Overland Park appoints steering committee to advise in creation of community vision for 2040


The Overland Park City Council on Monday approved appointments to a new steering committee tasked with advising a consultant in its work to create a vision for what Kansas’s third-largest city should look like in 2040.

Earlier this summer, the city entered into a contract with the consulting firm Planning NEXT to lead a “visioning process” that will culminate with a strategic plan intended to “build upon and enhance [Overland Park’s] reputation as a place to live, do business, attract visitors and have fun” through the year 2040. As part of its work with Planning NEXT on the process, the city, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce and Visit OP compiled a list of approximately two dozen people to form a steering committee “made up of diverse individuals from the community to serve as a guide to the consultant, staff and the community throughout the process.”

Those individuals are:

  • Julie Brewer, executive director, United Community Services of Johnson County
  • Marshaun Butler, vice president, Children’s Mercy South
  • Darren Chadwick, general manager, Hilton
  • Johnny Dinn Phan, student
  • Bill Ebel, city administrator, Overland Park
  • Adam Hamilton (availability not confirmed), senior pastor, Church of the Resurrection
  • Tom Herzog, chief operating officer, Netsmart
  • Jim Holland, managing partner, Fisher Phillips
  • Earl Major, senior director, Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Mike McKeen, principal, EPC Real Estate
  • Greg Musil (Co-Chair), attorney, Douthit Frets Rouse Gentile & Rhodes, LLC
  • Bobby Olm-Shipman, president and CEO, St. Luke’s South
  • Bob Regnier, president, Bank of Blue Valley
  • Young Sexton, owner, WingGate Travel
  • Mahnaz Shabbir, president, Shabbir Advisors
  • Brenda Sharpe (Co-Chair), president and CEO, REACH Healthcare Foundation
  • Paul Snider, Johnson County Park and Recreation District board
  • Joe Sopcich, president, Johnson County Community College
  • Brad Stratton, president and CEO, Overland Park Wealth Management, member, Shawnee Mission board of education
  • John Thompson, president, Overland Park City Council
  • Janiece Vohland, certified public accountant
  • Joan Wells, CEO, Wellington
  • Todd White, superintendent, Blue Valley School District
  • Rick Worrel, president, Affinis Corp.
  • Hannes Zacharias, county manager, Johnson County Government
  • Yvette Morton (availability not confirmed), UMKC

The steering committee should have its first meeting in September.