Board of Directors

Bill Tammeus is a former columnist for The Kansas City Star, where he worked full-time for almost 36 years. Since 2004 he has written his daily “Faith Matters” blog ( He also writes columns for The Presbyterian Outlook, Flatland, KCPT-TV’s digital magazine, and, until recently, for The National Catholic Reporter.

A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Bill was a member of the Star staff that won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. His many other awards include several from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the American Academy of Religion, in addition to receiving the 2005 Wilbur Award given annually to the best religion column in the country. The latest of his six books is The Value of Doubt: Why Unanswered Questions, Not Unquestioned Answers, Build Faith, published in 2016.

Bill is an elder at Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City and past president of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He’s married to Marcia Tammeus. Between them they have six children and eight grandchildren.

Kay Walkup has been involved with the KCIYA since the organization’s beginning.

She was Associate Head of School of Notre Dame de Sion where she was a teacher, counselor, Academic Dean, and Mission Director for 32 years. Although retired for five years, she represents the Sisters of NDS on the Board of a Trustees. She is a graduate of the Florence Melton program for Jewish learning, and has been a participant and co-convener of the Kansas City Interfaith Council’s Sacred Text Study program. Kay describes educating for interfaith learning as her passion and believes that there is no greater gift we can give the next generation than an understanding and respect for “the other”.