Carolyn Watley, president of benefits and insurance for the Kansas City office of CBIZ, was recognized for the countless hours she has dedicated to serving on the MCC Foundation Board of Directors. Watley was named chairman of the board for the MCC Foundation in 2013 and has served in this capacity for two years. During the June Foundation Board meeting, Watley was presented with a plaque for her leadership and dedication.
“I have had so much fun. More importantly, I believe the work that we do is important. As Foundation Board of Directors, we are able to share MCC’s story and raise funds for scholarships to create opportunities that impact students and our community. I am so proud to be a member of a group that is truly dedicated to such a vital role for Kansas City,” said Watley.
Watley has been active on the board since joining in October 2009, including service as the committee chair for the annual Five Star Gala in 2011, 2012, and program committee chair for the 2015 Centennial Celebration, which raised the most money of any event in the Foundation’s history. Watley will now serve as vice chair on the executive committee and Jason Dalen was nominated to serve as chair.
At the same meeting, long-serving Foundation board director, Jim Martin, was honored with director emeritus status. The prestigious status, which affords the honor of lifetime service on the Foundation board, is given for distinguished, meritorious service to MCC and to the Foundation. Martin joined the MCC Foundation Board of Directors in January 2005, served as Foundation board chair from 2006 -2009 and most recently served as treasurer on the Executive Committee. Martin was the former principal and vice president of marketing and sales for Med Accuracy LLC, a Kansas City based business focused on reducing medication errors in hospitals.
“I continue to believe that this organization is important to the city. What we do truly makes a difference and impacts our community,” said Martin as he was recognized with a plaque to mark his years of service.
Executive Director of the MCC Foundation, Kent Huyser, is happy to keep both community members active on the board. “The MCC Foundation is fortunate to be governed by a board composed of Kansas City’s finest leaders. These leaders give their time and resources. Our community and our students could not have a better team working to position MCC for continued success.”
Carl Chinnery, who joined the board in 2006 was also honored for his service. Chinnery is founding partner of Chinnery Evans & Nail, one of Lee’s Summit’s oldest and most respected law firms. Chinnery will continue to work with the MCC-Longview campus.