Melissa Gall

Account Executive

Melissa’s journey with Parris began while studying at the University of Kansas, where for the duration of senior year, she interned with the firm. Following graduation, she joined the firm full-time, immediately utilizing her skills in media relations, event planning and management and strategic communications counsel to service Shawnee Mission Health and Polsinelli PC.

Her ongoing work in a variety of industries allows her to successfully engage media locally and nationally. Within her first two years with the firm, Melissa secured Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Veteran’s Day coverage on ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir, which aired November 11, 2016, and Helzberg Diamonds an audience gifting opportunity on the Rachael Ray Show, which aired December 18, 2017.

Melissa has supported the Kansas City Pet Project (KCCP) on a pro-bono basis throughout her time with Parris. Her commitment to animal welfare inspired her advocacy of the April 2017 GO KC $800 million general obligation bond. Through a property tax increase over 20 years, Kansas Citians were invited to vote in favor or in opposition of infrastructure improvements across the city. Question 3 positioned $50 million for building improvements, with $14 million apportioned with private contributions that would initiate construction of Kansas City’s first proper animal shelter. Lead by Roshann Parris’ fearless vision, Melissa joined the KCCP team to execute the Raise the Woof comprehensive capital campaign that encouraged voter turnout and a positive vote on Question 3. Voters unanimously authorizing Question 3 was the culmination of the multi-month initiative on track to forever change the future of two and four-legged Citians for the better.

Her experience in planning and executing groundbreakings, including Shawnee Mission Health’s B.E. Smith Family Center Groundbreaking and Kiewit Construction’s Lenexa City Center Campus Groundbreaking, attended by Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, was highlighted by the success of the Kansas City Campus for Animal Care Groundbreaking, celebrated with a ceremonial dirt turning on June 26, 2018. The historic day emphasized the tireless effort following the April 2017 bond authorization and marked the beginning of construction for the future home of KCCP, which will provide services to over 10,000 animals and 25,000 families throughout Kansas City. 

Melissa actively supports Edgemoor as the it embarks on the development of a new Kansas City Airport, the largest, most significant infrastructure project in the history of the city. By attending community meetings and listening sessions in her district, Melissa remains engaged and energized by the champions behind the project.

In addition to her client service roles, Melissa co-manages the firm’s internship program, where she oversees the recruiting, hiring, training and day-to-day project management of seasonal interns.

She enjoys representing Parris on the United Way of Greater Kansas City’s LINC cabinet, an organization that enables young professionals opportunities to volunteer and network with other millennials. She is active in her Junior League of Kansas City chapter and is currently serving on the Take Five Decorations and Operations Committee as she plans the League’s second-largest fundraiser. In addition, Melissa serves as a mentor to the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Alumni Association network, where she offers her time to advise students as they navigate their next steps, whether that be applying for internships or preparing to begin their career.

Melissa is native to Northern California, but found her true home in the heart of the Midwest. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and minor in Business.

 

Corbin Mihelic

Account Executive

Corbin joined the Parris team full-time in June 2015, after graduating from the University of Kansas with Journalism degree and a minor in Economics. He interned with Parris throughout his final year at KU, and has since contributed support to a wide range of clients, including QuikTrip, Clean Line Energy Partners, MarksNelson, The Barstow School, Tradewind Energy. Recently, Corbin has managed day-to-day media affairs for a variety of important clients, including Polsinelli, The Salvation Army and the Urban Neighborhood Initiative.

In early 2016, Corbin led a grand-opening media campaign for iFLY Indoor Skydiving, earning coverage from every major TV, newspaper and radio outlet in the Kansas City area showcasing the iFLY brand experience. He was also instrumental in executing Kansas City’s inaugural Techweek in 2015, securing media attention locally, regionally and nationally.

In addition to his significant media relations experience, Corbin has helped manage several political campaign event sites with the White House Advance Team, including local visits by Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Tim Kaine and other Clinton administration staff members.

As a student at KU, Corbin held positions with the Communications department of Kansas Athletics, Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC-TV and Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company in Irvine, Calif. He has a strong background in sports journalism, regularly publishing articles for the Wichita Eagle and The University Daily Kansan during his academic career. Corbin is a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity and actively serves on his chapter’s Alumni Board of Directors.

