Transition of Power: The Kansas City Keys Announce First Female President of the Organization, LaToya Valerio

After 28 years as president of the Kansas City Keys, Harrel Johnson, is succeed by the board’s first female president, LaToya Valerio.

October 14, 2017


The Kansas City Keys Community Council, Inc. is proud to announce their new president LaToya Valerio. Valerio, 29, is a former basketball player for the University of Louisville, earned her Master’s degree from the Lipscomb University in Education, teacher at Gladstone Elementary in Kansas City Public Schools District, coach, wife and mother. “LaToya represents the third generation of Johnsons giving to the greater KC community”, says Harrel Johnson. “We are excited for her leadership.”


As a board member, LaToya, established and headed the Danny Williams’ Scholarship Fund that supports graduating seniors with book scholarships. The fund is to honor the Keys’ late board member Danny Williams. This past spring, the Keys selected eight scholars to receive the award.

“It is such an honor to head an organization that has so much history and prestige in Kansas City”, says LaToya.  “As President, I plan to continue the great legacy, my grandfather and father have set, while moving the program forward and reaching new heights.”   “In the words of John F. Kennedy, “It is time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won.”’

LaToya became president as of October 4, 2017. New board members to the Kansas City Keys are Ashley Cato and Tekoyia Trice.

For more information about the Kansas City Keys and the Danny Williams Scholarship Fund, contact a member of the Keys at:

Kansas City Keys

P.O. BOX 270257

Kansas City, MO 64127