Byron Townsend, President
President Byron Townsend graduated from Kansas City East High School in 1986, and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness. He is part of the National Association of Letter Carriers, serving as the Branch 30 officer for 25 years and 15 years on the Executive Board. Mr. Townsend has deep roots in the district. He and his wife, Shelly, have had one of their children in HMC-1 every year since 1992. One of his children is a Hickman High School graduate, two are Ruskin High School graduates, and one is currently in Smith-Hale Middle School.
DaRon McGee, Vice President
DaRon McGee currently serves as Vice President of the Hickman Mills School Board. Mr. McGee currently works as the Community Relations Manager for Swope Health Services in Kansas City. Mr. McGee was elected to two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives, representing South Kansas City. Mr. McGee was also elected Assistant Democatic Leader after one term. Mr. McGee was a member of the House Committee on Budget and served as the Ranking Democratic Member on the House Education Appropriations Committee. Prior to being elected Mr. McGee worked for Jackson County Government for five years as the Program Administrator for the Jackson County-COMBAT program. Mr. McGee received his undergraduate degree from University Missouri- Kansas City. While in college, Mr. McGee also worked on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Fellow. Mr. McGee also received his Masters in Public Administration from The Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University Missouri- Columbia. Mr. McGee is a member of the Board of Directors of the Whole Person, NAACP and the Community Assistance Council and Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church.
Tramise Carter, Director
Tramise Carter is a Financial Product Specialist in the Kansas City area. She is a graduate of Northeast High School and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business.
Ms. Carter is involved in the Hickman Mills community. She was inspired by children in HMC-1 to join the school board.
Ann E. Coleman, Director
Ann E. Coleman has been an educator in the Kansas City area for 40 years. She has taught elementary as well as special education classes. She received her Bachelors of Arts and a Master’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education, from Avila University. Her desire to be a Board Director for the Hickman Mills C-1 School District comes from her passion for education and being an advocate for children. She wants to work with the other Board of Directors, community and parents as a team, to collaborate and listen to each other to continue to move the district forward.
Carol Graves, Director
Before joining HMC-1’s Board of Education, Carol Graves served as a special education teacher for 21 years. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Rockhurst College, and a Masters of Arts and Educational Specialist certification from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Ms. Graves joined the HMC-1 Board to make an impact not only on the students, but the community as a whole. This is the driving force behind everything she does to try and make a difference. Ms. Graves is also former board president of the HMC-1 Board of Education.
Irene C. Kendrick, Director
Irene Kendrick is a human resource professional who has lived in the HMC-1 community for more than 30 years. She has been married for 35 years. She is an HMC-1 alumn, as are her children and grandchildren. Kendrick attended DeVry University, where she studied Human Resources Management and Services.
Since her retirement, she has chosen to dedicate her time and energy to working for her community serving on the Grandview Parks and Recreation as Commissioner and the Hickman Mills C-1 School District as Assistant Vice President of the PTA, and a member of the Mentoring Program at Warford Elementary where her granddaughter attends.
Cecil Wattree, Director
Director Cecil E. Wattree, is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) whose work has focused on practice and implementation in Mental Health, Education and Social Justice.
He received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Emporia State University, and his Masters of Social Work from University of Missouri-Kansas City. With a decade of experience in mental health, Director Wattree has worked with people of all ages to provide consultation, develop roles within outpatient mental health settings, implement strategies and evidence based practices, and work within the community to assist families of color on the micro, mezzo and macro level. Director Wattree has worked to implement trauma informed care, equity and restorative practices with adolescents within Hickman Mills C-1 School District as a previous employee and shareholder. He continues to devote his experience and practice to community organizing, behavioral and medical health within the Kansas City Metro area.