Our Team

Meet our Rosedale Development Association Team

Erin Stryka

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Erin became RDA’s Executive Director in August 2016. Erin started as an AmeriCorps member with RDA in 2011, and was also the Program Director for the Rosedale Healthy Kids program (RHK) from 2012 to 2016, overseeing the growth of the program from a grassroots community coalition to a regionally-recognized (and duplicated) model for creating sustainable community change. Under her leadership as Executive Director, RDA adopted a new strategic plan, which led the organization to grow from a team of 3 staff and 3 AmeriCorps members to a team of 6 FT staff and 4 AmeriCorps members, and doubled the overall organizational budget to accommodate program growth and expansion. This growth included completing the 9th year of the Rosedale Healthy Kids program and launching ARCH, while continuing to serve 600 kids annually in healthy programs. Erin leads several community committees and task forces advocating for policy and development that serves the needs of all Rosedalians, including the Rosedale Leadership Council and the Rosedale Master Plan Implementation Committee.

Erin serves on the Healthy Communities Wyandotte Policy Committee as Chair. She is involved in numerous advocacy and policy change initiatives related to public health and community development. In recent years, Erin graduated from the Healthy Lifestyles Leadership Academy, Wyandotte Leadership 2000, and Nonprofit Connect Executive Director Institute.

Erin’s favorite outdoor spot in Rosedale is the Rozarks Trails. Contact her at [email protected].

Erin Stryka

Sarah Otvedt

DEVELOPMENT AND EVENTS DIRECTOR

Sarah is RDA’s newest staff member, but she is a Rosedale veteran! After living in Rosedale for 16 years, volunteering with Rosedale youth programs, and leading the Frank Rushton Neighborhood Association, Sarah’s excited to begin a new position as RDA’s Development and Events Director.  Sarah’s background is in fundraising, event planning, and volunteer coordination.  For the last 5 years she has been teaching elementary school, and now she’s excited to continue serving kids and the community in her new role. She shared that “a very long time ago I read the phrase, ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’ and I never forgot it. Making a difference starts right in your own community!  I’ve been given so many opportunities to serve Rosedale through the years and I am so excited to take on this role with RDA!”Sarah’s favorite spot in Rosedale is the Rozark trails; starting at the Rosedale Arch to see the city skyline then venturing into the woods. Contact her at [email protected].

Sarah Otvedt

Samanthe' Burton-Bosket

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Samanthe was born in Philadelphia and moved to Kansas City in 2013. She received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Organizational Development from Central Penn College, with a Capstone project focusing on the ethical challenges of followership. She founded Samanthe Bosket Consulting , which focuses on helping small businesses with organizational sustainability and creating an organizational structure.

Samanthe spent 2018-2019 serving as an AmeriCorps member at RDA and coordinating youth sports, community gardens, and orchard stewardship programs. In 2019 she became the full-time Program Coordinator at RDA, overseeing program growth as RDA took over the Rainbow Summer Program and Rosedale Future Professionals. In Winter 2020, she was promoted to Program Director, where she oversees the ARCH Program at RDA, which includes Americorps, Rainbow Summer Program, Rosedale Future Professionals, RISE, Summer Youth Employment, community events, and more.

Samanthe and her puppy Urameshi love exploring all of Rosedale’s parks and greenspaces. Contact her at [email protected].

Samanthe' Burton-Bosket

Ajhanae' Franklin

YOUTH PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Ajhanae’ first joined RDA as an AmeriCorps member in June 2019, working as a classroom facilitator for the Rainbow Summer Program. For the next two summers she returned and served as the Site Coordinator for the program. We are so excited that she is returned to RDA full-time as our new Youth Program Coordinator!Ajhanae’ recently received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication studies with a minor in Leadership Studies from Baker University. During her time at Baker she worked with many organizations planning different events and programming for the campus, preparing her perfectly for this next step.

Ajhanae’s favorite spot in Rosedale is Tacos El Matador. Contact her at [email protected].

Ajhanae' Franklin

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