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Mary Buche, who is of Korean ancestry and was born in Seoul, South Korea, is the first Asian American to serve as the chair of the Community Bank Advisory Council of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She is senior vice president, fair banking & CRA officer at Lead Bank. (CRA stands for Community Reinvestment Act, a regulation meant to ensure that banks serve people with low to moderate incomes and  small businesses in their communities.) Mary views mentorship as important and is thrilled that she has just been accepted as a Big by Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City. “I want young Asian females to see they have resources of support and that they belong in all places,” she said. Mary hopes they will feel more confident than she did in her youth. “I had to work to advocate for myself and it felt unnatural, as I was raised to not speak up and be modest,” she noted. In addition to her other responsibilities, Mary is a board member of Resurrection Catholic School and serves as the chair of the table committee for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Snow Ball.


Project Pride at The Coterie Theatre – #PRIDE

The Coterie Theatre was founded in 1979 by Judith Yeckel and Vicky Lee. Its mission is to provide professional classic and contemporary theatre which challenges audience and artist and provides…

BlaqOut #PRIDE

BlaqOut was founded in 2017 by D. Rashaan Gilmore. Its mission is to create a community where Black people of queer and trans experience and their allies are connected and…

Cristo Rey High School – 17th annual Dancing with the Kansas City Stars

The Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center was the site for the 17th annual Dancing with the Kansas City Stars, a benefit for Cristo Rey High School. Cathy and…

YMCA of Greater Kansas City – 15th annual Challenge Your Fashion

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s 15th annual Challenge Your Fashion event was held on April 22nd at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Shannon and Brent…