Meet the Staff

Port KC is staffed by a hard-working group of executives, real estate and development managers, councils, accountants, assistants, and liasons.

Executive Office

Jon Stephens

President & CEO

Jon is an economic development professional who has spent his career focused on utilizing thoughtful development concepts to improve the community. He is passionate about his city, and has built a reputation for creativity and collaboration. Previous leadership roles include serving as president of one of the largest urban redevelopment districts in America, director of … Continued

Jon is an economic development professional who has spent his career focused on utilizing thoughtful development concepts to improve the community. He is passionate about his city, and has built a reputation for creativity and collaboration.

Previous leadership roles include serving as president of one of the largest urban redevelopment districts in America, director of economic development for Kansas City, Kansas, and CEO of VisitKC. And, as an entrepreneur, he has guided boards and corporations to innovative success.. 

A University of Missouri alumnus, Jon is a frequent speaker on civic issues, and is an active board member for many organizations, including Visit KC, KC Streetcar, KCPT, Arts KC and the KCADC.

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Jolene Mead

HR Operations Manager

Jolene is responsible for the day-to-day operations and coordination of human resource functions, processes and transactional activities. In this capacity, she serves as point of contact for staff and stakeholders. She also provides support to the President & CEO. Jolene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Park University and is a Society of … Continued

Jolene is responsible for the day-to-day operations and coordination of human resource functions, processes and transactional activities. In this capacity, she serves as point of contact for staff and stakeholders. She also provides support to the President & CEO.

Jolene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Park University and is a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

Real Estate & Development

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Zoraya Rowlands

Vice President, Operations

Zoraya is responsible for developing, overseeing and helping implement programs and projects to support Port KC’s vision through its short and long-range plans. She works with all Port KC departments to analyze and present key strategic issues to senior leadership. She also manages the Port KC Diversified Contractors Growth Fund program and all international trade … Continued

Zoraya is responsible for developing, overseeing and helping implement programs and projects to support Port KC’s vision through its short and long-range plans. She works with all Port KC departments to analyze and present key strategic issues to senior leadership. She also manages the Port KC Diversified Contractors Growth Fund program and all international trade opportunities and efforts.

Zoraya earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from City College of New York and an MBA from Baker University.

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Joe Perry

Vice President, Real Estate

Joe oversees the management, development and marketing of properties owned or operated by Port KC. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the real estate finance, marketing, development, architecture, urban planning, public policy, public/private finance and development disciplines. Before coming to Port KC, he spent eight years as commercial director for Gale Communities, … Continued

Joe oversees the management, development and marketing of properties owned or operated by Port KC. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the real estate finance, marketing, development, architecture, urban planning, public policy, public/private finance and development disciplines.

Before coming to Port KC, he spent eight years as commercial director for Gale Communities, Inc. where he managed planning, zoning, infrastructure, and building construction. He has public/private financing experience managing tax increment financing and transportation development district projects.

He holds a degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Kansas. He is a licensed real estate professional in the states of Missouri and Kansas.

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James Mulick

Development Finance & Asset Manager

James oversees the ongoing operations and maintenance of Port KC’s real estate assets. He also works with the team to formulate and implement long-range real estate management strategies. He brings experience in asset management, financial reporting, underwriting, and work-outs on a wide range of commercial real estate. He has worked with a variety of investors … Continued

James oversees the ongoing operations and maintenance of Port KC’s real estate assets. He also works with the team to formulate and implement long-range real estate management strategies.

He brings experience in asset management, financial reporting, underwriting, and work-outs on a wide range of commercial real estate. He has worked with a variety of investors including: banks, CMBS pools, life insurance companies, REITs, GSEs and portfolio lenders. Prior to relocating back to the Kansas City area, he was most recently with PNC Real Estate in Chicago working on an origination team financing senior housing developments nationwide.

James received a Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Northern Iowa.

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Krishan Purvis

Development Manager

Krishan is responsible for the planning, execution and management of multiple real estate development projects across Port KC’s portfolio of real estate assets. He works with architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, environmental professionals and other technical service providers to effectively manage project development prior to construction. With a background in the renewable energy development industry, … Continued

Krishan is responsible for the planning, execution and management of multiple real estate development projects across Port KC’s portfolio of real estate assets. He works with architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, environmental professionals and other technical service providers to effectively manage project development prior to construction.

With a background in the renewable energy development industry, including firms such as First Solar (NYSE: FSLR) and Luminate Advisory Services, he spent more than six years developing expertise in project development, project finance, technical/commercial due diligence, environmental/permitting, underwriting and project management.  Most recently, he served as the Director of Underwriting for BioStar Renewables, a local Kansas City renewable energy developer, and has demonstrated experience reviewing and developing hundreds of megawatts of utility-scale solar and wind projects.

