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Dave Vander Veen (N) Commercial Banking

Biographical Information

Personal Biography I am a 30+ years banking executive specializing in community banking. I work with privately held, locally owned business in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. I am employed by a locally owned community bank based in Overland Park that started up in 2006 and has grown to nearly $200M in assets. Prior to the banking career, I spent 10+ years in active military service. I am married, with two adult sons and four grandchildren.
Campaign Phone (913) 687-5470
Campaign Web Site http://daveforwaterone.com
Education Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Business Management/Finance. Utica College of Syracuse University.
Community/Public Service Freedom Founders Forward Foundation Board; Freedom Bank Board of Directors; Johnson County Community College Foundation Board; Heartland Business Capital (Board/Loan Committee); Graduate of Leadership Overland Park; Graduate of Leadership Lee's Summit; Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 7397; American Legion Post 327; Past: Board - Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce; Board - Lee's Summit Hospital Foundation; Rotary International - Paul Harris Fellow Youth; Athletic Coaching
Address 9303 Rosner Drive Lenexa, KS 66219
Web Site daveforwaterone.com
CampaignPhone 913 687-5470
Web Address daveforwaterone.com

What are the three critical projects or areas of emphasis that will move the water board forward?

1. Work with the Corps of Engineers to develop a plan for addressing the water degradation issue that has occurred in the Missouri River bed.

2. Plan for addressing Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). This will require that WaterOne continue working with the Kansas Legislature to develop a plan for addressing the spread of HABs. If not controlled,HABs can grow out of control and produce toxic or harmful affects on people, fish and birds.

3. Continued focus on updating aging WaterOne infrastructure along with supporting new development within the District, while offering high quality drinking water at a reasonable price to the customers.

What skills, expertise, or competencies qualify you for this position?

I am President and Chief Commercial Officer at a local bank. My overall responsibility is to ensure that the bank operates smoothly and efficiently every day.

In my role as President I am fully engaged in developing annual budgets and business plans each year and then responsible for the implementation and success of the plans. Plus, I am responsible for updating and maintaining the Business Continuity Plan and oversee the bank's Enterprise Risk Management plan. I deal with the administrative aspects of operating a business, which requires that I understand HR, personnel management and capital asset management.

In my role as President and Chief Commercial Officer I work with and manage a team of professional bankers that work to ensure customer expectations are met.

As a commercial banker I have experience working with builders and developers and understand the importance a good infrastructure develop plan plays in developing a well planned community.

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Whitney Wilson (N) Community Health Executive at Cerner Corporation

Biographical Information

Personal Biography Kansas City Native and Aunt to two nephews and one niece. I have worked in the healthcare industry for the last 15 years. My efforts have been centered around helping the community to stay healthy by offering access to sound clinical information and resources to maintain optimal health. My passion: working with local leadership to define and roll out efforts for climate resiliency. We need to protect our water supply, and ecosystem.
Campaign Phone (816) 398-5645
Education -American Water Works Association: Public Water Official Certification -Executive M.B.A. Washington University in St. Louis -B.A. Marquette University: International Affairs and Spanish for the Professions
Community/Public Service Past Community Board Leadership: -Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City -Rediscover Mental Health Foundation Chair: ECO Council for the Metro KC Climate Action Coalition Current Member: -Sierra Club -Friends of the Kaw -American Water Works Association -Women's Political Caucus of Greater Kansas City
Champaign Phone (816) 398-5645

What are the three critical projects or areas of emphasis that will move the water board forward?

1: Consistent infrastructure renewal: • The ongoing process of filtration, treatment, delivery of water, and replacement of old infrastructure needs to continue to be a focus for WaterOne. This will help to keep prices low.

2: Strategic water quality testing: • WaterOne needs to continue to offer state of the art tools and resources to keep our water clean • The POTUS ordered the EPA to roll back testing for lead in our drinking water but, WaterOne should continue to test for lead as it has historically to ensure public health security. • Last year WaterOne tested for PFAS 4 times. It is important to strategically test for contaminants listed in the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Report. WaterOne could be testing more frequently during the rainy season for PFAS for example.

3: Offer effective governance on the WaterOne Board with these tenants: • Include public voice in decision making, • Transparency of water quality and quantity issues, • Responsiveness serving stakeholders

What skills, expertise, or competencies qualify you for this position?

• I am the only candidate who is a Certified Public Water Official by the American Water Works Association. • I am experienced with community board leadership. • I am a Community Health Executive for Cerner Corporation where public health initiatives are integral to the work I do every day. • I am experienced in working with large budgets. • I have my Executive M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis that supports my ability to review budget and management decisions.

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Ullyses Wright (N) Retired

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Personal Biography Former Oklahoma State University, County Extension Agent. Former Senior Sales Representative, Agricultural Chemicals, BASF Corporation. Former Supplier Diversity Specialist, Supply Chain Management, Sprint. Membership: Johnson County NAACP, Masonic Lodge # 74, and Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Campaign Phone (913) 764-0781
Campaign Email ullysesw@gmail.com
Education Bachelor of Science, Agriculture Economics Langston University
Community/Public Service On May 23, 2019 I was reappointed to the Johnson County Community Corrections Advisory Board and was ratified by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. I served on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Kansas City Clinical Oncology, (Baptist Medical Center). I served as the Chairman of the National Participant Advisory Board for the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trail (SELECT) conducted by the Southwest Oncology Group, and funded by the National Cancer Institute.
Web Site facebook.com/ullyseswrightcandidate
Champaign Phone (913) 544-8386

What are the three critical projects or areas of emphasis that will move the water board forward?

1. Having clean safe drinking water, and being a good steward is all our responsibility, I will work to encourage the public to be good stewards of our water sources. WaterOne has dual water sources the Kansas River and the Missouri River. 2. I will work to ensure the Water District continue to provide high quality drinking water to the customers of WaterOne. 3. I will work to ensure the critical infrastructure such as fire hydrants are in place, and inspected annually as the Water District customer base continue to grow.

What skills, expertise, or competencies qualify you for this position?

I am a graduate of Langston University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agriculture Economics which includes several college credits of chemistry, while working as an Oklahoma State University County Extension Agent, I served on a committee studying the water table of the Ogallala Aquifer located beneath the Great Plains in the United States. Also as a Senior Sales Representative for BASF Corporation in the state of Kansas I promoted conservation practices that reduced chemical runoff into the streams and waterways. On May 23, 2019 I was reappointed to the Johnson County Community Corrections Advisory Board and was ratified by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. I served on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Kansas City Clinical Oncology, (Baptist Medical Center). I served as the Chairman of the National Participant Advisory Board for the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trail (SELECT) conducted by the Southwest Oncology Group.