2019 Officers


Paul Weida, President

After retiring from his position as the Vice President of Government Affairs at Black and Veatch, Paul began his tenure as President of the Board in January of 2019.  Paul previously served as the Vice-President of the Board.

John Snyder, Vice President

Managing Partner at Dentons, Kansas City

Cindy Brewer, Secretary

Proposal Coordinator, Kiewit

Cindy grew up in Germany and is currently obtaining a masters degree at the University of Kansas.

Mike Drackert, Treasurer

Mechanical Engineer, Bibb Engineers, Architects, and Constructors


2019 Directors

Chris Cribb

Director of "Real Estate Excellence & Investing", Reece Nichols Northland

Chris leads a team of 70 real estate agents. He has decades of sales experience and has a strong network of business leaders from various parts of Kansas City.  

Kara Lineweber

Kara has extensive involvement in Global Ties KC including home hospitality and youth host family recruitment. She holds degrees in communications and Spanish. She is connected to the Kansas City Hispanic Community and has nonprofit experience in Kansas City with immigrant and refugee programs. 

PJ Matulka

Marketing, SS&C Technologies

As a marketing executive with experience building brands and leading teams in some of the world's most complex, competitive industries, PJ is proud to call Kansas City home and enjoys connecting people and serving local non-profit organizations.

Syed Shabbir

Program Manager, Cerner

Syed began his career as a Kansas City News Reporter. He is currently a Program Manager at Cerner working in marketing, and continues to be involved in various non-profit organizations.

John Snyder

Managing Partner, Denton's Law Firm Kansas City Office.

John is currently a Managing Partner at Denton's Law Firm and serves on the global sub-committee for real estate development. 

Bethany Spilde 

Life Coach, iRiseAbove.

As a former professional athlete, ad agency account executive, and current business owner and adjunct professor, Bethany leads people and teams to success in the court, boardroom, and classroom. 

Chris Neher

Development Director, Academie Lafayette

Mary redmond

Speaker, Writer, and Negotiation Expert

Hai Chen

City Director, House of Genius

Hai has been involved in numerous startups in Kansas City, and elsewhere, serving as a Growth Expert to advance early development for these companies.

kendall seal

Vice President of Research & Policy and General Counsel, Women’s Foundation

anand mahabaleshwarkar

Senior Project Manager, Kiewet