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The Independent
4233 Roanoke Road, Suite 100

Kansas City, Missouri 64111-4076

Copaken_0461Laurie Ingram, Publisher
Phone: 816-471-2800 x233

Publisher’s Note

Publishing a magazine, consulting with non-profit organizations, cheering on kids at events and re-painting another room at her house, much to the chagrin of her husband Chip. Not so secretly – she loves to garden, cook and drive her VW Bug with the top down all year long. Secretly? She’s a member of the Dead Pool game online. She is an accomplished etch-a sketch artist. If Laurie was not a publisher at The Independent, she would likely be a country western lyricist. 


Chip Ingram (Robert Palmer Ingram III), President and Chief Financial Officer
Phone: 816-471-2800 x201

This recycling enthusiast (once caught recycling his neighbor’s glass bottles, unbeknownst to her) may wash his friend’s car or trim his sister’s hedges. He’s a hands-on father of three who’s got schedule juggling down to a fine science. If he’s not crunching numbers at the office, you can find him playing catch in his front yard with his son, Charlie.



Jenny Owens Hughes, Associate Publisher
Phone: 816-471-2800 x229

This mother of two girls and one boy is more organized than all the rest of us put together! Jenny certainly has her hands full, but she manages to keep the magazine on schedule. In addition to coordinating each issue, her other projects include our annual Charitable Events Calendar, The Top Ten issue and The Summer Celebrations issue. A Kansas City girl at heart, she’s a graduate of Bishop Miege High School and Rockhurst College. Before joining The Independent, Jenny was a school teacher at Holy Cross Catholic School and The Pembroke Hill School. She has two children that attend St. Agnes Catholic School and one at Horizon Academy, where they love playing soccer, spending time with their friends and participating in parish activities.


Lisa M. Shea, Art Director 

Lisa is artistic in everything she does, from her fashion sense to her magazine layouts. When she’s not shuttling her three kids between sporting events or designing the pages of the magazine, you may find her at the Saturday morning farmers’ market in downtown Overland Park, with Hi Hat Crush in hand and a bag of local tomatoes.



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Nancy Sachse, Editor
Phone: 816-471-2800 x223

Nancy is married to Mark Sachse and mom to two beautiful daughters, Kate and Amy. Nancy is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at The University of Kansas. She loves to travel and volunteer. In addition to her responsibilities as Editor of The Independent, Nancy is working on a children’s novel.

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Annie England, Web Editor
Phone: 816-471-2800 x 225

Annie is our go-to web girl. She graduated from The University of Kansas with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Business. Along with managing The Independent’s website, she enjoys trying new restaurants in Our Town, traveling and completing Soduku puzzles. If you have questions about any of the social media aspects of The Independent, Annie is your girl. Rock Chalk!



Christin Painter, Director, Sales & Marketing, Performing Arts Division
Phone: 816-471-2800 x218

Christin has worked at The Independent since 2012. She enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband Casey, as well as her family.  When she’s not hard at work in our sales department, she loves to cook, garden and be outside with mother nature.


PrintAnn Slegman, Contributing Writer 
Phone: 816-471-2800 x227

Ann Slegman has thoroughly enjoyed her various positions at The Independent since she started in 2006. She has been the managing editor and editor and is now the contributing writer for the magazine. She and her husband, Tom, are parents of two adult children, Kate and David, who live a mile apart from each other in Brooklyn, New York. Ann enjoys reading, traveling, entertaining friends and family, playing tennis, bridge and golf and walking her two mischievous Havanese puppies, Max and Morris. She has written a novel, Return to Sender, and a collection of poems, Conversation, and is slowly (very slowly!) working on a Young Adult’s novel.

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Charlie Podrebarac, Cartoonist

Charlie Podrebarac’s cartoons have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. He has produced thousands of greeting cards, calendars, advertising art, and local murals. Since 1984, Charlie has written and drawn his single-panel cartoon, Cowtown, formerly for The Kansas City Star. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Charlie to our team and can’t wait to see his cartoons in The Independent.


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Paul Horsley, Performing Arts Editor
Phone: 816-471-2800 x227


Reviews By Paul

When Paul joined the staff of The Independent in 2008 he brought a lifetime of experience to the job and a national reputation as arts critic. Formerly the Music and Dance Critic for The Kansas City Star and, before that, the Program Annotator for the Philadelphia Orchestrahe has written for a variety of national publications (The New York Times, Dance Magazine, Symphony, Musical America) and has conducted musicological research throughout Europe and the U.S.  He loves cinema, museums, swimming and the literature of the American South. Paul’s musical tastes range from Copland to Country, Ligeti to Latin music. He has taught music history at Park University, Louisiana State University and Cornell University. Some of his favorite things about Our Town are Lidia’s, Union Station with its 95-foot ceilings, Caravaggio’s “John the Baptist” at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, AMC Theatres with their remote-reclining seats, and Case Park with its statue of Lewis, Clark, York and Sacagawea (holding baby Jean Baptiste Charbonneau) and its spectacular view of The Bottoms. He is devoted to such charities as Kansas City Rescue Mission, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Arts in Prison.


Laura Gabriel, Office Manager
Phone: 816-471-2800 x202

Laura Gabriel is the office manager at The Independent. She grew up in Fairway and attended Shawnee Mission East. Laura graduated from The University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned a master’s degree in social work. She is married to Jim Gabriel and their daughter, Sarah, is a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, and their son, Danny, is a junior in high school at St. Thomas Aquinas. 

In her spare time, Laura enjoys watching her son play soccer. Recently, he was picked to be a captain of his team. Laura and Jim also love watching their daughter sing in her band or perform in theatrical productions. They also look forward to traveling, especially to Europe. Before Laura started working at The Independent, she worked at Indian Hills Middle School.

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