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


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Board Leadership

Nancy Hill, President
Executive Director
Diastole Scholars’ Center

James McKusick, President-Elect
Dean of the Honors College
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Jan Armstrong, Vice-President
Community Volunteer

Bob Gamer, Vice-President
Professor Emeritus
UMKC Department of Political Science

John Phillips, Vice-President
Partner, Mediator
Husch Blackwell

Tammy Wang, Vice-President
Vice President, International
Starr Companies

Joan Pu, Treasurer
Senior Auditor
City of Kansas City, MO

Natalie Gilkison, Secretary
Study Abroad Advisor
UMKC International Academic Programs


Jana Boschert
Director of Advancement
UMKC School of Pharmacy

Teresa Chien
Director of Culture
The Society for Friendship with China

Joyce L. Dutcher
Writer, Community Volunteer

John James Kennedy
Professor & China Scholar
University of Kansas Department of Political Science

Zhuang Li
Physician, Traditional Chinese Medicine

Zhou Long
Composer, Distinguished Professor of Music
UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance

Colin Mackenzie
Sr. Curator of Early Chinese Art
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Kevin Truman
Dean, School of Computing and Engineering
Acting Director, International Academic Programs
University of Missouri–Kansas City

Bonnie Postlethwaite
Dean of Libraries
University of Missouri–Kansas City

Larson Powell
Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
University of Missouri–Kansas City

Lei (Forest) Rong, P.E./P.Eng
Engineer, Project Manager
Black & Veatch

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

Sidne Ward
Chair of the Department of Management
UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management


Ex-Officio Members

Barbara Bichelmeyer
Interim Chancellor and Provost
University of Missouri–Kansas City


Honorary Members

John Huang(黄峥)
Beijing, China

Shu Zhang
Translator and diplomat
Beijing, China

Nancy K. Wilson
Artist & citizen diplomat
Henderson, Nevada