Community Advisory Board and Partners

The Juniper Gardens Children's Campus building illuminated from within at dusk

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.


Juniper Gardens Children's Center is proud to be a part of the Children's Campus of Kansas City, which is also home to Project Eagle and The Family Conservancy.

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