Board Members

Executive Board (Officers)

Lisa Austin, President
Lisa is President of the National Association of Asian American Professionals of Greater Kansas City (NAAAP-GKC). Since 2012, she has worked for Argus Health Systems, which is a subsidiary of DST Systems, Inc., as a Senior Project Leader. She received her undergraduate degree from Friends University and started her career in the utility industry, then managed air navigational aid programs for the FAA and airports around the world — and if you live in Kansas City, you must at least work for Sprint, which she did in their marketing departments.

Lisa grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and moved to Kansas City in 1997 with her husband and two daughters and currently enjoys her three grandchildren. She also enjoys volunteering for non-profit organizations centered on the fight against children’s cancer. She is also passionate about creating different wonton recipes and offers party platters for anyone who wants to bring something unique to an event.


David Moore, Vice President of Strategic Development
David is a Senior Production Artist at Hallmark Cards and has been with the company for more than 15 years. He has held various positions at the Kansas City based greeting card company including Production Designer, Process Artist, and Multimedia Designer. David is very involved with several Employee Resource Groups at Hallmark including the Military Interest Group and Hallmark Employees Reaching Equality. He has served on the Asian American ERG Steering Council for 3 years and was the 2015 Chair of AARCH, Asian American Resource Community at Hallmark. Prior to Hallmark, he was Operations Manager for Vanguard Airlines Reservations Center and served in the U.S. Army during Desert Storm.

David was born in Saigon, Vietnam, but has lived in various countries including Spain and Germany. He loves to travel, is obsessed with live theatre, and attends at least one local production a week. David travels to New York at least once a year and has seen 72 Broadway and Off Broadway shows to date. He lives in Shawnee, Kansas, with his partner of 19 years.

Jenny Copeland, Vice President of Operations
Jenny has been the Vice President of Operations for NAAAP-GKC since 2016. She works as a Retail Senior Technology Specialist at Hallmark Cards. Jenny graduated from Kansas State University with bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in Spanish. She studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain, between her junior and senior year.

Jenny enjoys international travel, high adventure, and photography.


Junann Lopez, Secretary
Junann is Secretary of the NAAAP-GKC. She has worked at Hallmark Cards for 19 years, and is currently a Senior Credit Representative. She is the Vice Chair of the Asian American Resource Community at Hallmark, (AARCH). Through Hallmark’s volunteer program she has contributed to the community in a variety of organizations. She was lead for the Finance Division United Way Campaign, Special Olympics committee member, organized the first Disc Golf Fundraiser for Heartland MS Society, and judges debate and forensics tournaments for Basehor Linwood High School. Junann also volunteers for the Japanese Festival, Harvesters, Salvation Army, Headquarters Counseling Center, Friends of the Zoo, Christmas in October, Karios, Guadalupe Center and multiple church gatherings.

Junann has two children, Nicole a University of Kansas graduate working at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Lawrence, Kansas, and Nick a Marine currently stationed at Ft Lee, Virginia for training. She crochets, reads and loves traveling to new places.

Brett Scherer, Treasurer 
A Kansas City native, Brett is well connected among many professional and philanthropic organizations in the area. Among these organizations are NAAAP, Bacchus Foundation, Social Heart, Kansas City Young Professionals and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Brett enjoys “partying for a cause” and regularly participates in young professional fundraisers such as the Social Heart Date Auctions and the Bacchus Foundation Balls. Brett is well traveled, having visited many countries across the world and maintains a collection of artifacts sourced from the regions he has visited.

Fitness is a priority in Brett’s life evidenced by his seven day workout schedule at Woodside Health and Tennis Club and the healthy diet that he maintains. His most notable hobby is working on his vehicles, keeping up with their maintenance schedules and upgrading performance parts. On evenings and weekends, you can find Brett hanging out on the Country Club Plaza at places like Zocalo and Kona Grill, a couple of his favorites spots for happy hours.

Aviva Ajmera, Senior Advisor
Aviva is a business executive with consumer product and retail experience. She has 22+ years of success in strategy development and implementation, new product development, brand management, consumer marketing, and organization re-design. She has strong communication, collaboration and leadership skills used to build, develop and motivate teams that deliver results with excellence. Aviva is solution oriented with an eye towards growth.

Aviva has unique blend of Consulting and hands-on practioner experience. She is currently the Owner and President of SoLVE. A Kansas City based consulting firm focused on helping businesses grow. Previously, Aviva was a partner with The Partnering Group for 6 years and worked for Accenture for 3 years. She has consulted for blue chip companies across diverse CPG & non-CPG industries including: Nestle USA, Post Foods, Sara Lee, Kimberly Clark, LG Electronics, Bauer Hockey, Creative Converting, 3M, Northwest Airlines and Fingerhut.

In Kansas City, Aviva worked for Hallmark Cards, Inc. for 14 years. She was a senior leader in many areas including Product Development, Retail, Corporate and Customer Strategy, and Business Transformation. Aviva launched, grew and re-invented iconic marketplace programs partnering with many brands and retailers including: Disney Consumer Products, Starbucks, The Komen Foundation, Hallmark Gold Crown, Walmart, Walgreens, Kohl’s, Publix, and Longs Drugs.

Aviva recieved a BA in Economics and Policy Studies from Rice University; MBA in Marketing, Management & Strategy and Non-profit Management from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Aviva is an accredited angle investor and the Vice Chair with the Women’s Capital Connection. She is a member of the Central Exchange and on the Upper School Council for the Pembroke Hill School. Aviva is also in her second year as a senior advisor to the Greater Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Asian Professionals.

Born and raised in Upstate New York, Aviva has made Kansas City her home for 20 years. She is married with 1 daughter and 3 “bonus” children,
and a granddaughter. Aviva enjoys running, yoga, entertaining and traveling.

Anita Ranhotra, Senior Advisor

Anita is a Product Integrity Process Improvement Manager with Hallmark Cards, Inc. In this role, she manages a team focused on processes and systems to protect the Hallmark brand and social license to operate. She is also a past Chair of AARCH (Asian American Resource Community at Hallmark).

Anita received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and master’s degree in Engineering Management, both from Kansas State University. Prior to Hallmark, Anita worked for Payless ShoeSource, Distribution, Inc. and The Limited – Logistics Services, Inc. Anita is also actively involved with engineering advisory councils at K-State. In her spare time, Anita enjoys watching K-State football games, working out (with a recent interest in running!), and spending time with friends.

She joined NAAAP to help Asian Americans in Kansas City develop and network, both personally and professionally.

Parth Sheth, Past President

 


Governing Board

Director of Community Service and Outreach
Janice Walline

Director of Cultural Awareness and Special Events
Maiko Uhlich

Director of Institutional Sponsorship
Lanni Colebank

Director of Leadership Development
Shivaji Bandar

Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Jason Carney

Director of Membership
Kim Do

Director of Technology
Cheryl Edenfield

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