Meet the Team

We are committed to telling the stories that matter, the stories that make an impact. Take a moment to get to know our Take Note team:

Kevin Allen

Producer

A storyteller at heart, Kevin’s reporting career took him from his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, to San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C. His desire to get as close to his subject matter as possible has led to a variety of unusual experiences, including being doused by a California Department of Forestry helicopter during a wildland fire and running the Chicago and Marine Corps marathons live on the radio to give listeners an appreciation for the challenging events. But it’s finding the story behind the story — insights directly from the people at the heart of issues — that fuels his reporting and producing. Recent works includes a documentary on eating disorders, an examination of how housing codes can put firefighters at unnecessary risk, and multimedia pieces on mental illness and substance abuse.

Dawn Bormann Novascone

Writer and Reporter

Dawn is a writer with more than 20 years of journalism experience covering Kansas City and the region. Her goal is to explain how policy decisions are changing our children’s classrooms and shaping our community. She spent 15 years as a Kansas City Star reporter covering everything from education to prisons and the military.

Timothy Holman, Jr.

Community Engagement

<p>A Kansas City native, Tim studied government and international politics in the D.C. area at George Mason University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After college, Tim spent two years teaching in Kansas City Public Schools through his commitment with Teach for America. He further refined his educational practice as a ninth-grade civics instructor and adviser at a social justice school with the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago. Since transitioning out of the classroom in 2015, Tim has worked as a political aide and as principal consultant of Holman Consulting, LLC, an urban affairs firm based in Kansas City. Tim is excited for the opportunity to bring community voices to Take Notes content.</p>

Kelly Lynch-Stange

Social Media

Kelly is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in public relations. Following graduation, she worked in special events for the Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN, Event 360 and the PKD Foundation. In 2011, she launched her freelance business as a copywriter and social media strategist. She most recently served as senior adviser for digital communications to Kansas City Mayor Sly James.She is a passionate supporter of Turn the Page KC, an organization founded by Mayor James to address third-grade reading proficiency, and she volunteers weekly with Lead to Read. Kelly is joining the Take Note team as a social media strategist, where she looks forward to highlighting the many aspects of education in our city.

Carla McCabe

Executive Producer

Carla heads a team developing digital-first content through a collaboration with digital storytellers, journalists and filmmakers. As a member of the senior leadership team at KCPT, Carla has overseen a wide range of station initiatives, including the development of multiple websites and digital-first video productions in her previous role as operations director. Most recently, Carla led Re:Dream, a national digital production housed at KCPT. She recruited a team of producers, directors and community engagement staff from 20 stations and led the production and promotional campaign for the project. With 10 years’ experience in production and operations, Carla began in the corporate affairs team at the BBC, acting as liaison with its independent production companies as a production planner. As head of production for Tern Television in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Glasgow, Scotland, Carla oversaw the management of dozens of productions for BBC, RTE and National Geographic. She joined KCPT in 2013.

Angee Simmons

Executive Producer

Angee has a passion for education and storytelling that has been reflected in her more than 20 years at KCPT. She began her career in programming, became an award-winning producer, executive producer and now leads the production and promotions teams. Angee has led an array of successful educational projects, including production of numerous K-12 instructional videos for both area school districts and national distribution on PBS Learning Media, professional development modules and an ongoing series of health, literacy and social-emotional programs for educators. She has produced, written and directed a variety of media, including promotional materials, interactive websites and long-form documentaries. She is the recipient of seven regional Emmys for her work. Angee was also responsible for leading the national marketing, community engagement and interactive website for the national Emmy Award-winning documentary “Be Good. Smile Pretty.” Angee has a film and education degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Advisory Council

Awais Sufi
SchoolSmartKC
Tricia Johnson
Show Me KC Schools
Marsha Chappelow
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Charles King
Kansas City Teacher Residency
Edgar Palacios
Entrepreneur
Mike McShane
Show Me Institute
Melissa Hazley
Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium / University of Missouri Kansas City.
Pattie Mansur
KCPS Board of Education / REACH Healthcare Foundation.
Jamekia Kendrix
Social Worker
Bakari Ukuu
Teacher Leader, Pylons Advanced Academics, Kansas City Public Schools
Andrea Ellis
The Kansas City Public Library

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