Jim has a life-long history of community service in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. His ability to think outside the box, to find the “win-win”, and to attend to the business at hand in an organized, well rounded, professional and respectful way has garnered respect and admiration for himself and his accomplishments. He is frequently called upon to provide guidance and direction for start-up and established organizations in both the public and private sector.
His public background includes three terms elected to Westwood’s City Council, one term on the Westwood Planning Commission, two terms on the Westwood View Grade School Site Council, and extensive involvement in various neighborhood not-for-profit organizations including the Shawnee Indian Mission Foundation, The Shawnee Indian Mission Patriots, The Mid-America Chapter of the Electric Automobile Association and a number of other organizations.
Jim holds two Bachelor Degrees in Political Science and History from Washburn University of Topeka and a Masters of Public Administration Degree with dual emphasis in Urban Administration and Industrial/Personnel Relations from the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. His background also includes extended training and certificates from the League of Kansas Municipalities’ Municipal Leadership Academy, the Academy for the Leadership Development at the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs, the Missouri Municipal League, the Missouri Association of Counties, Johnson County Leadership Northeast, and the National Incident Command System. Finally, Jim is a Kansas Supreme Court Approved Mediator and the 2009 Recipient of the David Lavenburg Award for Volunteerism.
Jim is the Organizing Member of Mid-America Mediation, LLC and a number of other smaller Kansas and Missouri limited liability companies. His is also a registered official with the Amateur Softball Association and the Kansas State High School Athletic Association.
A 45 plus year resident of the City of Westwood, Jim is perhaps the youngest Johnson County Old Settler and is a product of the environs of northeast Johnson County and the greater Kansas City area. In his spare time, Jim enjoys traveling, playing the ukulele, skydiving, being a VIRTUS© certified substitute teacher, family time, and being involved with various historic societies and groups.