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.

2024 Board of Directors

President Phil Bressler
Vice President-Development Jeff vonSeldeneck
Vice President-Strategic Planning Doug Richards
Vice President-Community Elaine Stolze
Secretary Emma Bland
Treasurer Jeffrey Byers
President-Elect Holly Streeter-Schaefer
Co-Chairs, Friends of the Arboretum Nancy Jernberg and Mike Hopson
Chair, Friends of Overland Park Arts Laura Harsch
Chair, Friends of the Farmstead Laura Ryan
City of Overland Park Representatives:  
Governing Body Chris Newlin
Parks and Recreation Department Jermel Stevenson
Members at Large:  
  Abigail Czinege
  Jennifer Gerlach
  Melissa Seiler,
  Ken Selzer
  Marga Spangler
  Fred Spears
  Terri Thompson
  Tanya Wilson













2024 Board of Directors with professional affiliations

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 2022 Tax Return - Public Inspection

ARFOP 2022 Financial Statements-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.