MEET THE BOARD
Ace is an Executive Mentor Coach, professional consultant, investor and volunteer with experience leading a diverse group of organizations from closely held corporations, family businesses, late-stage start-up entrepreneurial firms, and fast-growth technology companies. He leverages experience and acumen from 30 years as the President and CEO of a $50+mm construction supply company. Ace is known and respected as a creative, intuitive chap with an uncanny knack for generating cooperative environments using humor and compassion. His strengths include making connections within the organization to assist with the strategic direction and outside to foster new energy and resources to align with purpose. Ace depicts strong social consciousness, holding every business accountable to address the fundamental question, "How does this organization serve society?".
I have been a high school teacher and coach for the last 30 years and have spent the last 11 years at Rockhurst High, where I serve as the Theology Department Chair and Special Teams Coordinator for the varsity football program.
Matt and I have been close friends since high school. I was inspired and impressed with Matt’s work at the Westside C.A.N. center and how they were making a difference in the Kansas City Community. So when he pitched the idea of rehabbing the old St. Mary’s church and start a Police Athletic League, I was in. As a founding member along with Matt, Paul and Ace, I have helped raise money and grow our Board of Directors. One of my favorite events is our Annual Crawfish Boil held every Spring.
Paul Holewinski is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dickinson Financial Corporation (“DFC”), a $3.3 billion bank holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, which owns and operates two separately chartered national banks. Mr. Holewinski is also Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Academy Bank, a
commercial bank with $2.3 billion in assets and locations throughout Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Arizona. In addition, he serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Armed Forces Bank, a military-focused bank, with approximately $1 billion in total assets.
Mr. Holewinski joined DFC in 1997 as a Vice President of Commercial Banking and in 2009, he was promoted to CEO of DFC and its subsidiary banks and led the successful turnaround of the organization. He led the negotiation and sale of the Bank Midwest traditional branches to NBH Holdings effectively recapitalizing the company, while retaining the in-store banking segment of Bank Midwest within Dickinson Financial Corporation under the name of Academy Bank. With a strong capital base, DFC banks have experienced strong growth within their core business segments.
Prior to joining Dickinson Financial Corporation in March 1999, Mr. Holewinski was an attorney with Bryan Cave, L.L.P. practicing in the areas of mergers, acquisitions and securities offerings. He received his Juris Doctorate degree and M.B.A. from St. Louis University and is a graduate of the Colorado School of Banking.
Mr. Holewinski currently serves as a Director of the Kansas City Civic Council, the UMKC Board of Trustees (Chair of Asset Management Committee and member of Executive Committee), the Police Athletic League of Kansas City, KS and Chairman of the Kansas City Tomorrow Steering Committee; is a Member of the Downtown Council and the Kansas City Chapter of YPO.
Mr. Holewinski and his wife Amy have four children and reside in Kansas City, Missouri.
Matt Tomasic was born and raised in Strawberry Hill and served on the Kansas City Missouri police force for 23 years. Now retired, he feels that it's an honor to lead the PAL of KCK. During his time on the police force, he saw first hand the lasting benefit of strong relationships between officers and the communities they serve.
I’m a mechanical contractor along with my three brothers. I have lived in Kansas City, Kansas for 36 years.
I heard about the PAL from Lynn Melton who introduced me to Matt. My brothers and I toured the church and recognized we could help right away. We are behind the scenes guys.
Matt asked me to be on the board and I jumped at the chance. It has been a fantastic and very fulfilling experience for me. Watching the officers change the direction of these kid’s lives and their families lives. It’s incredible to be a part of this.
Chief Financial Officer at Bardavon Health Innovations
I became involved with the PAL based on a recommendation from a co-worker who said that I should check it out. I made an unannounced visit and met Matt Tomasic who invited us (Lenexa P.D.) to attend a session and work with the kids. A group of us have been going to the PAL every week since the summer of 2019.
Our focus has been to conduct physical fitness training with a strong emphasis on building relationships with the kids and their parents. Basically, good old fashion mentoring. From a personal standpoint, this is one of the most rewarding community outreach activities that I have been involved in.
Frank is a Major for the Lenexa P.D. and hosts cross-fit classes for the kids each Tuesday evening.
