2018 Officers


Roger Hiatt, President

After retiring from Stinson Law Firm, Roger started his own International Business and Trade and Business Immigration at Hiatt, LLC. He teaches at the university level and has taught overseas. 

Paul Weida, Vice President

Vice President of Government Affairs, Black & Veatch    

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


2018 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.