Phil Shafer aka Sike Style, channels his creative energy in many ways. For 17 years, he has run his successful art business Sike Style Industries while working full-time as a designer for the Kansas Life Science Research Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His creative practice includes fine art paintings, 2D design on walls and print graphics. Recently, his love of street art and graffiti has lead him to community engaged projects as a muralist. Murals allow Shafer to transform bland or vandalized surfaces with colorful, positive and uplifting imagery that inspire pride in the nearby communities. Shafer has been awarded commissions from: Qdoba Restaurants , the Kansas City Art in the Loop foundation & the Kansas City Royals and is a featured artists in the 2016 Kansas City Collection. He earned his BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2000 with a major in photography and new media.
Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker, Derrick Johnson, was drafted in First Round of 2005 Draft, 15th overall. A star at the University of Texas, he is a 3-Time Pro Bowler and Named First Team All-Pro in 2011 with the Chiefs. Derrick's passion outside of football is his charity for children in need. His Defend the Dream Foundation was founded in 2012 with the mission to provide low-income and inner city young people with opportunities and resources to reach their full potential. The goal of Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation is to impact the lives of more than 30,000 at-risk Kansas City children.
Artist, Jennifer Janesko earned her BFA in fashion design and went on to create fashion illustrations in the commercial art world for several years. Her commercial work soon transitioned into a 20 year career in fine art. Her roots in fashion never left her and in 2011 she began creating jewelry designs, which became the foundation of JANESKO, LLC.
Janesko's fine art background allows her to apply the fundamentals of art to each design, focusing on balance, composition, color and texture. Her education in fashion design and styling provides her with the experience to transform an abstract concept into a wearable piece of art.
Janesko’s own aesthetic reflects an appreciation for minimal shapes that display unexpected details. Each design is created with the thought of accessories first, clothing second. Minimal in line but grand in gesture, Janesko accessories tell a story that immediately communicates the idea of classic lines, with an elevated sensibility.
The artist and designer continues to create in her home studio and travels the world to find inspiration.
Artist, Peregrine Honig has lived in Kansas City since she was 17 and is an artist whose work is concerned with the relationship between pop culture, sexual vulnerability, social anxieties, the ethics of luxury and trends in consumerism. Honig appeared on season one of Bravo’s artist reality television show, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, which aired from June 9–August 11, 2010. At age 22, Honig was the youngest living artist to have work acquired by the Whitney Museum of Art’s permanent collection.
Honig’s work is included in private and public collections, including: The Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, The Fogg Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, and Ball State University Museum of Art.
In 1997, Honig started Fahrenheit Gallery, an artist-run space in Kansas City's industrial West Bottoms, where she showed artists with national and international reputations and inspired other young Kansas City artists to do the same. Honig is represented by Dwight Hackett Projects in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Haw Contemporary in Kansas City, Missouri. She owns a lingerie and swimwear boutique, Birdies, which opened in 2003, and is located in the Crossroads. She currently lives and works out of the newly renovated Greenwood Social Hall - a private space dedicated to small public projects in Kansas City.
Nicholas K Clark
My journey as an artist began with the simplest of mediums; blank paper, pencil, and pen. I quickly discovered my attraction to something I consider both cathartic and magical; the transformation of a blank sheet of paper into something aesthetically pleasing, a work of art, an 8 x 11" window of beauty in our oftentimes mundane world. Over time, the introduction of acrylics, oils, and watercolors into my work only further enhanced this process, and resultantly began my chromatic passion. Color is now the key to my creative process, and is something that remains constant throughout the continuous variance of my subject matter. Through the manipulation of color, both in its' absence and abundance, I am able to most purely express myself and establish an authentic, personal connection with all of my artwork
Jenny Matthews has been on the air at Mix 93.3 since 2004. You can listen to her show every weekday from 10am - 3pm! In addition, check out Jenny’s monthly 'Just Sayin' column in Her Life Magazine. Watch her on the Fox 4 ‘Mommy Panel' every Monday morning. Follow along with her blog on her website www.shekclifestyle.com.
Jenny lives in the Northland with her husband, Matthew, and two kiddos, Julianne and Miles -- along with their spoiled Boxer, Oscar!
Mix 93.3 Morning Show’s Teresa Maxwell has been on the air since moving to Kansas City in 2000. She and her family live in Shawnee, KS.
Catch her on the Rocket and Teresa Morning Show, weekday mornings from 5am to 10 am on Mix 93.3.
You can hear Mike Wickett middays from 10-2 on 98.1 FM KMBZ along with his partner, Jayme Monacelli. He spent 16 years doing sports talk in Milwaukee and Ann Arbor, before joining KMBZ in Kansas City in 2016. Mike loves sour candy, red wine and Game of Thrones but he hates cats and people who don't return their shopping carts. He recently married his wife, Leigh..and along with their dogs, "Rivers & Bowie", they love living in The River Market!
Jayme Monacelli co-hosts Midday with Jayme and Wickett, alongside Mike Wickett, weekdays 10-2 on 98.1FM KMBZ. Jayme has been in Kansas City since 2007, except for 2014, when she road-tripped alone all over the country. Jayme is known for her love of Irish whiskey, travel, and country music, and her total contempt of musical theater and the city of St. Louis. Her worst fear is that her shoe will get stuck as she walks off an escalator. If you see her take a giant, awkward step off one, that’s why.
HGTV’s Matt Fox is best known for creating and co-hosting the first and longest-running show to air on HGTV, “Room by Room,” as well as hosting and producing the public television series “Around the House with Matt and Shari.” Learn more from his website, mattandshari.com.
Aubrey & Bristol Marunde
HGTV's Aubrey & Bristol Marunde are the owners of Alter Luxury, a real estate brokerage and design+build firm in Henderson, Nevada, and they are the stars of HGTV’s hit home renovation television show, Flip or Flop Vegas.
