A Lake Winnebago resident, Ms. Balagna has lived in the Lee’s Summit community her entire life. She became a member of the Board of Education in April 2012. Ms. Balagna is a graduate of Lee’s Summit High School and a graduate of University of Central Missouri. She taught English and theatre arts for five years, with two of those at LSHS. In 1989, she became a Lee’s Summit business owner, and for the past 26 years has owned Steppin’ Out – The Studio. In 2011, the Chamber of Commerce recognized her as the Res in Motus Small Business of the Year, and she was also awarded the Volunteer of the Year. She is actively involved with the Chamber Education Committee, and serves on the Teacher of the Year/Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee. In addition, she serves on the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee, and travels to Jefferson City and Washington, D.C. each year to meet with government officials.
Within the community, Ms. Balagna is involved with many organizations: Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation Advisory Board, R-7 Business Roundtable, R-7 Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Noon Rotary Club and Lee’s Summit Character Council. In 2011, she was awarded the “Whatever It Takes Award” from Lee’s Summit CARES. She donates much of her time to many local events, middle school physical education classes, Brownie troops, school theatre and music programs, and fundraising events. Nationally, she serves as judge for many talent competitions, and is one of 12 teachers throughout the country invited to serve as an Ambassador at the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City.
Ms. Balagna has two daughters who are both graduates of Lee’s Summit High School: Jennifer, Class of 2001, and Jill, Class of 2003. Her parents also graduated from Lee’s Summit High School and were in the Class of 1953 and Class of 1955. Her grandson, Brody, a student at Underwood Elementary, is the fourth generation in Ms. Balagna’s family to attend Lee’s Summit R-7 schools. In spring 2013, Ms. Balagna was inducted into the Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame. In her spare time, she enjoys golfing, boating, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Jacqueline K. Clark, MPA, APR, Fellow PRSA, was elected to the Board of Education in April 2017. She currently serves as Ash Grove Cement Company’s director of government relations and community affairs. Mrs. Clark directs public and government affairs as well as communications, political action, community relations and crisis management programs.
Prior to joining Ash Grove, the largest U.S.-owned cement manufacturer, Mrs. Clark was client services director for Kansas City-based Polsinelli, one of the nation’s fastest-growing law firms. She also was public affairs manager at Hallmark Cards, Inc., where for nearly two decades, she designed and managed the company’s 50-state legislative program. She held positions of increasing responsibility in Missouri state government with the Revenue Department, Lottery Commission and State Auditor.
Mrs. Clark has worked on a variety of issues at the federal, state and local levels and is highly regarded for her work in public policy development. She also has lectured as an adjunct professor at Park University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. She earned a master’s degree in public affairs with honors from the Hauptmann School and was Alumnae of the Decade. She also earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Missouri along with a general honors certificate.
Mrs. Clark has led boards of directors for public relations, business, civic, arts, education, health and human services organizations. She led the international Mizzou Alumni Association in 2009-2010 as its president and received its Faculty-Alumni Award in 2015. She serves on both the Public Affairs Council and State Government Affairs Council respective boards of directors, organizations comprised of companies from every major industry sector.
Mrs. Clark is a frequent guest speaker on public relations, legislative and government relations. In 2006, she was president of the Greater Kansas City Public Relations Society of America (GKC PRSA) and earned recognition for her exceptional national service developing and leading her chapter. In 2009, the GKC PRSA named her PR Professional of the Year. In 2010, she was inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows, which represents the top two percent of PRSA’s 22,000 members. In 2012, Mrs. Clark completed the SGAC, state government relations certificate program. She received the Portland Cement Association’s top industry advocacy award in 2014.
Julie Doane was elected to the Board of Education in April 2015. She works with her husband as a freight/small package consultant for The Logistics Store. In addition, Mrs. Doane is a Rodan + Fields Dermatology consultant and works at the University of Central Missouri in Lee’s Summit.
A lifelong Lee’s Summit resident, Mrs. Doane currently serves on the Enriching Lives through Music Foundation Board, Lee’s Summit CARES Board, Lee’s Summit Medical Advisory Board and Lee’s Summit Optimist Club. She previously served as a member of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, president of the Lee’s Summit West High School Booster Club, LSWHS softball booster rep, Our Lady of the Presentation School Board member and league volleyball coach. Mrs. Doane was honored by the Chamber of Commerce with the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007 and the Whatever It Takes Award from Lee’s Summit CARES in 2014.
Within Lee’s Summit R-7, Mrs. Doane has served on the R-7 Boundary Team, Logo Design Team, Building our Future Committee and Citizens’ Advisory Committee. She has been involved on the Community of Character Business Sector, Lee’s Summit’s Got Talent planning team and Lee’s Summit CARES Character Conference Steering Committee as well as the following Lee’s Summit Chamber teams: Ambassadors, Education, Strategic Planning and Oktoberfest.
Mrs. Doane graduated from Lee’s Summit High School and the University of Central Missouri (UCM). While at UCM she was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and now serves as an advisor to her sorority. Mrs. Doane and her husband, Eric, have two daughters, who are both Lee’s Summit R-7 graduates. Erica graduated from UCM in 2014. Abigail is working on her master’s degree in accounting at UCM. The family are members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
Kim Fritchie was elected to the Board of Education in April 2017. Mrs. Fritchie retired from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District after serving as a teacher and school administrator for 30 years. During her career with the district, she taught English and journalism and served as newspaper adviser at Lee’s Summit High School for 12 years, served as administrative assistant at Bernard Campbell Middle School for two years and was an assistant principal at Pleasant Lea Middle School for 16 years.
