Mayor & Council

Melanie Hepperly (Mayor)

Term Expires December 2025
Mayor Melanie Hepperly

Phone: (913) 403-9269

Melanie is a retired CPA with a 44-year business career in the Kansas City metro area. She retired from Sosland Publishing Company in 2016 as Vice President and CFO, a position she held the entire 31 years of employment with the company. She currently serves on the Kansas/Missouri Regional Board of Thrivent Financial Services, a Fortune 500 company. Since her election to that Board in 2015, she has served as Executive Chair of the Board. She is also currently serving on the Advisory Council of Wayside Waifs. Her past community service includes Chairman and Treasurer of Wayside Waifs Board of Directors, United Way Regional Coordinator, Chairman and Treasurer of the YWCA Board of Directors and a CASA volunteer. She also had served in leadership roles for many years for Atonement Lutheran Church. 

Mayor Hepperly was first elected to the Fairway City Council in 2009 and served two four-year terms before being elected Mayor. During those eight years, she served as the City Council President (7 Years), the Finance Committee Chair (8 years) and also served on the Administration Committee, the Parks & Recreation Committee, and the Public Works Committee.


Kelly-Ann Buszek (Councilmember Ward 1)

Term Expires December 2025 


Phone: (913) 340-5458

Education: University of Massachusetts (Music Education); Boston Conservatory at Berklee (Musical Theater and Performance); B. S., Animal Sciences, College of Agriculture, Kansas State University.

Professional Background: Councilwoman Buszek is a Grant Coordinator, Office of Research, University of Kansas. Prior to her current position, Kelly-Ann held various appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, including Assistant Director of Medical Education (Integrated Administrative Support Core), and other positions in various departments and medical education programs. 

Political Background: Councilwoman Buszek was first elected to the City Council in 2017. She currently serves on the Administration & Finance Committee, Police Committee, and the Tree Board. Previously Kelly-Ann served on the Public Works, Administration, and Parks and Recreation Committees.

Personal: Councilwoman Buszek and her husband Dr. Keith Buszek have lived in Fairway since 2003. She and her husband are active in various American Kennel Club and Therapy Dog International programs by making visits to hospitals, nursing homes (especially to Alzheimer’s and dementia specialized care centers), rehabilitation facilities, schools and universities throughout the Kansas City area with their certified therapy Labrador retriever Scout. Kelly-Ann enjoys singing, musical theater, reading, traveling, ballet, concerts; Royals, Chiefs, KC Sporting, K-State/KU athletics.


 Lee Story (Councilmember Ward 1)

Term Expires December 2027

 Lee Story


Phone: (913) 733-1554 

Education: B.S. Finance & Marketing, University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce 

Professional: Owner, Route 40 Inc. – Consumer Packaged Goods consulting helping small and medium sized startup companies develop & launch new products and brands into the national and international retail marketplace.

Political Background: Councilman Story was elected to the City Council in November 2023 and sworn into office at the City Council Meeting on December 11, 2023.

Personal: Councilman Story and his wife, Julianne, have lived in Fairway since 2005 and have one daughter, Emily. His interests include reading, writing, crossword puzzles, and old movies. Lee is dedicated to serving the interests of Ward 1 and the entire Fairway community, particularly emphasizing community engagement, transparency, and responsiveness.


Dan Bailey (Councilmember Ward 2)

Term Expires December 2025


Phone: (816) 377-5628

Education: University of Missouri - Rolla  B. S., Geological Engineering, M. S., Engineering Management

Professional Background: Councilman Bailey is the Director of Engineered Projects at Cogent, Inc. in Riverside, MO.  Cogent provides pumping and process equipment solutions in the industrial, municipal, commercial building trades, oil and gas markets.  Bailey has previously had roles including Vice-President and President of regional brands at Cogent and was an owner of the company prior to switching to a 100% employee owned ESOP in 2020.

Political Background: Councilman Bailey was first elected to the City Council in November of 2017. He was re-elected to his second term in November of 2021. He currently serves on the Administration & Finance, Police, and Public Works Committees where he was appointed the stormwater chair. 

Personal: Councilwoman Bailey and his wife Wendy Bailey have lived in Fairway since 2010 and have two daughters. Bailey is the President-Elect of the Missouri University of Science and Technology Alumni Board of Directors and also serves on the Universities' Board of Trustees.  Bailey was previously Vice-President of the Kansas City Corporate Challenge. Dan is an avid recreational runner and also collects Regionalist art, often loaning out pieces to local museums.

Councilman Bailey was first elected to the City Council in November of 2017. He was re-elected to his second term in November of 2021. He currently serves on the Administration & Finance, Police, and Public Works Committees. 


Jerry Williams  (Councilmember Ward 2)

Term Expires December 2027

Jerry Williams


Phone: 720-234-5850

Education: Texas Southern University - BS Chemistry 1984, Rice University - BS Chemical Engineering 1984, and The University of Texas at Austin - MBA 1988.

