KCKPS Announces New President & Vice President of Board of Education


Contact: Melissa Fears, director of Communications & Marketing, (913) 279-2225

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Kansas City, KS, July 21, 2017 – The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is pleased to announce Brenda C. Jones was elected as the 2017 Board of Education President by the board at the Tuesday, July 18, School Board meeting. The board also elected Irene Caudillo as the 2017 Board of Education Vice President at the meeting.

Ms. Jones was elected to the Board of Education in April 2007. Born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, she is a product of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. She attended Kansas State University and retired after 36 years working at AT&T. She has been active in many community organizations over the years including the Economic Opportunity Foundation, Sumner Alumni Association, United Way of Wyandotte County, the Workforce Investment Board and the Shepherd's Center of KCK. She is a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church, where she serves as the clerk. She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Ms. Caudillo is the president/chief executive officer for El Centro, Inc., an organization that works to strengthen communities and improve the lives of Latinos and others through educational, social, and economic opportunities.

She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Throughout her career, she has developed children and youth programs for nonprofit organizations including El Centro and Wyandotte Mental Health Association in Wyandotte County. She previously worked with the Kansas City Missouri Health Department as the first minority health outreach coordinator. Other positions she has held include executive director for Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Inc., director of family strengthening for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and director of clinic operations for Swope Health Services. Her service to the community goes beyond her career with involvement in numerous community boards including AIRR, Community Housing of Wyandotte County, KU Advancement Board, University of St. Mary’s Board of Trustees, University of Missouri Kansas City Public Administration Advisory and Hispanic Advisory Boards.

She and her husband, Ryan, have three children.

Please join Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools and the Board of Education in congratulating both ladies on these new board  responsibilities.