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Melody Rayl

JCCC Trustee Melody Rayle

Melody Rayl is the current JCCC Board of Trustees Chair. She has served as a trustee from 2008 to 2013 and from 2023 to the present. A distinguished member of the board, Melody embodies a steadfast commitment to educational excellence and community advancement. With a background rooted in service and leadership, she brings a wealth of experience to her role, advocating tirelessly for the needs and aspirations of students and faculty alike.

Melody has worn a number of hats over the years—military veteran, law enforcement officer, community volunteer, international peacekeeper in postwar Bosnia, Police Academy instructor, associate professor of criminal justice, practicing attorney, and mother of three amazing children.

Deeply rooted in the Kansas City area, Melody earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Park University, a master's in criminal justice from Washburn University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law. Perhaps most importantly, she is a graduate of JCCC—and will always be a Cavalier.

Through her dedicated service, Melody continues to make an impact by enriching the lives of countless individuals and leaving a legacy of progress and empowerment in Johnson County and beyond.

Liz Hernandez

Liz Hernandex

As we celebrate the achievements of our graduates, we are proud to feature Liz Hernandez as the student speaker for the 2024 Commencement Ceremony. Liz's academic journey began at JCCC in the Fall of 2021. She graduates this spring with a degree in liberal arts. As an international student from Honduras, her story is a testament to the power of perseverance and pursuit of education.

Liz's time at JCCC has been distinguished by her active participation and leadership roles, including serving as a Student Life Ambassador and parliamentarian in the Student Senate, for which she also chaired the Rules & Conduct Committee. These roles have allowed her to make significant contributions to the JCCC community while providing invaluable experiences outside the classroom. In addition to her leadership on campus, Liz has had the privilege of meeting and working with incredible individuals who have made a significant impact on her life.

This fall, Liz will continue her education at Park University, majoring in business analytics. Her JCCC experience has prepared her well for this next chapter, where she will – no doubt – continue to excel and make her mark.