation, Jim’s appreciation of art as a part of architectural solutions has been recognized by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, who asked him to serve on the selection panel for $2,000,000 worth of artwork for Kansas City International Airport and to chair the Brush Creek Cultural Corridor Commission.

Throughout his 38-year career, Jim has provided leadership on committees of the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, American Cancer Society, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Council, Kansas City Area Development Council and CEO/business roundtables. He is the founder and Chair of the Avenue of the Arts Foundation and a driving force behind critical reinvestment in our urban center.  He also serves as Board Chair of the Kansas City Zoo for two years and was a board member for ten years.

What was your first job?
My first job in KC was with Marshall and Brown Architects where I worked on Penn Valley Community College, Crown Center and TWA Commissary among many others.  I quickly learned that I didn’t know as much as I thought.  It’s a life long journey.

What is it about BG that made you want to be a part of the Board?
Since I grew up on a farm I was well aware of the many skills that you can learn from that experience and I wanted to share that life lesson.

Brooke Tippin works at National Multiple Sclerosis Society as the Senior Development Manager for Bike MS, the largest fundraising bike event series in the nation to create a world free Read More
Brooke Tippin

Brooke Tippin works at National Multiple Sclerosis Society as the Senior Development Manager for Bike MS, the largest fundraising bike event series in the nation to create a world free of MS. National MS Society funds research, advocates for social and political change, provides education, and sponsors services that help people with multiple sclerosis and their families. She enjoys being involved in the community and have been an active ambassador and volunteer for Young Friends of Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, BARRE KC, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rightfully Sewn’s Golden Gala Planning Committee, CreativeMornings, and Masquerade Ball Court for First Hand Foundation. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her thirteen-year-old, English Bulldog, Roxy, traveling, cycling, and exploring new and exciting things in Kansas City. Brooke’s overall goal is to be a leader, live a balanced life, and inspire change in our community, so she can make a positive difference in our world.

What was your first job?
My first job was working at the YMCA as a summer camp counselor. I enjoyed getting to hang out with the kids and come up with new and fun activities for us to do together. After this job, I knew I was passionate about focusing on our youth and went to school at Kansas State University to receive my Bachelors in Elementary Education.

What is it about BG that made you want to be a part of the Board?
I wrote an article for The Pitch featuring nonprofits in town for several years. One of my favorite non-profits I wrote about was BoysGrow and meeting John Gordon Jr. I believe the work they are doing is truly making a difference in each of these teenagers lives and I am excited to come on board and use my skills and background in events and fundraising to see how we can take BoysGrow to the next level.

Mark Allen is the Managing Director and CEO of WRS Solutions, LLC and Titanium Sports, LLC. WRS Solutions works as a global consulting company with second stage businesses, now in Read More
Mark Allen

Mark Allen is the Managing Director and CEO of WRS Solutions, LLC and Titanium Sports, LLC. WRS Solutions works as a global consulting company with second stage businesses, now in 7 countries. Titanium Sports represents numerous NBA, D-League, and FIBA (international) basketball players as a professional sports agency. Offices for both are located in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and New York City. Mark also works as a senior business consultant for UMKC and the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center network. He serves on the boards of four private companies and two foundations. He is active in the community as a youth mentor, has been married for 37 years and has two children and four grandchildren.

Carlos Gomez Is the president/CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City.  Carlos also serves as the Executive Director of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative, which Read More
Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez Is the president/CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City.  Carlos also serves as the Executive Director of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative, which is the 501c3 sister-organization to the Hispanic Chamber. Four programs comprise the Collaborative, KC Bizfest, the Latinos of Tomorrow, the Young Latino Professionals and The Latino Leadership Institute. Carlos graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and a B.B.A. in Management. Carlos’s focus is meeting the needs of the small business community (in particular the Spanish speaking business owner), lobbying for small business legislation, comprehensive immigration reform and to connect corporate America, government and others to the Hispanic business community and the Hispanic consumer. He also is involved with Our Lady of Guadalupe Grade School, the Junior Achievement, El Centro of Topeka, the west Topeka Rotary Club, The Topeka Chamber of Commerce and is on the Boards of Swope Medical Enterprises, The Kansas Business Hall of Fame, EDC Board, and Full Employment Council to name a few.

