Board and Staff

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts administrative offices may be reached by phone at 816.994.7200 or by e-mail at .

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
  • Mrs. Janice C. Kreamer
  • Mr. Louis W. Smith

Executive Staff

  • Paul Schofer, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • , Vice President of Development
  • , Vice President of Operations

Theater Operations

  • Patrick Donnelly, CVE, Senior Director of Theater Operations
  • Sara Beatty, CVP, Theater Operations Manager
  • 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, Director of Sales, Special Events
  • Michael Naegele, Facility Rentals Event Coordinator


  • Amy Boesen, Facilities Supervisor

Patron Services

  • , Director of Patron Services
  • , Front of House Manager
  • , Volunteer Manager
  • , Patron Services Coordinator

Ticketing Services

  • , Ticketing Services Manager
  • Sarah Milosevich, Assistant Ticketing Services Manager
  • John Stefansen, Ticketing Services Coordinator

Finance & Administration

  • Connie Silverman, Director of Finance and Administration
  • Kathryn Sougéy, Assistant Controller
  • Susan Steckmest, Senior Accounting Analyst
  • Nial Champ, Accounting Generalist
  • Jo Keatley, Assistant to the CEO

Development & Donor Relations

  • Trisha Drape, Manager of Individual Giving
  • Chris Major, Manager of Corporate Giving
  • Joan Israelite, Consultant
  • Molly Sefton, Development Specialist
  • Dalene Bradford, Development Associate
  • Becca Graham, Development Coordinator

Marketing & Communications

  • , Director of Marketing
  • , Marketing Manager
  • , The Marlese and Robert Gourley Community Outreach Supervisor
  • , Digital Marketing Specialist