Lance and Sonya Harshbarger, proud homeowners at 611 E. 46th Street.
Charlie and Savannah at 711 Emanuel Cleaver
New super cool cat and his owner move to the neighborhood at 532 Pierce Ave.
Jen and Derek Elder moved in at 4700 Rockhill Rd.
Our neighbors Jamie Cumby and Saskia Nislow at 703 Emanuel Cleaver will soon be moving back to New York after two years in Kansas City.
Let me tell you about a couple of young kids working at Houston’s on the Plaza. One night after working the late shift, they shared Houston’s famous apple walnut cobbler and talked until the wee hours of the morning…. six months later they were married.
For two decades, Sonya dedicated herself to raising their three daughters. Sonya always wanted to be a Mom first. While her early days had her doing catering with her sister, the girls took top concern. Recognizing Sonya’s love of cooking, her three daughters directed her to start “Sugar Babies Bakery,” where they made hand- crafted desserts sold throughout the metro. Liv (25) lives in Brookside and works at the Red Door Grill, she graduated UMKC in Education. Caroline (22) is a senior at the United States Air Force Academy, where she will graduate in June as a 2nd Lieutenant. Julia (20) currently lives in Burbank with her fiancé and will soon be moving to Kansas City. A wedding is being planned at Lance and Sonya’s home on October 7th.
Lance is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) for the past 25 years. He is completing his first year as a Rockhill Homes Association Board member. Sonya is getting back into classes with friends and is in the process of making French macrons. Sonya welcomes all.
When it comes to special interests and hobbies, both are avid music enthusiasts, and are frequent guests at The Black Dolphin and The Phoenix. They have an extensive vinyl collection of Jazz and Blues. Lance’s hobby of playing bass guitar, which he has been doing since high school, allows him to sit in for a set or two when called upon. Sonya currently works at Wilson Lighting as a consultant, and is an active member of the Master Gardener Program Missouri Chapter.
For years Lance and Sonya would visit the Nelson, and each time Sonya requested a drive through the Rockhill Neighborhood dreaming of one day restoring an old historic home. Today Sonya’s dream has come true, as she and Lance have been doing just that.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Lance and Sonya!
Charlie Burt and Savannah Niemeyer are both lifelong residents of Kanas City. When they decided to buy their first home together, they both wanted to find an older house with a lot of character. Rockhill checked all the boxes on their list. When 711 Emanuel Cleaver hit the market they pounced on the opportunity. With a little luck and strong guidance from their friend and realtor, they found their dream home.
Burt and Savannah are two very talented professionals. Savannah has an associate degree in graphic design from Valley where she studied web development and user experience design. Charlie on the other hand holds a BFA in Print, Paper and Book Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Savannah currently works as a Product Designer for FanThreeSixty, a local tech startup primarily focused on developing apps for sports teams. Charlie is a full-time designer specializing in brand design, restaurant and bar menu system development and most recently, lettering and calligraphy.
Savannah is a life-long runner, completing numerous half marathons and 10ks, with aspirations to complete a full marathon. In her spare time she enjoys playing chess and taking care of too many plants. You can find her in the evening hanging on the back deck with a good cocktail. Charlie spends a good chunk of his time addled with minor injuries picked up at the various city rock climbing gyms. He enjoys playing recreational soccer, collecting records, contacting UFO’s with his synthesizers and reading long fantasy epics.
Love of Travel brings them together to new places try to do at least one international trip a year.
Currently, their household is run by 3 indoor cats, Phoebe, the 17-year-old Matriarch who keeps a watchful eye on Sharkey and Crispin, 8-year-old tomcats. To say the least they run the house and their favorite activity is catching treats thrown across the room.
Charlie and Savannah have spent twelve years together and two years of being engaged. They plan on getting married this September in Theis Park, further cementing the Rockhill neighborhood into their continuing legacy. Welcome!
Years ago Tom Winter rented a home where the Kauffman Foundation is now located. When he left that home, he hoped to one day return and buy a home on Pierce Avenue. About a year ago that wish came true when he purchased 532 Pierce Avenue from Karen Moninger. Tom shares his home with his cat, Sox, a 10-year-old Tabby.
Tom was born in Waterloo, Iowa. His parents moved the family to Kansas City when Tom was in the first grade. Tom graduated from UMKC with a BA in English Literature and in Philosophy. He has worked in various Information Technology jobs and spent 33 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Since retiring recently, Tom keeps himself occupied volunteering with various institutions such as The Rabbit Hole, the KC Parks Department and the World War One Museum, to name a few. Tom has been applying his technology by revamping the RHA website with Lisa Hickok.
Tom has two great kids, Amilia (31), an English teacher at the KC Arts Academy and Joshua (28), a cook.Tom is looking forward to retirement, staying active, supporting the neighborhood and surrounding institutions. Welcome to the neighborhood, Tom!
Jen and Derek Elder moved in at 4700 Rockhill Rd in the summer of 2021. The Elders became Kansas Citians after Derek was transferred here. They relocated to Kansas City, from North Carolina which was close to Jen’s family. Derek’s family lives in central Illinois. They met in January of 2002 in Russian class at the University of Illinois. Jen inadvertently gave Derek her phone number during a class exercise not thinking he might call. Derek played rugby at U of I, and occasionally still practices with the Kansas City Blues. Since moving to KC Jen has become a diehard Chiefs fan and both are loyal Cubs fans.
Derek is an Army officer stationed at Fort Leavenworth. Jen works from home where she directs the Federal Government’s Homeless and Housing Resource Center for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Soon after moving into the Crossroads District the Elders began exploring the metro area and were awestruck by the history and feel of the Rockhill Neighborhood. Rockhill stood out in contrast to many other parts of the city. They have really enjoyed meeting such a great collection of residents and a neighborhood with a real sense of community.
Jen and Derek enjoy the performing arts at the KC Rep, the Kauffman and the Music Hall.
Welcome Jen and Derek we are happy to have as a part of our unique community!
1) Jackson County Property Tax Relief for Seniors - see Residents Page, News Blog, for more information.
2) Plaza Art Fair & PeaceworksKC Art Fair, this weekend, see RHA Events Page.
3) Photos of Plaza 10K run: Sept. 10th, see RHA Events Page
4) City Legislation passes which will likely affect Cleaver II Blvd, see on Home page below.
5) Info. on City Action on Short Term Rentals on the KC Govt. Page.