Our Team


Allison Burwell, President

Allison Burwell grew up working in the association management and meeting planning industry, providing support to DCI while attending the University of Kansas.  Upon graduating with a degree in Business Administration, she decided to expand her knowledge of the association management industry by working for other national associations. After a few years, she returned to DCI and in 2011 proudly stepped into the role of President.  

Contact Allison: aburwell@dci-kansascity.com


Jennifer Palmer, Chief Operations Officer

Since 1994, Jennifer has been instrumental in growing DCI’s services, team of associates and client portfolio.  In addition to serving in leadership roles for several association clients, Jennifer serves as DCI’s Chief Operating Officer, managing staff and office operations and contributing as a seasoned advisor to her fellow team members.  Jennifer is committed to offering great customer service to clients and promoting servant leadership to the DCI team. 

Contact Jennifer: jpalmer@dci-kansascity.com


Lysa Little

Lysa Little has been with DCI since 1997.  Lysa serves as the Executive Director for the Taco Bell Franchise Advisory Council. In this role Lysa is responsible for managing membership services and board and committee activities, overseeing FRANMAC’s quarterly magazine, FRANMAC News, and their website administration. Further, Lysa serves as FRANMAC's meeting manager for FRANMAC’s National Convention, where she directs the meeting logistics and activities including speech editorial, graphic management, and show production.

Contact Lysa: llittle@dci-kansascity.com

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Cheryl Whelan

Since joining the DCI team in 2006, Cheryl has gained experience with nearly every one of DCI’s clients. She is currently the Executive Director of IPPA, IDCFA and the Pit Owner’s Association). In addition to her role with these clients, Cheryl is responsible for orchestrating logistics for the FRANMAC Convention and the ABA Forum on Franchising, bringing these events to life each fall. When not in the office, she enjoys cheering on the Missouri Tigers with her husband and four-year-old son.  

Contact Cheryl: cwhelan@dci-kansascity.com


Angela Capra

Angela has been a valuable asset to DCI throughout her 15 year tenure. Currently Angela is the Executive Director of The Payroll Group and The International College of Applied Kinesiology-U.S.A. and serves as the Associate Executive Director for the IPPA. In these roles, Angela collaborates with the Board of Directors and committee members on their missions to advance the vision of each respective association. Angela also supports the Taco Bell FRANMAC Marketing Committee and serves as the production manager for the FRANMAC Convention, producing general sessions for nearly 1,500 franchisees, corporate counterparts, and vendor partners.  Angela is a University of Kansas graduate and a lifelong resident of Kansas City, MO. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Contact Angela: acapra@dci-kansascity.com


Julie Mills, Controller

Julie Mills came to DCI after a 12-year history in the financial management industry where her principle focus was on small business accounting. Julie’s primary role is Controller for DCI and its clients. In this role, she maintains the financial information for each association, which includes balancing bank statements, preparing monthly and quarterly financial statements, reports, and budgets for each of the association’s boards; processing and tracking each association’s income and expenses; formulating and filing quarterly FEC reports for PACs; and preparing financial information and support documentation for end-of-year tax filing. Julie researches various accounting and tax issues relevant to the financial situations of each association and its individual needs in an effort to keep each client abreast of the latest financial information. Her many years of experience have afforded her the opportunity to work with a variety of businesses giving her the versatility to work with for profit and non-profit groups alike.

Contact Julie: jmills@dci-kansascity.com


Jordan Bennett

Jordan Bennett brings her bilingual communications expertise from her six years in the education industry to DCI. She holds a dual undergraduate degree in Secondary Spanish and English Education in addition to a graduate degree in English Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas. Jordan joined the DCI team in 2011 and maintains a strong relationship with the clients she has served during that time.  She plays active leadership roles in PASBA and NSLC, in addition to supporting the BRFA and PIFA teams.  Jordan contributes to many written communications for a variety of associations and values supporting her clients in achieving their goals.

Contact Jordan: jbennett@dci-kansascity.com


Melissa Flett

Melissa Flett  joins DCI with over seven years of experience working in the healthcare management field. As a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University with a degree in sociology, she brings her knowledge of public resources, relations, and networking along with a high degree of professionalism to the company.  She is eager to use her expertise in business relations to advance and promote the growth of DCI. 

Contact Melissa: mflett@dci-kansascity.com


Shelby McMillin

In 2013 Shelby joined DCI after graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Event Management.  This degree makes Shelby's knowledge in event planning a huge benefit to her clients; FRANMAC, PASBA, PMFA and TPG.  Her responsibilities range from membership and vendor management, to assisting with board and committee activities.  

Contact Shelby: smcmillin@dci-kansascity.com


Chalise Shaw-McClaran

Chalise joined DCI in 2014 with over 14-years' experience in the association management industry.  Her primary duties within the organization are supporting ICAK-U.S.A., and serving as the Executive Director of KFFA and IMDA.  In her different roles, Chalise is responsible for managing membership services, dues collection, as well as committee and board activities.  She oversees member communications including multiple newsletters, website administration and event promotions.  She is well versed in conference and tradeshow management and is highly skilled in marketing and public relations.  Her background as a previous franchisee owner/operator provides her personal insight into the franchisee associations managed by DCI.

Contact Chalise: cshaw@dci-kansascity.com

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Eliza Peters

Eliza joins DCI with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and healthcare industry. Her experience working on a recruitment and sales team will enable her to effectively collaborate across multiple venues. In her current role, Eliza's responsibilities include assisting with membership, vendors and board activities for her clients; Pillar Owners' Association, IDCFA, NIOA, IPPA and PASBA.

Contact Eliza: epeters@dci-kansascity.com


Dana VanMeerhaeghe

Dana VanMeerhaeghe joins DCI with over 25 years of experience working association management and certification boards, providing executive administration, membership marketing and strategic leadership. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration and is committed to the growth and success of the associations in which she is involved.  In her free time, Dana like to go “glamping” with family and friends and read.

Contact Dana: dvanmeerhaeghe@dci-kansascity.com

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Mary Henderson

Mary Henderson joins DCI with over seven years of experience in the association management and non-profit industries, providing support for professional associations, certification boards and a humanitarian organization. In her role at DCI, her responsibilities include assisting with membership, vendors, publications and meeting support. She is committed to working with the team to serve each client. Mary earned degree in Journalism from Ohio University. Away from the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and doing calligraphy.

Contact Mary: mhenderson@dci-kansascity.com

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