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Spotlight on Centurions – Michael Comer

Michael Comer is a graduate of Kansas State University and a vice president with JE Dunn Construction. He is a member of the Centurions Spring Class of 2020. The May Task Force, of which he was a member, focused on Kansas City’s past and future. He is currently serving as chairman of the legacy committee, […]

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2019 Directors of Philanthropy

In the Directors of Philanthropy issue, The Independent celebrates the remarkable people in Our Town who donate so much of their time and talents to charitable organizations. They make Kansas City a better place to live. Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation To provide support in the greater Kansas City area for crisis related medical assistance, neighborhood […]

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2019 Class of Rising Stars Caitlin O’Byrne Waters

Caitlin O’Byrne Waters’ personal motto is “to help others leave today better than yesterday.” She fearlessly pursues this mission with everything she does, whether it’s helping people live healthier lifestyles or dedicating her time and talents to local organizations. Her main passions are literacy and wellness. Caitlin has been a member of the steering committee […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Eric Munninghoff

As a member of Centurions, Eric Munninghoff has served as a member of the diversity committee, social chairman, member of the “Soil to Supper” Food and Agriculture Task Force, and as a member of the Wildcard Task Force. He is a Kansas City native, who now coaches basketball at Rockhurst High School, his alma mater. […]

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2019 Class of Rising Stars Mark Mattison

Mark Mattison has successfully built a life where his vocation and avocation are almost interchangeable, and the skills he develops at one ultimately benefit the other. He does this effortlessly, with exceptional skill, great enthusiasm, and a genuine spirit of compassion and giving back. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Mark’s first job was […]

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Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri – Holiday Mart Beneficiaries

The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, will host Holiday Mart, its annual shopping event, at Bartle Hall on October 17th through the 20th. This year’s beneficiaries are Amethyst Place, Inclusion Connections, Jewish Family Services, Lazarus Ministries, Shadow Buddies Foundation, Solace House, and Wayside Waifs. C’mon along and listen to the ding, ding, ding of […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Jennifer Vitela

Jennifer Vitela works for the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, where she oversees public programs, special events, visitor services, volunteers, and museum store operations. She graduated from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism. Jennifer earned her juris doctor degree from Loyola Law School. She is a member of the Centurions […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Chantell Garrett

Chantell Garrett loves traveling. The Dillard University graduate (her bachelor’s degree is in marketing and management information systems) returned to her alma mater in 2017 to receive a 40 Under 40 Award. In addition to her duties as manager for diversity, inclusion, and strategic engagement at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Chantell focuses […]

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Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri – Holiday Mart 2019 Special Events Chairman

Sydney Sutherland is the special events chairman for Holiday Mart 2019. The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri’s annual fundraiser is scheduled for October 17th through the 20th at Bartle Hall. The morning of the 17th is the time for Preferential Shopping (which requires a special ticket). Hilarity (or, at least, much merriment) will ensue […]

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