A native of Leawood, Kansas, Seth Sinovic played high school soccer at Rockhurst High School. He walked on at Creighton University and became a team captain for the Blue Jays in 2008 and 2009 before being drafted by the New England Revolution in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. Sinovic was then signed by Sporting Kansas City in May 2011 after one season in New England. He scored his first professional goal in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs and registered the second of his career in the 2013 postseason as Sporting KC won MLS Cup. He has contributed prominently during his seven-year stint in Kansas City, starting 195 of 201 appearances in all competitions with four goals and 13 assists. He volunteers several hours a month at Children’s Mercy where he plays games with hospitalized kids who have cancer.
Gerso Fernandes joined Sporting Kansas City earlier this year. A native of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa, Fernandes has played more than 150 matches during a six-year professional career in Portugal. He has spent each of the previous five seasons in the Portuguese first division, including the 2016-17 Primeira Liga campaign with Belenens. Has started 26 of 31 matches, recording eight goals and two assists (2207 minutes played). Made his MLS debut in a 0-0 draw at D.C. United on March 4. Opened his MLS scoring account with the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on April 9. Scored the final goal in a 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake on April 29. Helped create both goals in a 2-2 draw at Orlando City SC on May 13. Scored a sensational second-half hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC on May 17, becoming the first Sporting KC player to score an MLS hat-trick since October 2010.
“Scribe” Donald Ross
Artist Donald Ross has 25 plus years as a working professional artist with murals around the KC metro, nationwide, Canada and Mexico.
Gallery Show and Mural work throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada
Design partners with The Kansas City Royals, Red Bull, Blue Moon, Kid Robot, Hallmark and more.
@scribeswalk on social media
Michelle has earned acclaim working on both sides of the camera as a journalist, TV host and filmmaker. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Before making Kansas City her home, Michelle was an anchor and reporter at KY3 in Springfield, MO and KOMU-TV in Columbia.
Michelle received a Mid-America Emmy for TV Hose in 2016. She has also earned three additional regional Emmys for writing and producing. When Michelle isn’t on set, she enjoys screenwriting, dancing and spending time with her family in the northland.
Born in a small Wisconsin river town, Joel got his first broadcasting job at the age of three due to his amazing grasp of current events, articulate delivery and, perhaps most importantly, his Dad ran the local radio station. At that point, Joel worked for chocolate milk and Oreos.
Joel moved to Las Vega after high school to try his hand…well, both hands…at playing the piano and singing. Very shortly after his arrival in Glitter Gulch, Joel discovered that his talent as an entertainer made him best suited to be a front desk clerk at the now long gone, Rainbow Vegas Hotel.
Returning to Wisconsin, Joel got his degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He worked as a legislative aide to a state representative for a couple of years and also began working at a local cable TV station. After working as a reporter and weatherman at WMTV, the NBC affiliate in Madison, Joel came to Kansas City where he helped folks starter their days beginning in 1988.
Over the years, Joel has been a broadcast jack of all trades including hosting a children’s’ show, interview show and doing hundreds of feature stories about Kansas City. Joel and his wife, Jessica, are the proud parents of four great children and have, for more than 25 years been happy to call the KC area home sweet home.
Crystle Lampitt is the on-air Host of KMCI-TV (38 The Spot), and the Digital Reporter for KSHB-TV’s 4p.m. newscast, The Now (41 Action News). She also contributes to KSHB-TV’s Kansas City Live as a fill-in co-host and reporter. Crystle covers local news, trending topics (local and international). Crystle is on it!
Born in Cairo, Egypt to an American Father and an Indonesian mother, Crystle spent most of her childhood in Indonesia, and came to Kansas City in 2000 when her family relocated. She has worked in various areas of the entertainment industry over the years, appearing internationally in ad campaigns, TV commercials, runway, and print jobs.
Crystle began modeling at the age of 14 doing fashion shows for local designers and charity events until she gradually built up an international modeling career. Her American/Indonesian ethnicity opened doors for her to work in Asia as a model, which she pursied full time after finishing school. She studied Film/Media and Communication at the University of Kansas where she graduated with honors in 2009. Her passion for travel, art, culture led her to work in countries like China, Singapore, the Philippines, South Africa, and Australia.
In addition to her modeling career, Crystle also found herself in a rewarding position as a preschool teacher at a private school in Sydney, Australia.
Upon her return to Kanas City in 2012, Crystle continues to model while working in TV as a host and reporter. She also has partnership with The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City and Big Brother Big Sisters to help improve the community. In her spare time, Crystle enjoys spending time with family and friends, eating Indonesian food, and playing piano.
Leanne Lee, aka “The Diva of DIY” is a junk-lovin’, dumpster-diving, curb-shopping wife and mother of 3 boys. She owns a successful contracting business in Kansas City Missouri. Lee is anything but your typical blogger. She is a public-speaker, philanthropist, and a broadcast/media personality whose passion for transforming the world’s discarded items into cherished possessions is contagious. Her ability to open the eyes of an audience to the creative possibilities before them is inspiring. Add to that the fact that Leanne is generous in sharing not only her ideas, but the steps and tools needed to create them; well…that is what makes her unique!
Long before she was creating online buzz with her spunky style and passion for Upcycling, Leanne was turning homes into masterpieces. As one of the leading contractor’s in Kansas City, Leanne has built a reputation for “rekindling” spaces so her clients can “fall in love with their homes all over again“.
With the increased media exposure through TV and personal appearances, the appetite for Leanne’s creative designs has increased. The online world has provided the perfect vehicle for her to reach an audience beyond the confines of her hometown of Kansas City, and teach the skills that solidify her brand, the “Diva of DIY.”