Professional Background: Councilman Williams is a 30+ year executive at T-Mobile where past roles included Global Care Operations and Value Creation, Staff Operations / Office of the CEO, and Collections Operations.  Williams is planning to retire in early 2024 and is currently working in a part-time role as a DE&I practice manager.

Political Background: Councilman Williams was elected to the City Council in November of 2023.  Committee assignments TBD.

Personal: Councilman Williams and his wife Debbie Williams have lived in Fairway since 2012 and have two sons, Jeremy and Jordan.  Williams currently serves on several boards including The Ewing Marion Kauffman School (Board Chair), Swope Health, The Menorah Heritage Foundation, and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey.  Jerry enjoys getting out in the community and can often be seen on his daily 3-mile walks.  


Joseph Levin (Councilmember Ward 3)

Term Expires December 2027


Phone: (913) 515-7484

Education: Engineering Physics Cornell University 1957-1958, B.A. Mathematics St. Ambrose College 1958-1961

Professional: Retired from Employers Reinsurance Corporation as Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary after 28 years there. Major responsibilities included Long Range Planning and Mergers and Acquisitions. Prior to that spent two years as Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance. Began career working as actuarial assistant for two large insurance companies in Illinois. Is a member of the Casualty Actuarial Society, the American Academy of Actuaries and the International Actuarial Association.

Political: Served three years as Treasurer for the City of Fairway. Currently, Councilman Levin is entering his third term as Councilman. He currently serves on the Administration & Finance, Public Works, and Police Committees.

Personal: Married to Suzanne Aron and have six children and four grandchildren. Have been a resident of Fairway for over 39 years at the same address. Have served as Trustee for Baker University and on the Board of William Henry Insurance, a subsidiary of J. E. Dunn Construction Co. Both my wife and I are involved with the Kansas City Art Institute, Nelson-Atkins Gallery and various art and non-profit organizations in the Kansas City Area. Hobbies include golf, photography, and crossword puzzles.


David Watkins (Councilmember Ward 3)

Term Expires December 2025



Phone: (816) 410-4666

Education: University of Kansas (B.S. in Business Administration in 1981; J.D. in 1984)        

Professional Background: Swanson Bernard, LLC

Political Background: Councilman Watkins was first elected to the City Council in 2013. He was re-elected to his third term in November of 2021. Currently, Councilman Watkins serves on the Administration & Finance Committee, Police Committee, and Tree Board. 

Organizational Memberships:  

  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital Planned Giving Council
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
  • ALS Association – Mid-America Chapter

Personal: Councilman Watkins has lived in Fairway for over 30 years. He and his wife Janet have three children; Andrew, Christopher and Catherine. His interests include golf, reading, walking the dogs, and watching KU football and basketball. Many of his other interests are centered around his children’s activities.


Jenna Brofsky (Councilmember Ward 4)

Term Expires December 2027
 Jenna Brofsky


Phone: (816) 289-6529

Education: B.A.  Brandeis University
                    J.D.  The George Washington University Law School 

Professional: Partner at Husch Blackwell LLP, Labor and Employment

Political: Councilwoman Brofsky was elected to the City Council in November 2019 and was sworn into office at the City Council Meeting on December 9, 2019. Councilwoman Brofsky currently serves on the Administration & Finance Committee, Public Works Committee, and Parks and Recreation Committee.

Personal: Councilwoman Brofsky lives with her husband Ethan and their infant son Isaac. She enjoys volunteering in her community and has served in leadership roles with several local non-profits. Councilwoman Brofsky is excited for the opportunity to serve the residents of Ward 4 and is particularly interested in encouraging environmentally sustainable practices in our community and advancing diversity and inclusion efforts.


Tanya Keys (Councilmember Ward 4)

Term Expires December 2025


Phone: (913) 677-4999


  • Bachelors in Social Work, University of Kansas, 1990
  • Master’s in Public Administration, University of Kansas, 2000  

Professional Background:  Councilwoman Keys is Deputy Secretary for the State of Kansas Department for Children and Families. 

Political Background:  Councilwoman Keys was first elected to the City Council in 2013.  She was re-elected to her third term in November of 2021. Currently, Councilwoman Keys serves on the Administration & Finance Committee, Parks & Recreation Committee, and the Tree Board.

Organizational Memberships:

  • Volunteer, Overland Park Arboretum, 2009 to present
  • Volunteer, Great Plains SPCA Shelter, 2013 to present 

Personal: Councilwoman Keys has lived in Fairway for 20 years. She grew up in Johnson County and her parents remain in the Kansas City metro area.  Her brother and his family live in Columbia, Missouri. She lives for gardening season and spends a number of hours planning and nurturing flower beds and buds at her home and the arboretum. Trail or park walking with her puggle Ruger and swimming have her in great spirits year round.