Loar is a lifelong resident of Kansas City, having lived in the Northland for more than 40 years. She has been a public sector employee, a senior level private sector executive, and community organizer; however, it is her job as a mother and grandmother that drives her to be an advocate for change.
A graduate of Park University, Teresa served two terms on the North Kansas City School Board of Education, serving one year as President. She then served two terms as a City Councilmember with the City of Kansas City, Missouri. During her two terms, 1995 through 2003, Teresa assisted in managing the City’s $1 billion dollar budget, helping to balance it every year. Her standing committee assignments were the Aviation Committee, where she oversaw the $200M renovation of KCI. She also served on the Neighborhood and Community Service Committee, where one of her greatest achievements was the formation of Northland Neighborhoods Inc., a community development corporation that focuses on economic stabilization and prosperity in the neighborhoods.
During her previous tenure as City Councilwoman, Teresa was appointed to the Operations Committee for City Infrastructure, the Public Safety Facilities Committee, and the Streetlight Oversight Committee. She was also on the forefront of the downtown revitalization serving on the Power and Light District Oversight Committee.
After her public service, Teresa joined Black and Veatch Engineering in 2001 and Tetra Tech in 2007. At Black and Veatch, Teresa acted as a Business Development and Government Relations Manager targeting projects for public works and transportation facilities for capital improvements. In addition, Teresa handled communications between the company, its clients, and municipal as well as the federal government.
In 2011, her time at Tetra Tech was marked by her opportunity to support efforts in Afghanistan. She spent two years in Afghanistan. As a Senior-Level Communications Specialist and as a MIS Manager/Technical Writer, she developed materials in support of the USAID Office of Infrastructure, and the Afghanistan Engineering Support Program (OIEE/AESP) in the Kabul office. She coordinated tasks with the U.S. home office support staff and distributed written material. Prior to her assignment in Afghanistan, Teresa served Tetra Tech as the Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, where she managed all political and public affairs activities for the company.
Teresa is a proud mother of two children and two wonderful grandchildren in the Kansas City area. While still being active in many local and regional organizations and community groups, during her free time she watches her granddaughter, Alli, in area musicals and plays and roots for her grandson, Wyatt, during his Little League games. Her son is a sergeant with the Kansas City, MO Police Department and her daughter-in-law a paramedic with KCFD. Her daughter runs her own successful, local small business. Teresa loves her Chiefs and Royals and is a huge sports fan. Teresa is an animal lover and usually has a number of “house guests” along with her own brood.