Krista Boan


Krista's passion for the next generation is an extension of her background as a middle school teacher. She studied English and Psychology at the University of Kansas, and earned her Masters in Education at Rockhurst University. Krista dreams of a world where kids can be kids a little longer, so that when they are adults and facing giants of their own,  they can refer back to the years they spent looking up—not down—for answers. She loves encouraging and local communities to link arms for the good of our kids—our future leaders. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband Scott, and their four children.

Online faves

Chore trackers, Voxer friendships, Chatbooks, Fixer Upper reruns

Offline loves

Read alouds, Porch swings, Dance parties, Exploring new places, The view from the bleachers

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Tracy has spent 15 years doing strategy consulting for some of the world's leading organizations. On one particular assignment, for the world's largest toy company, she was captivated by the power of play in children's emotional, social, and cognitive development.  This became a landmark that has inspired her approach towards parenting and the way that she looks at the world, especially in light our growing dependence on devices. A graduate of Northwestern, she lives in the Kansas City area with her husband Jeremy, and two children. 

Online faves

Tracking weather across the world, Chatbooks, Pinterest, Target's online order pickup

Offline faves

Royal's games, Uno, Watching construction sites with her sons, Family walks, Theme parties


Brenda Walden


Brenda's practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist has given her many opportunities to help folks explore their relationships with technology--and each other. Raised by Kansas educators who invested over 70 years in SMSD, she is passionate about helping the next generation learn how to live a life of connection and courage, and she especially loves facilitating Brene Brown classes. An Overland Park native and K-State alumni, she and her husband of 30 years have raised their three children to love all things Kansas City.

Online faves

Podcasts, Educational training videos, Reality TV shows, FaceTiming her son who lives out of state

Offline faves

Coffee, Long talks with friends, Dancing late into the night--and by late she means almost 10 p.m.