James D. Lawrence
Jim is a member and co-leader of the firm’s higher education team which works with institutions and their leadership to navigate the complex regulatory, federal enforcement, intellectual property, commercial and litigation challenges such institutions confront on a daily basis. He serves as Acting General Counsel of a multi-campus private university. In addition to his role as Acting General Counsel, he routinely advises higher education clients regarding compliance with all laws and regulations; faculty compensation; Title IX controversies; campus safety; online learning; the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); and effective ways to manage and control risks.
In addition to his higher education practice, Jim has vast experience as a commercial litigator and trial lawyer handling a wide range of disputes arising in the U.S. and abroad. Jim serves as the Commercial Disputes Leader for BCLP's Kansas City office. He routinely represents some of the largest financial institutions, insurance companies and other national and multinational corporations in complex litigation involving loan disputes, breach of contract, fraud and unfair business practices, among other matters. He has successfully represented clients in disputes with more than six hundred million dollars at issue. Jim is experienced in litigation matters including lender liability claims; compliance with federal laws and regulations; breach of fiduciary duty claims; contract disputes; ownership disputes between partners, shareholders, or members of closely held businesses; trade secret and non-competition claims; class action claims; and insurance coverage issues. Mr. Lawrence has experience advising clients from the investigation phase through trial and appeal for matters pending in state and federal court, including representations in bankruptcy court, the Missouri Public Service Commission, and before multiple courts simultaneously.
Mr. Lawrence began his legal career with Weil, Gotshal, & Manges, LLP in New York City.
Prior to law school, he worked in advertising and later as an executive with Atlantic Records in New York City.
Maureen Mahoney was born and reared in Wyandotte County. She graduated from the University of Arkansas, received a Master’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame, and her law degree from the University of Kansas. Maureen worked as a hearing officer and prosecutor but worked most of her law practice in child welfare. She served as General Counsel for KVC Behavioral Health and later as a Guardian Ad Litem in Wyandotte County representing children in foster care. Maureen is the current Chief of Staff to Mayor David Alvey in the Unified Government. She is also a board member for a number of institutions in the region including the KU Hospital Board, Donnelly College and the Greater Kansas City community Foundation. Maureen is married to Dan Crabtree, a United States District Court judge in the District of KansasDan and Maureen are the proud parents of Colleen, a junior at the University of Texas.
As Assistant to the Mayor/CEO, Lynn stays in contact with neighborhood groups to help address neighborhood constitutes problems and concerns. Lynn also acts as Public Safety Liaison for Mayor Alvey.
She has lived in Wyandotte County most of her life. Lynn has over 35 years of experience in finance and marketing. While working decades in these areas she has listened and learned from the community and is interested in promoting community and economic growth.
Lynn served many years as a past Board of Trustees Member for the Leukemia Society. She has been an invited speaker for a Victim Impact Panel for a Christian based program for inmates in Leavenworth Federal Prison.
Her passion for Wyandotte County along with her managerial and leadership skills will prove an asset to the Mayor/CEO’s Office.
I am the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, KS. I have been with the Unified Government for five years, but have been serving the Kansas City, Kansas community for seven. I previously worked with other organizations that involved youth programming and community work.
I enjoy serving my community in my role with the Parks and Recreation Department. I also volunteer for the Kansas City Golden Gloves Board as their Secretary and volunteer with KCKPAL on various initiatives as they pertain to youth programming and development. In my spare time I enjoy traveling!
I owned a small business for 20+ years in Kansas City and retired from that in 2018. We reside in Brookside where we have lived for over 30 years and we enjoy a host of outdoor activities and especially enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren.
I was approached about helping PAL several years ago with their Accounting by one of our Board members and have come to love and appreciate PAL's mission and the diversity of all the people involved in executing that Mission. I know firsthand the success PAL is experiencing and the bright future this organization has.
Denise Tomasic is a lifelong resident of Wyandotte County and has practiced law since 1983. Her law office is located on Strawberry Hill, near the Police Athletic League. Denise is active in the Kansas City, Kansas community and also serves as a commissioner on the Kansas City, Kansas Housing Authority board.
Deputy Police Chief, Kansas City Kansas
Kathleen Von Achen
CFO, UG of Wyandotte County