The H & R Block Foundation Board Members

Thomas M. Bloch
Chairman, Treasurer and Director

Bruce C. Davison
Director

Thomas A. Gerke
Director

William A. Hall
Director

Leo E. Morton
Director

John R. Phillips
Director

Heather R. Watts
Director

The H & R Block Foundation Staff

David P. Miles
President

Jean-Paul Chaurand
Executive Vice President

Kris Wilcoxson
Vice President of Finance and Administration

Rachel Carlton
Associate Grants Director

Kasie Becker
Executive Office Assistant

Destiny Lindquist
Grants Assistant

David P. Miles is the president of The H & R Block Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2002, David was a member of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. He assisted donors in accomplishing their charitable goals by making sure they received maximum financial benefit in charitable giving and aligning their values and the needs of the community. David also has more than eight years of experience implementing strategies and providing leadership to increase the commitment and participation of alumni in financial support and volunteer involvement at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Missouri-Columbia, and Stephens College.

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Jean-Paul Chaurand is the executive vice president of The H & R Block Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, Jean-Paul was the chief operating officer at the Guadalupe Centers and the senior vice president for community investment at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Jean-Paul serves on the boards of Children’s Mercy Hospital and AltCap.

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Kris Wilcoxson is the vice president of finance and administration at The H & R Block Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kris worked in public accounting focusing on income tax preparation, business process improvement, and administrative consulting for numerous clients throughout the Kansas City area. She has also been involved with accounting for private foundations for nineteen years. Kris graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a BSBA in accounting, passed the CPA exam in 1999, and holds an active license to practice in Missouri.

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Rachel Carlton is the associate grants director at The H & R Block Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Rachel was a senior program officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she managed grants to organizations that educate and support entrepreneurs across the United States. In 2011, Rachel returned to her hometown of Kansas City after having lived in San Francisco and New York City since the mid-1990’s, where she enjoyed a career as an executive assistant to CEO’s in a variety of industries, including hospitality, higher education, and city government.

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Kasie Becker is the executive office assistant at The H & R Block Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, Kasie worked in administration at the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING and the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research in Los Angeles, California. Earlier in her career, she worked for a media technology startup as a public relations manager. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Kasie lived in San Diego and Los Angeles for a decade before to moving to Kansas City.

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Destiny Lindquist is the grants assistant at The H & R Block Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2020, Destiny was a billing and customer service associate at Baisch and Skinner, Inc., a wholesale florist located in North Kansas City. Prior to that, she was an assistant manager at the Cinemark Theaters on the Country Club Plaza, responsible for hiring, training, and scheduling associates. Destiny currently holds volunteer positions as an office assistant for After the Harvest and a data management intern at Pionero Philanthropy.

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