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Spotlight on Centurions – Sarah Reape

Sarah Reape, a member of the Centurions Fall Class of 2020, traversed Missouri to end up in Kansas City. This St. Louis native is the regional director of The Literacy Lab, a non profit that places full-time, professional literacy tutors in schools, preschool through third grade, to help struggling readers. Married with two dogs, Sarah […]

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High Aspirations – Mentors Challenge

Barry Sanders, former NFL running back and Hall of Fame inductee, will be the keynote speaker at High Aspirations’ Mentors Challenge. The 10th annual event will be held on November 20th at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Mark Brandmeyer will be honored with the Robert B. Rogers Legacy Award. High Aspirations helps to raise African […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Nancy and Phillip Reicher

Nancy and Phillip Reicher have given 6,000 volunteer hours to the Grand Lady of Twelfth Street, The Folly Theater! Since 1999, these two dedicated theater lovers have been on call for any last-minute requests, and are always on hand for assisting with the Folly Kids’ Series shows. Also featured in the May 30, 2020 issue […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Suzie Carpenter

Suzie Carpenter is a senior project manager at Black & Veatch, where she works in the water and wastewater industry. Suzie is in her second year of the Centurions Leadership Program, where she has volunteered for Starlight Theatre, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, and Giving the Basics. She served on the Centurion Education […]

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2020 Class of Rising Stars Chris Miller

Chris Miller is a commercial insurance advisor at The Miller Group. The company motto is to help clients do what they do best. “I strive to do that every day in my job. I love to help others, a quality derived from my grandpa, Bob Miller. Being in this position allows me to build relationships […]

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Safehome – Write Your Story

August 6th is the date when Safehome will present Write Your Story at Fiorella’s Event Space. Jen Hatmaker is the guest speaker. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You, and the host of the award-winning For the Love Podcast. Also […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – David Kim

David Kim is a partner at Stinson, where his practice focuses on representing clients in business transactions and in equity and debt offerings for emerging growth companies. David and his wife, Jenny, are both very active with the Angel Board of The Children’s Place, Harvesters, and the Community Supplemental Food Program. David is a member […]

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Johnson County Library Foundation – Library Lets Loose

September 12th is the date for the Johnson County Library Foundation’s Library Lets Loose event. Cindy Wallis-Lage and Kent Lage are the honorary hosts for the party, which will be held at the Central Resource Library in Overland Park. Guests will enjoy libations, tasty fare, music, dancing, and activities. Also featured in the May 2, […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Davin Gordon

Davin Gordon is a member of the Centurions Spring Class of 2021. He has served on the Urban Neighborhoods Task Force and is a member of the recruiting committee. Davin has made a commitment to helping Kansas City’s underserved neighborhoods. As the business development officer for AltCap, he is promoting the catalyst for investment in […]

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Rising Star Reflections – Shelly Doucet

Since being named to The Independent’s Rising Stars, Class of 2017, Shelly Doucet has been extremely busy with her work at the UMKC School of Education, where she is raising scholarship funds for future educators. She completed her service as president of the local Association of Fundraising Professionals and remains on the board as past […]

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Catholic Education Foundation – Gaudeamus

Janet and Darren Lovick will serve as chairmen of the Catholic Education Foundation’s Gaudeamus. The October 24th gala will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center. Proceeds help children in need, ages kindergarten through 12th grade, with scholarships to attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Also featured in the […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Jessica Blubaugh

Jessica Blubaugh is a member of the Centurions Spring Class of 2021. She serves on the steering committee and will step into the role of steering committee chairman in her second year of the program. Jessica is the director of WIN for KC (Women’s Intersport Network). As a division of the Kansas City Sports Commission […]

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2020 Class of Rising Stars Ruth J. Brackney

Ruth J. Brackney may be a partner/attorney with Lathrop GPM, but she spends a lot of her volunteer time supporting causes that involve animals. She is a volunteer with Wayside Waifs, which is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets and is the largest pet adoption campus in Kansas City. Wayside Waifs does not […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – SevenDays-Make a Ripple, Change the World

SevenDays-Make a Ripple, Change the World volunteers are taking a tragedy and turning it into a ripple of inclusion, wholeness, and nurturing, and creating a wave of positive change for the future. Each year, seven days in the spring are designated to a variety of programs and activities focusing on kindness. This year, Virtual SevenDays […]

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Helping Hands at Children’s Mercy

Each April, Children’s Mercy celebrates its incredible volunteers, who serve important roles in a myriad of functions and brighten days for patients and their families. These are just a few of the hundreds of volunteers who allow Children’s Mercy to fulfill its mission of pediatric health care. Stephanie Simpson “Going to the doctor can be […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Kim Gile

Kim Gile is a member of the Centurions Fall Class of 2020, where she has served more than 100 volunteer hours. Kim is the president-elect of KC Downtowners and is past president of Consensus. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international business management from The University of Kansas, and a master’s degree in information science […]

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2020 Class of Rising Stars India M. Williams

India M. Williams is the Director of KIPP Through College at KIPP Endeavor Academy. Her team supports students as they prepare and select the right college and career based on their interests and passions. In May of 2019, the Kansas City native was appointed by United States Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II to the Black/Brown Coalition. […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Audra Clark

Audra Clark is a member of the Centurions Fall Class of 2020. Her involvement has included helping plan the November Education Task Force and serving as co-chairman of the community leadership committee. Audra is the executive director of City Year Kansas City, a non-profit organization that focuses on keeping students in the Kansas City, Missouri, […]

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Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park – Stems: A Garden Soirée

What’s a garden without birds? Or, in this case, Byrds? Anne and Wayne Byrd are the honorary chairmen for Stems: A Garden Soirée, which will be held on June 27th at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Wayne was the founding president of the Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park, which is celebrating […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Becky DeKnight

Being the mother of a sick child who was helped by Children’s Mercy 21 years ago led Becky DeKnight to her current role as a volunteer in the NICU. Her friendly demeanor and smiling face are just what the families need while navigating a medical issue. The staff is dedicated to helping the children, and […]

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Rising Star Reflections – Mark Mattison

Mark Mattison is a member  of The Independent’s Rising Star, Class of 2019. He is the director of major gifts for the UMKC Conservatory. Steering the work of volunteer committees of the Friends of the Conservatory, last year Mark helped set a record fundraising goal of $633,000 for their Crescendo gala. Mark also initiated the […]

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