Gregory M. Rieke was born in Shawnee, KS and is a graduate of the University of Kansas where he earned a BA and MBA degress. Father of three adult children and married to Beth DuPont Rieke, Greg was an international and corporate banker for twenty years and a financial executive for twenty two years.. He has dedicated many decades to interfaith dialogue, education and encouragement of youth, and cultural understanding. His family has hosted many exchange students over three decades.
In retirement Greg has remained civically active. Having served on numerous boards and foundations Greg was President of the Kansas City Friends of Jung and served on the advisory board of Old Shawnee Town, Johnson County Museum of History and the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest. He was Area Chairman of the Greater Kansas City American Field Service. Greg was a co-founder and board member of the Frontier Schools, a charter school organization in Kansas City. He co-founded the New Frontier Educational Foundation to assist students with scholarships and mentoring and serves as director and President. Greg is a co- founder and director of KC for Refugees.
We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do. Today we stand on the edge of a New Frontier, a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils-- a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats. The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises--it is a set of challenges.