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OFFICE OF HUMAN RELATIONS
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Commission Members 

Roger Jim Davis  |  Keith Curnutt  |  Rafaela "Lali" Garcia  |  Howard Lotven
Rosemary Lowe  |  Karen Payne  |  Randall L. Vest  |  One position is vacant

CHAIR - Roger Jim Davis 

Roger Jim Davis Mr. Davis holds a B.S. from the University of Denver. While a resident of Denver Davis served as Chairman of the Mayors Citizen's Budget Advisory Committee. When he relocated to Charleston West Virginia, Davis continued to serve the community as member of the State Citizen Advisory Commission for Public Welfare. A Captain in the United States Coast Guard (Retired) Davis currently serves on numerous boards and committees of charitable organizations in the metro area, which support youth programs.

Mr. Roger "Jim" Davis was first appointed to the Commission on October 2 1998. His current term expires March 1, 2012.

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Keith Curnutt

Keith Curnutt A proud resident of Independence, Curnutt is a graduate of Central Misouri State University where he received a degree in business. A Stock broker by trade, Curnutt is also an entrepreneur. Curnutt has been married to his lovely wife for 46 years They have 2 children and four grandchildren.

 

Mr. Curnutt was first appointed on May 24, 2005, and reappointed September 7, 2006. His current term expires March 1, 2010.

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Rafaela "Lali" Garcia

Rafaela GarciaLali Garcia has long been an activist in the Latino community and her lengthy list of awards is a testament to her commitment. Garcia has been honored with/ received/been the recipient of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Humanitarian of the year award, the Pat Rios award, which was given to her by the Guadalupe Center, The MANA Community Service Award and has been listed in Ingram's magazine as one of KC's Local Heroes. Garcia's personal mission statement is "To make a better life for the Hispanic Community through my involvement in various organizations". It is clear that Garcia lives out this mantra by being on the Board of Directors of Guadalupe Center, the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation, and The Port Authority. Garcia is a member of numerous civic organizations where she also lends her fiery spirit and common sense approach to issues.

Mrs. Garcia was first appointed to the commission on January 24, 1997. Her current term expires in March 11, 2011.

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Howard Lotven 

Howard Lotven Mr. Howard L. Lotven is a well-known Attorney in the Kansas City area. A graduate of UMKC Law School, Mr. Lotven is a member of numerous organizations, including the Kansas City Bar Association’s Municipal Court Committee and the Family Law Committee, and is a CASA Volunteer Attorney. CASA named Lotven Attorney of the Year in 2002. Lovten is also the City Judge for the Townships of Napoleon and Lake Lafayette. As if he has more than 24 hours in his day, he also lends his expertise and time to a number of diverse civic and charitable organizations. He is a member of The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, Heart of America Stand Down (U.S. Veteran’s Assistance Program Municipal Court Defense Attorney-Volunteer), a Heartland United Way Volunteer, and he has been a member of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum since 2002.

Mr. Lotven was appointed to the Commission on September 7, 2006. His current term expires on March 1, 2010.

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Rosemary Lowe 

Rosemary Lowe Mrs. Rosemary Lowe, is a community and neighborhood activist who is known as tireless advocate. Known for speaking her mind, "Mother Lowe" as she is affectionately called, is respected by law enforcement, dignitaries', politicians and the community at large. Lowe has been able to present comprehensive strategic plans, which have resulted in drug dealers voluntarily cutting weeds and picking up trash in their community. These same well thought out plans have enabled police officers and neighborhood residents in developing safe, economically sound, viable communities. A native of Arkansas, Lowe has numerous awards from various organizations, which stands as a testimony to her commitment to her Kansas City. At an age when most people want to sit and talk about the good ol' days, Lowe's indefatigable spirit makes her talk about the future, and when she talks-people listen.

Her term expires March 1, 2012.

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Karen Payne 

Karen Payne Karen Payne holds a B.S. degree in sociology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Payne has effectively put her sociology skills to use in the arena of American workers. Payne has 23 years of experience in mediation and work group dynamics in her work with unions (UAW, CLUW). Payne's experience places her in the unique position of offering a systemic perspective to problem solving. While a member of UAW, she was a member of the Civil Rights Committee, Co-Editor of Local 249 Newspaper, First Local News and coordinator for their Joint training program, which dealt with sex harassment and diversity in the workplace. Payne is a member numerous organizations which include the Coalition of Labor Union Women and The Committee for County Progress to name a few and was a candidate for Missouri State Representative in 1996. A caring sympathetic individual, who is sensitive to the needs of others, Payne also volunteers at Hope House a shelter for battered women and their children.

Payne was first appointed on June 16 1999. Her current term expires on March 11, 2011.

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Randall L. Vest 

Randall VestRandall L. Vest of Blue Springs was appointed to the Human Relations and Citizen Complaints Commission on March 26, 2009 for a term to expire on March 13, 2013.

Mr. Vest is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla, having earned a degree in Civil Engineering. As the former Director of the City of Independence Water Department, Vest brings a quiet strength and analytical presence to the Commission. Vest’s community service activities include: being a former District Officer and Assistant Scout Master with the Boys Scouts of America; serving two years as an Election Deputy for the Jackson County Election Board and serving as an Officer and Chair of the Independence Jaycees. Not only has Vest committed leg work to the community, he has opened his home to host students from Turkey and Australia through the American Field Service program. He has also been host to adults from Russia through the International Relations Council for Greater Kansas City and from Japan through the Japanese Sister City Commission.

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