Board of Directors

Gordon Docking, President
HMC/CAH Consolidated

Gordon Docking currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of HMC/CAH Consolidated, a consulting company specializing in healthcare, business and broadcasting. As a consultant, Gordon is currently working as Chief Executive Officer of a healthcare startup company called ESSFA. This company deals with a niche area involving surgical first assistants.

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Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph, Gordon was CEO at St. Mary's Medical Center in Blue Springs for nearly eight years. Gordon has also been a system Vice President for Carondelet Health, in charge of outpatient services, long term care, and other services.

Prior to forming his own business, Gordon spent 16 years working in the healthcare industry with Carondelet Health in Kansas City. During that time, Gordon spent two years as Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City. He also spent eight years as CEO of St. Mary's Medical Center in Blue Springs, MO. Gordon also spent significant amounts of time leading the marketing efforts of the organization as well as the political advocacy work for Carondelet Health. During this time, Gordon became a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and also spent time on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Hospital Association.

Prior to joining the healthcare industry, Gordon spent nearly 12 years as a sports anchor and reporter at WDAF TV in Kansas City. Gordon also hosted the Chiefs postgame radio show on the Chiefs Radio Network for 15 seasons, from 1992 until 2007.

In the early 1980's, Gordon and his wife Susan became very involved with Down syndrome causes in the Kansas City area following the birth of their son Blake. Both were charter board members of the Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City, and started the new parent program. Gordon then became one of the founders of First Downs for Down Syndrome, a fundraising organization for the Down Syndrome Guild and the Down Syndrome Clinic at Children's Mercy Hospital.

Tim Deves, Vice President
Edward Jones

Tim Deves is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones. He and his wife Kim have been married 12 years and have three children, ages 8, 6 and 5. After the birth of their oldest son, Jackson, Tim and Kim started attending HuddleTime and some of the other FDFDS events.

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Tim just joined the board in 2010 and is on the committee for HuddleTime. Tim attended the University of Missouri and is a huge Tigers fan. He is also involved in coaching his children in baseball, basketball, football and soccer.

Jimmy Jack Clayton
Real Living Real Estate

JoAnn Butaud, Secretary
Evans & Mullinix P.A.

Jo Ann Butaud is on the Board of Directors of First Downs for Down Syndrome as a liaison between the Board of Directors of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City and the FDFDS Board. She is involved with both Boards because of her grandson, Sam Rogers, who is 10 years old and who is a child with Down Syndrome. Sam was actually born on Jo Ann's birthday, October 21!!

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Jo Ann has lived in Shawnee, Kansas for 32 years but is a native Texan. Jo Ann graduated from the University of Kansas and attended law school at the University of Kansas. She has practiced law with the firm of Evans & Mullinix, P. A. in Shawnee, Kansas for the past 26 years. Jo Ann is also on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Board of Discipline of Attorneys and is past President of the Wyandotte County Bar Association. Jo Ann is currently the Operations Chairman of the DSG Board and a member of the Programs Committee. She is active on both the DSG Board and the FDFDS Board. In her spare time, Jo Ann likes to spend time with her grandchildren, to garden, to ski and to travel.

Mike Frazier, Treasurer

Mike Frazier is very excited to be a part of FDFDS and help further the cause of the organization. He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and attended Rockhurst High School and William Jewell College. His career began in banking with Commerce Bancshares in their finance department.

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In 1993, he was recruited for a similar position within Hallmark Cards. Over his fifteen year career with Hallmark, he held various jobs of increasing responsibility. In 2000, he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer of Crown Center Redevelopment, a subsidiary of Hallmark. He accepted his current position, Chief Financial Officer of Reece and Nichols Realtors, Inc in 2007. Mike has been married to Kristy for 22 years and spends his free time watching sons Dan and Tom play baseball.

Dr. Laurie Hornberger
Children's Mercy Hospital - Down Syndrome Clinic

Dr. Laurie Hornberger is a native Iowan, born and raised in Des Moines. She graduated with a degree in biology from Iowa State University, and then attended the University of Iowa School of Medicine. Following graduation from medical school, she then moved to Kansas City for a pediatric residency at Children's Mercy Hospital and then to Cincinnati for a fellowship in adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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At the completion of my training, she was fortunate to be able to return to Kansas City to join the faculty in the Section of Adolescent Medicine at Children's Mercy Hospital. She has been a part of the Down Syndrome Clinic there for most the last ten years, providing medical consultation for the "tweens" and teens. When she started, she had relatively little knowledge about Down Syndrome but quickly learned of its variability and complexity, as well as its impact on families. She has witnessed both tragic and inspiring stories in the Clinic. Becoming involved with young people with DS has been one of the more rewarding opportunities of my career.

She became aware of First Downs for Down Syndrome through my clinic work and have seen the direct benefits of their fundraising efforts. Their contributions to the Children's Mercy Down Syndrome Clinic help fund essential support personnel, provide continuing education for staff, allow us to bring nationally-recognized experts in Down syndrome to Kansas City, and initiate research projects to improve our quality of care. She is pleased to now be a part of the FDFDS organization.

She is married and has two school-aged children (who have been my best instructors in pediatrics.)

Doug Laird
Polsinelli Shughart

Kent Rockwell

Kent Rockwell

Steve Rogers
Sprint Corporate Marketing

Rod Crawford
Major Brands

Mike Kulp
KBP Foods

Joe Roos
BKD LLP

Dr. William Schwartz, III
Midwest Perinatal Associate

Chris Sorensen

Chris Sorensen, JE Dunn Construction

Chris Sutton
KC Hopps

I grew up in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois- Chicago. I moved to Kansas City in 1994 to join a restaurant company, K.C. Hopps. I currently serve as the President and COO of K.C. Hopps. Through my job, I started to meeting people and learning more about Kansas City.

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My associates, friends and contacts started coming to me for donations. Some for their church youth group, some to raise money for cures for diseases, and still others for causes that were close to their hearts. One friend in particular, who was involved in the management of multiple non-profit organizations, would call me numerous times each year. My response was always the same, "whatever you want". Finally one day she called and said, it's time you stop donating a couple dinners here or a party there, and it's time you jump in head first and really contribute all you have to offer to one organization that could really benefit from your experience, your connections and your resources. I replied that, once again she was right, and asked her to pick out two or three organizations that she felt were a good match for me. After researching Down syndrome and the DSG, I knew that this was the cause and organization that I wanted to work with. I have served as a board member on both the DSG & FDFDS boards for over 7 years, and I now committed more than ever. What I didn't realize back then, which is so terribly obvious to me now, is that although I do feel like I contribute, the wonderful people I serve with and the beautiful kids and families I serve for don't need me nearly as much as I need them. It is truly an honor for me to be connected to such a wonderful community. I feel blessed.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing golf, biking and gardening. I also have been married for 11 years and have two daughters, Chloe & Olivia.

I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association.

Brian Thomas

Brian Thomas

John Thomas,
BNC National Bank

Amy Stoll, Executive Director
First Downs For Down Syndrome

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