Our Staff

Mario Urquilla, Executive Director

Shatomi Luster, Program Director
Volunteers in Tax Preparation

Becky Gripp, Program Director
Small Dollar Loan & Financial Empowerment

Next Step KC is governed by a community board of directors who serve without compensation.


Mario Urquilla, President
Bank of the West

Katie Elliott, Secretary
Legal Counsel, Scout Investment    

James Meyer, Treasurer
Regional Manager, FDIC - DRR, (retired)


Jim Graham

Emily Hane

Patricia Harris-Shelby
Habitat for Humanity Kansas City

Adam LaBoda
Attorney, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP

Jeff McCool
Vice President - Area Manager
Bank of the West

Julie Riddle
United Way of Greater Kansas City

Brent Schondelmeyer
Deputy Director, Local Investment Commission

Jerry Venters
US Bankruptcy Judge (retired)

Donald Wise, Associate Director
Park University