Corbin is a native of Wichita, Kan., and currently resides in Kansas City, Mo. He’s an avid golfer, and you’ll often catch him working on his game when the weather permits.

Pam Kramer

Vice President – Strategy & Brand Engagement

Pam has extensive and broad-based experience in communications, marketing and advertising, having served in a variety of positions with Sprint for more than 18 years and as an executive consultant to the Kansas City Chiefs for four years. Pam uses her unusual combination of creative and analytical skills to help clients develop communicating and branding solutions that deliver business results.

Her roles at Sprint included assignments in the company’s local, long distance and publishing business units and in corporate brand management. She directed all national advertising, including brand positioning, national television creative, strategy and production, regional advertising efforts and communications with Sprint’s customer base. 

During her career with Sprint, Pam was responsible for several highly-visible and successful efforts including advertising featuring actress Sela Ward, media spending of more than $200 million and management of Sprint’s sponsorship of the National Football League. In 1998, she was one of two recipients of the Sprint Chairman’s Award, given at the discretion of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, for her efforts to negotiate Sprint’s unprecedented branding on the NFL coaches’ headsets, generating millions of dollars in brand exposure for Sprint. The agreement created a new sponsorship category at all levels as it was quickly copied by colleges, conferences and college bowl games. She also directed the brand development and brand launch of EMBARQ, the company created when Sprint spun off its local division as a result of its merger with Nextel.

The Kansas City Chiefs called on Pam’s marketing and communications experience to help lead the team’s business-side public relations, community relations, charitable giving and corporate citizenship efforts.  Pam was a trusted advisor to Chiefs ownership and executives and was proud to lead the team’s response to the 2011 Joplin tornado, coordinating disaster-relief drives, player and staff trips to Joplin and interaction with state and local officials and agencies. In addition to communications and messaging for business initiatives and the team leadership, in 2011, she stepped in to manage football public relations including efforts around the 2011 NFL Draft. She continues to cheer the Chiefs and all of Kansas City’s teams!

Pam earned her Bachelor’s at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas and served the college on its Board of Directors and as President of the Alumni Association. She and her husband Kevin co-chaired the annual Benedictine College Scholarship Ball in 2006 and 2007 and the Notre Dame de Sion Gala in 2013. They are actively involved in their parish, Church of the Ascension, and Ascension Catholic School. She is also committed to the work of Catholic Charities, serving as the Chair of the Snow Ball Parish Initiative and a member of the Snow Ball Patrons Committee. She and Kevin are the proud parents of two daughters, Claire and Libby, and live in suburban Kansas City.

Jason Grill

Senior Advisor – Public Affairs, Policy & Media

Jason focuses on public affairs, public policy, media relations and crisis communications planning and management at Parris. In addition, he has extensive experience in pr, government affairs, relationship building, strategic partnership development, entrepreneurship, law and the media.

Jason has worked and consulted with numerous startups, entrepreneurs, corporations, foundations, non-profits, associations, marketing and digital agencies, c-suite executives, government entities, policymakers and technology companies in his career and at Parris.

Jason is a local and national writer/contributor, radio host and television analyst/commentator. He has been featured in the Huffington Post, Inc., Yahoo, Time, Forbes, Politico, Mashable, FOX Business, Success magazine and The Kansas City Star. He has appeared on Wall Street Journal Radio and the Mitch Albom Show. Jason has served as a political analyst on WDAF FOX 4 and is a panelist on Ruckus on KCPT PBS. Jason is the host of the Grill Nation Show on KMBZ 980AM (Entercom) and is a guest co-host on KMBZ 98.1FM. He also has appeared on the NBC and CBS affiliates in KC as a political and business analyst. Jason is a licensed attorney in Missouri and Kansas and is the Co-Founder of Sock 101, which he successfully exited in 2018.

Jason is a former two-term member of the Missouri House of Representatives, where he passed historic legislation to help families of children with autism access life changing therapies and treatments. He passed meaningful legislation during both Governor Matt Blunt (R) and Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) administrations.

