One of the newest Board members, Allen joined the Board in October, 2011 following his return to the private practice of law after serving over twenty-five years as in-house counsel to two cities. Concluding almost nineteen years as City Counselor for Jefferson City, Allen came to Independence to serve in the same capacity for eight years. Allen has his own practice focusing on local government, employment and non-profit law and acts as Of Counsel with the firm of Kapke & Willerth. Allen is active in his church, currently serving as an adult Bible teacher and vice chair of the Deacon body. Allen and his wife, Beth, built their dream house in Independence which happens to be reasonably close to their only grandchild. Active in Rotary, Allen has served in several offices including president of the Independence Rotary Club and is currently preparing to serve as the Group Study Exchange Team headed to Romania and the Republic of Moldova. The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate has enlisted his help with its effort to create a ReStore in Independence, building on his past experience with construction projects for other Habitat affiliates. Allen was recently elected to the Jackson County Extension Council for the University of Missouri.
John retired from Management at GM-Leeds Plant in September 1987. He then worked in Prescription Delivery business for about 18 years. He has been a member of Mt. Washington United Methodist Church since 1960. He has served as Chairman of Trustee’s for 15 years. He is one of the founding members of the NorthWest Communities Development Corporation, Fairmount Community Center, and the Fairmount Plaza Apartments. Presently, he is a Board member of the NWCDC, Fairmount Plaza Apartments, and the Clarence A. Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund. He was also a member of the Inter-City Kiwanis Club when it was still active.
Kansas native Chris McCreary began his career in finance as a student at Wichita State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration. A licensed CPA, McCreary worked for five years handling personal finance and corporatereturns as well as financial audits for agricultural cooperatives and credit unions. That experience led him to a position as Chief Financial Officer for what is now known as Meritrust Credit Union, where he managed internal accounting, data processing and operational budgets. McCreary is now President of United Consumers Credit Union, where his tenure has been marked by business expansion, the development of new consumer products and a renewed dedication to community service.
Retiring after a career spanning just over 40 years in law enforcement, seemed like a good idea to Fred, with time to simply kick back and not do much else but enjoy life. While it was a good plan, when asked about volunteering with NWCDC; working with the Fairmount Community Center and their many other projects, it didn’t take long for him to answer that question. Having been raised in western Independence, helping his hometown and in particular the neighborhood he called home until his career took him away, seemed like a “responsibility.” It wasn’t an obligation or a “have to”, but a responsibility and welcomed opportunity to give back to an area that gave him so much when he was growing up. While the oldest children do not live in the area, their youngest, and only daughter, and their granddaughter live in Independence. Having the girls in town gives additional importance to working with an organization whose focus is making the lives of our residents just a little better and ensuring Independence remains a great place to call home.