About Lee's Summit CARES

A Community Coalition

Our Mission

Lee’s Summit CARES mobilizes community partners to develop a culture of physical and mental wellness for Lee’s Summit youth and families that inspires positive, healthy choices.

Our Vision

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

Board of Directors

  • Dr. Fel Bagunu, President | GracePointe Community Church
  • Dr. Rexanne Hill, Secretary | LSR7 School District
  • Lesley McKeone, CPA, Treasurer | Spilker McKeone & Nelson PC
  • Kimberly Alonzo | LSR7 School District
  • Ed Cullumber | ReDiscover
  • Ray Dlugolecki | Jackson County Health Department
  • Chief Travis Forbes | Lee's Summit Police Department
  • Ryan Gibson | Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation
  • Cheryl Kempley | Community Member
  • Susie Krug | Saint Luke's East Hospital
  • Megan Marshall | LSR7 School Board
  • Hillary Shields | Lee's Summit City Council
  • Monte Stull | Coldwater
  • Wanda Taylor | Crittenton Children's Center

Our Team

Executive Director

Elaine joined Lee's Summit CARES in June 2021. She has executive-level experience in higher education and nonprofit organizations. She has a reputation for solving problems, strengthening programs, enhancing financial stability and building infrastructures to grow organizations. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from UMKC and a master's degree in education from Webster University. Elaine resides in Lee's Summit.

Associate Executive Director

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.

Program Manager

Vanessa is a Lee’s Summit resident whose children attended LSR-7 schools. She brings more than 30 years experience working with individuals and families who experience homelessness, substance use disorders and mental health challenges. She is the chair of the City of Lee’s Summit Human Relations Commission, serves on the board of Lee's Summit Social Services and is a member of the Lee's Summit Ministerial Alliance. Vanessa has served as a Lee's Summit CARES parent educator at Hillcrest Lee’s Summit for parents as they move out of homelessness.