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Programs/Community Connections Committee

The Programs Committee works to develop and deliver a variety of programs on educational, timely and informative topics. Program offerings include quarterly luncheons, happy hours, project tours, coffee-arounds, industry sector roundtables, and professional development events. Current topics, dynamic speakers and the chance to feature women in real estate result in programs that stimulate, inform and inspire members and guests. Each year, the programs committee brainstorms topics, speakers and locations for meetings. Specific tasks include developing the program idea, securing and briefing speakers; determining the location and providing information for communication and marketing materials. Committee members establish a program lead that is responsible for obtaining speakers, gathering speaker(s) contact information and bio, coordinating all logistics and writing the program summary.

The Programs Committee strives to connect members of CREW KC with one another and with others in the community. The Committee builds external connections through charitable projects and outreach to students and others interested in pursuing careers in commercial real estate. The Committee is charged with selecting CREW KC’s charitable partners and projects. The Committee, often in collaboration with other CREW KC committees, has planned and held events at the Rose Brooks Center, recruited volunteers to work on Habitat for Humanity houses, volunteered at Girls on the Run events and headed up numerous donation drives. The committee is continually trying to find new ways to be involved in our community and participate in events that are important to our members.


Crystal Calvert

MarksNelson LLC

Committee Members

Meg Belew

Mark One Electric Company, Inc.

Peggy Bennett

Burns & McDonnell

Ashley N. Dowd


Rebecca E Frecks

Nova Group, GBC

Jennifer Gerlach

Project Advocates

Kelli Griffith

CoStar Group, Inc.

Kristen Henderson

Cushman & Wakefield

Sara Holmes

McCownGordon Construction

Gina James


Madison Jones

Block & Company Inc., Realtors

Christa Krumm

CommunityAmerica Credit Union

Katie Martinovic

NSPJ Architects

Laura Munoz

Benson Method

Sayard Parrish

Landmark National Bank

Katharine Ross

Kompass Kapital Management, LLC

Stephanie J Sage

Sage Restoration

Tara Siemon

Security 1st Title LLC

Shannon Sinn

Swanson Bernard LLC

Ann Smith-Tate

Shawnee Chamber of Commerce

Valerie Vaughn

Apex Business Advisors

Beverly Weber

Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Jackie Wise

Emprise Bank

Shirin Zarinkia

Modern Maintenance Inc.

Hilary Zerr

davidson architecture & engineering

Board Liaison

Andrea McClain

CrossFirst Bank

Katie Ramos

DLM Commercial