Cheryl

Barnes

73, Resilient

Cheryl's life, which has taken her from Kansas City to Denver, Wisconsin, and back to Kansas City, has always been characterized by involvement in a wide variety of communications and legislative activities. Early on these interests emerged in a career that included work at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national headquarters, a regional ski association, the American Television and Communications Corp., and Road America, one of the oldest road racing facilities in the U.S. When she moved back to the Kansas City area she was soon attracted to the Blue Hills neighborhood, where she bought a home and joined the neighborhood association. She quickly became involved in working on neighborhood problems, including the persistent problem of trash. Her neighbors drafted her to be president of the association and among her achievements was writing and winning grants to buy two parcels of land for a neighborhood sign and for a pocket park. She was aided in mitigating neighborhood issues through training in Cohort 1 of UMKC’s Center for Neighborhoods. She worked on the successful Save the Paseo campaign. Her interests include the League of Women Voters for which she has co-chaired a state-wide early voting study, co-chaired a TIF study and co-chaired a Housing study, all used to help the League reach consensus and an official position. A favorite quote from Cheryl that captures her approach to complex activities: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

1111 W 39th St, Ste 200

Kansas City, MO 64111

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