Stacy joined the Goodcents Foundation team as Executive Director in 2019. She is in charge of the overall daily operations and P&L, as well as facilitating the overall mission of the organization. Her varied and in-depth professional background includes a career in both the non-profit and business sectors with several notable national and local organizations. These include roles as General Manager for Bon Appetit Management Company at Cerner KC, General Manager at the Kauffman Foundation & Conference Center, as well as positions with The Walt Disney Studios, Wolfgang Puck Catering and Live Nation. Her experience with P & L management, Team Leadership, Event Planning, Catering, and Building High Performing Organizations will set the stage for the next era of sustainability education and other efforts by the Goodcents Foundation organization.
Mark Manning is currently serving as Program Manager for the Goodcents Teaching Gardens. Each year Mark works with 1000 to 2000 students, between K through 8th grades, with organic, “raised bed” gardens built directly on the school grounds of three middle schools and four elementary schools in the inner city of the Kansas City, Kansas school district. Mark conducts over 300 workshops annually in classrooms at these schools. The project has been recognized locally and nationally by The National Gardening Association, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Community Gardens, The Green Bliss Festival, The Urban Farm & Garden Tour and on the PBS television program America’s Harvest.
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Marcia began her association with the Teaching Gardens in 1999 as the Director of the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Office of Cultural Enhancement’s K-12 initiatives, developing award-winning programs in response to KUMC’s desire to provide academic and social outreach to the Kansas City Kansas Community in partnership with the school district and the Kansas City Kansas Community College. As of 2020, it has come full-circle with Ms. Pomeroy now serving as a resource and steward for the Goodcents Foundation and its primary mission.
In 2004 and 2005, Ms. Pomeroy directed the first Kauffman Scholars, Inc. summer program for the Kauffman Foundation where she recruited and trained faculty, college interns and volunteers to develop and implement curriculum in science, math, art and language arts for 60 middle school students each summer.
Ms. Pomeroy has won a variety of awards for her work in K-12 education including the Argentine Middle School Wall of Fame, the Kansan Newspaper Local Hero Award, Environmental Excellence Award in Children’s Programs, Organic Gardens, Bridging the Gap, Children’s Health Programs Award, the Environmental Protection Agency and Excellence Award in Children’s Programs for KCK Public Schools in 2002. Ms. Pomeroy has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Psychology and has had masters studies in Vocal Performance Configuration.
Marcus is a public servant who has been with the Environmental Protective Agency for 36 years. He believes the public gives a special trust to those who work in government. The process to ensure the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the land on which you work & play is protected is “governance,” a collaborative effort. Marcus earned his chemical engineering degree from Vanderbilt University. His career focus has been building capacity of both environmental programs and technical assistance providers. He uses his formal education and extensive community and strategic planning experiences to leverage knowledge, skills and resources. He networks amongst his cultivated partnerships in industry, agriculture, environmental health, healthcare, and other key areas. Marcus has more than 35 years of experience, embracing both federal and municipal levels of governance. Marcus has twice received the EPA’s highest recognition (Gold National Honor Award) for his exceptional service, most recently for his work on the EPA’s pharmaceutical rule.
He is an active mentor, volunteer, mediator and tutor. He hopes today will help us all realize how we can better achieve a well-protected environment, which aligns perfectly with the Goodcents Foundation’s mission and purpose.
Rod has owned and operated the mid-century modern furniture store, Retro Inferno, since 1998. Before opening Retro Inferno, Rod was an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City, a counselor, and coordinated the Marketing Education program at Kearney High School in Kearney MO from 1988-98. Prior to that, Rod worked in a family grocery business from 1981-87 and coordinated the Marketing Education program at Versailles High School in Versailles MO from 1979-81.
An ardent supporter of the arts, Rod has been involved with several arts organizations in the Kansas City area, concurrently serving on the board of the Owen Cox Dance Group. He often lends the use of his Bruce Goff designed home for special events.
Rod holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.