Board and Staff

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts administrative offices and ticket office may be reached by phone at 816.994.7222 or by e-mail at contact@kauffmancenter.org.

Kauffman Center Board of Directors

  • Ms. Julia Irene Kauffman, Chairman
  • Mr. David C. Lady, Vice Chairman
  • Ms. Sharon Blickensderfer
  • The Honorable Peggy Dunn
  • Mr. Kenneth J. Dworak
  • Mrs. Shirley B. Helzberg
  • Mr. Rusty Jandl
  • Mrs. Janice C. Kreamer
  • Mr. Louis W. Smith

Executive Staff

  • Paul Schofer, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Colby Jones, Chief Financial Officer
  • Patrick Donnelly, CVE, Vice President of Theater Operations
  • Trisha Drape, Vice President of Development
  • Bill Miller, Vice President of Operations

Theater Operations

  • Sara Beatty, CVP, Director of Theater Operations
  • Eric Miller, Production Services Manager
  • Don Hovis, Production Services Manager
  • Donna Miller-Brown, CVP, Production Services Manager
  • Palmer Jankens, Audio Production Supervisor

Special Events & Catering

  • Lisa Voss, Senior Director of Sales, Special Events
  • John Foster, Event Operations Manager, Special Events
  • Sarah Gonser, Event Coordinator, Special Events


  • Jamie Clack, Facilities Coordinator

Patron Services

Finance & Administration

  • Kathryn Sougéy, Controller
  • Susan Campain, Senior Accounting Analyst
  • Shasta Gilmore, Accounting Generalist
  • Jo Keatley, Assistant to the CEO
  • Dr. Laura House, Shared Services Database Manager
  • Nathaniel Baker, Shared Services Database Administrator

Development & Donor Relations

  • Dalene Bradford, Development Associate
  • Lenka Day, Development Coordinator
  • Tricia Farrar, Manager of Corporate Giving
  • Shelby Hart, Donor Information & Data Specialist
  • Joan Israelite, Consultant
  • Janet Mark, Consultant

Marketing & Community Engagement