Keynote Speakers & Entertainment

Read more about 2022 GenealogyKC keynote speakers and entertainment below.

Friday Keynote Speaker

Kenya Cox

Respected for her tireless consistent community advocacy work across the state of
Kansas, Kenya Cox has earned the title of “Servant Leader”. Drawing on her innate
ability to build consensus and develop collaborative relationships has positioned Ms.
Cox into key pivotal roles of leadership. Kenya has served in the administration of three
Kansas Governors, two United States Congressmen, and, one United States Senator.
Before stepping into her previous role as Executive Director of the Kansas African
American Affairs Commission, Ms. Cox was the Assistant Regional Director of
Community Relations for the Department of Children and Families. Kenya’s overall
dedication to community service is evident in her diverse and numerous organizational
affiliations.

 
Kenya currently serves as the President of the Kansas NAACP State Conference of

Branches and the Chaplain for the Wichita Chapter of Links Inc.
Kenya has been married for 38 years and has two children and two grandchildren.
Recognition, Achievements, Community Involvement, and Leadership.

Saturday Keynote Speaker

Andrew Meyer

Andrew Meyer is a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) for FEMA Region VII, based out of Kansas City, Missouri.  In this capacity, Mr. Meyer serves as a principal field leader in coordinating the timely delivery of Federal disaster assistance to support state/local government and affected communities throughout Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.  Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Meyer managed international humanitarian/emergency response programs with a variety of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  He has worked in conflict and disaster zones in Ukraine, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and The Bahamas.  Mr. Meyer has an especially deep connection to Ukraine and the crisis there.  Collectively, he has spent nearly six year in Ukraine – four of which in the conflict zone in the east – and he is a fluent Russian speaker.  Following Russia’s aggressive, unprovoked escalation of hostilities on February 24, 2022, Mr. Meyer founded the nonprofit Stand With Ukraine KC with other Ukrainians and Ukrainian Americans in the Kansas City area.  Mr. Meyer serves as the organization’s Program Director, overseeing humanitarian relief activities in Ukraine and support for recently-arrived refugees in the KC area.  Mr. Meyer holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in Political Science and International Studies and a Master’s degree in Peace Operations from the George Mason University School of Public Policy in Arlington, Virginia.  Originally from Northern Virginia, Mr. Meyer currently resides in Kansas City with his wife Karina and their infant son Ostap.

Entertainment

Mariachi Corazón de América

Mariachi Corazón de America has been playing together for more than 10 years. They use their guitars, violins and voices to blend in beautiful harmony, bringing to all the passion and pleasure of Latin-American music.