Cultivate KC Welcomes New Board Members

Posted on June 14, 2024 by Alicia Alferman

In April of 2024, Cultivate KC welcomed six new members to the Board of Directors. New members (pictured in order) include Scott Archuletta, Vice President of Corporate Banking at Academy Bank; Mo Awad, Director of Transmission Operations at Evergy; Rebecca Behrens, Executive Administrator at the International Association of Assessing Officers; Sarah Duitsman, Engineering Director at C2FO; Kristin Kaplan, Associate General Counsel – Regulatory at Post Holdings, Inc; and Scott Rodman, Managing Director at Accenture.

Archuletta and Behrens became familiar with Cultivate KC during their time in the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce’s Centurions leadership development program. Cultivate KC’s Westport Commons Farm was selected as the Centurion’s 2022 legacy project. Archuletta and Behrens (and Kaplan, by association) spent many hours volunteering at the farm and on other Cultivate KC projects, Archuletta earning the nickname “Gopher” after his dogged pursuit of digging the perfect hole.

Duitsman’s relationship with Cultivate KC began when C2FO selected the soon-to-be completed community greenhouse at Stowe Farm to memorialize their former colleague, Diana Eisman. The 6,000 sq. ft. Diana Eisman Community Greenhouse will be complete later this summer and will greatly increase the amount of rentable bench space in our community for farmers and growers looking for a place to start transplants. Cultivate KC called on C2FO to further their involvement with the organization by encouraging their employees to consider volunteering their time and expertise as a board member and Duitsman responded.

Similarly, Awad and Rodman first engaged with Cultivate KC through the volunteerism and sponsorship organized through their companies, Evergy and Accenture respectively. Evergy has been a consistent sponsor of Cultivate KC’s farm to table fundraiser, Dig In! and will continue that support in 2024 by sponsoring Midtown Hoedown. Accenture has likewise been a longtime partner of Cultivate KC providing volunteer support, contributing financially to the development of the Westport Commons Farm, and creating an app for Cultivate KC’s tool lending library.

“I am honored that Cultivate KC will be the recipient of the collective knowledge and passion these six new board members are bringing to our organization,” says Executive Director Brien Darby. “These commitments also symbolize the deepening of our relationship with the companies and affinity groups that originally brought the work of Cultivate KC to their attention. I am grateful that you have encouraged your leaders to help further the mission of growing food, farms and community.”