Christopher Morris is the co-founder of The Greenline Initiative. A social impact investment fund designed to erase the negative effects of redlining, where he oversees corporate development.  He has spent Read More
Christopher Morris

Christopher Morris is the co-founder of The Greenline Initiative. A social impact investment fund designed to erase the negative effects of redlining, where he oversees corporate development.  He has spent the previous 20 years in the banking industry focusing on financial compliance as a programmer and developer of algorithms used to identify fraud.  Christopher received his BS from the University of Missouri – Rolla in computer science and his MS in criminal justice from the University of Central Missouri.  In addition to BoysGrow Christopher has served on the board of Foster Adopt Connect.

What was my first job?

My very first job was an internship as a freshman in high school at Truman Medical Center, where I shadowed medical professionals on their rounds.

What is it about BoysGrow that made me want to be on the board?

As a parent of a BoysGrow participant, his growth and ownership of his actions were quick and noticeable.  Farming has been and will always be an honorable profession, and the skills needed to excel as a farmer are easily transferable to what is needed to excel in life.  I’d like to be part of the group that instills those traits.

Enrique Chi was born in Panama and moved to Kansas City when he was six. He’s the leader and songwriter for Making Movies, a Kansas City-based band with an international following, and Read More
Enrique Chi

Enrique Chi was born in Panama and moved to Kansas City when he was six. He’s the leader and songwriter for Making Movies, a Kansas City-based band with an international following, and he’s making a big difference for kids in his community.

In 2011, Enrique and the band, in collaboration with Mattie Rhodes Center, created a week-long music education camp for youth from under-resourced communities. Last year, they launched a new nonprofit, Art as Mentorship, to offer a three-month music education program that focuses on songwriting as a vehicle for self-expression. Throughout the program, students learn from world-class artists, producers and engineers about writing, recording and performing original works.

Energy, mysticism, roots — it’s hard to describe the music of Making Movies, a band that Rolling Stone says is “breaking down walls in the United States,” with a mix of afro-latino rhythms and psychedelic rock’n’roll that makes the group’s sound something unique. The connection between the Chi brothers (hailing from Santiago, Panama) — together with their Mexican bandmates, the Chaurand brothers —  results in an overwhelming musical presence that takes you through landscapes festive, furious, refreshing, and dark.

Whether he’s touring the globe or working with youth on smaller stages, Enrique is known for bringing people together and building community.

President
Ryan joined Boys Grow as a member of the board in fall of 2017.  February 2019, Ryan became the Board President.  He joined Cargill, Inc in 2008 where he today works as a Read More
Ryan MurdockPresident

Ryan joined Boys Grow as a member of the board in fall of 2017.  February 2019, Ryan became the Board President.  He joined Cargill, Inc in 2008 where he today works as a Workstream Leader for Cargill’s Accelerated Continue Improvement organization.  In addition, he leads Cargill Cares, the companies community outreach committee in Kansas City. Ryan and his wife, Melanie, have a son, Chase, and a black lab, Casey. In their free time they enjoy being outside, often at a lake and spending time enjoying Kansas City.

Secretary
Mike McEnany is Vice President and the Small Business Loan Manager for Commerce Bank with primary responsibilities of Credit and Market Expansion. He received his B.S. at Missouri State University Read More
Mike McEnanySecretary

Mike McEnany is Vice President and the Small Business Loan Manager for Commerce Bank with primary responsibilities of Credit and Market Expansion. He received his B.S. at Missouri State University and an MBA at UMKC’s Bloch School of Business. Mike’s previous volunteer experience includes serving on the Board of Catholic Charities, 3&2 Baseball Coach, and facilitating projects in India and Egypt on best banking practices in financing small and medium size enterprises. When Mike is not spending time with his daughter Kennedy, he likes to be outside, especially golfing or fishing.

