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Tom Esselman, Chief Executive Officer

Tom has a true passion for bridging the digital divide in Kansas City. With a heart for service and advocacy in the urban core, his vision and leadership drive the mission of Connecting For Good. In linking access and opportunities for digital skills training, hardware, and connectivity, people of all ages and backgrounds can pursue a path of prosperity.

As an executive at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City for 22 years, Tom led the development of technology-enhanced products, including Song Cards and Recordables. He retired in 2012 to pursue non-profit leadership opportunities and is a frequent collaborator with his wife, Mary Esselman, who leads Operation Breakthrough, an urban core early learning center.

Tom is a graduate of Georgetown University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Affairs, and of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, at Northwestern University.

Board of Directors

Michael Levine, VP, Barkley KC, President

Barbara Lach, Former Asst. to the Dean, UMKC School of Biological Sciences, Vice President

Ralph Munyan, Attorney at Law, Secretary

Chad Bly, CPA, Treasurer

Tim Feathers, Partner, Stinson Leonard Street

Angie Tower, CFO, Cinquapintrust

Mike Thomas, COO, Operation Breakthrough

Nancy Frazee, nVision Risk

Tom Esselman, CEO, Connecting for Good, Ex-Officio

Connect with our Team 

Tom Esselman, CEO [email protected]

Karita Matlock, Technology Manager, [email protected]

Carlos Salinas, Warehouse Manager, [email protected]

Carol Meyers, Education Coordinator, [email protected]

Malika Francis, Customer Service Coordinator, [email protected]

Chris Wiley, Senior Technician, [email protected]

Torrell Stokes, Technology Coordinator, [email protected]

Romãn Turner, Technology Coordinator, [email protected]

LaDanity Timmons, Technology Specialist, [email protected]

Zachary Hoare, Technology Specialist and Account Coordinator [email protected]

Dyeshai White, Customer Service Specialist [email protected]

Carolyn Parker, Customer Service Specialist [email protected]

Laura Prescott, Administrative Assistant, [email protected]