Meet the Staff

Port KC is staffed by a hard-working group of executives, real estate and development managers, councils, accountants, assistants, and liasons.

Executive Office

Contact Zoraya Rowlands

Zoraya Rowlands

Interim CEO & President

Zoraya Rowlands is currently serving as the interim President & CEO. In her permanent role as VP of Operations, she is responsible for developing, overseeing and helping implement programs and projects to support Port KC’s vision through its short and long-range plans. She works with all Port KC departments utilizing analytical and financial skills to analyze … Continued

Zoraya Rowlands is currently serving as the interim President & CEO. In her permanent role as VP of Operations, she is responsible for developing, overseeing and helping implement programs and projects to support Port KC’s vision through its short and long-range plans. She works with all Port KC departments utilizing analytical and financial skills to analyze and present key strategic issues to senior leadership.  Zoraya also manages the Port KC Diversified Contractor Accelerator Program and all international trade opportunities and efforts.

Zoraya earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from City College of New York and an MBA from Baker University.

Contact Jolene Mead

Jolene Mead

HR Operations Manager

Jolene is responsible for the day-to-day operations and coordination of human resource functions, processes and transactional activities. She serves as point of contact for staff and stakeholders in this capacity. In addition, she also provides support to the President & CEO. Jolene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Park University and is a … Continued

Jolene is responsible for the day-to-day operations and coordination of human resource functions, processes and transactional activities. She serves as point of contact for staff and stakeholders in this capacity. In addition, she also provides support to the President & CEO.

Jolene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Park University and is a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

Real Estate & Development

Contact Joe Perry

Joe Perry

Vice President, Real Estate

Joe Perry oversees the management, development and marketing of properties owned or operated by Port KC. He brings 25 years of experience in the real estate finance, marketing, development, architecture, urban planning, public policy, public/private finance, and development disciplines. Perry most recently spent eight years as commercial director for Gale Communities, Inc. where he managed … Continued

Joe Perry oversees the management, development and marketing of properties owned or operated by Port KC. He brings 25 years of experience in the real estate finance, marketing, development, architecture, urban planning, public policy, public/private finance, and development disciplines.

Perry most recently spent eight years as commercial director for Gale Communities, Inc. where he managed planning, zoning, infrastructure, and building construction. He has public/private financing experience managing tax increment financing and transportation development district projects.

He holds a degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Kansas. He is a licensed real estate professional in the states of Missouri and Kansas.

Contact James Mulick

James Mulick

Development Finance & Asset Manager

James Mulick oversees the ongoing operations and maintenance of Port KC’s real estate assets. Additionally, he works with the team to formulate and implement long-range real estate management strategies. He brings experience in asset management, financial reporting, underwriting, and work-outs on a wide range of commercial real estate. James has worked with a variety of … Continued

James Mulick oversees the ongoing operations and maintenance of Port KC’s real estate assets. Additionally, he works with the team to formulate and implement long-range real estate management strategies.

He brings experience in asset management, financial reporting, underwriting, and work-outs on a wide range of commercial real estate. James has worked with a variety of investors including: banks, CMBS pools, life insurance companies, REITs, GSEs, and portfolio lenders. Prior to relocating back to the Kansas City area, he was most recently with PNC Real Estate in Chicago working on an origination team financing senior housing developments nationwide.

James received a Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Northern Iowa.

Bill Rulon

Superintendent

Shane Bergstrom

Assistant Superintendent

Port of Kansas City

Contact Richard Grenville

Richard Grenville

Vice President, Multimodal Logistics

Richard Grenville serves as the Vice President of Multimodal Logistics. He is responsible for all Port Terminal Operations and business development of freight related business. He has had an extensive career in the maritime industry bringing a wide experience and innovation to the transportation/logistics field His corporate career of over thirty-five years includes many aspects of … Continued

Richard Grenville serves as the Vice President of Multimodal Logistics. He is responsible for all Port Terminal Operations and business development of freight related business.

He has had an extensive career in the maritime industry bringing a wide experience and innovation to the transportation/logistics field His corporate career of over thirty-five years includes many aspects of marine and terrestrial transportation in international and domestic arenas.

A native of London England, Richard graduated in 1970 from the Naval Training school “Arethusa” in Kent England. Richard attended King Edward VII nautical College (University of London) and Plymouth Polytechnic (Exeter University) earning his DOT Second mates Certificate FG.

Finance & Administration

Contact Joseph Lohman, CMA

Joseph Lohman, CMA

Budget & Accounting Manager

Joe Lohman joined Port KC in 2014, and he became a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in 2017. His responsibilities include accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reporting, and budgeting. Lohman previously worked as Director of Finance with New Missions Systems International, a non-profit, for four years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from … Continued

Joe Lohman joined Port KC in 2014, and he became a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in 2017. His responsibilities include accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reporting, and budgeting. Lohman previously worked as Director of Finance with New Missions Systems International, a non-profit, for four years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Northwest Missouri State University. In his spare time, he enjoys board games and spending time with his family.

Legal Affairs

Contact Mark R. Coulter

Mark R. Coulter

Vice President, General Counsel

Mark Coulter oversees all legal matters on behalf of Port KC. Prior to joining Port KC, Coulter was an assistant prosecutor in Clinton County, Mo. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri, and his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. While in law school, he participated in … Continued

Mark Coulter oversees all legal matters on behalf of Port KC. Prior to joining Port KC, Coulter was an assistant prosecutor in Clinton County, Mo.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri, and his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. While in law school, he participated in the school’s trial advocacy program, earned certification in International and Comparative Law, and argued an amicus curiae on behalf of the school in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

He is licensed to practice law in Missouri and is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the American Legion. He is currently serving as the President of the Mid-America Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Corporate Communications

Contact Mariah Shields
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Mariah Shields

Communication Specialist

Mariah Shields coordinates, writes and distributes internal and external communications for Port KC, including print products, web content and social media. Mariah graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English from Truman State University. While there, she became active in the communication department and interned at Mix 93.3, KMXV. She is also involved … Continued

Mariah Shields coordinates, writes and distributes internal and external communications for Port KC, including print products, web content and social media.

Mariah graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English from Truman State University. While there, she became active in the communication department and interned at Mix 93.3, KMXV. She is also involved in computer programming non-profits in Kansas City and volunteers for the Great Plains SPCA animal shelter.