Leadership Team

Michael Liimatta Executive Director

Michael Liimatta became executive director of Footprints, Inc. in February 2017. He worked with Wayne White to establish the organization in 2001 and has served as a member of the board of directors for many years.

Rev. Liimatta has been involved with outreach to the homeless and addicted for over thirty years. He has served as a college administrator, a nonprofit executive director, a consultant and an addiction counselor. He recently spent a year in Washington, DC at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development working on a special project to bring Internet and computers to families with children who reside in public housing.

As Chief Academic Officer, Michael established the Bachelor Science in Addiction Studies degree program of City Vision University in 2008 and still serves as an adjunct instructor. He is co-founder of Connecting for Good and served as its CEO for five years. It is a Kansas City nonprofit organization that is working to close the digital divide. For over 17 years, he served as Director of Education for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. In 1979, Michael founded New Creation Center, a licensed residential treatment center in Atlantic Mine, Michigan, where he served as director for ten years.

Rev. Liimatta holds a graduate degree in Theology from the Inter-Lutheran Theological Seminary and studied at MidAmerica Nazarene University, where he earned the MA in Organizational Administration with a nonprofit management emphasis.


W. Joel Bailey Program Director

Joel Bailey worked in the early days of the Footprints Troost Outreach Center alongside founder, Wayne White, from 2007 to 2009.

Since that time, he also served as a staff member at Sober One House and Swope Parkway Health Center’s Imani House.

He returned to Footprints in 2011 and is serving as director of the transitional housing program for homeless veterans. Joel brings real compassion, as well, as solid training and experience in operating residential programs.

Board of Directors

Faye Johnson-Kendrick Director MAMA’s House

Faye Johnson-Kendrick is Business Administrator for Christian Fellowship Baptist Church and is Executive Director of DAVE’s Place,  the South Kansas City Community Impact Center.

She also founded No Greater Love Ministries, Inc. whose goal is equipping women to live Titus 2.  NGLM has a long-term vision of “women addressing family needs comprehensively” and therefore its mission is to “holistically disciple women to impact the family.  The mission of NGLM is addressed by assisting women to explore and embrace their spiritual, physical, social, emotional and economic needs in regards to the family.

She is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX with a degree in Business Administration. Faye retired, after 32 years, from the University of Missouri Extension Division as a Youth and Family Development Specialist.

Joel Ritchie President

Joel Ritchie currently works for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office after a few years in private practice.

He is a graduate of Central Missouri State University and earned his law degree at the University of Missouri Law School.

Joel is a member of Christian Fellowship Baptist Church.

John Brewer

John Brewer Secretary/Treasurer

John Brewer is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who served in Viet Nam.

He spent most of his professional career working for the Burlington Northern Railroad in several different capacities.

Mr. Brewer is a member of Christian Fellowship Baptist Church where he serves on the deacon board.

Racquel Kos

Racquel Kos    Vice President

Racquel Meyer is a Licensed Buyer Agent at Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

She grew up in Plainville, Kansas and currently lives in  Olathe, Kansas.

Racquel, the proud mother of an active duty Marine, has been a volunteer for a number causes in the community.

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