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.

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. Visit our Donate Page

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.

Executive Director
John Gordon Jr. Is the Founder and Executive Director of Kansas City based BoysGrow. Since its inception in 2010, he has been responsible for designing, executing and overseeing the organization’s Read More
John GordonExecutive Director

John Gordon Jr. Is the Founder and Executive Director of Kansas City based BoysGrow. Since its inception in 2010, he has been responsible for designing, executing and overseeing the organization’s approach to youth development.  A graduate of UMKC, after working in the Northern California Juvenile Court System and seeing the positive impact agriculture had on young people, he relocated back to KC to start BoysGrow in 2010.  He lives on the farm with his wife and two daughters, #girldad

Tony L. Van Trece is a lifelong resident of Kansas City, MO., a dedicated family man, and an aspiring community activist.  A 2019 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School Read More
Tony L. Van Trece

Tony L. Van Trece is a lifelong resident of Kansas City, MO., a dedicated family man, and an aspiring community activist.  A 2019 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Tony was Vice President of the Black Law Student Association and received his Juris Doctorate in December 2019.  Tony also studied political science at UMKC and served two terms as a volunteer coordinator and program manager with AmeriCorps.

Tony developed keen interests in civil engagement and real estate under his mentor, the late great Senator Phillip B. Curls Sr., who introduced him to Freedom Inc., the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, and Alliance Property Group.  Through these organizations, Tony gained invaluable insights into the world of real estate development and acquisitions, as well as, how public and private partnerships can be effective in creating equitable and ethical real estate development opportunities in the urban core.

Tony is a member of the Missouri Bar Association (where he serves on various committees and sections for the state of Missouri, including the Real Property law section), the Kansas City Missouri Bar Association (KCMBA) (where he currently serves as a representative for the Young Lawyers section for Southwest Missouri), and the Jackson County Bar Association (JCBA).  Currently, at Franke, Schultz, & Mullen P.C., Tony will be focusing his practice on premises liability, construction law, contract disputes, and real estate transaction cases.  Ultimately, Tony’s life mission is to create quality affordable housing and equitable access to capital for families and professionals of color.

 

Beth Gerstenberger is the Employee Communications Manager at Seaboard Foods. In this role, Ms. Gerstenberger is responsible for internal communications, recruitment marketing, employer brand, and community enrichment for the company. Passionate about Read More
Beth Gerstenberger

Beth Gerstenberger is the Employee Communications Manager at Seaboard Foods. In this role, Ms. Gerstenberger is responsible for internal communications, recruitment marketing, employer brand, and community enrichment for the company. Passionate about food and how its raised, Ms. Gerstenberger has spent ten years working in agribusiness in roles related to grain, manufacturing, marketing, and distributor communications.

Raised on a family farm, Ms. Gerstenberger pursued her passion to learn more about agriculture at Kansas State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University in Agriculture, where she majored in agricultural communications and journalism. With a passion for people and business, Ms. Gerstenberger uses her skillset to enhance the workplace experience for Seaboard Foods’ team members and to positively impact the communities where they do business. In the food industry, she is a Food Relief and Community committee member with the North American Meat Industry committees and serves on the Agriculture Relations Council as a board member.

Ms. Gerstenberger has been a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City for more than seven years and now mentors her “little” through her college experience at Iowa State University. She lives with her husband in Overland Park, Kan., where she spends time doing house DIY projects,  learning pottery, and tending to her flower and vegetable garden.

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.

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.

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.

Executive Director
John Gordon Jr. Is the Founder and Executive Director of Kansas City based BoysGrow. Since its inception in 2010, he has been responsible for designing, executing and overseeing the organization’s Read More
John GordonExecutive Director

John Gordon Jr. Is the Founder and Executive Director of Kansas City based BoysGrow. Since its inception in 2010, he has been responsible for designing, executing and overseeing the organization’s approach to youth development.  A graduate of UMKC, after working in the Northern California Juvenile Court System and seeing the positive impact agriculture had on young people, he relocated back to KC to start BoysGrow in 2010.  He lives on the farm with his wife and two daughters, #girldad

Tony L. Van Trece is a lifelong resident of Kansas City, MO., a dedicated family man, and an aspiring community activist.  A 2019 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School Read More
Tony L. Van Trece

Tony L. Van Trece is a lifelong resident of Kansas City, MO., a dedicated family man, and an aspiring community activist.  A 2019 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Tony was Vice President of the Black Law Student Association and received his Juris Doctorate in December 2019.  Tony also studied political science at UMKC and served two terms as a volunteer coordinator and program manager with AmeriCorps.

Tony developed keen interests in civil engagement and real estate under his mentor, the late great Senator Phillip B. Curls Sr., who introduced him to Freedom Inc., the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, and Alliance Property Group.  Through these organizations, Tony gained invaluable insights into the world of real estate development and acquisitions, as well as, how public and private partnerships can be effective in creating equitable and ethical real estate development opportunities in the urban core.

Tony is a member of the Missouri Bar Association (where he serves on various committees and sections for the state of Missouri, including the Real Property law section), the Kansas City Missouri Bar Association (KCMBA) (where he currently serves as a representative for the Young Lawyers section for Southwest Missouri), and the Jackson County Bar Association (JCBA).  Currently, at Franke, Schultz, & Mullen P.C., Tony will be focusing his practice on premises liability, construction law, contract disputes, and real estate transaction cases.  Ultimately, Tony’s life mission is to create quality affordable housing and equitable access to capital for families and professionals of color.

 

Beth Gerstenberger is the Employee Communications Manager at Seaboard Foods. In this role, Ms. Gerstenberger is responsible for internal communications, recruitment marketing, employer brand, and community enrichment for the company. Passionate about Read More
Beth Gerstenberger

Beth Gerstenberger is the Employee Communications Manager at Seaboard Foods. In this role, Ms. Gerstenberger is responsible for internal communications, recruitment marketing, employer brand, and community enrichment for the company. Passionate about food and how its raised, Ms. Gerstenberger has spent ten years working in agribusiness in roles related to grain, manufacturing, marketing, and distributor communications.

Raised on a family farm, Ms. Gerstenberger pursued her passion to learn more about agriculture at Kansas State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University in Agriculture, where she majored in agricultural communications and journalism. With a passion for people and business, Ms. Gerstenberger uses her skillset to enhance the workplace experience for Seaboard Foods’ team members and to positively impact the communities where they do business. In the food industry, she is a Food Relief and Community committee member with the North American Meat Industry committees and serves on the Agriculture Relations Council as a board member.

Ms. Gerstenberger has been a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City for more than seven years and now mentors her “little” through her college experience at Iowa State University. She lives with her husband in Overland Park, Kan., where she spends time doing house DIY projects,  learning pottery, and tending to her flower and vegetable garden.

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.

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.

The foundations that support us.

The foundations that support us.

  • Euronet
  • The Curry Foundation
  • Nottberg Family
  • Norris Family Foundation
  • Wood Family
  • OPUS Foundation
  • Rieter Family
  • Gray Family
  • Woodall Family
  • Geiger Concrete
  • J.L. Mabee Foundation
  • Siegel Family Foundation
  • McDonnell Family
  • Abernathy Foundation
  • Euronet
  • The Curry Foundation
  • Nottberg Family
  • Norris Family Foundation
  • Wood Family
  • OPUS Foundation
  • McDonnell Family Foundation
  • Siegel Family Foundation
  • Gray Family
  • J.L. Mabee Foundation
  • Abernathy Foundation
 

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