Board of Directors



CREW KC is managed by a Board of Directors that works together to set and accomplish the Chapter’s strategic goals—helping to advance the success of women in commercial real estate. Serving on the CREW KC Board of Directors is a unique opportunity for leadership and networking among other ambitious men and women working in the commercial real estate field.

All CREW KC Board members, directors, and committee chairs serve individual terms of one year.

Reasons to Serve

  • Increased visibility within the commercial real estate industry
  • Leadership skills and experience that benefit you and your company
  • Impact on the future of women in CRE
  • Expanded professional connections
  • Opportunity to influence direction and benefits of CREW KC membership

2018 CREW Kansas City Board of Directors

President

Debra D Swearingen
dswearingen@CACU.com
CommunityAmerica Credit Union
(913) 238-4349
 

President-Elect | Delegate

Christine L Schlomann, JD
cschlomann@armstrongteasdale.com
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
(816) 472-3153
 

Past President

Joy L. Coleman, AIA
jcoleman@treanorhl.com
TreanorHL
(816) 221-0900
 

Treasurer

Catherine Hammer
cathy.hammer@vantrustre.com
VanTrust Real Estate, LLC
(816) 569-1464
 

Secretary

Jill McCarthy
mccarthy@thinkkc.com
Kansas City Area Development Council
(816) 374-5636
 

Director - Communications

Stephanie Neppl
sneppl@plattecountyedc.com
Platte County Economic Development Council
(816) 270-2126
 

Director - Community Connections

Tina Duncan
Tina.Duncan@ctt.com
Chicago Title
(816) 274-0220
 

Director - Golf

Vicki Adeline McGuire, LEED AP
vmcguire@wspaces.com
Working Spaces
(816) 316-6839
 

Co-Director - Membership

Carla Hayes
carla.hayes@ibhc.com
BHC RHODES | Civil Engineers - Surveyors
(913) 663-1900
 

Co-Director - Membership

Melinda J Mehaffy
mmehaffy@ci.excelsior-springs.mo.us
City of Excelsior Springs, Missouri
(816) 630-9594
 

Director - Mentorship

Jessica Lynn Wardle, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C
jwardle@yainc.com
Yaeger Architecture, Inc.
(913) 742-8017
 

Director - Programs

Christina Fenwick
christina.fenwick@umb.com
UMB Bank
(816) 860-7870

Co-Director - Sponsorship

Elizabeth DeCuir
edecuir@firstbusiness.com
First Business Bank
(913) 717-4452

Co-Director - Sponsorship

Sara Steele
Sara.Steele@stewart.com
Stewart Title
(816) 988-9754
 

President - Debbie Swearingen

Debbie Swearingen joined CommunityAmercia Credit Union as their VP of Commercial Banking in December 2016. Prior to joining CACU she was the Market President of Lead Bank. She has been affiliated with the banking industry for over 25 years and has always been active in business development, staff mentorship and leadership development, and in her local community. Debbie is a 1994 graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelors degree in Business Communications. She has been an active member of CREW KC, currently serving as the President Elect for 2017, and has prior served on the board as Co-Chair of the Director of Membership. Debbie is a Graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy of Kansas City, a Graduate of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and a Graduate of the Citizen's Academy of the Olathe Police Department. Debbie was also an instructor for the American Institute of Banking and is a licensed Kansas Realtor with Keller Williams Realty Diamond Partners.  She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council Board for the Salvation Army of Olathe, Kansas; serves on the Board for Newhouse Shelter (Chaired of the Newhouse House Party in 2016 and was Co-Chair in 2015); serves on the Advisory Board for the Arts Council of Johnson County; serves on the board for 20/20 Leadership and is an active member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber, Heartland Chamber, and the Hispanic Chamber.

President Elect - Christine Schlomann

Real Estate and Commercial Transactional Law (including financing) and litigation. I have practiced law for more than 30 years specializing in commercial transactions and commercial litigation focusing primarily on real estate and real estate financing matters.  I have represented lenders, investors, owners, developers, buyers and sellers in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions ranging in size from a few hundred thousand dollars to tens of millions of dollars.  I have litigated real estate disputes between buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, owners and title companies and adjacent owners.  I am also experienced in representing lenders in loan restructuring, workouts and bankruptcy matters.  I am licensed to practice in the states of Kansas, Missouri and Texas. I am a partner in the AmLaw 200 law firm of Armstrong Teasdale LLP, a full service law firm with offices in Kansas City, St. Louis, Jefferson City, MO, Denver, CO, and Las Vegas, NV. Real Estate and Commercial Transactional Law (including financing) and litigation. I have practiced law for more than 30 years specializing in commercial transactions and commercial litigation focusing primarily on real estate and real estate financing matters.  I have represented lenders, investors, owners, developers, buyers and sellers in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions ranging in size from a few hundred thousand dollars to tens of millions of dollars.  I have litigated real estate disputes between buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, owners and title companies and adjacent owners.  I am also experienced in representing lenders in loan restructuring, workouts and bankruptcy matters.  I am licensed to practice in the states of Kansas, Missouri and Texas. I am a partner in the AmLaw 200 law firm of Armstrong Teasdale LLP, a full service law firm with offices in Kansas City, St. Louis, Jefferson City, MO, Denver, CO, and Las Vegas, NV. 

Past Presidents


Our past presidents have been instrumental in laying the foundation for our success as an organization, and achieving our mission to assist in the advancement of professionals in the commercial real estate industry.

2017 - Joy Coleman
2016 - Lisa Tomlinson
2015 - Julia Taylor
2014 - Debora Field
2013 - Amy Slattery
2012 - Linda Laurence
2011 - Marcia Charney
2010 - Diana Ennis
2009 - Michelle Suter
2008 - Kellee Dunn-Walters
2007 - Rosana Privitera Biondo
2006 - Cydney Gurgens
2005 - Elizabeth Fast
2004 - Linda Peroff
2003 - Cheri Ricky
2002 - Pam Berneking
2001 - Marsha Laner
2000 - Kathy Schikevitz
1999 - RoxAnne Miller
1998 - Sandy Hollenbeck