Officers

Brian Verman – President

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Brian Verman is currently serving in his first term as GKCOA President after having served ten years as Treasurer (2009-19).  He began officiating high school sports as a MSHSAA basketball official (1992-07), expanding into volleyball in 2000, and was selected to officiate the MSHSAA Volleyball Championships in 2012 and 2014.

An active member of the GKCOA for over 25 years, Brian served on the volleyball committee for five years handling the finances and membership records for the Volleyball Division prior to being elected to the Board.   In addition to his role as President with the association, he currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the GKCOA Scholarship Fund and as the Director of the GKCOA Benefit Golf Tournament.

“As an association we have a pivotal role in recruiting, educating and training future officials to excel,” says Brian.  “I look forward to our first expansion in twenty years as we welcome baseball and softball umpires into our association.  Our past leadership teams have brought us far and I am confident that we can continue to build on that progress in the coming years.”

Brian and his wife Allison reside in Independence, MO.  A graduate of KC Lutheran High School, Brian is employed with CoreFirst Bank as Vice President of Risk Management.  He has also been active in Scouting for over 35 years including the last 18 years as Cubmaster of Pack 4282 in Independence, MO.

 

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Jason Hill – Vice President of Basketball

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Jason Hill is in his first tenure as Vice President of Basketball for the association.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jim Rusconi – Vice President of Football

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Jim RusconiVice President of Football Jim Rusconi is one of the most senior members of the GKCOA in not only years of service to high school athletics, but post season assignments as well.  His officiating career began in 1963 as both a football and basketball official while a freshman at Rockhurst High School.

Jim became a registered official with the state of Missouri in 1969 and since that time has worked numerous playoff games including the Class 1 state championship in 2003.  Before knee injuries forced Jim to retire in 1998 he was a highly decorated official on the hardwood. He worked numerous MSHSAA playoff games and in 1983 he officiated the National Christian College Division II Championship tournament.  In 1998 Jim was appointed as a MSHSAA basketball mechanics observer a position that he still holds.

A member of the GKCOA since 1973 Jim has been given many awards including the “Steve Connor Football Award”, “Dub Gleason Basketball Award”, “Bill Pickett Lifetime Achievement Award” and honored by MSHSAA for 25 years of service.

 

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Ken Corum – Vice President of Volleyball 

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Ken Corum is serving in his third term as Vice President of Volleyball for the GKCOA.  Ken has officiated volleyball and basketball in the Kansas City area since relocating from eastern Iowa nearly 20 years ago.

Ken has been selected to officiate two state volleyball tournaments in Kansas (2000, 2001) and one in Missouri (2015), along with line judging in the NCAA Division I volleyball tournament (2012-2016).  In addition, he is a long time club volleyball referee, working at the USAV junior national championships in New Orleans during the summer of 2015.

He recently completed his Doctorate and teaches in the Math Department at Staley High School. Ken lives in the Northland with his teenage son, Murphy,

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Terry Stevens – Vice President of Baseball/Softball

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Terry Stevens is the first Vice President of Baseball/Softball for the GKCOA’s expansion into Baseball and Softball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nikki Burkey – Secretary

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Nikki Burkey was elected to her first term as Association Secretary in 2019.  She became a GKCOA member in 2017 as a volleyball official.  Nikki has been selected as a District line judge each of her three years as a volleyball official. 

Nikki and her husband Robert live in Independence.  Their daughter, Brooklyn (15), is a freshman setter on the William Chrisman Bears varsity volleyball team.  Brooklyn also plays Club volleyball, so volleyball in the Burkey household is a year-round sport.  Robert and Nikki’s son, Jacob (12), will play one more year as a seventh grader with the Missouri Vipers football team to defend their super bowl title, then move on to Bingham football in eighth grade.  

Nikki graduated from Park University with a Master’s degree in educational leadership in 2016, but left the teaching profession in 2017, to return to the legal field as an education litigation paralegal at Guin Mundorf, LLC.  Officiating volleyball allows Nikki to be a part of the sport she loves and is a way to keep her involved with area schools—it’s a win-win!

 

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 Joe Bardwell – Treasurer

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Joe is entering his first term as the GKCOA treasurer.  “I am excited to serve and give back to the officiating community that has given me so much” says Joe. “It is a pleasure to work on a board with the level of professionals that we have in the GKCOA.”

Joe began officiating football and wrestling in 2001.  In that time, he has had the privilege of working a football state championship game in 2010.  In 2013 Joe moved to crew chief and works with a talented and professional crew of officials.  His current crew has worked state semi-finals three out of the last four years.  Joe joined the Heart of America officiating staff in 2015.  He retired from wrestling after 15 years. 

Joe resides in Blue Springs with his wife Melissa and their two youngest children (Samarah and Jaise).  The oldest son (Jordan) lives in Independence and is a registered MSHSAA football official, working as a back judge on a varsity crew.

Joe works for Commerce Bank.  When he isn’t officiating, he serves as the advancement coordinator for Boy Scout Troop 603. Joe also spends most of the winter following his daughter to competitive volleyball tournaments.  He also serves with the Blue Springs Community Theater and his church.

 

At-Large Directors

Dixie Wescott

Dixie Wescott is in her sixth term as At-Large Director for the GKCOA.  Dixie has officiated volleyball for 13 years.  She has been selected to officiate three state volleyball tournaments for MSHSAA.  Dixie is also the President for the GKCOA Scholarship Fund. 

Dixie is employed by the North Kansas City School District, as an Assistant Principal at Winnetonka High School.  She is finishing up her 34th year in education, in which she has been a Collegiate and High School Volleyball Coach before joining the Officiating side of Volleyball.  She will become the KC Area Volleyball Rules Interpreter for MSHSAA in the Fall of 2019.

 

 

Jeremiah Timlick

Jeremiah Timlick is in his first tenure as At-Large Director for the association.  

“I am excited to serve our great association and look forward to assisting our association grow and strengthen,” says Jeremiah.  “I have a passion for basketball as well as helping other officials improve.”

Jeremiah starting officiating high school basketball certified with MSHSAA 16 years ago.  He has also been officiating at the collegiate level for 10 years.  He has been a member of the GKCOA for 15 years.

Jeremiah resides in Blue Springs with his wife Jennifer and their five children.  When he’s not working at Nebraska Furniture Mart or officiating, he loves spending time with his family.

 

John Kilmer

John Kilmer is in his first tenure as At-Large Director for the association.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assigners

Keith Fowler – Basketball

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John Hill – Football

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David Thompson – Volleyball

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