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FAI Staff

Get to Know the FAI Staff!

Aengus Finnan, Executive Director

Best vacation? Nosara Surf & Yoga Retreat, Costa Rica

People would be surprised if they knew: I love two-stepping and EDM equally.

Three words to describe you: Idealist, romantic, advocate

Favorite pie? Tarte au Sucré

Hobbies: Cook, run/cycle, go to movies

First concert attended: Paul Young

Places you've lived: Ontario: (Grafton, Cobourg, Guelph, Toronto, North Bay, Moosonee), Athabasca (Alberta), Inuvik (North West Territories), Montreal (Quebec), Victoria (British Columbia), Dublin (Ireland), Kansas City (USA).



Jennifer Roe, Director of Operations

Best vacation? South Africa

People would be surprised if they knew: I worked on a Presidential campaign (my candidate lost)

Three words to describe you: Logical, sarcastic, honest

Favorite pie? Key lime

Hobbies: Spending time with my family & friends, playing strategic board games (Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Pandemic), watching Netflix

First concert attended: Steven Curtis Chapman

Places you've lived: Joliet, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Sheboygan, WI; Overland Park, KS; Silver Spring, MD; Washington, DC; Arlington, VA; Kansas City, MO



Alex Mallett, Business Development Manager

Best vacation? Honeymoon in India starting with a Hari Krishna flower festival

People would be surprised if they knew: That there’s usually a dance party waiting to happen. Anywhere.

Three words to describe you: Kind, creative, community-minded

Favorite pie? Chocolate mousse

Hobbies: I spent too long in NYC. Remind me: what’s a hobby?

First concert attended: House concert of trio singing American Civil War songs. I don’t know their name but probably have a tape somewhere. They should be at Folk Alliance.

Places you've lived: Harrisburg, PA; Weeping Water, NE; Colorado Springs, CO; Kansas City, MO; Westwood, KS; Montreal, QC; Brooklyn, NY; KCMO (again)



Erika Cecilia Noguera, Communications Manager

Best vacation? Family and farm time in Quezaltepeque, Guatemala. Disney World and Give Kids the World Village are a very close second.

People would be surprised if they knew: I have a thing for magical creatures. Unicorns and moose are my favorites.

Three words to describe you: Curious, Keen, Kind

Favorite pie? Any fruit pie a-la-mode, and flan.

Hobbies: I read a lot.

First concert attended: Shania Twain (I was singing back-up!)

Places you've lived: Olathe, KS; Page, AZ; Lawrence, KS; Kansas City, MO



Jerod Rivers, Membership & Technology Manager

Best vacation? Caribbean Cruise & Golfing

People would be surprised if they knew: I love playing RPG games on the XBOX.

Three words to describe you: Extrovert, designer, passionate

Favorite pie? Can cheese cake be pie?

Hobbies: Besides Music… Golfing, Cycling, Drawing, Canoeing, Camping, and Hiking.

First concert attended: Orange County Supertones

Places you've lived: Ventura, CA; Saint James, MO; Manhattan, KS; Kansas City, MO




Jenny Tonyes, Creative Services Manager

Best vacation? Kiawah Island, SC

People would be surprised if they knew: I am not on Facebook

Three words to describe you: Organized, crafty, smart-alecky

Favorite pie? Cherry or peach - warmed with vanilla ice cream. And not that crappy yellow vanilla either - the good stuff with vanilla flakes in it.

Hobbies: I sew - obsessively

First concert attended: New Kids on the Block (don't judge!)

Places you've lived: Kansas City; Manhattan, KS; Arcata CA; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Stuttgart, Germany; Milan, Italy; Burlington, VT; Seattle, WA; Madison, WI; San Francisco, CA; San Rafael, CA


Leah Watts, Office & Outreach Coordinator

Best vacation? Borneo

People would be surprised if they knew: I am a British Citizen! 

Three words to describe you: Positive, Energetic, Kind

Favorite pie? Apple 

Hobbies: Singing, Reading, Netflix, Guitar, Hanging with Family and Friends

First concert attended: S Club 7 

Places you've lived: Munich, Germany; Westwood, England; Andover, KS; Manhattan, KS; Nashville, TN; Kansas City, KS.


Marisa Kolka, Development & Communications Coordinator

Best vacation? San Sebastián, Spain

People would be surprised if they knew: I won my fifth grade spelling bee on the word "thyme"

Three words to describe you: Sarcastic, Logical, Curious

Favorite pie? My mom's pecan pie 

Hobbies: Singing, Binge reading (like binge Netflixing but better), knitting, going to wineries, taking naps

First concert attended: JoJo

Places you've lived: Kansas City, MO; Warrensburg, MO; Alcalá de Henares, Spain; Kansas City, KS


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