Speakers' Bios


Treasurer of the United States

Rosie Rios

Rosie Rios serves as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States. She has direct oversight over the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and Fort Knox and is a key liaison with the Federal Reserve. In addition, the Treasurer serves as a senior advisor to the Secretary in the areas of community development and public engagement. She is especially passionate about supporting Women in Finance and issues of Main Street in the economic recovery.

Prior to her confirmation as Treasurer, Rios worked at MacFarlane Partners, where she was Managing Director of Investments. Working with MacFarlane Partners’ development and global capital partners, Rios played a central role in facilitating equity transactions for large mixed-use development projects in major urban areas. In November of 2008, Rios took a leave of absence from MacFarlane Partners to serve on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team. She is a graduate of Harvard University.


City Manager of San Antonio, Texas

Sheryl Scully

Sheryl Sculley began serving as City Manager of San Antonio, Texas effective November 7, 2005, with more than 30 years of public management experience. As City Manager, Sculley is the Chief Executive Officer of the municipal corporation of 11,500 employees, an annual operating and capital budget of $2.2 billion, and a city population of 1.3 million residents. San Antonio is the nation’s seventh largest city.

Appointed by the Mayor and City Council, Sculley was recruited in 2005 to transform the city administration and improve the city’s public infrastructure. During her tenure, she has appointed and replaced two thirds of the city’s executive staff, reorganized city departments, streamlined City business systems, vastly improved customer service, and elevated the professionalism of City management.



Principal, SMS Consulting, Kansas City

Susan Stanton

Susan Stanton has held senior executive positions in both the public and private sectors.  She has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies, primarily in the consumer services sector, and has been associated with Payless Cashways, La Petite Academy and H&R Block.  She has provided consulting services to the business and civic community,  and has served as Interim CEO for United Way of Greater Kansas City and KCPT-Channel 19.

Susan began her career in the public sector, leading Jackson County, Missouri as chief administrator overseeing all operating and support departments.  She also spent several years as an executive with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She is actively engaged in her community, serving on a number of boards of civic, academic and not-for-profit organizations.

Morning Panel: Global Trends, Local Impact

Ellen Hanson
Chief Hanson has been with the Lenexa Police Department for 37 years.  She began her career as a patrol officer and was later transferred to the Investigations Division where she served as a detective and later as the commander of that unit for 12 years. Before being named Chief of Police in 1991, she served as commander of the Patrol Division and Deputy Chief. Chief Hanson has been a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Major Case Squad since 1978 and currently serves on the Metro Squad Board of Directors.

She is a 1980 graduate of the FBI National Academy and past president of the Johnson County Chiefs and Sheriffs Association and Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriff’s Association. She currently serves on the International Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Board, the IACP Patrol and Tactical Committee and the DARE America Law Enforcement Advisory Board.  She serves the Kansas Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training, and the Board of Directors of Wayside Waifs.

Chief Hanson has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Kansas University and a Masters Degree in Management Science from Baker University.  She was named the Clarence M. Kelley Law Enforcement Administrator of the year in 1996 and the Outstanding Graduate Student in the School of Liberal Arts at Baker University in 1990. In 2006 she was the recipient of the Police Executive Research Forum Leadership Award and in 2010 was named the Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year by the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives. In 2012 she was selected as a KU Woman of Distinction.

Beth Linn
Beth Linn is the City Administrator for the City of Edgerton, KS. (pop. 1,617). The City of Edgerton is a southwest suburb of the Kansas City metropolitan area and home to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Intermodal and Logistics Park KC. Ms. Linn came to Edgerton in July of 2011. Previous to Edgerton, Ms. Linn was the Community Development Director in Raytown, MO for two and half years where she oversaw planning and zoning, building inspection, code enforcement and animal control. She started her career in public administration with the City of Merriam from 2001 until 2009 holding various positions including Assistant to the City Administrator, Project Manager and Neighborhood Services Manager. Ms. Linn holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kansas State University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. Ms. Linn resides in Shawnee with her husband, a firefighter for City of Shawnee, and two small children.

Julia Novak
Julia established The Novak Consulting Group in September 2009 when she acquired Public Management Partners. From 2003 to 2009, she served as a Vice President for a local government consulting firm. Julia has more than 20 years of experience working with and for local governments.  She is a consultant, trainer and facilitator who has worked with numerous organizations and community groups. During her local government career, she worked in Fort Collins, Colorado; Lexington, Massachusetts; Rockville, Maryland; and was city manager of Rye, New York.

As a consultant Julia has worked with over 150 different local governments across the United States on a broad range of projects.  These have included government-wide assessments of communities that serve populations as large as 750,000 and as small as 12,000; and focused departmental reviews in virtually every municipal service from Accounting to Zoo. Complete bio (PDF).

