We are fortunate to have esteemed, interdisciplinary expertise guiding the success of MINDDRIVE.
Our founders and our board of directors have ardent dedication to the success of this cause for the sake of our students and the community at large.
Bob Berkebile - Board Chair
Bob is a founder of BNIM Architects, Kansas City, Missouri. His firm has been a leader in the country in environmentally responsible design. In 2011, the firm was designated “The Firm of the Year” in America by the American Institute of Architects. Bob is one of the most prominent voices in moving his profession toward responsible sustainability practices and in a broader sense one of the foremost leaders of our time regarding overall global sustainability. Bob serves as our Board Chair and leads the Governance Committee. He's a regular visitor on Saturday mornings because he says, "he's inspired by what the kids are capable of!"
Tim was founder and former CEO of both C&C Group, Inc and Custom Energy, LLC. He is retired from a career of over 40 years in the Mechanical/Electrical Equipment and Construction Industry. He has been closely involved with several non-profit organizations including DeLaSalle Education Center, Hope Faith Ministries, and Neighborhood Housing Service. He has been a fundraiser and has a passion for inner city neighborhood revitalization including better educational opportunities for youth. Tim serves on our Development Committee and is working to enlarge our "Sustaining Partner" program of supporters.
Gary is currently retired but active in a variety of community/volunteer roles. He is involved with a local group, Kansas City Mentoring Movement, affiliated with a national organization, CARES MENTORING, which is dedicated to bringing adults together with youth as positive role models.
Gary has served on DeLaSalle Education Center's board of directors for 12 years. He also serves on the Belton Research Medical Center board.
Scott Helm - Board Treasurer
Scott is a professor at the UMKC school of Business and is particularly involved in not-for-profit organizations. He has a strong background in fundraising and financial organization of non-profit programs.
Scott has led our strategic planning sessions and serves on the Finance Committee.
Michael owns Hobson Limousine service in Kansas City and has experience in Kansas City as a board member and board chairman. He has been the chair of the Kansas City Boy’s and Girl’s Choir for 10 years. His guidance has led the choir to being a cornerstone youth music program in Kansas City. Mike's passion for creating opportunities for youth is a strong and steady reminder of why we exist. He serves on our Finance Committee.
Steve Karbank - Advisor
Steve carries on a family tradition in commercial real estate in Kansas City. He follows in his father's footsteps leading one of the region's most respected firms. He has exhibited a keen sense of respect for the environment and his properties exemplify his commitment to making the world a better place. He has a passion for design and innovative solutions that save energy through the use of renewable and sustainable materials. MINDDRIVE is honored to be located in his father’s first commercial property in Kansas City, which has been perfectly suited for the needs of the program.
Our dear advisor - he is so missed.
Phil had a long history of civic involvement in Kansas City. He was the Vice President of DST Realty who was not only responsible for the property of DST Systems headquartered in Kansas City but also the redevelopment of much of the west side of downtown. He single handedly led the effort to bring the new Kansas City Library to life in the city's downtown and is one of the city's top brain trust for the continued redevelopment and success of the region as a whole.
Robert is a Construction Specialist for Airgas. With his 22+ years of experience in the welding supply sector, his ability to grow businesses, enhance productivity, along with his experience in training makes him a great addition to our executive board.
Robert also serves as mentor for our evening welding classes, getting directly involved with the success of our students on an individual level. His knowledge of welding as a career path is a valuable asset for our students.
Sam is a utility system engineer for Black and Veatch Engineers, one of the country's leading utility engineers. He serves as a board member and has also served as a mentor. His experience as an engineer has been invaluable in his role as the chair of our Program Committee.
Myron Sildon - Board Secretary
Myron is an attorney and has a long history of civic involvement including pivotal responsibilities in organizations like the Kansas City Downtown Rotary Club. He has brought a professional approach to MINDDRIVE and has an important mature voice in the strategic planning efforts.
Myron is constantly involved in connecting folks to the MINDDRIVE program and serves on our Governance Committee.
Bill is an attorney and graduate from the University of Nebraska. He was hired by Bill Deramus at Kansas City Southern and managed properties and fixed assets. He is semi retired and has a pretty good handle on the social and power structure of the city's businesses, foundations and leading families.
Bill serves as a mentor during our Saturday program in the Automotive Design Studio and is a key player on MINDDRIVE'S Finance Committee.
Section Manager of Product and Process Innovation – Bridgestone.
Jon manages a team of experienced technical associates to evaluate new product concepts and product related services for 5-10 years from now. He has worked his way up through the company from 1997 to today and has been a life-long Ohio resident. As a father of triplets and a coach for youth sports, Jon has a keen perspective of what is happening in the future of technology and is in touch with what our nation’s youth are currently facing at school and through afterschool programs.