The mission of Juniper Garden's Community Advisory Board is to give voice to local community leaders about Juniper Garden's research portfolio, identify areas of need that our research can address, and identify actionable solutions. The board meets quarterly and is currently comprised of the following members who generously donate their time to this effort.
Marites Altuna - Director, Kansas Deafblind Project, Kansas City, Kansas
Jeff MacFarland - VP of Innovation, Eversana (Overland Park, KS)
Cy Nadler - Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
JD Rios - Education Liason, Kansas City, KS Mayor's Office
Jennifer Traffis - Director, Start Young, The Family Conservancy, Kansas City, KS
Dola Williams - Senior Research Assistant, Center for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas
Visit our Community Advisory Board page to learn more about our board members.
Our local partnerships are fostered through our Community Advisory Board, which consists of Kansas City community leaders, educators, parents, and Juniper Gardens Children's Center staff. The board gives voices to the community, identifies needs and priorities, and help build support for collaborative efforts. Additional partners include the following:
Center for Child Health and Development - KU Medical Center
Department of Applied Behavioral Science KU Lawrence Campus
Department of Special Education - KU Lawrence Campus
Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center - KU Medical Center and KU Lawrence Campus