About Lee's Summit CARES

A Community Coalition

Our Mission

To prevent youth substance use and violence, empower positive parenting and promote exemplary character.

Our Vision

A healthy and safe community for children, youth and families of the Greater Lee's Summit area.

Board of Directors

ReDiscover Board
  • Marsha Palmer-Thelwell, President | ReDiscover
  • Julie Doane, Vice President | LSR7 School Board
  • Lisa Lambkin, Treasurer | Lisa Lambkin Financial Services, LLC
  • Dr. Fel Bagunu | GracePointe Community Church
  • Chief Travis Forbes | Lee's Summit Police Department
  • Ray Dlugolecki | Community Volunteer
  • Kerri Gray | ReDiscover
  • Dr. Rexanne Hill | LSR7 School District
  • Kimberly Alonzo | LSR7 School District
  • Susie Krug | Saint Luke's East Hospital
  • Ryan Gibson | Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation
  • Monte Stull | Coldwater
  • Diane Forte | Lee's Summit City Council
  • Diane Seif | In Memoriam

Our Team

Executive Director

Rachel Nelson-Segobia has been Director of Lee's Summit CARES since 2015. Through both her personal and professional life, she has dedicated over 15 years of service in the nonprofit sector, committed to organizations that empower young people. Rachel lives in Lee's Summit with her husband, Rudy, and their daughter. In her free time, she enjoys reading, camping, hiking, and running.

Program Coordinator

After retiring from a 35-year career in the finance industry, Susan volunteered for Lee's Summit CARES and began working for the organization in 2006. Susan has enjoyed her career change and serving the Lee's Summit community in many ways.

Program Coordinator

Monica Meeks, MBA, held jobs in the journalism and marketing fields before spending more than two decades as an executive with national, regional and local nonprofits. Currently, Monica serves on many state and local boards that support drug-free youth. Monica and her husband reside in Lee’s Summit.