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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) 


Jerod Rivers, Membership & Technology Manager

Best vacation? Maui, Hawaii

People would be surprised if they knew: I love role playing games.

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



Leah Watts, Executive Assistant & Special Projects

Best vacation? South Africa

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

Three words to describe you: Positive, Organized, Kind

Favorite pie? Apple 

Hobbies: Running my non-profit organization, Women on the Rise; performing; playing guitar; reading; spending time 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; Kansas City, MO


Marisa Kolka, Digital Marketing 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


Forrest Beck, Development Coordinatorr

Best vacation? New Zealand

People would be surprised if they knew: I’m a HUGE history and geography buff!! I also collect musical instruments and tea cups

Three words to describe you: Optimistic, Caring, Talkative

Favorite pie? Sweet Potato Pie 

Hobbies: Playing French horn, guitar and singing, Hanging out with friends, Netflix, Playing board games, trying new restaurants (usually sushi)

First concert attended: Post Modern Jukebox

Places you've lived: Kirksville, MO; Auckland, New Zealand; Kansas City, MO


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