Leadership & Staff

Newhouse employs full and part-time staff. The organization’s structure includes executive leadership, administrative support, therapists, counselors, school teacher, advocates, and kitchen staff. The team is exceptional in skill, talent, and compassion. Everyone is committed and dedicated to helping survivors of abuse break the cycle of domestic violence and live self-sufficient lives.

Newhouse Administrative Staff: 
Vicki Kraft, President & Chief Executive Officer
Bridgette Mavec, Executive Vice President Clinical Services
Hayward Lafferty, Vice President Development
Christy Wineland, Grants Manager
Stephanie Neiger, Communication & Events Manager
Cicelynn Elix, Community Engagement Coordinator

Board of Directors

Jeff Albright; VP Head of Equity Trading, Waddell & Reed
Sue Bernstein, Secretary; 
Community Volunteer
Kori Carew; Attorney, Director of Strategic Diversity Initiatives, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Vicki Clayman; Owner, Partners N Promotion, Inc.
Brian Dietz; Attorney, JE Dunn Construction Co.
Annette Ernst; Community Volunteer
Sally Ellis Fletcher; Assoc. Dean of Nursing, UMKC School of Nursing
Amy Fox; Tutor & Substitute Teacher
Christine Franco; CEO, Chinquapin Trust Co.
Patrick Frickleton, Owner, Camp Bow Wow
Patty Hemberger,  Community Volunteer
Joly Herman; Founder, Solo Parent Magazine
Matthew Moderson, Treasurer; Attorney, Kutak Rock LLP
Melissa Oliva; Benefits Advisor, Truss
Duvel “DJ” Pierre; Attorney, Spencer Fane
Paul Savastano, Chairman; Technology Manager
Rochelle Stringer, Vice-Chair; Attorney, Huhtamaki Inc.
Debbie Swearingen; Dir. Business Banking, Community America
Rachel Sweet; City of Kansas City, MO, Mayor’s Office
Karen Torline; Attorney, Kuckelman, Torline, Kirkland, & Lewis
Wendee Woodson, Dir. of Human Resources, GBA Architects Engineers

New Leaders Council

The NLC members are young professionals supporting Newhouse through critical volunteer assistance and advocacy. It is an opportunity to engage in and impact our local community, expand professional relationships and networks, and learn about not-for-profits and board service. Some of the events the NLC has been involved in include hosting fun activities at the shelter with the women and children, building the Clothesline Project (visual presentation of the domestic violence stories of the families at Newhouse), and chairing the Newhouse Shelter Showdown event.

Ellen BergstromCommunications Chair
Niklas Bergstrom
Ellen Coriden
Alexa Heying
Parker Heying
Kelsey Hill
Sam Johnson
Kristi Marshall
Emily Peters
Emily ReillyNLC Chair
Chris Stibbs