Jason has worked in the White House for a senior advisor to Former VP Al Gore and an advisor to Former President Bill Clinton, as well as at the CNN Washington DC bureau with a senior political correspondent, Brooks Jackson, who is now the Director Emeritus of Factcheck.org. Jason has served as an advance site lead for Presidential, Vice Presidential and Principal Visits to Missouri and Kansas. He is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and the Socrates Program at the Aspen Institute.

Jason earned a JD and Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the University of Missouri School of Law. He earned a BS in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, majoring in economics and minoring in political science from Saint Louis University. Jason also studied and spent a semester at Loyola of Chicago Rome Center in Rome, Italy.

Jason has received awards and honors throughout his career. Some include: The Kansas City Star’s Missouri Influencer, Compute Midwest’s 39 Influential Media People Shaping the Future of Kansas City, Kansas City Business Journal’s NextGen Leader Award, Ingram’s Magazine 40 Under Forty Award, Boy Scouts of America’s National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, The Missouri Times 100 People to Know in Missouri Award, KC Business Magazine Rising Star and Top Company Award, BusinessInterviews.com Top 10 National Consultant Award, KC Connection’s Kansas City Man of the Year Award, Autism Speaks Advocacy Award, University of Missouri School of Law Distinguished Graduate Award, Autism Society of America – Advocacy Award, Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly – Up and Coming Lawyer Award, KC Magazine Best Local Politician Award and the Kansas City Star Scholar Athlete Award. He is an Eagle Scout and Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, as well as a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Jason is an avid sports fan who enjoys running, golf, politics and travel.

 

Kelsey Rockey

Account Supervisor

Kelsey guides our clients’ editorial and social media strategies and is an experienced special events producer. She joined the Parris team in 2010 and has developed and executed communications campaigns for a variety of clients including Polsinelli, Hallmark, QuikTrip, Shawnee Mission Health, Burns & McDonnell, Smashburger, MRIGlobal, Midwest Transplant Network and KCP&L.

Kelsey played a key role in Parris’ pro bono work for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episode hosted in nearby Ottawa, Kan. which led to national media exposure for many local businesses and organizations. She uses her relationships and tactical communication skills to place her clients in the media, which has included placements in The Huffington Post, Bloomberg, Redbook, Harper’s Bazaar, MORE Magazine, Women’s Day, MSN and a number of trade outlets and local media across the country.

Kelsey is currently involved in developing and executing strategic communication plans, media relations campaigns, social media strategies and a variety of special projects and events. She uses her strong understanding of the media to support clients through crisis situations, including strategy and message development. Kelsey has experience leading product launches and grand openings, and uses her keen attention to detail and strong writing skills to develop communications for clients, such as press releases, blogs, social media and messaging for spokespersons. Her work has been recognized at the Greater Kansas City Public Relations Society of America’s PRISM Awards every year since 2010.

Kelsey is a graduate of Baker University, having earned a degree in Mass Media with a double emphasis in Print and Broadcast. She was a three-time captain and All-Conference player on the Wildcat softball team. Academically, she earned a spot on the Dean’s Honor Roll for four years.

Kelsey spent three years as a Steering Committee Member for The United Way of Greater Kansas City’s LINC Group and current serves on the Steering Committee for the nonprofit organization RareKC, leading PR and social media sub-committees. She is a former “Big Sis” for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City organization. Kelsey is an avid sports fan, and proudly cheers on the Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, two young daughters, and mini Australian Shepard, Ralph.

Ryan Holmes

Vice President – Community Relations

As our Vice President, Community Relations, Ryan has led numerous special projects for many of our corporate and philanthropic clients over the past 17 years.  In his tenure at Parris, Ryan has been involved in all aspects of developing and implementing public relations and marketing communications plans and has executive produced a number of high-profile grand openings, press conferences and special events. He has managed events for Burns & McDonnell, Sprint and Sprint Center, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Starlight Theatre and many others.

Ryan works with the event planning team each year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s Kids Night Out, one of Kansas City’s largest annual fundraising galas.  He has similarly served as event coordinator for events for Children’s Mercy Hospital, The Points of Light Foundation, Kansas Governor’s Inaugural Committee and the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee, to name a few.  Ryan enjoys his involvement in the Greater Kansas City community, including serving as a member of the AIDS Service Foundation Board and the AIDS Walk Kansas City Steering Committee.

