Welcome to Independence!

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 Eckfeld, Tourism Manager 
  • Frank Buhro, Tourism Volunteer & Historic Sites Manager
  • Zach McNulty, Multimedia Communications Coordinator
  • Gary Sheridan, Visitor Experience Specialist
  • Carrie Battles, Tourism Specialist

National Frontier Trails Museum

  • Leah Palmer, Events & Education Program Manager
  • Ana Delgado, Visitor Services Coordinator
  • Lindsay Robbins, Museum Collections Manager
  • Pele Schuster, Museum Coordinator

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.

  • James Allen, Chairman
  • Sam Rushay, Vice Chairman
  • Kris Zerr, Secretary
  • Jennifer Vitela
  • John Thornton
  • Jodi Krantz
  • Cindy McClain
  • Michele Shanahan-DeMoss
  • Russell Cannon