Board of Directors

Meet your Marlborough Community Coalition Board of Directors. These individuals are some of the best. Committed, dedicated, and excited to see Marlborough grow and thrive. Want to get involved? Email [email protected].
Jeff Primos-2
Jeff Primos

President + Public Safety

Jeff was raised in Marlborough from the age of 5. He attended school at the St. Augustine Catholic Church and continues to call Marlborough home.

Jeff currently serves as the UMKC School of Dentistry’s Director of Business Affairs. He is responsible for overseeing the financial operations and facilities of a professional school that has served the Kansas City community for over 120 years.

He is active in the community, serving as a board member for several other community organizations including the soon-to-launch We Development Credit Union.

Becca McQuillen
Becca McQuillen


Becca was introduced to Marlborough in her roles as coordinator of Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s Adopt-A-Neighborhood program.

Becca led the Coalition’s Housing Task Force for 3 years and she served as the Board secretary for 2 years. She is passionate about providing economic opportunities for people who live in Marlborough and has met so many wonderful neighbors who support and care for one another.

Jensie Culton
Jensie Culton

Vice President + Arts/Culture

Jensie and her family moved to Marlborough five years ago. She is passionate about empowering and supporting families and children in Marlborough by providing equitable, accessible resources for healthy food, education, economic development, and exploration of nature and the arts.

Jensie is also passionate about the cinnamon rolls from Vee's Sweets Treats in Marlborough Village. Jensie and her husband, Thomas, have two daughters and two sons. They own the video production company, Thomas Bain Productions. Jensie is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She loves being a homeschool teacher for her children, which includes them all learning the Cherokee language together.

Pastor Marvin Kirkwood

Public Saftey

Pastor joined the Coalition Board of Directors in November 2020. He is the founder and pastor of Contagious Life Church which recently relocated from 76th & Troost to 99th & Holmes. He has led many community programs over the years focused on youth development along with conflict mediation and crime reduction. Pastor Kirkwood and his church members are generous and passionate about helping their neighbors. They operate the "Life Mart," a mini-grocery store with all free items. Pastor Kirkwood helped launch the "Treats on Troost" Halloween event in partnership with the Coalition and local businesses.

Nancy Phelps
Nancy Phelps

Treasurer + Marketing

After six years in Kansas City, Nancy and her family moved to Marlborough in 2015. She quickly fell in love with the neighborhood and the people that make this a true community.

Nancy is the director of community impact at JE Dunn Construction, where she promotes corporate and employee engagement throughout JE Dunn’s 21 offices. She works with the Dunn Family Foundation and JE Dunn’s corporate philanthropy.

Kim Curry


Kim Curry joined the Coalition’s Board of Directors in May 2021. She retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in 2020. Kim’s FAA career started in Kansas City and then took her to Washington DC. She moved to Marlborough when she retired. Soon after moving to Marlborough, she became active in the Coalition’s Public Health & Safety and Housing Task Forces.

Kim is no stranger to Marlborough. Under the Curry Development Group, she was a pioneer of housing redevelopment in the neighborhood by building new single-family homes on Prospect Avenue from 8300 to 8400. She has plans underway to build additional homes north of the existing houses.

Tonya Slavens-2
Tonya Slavens

Beautification + Volunteers

Tonya and her husband Bryan first moved to Marlborough in 1990 when the opportunity arose to buy their first home. They made the move from Kansas to Missouri - the best decision ever!

Tonya is passionate about encouraging people to intentionally get involved, get to know their neighbors, beautify their space, and build community connectivity. She has been married 30 years, has four adult children, three grand children, is active in her local church, and would much rather hike or bike a trail than watch tv.

Johnnie Wilson

Public Saftey

CEO and President of Wilson Brother’s Entertainment joined the Board of Directors in November 2020. His company owns and operates the Rain Restaurant & Bar at 80th & Troost. Mr. Wilson has served the community through many non-profit organizations.

Mr. Wilson serves as the Coalition’s liaison to the South Kansas City Alliance.

Team Members

The work of the Board of Directors is skillfully supported by a community organizer/part-time contract employee and long-standing, generous pro bono legal services.
Diane Hershberger
Diane Hershberger

Interim Executive Director

Diane moved to Marlborough in 1997. In 2009, she was a member of the Coalition’s first Board of Directors. She served for 8 years. In 2018, Diane become the Coalition’s first contract employee working on projects to create a healthy Marlborough. She is passionate about green space, housing, and economic development strategies that advance Marlborough as a revitalized racially and financially diverse neighborhood.

Diane and her spouse operated an organic vegetable farm in Marlborough for 15 years. They renovated the former Mama Tio’s Restaurant in Marlborough Village and re-opened it as a neighborhood food hall

Jere Sellers
Jere Sellers

Legal Advisor, Stinson Leonard Street

Rich Cook
Rich Cook

Legal Advisor, Stinson Leonard Street

Advisory Council

Meet your Marlborough Community Coalition Advisory Council.

Richard Williams, Local Investment Commission (LINC)

Pastor Hubert McDonald, Evangel Spiritual Temple

Armond McDonald, Evangel Spiritual Temple

Dan Norberg, Norberg Construction

Jim Richardson, Marlborough Landlord

Steve Quinlin, South Kansas City Alliance

Ramsey Williams, Center Alternative School

Joyce Stokes, Center Alternative School

Jeph BurroughsScanlon, Jackson County, Missouri

Steve Burton

Barbara Williams

In memory of

Barbara Williams

We deeply appreciate all that she's done for our community and she will truly be missed.


The Marlborough Community Coalition is a non-profit association of residents, businesses and partners working to ensure this diverse and historic neighborhood is vibrant, healthy and sustainable.


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