The MainStream Coalition has new board leadership team that is long on political experience, in both parties.
Republican Sheryl Spalding, who served six years as a Kansas State Representative, will be the new board president and the vice president will be Democrat Carol Marinovich, who served 10 years as the mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan.
MainStream is a citizens coalition that promotes moderate voices in the current political climate. It has offices in Mission. Dr. Roberty Meneilly, founding minister at Village Presbyterian Church, is Chairman Emeritus and was a founder of the coalition.
For 17 years, Spalding was a Field Research Assistant in Educational Research for the University of Kansas assisting teachers in urban, suburban, and rural schools in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. She has served for eight years on Blue Valley Board of Education, five years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children.
Spalding graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Cincinnati. She has received a distinguished service award from KS Association of School Boards and Award of Excellence from Kansas Learning First Alliance
Marinovich served 10 years as mayor and as Mayor/CEO of Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan. Elected the first female mayor of Kansas City, Kan., she led the efforts to consolidate the governments of Kansas City, Kan. and Wyandotte County, pledging greater efficiency and lower costs.
She also is credited as the driving force behind the Kansas Speedway. Marinovich has received numerous local, state, and national honors and awards which include both the Community Leadership Award from the Points of Light Foundation, Public Official of the Year from Governing magazine, One KC Award from the Kansas City Area Economic Development Council, Excellence in Local Government from the League of Kansas Municipalities and Kansas Citian of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
Brandi Fisher serves as executive director of the coalition.