Kevin and Stephanie Makalous
 
Kevin Makalous and family

Kevin was born and raised in Kansas. He attended K-12 in the Shawnee Mission School District and graduated from Northwest High School (class of ’94). He went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Baker University. At Baker he met his wife, Stephanie, and they have been married for 20+ years.

Stephanie and Kevin established their first home in Crystal Park (Monticello and Johnson Drive) in 1999.  During this time they fell in love with Western Shawnee. The community feel. The great people and the conveniences of everything being so close by. 

Kevin owned a small business providing sound and lighting equipment for live events throughout the United States. While Kevin loved this line of work, the demanding schedule and constant travel took a toll. He decided to close the company in 2002 and pursue a career change. He and Stephanie moved to Des Moines, IA, so that he could attend Drake University Law School. While in Des Moines, Kevin and Stephanie had three daughters, Ashley, Allyson, and Amanda.    

Kevin earned his law degree and passed the Iowa Bar Exam in 2006, and began working as an advanced markets attorney in the insurance industry in Des Moines. In 2008, Kevin returned to his entrepreneurial roots, joining Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor. In 2009, Stephanie and Kevin both received offers to relocate back to Kansas City and chose to move back to the community they both loved so much - Western Shawnee. 

In 2013, after becoming involved in USD232’s boundary change exploratory committee, Kevin ran for, and was elected to the USD232 Board of Education.  He’s served four-and-a-half years on the board of education and will not seek re-election, instead pursuing a run for the Kansas House of Representatives.  It’s during his time on the local school board that Kevin became more engaged in local and state politics. This experience gave him a better understanding of the implications of the decisions taking place in Topeka and how they can have a direct impact on his family’s future. 

Kevin currently serves more than 350 families as a Certified Financial Planner. He’s a partner in Edward Jones with an office at I-435 and Midland. He is recognized as a community, regional and state leader with the organizations he serves. In addition to his board of education position, this includes the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee. He’s also past chairman of the Shawnee Tomorrow Leadership Program (2015-2016), after completing the program in 2014. 

In his spare time, he is one of the co-leaders of the launch team of Lutheran Church of Hope’s first local site in the Kansas City area. He works out regularly at OrangeTheory Fitness in Lenexa. From time to time you’ll find him running a half marathon. He enjoys good food, great wine, and awesome conversations with friends outside on the deck in his backyard.