Current Executive Officers

Danielle Abbott – President


Danielle is a Regional Investigator with the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Her current position includes protecting workers from retaliation under twenty-two federal whistleblower laws enacted by Congress.

Before joining OSHA in 2012, Danielle graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Development and Juvenile Justice in 2008. Danielle then began her federal career working for The United States Secret Service in 2008 as a student assistant while she pursued her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Wichita State University. Upon graduation Danielle moved to Los Angeles, CA to take a job at the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an Asset Forfeiture Analyst.

After one year in Los Angeles, Danielle moved to Las Vegas, NV to go back to the United States Secret Service as a Counterfeit Specialist. Danielle moved again in 2012 and settled into Kansas City working for OSHA.

Danielle has been an active member of the Young Government Leaders of Greater Kansas (YGL) since 2013 and she served as the YGL Community Service Coordinator since December 2013, managing and coordinating all community service events for 2014 and 2015.

Danielle appreciates how YGL offers her the ability to meet new people, make professional contacts and get involved in community service activities locally. As President of YGL this year, Danielle hopes to grow membership, offer activities that will grow our member’s professional development and offer fun activities that serve our local community. With the largest employer of Kansas City being the Government, Danielle is hopeful that YGL will generate networking and connections throughout the city.


Miesha Carr – Vice President

Miesha Carr is a Portfolio Management Specialist with the Department of Housing & Urban Development.  Her varied career includes recruiting and staffing; diversity and inclusion; new employee orientation and Federal Employee Benefits.

Before joining USCIS in 2011, Miesha worked for a diverse range of organizations including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Farmers Insurance and served 10 years in the United States Army.  

Serving as a Special Emphasis Program Manager with USCIS, she has developed an exceptional background in people and project management. In this role she has developed and implemented special program initiatives that enhanced the employment and advancement of special groups. Notable is her involvement as member of the Federal Executive Board’s (FEB) subcommittee Diversity, Education, Awareness and Cultural Awareness committee. In this role she served as the co-chair for the FEB’s annual Unity Day Training.

Miesha currently serves as the Vice President for the Young Government Leaders (YGL) of Greater Kansas City Chapter. She is dedicated to the chapter’s mission of educating, inspiring, and developing the current and future government leaders in the Greater Kansas City Metro Area.

Miesha has a Masters of Arts Degree from Webster University in Human Resource Management.



Steven King – Treasurer

Steven King has spent the last five years serving the Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA).  He received an undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from Central Methodist University, a MBA in Accounting and Entrepreneurship from the University of Missouri Kansas City, and holds the designation of Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).  Steven currently serves as the Regional Budget Analyst for the VA Heartland Network office of VHA.

Steven is very active in his community and volunteers much of his time.  From 2009 to present Steven has served as board member, budget advisor, Treasurer and committee member to various non-profits in the Greater Kansas City Area.  In these roles he has helped to fundraise, advise, or provide oversight of the financial operations of those organizations.  Steven is currently serving in his second term as Treasurer of Young Government Leaders of Greater Kansas City and has been serving in that role since June of 2013.




Nancy Brooks – Secretary

Nancy Brooks is an Immigration Services Officer with United States Citizenship andImmigration Services (USCIS).  She began working for USCIS in January 2013. Prior to working for USCIS, Nancy worked at the Department of Agriculture (USDA) as an administrative assistant in the Human Resources Division.

Prior to entering Federal service as a civilian employee, Nancy worked for the state of Missouri. She worked as a social worker in Jackson County and a Deputy Juvenile Officer (DJO) at the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Cass County. Nancy served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1982-2007. She retired honorably from her last command, Marine Corps Mobilization Command, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Campbell University. She also earned a Masters in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma (Norman) and a Masters in Special Education (emphasis in behavior disorders) from the University of Missouri (Kansas City). She is a member of the Psi Chi and the Pi Lambda Theta honor societies. Additionally, she is a long time member of the Women Marines Association.

Nancy joined the Young Government Leaders of Greater (YGL) in 2013. She participated in a few community service events. Nancy wanted to get more involved with the organization and serve in a leadership position.

