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W1-brenda cherpitel_1104rcBrenda Cherpitel

Chair

Brenda’s passion for our community shows through her involvement in many professional and philanthropic causes. Following graduation from the University of Missouri-Columbia, she’s spent her career in marketing and business development, devoting more than 20 years to Hallmark and serving in senior management for two smaller companies.   

Through her service on WaterOne’s board, Brenda contributes a thoughtful, thorough approach to decision-making and an appreciation for the importance of exceptional communication with our customers. 

Current Term: 2018-2021

Previous Service: 2014-2017, 2009-2013, 2007-2009

Committees:
TBD

 

Kay Heley

Vice Chair

Kay Heley is a health care professional, bringing over 30 years of public health nursing experience to the Board. While serving in the Peace Corp as a health educator in a small health clinic in Liberia, West Africa, she received a deep understanding about the importance of access to clean water. She saw first hand the health effects on children who became ill from drinking contaminated water. All should have access to a safe, reliable and affordable water source. Water is too precious to take for granted.

Kay retired in 2018 as a nurse in the Shawnee Mission School District. Previously, she worked at Bethany Medical Center, Truman Medical Center, and the Wyandotte County Health Department. Kay is an active volunteer in her church, the League of Women Voters, the Metro KC Climate Action Coalition and the Shawnee Mission National Education Association (SM-NEA). She is involved in efforts to increase voter registration, improve environmental sustainability, and expand local access to health, dental and mental health care for area residents. Kay holds a B.S. in Nursing, an M.A. in Global and International Studies from the University of Kansas and a B.A. from Yale University in Political Science with an emphasis in Biology. 

Current Term: 2018-2021

Committees: 
TBD

Melanie KraftMelanie Kraft

Over the last three decades, Dr. Melanie Kraft has built a career in service through medicine – first as a family medicine and occupational medicine physician, then sharing her knowledge as an educator teaching residents as a faculty physician, and finally as a Medical Director for a rural Federal Qualified Health Clinic. Her passion for preventive medicine and health advocacy centers on educating patients and working collaboratively with fellow medical providers to improve the quality of healthcare. Her role as a WaterOne board member is an extension of this effort, entrusted with ensuring regulatory compliance and fiduciary oversight. Clean water is the foundation of healthy communities. Her experience is complemented with her background in biochemistry and experience in forensic drug testing for the US Department of Transportation.

Dr. Kraft is a proud long-term resident of the Kansas City area. She trained at Trinity Lutheran Hospital in Kansas City and is a graduate of Rockhurst University’s MBA program.

Current Term: 2020-2024

Committees: 
TBD

 

Greg MitchellGreg Mitchell

Greg is a healthcare administrator specializing in supply-chain efficiency and responsiveness within hospital settings. His interest in water resources was instilled at an early age. Growing up in Colorado with less than abundant water resources, he appreciates how incredibly fortunate the Kansas City region is with ample supplies and believes it should be treasured. On the WaterOne Board, Greg is focused on issues such as water quality, environmental impact, and resilient infrastructure management.  

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems from Colorado State University, a Masters degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas Medical Center, and a Masters degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Operations Management from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Bloch School of Management. Greg and his family have lived in the Kansas City area since 1996, and have called Johnson County home for almost two decades.

Current Term: 2020-2024

Committees: 
TBD

 

Mark ParkinsMark Parkins

Mark is an engineer by training and trade. He is currently a territory manager with the American Cast Iron Pipe Company.  

Parkins lives in Leawood and is a 33 year resident of Johnson County. Prior to his interest in serving with WaterOne, he has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America, the American Water Works Association, his church, and is past president of his home owners association. Parkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Purdue University.

Current Term: 2020-2024

Previous Service: 2016-2019

Committees:
TBD

 

W1-bob reese_901rcBob Reese

Since joining the Board in 1993, Bob’s expertise in finance and information technology has influenced WaterOne. With a focus on protecting critical infrastructure and connecting financial management to long-range planning, Bob is adept at identifying risk and addressing contingencies. He has twice served as Board Chairman and Vice Chairman.

Among his professional achievements, Bob currently serves as an Enterprise Security Analyst for Burns & McDonnell Engineering, Inc. His career has focused on information and network security, information systems planning, and computer and financial auditing. He’s held positions with GE Insurance Solutions and Sprint and as principal and owner of his own consulting firm, 22 Consulting. Bob is a member of Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), and the FBI’s InfraGard program. 

In addition to a degree in Business Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas, Bob is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He has been involved with various charitable organizations and activities in addition to his long-standing service to WaterOne’s ratepayers.

Current Term: 2018 - 2021

Previous Service: 2013-2017, 2009-2013, 2005-2009, 2001-2005, 1997-2001, 1993-1997

Committees:
TBD

 

Whitney WilsonWhitney Wilson

Whitney Wilson is a Kansas City native and business development professional with 16 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. At Cerner Corporation, she is focused on bringing actionable big data insights to providers and patients to empower healthcare management across the continuum. Whitney is passionate about environmental sustainability, including water quantity and quality issues that affect population health.  Whitney is Engagement Co-Chair for ClimateActionKC and volunteers to bring sustainability tools and resources to local government, businesses, and the community.   

Whitney previously served on Rediscover Mental Health Foundation and The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Chamber Boards.  She completed the American Water Works Association Public Water Official program in 2019. Whitney earned her Executive M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and B.A. from Marquette University in International Affairs and Spanish for the Professions. 

Current Term: 2020-2024

Committees: 
TBD