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The Independent’s 2019 Class of Rising Stars







André L. Davis 
Corporate Engagement/Business Development Executive, 
Built Interior Construction







Kathleen Johansen
Senior Communications Strategist,

The University of Kansas Health System







Mark Mattison 
Director of Major Gifts, 
UMKC Foundation 







Caitlin OByrne Waters
Employee Benefits Consultant,







Ben McAnany 
McAnany Construction 







Jennifer Savner Levinson
Community Outreach Facilitator,

SPEAK UP Foundation







Marc Shaffer 
Searcy Financial Services 



Find a full profile on each Rising Star and a list of the
Top Ten Events of 2018 in our February 16th issue. 
Photo Credit: Tom Styrkowicz


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