MEMBERS

Spring 2019

Brandy Branstetter

Brandy is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and the Founder & CEO of Fresh Financial Planning. With over a decade of experience helping clients achieve their financial goals, she specializes in helping clients gain clarity around complex financial topics. Brandy graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and immediately started pursuing her career in financial planning and investment management. When she’s not at the office she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, Alexa and Ethan. 

 

"I’m looking forward to learning the game of golf to give me other opportunities to make business connections in a more casual environment. I’d love to be outside hosting my clients or other business professionals out on the golf course and turn an ordinary meeting into something fun and memorable."

Leah DiCarlo

As Director of Development for Centric, Leah is a member of the Leadership Team and works to develop and implement the company’s strategic plan for growth, heading all Marketing and Sales activities. She expresses her passion for Community engagement, and is passionate about teaching and creating opportunities for other women, and being an advocate of diversity and inclusion. Her previous career experience was focused on domestic and international sports and entertainment high profile sport, entertainment, theater, and mixed use commercial developments, and the interior design of luxury hospitality spaces. For example, she led and supported the design and the development of the concept master plan for the new NBA Chase Center, Office, and Retail Development in San Francisco, CA ($1billion+ USD). 

Bridget Harper

Bridget is a 5th generation Kansas Citian who received her BS in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University. After graduation, she joined Tetra Tech where on day one, she was tasked with designing an outfall for a wastewater treatment plant and quickly discovered her passion for making dirty water clean! She is a registered Professional Engineer in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma and has worked on projects in all three states involving water supply, rehabilitation and separation, pump station design, and more. Bridget and her husband live in Old Leawood with their son Tommy, daughter Kelly, and dog Hank. 

 

"Be nice to each other. It’s really all that matters. – Dawn Hochsprung"

Karen Hogan

Karen is a Business Manager for Turner Construction, and as such oversees their KC office. She has worked for Turner since she graduated from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO. Her relationships and knowledge of the market are invaluable to the company's growth and success. Karen's leadership as a builder includes projects such as Liberty Memorial, KU LEEP II Engineering Building, Overland Park Sheraton Hotel, and countless more. 

"Learning golf means I can enjoy some time away from my desk with great friends and clients and get some fresh air and spend quality time getting to know more about the people I work with! "

Sarah Kimberlin

Sarah has been in the Employee Benefits Insurance industry over the last five years.  What started as a career focused in the account management space – creating and maintaining remarkable customer relationships, translated into a passion for sales.  Her knowledge of the direct challenges employers face in managing their Absence and Life programs allows her to be passionately consultative in bringing benefit related information to the brokers she serves and the opportunities that come her way. 

 

"I feel so fortunate to have been invited into the DPKC community to learn about the game of golf.  Professionally, this unique opportunity will help build confidence in my techniques in order to lean into opportunities for conversations and interactions I may have been previously left out on."

Julie Klima

Julie Stofer Klima serves as Managing Director at Useagility, Kansas City’s leading human-centered experience strategy/design/build consulting firm. She uses her nearly 20 years of experience working at the intersection of customer experience, marketing, and technology, to lead a team that is passionate about making the world measurably better. Julie holds a MPA from George Washington University and a BBA from the University of Oklahoma. A budding gardener, she lives in Overland Park, KS with her husband and two fur babies and enjoys living near her extended family, including her spry 96-year-old grandmother.

 

"I feel so fortunate to have been invited into the DPKC community to learn about the game of golf.  Professionally, this unique opportunity will help build confidence in my techniques in order to lean into opportunities for conversations and interactions I may have been previously left out on."

Gwen Locher

Through hands-on leadership, Gwen oversees LANE4’s entire operation in her role as Managing Partner.  She drives their mission to provide top-notch service to clients, investors, and a growing workforce. Throughout her career, Gwen has held leadership positions at Colliers Turley Martin Tucker; US Bank, and CBRE. In her 20 years of real estate experience, Gwen has managed more than 7 million square feet of properties nationally. Some of her past clients include RED Development, INVESCO and PASSCO, the retail-office portfolio for H&R Block, and facilitated the fundraising of more than $30 million for the University of Missouri.

Holly Sorm

Holly is the EB Service Manager with The Standard and as such is responsible for leading, developing and executing comprehensive, cross-functional initiatives critical to EB Service strategies in the Kansas City and St. Louis markets. Specifically, these strategies will support top of class service/sales support which will translate into profitable growth opportunity, persistence, and staff retention within the Service unit. Holly offers thought leadership on market trends, customer and employee engagement, and partnering with others to drive results.

 

"Learning the game of golf means opening up opportunities to develop relationships outside of the “business world,” never being excluded when it comes to getting to know co-workers and client outside of the office."

Shea Stevens

Shea Stevens’ practice concentrates exclusively on family law issues including: divorce, legal separation, paternity, custody, child support, maintenance, post divorce modifications, common law marriage, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements in both Kansas and Missouri. Ms. Stevens has experience in all aspects of family law, and has a team of professionals from accountants, financial advisors, realtors and therapists to provide client’s the best possible service and outcome of their case. Ms. Stevens is a graduate of Kansas State University and University of Tulsa School of Law. She is actively involved in the local bar associations,and has been recognized as a Rising Star in Superlawyers (KS & MO) and Best of the Bar – Family Law by the KC Business Journal.

Rachel Treanor

Rachel is the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Crossland Construction in Kansas City.  

 

"I believe that golf allows for opportunities to connect with prospects on a personal level and to make lasting memories. People do business with people they like and trust, and these bonds take time and repeat contact to establish. It is important for me to be accessible to my clients and industry advocates and to give my company a competitive advantage in the current crowded construction market. I know that my ability to play golf will elevate my accessibility and connections with others."