Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners
Jean-Paul Chaurand, President (2011-Present)
President Jean-Paul Chaurand is the vice president of The H & R Bloch Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, Jean-Paul was the chief operating officer at the Guadalupe Centers and the senior vice president for community investment at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Mr. Chaurand received a bachelor’s degree in urban affairs from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and an MBA from UMKC’s Bloch School Executive MBA Program.
Shannon Cade, Commissioner (2017-Present)
Shannon Cade is Corporate Counsel for Cerner. Ms. Cade currently serves on the Board of Directors for R.U.B.I.E.S., Inc. and DEBATE-Kansas City. She received a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Missouri—Columbia and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.
Allen Dillingham, Commissioner (2011-Present)
Allen Dillingham is the Director of Government Affairs for the Builders’ Association and is the former District Director for Senator Kit Bond. Mr. Dillingham currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Greater Kansas City United Way and the Board of Advocates for Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. He received a bachelor’s degree in World Political Economy from The Colorado College and an MBA from UMKC’s Bloch School Executive MBA Program.
David Mecklenburg, Commissioner (2011-Present)
David Mecklenberg is an insurance agent with Calvin Eddy and Kappelman, Inc. Mr. Mecklenburg has served the Clay County Parks Board, the Northland Neighborhoods Board and Kansas City’s Wet Weather Community Panel. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Methodist College and is a veteran of the United States Army.
Mary Jane Judy, Commissioner (2013-Present)
Mary Jane Judy is a a shareholder at Polsinelli where she focuses on real estate transactions and finance matters. She has previously served as chair of the City’s Liquor Control Board of Review as well as on the boards of several charities. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law.
Mark L. McHenry, Director (2003-Present)
Mark McHenry earned his bachelor’s degree in park administration from Texas Tech University and his master’s in public administration from UMKC. He joined the staff of Kansas City, MO Parks and Recreation in 1974 as a municipal management trainee and has been a key member of the department since 1976, moving through the ranks of park district manager, superintendent of construction and development, and superintendent of parks management. In 1988 he became deputy director and has served as the department’s director since 2003. During his tenure, Mr. McHenry has been project manager on such large projects as the Kansas City Zoo construction and the renovation of the Liberty Memorial/National World War I Museum.
In addition to his record of public management, Mr. McHenry has served as president of the local chapter of American Society for Public Administration, president of the Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute (SPRTI) and president of the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association (MPRA). He is currently the president of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Additionally, he is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association and their Public Policy Committee. He has received many awards throughout his distinguished career including the Outstanding Service Award from (SPRTI), the 2009 Fellow Award from MPRA and the 2017 Arts Advocate Award from Arts KC.
The Board of Parks and Recreation holds public meetings every other Tuesday at the Parks and Recreation Department Administration building, 4600 E. 63rd St. All meetings start at 2 p.m. and are open to the public.
To contact the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners
Karmen Houston, Secretary
4600 E. 63rd St.
Kansas City, MO 64130