Administrative Council

Daily operations oversight and strategic planning are conducted by the University’s Administrative Council which is comprised of:

Avila President Jim Burkee, Ph.D.

Jim Burkee, Ph.D.

President Phone 816.501.3750

Alexandra Adams, Ed.D.

Chief Operations Officer Phone 816-501-3778

Stacy Keith, Ed.D.

Chief Academic Officer Phone 816-501-2446

Joseph Snorgrass, Ph.D.

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Professor Phone 816-501-2494
Josh Parisse

Josh Parisse

Director of Major Giving Phone 816-501-3775

Andy Jett, Ed.D.

Associate Professor and Dean of the College of Professional Schools Phone 816-501-3761
Amity Bryson Portrait

Amity Bryson, DMA

Chair of the School of Performing Arts and Professor of Music Phone 816-501-3651

2022 – 2023 Board of Trustees

Avila University is a private corporation in the State of Missouri under the control of a Board of Trustees.

Ibraheem T. Badejo, ’84, Ph.D,
Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Kathleen Thompson Brown,
CSJA, Community Advocate
Thomas Burns,
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Bill Conway,
Country Club Capital Advisors
Joseph T. Fahey ’16,
J.M. Fahey Construction Company
Ted Brooks
United Beverage Company
Kenneth V. Hager,
DST Systems, Inc. (Retired)

Aggie Cooper ’88
Tarsus CFO Services, LLC
S. Marie Joan Harris, CSJ, Ph.D.,
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
S. Jeanne Janssen,
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Province Leadership Team
S. Mary Frances Johnson, CSJ, Ph.D.,
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Stuart Lindeman ’86
Mission Health Communities
 Greg M. Kratofil,
Vercie L. Lark,
Regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Region 7
S. Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ ’70,
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Patricia Lyon ’00,
Community Advocate
S. Shawn Madigan, CSJ, Ph.D.,
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 
Ellen S. Martin, Secretary,
Freeman Martin McKee LLC
Timothy O’Brien,
Vitori Health
Christine Ojile ’82,
Kantar Retail Market Insights 
Lisa Sackuvich, R.N., B.S.N., retired, Chair
ARJ Infusion Services (Retired)
Gary D. Smith,
USB Financial Services, Inc.
Phillip R. Smith,
Dick Smith Ford (Retired)
Rick Weller, Treasurer,
Euronet Worldwide, Inc.

Founded and inspired by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ), Avila University is a Catholic institution with a long heritage in social justice and human rights.

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