Rik Siro, CCR board chair, is a trial lawyer, representing people in cases involving personal injury and employment discrimination. He also works as a mediator in those areas of practice. He is licensed to practice in Missouri and California and is admitted to practice in all courts of those states. Rik graduated Cum Laude from the University of California – Hastings College of the Law and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Rik has a strong desire to seek and achieve justice for his clients and their families and brings that same desire to his affiliation with CCR. He strongly believes in the important work CCR does for the community and states that a peaceful community is a safe, healthy, and supportive community.
Willem (Wim) F. van Klinken, CCR board treasurer, currently serves as the chief information and technology officer and director of business operations at the International Headquarters of the Community of Christ in Independence, Mo. Prior to his mid-career transition to ministry for Community of Christ in 2004, Wim was a successful entrepreneur in the Netherlands and founded several IT companies. Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Wim studied economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam with an emphasis on business management information systems. He received a master of arts in religion from Graceland University and a master of arts in public administration from University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he teaches graduate-level financial accountability and policy development in public affairs at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. Wim currently serves on several non-profit boards and supervises the United Nations Peace Plaza in Independence, Missouri. Wim also serves as an executive coach for the Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge.Independence, MO.
Sister Rose McLarney, CCR board vice chair and secretary, was executive director of the Center for Women in Transition, a St. Louis, Mo., re-entry program for women coming from prison. She is a founding member of the Missouri Restorative Justice Coalition and teaches restorative justice at Avila University. Sr. Rose serves on the board of directors for Journey to New Life and brings an informed and well-rounded perspective on non-profits and embedded restorative justice principles to her CCR service.
Linda C. Collins was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. After college she joined the Air Force, where she practiced nursing. Upon retiring from nursing, Linda returned to school and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English language arts, a Master of Arts degree in curriculum and instruction and an education specialist degree in secondary administration. Linda then spent 25 years in education, teaching English language arts, coordinating a district Caring Communities grant and, for over 15 years, serving as a high school principal. She also has spoken both locally and nationally as a trainer and keynote speaker.
Michael Heath, a Kansas City resident for almost 40 years, is the chief executive officer of Trust & Estate Search, LLC, a forensic genealogical firm in Kansas City that identifies and locates unknown and missing heirs and beneficiaries for trusts, estates, insurance companies and other fiduciaries. Mike earned degrees from Eastern Illinois University and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and conducted additional studies at Boston University. He and his family live in the Kansas City Brookside area.
Dan Jeffers has worked since 1991 as an attorney in general practice, primarily transactional, in Independence and, since 1998, with the three-member firm, Newhouse, Byers & Swaney, PC. He graduated from Graceland College with a major in social studies and obtained his juris doctorate from the University of Michigan. Dan is treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Independence. He volunteers with numerous entities within the intentional community, including Harvest Hills (located in eastern Independence) and, with his wife, Amy, as pastor of the Oak Hill Congregation of Community of Christ.
Joanne Katz, J.D., is a professor of legal studies in the Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies & Social Work at Missouri Western State University. Joanne has researched, presented and published on issues related to restorative justice, mediation and collaborative processes for over 25 years. She has received several research grants and studied issues related to restorative justice in juvenile courts and stakeholder attitudes about restorative justice and the criminal justice system. Joanne is a founding member of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice and serves on its board of directors. She is chair of the Section on Restorative and Community Justice for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Shannon King is development director at The Coterie Theatre. She brings her experience in education, non-profit organizations and humanities studies to her CCR service. Shannon studied psychology and theatre at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., received her master’s in elementary education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and is completing her master’s in public administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She serves on several nonprofit boards in Kansas City, all of which are focused on supporting and enriching lives in the community.
Claresta Lewis is a certified mediator with 10 years of mediation experience in community, family and domestic, consumer and business, employment and school. She is a mediator and neutral facilitator in Jackson and Clay Counties and with the Missouri Supreme Court. Claresta holds a Master in Business Administration degree and brings to the CCR Board of Directors 30 years of professional experience with a Fortune 500 Company.
Bill Cordaro has spent his entire career working with the non-profit sector. With a masters in Theology, a Masters in Adult Education and a certificate in Fund Raising and Development. He is currently the president of Stewardship Partners & Resources, where for the past 12 years has worked with faith based organizations to promote the transformative power of stewardship. Originally from Des Moines, he has lived in Kansas City for 35 years. His past experience includes teaching at all levels of education, running youth programs and leading the marketing and communications department for a non-profit with over $65 million in annual revenues.