Board of Directors
President, SOCI BOARD
Amanda Adkins currently serves as Vice President and General Manager in Population Health at Cerner. Amanda’s passion for systemic change in health and education led to her gubernatorial appointment (2011-2018) to chair the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund. Amanda’s previous public experience includes leadership posts in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House; and having run national and state political organizations including Co-Founder of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series.
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Janice Suzanne Smith, Ed. D
Executive Director, SOCI COMMUNITIES
Janice Smith joined SOCI Communities after serving as the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund’s Executive Director for five years. Previously, she was Executive Director of The Opportunity Project (TOP) in Wichita and has been instrumental in developing and implementing innovative early childhood programs proven to have strong positive longitudinal outcomes for at risk children. Prior to joining TOP, Janice was a classroom teacher and administrator for the Mulvane and Wichita Public Schools.
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Melissa B. Frerking
Secretary, SOCI BOARD
Melissa Frerking leads the First Hand Foundation, establishing innovative models for a healthier tomorrow and empowering individuals to take charge of their health. Melissa has developed and deployed population health programs in Kansas City and helped replicate them around the world. During her 30-plus years at Cerner, Melissa has had a number of executive roles in IP development, consulting, support, and marketing.
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Treasurer, SOCI BOARD
Doug Gaumer is currently a Managing Director of Cross First Bank and previously spent 20 years in leadership roles for various firms, including Security Global Investments, Westar Energy, and Koch Industries. Doug is actively involved in the community serving on the KU School of Business Board of Advisors, the Kansas Chamber Board of Directors, the Leadership Kansas Board of Directors, and the Information Network of Kansas Board of Directors.
Member, SOCI BOARD
Jeanette Hernandez Prenger is the Founder and CEO of ECCO Select, an award-winning IT consulting and professional services firm and one of the top 500 Hispanic Businesses in the United States. During her professional career she has committed to bettering her community by focusing on business, education and the arts, and serves on several local and national boards.
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Ex-Officio Member, SOCI BOARD
Maureen Mahoney serves as Chief of Staff to Mayor David Alvey at the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. A fourth-generation Wyandotte Countian, Maureen has worked as a prosecutor, then practiced law as General Counsel for KVC Behavioral Health. Her practice was centered around child welfare, and she served seven years as a Guardian ad Litem representing children in foster care in Wyandotte County before joining Mayor Mark Holland’s staff in April 2013 and Mayor Alvey’s staff January 2018. She has served as a director on the boards of numerous organizations, and currently serves as a board member of Lead Bank, the Kansas City Area Development Council, KCK PAL, Donnelly College, and Arts KC.
Ex-Officio Member, SOCI BOARD
Ray Daniels is a retired public school administrator who is still very active in education matters and in Wyandotte County community interests. Daniels was with the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District for 40 years as a teacher and administrator, serving as Superintendent of Schools for the last 7 years before retiring in 2005. Upon his retirement he was designated Superintendent Emeritus by the Board of Education. He is currently serving in his third term as a trustee on the Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees. Daniels has served on numerous boards of directors in the KC Metro area and continues to serve on the boards of directors for the Wyandotte Health Foundation, the Mother and Child Health Coalition, and PREP KC.
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