Advisory Board

The Foreign Language Advisory Board’s mission is to support, advise, and promote the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at UMKC in its efforts better to serve the students of UMKC as well as our city, state, region, and nation.

The main purposes of the advisory board are to:
• Advise the Department on issues that impact mission and strategy;
• Serve as a sounding board on planning issues, new programs, and activities;
• Identify opportunities for students to interact with the community, businesses, and organizations, through internships, mentoring, and experiential learning;
• Serve as an advocate for the department’s interests within the University and the greater community;
• Assist in acquiring resources and fundraising in support of the department’s mission.

As the board grows in membership, members will be taking responsibility for specific aspects of the mission, such as helping to develop internships for FLL students, or fundraising, or advocacy.

Board Members for 2017-18 Academic Year

• Melanie Allmayer, MA Spanish emphasis (UMKC, 2010); studied abroad in Mexico with UMKC.
• Mary Ann Demming, Comptroller for the International Association of Assessing Officers.
• Luc Favreau, consultant at Cerner.
• Julia Gargallo, teacher at St. Theresa’s Academy and representative of Seville Sister Cities.
• Katrin Heuser, co-owner of Affäre restaurant.
• Janet Mark, BA in French (Washington University); worked at Nelson Atkins Museum; currently in  Development Department at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
• Rachel Priest, MA in Music (UMKC); works with translation and tech companies around the world; active member of Kansas City Francophone community and the International Relations Council (IRC).
• Conor Proffit, works at Cerner; expertise in Chinese; member of Edgar Snow Board.
• Barbara Rafael, owner of Le Fou Frog restaurant.

• Dr. Scott Baker, Department Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures, UMKC
• Tammy Shelton, Administrative Assistant for Foreign Languages and Literatures, UMKC, (staff liaison)