In 2015, Ryan was a POWER of Diversity honoree, receiving the Ace Award by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Ryan earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Drury College in Springfield, MO. Ryan resides in Overland Park with his husband, Glenn, and their daughter, Harper.  *

 

 

 

Bob Inderman

Yoda Emeritus

Bob holds a wide range of practical communications experience built through more than 30 years as a newspaper and wire service editor, broadcast executive and public relations practitioner. During his PR career, Bob has specialized in strategic planning, corporate communications, reputation management, community relations, special events and media relations strategy. He also has helped prepare spokespersons for crucial public appearances, news interviews, and legislative testimony.

Bob believes that the communications problems corporate executives often face can best be resolved through superior personal leadership skills combined with positive, strategic communication. He is an expert in managing and counteracting tough, touchy, sensitive corporate communications issues and frequently counsels companies facing serious reputational threats.

In 1999, Bob assisted Interstate Bakeries Corp., the country’s largest baker and distributor of fresh bread and snack cake, after union officials accused a Chicago-area Twinkies bakery of having been contaminated by airborne asbestos. The incident necessitated a five-state recall of product, but by providing credible health officials to the news media in a timely manner (“even if true, airborne asbestos posed no health risk for Twinkies consumers”), national sales bounced back to normal trends within 24 hours.

Senior management frequently retains Bob to directly intervene and manage the resolution of corporate problems and bad news. He has provided crisis counsel for amusement ride accidents (Worlds of Fun’s Orient Express derailment), Chapter 11 announcements (Gilbert/Robinson Restaurants), employee relations (Kansas City Southern Railways) and national union disputes (Interstate Bakeries and BASF Corp.).

His broad-based experience also ranges from dealing with media-initiated investigations to situations that involve controversy, community action or even activist opposition. In the 1990’s, Bob led a bold public awareness campaign in Terre Haute, Ind., to help BASF site a major chemical plant in the Midwest. In addition to media relations, Bob also worked with city and county officials to develop advocacy messages for the project. When opposition sprang up during the public hearings phase, Bob drafted speeches for supporters, provided crisis counsel to company officials and served as company spokesman on environmental matters.

Bob also helped create the “Kansas Clicks” and “Missouri Clicks” public relations campaigns of the late ‘80s that increased statewide seatbelt use to nearly 70 percent. He again assisted Missouri in 2002, personally directing six news conference/school events in Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Kirksville, Jefferson City and Cape Girardeau in a two-day period. The education and awareness campaign helped Missouri maintain its 78 percent federally dictated level, thus preventing possibly loss of some federal funding for the state’s highways.

Over the years, the Kansas City chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) haVE recognized Bob’s strategic public relations work with more than a dozen PRISM awards and five Bronze Quills. In addition, he received a 1997 international ARC award for his writing and production of the 1996 Interstate Bakeries annual report.

Bob lives in Kansas City with his wife, Patty Moore.

Laurie Roberts

President

In addition to her role as President, Laurie leads our crisis practice group and co-leads our real estate, life sciences and healthcare practice groups.

Laurie’s 17 years of experience as a former journalist comes into play as she guides our clients in developing and implementing their strategic communications plans.  She has shaped internal and external communications for Polsinelli, Shawnee Mission Health, The Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Hallmark, Sprint, QuikTrip, The University of Missouri System, UMKC and Rockhurst University, to name a few.

A former television reporter and anchor who broadcast live reports on NBC’s The Today Show and CNN, Laurie was often in the position of publicly questioning top newsmakers.  Now, she puts clients through mock interviews to sharpen their skills and help them avoid common reporter tricks of the trade. 

A three-time EMMY-award winner from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Laurie was also honored by the Alliance for Women in Media with the nationally-acclaimed Gracie Allen Award in recognition of her co-development of a local television series, “Smart Women.”

Her second career in public relations has also garnered a significant number of awards and honors. Laurie was honored in 2017 as Kansas City’s “PR Pro of the Year” by the Kansas City chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She was heralded by the Kansas City Business Journal in its “Women Who Mean Business” recognition of the top businesswomen in Kansas City.  Kansas City Business magazine recognized Laurie as one of Kansas City’s “Most Influential Women.”