Jim Calcara is a founding principal of 360 Architecture. Jim is recognized for his passion and expertise in urban design. Through his professional practice and personal initiatives, Jim has had Read More
Jim Calcara

Jim Calcara is a founding principal of 360 Architecture. Jim is recognized for his passion and expertise in urban design. Through his professional practice and personal initiatives, Jim has had an uncommon influence and impact on the pattern of urban development in Kansas City, sensitively blending rehabilitated buildings with new construction to improve the quality, aesthetic and vitality of our urban community.  In addition to his work for the Avenue of the Arts Foundation, Jim’s appreciation of art as a part of architectural solutions has been recognized by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, who asked him to serve on the selection panel for $2,000,000 worth of artwork for Kansas City International Airport and to chair the Brush Creek Cultural Corridor Commission.

Throughout his 38-year career, Jim has provided leadership on committees of the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, American Cancer Society, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Council, Kansas City Area Development Council and CEO/business roundtables. He is the founder and Chair of the Avenue of the Arts Foundation and a driving force behind critical reinvestment in our urban center.  He also serves as Board Chair of the Kansas City Zoo for two years and was a board member for ten years.

What was your first job?
My first job in KC was with Marshall and Brown Architects where I worked on Penn Valley Community College, Crown Center and TWA Commissary among many others.  I quickly learned that I didn’t know as much as I thought.  It’s a life long journey.

What is it about BG that made you want to be a part of the Board?
Since I grew up on a farm I was well aware of the many skills that you can learn from that experience and I wanted to share that life lesson.

Brooke Tippin works at National Multiple Sclerosis Society as the Senior Development Manager for Bike MS, the largest fundraising bike event series in the nation to create a world free Read More
Brooke Tippin

Brooke Tippin works at National Multiple Sclerosis Society as the Senior Development Manager for Bike MS, the largest fundraising bike event series in the nation to create a world free of MS. National MS Society funds research, advocates for social and political change, provides education, and sponsors services that help people with multiple sclerosis and their families. She enjoys being involved in the community and have been an active ambassador and volunteer for Young Friends of Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, BARRE KC, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rightfully Sewn’s Golden Gala Planning Committee, CreativeMornings, and Masquerade Ball Court for First Hand Foundation. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her thirteen-year-old, English Bulldog, Roxy, traveling, cycling, and exploring new and exciting things in Kansas City. Brooke’s overall goal is to be a leader, live a balanced life, and inspire change in our community, so she can make a positive difference in our world.

What was your first job?
My first job was working at the YMCA as a summer camp counselor. I enjoyed getting to hang out with the kids and come up with new and fun activities for us to do together. After this job, I knew I was passionate about focusing on our youth and went to school at Kansas State University to receive my Bachelors in Elementary Education.

What is it about BG that made you want to be a part of the Board?
I wrote an article for The Pitch featuring nonprofits in town for several years. One of my favorite non-profits I wrote about was BoysGrow and meeting John Gordon Jr. I believe the work they are doing is truly making a difference in each of these teenagers lives and I am excited to come on board and use my skills and background in events and fundraising to see how we can take BoysGrow to the next level.

Mark Allen is the Managing Director and CEO of WRS Solutions, LLC and Titanium Sports, LLC. WRS Solutions works as a global consulting company with second stage businesses, now in Read More
Mark Allen

Mark Allen is the Managing Director and CEO of WRS Solutions, LLC and Titanium Sports, LLC. WRS Solutions works as a global consulting company with second stage businesses, now in 7 countries. Titanium Sports represents numerous NBA, D-League, and FIBA (international) basketball players as a professional sports agency. Offices for both are located in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and New York City. Mark also works as a senior business consultant for UMKC and the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center network. He serves on the boards of four private companies and two foundations. He is active in the community as a youth mentor, has been married for 37 years and has two children and four grandchildren.

