Center for Conflict Resolution
We Teach People How to Get Along

Board of Directors


Sister Rose McLarney, CCR board chair

Sister Rose was Executive Director of the Center for Women in Transition, a St. Louis, Mo., re-entry program for women coming from prison. She is a founding member of the Missouri Restorative Justice Coalition and teaches restorative justice at Avila University. Sr. Rose serves on the board of directors for Journey to New Life and brings an informed and well-rounded perspective on non-profits and embedded restorative justice principles to her CCR service.


Shannon King, CCR Board Vice chair and secretary

Shannon is Development Director at The Coterie Theatre.  She brings her experience in education, non-profit organizations and humanities studies to her CCR service.  Shannon studied psychology and theatre at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., received her master’s in elementary education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and is completing her master’s in public administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She serves on several nonprofit boards in Kansas City, all of which are focused on supporting and enriching lives in the community.


Darrell Fields, CCR BOARD Treasurer 

Mr. Fields is a Transportation Planner with the mid-American Regional Council. He has over 30 years public and private experience in program management; transportation revenue forecasting and planning; Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS); traffic/congestion management; and freight transportation operation. Currently his work involves initiatives related to the transportation corridor and freight study project management, and managing the federal procurement process with MARC-related projects. Mr. Fields also participates in regional transportation planning activities that account for nearly $2 billion of regional transportation investments. Mr. Fields holds an MBA, and degrees in Business and Psychology and finds quite time in motorcycle riding.


Dan Jeffers, CCR BOARD member-at-large

Dan has worked since 1991 as an attorney in general practice, primarily transactional, in Independence and, since 1998, with the three-member firm, Newhouse, Byers & Swaney, PC. He graduated from Graceland College with a major in social studies and obtained his juris doctorate from the University of Michigan. Dan is treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Independence. He volunteers with numerous entities within the intentional community, including Harvest Hills (located in eastern Independence) and, with his wife, Amy, as pastor of the Oak Hill Congregation of Community of Christ.

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Bill Cordaro 

Bill has spent his entire career working with the non-profit sector. With a masters in Theology, a Masters in Adult Education and a certificate in Fund Raising and Development. He is currently the president of Stewardship Partners & Resources, where for the past 12 years has worked with faith based organizations to promote the transformative power of stewardship. Originally from Des Moines, he has lived in Kansas City for 35 years. His past experience includes teaching at all levels of education, running youth programs and leading the marketing and communications department for a non-profit with over $65 million in annual revenues.


Kim Fournier

Kim obtained her J.D. in 1995 from UMKC School of Law. After clerking for the Honorable Jack Gant in the Jackson County Circuit Court and practicing as the eminent domain attorney for the City of KCMO, she joined the Missouri Attorney General’s Office Labor Division. In December 2014 Kim was named the Deputy Chief of the Labor Division and continues to carry an active caseload. She serves as President for the Association for Women Lawyers Foundation and has served on numerous other Bar, school district, church and civic boards and committees. Kim brings a wealth of experience in serving the community to the CCR board. She wants to continue on that path by lending her experience and expertise to finding ways to help the court system and restorative justice to intersect.


Robert Hughes

Robert brings over 30 years of work as the founder and President of Overland Resource Group. Overland Resource Group teaches companies and government agencies how to dramatically improve their performance by resolving and preventing conflicts and working more collaboratively with their employees, vendors and organized labor groups. What drew his attention to CCR is that some of the same principles that guide Overland Resource Group’s practice are the same principles that form the crux of CCR’s work. Robert and his wife Becky have served as Co-Charis for CCR’s annual fund-raising events for the past two years and is looking forward to participating more fully in the mission of CCR to resolve differences in just and peaceful ways.


Claresta Lewis 

Claresta is a certified mediator with 10 years of mediation experience in community, family and domestic, consumer and business, employment and school. She is a mediator and neutral facilitator in Jackson and Clay Counties and with the Missouri Supreme Court. Claresta holds a Master in Business Administration degree and brings to the CCR Board of Directors 30 years of professional experience with a Fortune 500 Company.


Rik Siro

Rik is a trial lawyer, representing people in cases involving personal injury and employment discrimination. He also works as a mediator in those areas of practice. He is licensed to practice in Missouri and California and is admitted to practice in all courts of those states. Rik graduated Cum Laude from the University of California – Hastings College of the Law and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Rik has a strong desire to seek and achieve justice for his clients and their families and brings that same desire to his affiliation with CCR. He strongly believes in the important work CCR does for the community and states that a peaceful community is a safe, healthy, and supportive community.


Sterling Stanford

Sterling comes to the CCR board with a depth of experience in Human Resources, Diversity and Administration. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Webster University, worked as Chief Administrative Officer for Full Employment Council and Director of HR for Walton Construction Company, LLC. Sterling is currently the Senior VP and Director of Associate Relations for UMB Financial Services Company and, among other duties, partners with legal counsel on complex associate relations matters including EEOC and Human Rights Commission investigations. Sterling’s first encounter with CCR was a three day mediation training he arranged and participated in with his staff. He supports CCR’s mission in helping people solve conflict honestly and without harm or violence.


Brad Poos

Dr. Brad Poos is a professor at Avila University, where he teaches a course entitled Restorative Relationships, and specializes in the historical and sociological foundations of education. His particular expertise is in the areas of race and schooling in the U.S. Dr. Poos worked as a middle and high school social studies teacher and is certified in K-12 counseling and guidance. Over the past decade, Dr. Poos has participated in many CCR training opportunities and is now engaged in research around restorative practices in schools.


Michele G. Kilo, MD

Dr. Michele Kilo is a graduate of the UMKC School of Medicine and completed both residency and fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital. From 1991 until 2018 Michele lead the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences as the Division Director. In the year 2000 Dr. Kilo started the physician well-being program at Children’s Mercy. Michele has served on numerous non-profit Boards, as Board Member and Board President, including Crittenton Children’s Center, Children’s SPOT at St. Luke’s Hospital, Horizon Academy, JDRF, Jellybean Conspiracy, Reach Out and Read - Kansas City, The Farmer’s House, and UMKC School of Medicine Alumni Board. She has received awards for her advocacy on behalf of children’s health and well-being.

Dr. Kilo left Children’s Mercy in April 2018 and is pursuing new endeavors to support and care for physician colleagues and healthcare professionals including training through the Physician Coaching Institute and Kansas City Center for Conflict Resolution. She plans to utilize these new skills to serve those in healthcare to lead healthier and more fulfilled lives and careers.