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Spotlight On Centurions – Ryan Gray

Through his childhood and early adult life, Ryan Gray was constantly a man on the move. He estimates that he has moved around the country 20 times. Education? Northwest Missouri State for his bachelor’s degree, the University of Florida for his master’s degree and additional study in marketing and economics at Zuyd University in the […]

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Inclusion Connections – PawsAbilities

If you’re looking for gifts for your furry friends, look no further than items made by members of Inclusion Connections, a non profit that provides social, educational and employment opportunities for young people with developmental disabilities. One of the organization’s programs is PawsAbilities, a job skills training and placement program for individuals with disabilities in […]

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2018 Class of Rising Star Ryan Shriver

Ryan Shriver is a producer in the commercial insurance division at Haas and Wilkerson Insurance and has more than 13 years of experience in the industry. In addition to his day-to-day sales responsibilities, Ryan’s clients represent non-profit, human services and professional organizations, and he focuses on providing risk management to them. He enjoys serving on […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Caroline Heckman

Caroline Heckman is a valued volunteer with Girls on the Run – and she is making sure the next generation will be involved. Her daughter, Jocelyn Heckman, is on the Union Chapel Elementary School team that Caroline coaches. Caroline ensures that girls at the school, and throughout the Kansas City area, have the opportunity to […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Morgan Franklin

Morgan Franklin is the senior business development officer and manager of marketing and communications at the Economic Development Corporation Kansas City. A native of Blue Springs, Missouri, Morgan is a graduate of the University of Missouri. She is a member of Centurions Spring Class of 2020. Morgan enjoys volunteering with Uplift, Giving the Basics and […]

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Chelsea Clinton – Start Now! You Can Make a Difference

Author Chelsea Clinton believes children hold the keys to a successful future. In her new children’s book, Start Now! You Can Make a Difference, Chelsea seeks to inspire children with tactical and practical ways they can change the world for the better. On October 16th, Chelsea came to Our Town and spoke about her book […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Alex Callow

Alex Callow is a member of the Centurions Spring Class of 2020. Growing up on the family farm in northwest Missouri, he was encouraged to explore the world. Architecture provided him with opportunities, but he still has ties to the farm. Alex is an architect with Finkle + Williams, and his wife, Lauren, is a […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Ben McAnany

For Ben McAnany, getting ready for a golf tournament doesn’t mean just working on his backswing and practicing putting. For three years, he has served as the golf committee chairman for a tournament that benefits Sheffield Place. Ben works with other dedicated volunteers and makes the process fun. Each year, the event has raised more […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Derek Klaus

Derek Klaus graduated from the William Allen White School of Journalism at The University of Kansas in 2006. He is director of communications with Visit KC. As a member of Centurions Spring Class of 2020, Derek is a member of the social committee and the Trip Task Force – this year, the destination is Salt […]

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