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Executive Director

Erin Stryka

Erin joined RDA as Healthy Kids Club Coordinator in July of 2011. She became an Americorps VISTA member in November 2011, and was hired as program manager in 2012. Her prior experience is in campus organizing, and her degree is in English and Religious Studies. Stryka serves on the board of Rosedale Farmers Market and the Healthy Communities Wyandotte Nutrition Action Team. She has graduated from the Healthy Lifestyles Leadership Academy and Wyandotte Leadership 2000. Contact her at

Erin Stryka
Je T'aime Taylor

Program Director

Je T'aime Taylor

Je T’aime is a native of Kansas City, KS and graduate of Washington High School and Ewing Marion Kauffman Youth Advisory Board. She completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Social Work from a small Mennonite liberal arts college, Bethel College. During college Je T’aime worked as a Servant Leader Intern with the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program. Later Je T’aime worked as a regional Service Program Administrator with American Indian sovereignty issues and community organizing in New Orleans. She also coordinated two young adults programs: International Volunteer Exchange Program, which gave young adults outside the U.S. the opportunity to serve communities in the U.S, and Summer Service, which supported youth of color who were committed to serving their community for the summer.

Currently, Je T’aime is the Program Director at Rosedale Development Association. RDA, with the help of AmeriCorps members, serve Rosedale through many programs and events. Contact her at


Program Coordinator

Samanthe burton-bosket

Samanthe was born in Philadelphia and moved to Kansas City in 2013. She received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Organizational Development from Central Penn College and founded Samanthe Bosket Consulting. 

Samanthe spent 2018-2019 serving as an AmeriCorps member at RDA and coordinating youth sports, community gardens, and orchard stewardship programs. In 2019 she transitioned from serving as an AmeriCorps member to becoming the full-time program coordinator at RDA. Now she oversees the Rainbow Summer Program and Rosedale Future Professionals programs. Both programs focus on holistically developing school age youth in financial literacy, advocacy, reading and wellness. Samanthe has shown the Rosedale community that she is dedicated to creating a thriving Rosedale. Contact her at

Alissa Workman

Development Director

Alissa Workman

Alissa joined the RDA team in 2013 as our office manager, managing much more than just our office. She managed our accounting, planned programs like Summer Youth Employment and Feed-a-Family, and wrote and edited our print newsletter. Currently, Alissa is the Development Director, where she leads all of RDA’s fundraising efforts such as grant management and donor relations, as well as planning and coordinating all community events. 

Alissa earned her Masters of Public Administration in nonprofit management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Contact her at

Office Manager

Sarah Waggoner

Sarah recently back to KC after living in Argentine for a year. Her background is in social work, working with people experiencing homelessness and domestic violence. 

Sarah enjoys all parks, playing card games, yoga, social justice, and ice cream.

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Harmon business marketing intern

Jada Escobar

Jada joined the RDA team in the summer of 2019 from Kansas City’s  Harmon High School. She and a few other Harmon students are  piloting the internship component of USD 500’s Diploma+ program, a district-wide initiative to help students be college and career ready.

As a child, Jada grew up eating at classic Rosedale restaurants like Dagwoods and Rosedale BBQ.  Now as a Business Marketing Intern with RDA, she is reaching out to some of those same Rosedale businesses to write newsletter profiles and gauge their needs for and interests in hiring local workers. For her culminating project, plans to launch a neighborhood-based job board – one of RDA’s 2019 annual goals.  Contact her at

Contact us

913 677-5097
1403 Southwest Blvd Kansas City, KS, 66103 
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