Current Executive Officers

Dana Ford – President

Dana Ford currently serves as a Supervisory Immigration Services Officer with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Her current position involves leading a team of nine Immigration Services Officers in the Background Check Unit (BCU) at the National Benefits Center (NBC). Before joining USCIS in 2014, Dana completed her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology to support her varied jobs held in the fitness, medical, and rehabilitation settings.

Dana has been involved with the Young Government Leaders (YGL) of Greater Kansas City Chapter since 2015. Initially she volunteered her time as the Community Services Committee (CSC) Chair leading community outreach activities including Habitat for Humanity, Harvesters, Hospital Hill, Community Socials, plus many combined events with the Professional Development Committee (PDC). Her motivation to lead and organize events evolved into the opportunity to oversee and lead both Kansas City Committees as the Director of Events and Outreach. Consolidating her successes and failures, she decided to volunteer to lead YGL-KC as their President. As once said, “Do not decry the effort that once failed, as all things lead to your highest good.”

Dana puts in her best effort to take advantage of each opportunity YGL has presented. She believes everyone has a radiant energy waiting to shine through, if you’re willing to do the work to release it! Her dedication to support and develop others is a very rewarding aspect of her life…almost as rewarding as a sunny day enjoying yard work J. She is thankful for the incredible motivation and leadership involved within the Kansas City Chapter to continue inspiring all to release their radiant energy!

Tasha Hayes – Vice President

Tasha L. Hayes is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, she graduated from UMKC with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology in May 2016.Over the last 5 years she has worked with at-risk/high-risk youth throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. She’s not only driven, but passionate about helping youth overcome their obstacles and preparing them for society. 

Currently Hayes works as a Youth Care Advisor with the Johnson County Department of Corrections. As a Youth Care Advisor she’s responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment for her clients by enforcing rules and regulations and de-escalating potential problems. Her primary focus is to serve as a role model for pro-social behavior and provide positive reinforcement options to the youth. 

Living by the principles of being deliberative and a maximizer, Hayes has continuously strived to excel in her field. She was given the opportunity to serve on a mission trip to Costa Rica that focused on youth development, school improvement, and also had the opportunity to attend various environmental awareness workshops while there. 

Hayes is a member of Toastmasters International, American Society of Public Administrators, and Professional Development Committee Chair of Young Government Leaders (YGL). Tasha also actively volunteers with the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOSCA). 

Currently she is pursuing a Master of Public Affairs-Public Management degree and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Park University. Future plans include working with non-profit organizations that are focused on youth development and gaining the necessary skill sets that will prepare her for a position in public management. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, volunteering, reading, and living a healthy lifestyle by working out. 

Janell Doster – Operations Officer

Janell Doster lives in Lee’s Summit, MO and is an Immigration Services Officer II for the Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services.  She also currently serves as a Special Emphasis Program Manager which aims to eliminate discriminatory practices and employment barriers, educate employees about various minorities and the contributions they have made to society, and to promote cultural awareness.  She received her Associate of Science from Cottey College, her Bachelors in Organizational Leadership from Benedictine University, and a certificate in Terrorism and Homeland Security from Park University.  She also serves on the Cottey College Alumnae Association Executive Board.

Robert Ebel – Finance Officer

Robert Ebel is a Risk Management Specialist with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Kansas City, MO. Prior to his current role, Robert spent six years in Washington, DC with USDA and the US Department of the Treasury. Robert is a graduate of Colorado State University and The University of Arizona. Robert also holds a license as a Certified Public Accountant.

Vanessa Guler - Operations Officer 

Vanessa is an Immigration Services Analyst with USCIS and currently works at the National Records Center in Lee’s Summit, MO. In her free time Vanessa enjoys reading and photography.  She also enjoys renovating her home, tending a garden, taking care of her chickens and goats, and spending time with her family.

Prior to her role at the NRC Vanessa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri. She worked at a Behavioral Health Clinic for six months before her job with Homeland Security. She also has a year of experience as a legal secretary for Legal Aid of Western Missouri. Vanessa also spent eight years in the United States Air Force where she was stationed in North Carolina, Belgium, Afghanistan, and finally settled in Missouri.  She is looking forward to serving as the Operations Officer for the chapter’s committees. 

Megan Nyquist – Operations Technology Officer
Megan is an Immigration Services Officer for the Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services. She started her career in November of 2017. Prior to this Megan worked as an Account Manger for the Kansas City Royals Security.  Megan graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Sports Management. She also received her Masters Degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.


Christie Holliway – Outreach Officer
I have over 10 years of experience with the Department of Homeland Security/United State Citizenship and Immigration Services. I was first employed in April 2003 as a contractor where i worked in several areas within the immigration application process. In April 2013, I accepted a position as an Immigration Services Officer Assistant. Then in October 2014, I accepted a position as an Immigration Services Officer. 

I have many years of experience working with our local food pantry and in working with local fundraisers. In addition, I am also involved with Welfare Recreation Association in my current position as an Immigration Services Officer. I am very passionate about volunteering and working with many local organizations in and around the city as well as at my workplace. 

Dominique Taylor – Professional Development Officer

Dominique Taylor is an Operations Support Specialist for the Executive Staff at the National Records Center (NRC) with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). She began working with USCIS in October of 2015 as a Student Trainee in the Freedom of Information Act Branch (FOIA). Prior to working for USCIS, she worked for the United States Postal Service (USPS).