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2018 Red Shoe Society Auxiliary Board

Deanna DiSalvo, VML -  President Deanna DiSalvo, President
As Red Shoe Society President, Deanna guides the Board and the committees towards our mission and achieving our goals. Born and raised in Kansas City – her roots are here but her curiosity and adventurous personality sends her traveling near and far. She’s a 3-time marathon runner, food lover, event planner, and karaoke singer who cheers loudly for the Chiefs, Royals and Mizzou. Her creative knack keeps her busy with DIY and crafty Pinterest projects for family and friends.

Kate Favrow, Associated Wholesale Grocers - External CommunicationsKate Favrow, Associated Wholesale Grocers – Secretary
Originally from KC, Kate went away for a bit, but is glad to be back. She works in marketing at Associated Wholesale Grocers and is active in professional organizations around town. She watches way too many sporting events and enjoys the culinary delights of the KC food scene. Part of Red Shoe KC, she’s tasked with keeping everyone coordinated and on track.

Josh Preut, USDA - MembershipJosh Preut, USDA – Membership
Born in KC, Josh spent the 90’s living abroad in Mexico. Pop culture references from that decade … he probably won’t get them. These days, if he’s not out running through the streets of Brookside or Waldo, he’s probably eating at the local spots (which counts as exercise too). Josh works in Accounting … blah, blah, blah. It’s super exciting! He is serious, however, about the KC Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Red Shoe Society. Watch out! It’s certain he’ll buy you a beer and convince you to join.

 Thomas Dutcher, Garmin International - Membership Thomas Dutcher, Garmin International – Membership
While he works in Marketing at Garmin International, Thomas has enjoyed his time on the Red Shoe board going on 2 years. His first year was in events and he spent most of his time planning fun events for people to attend! His favorite part of that gig was meeting new people, which is why he is now part of the Membership Committee. He enjoys anything outside, in particular golf, hiking, and soccer. He’s a big fan of sports and loves playing them. He looks forward to meeting everyone at the fun events this year in support of the wonderful organization that is Ronald McDonald House.

Alex Phillips Alex Phillips, Children’s Mercey – Membership
Alex is a downtowner and KC native who loves all things KC and RMHC. When Alex isn’t working at Children’s Mercy as a Heart Transplant Coordinator, she relaxes by finding any type of live music and all the travel she can get herself into. She loves running, and is training with team RMHC to run the Chicago Marathon for the second year in a row. Alex joined Red Shoe just over a year ago and has made many lasting memories and friendships!  She enjoys helping raise money and spending time supporting the patients and the families that stay at Ronald McDonald House.

Blair Gentile, CoreSource - EventsBlair Gentile, CoreSource – Events
As one of the Red Shoe KC founders, Blair is excited to be back in Kansas City to help plan events for the members and future members of Red Shoe KC. Blair grew up in KC, but recently took a quick jaunt to New York City, but learned that there is no place like home while she was away. She works in Client Management at CoreSource and continues to build her professional network with her return. She never gave up on the Royals, Chiefs or Jayhawks while she was away and is enjoying getting to know KC all over again.

Kim Kushner-Cook Kim Kushner, UMKC – Events
Kim recently moved to Kansas City after living in Boulder, Colorado for the past six years. She has enjoyed exploring everything this beautiful city has to offer, whether that be good food, good friends, or fantastic ways to give back to her new community. Kim has been very active in service and philanthropy initiatives in the past, and wanted to find a way to engage in her community when she moved here. Through joining the Red Shoe Society and becoming one of its Events Committee Chairs, Kim hopes to connect Red Shoe members through fun activities, while also working towards the mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.  

Mary Beth Stuart Mary Beth Stuart, U.S. Healthworks Medical Grou – Events
Mary Beth is a transplant from New York City who has fallen in love with Kansas City, which she now calls home. She was originally drawn to the Ronald McDonald House charity through her sorority, ADPi, and has continued to be active with the charity. She loves exploring new things around Kansas City and as one of the Events Committee chair, she wants to plan events to show others how fun Kansas City is; all while giving back to the Ronald McDonald House. She is a Physician Assistant who works in an occupation health clinic and is a preceptor for PA students from Wichita State. As a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, she enjoys spending time with her little sister and teaching her new things. She loves traveling, photography, exploring vineyards, and tasting good wine.

Kristi Cuda, The Coca-Cola Company - Family EnrichmentKristi Cuda, The Coca-Cola Company – Family Enrichment
As Red Shoe Co-chair for the Family Enrichment committee Kristi loves  to help plan and support events at the local Ronald McDonald Houses for the families staying there. Kristi was drawn to the charity through her job with Coca-Cola and has enjoyed being able to get more involved over the past few year with the Red Shoe Society.  Born and raised in Kansas City she is an avid Chiefs and Royals fan and embraces all things Kansas City.  Loves to spend her free time traveling anywhere and everywhere, exploring new places, live bands, and wine nights with friends.

Tara Brewer - Family EnrichmentTara Brewer, Epiq – Family Enrichment
Originally from St. Charles, Tara moved to KC after college and has embraced all things KC (Royals and Chiefs)! Tara works as a Finance Manager at Epiq where every day is full of suprises. She loves working out and traveling the country visiting friends and family. Dinner or happy hour with friends is also a favorite. You can find her at the lake during the summer!

Rachel Hodgson, UMKC - External Communications Rachel Hodgson, UMKC – Communications
Rachel is a proud Kansas Citian who sees every day as an opportunity to make our community a better place. She loves serving meals at the Ronald McDonald houses and volunteering with other local organizations like Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. She is helping grow innovation as the Marketing Strategist at UMKC’s Bloch School of Management. Rachel is KU Jayhawk who loves watching their stellar basketball team, the Royals (no fair weather fan here) and the Chiefs. You can usually find her enjoying good food, good drinks and good times with friends, family. If you want to see her nerd out, just mention her affinity for sharks!

Sarah Shubert, Children International - EventsSarah Shubert, Children International – Communications
Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sarah made her way to the Midwest due to a slight fascination with Larry Brown and his amazing collection of spectacles.  Through her involvement with Red Shoe KC, she’s met fantastic folks while serving dinners, has been exposed to great spots around town thanks to RSS events, and has enjoyed many great conversations over local brewskies. It’s no wonder Sarah has fallen in love with Kansas City and now calls it home! Sarah is honored to spend her work day empowering children and youth to break the cycle of poverty with Children International.

Cara Mahon Cara Mahon, Associated Wholesale Grocers – Communications
Cara is excited to take on her first role on the Red Shoe Society Board and communicate the incredible mission of Red Shoe KC and Ronald McDonald House Charities. By day, Cara works in food marketing. By night, she works towards her Master’s degree through Mizzou. When she’s not writing about food or academic research, you can find her on a jogging trail, in the yoga studio, or trying out a new restaurant with friends and family. Through Red Shoe KC, Cara looks forward to contributing more to the KC community that’s she’s been proud to call home for the past six years.

How You Can Get Involved

While there will be plenty of events and volunteer opportunities to get involved throughout the year, we are also looking for volunteers to serve on our committees. If you are interested in helping on a committee, email us at