A Lee’s Summit High School graduate, Mrs. Fritchie earned her bachelor’s degree in education, her master’s degree in secondary school administration and her specialist degree in educational administration, all from the University of Central Missouri. While working at Pleasant Lea Middle School, she served as president of the Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association, received the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals Consummate Professional Award, the PTA Honorary Life Membership Award and the Greater Kansas City Assistant Principal of the Year Award. Mrs. Fritchie was inducted into the Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame in spring 2016.
Within the community, she has served as a Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation Board member, is past president of Lee’s Summit CARES, chairperson of the Lee’s Summit Beautification Commission, vice president/program chair of the Jacomo Chapter of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association, a member of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and kindergarten small group teacher at the Lee’s Summit First Baptist Church. She has been honored by several community organizations for her volunteer efforts and has received the Volunteer of the Year Award, Community of Character Award for Citizenship and Top Gun Award, all from Lee’s Summit CARES; the Lee’s Summit Truly 150 Community Hero Award; the Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation Beautification Award and Community Involvement Award; and the Lee’s Summit Rotary Club Service Above Self Award.
Mrs. Fritchie is married to Kent Fritchie, also a LSHS graduate. They have two daughters, Holly Dahn and Natalie Santhuff, both Lee’s Summit North High School graduates; and five grandchildren, Lance Dahn, a third-grader at Longview Farm Elementary; Reece Dahn, age 5; Carson Santhuff, a kindergartener; Miles Santhuff, age 3, and Scarlett Santhuff, 8 months. Mrs. Fritchie enjoys spending time with her family and attending her grandsons’ ball games as well as reading, sewing, and gardening.
Ryan Murdock was elected to the Board of Education in April 2018. He works as the emergency management director for the City of Raymore. He previously worked in public education, teaching in the Jefferson C-123 and Raytown School Districts. He taught world history, American history, speech and psychology at Jefferson C-123 for four years where he coached softball, basketball and track and field and sponsored the academic team. In Raytown, he taught American history, world history, psychology and abnormal psychology at Raytown South High School for 10 years, also serving as an assistant coach for boys and girls soccer and as assistant coach for debate and forensics.
Within the community, Mr. Murdock is a board member of Sporting Lee’s Summit and coaches a second-grade soccer team. He is a board member for the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation and serves on the organization’s allocations committee and the Taste of Lee’s Summit planning committee. Both Mr. Murdock and his wife are active with Midwest Adaptive Sports, Variety KC and Children’s Mercy Hospital. His family attends The Summit Church in Lee’s Summit and is involved in the church community.
Mr. Murdock earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a graduate of Raytown South High School. He and his wife, Kristi, are the parents of twin boys, Isaac and Elias, who are third-graders at Longview Farm Elementary.
Mr. Murdock is an avid golfer with a three handicap and also enjoys soccer and running with plans to run the October 2018 Chicago marathon. “My boys and I love reading Harry Potter and watching the movies together and our entire family loves Crown Center and Union Station,” he shared. “Kristi and I enjoy traveling together and just being outside by a good fire.”
Dennis Smith was elected to the Board of Education in April 2017. Mr. Smith retired from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District after a 30-year-career. He served as the principal of Bernard Campbell Middle School from the school’s opening in 1992 until his retirement in 2003. In addition, he served as an assistant principal at Pleasant Lea Middle School for six years and as a government and history teacher at Lee’s Summit High School for 13 years. Mr. Smith currently works in educational mentoring for the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Central Missouri.
A lifelong Lee’s Summit resident, Mr. Smith is a Lee’s Summit High School graduate. He earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education, his master’s degree in educational administration and his education specialist degree in secondary administration. While serving as Campbell Middle School’s principal, he was recognized as the Greater Kansas City Principal of the Year by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Mr. Smith was also inducted into the Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame in spring 2002.
Within the community, he is a past president of the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation, an elder at the Lee’s Summit Christian Church and a member of the Lee’s Summit R-7 Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Lee’s Summit Historical Society, Lee’s Summit Noon Rotary Club and Lee’s Summit Friends of the Symphony. Mr. Smith served on the Lee’s Summit City Council from 1981 through 1986.
Mr. Smith has been married to his wife, Debbie Humphry Smith (also a LSHS graduate) for 45 years. They have three children, all Lee’s Summit R-7 graduates, and nine grandchildren including six grandchildren attending Lee’s Summit R-7 schools.
Bob White became a member of the Board of Education in April 2013. Within the community, he has served as president of the Lee’s Summit Symphony, director for the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation, as a member and education key-performance area chairperson for the City of Lee’s Summit 360 initiative and as a board member for both the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church and Lee’s Summit Christian Church.
Mr. White retired from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in 2007 after a 33-year career. Within R-7, he worked as director at Summit Technology Academy, as assistant principal at Pleasant Middle School and Lee’s Summit High School and as a language arts teacher. As a teacher in Lee’s Summit, he participated in the development of the Program for Students At Risk, Summit Ridge Academy and Summit Technology Academy. After his retirement from Lee’s Summit R-7, he also worked for one year as interim director of the Herndon Career Center in Raytown.
In addition to his career in education, Mr. White served for three years active duty in the United States Navy, finishing his career as a lieutenant. While attached to the USS Ranger, he served as educational services and executive division officer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a specialist’s degree in administration/secondary school principalship from the University of Central Missouri.
A Lee’s Summit resident, he has been married for 42 years to Candy White, a retired R-7 teacher. They have a son, Kevin White, a special-education teacher at LSHS; a daughter-in-law, Mitch White, a focus room facilitator at Hilltop; grandchildren, Abby is a senior at LSHS and Hendrix is a fourth-grader at PLE.