John Sykora

John Sykora has been Board Treasurer of The Hope Center for the past ten+ years.  Mr. Sykora was a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at American Century Investments, with portfolio management responsibilities at different times on the Ultra and Select funds.  After leaving American Century Mr. Sykora started a registered investment advisory firm, Monarch Wealth Management. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Financial Planner. John has an undergraduate degree with majors in Finance and Accounting from Creighton University and an M.B.A. from Michigan State University.  Mr. Sykora is an active member in his church – Atonement Lutheran Church – serving the congregation as a past member of the Church Council (President, Treasurer) as well as Sunday school teacher.  He is also an active volunteer for WhiteStone Ministries, a non-profit organization serving the poor and incarcerated in the Kansas City area.  John is married to his wife Kim, and they have three kids – Lily (17), Charlie (15) and Emma (10).

Nate Lewis

Thanks to Hallmark, Nate found his way to from Iowa to Kansas City in 2001. He graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, and then started his tenure with Hallmark as a graphic designer. Nate met his wife wife Sam at Hallmark and they celebrated their 10 years wedding anniversary in 2018. They have two busy and beautiful young daughters, Johanna and Rosemary. Today he is an Art Director in Hallmark’s Photography Studio.

Sam and Nate are long time members of Jacob’s Well Church in midtown Kansas City. They both serve there in many ways including playing on the Worship Team, volunteering with the Kids Community and showing up when there are design or creative needs. In addition to their church community, Nate and Sam have been volunteers in the Leaders In Training youth program at The Hope Center for over 10 years. Beginning in 2018, Nate transitioned his involvement with The Hope Center by joining the Board of Directors and is excited to make a broader impact and to be able to serve The Hope Center ministry and community in a new and meaningful way.

Nita Daniels

Sr. Dean of Students at Ewing Marion Kauffman School

Nita Daniels has answered the call to encourage students to reach their full potential regardless of the obstacles life brings. Her passion comes from growing up in the same neighborhoods our kids come from and knowing they, too, can be whatever they choose through education and awareness. Before joining the Kauffman School, Ms. Daniels served with the Kauffman Scholars, Inc., program advocating for families. As a life-long supporter of Ewing Kauffman and his vision, Ms. Daniels created and implemented best practices that developed a strong team environment and cultivated a strong sense of belonging. Ms. Daniels is a member of Black Business Women of America Association (BBWAA) and the After-School Alliance (ASA) and an alumna of Stafford University in the United Kingdom. She continues her global connections by providing rescue services to earthquake victims in Haiti and educational benefits to students in Johannesburg, South Africa. The coming school year brings Ms. Daniels excitement because she knows our students are getting that much closer to experiencing the success of being college graduates.

Aaron Wiens

Aaron is VP, Relationship Manager, for the Commercial and Industrial Lending team at Enterprise Bank. He specializes in lending and cash management solutions for a diverse array of commercial relationships in the manufacturing, distribution, and professional service industry. He has been with Enterprise since 2011. Aaron earned a Bachelor degree in Business and Finance from Baker University and an MBA from Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Outside of the office, Aaron spends time in a variety of activities focused around his family, his wife Kelly and two sons, Avery and Lucas, and the community. Aaron currently serves on the Board of The Hope Center in Kansas City.