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    

Rene Street, Secretary

Executive Director, American Business Women's Association

Mike Drackert, Treasurer

Mechanical Engineer, Bibb Engineers, Architects, and Constructors


2018 Directors


Cindy Brewer

Human Resources and Marketing, Kocker and Beck

Cindy grew up in Germany and is currently obtaining a masters degree at the University of Kansas. She currently helps employees with visas and green cards. 

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. 

Paula Guinn

Executive Director, MindDrive

Paula has 15 years of nonprofit experience and is the current Executive Director for MindDrive. She is a regular professional resource for Global Ties KC's programs. She has a passion for accounting and has extensive experience in fundraising. 

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 Manager, DST Systems.

PJ leads various marketing campaigns for the company including brand development. 

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. 

Dilara Yilmaz

Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Dilara went to University and College in Denmark and Belgium. She speaks five languages and has a background in communications, public relations, and conference planning.