Leadership and Governance

Leadership and Governance

A 21-person Board of Directors governs the Foundation. Included on the Board are the Chairs of the Friends groups' Advisory Boards. In addition, the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Overland Park and a representative of the City Council serve as Directors without vote. The remaining members are community leaders interested in furthering the mission of the Foundation and maintaining the outstanding quality of life in Overland Park.

2023 Board of Directors

President Phil Bressler
Vice President-Development Holly Streeter-Schaefer
Vice President-Strategic Planning Doug Richards
Secretary Emma Bland
Treasurer Marga Spangler
Past President Tanya Wilson


Chair, Friends of the Arboretum Carlos Corredor
Chair, Friends of Overland Park Arts Inas Younis





City of Overland Park Representatives  
Governing Body Fred Spears
Parks and Recreation Department Jermel Stevenson




Members at large: Jeffrey Byers, Abigail Czinege, Karen Lazowski, Dennis Patton, Christine Ricci, Ken Selzer, Elaine Stolze, Terri Thompson, Jeff vonSeldeneck, Melissa Windon

2023 Board of Directors

Foundation Staff

Vicki Lilly: Executive Director - vicki.lilly@artsandrec-op.org

Jennifer Cairns: Development Director - jennifer.cairns@artsandrec-op.org

Brit Waye: Community Engagement Manager - brit.waye@artsandrec-op.org


The Foundation accepts unrestricted, temporarily restricted and permanently restricted (endowment) gifts. For the purpose of leaving a legacy gift to the Foundation as part of a bequest or any estate-planning tool, the official name of the Foundation is The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park, Inc. The Foundation's EIN is 48-1171599. To discuss leaving a legacy gift, please call the foundation office - 913-322-6467.


ARFOP 2021 Tax Return - Public Inspection

Financial Statements - Year ended December 31, 2021, with Independent Auditor's Report

View governance documents including bylaws and policies.

2023 Board Orientation


Memberships and volunteer opportunities are available through the Foundation's Friends groups.

The Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for all major fundraising and provides oversight for the Friends groups' activities which include:

  • Membership Programs
  • Commemorative Gifts Programs
  • Volunteer Programs
  • Special Events
  • Marketing, Promotions and Community Outreach
  • Exhibits, Projects and Educational Programming

The Foundation and the Friends groups work in concert with Parks and Recreation Department staff on all events, exhibits, projects, and programs. The Foundation also works with the City of Overland in determining the capital projects it will fund.