HOUSE OF HOPE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board of Directors
MARILYN THOMAS | FOUNDER
Founded House of Hope Kansas City in 2003. As a young girl, God planted a seed in Marilyn’s heart- a lifelong desire to help hurting children. She always had a dream of starting an orphanage. After graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Marilyn worked as a staff nurse at the University of Colorado Medical Center. While in the pediatrics and neonatal intensive care units, she did research for the first kidney transplant in children. She also worked as a public health nurse and medical surgical nursing instructor at the Research Hospital School of Nursing in Kansas City. Thomas credits her nursing education for much of the success at House of Hope. She said, “I don’t know if I would have been able to found and open this place without my nursing background…It was God’s plan as I look back on life, and He used me as a vehicle to accomplish it in Kansas City.”
DR. LARRY DAUGHERTY | CHAIRMAN
Studied at San Jose State University, earning a B.S. and M.A. in Physical Education. Drafted in 1966, Larry spent five years in the Army serving primarily as a helicopter pilot while earning the rank of Captain. Following his discharge, to improve professionally, he eventually earned his Ed. D. in private school administration at the University of San Francisco. Larry began his administrative career at Fremont Christian School, CA in 1972 where he served as Secondary Principal and eventually Superintendent until 1994. For 18 years, he assumed the Superintendent position at Maranatha Academy in Shawnee, KS, retiring in 2012. He was privileged to serve the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) as a member of the Executive Board, South Central Accreditation Commission, and KS-MO District Representative. A participant with the Kansas Association of Independent & Religious Schools, Larry was honored as an inductee into the KAIRS Hall of Fame in 2012. Currently, he serves on the boards of Renewanation, Christian Charities USA, House of Hope, Kansas City, and as a Shawnee Rotary Club member. Larry and Marilyn have four adult children and five grandchildren. They reside in Lenexa, KS and attend Antioch Church.
Began his career in 1969 as a clinical therapist at a residential treatment center in Kansas City, following graduation from the University of Missouri. Paul’s passion for improving the lives of children and their families and his ability to lead was recognized when Paul became President of the center in 1973. Under Paul’s leadership Ozanam grew into a multi service organization. Paul’s unique abilities and vision to understand the market place for children’s services and adjust strategies to address ongoing funding reductions spearheaded the creation of Cornerstones of Care in 1998 through a merger of Ozanam with four other well respected organizations – Gillis, Marillac, Spofford, and Healthy Families Counseling and Support.
Is the president of American Fire Sprinkler Corp. which is a woman-owned business that provides installation, maintenance & inspection of fire sprinkler suppression systems. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Shawnee Mission, KS.
Martha Comment, LCSW, served as a counselor for House of Hope Kansas City for five years and has served as a Board member for the past five years. She has a heart of teens and their families. Martha has two grown children and five grandchildren and lives in Kansas City Missouri. So hobbies in retirement are playing with my grand-kids, biking, tennis, traveling, and reading. I also volunteer with a couple of other organizations.
Lee Robertson grew up in Houston, TX, and after high school attended Baylor University in Waco. After graduating, he was a teacher in the Houston School District. He then joined the sales department of Bethlehem Steel Corp in 1966 and retired in 2000 after 33 years of service. In St. Louis, he met his wife, Becky, and after 4 days we were engaged and married 4 months later in 1968. He and his wife now reside in Weston, MO, they have two daughters, Betsy and Katie. Betsy and her husband and their 10 children live in CO. Katie and her husband and their 3 children live on a farm near Weston MO. Lee says, “God has been good to us and we praise Him for our family and how He has blessed us.”
Matthew is a lifelong resident of Kansas City and son-in-law to Marilyn Thomas, the founder of House of Hope Kansas City. Matthew’s wife Lindsay was instrumental in the founding of HOHKC, working alongside Marilyn in the early days as the first counselor for the organization. Matthew and Lindsay are the parents to a son and three daughters and have been long time supporters of HOHKC. Professionally, Matthew is a principal at Kessinger Hunter where he specializes in the selling and leasing of industrial real estate. The Severns are members of Redeemer Fellowship in Kansas City and reside in the midtown area.
BA in Psychology & Secondary Education – UMKC
MSW – KU, LSCSW – KS
Judy worked her entire career in the area of residential care for emotionally disturbed and/or learning disordered adolescents. She served as a therapist at both Crittendon Center and Ozanam. At Ozanam she served in addition as Acting Executive Director and Development Director.
Kraig Kohring is Chair of the Real Estate and Financial Services Department at Polsinelli and leads its Capital Markets and Commercial Lending practice group. As Chair of the Real Estate and Financial Services Department, Kraig is responsible for a group of over 225 lawyers with practices in the real estate, banking, lending, capital markets, structured finance, and bankruptcy industries. Kraig focuses his practice on securitization and other structured finance, health care finance, private equity finance, direct lending, and other commercial lending transactions. He has been representing loan sellers, servicers, operating advisors, B-piece investors, depositors, issuers and underwriters in CMBS and other CRE securitization transactions for more than twenty years. The securitization practice group Kraig leads at Polsinelli has represented various parties in over 825 securitization transactions, including over the past 12 months, more than 125 CMBS transactions and more than 15 CRE CLO transactions.
PASTOR JIM BEATY
After earning a degree from the University of Illinois, and beginning work at the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, Jim married Raye Ellen Witt, graduated with a degree in Theology, and spent an additional year in Clinical Pastoral Education at Elgin State Mental Hospital. For more than ten years each, Pastor Jim served at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Carbondale, IL, First Lutheran Church, Beardstown, IL, and Overland Park Lutheran Church, Overland Park, KS. Retiring in 2005, Pastor Jim volunteered and still serves once a week as a mentor at Leavenworth Federal Prison. Jim and Raye have 4 children and 12 grandchildren. His hobbies include hunting, camping, hiking, and home improvements. In 2007, when House of Hope KC began its residency program, Pastor Jim volunteered as chaplain and led weekly chapel services until his hearing became an obstacle. He enjoys continuing to help there with upkeep and maintenance. He began serving on the board of directors of HOHKC in 2019. Currently Pastor Jim and his wife attend Hillcrest Covenant Church where he continues to lead a small Bible study group.
DR. GRACE KETTERMAN
DR. MARTYE BARNARD
TYRONE & RENEE FLOWERS