Carlos Gomez Is the president/CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City.  Carlos also serves as the Executive Director of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative, which Read More
Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez Is the president/CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City.  Carlos also serves as the Executive Director of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative, which is the 501c3 sister-organization to the Hispanic Chamber. Four programs comprise the Collaborative, KC Bizfest, the Latinos of Tomorrow, the Young Latino Professionals and The Latino Leadership Institute. Carlos graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and a B.B.A. in Management. Carlos’s focus is meeting the needs of the small business community (in particular the Spanish speaking business owner), lobbying for small business legislation, comprehensive immigration reform and to connect corporate America, government and others to the Hispanic business community and the Hispanic consumer. He also is involved with Our Lady of Guadalupe Grade School, the Junior Achievement, El Centro of Topeka, the west Topeka Rotary Club, The Topeka Chamber of Commerce and is on the Boards of Swope Medical Enterprises, The Kansas Business Hall of Fame, EDC Board, and Full Employment Council to name a few.

Christopher Morris is the co-founder of The Greenline Initiative. A social impact investment fund designed to erase the negative effects of redlining, where he oversees corporate development.  He has spent Read More
Christopher Morris

Christopher Morris is the co-founder of The Greenline Initiative. A social impact investment fund designed to erase the negative effects of redlining, where he oversees corporate development.  He has spent the previous 20 years in the banking industry focusing on financial compliance as a programmer and developer of algorithms used to identify fraud.  Christopher received his BS from the University of Missouri – Rolla in computer science and his MS in criminal justice from the University of Central Missouri.  In addition to BoysGrow Christopher has served on the board of Foster Adopt Connect.

What was my first job?

My very first job was an internship as a freshman in high school at Truman Medical Center, where I shadowed medical professionals on their rounds.

What is it about BoysGrow that made me want to be on the board?

As a parent of a BoysGrow participant, his growth and ownership of his actions were quick and noticeable.  Farming has been and will always be an honorable profession, and the skills needed to excel as a farmer are easily transferable to what is needed to excel in life.  I’d like to be part of the group that instills those traits.

Enrique Chi was born in Panama and moved to Kansas City when he was six. He’s the leader and songwriter for Making Movies, a Kansas City-based band with an international following, and Read More
Enrique Chi

Enrique Chi was born in Panama and moved to Kansas City when he was six. He’s the leader and songwriter for Making Movies, a Kansas City-based band with an international following, and he’s making a big difference for kids in his community.

In 2011, Enrique and the band, in collaboration with Mattie Rhodes Center, created a week-long music education camp for youth from under-resourced communities. Last year, they launched a new nonprofit, Art as Mentorship, to offer a three-month music education program that focuses on songwriting as a vehicle for self-expression. Throughout the program, students learn from world-class artists, producers and engineers about writing, recording and performing original works.

Energy, mysticism, roots — it’s hard to describe the music of Making Movies, a band that Rolling Stone says is “breaking down walls in the United States,” with a mix of afro-latino rhythms and psychedelic rock’n’roll that makes the group’s sound something unique. The connection between the Chi brothers (hailing from Santiago, Panama) — together with their Mexican bandmates, the Chaurand brothers —  results in an overwhelming musical presence that takes you through landscapes festive, furious, refreshing, and dark.

Whether he’s touring the globe or working with youth on smaller stages, Enrique is known for bringing people together and building community.

The foundations that support us.

  • Crosby Kemper Foundation
  • McDonnell Family Foundation
  • George W. and Ada Heath Ultch Family Foundation
  • Fromm Bomba Charitable Foundation
  • Reimer Family Foundation
  • Siegel Family Foundation
  • Abernathy Foundation
  • Zahren Family Foundation
  • Curry Foundation
  • OPUS Foundation
  • Oppenstein Brothers Foundation
  • Van Swaay Foundation
  • Leo Gilbert Wetherill Foundation
  • United Services Community Action Agency
  • Gourley Foundation
  • Kauffman Foundations

The foundations that support us.

  • Reimer Family Foundation
  • Siegel Family Foundation
  • Abernathy Foundation
  • Zahren Family Foundation
  • Crosby Kemper Foundation
  • McDonnell Family Foundation
  • George W. and Ada Heath Ultch Family Foundation
  • Fromm Bomba Charitable Foundation
  • Curry Foundation
  • OPUS Foundation
  • Oppenstein Brothers Foundation
  • Van Swaay Foundation
  • Leo Gilbert Wetherill Foundation
  • United Services Community Action Agency
  • Gourley Foundation
  • Kauffman Foundations

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