Meet the Staff

Jan Olson, Executive Director - 816-813-4758

Jan Olson


Jan Olson started as Executive Director for the Association in February 2013. In this position, he oversees the administrative and operational aspects of the Association, along with providing supervision for the Water Patrol. Prior to accepting a full-time position for the Association, he served on the Board of Directors for 6 years (the last three as President.) He has also served on the Board of Adjustments and the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Lake Lotawana. After starting out as a “Joco” he considers himself lucky to have been married to a “Lake Rat” since 1975. Jan and Belinda have been members since 1999. They have three children (Jenny, Jacob and Madeline) and four grandchildren. All of them living close enough to enjoy the Lake frequently.

Before becoming a “Community Organizer” Jan previously was the General Manager of Family Tree Nursery (a local garden center chain) for 35 years and the co-host of a popular radio talk show “The Gard’n Wise Guys.” He claims to have fallen in love with Lake Lotawana one cold and snowy night in January of 1974 (a long story for another time.) Like most everybody else here, he spends his spare time teaching his grandkids to fish, enjoying the Lake and keeping his boat running & dock maintained. He is proud to be a part of this community and hopes to be able to make a difference here.

Connie Buckley, Water Use Enforcement Board Coordinator - 816-578-4272

Connie Buckley

Connie Buckley


Connie started in the Association office in February 2008. She brings a lot of experience to the front office. She serves as the Water Use Coordinator supporting Ron DesCombes, Water Patrol Supervisor, with executing citations and doing the administration for the Water Use Enforcement Board. She also functions as a member coordinator helping with all of the front office functions. This varies from helping homeowners on the phone or who come into the office, to issuing boat and trailer stickers, to updating insurance records, doing mailings, to educating and enforcing the Rules & Regulations and Deed of Restrictions.

She has been a member of the community since 1981. She lives in R block with Russell VanVactor. They travel in their RV when time allows. She has one adult son, Robert. with one granddaughter and 2 grandsons.

Connie grew up in Kansas City, KS and moved to Independence in 1972. She started her career at Monumental Life Insurance Company and worked up to District Cashier in her 13 years with them. In 1981, she joined Yellow Freight in Jonesboro Arkansas and transferred to their corporate office in Overland Park, KS in 1983 working in claims, customer service and corporate revenue accounting. She retired in January 2008 after 25 years of service. Her experience at Yellow Freight has helped her in her current position.

Greg Rudder, Operations Manager - 816-564-4629

Greg Rudder started at the Association in September 1999 and serves in the capacity of Operations Manager. He is an integral part of keeping our community running smoothly. His long-term experience working at the lake makes him a resident expert of the Rules and Regulations. Greg personally reviews most of the construction building permits, inspects dock changes and inspects new boats to make sure they are legal for our lake. He supervises the Operations crew of 9 who take care of the common areas around the lake and the lake itself.

Ron DesCombes, Water Patrol - 816-564-8250

Ron DesCombes


Ron DeCombes started at the Association in 1987 and serves in the capacity of Water Patrol Supervisor. He is an integral part of keeping our lake safe! He knows all of the rules and regulations and patrols the lake between Memorial Day and Labor Day. He hires, trains and supervises the Water Patrol staff who are usually interns from CMSU criminal justice program. He knows a lot of the homeowners on the lake and helps them out with boating issues when needed.

Ron has lived in the lake community since 1975 and lives in H block. He has 1 son and spends time with his 3 grandchildren. Ron loves to travel to Mexico during the winter month when he isn’t patrolling the lake.

Ron has been very active in the Kansas City area for quite a long time. He was an elementary school teacher in the Kansas City Missouri school district for 30 years, teacher retiring in 2015. He was a member of the Boy Scouts for 35 years and served as Scout Master for troop #251 for 10 years. He has refereed for high school football for 41 years.

Marilee Magerkurth, Office Manager - 816-578-4272

Marilee Magerkurth


Marilee Magerkurth started at the Association in 2017 and served as Database Coordinator before becoming Office Manager in 2020. She has responsibility for the management of the office, the database, as well as the management of the website and our social media presence. She is holds an MBA in Finance as well as the CFA Charter. She came to the Association with varied experience in corporate finance, the U.S. government, and in community volunteerism. She loves getting to know all her neighbors at the Lake, directing the activities of the office, and all things to do with the analytical, detail-oriented work as well as the creativity she gets to use in updating the website and looking for ways to improve the office.

She’s lived full-time at the Lake since 1993 and loves looking at and being in the water, and enjoys supporting her community in her role at the Association. She is married to Fred and has two adult children, Laura and Matt, who grew up at Lotawana.

Association Phone: 816-578-4272
Association Fax: 816-578-4080

Office Hours
Tuesday thru Friday 9am – 4:30pm
Saturday 8am – 12 Noon
Closed Sunday & Monday

janolson@lakelotawana.net – Executive Director

marileemagerkurth@lakelotawana.net – Office Manager

conniebuckley@lakelotawana.net – Water Use Coordinator

patrenfro@lakelotawana.net – Office Staff

info@lakelotwana.net – General Information