CiCi Rojas was named President and CEO of the
Central Exchange in February 2013. In her role she provides vision, voice, and operational
oversight for the 1000 plus members representing a cross-section of women and men from throughout the Kansas
City area. Members include managers and executives, business owners, non-profit
and civic leaders, and community volunteers.
With more than 500 programs annually, the CX
offers a wide variety of personal, professional, business development and
networking opportunities at both the Downtown Kansas City, and Overland
Park, Kansas locations.
CiCi most recently, served as Vice President of
Community Engagement for Truman Medical Centers (TMC) in Kansas City, Missouri.
This role included leadership of the following; Employee Enrichment, Community
Outreach, Employee Wellness, TMC Corporate Academy and the Hospital Hill
Economic Development Corporation. Prior to joining TMC, Rojas served various
communities in the business, political advocacy arenas. Her executive roles includes
leading two Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as : President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; President and CEO of the
Greater Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Vice President of Strategic
Alliance with the Washington, D. C.-based United States Hispanic Chamber of
Rojas has been recognized for her business and
community achievements with the following awards; 2013 Ruby Red Slipper Dream
Chaser Award, 2013 Greater Missouri Women’s Leadership Foundation, Woman of the
year, 2013 KC Magazine Class of Influential Women, 2012 Girl Scout Pearl Award,
2011 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, and the 2010 Dallas Business
Journal’s Corporate Advocate of the Year.
Rojas is active in civic organizations
on the local, state and national levels. She is the national Chair for the
Latino Coalition Foundation and a Member of the Camp Fire USA National Board of
Trustees. In Kansas City, she is Immediate Past Chairwoman of Hope House, and a
member of the Executive Committee Board of Directors Friends of the Zoo the
YMCA, and Guadalupe Centers, Inc. She also serves on the following Boards: Metropolitan Community
College’s Foundation; Kansas City Ballet; Kansas City Convention and Visitor’s
Association; Kansas City Port Authority, the Arvest Bank Board and the NFL 101 Committee.
Chief Membership Officer
Jackie has been on staff with Central Exchange since 1993. In her role as membership director, she is responsible for the recruitment and retention of members and works closely with the Membership Council in meeting their goals. She also has a dual role as director of Central Exchange South and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Overland Park facility.
Jackie is active in the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Ohio State University with a BS in Business Administration.
Lilli Zarda, CPA
Chief Operating Officer
Lilli joins Central Exchange after serving for 22 years as the Executive Director of American Heartland Theatre (AHT) in Crown Center, which was one of the regions top 25 attractions for many years. She brings extensive experience in finance, accounting, human resources, operations, marketing and strategic planning to the Central Exchange. While at AHT in Crown Center, Lilli was also instrumental in the opening of two new facilities, Off Center Theatre and Screenland Crown Center. Prior to joining American Heartland Theatre, Lilli was the Executive Vice President of Dinner Playhouse, Inc. (DPI), the parent corporation of Waldo Astoria and Tiffany’s Attic dinner theatres.
After graduating from the University of Kansas, Lilli started her public accounting career as a CPA with Coopers and Lybrand. Lilli resides in Leawood with her husband, Dr. Chris Beever and their cat, Louie. She is an avid jogger, usually accompanied by her granddog; swimmer; skier and gardener.
Manager of Community Engagement & Performance
Edgar is a bilingual “utility player” who is passionate about building relationships and connecting people to the resources they need in order to be successful. He is a strong believer in the power of teamwork and has been described as a collaborative leader that pays close attention to detail, efficiency and executes in a determined and precise manner. He most recently worked at Truman Medical Centers providing support to both the Vice President of Community Engagement and Chief Financial Officer.
Edgar attended Rockhurst University, graduating with a Master in Business Administration. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, earning a Bachelor of Music degree. As an aspiring philanthropist, Edgar enjoys volunteering in the community.
He served as Social Committee Chair prior to becoming President of the Young Latino Professionals of Greater Kansas City, an organization dedicated to providing access to networking, professional development, civic engagement and philanthropic opportunities to its members.. He also serves as President of the Kansas City Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. He maintains his connection to music by working with local arts organizations and serves on the board of new Ear Contemporary Chamber Ensemble as their Marketing Chair. Edgar was honored to have been a Man of the Year candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in early 2012.
He lives in Roeland Park, KS, with his wife, Amanda, and their son, JoJo.