Marge Vogt
Olathe Councilmember Marge Vogt is now serving in her sixth term on the Olathe City Council. She was first elected in April, 1997, to represent Ward 4. She is a nurse practitioner at the Reproductive Resource Center of Greater Kansas City. Ms. Vogt is an alumnus of Leadership Kansas and serves on several Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) committees, including: Executive Board Member, 2nd Vice Chairperson; Kansas Co-Chair -Total Transportation Policy Committee; and Kansas Co-Chair- Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Ms. Vogt also serves as the Olathe Council representative on the Olathe Transportation Committee, as the Chairman of the Olathe Comprehensive Plan Committee, as a board member for the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Foundation and as a member of the Johnson County Transportation Coordination Council. From 1996 to 1998, she served on the State Board of Nurse Examiners and Committee for Advanced Nurse Practice.

Moderator Patty Gentrup
Patty Gentrup is a senior consultant for Shockey Consulting Services. Since joining Shockey Consulting three years ago, Patty has focused her work on helping governing bodies, organizations, and communities identify their visions and the goals and objectives necessary to achieve them. She also specializes in community engagement for complex public projects, developing processes designed to ensure that all voices are heard and that result in decisions that have broad community support.

Prior to joining Shockey, Patty managed the community consulting practice for Olsson Associates, a civil engineering firm in Omaha, Nebraska. Her local government experience includes an internship in Fremont, Nebraska and 15 years with the City of Liberty, Missouri, including six years as city administrator.

Patty has an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. She has also participated in the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia. Patty and her husband Gene live in Liberty, Missouri with their two daughters, Meg, 19, and Abbie, 16.

Afternoon Panel: Developing Your Leadership Capacity

Mary Birch
As Lathrop & Gage’s government relations coordinator and chair of the firm's government relations practice area, Mary Birch tracks issues and developments that may affect businesses on the local, state, and national levels, and consults with clients as to how they may participate in the decision-making process as well as with clients who have obstacles in administrative and regulatory affairs. From 1984 to 2002, she served as president of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, where she directed efforts to attract an unprecedented level of business to the city. During her tenure, 62,000 jobs and 4,000 new companies were created in Overland Park. Ms. Birch facilitated the government relations efforts for the organization and its members at the local, regional, state, and federal level. She has established relationships with elected officials and staff at various levels and worked primarily in the area of strategic issue management. In 2002, she was named “Johnson Countian of the Year” by Johnson County Community College. Prior to joining Lathrop & Gage, Ms. Birch served as an independent consultant to local and national chambers of commerce and other not-for-profit organizations. She has nearly two decades of experience in government relations and consulting, particularly at the local level.

Jewel D. Scott
Jewel D. Scott is the Executive Director of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, a membership organization of chief executive officers of major companies in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Ms. Scott was named Executive Director in 1994, after serving for five years as Director of Research and Planning. Before joining the Civic Council’s staff, Ms. Scott was a city manager and had previous experience as a member of the City Manger’s staff in Kansas City, Missouri and as a journalist. Ms. Scott serves on the University of Kansas Advancement Board, the Missouri Biotechnology Association’s (MOBIO) Executive Committee and as Co-Chair of the MOBIO Public Policy Committee, and on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association. Ms. Scott is one of the partners in the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Blueprint initiative. She is a National Academy of Public Administration fellow and a member of the International City and County Management Association and the American Society for Public Administration.

Previously, Ms. Scott represented Missouri on the Education Commission of the States (ECS) for several years, has been appointed by Missouri governors to serve on various task forces and commissions on transportation, education standards, teacher preparation, higher education reform, math and science education, and on the Governor’s Economic Stimulus Coordination Council. She was a founding board member of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) and served on the Board of Directors as its treasurer. She also was a founding member of the Advisory Board for PREP-KC, an education intermediary previously funded by the Gates Foundation and Kansas City philanthropy to facilitate reform in the metropolitan area’s urban school districts. Ms. Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Kansas. She is a past president of the KUCIMAT organization.

Moderator Regan Carrizales
Regan L. Carrizales is the Associate Director of Administration at The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, a membership organization of chief executive officers from major companies in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  Ms. Carrizales joined the Civic Council in 2011 after serving three years as the Central Regional Director for the Alliance for Innovation, an organization dedicated to connecting local government professionals with tools and resources to promote innovation within their organizations.  Prior to that, she was the Management and Budget Analyst for the City of Portsmouth, Virginia, where for three years she managed an $80 million operating budget and led a 13-member Capital Improvement Program (CIP) development team.  She also interned at the City Manager’s office for the City of Lawrence.

In May, Ms. Carrizales completed the Kansas City Tomorrow program which teaches community leaders and business executives the importance of integrating philanthropic endeavors in business.  Her areas of expertise are in city government, budget and finance, and policy management.   Ms. Carrizales holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Kansas.  She also attended the United States Naval Academy.

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