Kansas City Compensation and Benefits Association

KCCBA's Vision Is . . .

To be the premier source of compensation and benefits education and networking opportunities in the greater Kansas City region.

and It's Mission Statement Is . . .

To support Compensation and Benefit practitioners in furthering their knowledge and skills by providing resources, networking and professional development opportunities.


KCCBA started in 1991 when a group of compensation and benefits professionals was looking for an alternative to the local human resources associations available at that time. Their goal was to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking among seasoned compensation and benefits professionals.
The founding members were: Julie Barnett Davis, Bob Jones, Jay Knox, Chuck Lindberg, Dorothy Ramsey, Karen Ross, Bernie Schroer, Steve Stein and Lesia Troesser.

The founders set an initial membership goal of 60 to 75 members. They hit 60 that first year and reached 200 members in 2001. The average annual membership of about 150 represents most major area employers.

The organization has kept a steady course of monthly professional development meetings and regular membership communications. We hosted a regional conference in 1995. Meeting presenters are practitioners, consultants and nationally known thought leaders in compensation, benefits, recruiting and business ethics.

KCCBA also began offering WorldatWork certifications courses early in its history. This has benefited many members and others in the local community by making education and certification more affordable and convenient.

KCCBA celebrated its five-year anniversary with a riverboat cruise, boarding near Kansas City, Kansas. For KCCBA's tenth anniversary, we held a reception at the Country Club Plaza and took a cruise on nearby Brush Creek. At 20 years, we gathered at Saint Joseph Health Center to share refreshments, memories and fabulous door prizes.

Many volunteers have participated in KCCBA over the years to make it a thriving, vibrant organization. We want to thank them and invite you to join us in ensuring the ongoing success of the Kansas City Compensation and Benefits Association.  

 Karen Ross
 Julie Barnett Davis
 1994-95  Jay Knox
 1996  Bob Jones
 1997  Karen Sizemore/Tammy Peet-Sass
 1998  Tammy Peet-Sass
 1999  Kip Esry
 2000  Sandy Angle
 2001  Dorothy Ramsey
 2002-03  Chuck Tantillo
 2004-05  Julie Barnett Davis
 2006-07  Michelle Kelly
 2008  Don Feltham
 2009-10  Craig Galvin
 2011  Len Chmelka
 2012  Bret Bonge                                                
 Margie Carder
 Len Chmelka
 Cindy Upshaw



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