Save the date for MARC’s annual Regional Assembly

Mark your calendars for Friday, June 14, 2019, and plan to join us for MARC’s 23rd annual Regional Assembly.

Highlights for the 2019 event include:

  • The presentation of the 2019 MARC Regional Leadership Awards. Each year, these awards honor people and organizations that advocate regional concepts, approaches and programs; address regional challenges; apply innovative solutions to regional problems; and advance a regional vision of excellence and opportunity. The 2019 Regional Leadership Award recipients are:
    • Maria Meyers, Founder, KC SourceLink
    • Desiree Monize, Executive Director and CEO, Avenue of Life
    • Mayor David Slater, City of Pleasant Valley, Missouri
    • West Central Missouri Community Action Agency
    • Former Johnson County Commissioner and past MARC Board Chair Ron Shaffer (recognized for Distinguished Board Service)
  • A keynote presentation by Thomas W. Ross, president of the Volcker Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the effectiveness of government to achieve results that matter. Ross will talk about the future of public service, including the need to fill the talent gap and work together across sectors — not only at the local, state and federal levels, but also in partnership with civic organizations and higher education.

About the Speaker

In May 2016, Thomas W. Ross was appointed president of the Volcker Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing quality public service and effective management of government to achieve results that matter to citizens. He is president emeritus of the 17-campus University of North Carolina, where he served as president from 2011-2016. Prior to becoming president of the UNC System, Ross served as president of Davidson College, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, a Superior Court judge, chief of staff to a U.S. Congressman, a member of a Greensboro, North Carolina, law firm and as an assistant professor of public law and government at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Government.

Active in civic and community activities, Ross currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Rensselaerville Institute, the National Center for State Courts, and the Board of Directors of Bausch Health Companies where is he is the lead independent director. He has served recently on the Board of Governors of the Center for Creative Leadership and the Executive Committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.