Instructors

Data Analysis and Data Science

Brent Never (Ph.D., Indiana University) is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. His research considers the spatial and geographic implications of a decentralized human service system. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial regression methods, he has worked to identify communities underserved by human services. He has also worked to highlight clusters of financially distressed nonprofit organizations, those most likely to go out of business in the near future raising the question as to who is served by financially ‘sick’ human service providers.

> R for Data Analytics
> Spatial Data Analytics With ArcGIS

Dr. Alex Francisco (PhD, University of Missouri–Kansas City) is the senior population health scientist at the Kansas City Health Department. He is the director of the Office of Population Health Science and Statistics, where he uses data analytics to research, understand, and improve the health of populations within Kansas City. His current efforts utilize computational modelling to best aid the KCMO COVID-19 response.

> Introduction to Data Analytics

Neal Wilson (Ph.D. UMKC) is the Senior Research Associate at the Center for Economic information and Special Faculty in the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. His research is focused on understanding the relationships between pediatric lead poisoning and the built environment. Dr. Wilson uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the R programing language to understand, visualize, and communicate empirical relationships in his health disparities research and publications.

> Data Visualization With R

Daniel Maenle embraces everything SQL has to offer. He enjoys performance tuning and likes talking about all aspects of Microsoft SQL Server. He focuses on being an expert at Extended Events, SQL Audit and Query Store to assist in performance and monitoring of servers. Dan started in SQL in 2013 and has never backed down from learning since then. It was like finally finding his true niche, but he had to hit the ground hard and fast to be able to catch up. He is currently President of the Kansas City SQL Servers User Group and is an active speaker/participant of SQL Saturdays. He treasures being in the SQL community that has been helping him grow as a professional and thus, he wants to serve it in return. He has a passion for travel and loves learning about new culture and trying food from around the world with his wife.

> Introduction to SQL

Dr. Jin Yao (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is a human service data analyst with the Johnson County Government. In her work, Jin uses machine learning and statistical analysis to support criminal justice and human service interventions in regional communities. Previously she analyzed ecological and agricultural data at the Jornada Experimental Range in New Mexico.

> Python Boot Camp

Ron House has over 20 years of experience leveraging data for industry use, with a specialization in geographic information system (GIS) data. As a passionate, innovative GIS Business Intelligence leader, Ron uses ESRI products, Tableau, and Alteryx to provide valuable insight into spatial problems for his clients, including Johnson County.

> Data Dashboards with Tableau


Business – Communication, Finance, Leadership

Dr. Nicole Price understands that if leadership is anything, it is personal, and that everyone can be a great leader. She gets personal. Nicole’s transparency allows others to learn from her mistakes and helps them avoid the same pitfalls. She gets real. She will tell you, yes, having differences within a team can be harder, but that hard work can really pay off — both professionally and personally. And she gets wise. She’ll tell you, in a heartbeat, how she’s gotten a few things wrong over the years, but a little grace and some solid coaching saved her. Through leadership development, coaching, consulting, keynotes, and other resources, Nicole encourages and enables others to live their lives in excellence. Her energetic and engaging sessions leave participants with strategies and specific tools that they can apply right away. Nicole received her B.S. in chemical engineering from North Carolina A&T University, her master’s degree and EdD in adult education from Park University.

> Effective Communication During Difficult Times
> Cultivating Culture

As a coach and presenter, Erin Blocher has collaborated with winning companies and leaders in the non-profit, health care, and government fields. She has over 15 years of experience working with clients and teaching communication theory, public speaking, and effective business communication.  Erin holds a Masters in Communication and Rhetoric from the University of Kansas and a Graduate Certificate in Executive and Professional Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas. In her role as a Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management, she helps students build a bridge between communication theory and practice. She serves as Co-Advisor for the UMKC Enactus team and works with students in the Bloch School’s MBA, Undergraduate, and Executive Programs. Erin enjoys helping clients apply effective business communication strategies and tactics to real-world situations.

> Effective Email and Digital Communication

William Kay is the CEO and owner of W. Kay & Associates, LLC. He specializes in assisting businesses to improve performance in the areas of strategic planning, finance and accounting, budgeting, project management, marketing, and sales. For more than 20 years, Kay has been helping major Fortune 500 Companies and Universities with organizational development and training.

> Essential Financial Skills Certificate

Nathan Mauck, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC. He has received numerous teaching awards and published over 20 peer-reviewed academic publications which have been featured in popular press publications such as The Wall Street Journal.

> Essential Financial Skills Certificate

Mike Allison teaches the Talent Management course in the Bloch Executive MBA and presents and instructs on diverse topics such as change management, emotional intelligence, holding difficult conversations, building a culture of feedback, advanced presentation techniques, cultivating trust, and executive presence. He regularly carries out public speaking engagements and provides coaching to business leaders across the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Outside of the classroom, Mike heads Talent and Leadership Development at Spotlight AR (Analyst Relations). Prior to his role at Spotlight, Mike enjoyed over 22 years of healthcare IT leadership experience working at Cerner Corporation. His award-winning learning teams, many of which were internationally based, provided practical and effective end-to-end learning solutions to Cerner clients and associates around the world. Mike’s teams were instrumental in seeing Cerner be named atop the Association for Talent Development’s (ATD) BEST list which awards companies that are best at demonstrating enterprise-wide success through talent development. Cerner was also a Training Magazine Training Top 125 Award winner for fourteen consecutive years.

> Perfecting the Presentation: How to Develop and Deliver Messages that Inspire Action
> Harnessing the Power of Influence and Persuasion
> Leading Others Through Change


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Marisa Crawford Gray, EdD, is the founder of Intentionally Designed Solutions (IDS), a boutique organization that focuses on diversity, inclusion, and equity for workplace empowerment. She makes no apology for her passion for building inclusive and equitable work cultures that empower others to be honored, valued, and respected. She recognizes that an organization is only as good as its culture-and building that culture is not only a role for HR; it’s every manager’s and employee’s responsibility. In today’s world, an inclusive and equitable work environment is not just a nice-to-have; it can make or break a company.

Marisa now resides in Kansas City after living in Pennsylvania for several years. She formed IDS after 15 years in higher education, ten years in non-profit, and five years working with numerous training and development and diversity and inclusion consulting firms. She has served on multiple boards and committees focused on education, workplace development, and economic development in the metro region.

> Hiring and Retaining Diverse Talent

Jermaine Jamison is the Co-founder of Jamison Perry, a recruiting and staffing organization, and President of 3E, LLC, a provider of talent management consulting, DE&I consulting, and organizational training and career coaching.

Drawing on more than 20 years of experience leading others and building partnerships of significance, Jermaine is known for his selflessness, honesty, authenticity, and transparency. These traits allow him to build strong human connections that improve businesses and advance careers.

Jermaine is an active member of the community. He advises youth on the importance of positive choices, creating a strong personal brand, and mentors professionals in the Kansas City area. In 2022 Jermaine will serve as Chairman of the Board for Lenexa Chamber of Commerce and SHRM-KC Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging.

> Fostering an Inclusive Workplace Environment

Sarah Wolters has been an educator for over 10 years, serving in many roles during that time. Beyond her time in the classroom, Sarah worked as the Field Specialist in 4-H Youth Development for Clay County, Missouri, for 5 years. During this time, she took on leadership roles both at the state and national level regarding outreach and DEI efforts. Sarah has been a Qualifying Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory since 2020 and has used that certification to work with teens, young adults, and professionals. She has presented nationally on the uses for this tool and how to incorporate it into your organization’s DEI efforts.

> Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI): Starting Your Intercultural Journey