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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Director of Shelter Operations

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LaVeeda Simmons

Director of Children’s Services

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Lead Case Manager
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Some staff photos generously donated by Molly Kuplen Photography.


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DJ Pierre | Immediate Past Chair

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Jeanette Jayne | Vice Chair

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Rochelle Stringer | Secretary

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Faiza Alhambra

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Ryan Drigans | Treasurer

Finance Director

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Mary Frontczak

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Dr. Kathy Gaumer

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Greg Hart

Chief Technology Officer

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Moira Holland

Director of Business Development

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Jennifer Keller

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