Krishan holds an MBA in Finance from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor’s degree in Sustainability and Renewable Energy from Arizona State University.

Bill Rulon

Superintendent

Bill has been with Port KC for 11 years. As Property Superintendent, he oversees ongoing projects and events, meets with and obtains bids from vendors and makes sure Berkley Riverfront receives proper care and maintenance. He is an ambassador to Berkley Park patrons, vendors and Richard Gebauer tenants. He also oversees projects, maintenance and tenant … Continued

Bill has been with Port KC for 11 years. As Property Superintendent, he oversees ongoing projects and events, meets with and obtains bids from vendors and makes sure Berkley Riverfront receives proper care and maintenance. He is an ambassador to Berkley Park patrons, vendors and Richard Gebauer tenants. He also oversees projects, maintenance and tenant issues at Richard Gebauer properties.

Shane Bergstrom

Assistant Superintendent

Shane’s role includes ensuring events run smoothly and maintaining Port KC properties including Richards-Gebaur and Berkley Riverfront.

Shane’s role includes ensuring events run smoothly and maintaining Port KC properties including Richards-Gebaur and Berkley Riverfront.

Maitland Mehlhaff

Development Specialist I

Port of Kansas City

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Richard Grenville

Vice President, Multimodal Logistics

Richard is responsible for all Port Terminal Operations and business development of freight related business. His extensive career in the maritime industry has afforded him a wide breadth of experience and innovation in the transportation/logistics field. His corporate career of more than 35 years includes many aspects of marine and terrestrial transportation in international and … Continued

Richard is responsible for all Port Terminal Operations and business development of freight related business.

His extensive career in the maritime industry has afforded him a wide breadth of experience and innovation in the transportation/logistics field. His corporate career of more than 35 years includes many aspects of marine and terrestrial transportation in international and domestic arenas.

A native of London England, Richard graduated in 1970 from the Naval Training school “Arethusa” in Kent England. Richard attended King Edward VII nautical College (University of London) and Plymouth Polytechnic (Exeter University) earning his DOT Second mates Certificate FG.

Finance & Administration

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Joseph Lohman, CMA

Budget & Accounting Manager

Joe joined Port KC in 2014 and he became a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in 2017. His responsibilities include accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reporting and budgeting. He previously worked as Director of Finance with New Missions Systems International, a non-profit, for four years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Northwest … Continued

Joe joined Port KC in 2014 and he became a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in 2017. His responsibilities include accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reporting and budgeting. He previously worked as Director of Finance with New Missions Systems International, a non-profit, for four years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Northwest Missouri State University. 

Legal Affairs

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Mark R. Coulter

Vice President, General Counsel

Mark Coulter oversees all legal matters on behalf of Port KC. Prior to joining Port KC, Coulter was an assistant prosecutor in Clinton County, Mo. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri, and his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. While in law school, he participated in … Continued

Mark Coulter oversees all legal matters on behalf of Port KC. Prior to joining Port KC, Coulter was an assistant prosecutor in Clinton County, Mo.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri, and his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. While in law school, he participated in the school’s trial advocacy program, earned certification in International and Comparative Law, and argued an amicus curiae on behalf of the school in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

He is licensed to practice law in Missouri and is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the American Legion. He is currently serving as the President of the Mid-America Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

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Brian Rabineau

Deputy General Counsel

Brian assists the General Counsel in overseeing all legal matters on behalf of Port KC. He was most recently a Senior Associate City Attorney for the City of Kansas City, Mo., and handled legal matters related to economic development incentives. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Paul M. Spinden … Continued

Brian assists the General Counsel in overseeing all legal matters on behalf of Port KC.

He was most recently a Senior Associate City Attorney for the City of Kansas City, Mo., and handled legal matters related to economic development incentives. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Paul M. Spinden (Ret.) and as an Assistant Attorney General for governmental affairs in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Brian is licensed to practice law in Missouri. He earned his degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he served on the editorial board of the Missouri Law Review.

Corporate Communications

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Mariah Shields

Communications Manager

Mariah educates, informs and updates the community on everything Port KC. She leads all communications, including media outreach, social media engagement and website management. She also works closely with Friends of the River, Port KC’s non-profit arm, and supports the community through coordinating sponsorships and Berkley Riverfront events programming. Mariah graduated from Truman State University … Continued

Mariah educates, informs and updates the community on everything Port KC. She leads all communications, including media outreach, social media engagement and website management. She also works closely with Friends of the River, Port KC’s non-profit arm, and supports the community through coordinating sponsorships and Berkley Riverfront events programming.

Mariah graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She is an advocate for shelter animals and education and is an active volunteer for Great Plains SPCA and Lead to Read KC.