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Newly-elected BPU Board Members Sworn-In

Newly-elected BPU Board Members Sworn In

(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — Three members of the newly elected board of directors for the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) were sworn-in at a ceremony held at the BPU Administration Building on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024.

One incumbent member, Rose Mulvany Henry (At-Large - Position #3) and newcomers Stevie Wakes (First District) and Brett Parker (Third District) took the oath of office at a ceremony prior to this week’s Board meeting. The oaths of office were administered, and each elected board member was given an opportunity to make brief remarks following their official swearing-in.

About the recently appointed members:

Rose Mulvany Henry, At Large – Position #3

Ms. Mulvany Henry has served on the BPU Board for four years, having been first elected in 2019. Mulvany Henry is a native of Kansas City, Kansas, where she attended Bishop Ward High School. She furthered her education and received her B.A. in English from the University of Kansas, and then her J.D. from Washburn University School of Law. Rose is currently admitted to practice in Kansas.

Rose is currently the Vice President of Regulatory & Legislative Affairs for Metronet, the largest privately held fiber to the premise company in the United States. Prior to joining Metronet in 2021, Rose enjoyed a long and diverse career in the communications utility industry ranging from a wireless industry entrepreneur, to regulating the telephone industry with the Kansas Corporation Commission, to the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Birch Telecom, Inc., to in-house counsel for Sprint Corporation to the representation of various clients as outside counsel with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP and then with her own private practice in Kansas City, Kansas.

Rose has lived nearly her entire life in Kansas City, Kansas and is very proud of her “Dotte” roots. In her spare time, Rose enjoys lending a helping hand to worthy nonprofits with their development initiatives. She also has a passion for criminal justice reform and workforce development programs.

Rose and her husband, John Henry, live in Kansas City, Kansas. Their son, Justin, his wife Sophia, and two grandchildren also live in the metro area.

Stevie Anthony Wakes, Sr. First District

Stevie Anthony Wakes was born in Topeka, Kansas and moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 1985. After obtaining his first bachelor’s degree in religion in 1984 from Bishop College in Dallas, Texas, Stevie also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas, a second bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education from the University of Missouri in Kansas City and a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.

Stevie is the Senior Pastor of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, where he has now served for over 35 years. He has worked for the HLJ Management Company in Lenexa, Kansas and later for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri. Stevie is fluent in Spanish and taught Spanish language and culture in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri public schools.

In his service to the community, Stevie has been a community organizer, former president of the Kansas City, Kansas NAACP, former president of Turtle Hill Neighborhood Association, former Vice-President of Tremont Neighborhood Association, and former Community Liaison for the Unified Government’s Northeast Development Plan. In addition to his role as Pastor, he also works for the Unified Government’s Office of the District Attorney as an Administrative Support Specialist and was selected to be a participant in the first cohort of the Dotte Leads leadership initiative.

Stevie and his wife, Stefanie, have five children. They married in Kansas City, Kansas and are proud to have become “Dottes”.

Brett Parker, Third District

Brett Parker graduated from UMKC with a B.A. in Secondary Education. Brett taught non-native English speakers for five years in the Olathe school district. While teaching, Brett was active in the Olathe National Education Association serving on the Executive Board, as a member of the Negotiations Team, and as Vice President. His advocacy for his students and fellow teachers led Brett to run for and win a seat in the Kansas House in 2016.

After serving in the legislature in 2021, Brett joined the board of directors for Jewish Family Services of Kansas City and joined the staff of the Kansas National Education Association where he works supporting teachers in the greater Kansas City area.



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