Meet The Staff and Board


Board President

Robert Ontman

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Edgar Muniz

Edgar grew up in the neighborhood and has enjoyed living in Lykins for the past 20 years. Edgar enjoys living in Lykins because the neighborhood has been a home to immigrant settlers for decades, which has created huge cultural diversity within the residents and businesses in Lykins. Edgar is passionate about helping the community he grew up in because he believes the neighborhood should grow in a healthy and sustainable matter, in which it preserves the residents and culturally relative businesses. 

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At Large

Sam Crowley

     Sam Crowley is a third generation resident of the Northeast/Lykins neighborhood.  He is a licensed professional engineer however his true calling in life is education.  He was a college professor for twenty five years, mostly at DeVry University.   He is retired now and spends much of his time trying to improve the neighborhood, a frustrating, yet fulfilling task indeed.


Board Vice President & Community Liaison

Diana Graham

"I was born into Lykins, graduated from Northeast High School , and lived in the Northeast area until we moved to Independence, then to Red Bridge. Moved to North Carolina for 29 years, retired, and came back to Lykins where I became involved in the neighborhood association. I have a great love for Lykins and became involved in the association because I want to make sure it becomes the same wonderful neighborhood it was when I was younger which means safer, more affordable, and a true community."



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Meet the Staff

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Gregg Lombardi

Executive Director

Gregg Lombardi has been working in Lykins since the spring of 2018.  He loves walking the neighborhood and getting to know the people who live here.  Gregg is devoted to helping the people who live in Lykins work together to overcome the blight and make the neighborhood an even better and friendlier place to live.


Kelly Allen

Special Projects Manager

Kelly Ann Allen is the Special Projects Director for the Lykins Neighborhood. She is a third generation resident of the Historic Northeast of Kansas City, a single Mom with a great kid and she believes that every person deserves a safe and truly affordable place to call home. She is a community organizer at heart, a leader with KC Tenants and graduated from the Urban Studies program at UMKC in 2020 with a directive in housing and community development. Kelly believes that good cities are created by building deep relationships within communities and finding solutions to neighborhood problems by consulting those whose lived experiences are closest to those challenges.


Angie Curtis

Social Worker

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Luz Rios

Community Liaison

My name is Luz Mireya Rios and I have lived in the Lykins neighborhood for more than 19 years as a single mother of two boys and two little girls who have grown up in this neighborhood so we have  fortunately witnessed the good changes and improvements, I am proud of participate with the Lykins neighborhood association to achieve living in a better and prosperous neighborhood


Gail Lozoff

Deputy Executive Director

Gail has been working in Lykins since 2018. She is motivated by her interest in the Northeast and its history as a multi-cultural community. She has been a marketing professional and community volunteer for many years and loves bringing her experience to this wonderful neighborhood.


Lizette Cerros Valdes

Projects Facilitator

I grew up around the neighborhood of Lykins.  I always thought that Lykins has so much diversity and potential to grow being next to Independence Ave, with all the markets around and being in the historical Northeast.


Joselyn Pfligier

Unhoused Resident Program Manager

 I’m really excited to work with unhoused residents in Lykins to find places to call home. Fun fact: I just became a registered yoga teacher. Let me know if you need more information.