As the Secretary of the YGL-GKC, Nancy will keep detailed minutes, decisions and actions. She will maintain the permanent records/archives and file any certificate required by any federal statute or regulation.



Christie Edwards – Director of Membership

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

I am currently a board member with Young Government Leaders as Head of Membership. 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!


Bradley Jenkins – Director of Strategic Communication/Webmaster

Bradley Jenkins is an Immigration Services Officer with United States Citizenship and Immigration
Services.  In addition to his duties as an adjudication officer he works on a variety of projects that aim to streamline processes and create workflow efficiencies at the National Benefits Center.  He is also the Director of Information Technology for a local law practice.

Prior to entering Federal service he held a variety of positions in the public sector.  He also completed an internship at The Simons Center for the Study of Inter-Agency Cooperation at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas where he researched and subsequently published a journal article regarding the coordinated response to the 2007 Greensburg, Kansas tornado.

Bradley is involved at the local and national level in several non-profit, academic, and professional organizations, including the Golden Key International Honour Society where he holds the position of Vice President.

Bradley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management, minor in Economics, from Park University.  He earned his Master of Public Affairs, emphasis in Disaster and Emergency Management, from Park University as well.  He is currently completing his Doctoral dissertation titled “The economics of legal status: Understanding an immigrants willingness to adjust status” at Walden University.

As the Director of Communications Brad hopes to help in creating a chapter with a strong membership that is kept well informed, not only of chapter events and opportunities, but the goings on that pertain to those in public service.  He looks forward to revitalizing the YGL GKC website and creating social media accounts updated with relevant information.


Dana Ford – Director of Events and Outreach

Dana has been an Immigration Services Officer with USCIS for two years and is currently working with the Adjustment of Status Division in Lee’s Summit, MO. Prior to her role with USCIS, she completed her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology as well as all pre-medical requisites supporting her previous jobs in hospital and rehabilitation settings. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends outdoors. She appreciates any time she has being active with her dogs, tending to yardwork and playing kickball! Dana has enjoyed serving as the YGL Community Service Committee Chair facilitating the involvement of YGL’s volunteer time with the Kansas City community. She is looking forward to the responsibilities of serving as Director of Events and Outreach advisor for the YGL team.

Dana has been an Immigration Services Officer with USCIS for two years and is currently working with the Adjustment of Status Division in Lee’s Summit, MO. Prior to her role with USCIS, she completed her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology as well as all pre-medical requisites supporting her previous jobs in hospital and rehabilitation settings. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends outdoors. She appreciates any time she has being active with her dogs, tending to yardwork and playing kickball! Dana has enjoyed serving as the YGL Community Service Committee Chair facilitating the involvement of YGL’s volunteer time with the Kansas City community. She is looking forward to the responsibilities of serving as Director of Events and Outreach advisor for the YGL team.



Georgette Stallworth – Community Service Committee Chair

Georgette Stallworth was born in Kansas City and has one daughter and three grandchildren. She has worked at the NBC since 2004. Georgette has over fifteen years of volunteering experience in the Greater Kansas City Community.

Her experiences have been urban culture centered. She has volunteered at food banks, the City Unity Mission and Hope Faith Ministries which is an outreach for the homeless. She has volunteered in Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO county jails as well as Ft Leavenworth prison and Hutchinson Correctional Facility. Georgette was a part of the pilot mentoring program at the Topeka Correctional Facility for Women.

Some of her hands on experiences were distributing clothing to women and children; training volunteers on personal safety concerns; life coaching women that had been in prison; and coached men and women in drug rehabilitation facilities.  As a license professional cosmologist, she donated her serveries to give clients a sense of normalcy and help uplift their self-esteem. She also assisted various churches in the community by coordinating small groups to feed the homeless in the streets of Kansas City.

Georgette is very excite and is looks forward to serving as the YGL Community Service Chair.



Tasha L. Hayes – Professional Development Committee Chair

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. 


“Just live-You only have one life, be free, be fearless and run towards your dreams as if you are on fire” 

-Tasha L. Hayes 

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