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

James McKusick, Ph.D., President
Dean of the Honors College
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Jan Armstrong, Vice President
Community Volunteer

Zhuang Li, Vice President
Physician, Traditional Chinese Medicine

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

Sidne Ward, M.B.A., Ph.D., Vice President
Chair, Department of Management
UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management

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

Natalie Gilkison Brooks, J.D., Secretary
Global Program Coordinator
UMKC International Academic Programs

Nancy Hill, President Emeritus
Executive Director
Diastole Scholars’ Center


Jana Boschert
Director of Advancement
UMKC School of Pharmacy

Teresa Chien
Director of Culture
The Society for Friendship with China

Pamela Frank, M.B.A.
Director of International Services
Children’s Mercy Hospital

Allan S. Gray II
Zhou Brothers LLC International Partner

John James Kennedy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 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

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.

Kevin Truman, Ph.D., F.ASCE
Dean, School of Computing and Engineering
Vice Provost for International Affairs
University of Missouri–Kansas City

Ruija Wang (Ray)
Engineer, Project Manager
Harcross Chemicals – Shanghai

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

Ex-Officio Members

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

Bonnie Postlethwaite
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