Two new directors named to MCC Foundation board

Ramin Cherafat and Susan B. Hare have joined the Metropolitan Community College Foundation board of directors. Their nominations were approved June 11 by the college’s Board of Trustees.

Ramin Cherafat
Ramin Cherafat

Ramin Cherafat is chief operating officer of McCownGordon Construction, one of Kansas City’s largest general contractors.  Cherafat has worked as a project manager, project executive and vice president for some of the largest commercial construction companies in the nation.

Cherafat serves on the board of directors for the Kansas City EDC Loan Corp. and on the board for Children International. He also serves on the Kansas State University College of Architecture Advisory Board, and he and his wife are co-chairing Johnson County Community College’s annual gala this year.

He has been active in organizations including the Design-Build Institute of America, the American Institute of Architects-Kansas City, the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions leadership program, Kansas Bioscience Association and Community LINC.

Susan Hare
Susan Hare

Susan B. Hare is president of Sunrise Greetings, a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards Inc. Hare is responsible for leading and directing both Sunrise Greetings and Hallmark Custom Marketing, including all key functions such as strategic planning, sales, product development, operations, distribution and finance.

Before joining Hallmark in 2001, Hare served as vice president for business development for the Ensemble Co. of Lenexa. She also worked as vice president-wholesale for Warner Press Anderson, where she led sales, marketing and product development for the Indiana company.

Hare has served as vice chairman of the board of directors for Community Hospital in Anderson, Ind.; member of the board of the Greeting Card Association; and member of the Exhibitors Board of the Christian Booksellers Association.

Cherafat’s and Hare’s initial terms on the board will run through June 30, 2016.

The MCC Foundation, established in 1976, raises money to support student scholarships and special campus initiatives across the MCC district.