The Kansas City Public Library system is governed by a nine-member board of trustees. Board members are appointed by the mayors of their respective districts (City of Kansas City, MO; City of Independence, MO; and City of Sugar Creek, MO). The mayor of Kansas City appoints seven members; the mayors of Independence and Sugar Creek appoint one member each. Board members serve four-year terms.
Jonathan Kemper, Board President, was appointed to the Library Board in 2001. Kemper is Chief Executive Officer of Commerce Bank (Kansas City). Kemper is involved in several community and business organizations in addition to his responsibilities at Commerce Bank. He is co-Trustee of the William T. Kemper Foundation. He is on the Board of: the Downtown Council, Midwest Research Institute, Tower Properties and the Kansas City Design Center.
David Mayta, Board Vice President, represents the Independence area of the Kansas City Public Library service district. He was appointed to the Library Board in 1999. Retired from Corporate Express, Mayta currently serves as Treasurer for People for Animal Welfare Society, Inc. (PAWS) and serves on the board of advisors for the Bingham-Waggoner Historical Society and as a community representative for the Powerhouse Theatre Foundation. He volunteers for several organizations in the Independence area, including the Vaile Victorian Society and City Theatre of Independence.
Claudia Oñate Greim
Claudia Oñate Greim, Board Secretary/Treasurer, was appointed to the Library Board in 2007. Oñate Greim focuses her legal practice on internal corporate compliance monitoring and investigations, legal and business risk management and regulatory compliance and recently joined Lockton Companies as Compliance Counsel. Oñate Greim was appointed by Governor Blunt to the Missouri Housing Development Commission in 2006, alternatively serving as its Secretary-Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chairwoman through July 2010. She most recently presided as Chairwoman of the Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commission through July 2011. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
Rose Marie Bell
Rose Marie Bell was appointed to the Library Board in June, 2008. Bell served in the U.S. Women’s Army Corps (Vietnam War Era) and retired from the U.S. Army Reserves in 2001. She retired in 2011 from her position as a Senior Academic Advisor/Educator in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City. She earned a B.A. degree in Administration of Justice and M.A. degree in Higher Education Administration from UMKC. She has served on the UMKC Chancellor’s Extended Cabinet, UMKC Minority Alumni Committee, and was President and Vice President for Programs and Professional Development, Missouri Academic Advisor Association Board of Directors. Community service has included the KCMO Prospect Corridor Initiative Advisory Board of Directors and KCMO Property Maintenance Appeal Board. Current activities include serving on the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Light Rail Citizen’s Task Force and GKC/Women’s Political Caucus.
Leon Dixon, Jr.
Leon Dixon, Jr. was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and is a graduate of Lincoln High School.He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Science degree in mathematics from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Dixon is a founding member of the Kansas City chapters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Black United Front.He is a cofounder and chairman of the board of directors of the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center.This Center has operated with a volunteer staff since 1973, and offers mentoring and tutoring services to area young people in enrichment and remediation. Dixon is retired from the Allied Signal FM&T Corporation (formally the Bendix and now Honeywell Corporation) where he was a mathematician and computational scientist for thirty-two years. He is the author of the book Future In Our Hands, which is a discourse on the DuBois Learning Center.
Olivia Dorsey is the Community Affairs Director for a local television affiliate (KMBC-TV, Hearst Corporation). In addition to Dorsey's professional work, she has been a communications instructor for the Full Employment Council and a VISTA volunteer. Dorsey's most recent activities and awards include service to The Coterie Theater, Women's Employment Network and ReStart, Inc. as a Board member. Dorsey was appointed to the Library Board in 1993.
Billie Howard Barnes
Billie Howard Barnes is a fourth grade teacher at the Pembroke Hill School. She is the recipient of several educational awards and was a U.M.K.C. Fellow of The Greater Kansas City Writing Project. Howard Barnes is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she attained a BA in English Literature.In 2010, she earned a MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an endorsement in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Kansas. Prior to her work as an educator, Howard Barnes worked for the Chrysler Credit Corporation. In addition to her professional work, Howard Barnes served as a board member for DeLaSalle Education Center and MOCSA. Howard Barnes was appointed to the Library Board in August, 2005.
Kathryn Mallinson represents the Sugar Creek area of the Kansas City Public Library service district. She was born and raised in Independence and graduated from UMKC with a BA in Psychology/Sociology. She and her husband currently reside in Sugar Creek and have owned and operated their own family pharmacy in Independence since 1987. She is a member of Independence Junior Service League, Independence Kiwanis, Intercity Optimist, Glenwood Park United Methodist Church and is involved in many other local charities and organizations. Mallinson has hosted five AFS students and 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 Independence School District. She also designed and remodeled the 'Little Theater' for Van Horn High School, where she is the first life member of the Alumni Association. Mallinson was appointed to the Library Board in 2014.
Marilou Joyner is the CEO, Owner/Administrator of Cameron Group Care, Inc. 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 in Education 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. Joyner was appointed to the Library Board in November, 2014.