Community Leaders Marilou Joyner, Kathryn Mallinson Join the Library Board

The Kansas City Public Library's board of trustees has returned to its full, nine-member complement with the recent appointment of two local business leaders, health care manager and longtime education executive Marilou Joyner and pharmacy owner and civic activist Kathryn Mallinson.

Joyner, named in November by Kansas City Mayor Sly James, took her seat with the board when it met Tuesday, December 16, at the Library's Trails West Branch. Mallinson was named in June to represent the Sugar Creek area.

Members are appointed to four-year terms by the mayors of their respective districts — the cities of Kansas City, Independence, and Sugar Creek — and oversee a Library system encompassing the downtown Central Library, Plaza Branch, and eight other neighborhood branches.

Joyner, who holds bachelor's, master's, and specialist's degrees in education from Northwest Missouri State University, an MBA from Bellevue (Nebraska) University, and a doctorate from the University of Kansas, is a former assistant commissioner in Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She spent four subsequent years as executive director of the Kansas City Higher Education Partnership, advising school districts on accreditation, and three years as president of the Blackwell Education Support Team, a Kansas City consulting firm.

She also is a member and past president of the board of Literacy Kansas City and serves on the Northwest Missouri State University Foundation board.

Mallinson has shown a similar commitment to community service. A native of Independence and graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology, she and her husband, Matthew, have owned and operated a family pharmacy in Independence since 1987. She also is active in the Independence Junior Service League, Independence Kiwanis Club, Inter-City Sugar Creek Optimist Club, and numerous other local charities and organizations.

Matthew Mallinson is the mayor of Sugar Creek, elected in April 2013.

The Mallinsons have hosted five foreign exchange students, and Kathryn helped develop the Host Homes Program for the Independence School District. Through her family businesses, she has donated hundreds books to school libraries throughout the district. And she designed and remodeled the Little Theater at Van Horn High School, where Mallinson is the alumni association's first life member.