The Centurions leadership organization awarded Laurie the Bernard Powell Award for excellence in community service. Laurie is a member of the Board of Trustees for the United Way of Greater Kansas City. She served as President of the Board of Directors of Susan G. Komen Kansas City and was an officer on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri. Laurie volunteered her expertise on the communications committee for Camp Quality, a nationwide network of camps for children with cancer and served in the same role for the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. She has also committed significant volunteer time for the American Heart Association and the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Laurie has dedicated countless hours over the past 33 years mentoring women in their career journeys and is a steadfast supporter of women in business.  As Co-Chair of the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame, she helped develop the criteria and programming that launched Kansas City’s first Hall of Fame for Women.  She remains a founding member of the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame steering committee.

Kelly Cooper

Director of Account Services

On a daily basis, Kelly develops strategic public relations and marketing communications solutions for clients in a broad range of industries including renewable energy, consumer goods and services, healthcare, finance, and commercial real estate development.

Kelly’s areas of expertise include strategy and message development, media relations, crisis communications planning and management, digital strategy, event planning, consumer relations, public issues management and internal communications. She brings a strong client service mentality to Parris, and her clients can vouch for her responsive, collaborative and dedicated approach.

Kelly’s work in events management, integrated communications, media relations and crisis communication has been recognized by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America every year since 2005. Among the honors, she led the Parris Communications team efforts which earned a silver PRISM award for the Smashburger Olathe grand opening event. She was an integral part of the account team which accumulated more than 310 million media impressions for the Cambria Cove product launch from 2009-2011. Recently, her work guiding integrated communications for the National Transportation Review Board was awarded a gold PRISM.

Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication at the University of Missouri-Columbia. A native of the Kansas City area, she loves cheering for the home team. Kelly and her husband are proud parents of two young daughters and one fur-baby they lovingly refer to as “The Roxinator”.

Mark Bonavia

Senior Communications Strategist

Mark has 30 years experience as a public relations strategist. Among his career highlights include serving as Sprint’s Director-National Media Relations, where he oversaw all corporate, financial and national media relations for the company. Mark directed all M&A transactions, corporate positioning for the introduction of Sprint PCS – the company’s wireless business - and all other major corporate initiatives. He also drove media relations strategy for high-profile Sprint sponsorships of the NFL, the Rolling Stones “Bridges to Babylon” tour and the U.S. Ski Team.

In addition to his media relations expertise, Mark is a seasoned speechwriter and developer of executive content. He served as chief speechwriter to three-consecutive Sprint CEOs.  He also served as senior communications counsel to the presidents of Sprint’s business-to-business division as well as its consumer division. 

Mark has earned a proven reputation for delivering results for company executives, establishing their reputations as opinion leaders and building their credibility through keynote speeches, investor presentations, social media and employee communications. In addition to his work with Parris Communications, he leads Bonavia Executive Communications, LLC, a growing executive content business that serves C-suite leaders in multiple industries.

During his career, Mark also has written and produced award-winning video content and served as an editor for company publications. In addition to his public relations experience, he has produced playwright and written two books of short stories. 

Mark is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where he earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree.

 

Cadie Connors

Account Supervisor

Cadie has broad experience in marketing, journalism, branding, internal communications, crisis communications and radio/television production, but her chief expertise is in media relations, social media, and health care public relations.

As Account Supervisor, Cadie has guided communications strategies on behalf of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Shawnee Mission Health, and the PKD Foundation and Cosentino’s to name a few.

Cadie brings a strong background in providing public relations support for nonprofits. She worked for Children International, where she had the privilege of traveling internationally to promote the welfare of poor children. She was the chief media trainer for the organization’s CEO, top executives and employees in the field.

She led strategic communications for former health system Health Midwest (now HCA) for eight years, reaching the position of Director of Media Relations. Health Midwest also gave her the opportunity to be the executive producer of a cable television show called “Behind the Medicine,” and she produced nationally syndicated news segments for the health system.

