Seft Hunter, Executive Director
SEFT HUNTER, Ph.D is CCO’s Executive Director and guides the strategic direction of the organization with specialized research and experience in health access and equity. Seft is the president of his neighborhood association, Manheim, an important community in the heart of Kansas City that just secured zoning along Troost Avenue to prevent future payday loan shops.
Danise Hartsfield-Thompson, Operations Director
DANISE HARTSFIELD THOMPSON leads CCO’s executive administration and day to day operations. She has a strong background in human resources and public service within public education and comes to CCO through her congregation, Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, and a CCO partner, Catholic Charities of Kansas City St. Joseph.
Reverend Orlando Gallardo, Community Organizer
REVEREND ORLANDO GALLARDO graduated from Saint Paul School of Theology with his M.Div in 2012. He is an Associate Pastor at Trinity Community Church (a United Methodist Congregation). He also holds a B.A. in Religion from the University of Northern Iowa. Reverend Gallardo has being appointed by Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. of the Great Plains Conference to serve as a community organizer for CCO in Johnson County, KS.
Glenda DuBoise, Community Organizer
GLENDA DUBOISE leads CCO’s organizing and advocacy in Topeka, Wichita, Salina, and SW Kansas around health equity. She has non-profit and corporate experience in executive management, customer service, sales, marketing, administration, and training. She earned a Master's Degree in Management from Baker University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Arts from Washburn University. She serves as the State President of AARP KS and is also the President of the Topeka Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
Mary Rabon, Volunteer Coordinator
MARY A. RABON is a Kansas City native who received an Associate's Degree at Penn Valley Community College and then Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communication Studies at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Her career path includes working at IBM, Mercantile Bank, Kansas City Power & Light, and with the Royals and Chiefs. She has been working with CCO for the past 20 years. Positions she held during that time include Secretary of the board, and then President of the board for two terms. She has two sons, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Reverend Stevie Wakes, Community Organizer
REVEREND STEVIE WAKES is a bilingual Community Organizer and pastor of 30 years at the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Kansas City, KS. He is a graduate of Bishop College (B.A. - Religion), Central Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), University of Missouri - Kansas City (B.A. - Spanish Education), and Baker University (M.B.A.). He is a certified Spanish teacher, licensed in Kansas and Missouri. He is a husband and father who serves on the Community Action Board of the Wyandotte County Health Council and is a member of the KCK Baptist Minister's Union. Reverend Wakes is a former president of the KCK NAACP and Turtle Hill Neighborhood Association.
Marvia Jones, Director of Programs and Grants
DR. MARVIA JONES is the Director of Programs and Grants at CCO. Previously, she was a CDC Evaluation Fellow in the Division of Violence Prevention and the Office of the Associate Director for Policy at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She obtained her Ph.D in Behavioral Psychology and Masters of Public Health from the University of Kansas. Her graduate studies emphasized the application of applied behavioral science principles to public health concerns, such as community violence, adolescent substance abuse, and health promotion. Her dissertation examined the effects of a community-level substance abuse intervention for Kansas adolescents. For more than seven years, she has evaluated community health initiatives. She is most excited about using good science to evaluate and disseminate health interventions. Marvia Jones resides in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband and two young sons.
Irene Lawrence, Organizing Fellow
IRENE LAWRENCE is an Advocacy and Organizing Fellow with CCO. She graduated with her Master of Public Policy from Duke in 2016, and also has a B.A. in Religion and Social Work from St. Olaf College. She helps with CCO's strategic planning, civic engagement campaigns, event planing, grants management, scheduling, and other tasks inherent to CCO's work. She is determined to use her organizing skills developed at CCO to become a policy analyst and advocate who always puts the needs of the most marginalized people first.
Garrett Griffin, Communications Coordinator
GARRETT S. GRIFFIN is the Communications Coordinator at CCO. He earned his bachelor's in Media Studies from Missouri State University and his master's in History Education from Rockhurst University. Prior experiences include interning with a city councilman at KCMO City Hall, working with special needs and emotionally disturbed grade school students, and being a professional political writer. Griffin remains highly involved in local activist and protest movements and groups. He is the author of Racism in Kansas City: A Short History, and lectures around Kansas City on the subject.