|Board Member Bios|
|Board Member Bios|
|Association - Board|
Allan Hallquist. Allan and his wife, Carol, moved into Hyde Park as “yuppies” in 1981. They have lived in three different houses and raised two children, while watching the neighborhood steadily improve and flourish. Allan previously served as HPNA president for four years in the 1990’s. He is a trial attorney with Husch Blackwell LLP.
First Vice President
Derek Moore. My partner and I have lived in Hyde Park since 2013. The first house we ever bought was in South Hyde Park. We love Hyde Park so much that after renovating our first home, we bought a bigger project house in Central Hyde Park where we now live with our fur children. We love the architecture and eclectic nature that Hyde Park offers. I have served Hyde Park on the Homes Tour Committee twice. I also have public service experience having volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, interned at a local congressional representative's office, and having served as a union steward in one of my professional positions.
Troy Batson is a Kansas City area native. He and his wife, Melissa, moved to Hyde Park in late 2003. He works as an engineering project manager in the defense and aerospace industry and retired from the US Army in 2005. His moments of zen are walking through the neighborhood parks with his dogs and enjoying the sculpture park at the Nelson. Troy's goals for joining the association are to help keep the neighborhood safe, clean, and diverse, while making new acquaintances and friends. pieces.
Stehpanie Kozak has lived in South Hyde Park since 2015. She loves historical architecture and antiques, so she fell in love with the historical feel of the neighborhood while looking for her first home in Kansas City. Stephanie first moved to the area to attend graduate school at the University of Kansas where she received her PhD in Geography. Her research was on urban geography and housing and she has always been interested in being an active part of an urban community. She currently works as a Research Analyst at Service Management Group in the Crossroads.
George Moss and his wife, Claudia, have lived in this neighborhood since 2005, and they love its beautiful architecture, history, and diverse community. They have done home restoration – a forté of Claudia’s (with her house painting business, A Beautiful Construction). They joined HPNA shortly after moving into their turn of the century North Hyde Park home. Both have volunteered in many neighborhood activities, like the Hyde Park Homes Tour, Tulips on Troost, the Pilgrim Center Easter Frolic and Egg Hunt, and neighborhood cleanup events. George has earned a BS in Biology/Zoology, a BSChE in Chemical Engineering, and an AAS in Computer Programming, and has completed the Landmark Curriculum. For over 20 years he has developed online air travel applications (such as in Flight Operations), and currently serves as a Senior Software Developer for a worldwide airline. For fun, he loves making early music on the lute with friends--breathing life into charming 400-year-old pieces.
Clara Keller, with her husband, Andrew, has lived on Holmes Street since 1998. They fell in love with Hyde Park as tenants on Janssen Place and have immersed themselves in this wonderful, historic neighborhood. They have two teenage children who are active in volleyball, debate and theater. Clara has a degree in Business. She worked for Arthur Andersen in the glory days and has held a number of progressive Accounting and Management positions. Her current job is as the Accounting and HR Manager for a firm in Corporate Woods that delivers alternative fuels through industrial recycling of tires and cross ties. She says, “Hyde Park is a passion of mine and I like being able to contribute my talents in a meaningful way. The people here are uniquely special and the friendships we have made with neighbors will endure a lifetime”.
Susan Borge and her husband Doug were seeking relief from the crowded and smoggy LA area in 1980 and somehow found Hyde Park. Now living in their second Hyde Park home at Charlotte and Gleed, Doug often advocates (to whoever will listen) flooding Harrison Parkway and having lakefront property in the City. Their two boys were part of a very early baby boom in Hyde Park. Susan worked to elect several school board and City Council candidates over the years, most of whom lived in Hyde Park, and has worked for the City of Kansas City for the last ten years as a City Council aide (for City Councilmembers who both live in Hyde Park). She remembers being on the Hyde Park Board in the early ‘80s when the infamous Bob Berdella was also a board member. Both of the Borge’s homes have been on the Hyde Park tour. One year, the slogan for the tour and the tour t-shirts was “When you’re in a neighborhood, you know it.” That pretty much sums up how they feel about their 35 years (and counting) in Hyde Park.
Slawik Pech N/A .
Chad Moore N/A .
Heather Dillion Heather Dillon moved to Hyde Park along with her family a year and a half ago. After growing up in a smaller town in Kansas (in a different Hyde Park neighborhood), Hyde Park feels like coming home. Heather values the diversity and friendliness of the neighborhood and the comfort of neighbors looking out for one another. Heather’s background is in speech language pathology; she spent seven years working with the Liberty Public Schools before making the decision to stay at home with her three children. She now enjoys being a frequent volunteer at her older childrens’ school, working part time from home, and spending lots of time with her two-year-old exploring the many lovely play areas in Hyde Park.
Mike Shepard N/A
Lydia DeMonte is a South Hyde Park native. Born on Charlotte and raised on Kenwood, she and her husband purchased their home on Campbell in 2013. Lydia works in graphic design at Lockton Companies on the Plaza. In addition, she operates a freelance photo, design, and branding consultation business. She and Jon had their first child, Luna, in October 2015. Lydia is committed to making sustainable improvements to the neighborhood and maintaining Hyde Park's reputation as a great place to grow up.