Board & Staff


Heidi Holliday, Executive Director

Heidi Holliday is the Executive Director of Consensus. She has extensive experience in community engagement, public policy, and nonprofit management. She previously served as Executive Director of the Kansas Center for Economic Growth in Topeka, Executive Director of the Rosedale Development Association in Kansas City and the Program Director for Rosedale Healthy Kids. Heidi holds a bachelor’s degree from Bethel College and a master’s degree in public administration from the Bloch School at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Heidi is a graduate of Wyandotte Leadership 2000.

Board of Directors

President: Michael Knabel, UMKC Collaborative to Advance Health Services

Therese Bigelow, retired
Tim Soden, Skivers Corp. (Advisory Board member)

Secretary & Civility Awards Co-Chair: : Rebecca Brown, Asthma Ready Communities

Civility Awards Co-Chair: Andrea Generaux, Livable Neighborhoods

Kim Gile, Kansas City Public Library

Scott Lakin, Lakin Consulting, LLC

Vince LaTona, LaTona Architects

Daniel Cash, University of Missouri Extension

Shakedra Knight, City of Parkville

Patty Markley, Enterprise Center of Johnson County

Juliann Van Liew, Unified Government Public Health Department

Darrion Walker, Staff Attorney at Legal Aid of Western Missouri

We’re recruiting new board members!

Are you interested in helping to advance the mission of Consensus to “put the public in public policy”? You’re in luck – we’re recruiting new board members!
We believe that through community engagement focused on giving people a voice in the decisions that affect their lives we can strengthen the civic fabric. We facilitate dialogue and public engagement on issues in Kansas City and the region. We promote civility in public discourse and honor those who attempt it at our annual Civility Awards. Our unique business model enables us to seek out earned income through consulting work in addition to philanthropic support.
Board members serve terms of up to three years. We ask all board members to commit to attending at least 75% of the meetings, participate in committee work and Consensus events, and making a meaningful annual financial contribution to the organization (suggestion is $100). Expected time commitment is 4-6 hours a month. For more information please visit our website,
Please fill out this application to express your interest in serving on the Consensus Board of Directors: