Board of Commissioners
The ATA is governed by a 10-member Board of Commissioners, five from Missouri and five from Kansas. Commissioners are limited to two consecutive four-year terms. Responsibility for the management, control and operation of the Authority and its properties is vested in the Board. The Board exercises its responsibility by adopting all general policies of the Authority, including the adoption of annual capital and operating budgets, the establishment of the goals of the Authority, and the selection of a President/CEO. The Board may delegate certain duties and responsibilities to the President/CEO for the management and operation of the Authority.
Melissa Bynum, Chair, Unified Government, Kansas
Unified Government Board of Commissioners, Executive Director of Shepherd’s Center of KCKS
Melissa Bynum was elected KCATA Board Chair in January 2022. Melissa Bynum was appointed to the board by Mayor Mark Holland of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan. Elected to the Unified Government’s Board of Commissioners in April 2015. Bynum serves as the executive director of the Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kan., which advocates for the aging. The former publisher of the Wyandotte West newspaper, Bynum has worked for various non-profit groups in Wyandotte County for more than 20 years.
Reginald Townsend, Vice Chair, Cass County, Missouri
Raymore City Councilman
Reginald Townsend, of Raymore, was appointed to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority by Governor Mike Parson. Townsend has been dedicated to improving the roads of Missouri through strategic municipal partnerships. He campaigned on transportation issues unique to the North Cass County region and has since used his position as Raymore City Councilman to elevate said projects to the State level. Townsend’s role on the Mid-American Regional Council’s Total Transportation Policy Committee has expanded his insight on the multimodal transportation system at-large.
When he is not behind the dais, he can be found presiding over the not-for-profit youth organization Raymore-Peculiar Sunrise Optimist Club as their chapter president and the Lieutenant Governor of the Western Missouri Optimist District.
A 22-year retired officer of the United States Marine Corps, where he now works as a federal employee, Townsend is a devoted husband and father of two.
Louie A. Wright, Secretary, Clay County, Missouri
Attorney, Wright Law Offices, LLC; Adjunct Professor, UMKC School of Law
Wright represents Clay County, Missouri, on the KCATA Board. He also operates his own law practice, Wright Law Offices, LLC, and is an Adjunct Professor at UMKC School of Law, where he teaches Labor Law. Wright is currently Chair of Kansas City’s Health Care Trust and the City’s Workers’ Compensation Board. He also serves on the Firefighters’ Pension Board.
Wright holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Juris Doctor degree from the UMKC School of Law. Wright is retired from the Kansas City Fire Department and previously served as the President of Local No. 42 of International Association of Fire Fighters and on International’s Executive Board, representing members in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Wright resides in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife Melinda. He has two adult children, Joanna and Nick, who both live in New York City, with their families.
Joe Peterson, Treasurer, Unified Government, Kansas
Former Bonner Springs City Council member, Transportation Industry
KCATA welcomed Joe Peterson to the Board of Commissioners in 2018. Peterson was appointed to the Board by Mayor and CEO of Unified Government of Wyandotte County/ Kansas City, Kan., David Alvey. Peterson was elected council member for Bonner Springs in 2013 and held his position until 2018. Before that, he was on the Kansas City, Kansas Park Board from 2003 until 2011.
Peterson is the Transportation Supervisor for Turner Unified School District. Using his background in transportation, Peterson’s goal is to provide all citizens of the metropolitan area with transportation for their needs and wants.
David Bower, Jackson County, Missouri
David Bower is a past KCATA Board Chair. The former two-term mayor of Raytown is a leader on regional transit initiatives. He has more than 25 years of public service experience. He served as Raytown mayor from 2007 to 2015. During his time as mayor, Bower was actively involved in efforts promoting regionalism. He served as a board member of the Mid-America Regional Council from 2008 to 2015, including three years as an executive board member. In 2008, Bower was a co-leader in a regional effort to organize local elected officials to develop feasible transit plans.
Bower has a bachelor’s degrees in architecture and construction science from Kansas State University.
Vicky Kaaz, Leavenworth County, Kansas
Vicky Kaaz is a Commissioner for Leavenworth County, representing the 2nd District. She moved to Leavenworth County in 1974 as a military dependent, with her parents Col. Frank and Anne Glover. She is a graduate of Leavenworth High School and graduated with honors from the university of St. Mary with a BS degree in Education. Vicky is married to Stephan Kaaz, and they have two children. Over the past thirty years, Vicky has dedicated herself to serving the people of Leavenworth County. Her professional life and volunteer activities have given her the opportunity to develop strong management, communication, and leadership skills.
Vicky enjoys working with and for diverse populations. Her experiences have allowed her to develop a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges that are present in our city. She firmly believes that we all have the responsibility and capacity to make a difference.
Dr. Tyjaun Lee, Platte County, Missouri
President, MCC-Penn Valley
Tyjaun A. Lee, Ph.D., is president of the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Campus. Dr. Lee has more than two decades of experience in higher education. Before coming to MCC-Penn Valley in August 2017, she was vice president of student affairs at Prince George's Community College in Maryland.
She was inducted into the Black Achievers Society of Greater Kansas City in 2019. She is also on the board of directors of the Urban Ranger Corps and serves on the Broadway Westport Council, which oversees community development projects. Lee is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and holds three degrees from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, including a doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership with an emphasis in higher education administration.
Jeff Meyers, Johnson County, Kansas
Johnson County Board of County Commissioners for District 2
Commissioner Meyers is a 38-year resident of Shawnee. He served as the Mayor of Shawnee from 2004 to 2015. Prior to being Mayor, he represented two separate wards on the Shawnee City Council for a total of eleven years and before that had served as Chairman of the Shawnee Zoning Board of Appeals from 1987 to 1992. During his time as Mayor, he was the Chairman of the Johnson and Wyandotte Counties Council of Mayors and was the Bi-State Commissioner for Union Station. Commissioner Meyers previously served as the District 2 appointment on the Johnson County Park and Recreation Board and as its Treasurer.
Michael J. Shaw, City of Kansas City, Mo.
Michael J. Shaw is the Director of Public Works for the City of Kansas City, Mo. Michael is a graduate of Central Missouri State University and has over 28 years of municipal government experience, serving in various leadership roles in the KCMO Solid Waste Services Division and Public Works Department for the last 14 years.
As an Assistant Director, Michael maintained the management of Solid Waste and its programs, including bulky item collection, residential trash collection, residential recycling collection, neighborhood clean ups, illegal dumping clean ups, dead animal removal, commercial collection from City facilities, special event recycling, disaster response and Land Bank maintenance which consists of mowing, maintenance and cleaning of over 5,000 derelict properties.
Ervin "Jason" Sims, Unified Government, Kansas
Commissioner Jason Sims is the Operations Program Director at Kapsch TrafficCom North America. Kapsch Trafficom is one of the largest transportation consulting firms in the world. Commissioner Sims is directly responsible for over 200 people and a 60 million dollar portfolio. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the University of Kansas. He has over 20 years of experience working as a Transportation Systems Management and Operations Engineer.
Sims was installed as the Pastor of Mt. Carmel Church of God in Christ in Kansas City, Kansas in December of 2019. Pastor Sims has been married to LaSandra Sims for 17 years and they have four children.
Board of Commissioners Meetings
The Board of Commissioners meets monthly, on Wednesdays.
See agenda page for for meeting dates and locations.
Meetings are be in the Breen Administration Building, 1200 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, Mo., 64108. See below for variations to the schedule.
- January 26
- February 23
- March 23
- April 27
- May 18, KCATA Board Strategic Planning Session Meeting, see Agenda page for details
- May 25
- June 22
- July 27
- August 24
- September 28
- October 26
- November 16
- December 21
See agenda page for for meeting dates and locations.
- Board Governance
- Finance, held monthly
- RideKC Development Corporation
- Planning and Operations
Previous meeting agendas dating back to 2019 are archived on this website.
Kansas Commissioner Appointment Process
From the inception of the ATA in 1965 until 2000, the Governor of Kansas appointed commissioners, subject to confirmation by the State Senate and the Kansas Commissioners representing Johnson and Leavenworth counties. In 2000, the process was changed so that these two commissioners are now appointed by their respective county commissioners. The other three Kansas commissioners, representing the Wyandotte County jurisdiction, have always been appointed by the Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, now known as the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas. However in 2000, the process changed to include a requirement that these appointments must be approved by the City Commissioners.
Missouri Commissioner Appointment Process
The Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor appoints three of the five Missouri Commissioners, including a direct appointment that must be a Kansas City, Mo., resident. The Clay and Platte County Commissioners will each submit a list of three eligible candidates for the Mayor's consideration. The Jackson County Executive appoints a Commissioner from a community, other than Kansas City which contracts with KCATA for service. The other Missouri Commissioner must reside in Cass County, be nominated by that county's commission, then be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.