Travel group and Sun Hua, Zhang Hong at Edgar Snow memorial in China


The Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation is operated by a volunteer board of directors as a registered nonprofit support organization of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Board Leadership

Dwayne Williams, President
President and CEO, Twelfth Street Heritage Development Corporation
Kansas City, Missouri

Jan Armstrong, Vice President
Community Volunteer
Kansas City, Missouri

Natalie Gilkison Brooks, J.D., Vice President
Global Program Coordinator
UMKC Study Abroad and Global Engagement

Zhuang Li, Vice President
Physician, Traditional Chinese Medicine

John Phillips, J.D., Vice President
Mediator and Arbitrator
Jay Daugherty Mediation and Arbitration Services

Joan Pu, M.P.A., Treasurer
Senior Auditor
City of Kansas City, Missouri

Heath Martin, J.D., Secretary
Kansas City, Missouri

Nancy Hill, President Emeritus
Executive Director, Williamson Museum
Georgetown, Texas


Adam Carey
Owner and COO, The Pitch
Kansas City, Missouri

Teresa Chien
Director of Culture
The Society for Friendship with China

Pamela Frank, M.B.A.
Advisor, More Health
Boston, Massachusetts

Allan S. Gray II
Zhou Brothers LLC International Partner

John James Kennedy, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Political Science
University of Kansas

Brad Kleindl, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing, College of Management
Park University

Linheng Li, Ph.D.
Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Zhou Long, D.M.A.
Composer, Distinguished Professor of Music
UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

James McKusick, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of English
University of Missouri–Kansas City

Margaret Owen, M.B.A.
Statistician, Health Outcome Services
Overland Park, Kansas

Larson Powell, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Communication Studies
University of Missouri–Kansas City

Lei (Forest) Rong, P.E., P.Eng. 
Vice President, Power Delivery
Kiewit Engineering Group Inc.

Fang Shen, J.D.
Husch Blackwell LLC

Ruija Wang (Ray)
Head of Business Development for Asia
Sasol Chemicals, Shanghai, China

Sidne Ward, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Director of Global Management Education Initiatives
UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management

Ex Officio Members

Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D.
University of Missouri–Kansas City

Jana Boschert
Director of Advancement
UMKC School of Pharmacy

Cindy Thompson, Ph.D.
Dean of Libraries
University of Missouri–Kansas City

Honorary Members

Joyce L. Dutcher
Writer, Community Volunteer
Kansas City Metro

John Huang (黄峥)
Beijing, China

Liu Xiaofeng (Rocky) 刘晓峰
Director of English Department
College of Foreign Languages, Civil Aviation University of China
Tianjin, China

Colin Mackenzie
Curator of Chinese Art
Art Institute of Chicago

Shu Zhang
Translator and Diplomat
Beijing, China

Nancy K. Wilson
Artist and Citizen Diplomat
Henderson, Nevada