OUr leadership

Courtney Thomas

President + CEO


Courtney Thomas joined Newhouse as President + CEO in December 2019. Through her leadership, Newhouse has undergone a strategic revitalization of its vision, mission, values, approach, and brand. Courtney previously served as President + CEO of Great Plains SPCA and Central Exchange. She was named one of KC Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Kansas City. Courtney is also the recipient of the Silver Stevie Award, earning “Female Executive of the Year” honors within her market segment and was nominated for the ATHENA Leadership Award in 2019.

executive + direct services leadership team

Mary Huff

Chief Operating Officer

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Ondria Thornton

Chief Program Officer

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Chief Clinical Officer

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June Anne

Chief Development Officer

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Brittany Leathers

Chief Education + Enrichment Officer

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Dan Kowalik

Chief Financial Officer

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Rachel Hodgson

Chief Marketing Officer

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Humaira Mirza


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Flora Bland-Washington

Director of Community Programs

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LaVeeda Simmons

Lead Children’s Therapist

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Lead Case Manager
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Director of Shelter Operations

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Some staff photos generously donated by Molly Kuplen Photography.


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DJ Pierre | Board Chair

Of Counsel

Shaffer Lombardo Shurin

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Rochelle Stringer | Immediate Past Chair

General Counsel


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Debbie Swearingen | Vice Chair

Emprise Bank

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Nadia Cruth | Secretary

Benefits Practice Leader


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Sally Ellis Fletcher


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Ryan Drigans | Treasurer

Finance Director

JE Dunn Construction

Dr. Kathy Gaumer

MD, Medical Director

Regain Functional Medicine + Aesthetics

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Faiza Alhambra

Assistant United States Attorney

Department of Justice

Mary Frontczak

Chief Counsel + Administrative Officer

Compass Minerals

Greg Hart

Chief Technology Officer

Washington University in St. Louis

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Moira Holland

Director of Business Development

A.L. Huber General Contractor

Jeanette Jayne

EVP & Managing Director

Cohen-Esrey, LLC

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Jennifer Keller

Senior Director of Behavioral Health

Truman Medical Centers

Said Taiym

US Chief Operating Officer

Lockton Companies

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Karen Torline


Torline Law

Kai Guo


Mitsubishi Power