Today, Cadie is also the executive producer of a local public affairs radio show called “KC Forum with Kathy Quinn,” which airs on KCKC 102 and Q104.

Cadie earned her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Journalism from Rockhurst University. Cadie and her husband, Tim, have three boys under the age of 16. Cadie currently resides in Dallas, working remotely for Parris Communications.  Prior to her move to Dallas, Cadie lived in Kansas City, grew up in St. Louis, and has also lived on the east coast and in Puerto Rico.

Roshann Parris

Founder and CEO

Roshann Parris began her career in Washington, D.C. in 1978 as a researcher on U.S. Middle East policy for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, while traveling nationwide as national chairperson of the New York-based United Jewish Appeal Student Advisory Board.

In 1979 she joined the Capitol Hill staff of United States Senator Walter D. Huddleston (D-KY).  During Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, Roshann coordinated and accompanied the Senator on an official U.S. intelligence mission to the Middle East. In 1984, Roshann joined the advance staff of Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro on the Mondale-Ferraro presidential campaign. Following the election, she earned a Masters in Business Administration while working in an advocacy position for the University of Kansas.

In 1988, Roshann founded Parris Communications Inc., a Kansas City-based public relations and strategic communications firm specializing in strategic corporate communications, media relations, public affairs and crisis communications. Now in its 29th year, the firm has developed a reputation for corporate communications campaigns and crisis management efforts for clients nationwide, ranging from Fortune 50 companies to thriving small businesses.  With a vigorous focus on strategic communications partnerships and strong client relationships, the firm’s signature level of personal service has earned it a unique niche.

During the 1988 presidential campaign, Roshann continued her public sector involvement as Lead Advance for the Dukakis-Bentsen presidential ticket. She also served on the podium advance team for the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta. In 1992, Roshann joined the Clinton/Gore Presidential Campaign, and subsequently served on the White House Transition Team following President Clinton’s election.

Throughout the entirety of the Clinton Administration, while managing her public relations firm, Roshann also served as Lead Advance on the White House Presidential Advance Team, accompanying President and Mrs. Clinton to over 60 countries on their travels worldwide.

She led White House teams throughout Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Russia, China and Africa, including historic visits to peacekeeping troops in Bosnia; to Greece for the Olympic Torch Lighting; to London for Princess Diana’s funeral, to Calcutta, India for the funeral of Mother Teresa and to both Belfast, Jerusalem and Gaza in support of diplomatic peace efforts.  In the last two years of the Administration, she coordinated visits of the President and First Lady in Uganda, China, the Middle East, Northern Ireland, North Africa and Vietnam.

In the summer of 2008, Roshann led a team to London to help coordinate then-Senator Barack Obama’s first overseas tour.  Since that time, she has led advance teams worldwide in support of President and Mrs. Obama’s visits to the NATO Summit in Strasbourg, France, to Moscow, Mumbai, South America, South Africa, London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the Asian Pacific Economic Conference, among others.

Roshann has served (or serves) on numerous civic and philanthropic boards, including those of Children’s Mercy Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kansas City, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, University of Kansas Advancement Board, Starlight Theatre, Kansas City Women’s Employment Network, United Way of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City Area Development Council, Kansas City Missouri Business Leadership Council, and the Women’s Public Service Network.

Roshann is a 1999 recipient of the Kansas City Spirit Award, a 2000 recipient of the Central Exchange Firehouse Award, 2003 Kansas City Woman of the Year, 2004 Public Relations Professional of the Year, 2005 Athena Award honoree by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, 2010 William Jewell College Distinguished Service honorary degree recipient, and 2013 United Way Adele Hall Spirit of Caring Award honoree.

In November of 2013, Roshann became the fourth woman in 126 years to chair the Board of Directors of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Her firm was named Kansas City Small Business Philanthropist of the Year for its longstanding pro bono service to the community.  Parris Communications has also been named a Small Business “Best Place to Work” in Greater Kansas City for the last 9 years.  Roshann is a frequent public speaker on both communications and public affairs issues.

Roshann is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. She holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Indiana University and an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas. She and her husband have 5 children, 5 grandchildren, and a golden retriever, Senator, who appropriately regards herself as the de facto leader of the household.