Board of Directors
Executive Director of Global Birthing Home Foundation
Jim Grant has a BS in Economics from the University of Nebraska, and spent 20+ years working in IT, culminating in a position with Cisco Systems as a regional program manager.
In 2007 he heard Dr. Stan Shaffer speak about Maison de Naissance (MN, “Home of Birth”), a birthing home in rural SW Haiti that Dr. Shaffer had co-founded with another Kansas City area OB/GYN, Dr. Elizabeth Wickstrom. In July of 2008, Mr. Grant made his first trip to visit MN, and spent 10 days working on IT systems, vehicle, and facilities maintenance. Over the next year he took 3 groups to MN to rewire and re-plumb the entire building following a series of hurricanes, and to install a solar power system. He became a ‘permanent’ volunteer in 2009 as the Logistics Director, and stepped into the foundation’s Executive Director position in April of 2011. He has now traveled to Haiti dozens of times, and visits MN 4-6 times per year.
Owner and executive Chef of Mesob Restaurant
Born in a small town of Jean Rabel, Haiti, Cherven moved to the United States where he studied at Johnson and Whales University (Culinary Arts).
He held his first Sous Chef position at the Ramada Inn (formerly known as Park Place Hotel). Two years later, he left for the title of Executive Sous Chef at Ameristar Casino where he was awarded employee of the year. After 4 years, he was offered another great opportunity to run my own kitchen as a room Chef at Journey Steakhouse (Argosy Casino) where he was enabled to showcase both his craftsmanship and artistry.
He left in July 2013 to open the first Haitian restaurant in Kansas City that incorporated two different cuisines (Ethiopian and Haitian). After three years of operation, multiple articles and accolades, I moved the restaurant to a bigger space, in a prime area, to accommodate our clientele.
KU Statistical Analyst
Trina Ramirez works at the University of Kansas. Her responsibilities include the utilization of data mining techniques to develop and analyze predictive models that inform institutional practices impacting undergraduate student recruitment, persistence, and graduation.
She has extensive experience in quantitative research methods and advanced multivariate analyses. Trina has a Ph.D. from Iowa State University and a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas.
Originally from Wichita, Kansas, guitarist and educator Sean Mawhirter fell under the tutelage of local mentors Randy Zellers, Loretta Ewing and David Brown as well as studying under international luminaries such as Jerry Hahn, Fareed Haque and David Fiuczynski. During his 20+ years in the Kansas City metro, he has performed in a variety of musical settings and styles. He is a member of the Kansas City Guitar Society, Folk Alliance International and Fractured Atlas.
Educational Outreach Coordinator
Mexican writer/painter/illustrator/sculptor Gemma Tornero immigrated to the United States to attend the Kansas City Arts Institute.
She became a fixture on the arts scene having her work shown in a number of fine venues including The Box Gallery, Sabitini Gallery as well as The Mattie Rhodes Center.
In addition to showcasing her works in her consistent travels across the country, she is a frequent contributor to KC Hispanic News.