Joe Gallant

Outreach Coordinator
Joe Gallant serves as the Outreach Coordinator for Kids Win Missouri. Since relocating to Kansas City from Boston, MA in 2013, Joe has gained extensive experience working as a direct care provider for Missouri’s youth and families. He began this work with the Division of Youth Services, serving as a Youth Specialist at a secure care facility. Upon leaving his role with DYS, Joe joined Rose Brooks Center as a Prevention Specialist, working directly with multiple school districts in the Kansas City area, implementing a curriculum to help children develop healthy relationships, coping skills, and social support. Through his work with Rose Brooks, Joe became an active community partner, creating and maintaining strong relationships with other care providers, schools, and community leaders, and was a key player in seeing the Jackson County Children’s Services Fund ballot initiative passed in 2016. Joe continued this work until joining the KWM team in 2021. Interested in contacting Joe? Please email him at jgallant@kidswinmissouri.org.

Casey Hanson

Director of Outreach and Engagement

Casey Hanson is the Director of Outreach and Engagement at Kids Win Missouri. Prior to her current role, Casey Hanson was the Policy and Communications Coordinator for the Missouri AfterSchool Network (MASN), housed at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master’s in Public Affairs. Before joining MASN in 2014, she coordinated a statewide project aimed at expanding the state’s longitudinal data system to include more early childhood and afterschool related data. Casey’s passion for afterschool and early childhood education has been fueled by her direct experiences as a program volunteer, staff person, and participant. She also has experience working directly for legislators and as a community organizer for candidates and issue-based campaigns. Casey resides in St. Louis with her husband and two sons, Cormac, a preschooler, and Rory, an infant. Interested in contacting Casey? Email her at chanson@kidswinmissouri.org.

Brian Schmidt

Executive Director

Brian is responsible for executing Kids Win Missouri’s strategic plan and overseeing the organization’s development. He started his career in public policy as the Executive Director of the Missouri General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Tax Policy where he assisted legislators in analyzing and crafting tax and economic development policies. After his work with the Missouri legislature, Brian started Missouri Wonk, a public policy analysis consulting firm whose work tackled diverse projects with subjects including tax policy and incentives, healthcare, education, transportation, housing, crime and neighborhood revitalization. Interested in contacting Brian? Please email him at bschmidt@kidswinmissouri.org.

Craig Stevenson

Director of Policy and Advocacy

Craig serves as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for Kids Win Missouri where he helps advance policies. Prior to joining the Kids Win Missouri team, Craig led the Mozambique initiative of the United Methodist Church, which helped raise funds for critical community needs in Mozambique, Africa. From 2010 to 2015, he worked on the Governmental Relations team at the University of Missouri. Craig is active in his community, serving on the board of directors for the Hallsville School District. Additionally, he and his wife, Brittney, are licensed foster parents. Interested in contacting Craig? Please email him at cstevenson@kidswinmissouri.org.