Staff and Board

Let us be the first of many friendly faces to welcome you to our hometown. We’d love to help you start planning your visit and “find your Independence!”

Tourism Staff

  • Eric Urfer, Director, Parks | Recreation | Tourism
  • Kristi Franz, Tourism Manager 
  • Mataya Thomas, Sales and Services Manager
  • Gary Sheridan, Tourism Sales and Services Assistant
  • Ana Delgado, Administrative Assistant II
  • Zach McNulty, Multimedia Communications Coordinator

National Frontier Trails Museum

  • Frank Buhro, Historic Sites & Museum Administrator
  • Pele Schuster, Museum Services Assistant

Tourism Commission

The residents of Independence already know how wonderful the city is, but these hometown fans are dedicated to sharing with everyone that Independence is a great vacation destination.

  • Sam Rushay, Chairman
  • Kris Zerr, Vice Chairman
  • Vacant, Secretary
  • Jennifer Vitela
  • John Thornton
  • Jodi Krantz
  • Michele Shanahan-DeMoss
  • Russell Cannon
  • Steven Kohn