Name: Merry Quackenbush
KCJMCA Title: Board Director
Years on KCJMCA Board: Since early 2012
Other KCJMCA Activities: UrbanSuburban Commitee Member
Although Merry Quackenbush was born in southeast Kansas, she didn’t grow up there. Because her father was a career Marine pilot, they moved frequently—by the time Merry had graduated from high school, she had been in 16 different schools! Her career was in sales and marketing, and for 40 years Merry worked in companies like IBM and J.P. Morgan, as well as founded her own marketing and strategy consulting firm. Her personal interests include dogs and obedience training, singing/composing and a love of visual arts (Merry’s husband is a full-time artist, and she really enjoys learning more about art).
Why are you involved with the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art?
I learned about the Epsten Gallery when my mother was in rehab at Village Shalom after she had surgery for a broken hip. I loved the idea of an art gallery accessible to residents of Village Shalom. Then I learned about UrbanSuburban, and I was hooked from that point on.
What are your favorite KCJMCA events and programs? Why?
UrbanSuburban has always been my favorite—it’s a spicy, sassy event! But the ARTicipation events are also fantastic.
What are your expectations for the future of KCJMCA?
I hope we can expand the number of people who know us, deepen our connection with other arts institutions in Kansas City and secure a strong long-term financial footing.