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Spotlight on Centurions – Jen Houston

Jen Houston is a senior vice president and community relations manager for UMB Financial Corporation. As a member of Centurions, Jen is the chairman for the Centurions’ Spring Cohort’s Environmentalism Task Force, and she has served on the steering committee. Jen has a bachelor of journalism degree and a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – The Salvation Army

Sometimes the simple solution is the best one. The Salvation Army relies on a multitude of bell ringers stationed beside their signature red kettles for fundraising. Last year, volunteers spent more than 5,000 hours ringing bells. The sound of the bells draws attention to the kettles, and attracts passersby to donate their change – and […]

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2020 Class of Rising Stars Chuck Cuda

Chuck Cuda is a principal/broker at Opes Commercial Real Estate. He is on the board of trustees of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Mid-America Chapter. Chuck has served as a member of the Light the Night executive leadership committee and was chairman of the event in 2018. Chuck organized his own event, Green Tie Gala, […]

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Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri – Karen Crnkovich

Karen Crnkovich has been a member of the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri for 16 years and is serving as the 2020-21 president. Karen has served on the board of directors for four years and in many other roles, including director of fund development, director of training, board assistant, Holiday Mart co-chairman, and advocacy […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Moe Chizari

Teaching math might not be everyone’s idea of happiness, but for Moe Chizari, it’s exactly what the semi-retired accountant and volunteer loves to do. Moe spends his free time working with Literacy KC’s program, High School Equivalency Test preparedness. Giving back motivates Moe to do the work of teaching, and the joy comes when students, […]

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Fifties Freedom In The Village

If you’re driving by 71st Street and Mission Road in Prairie Village, you’ll notice that there’s a new kid in town. He is part of the sculpture Fifties Freedom In The Village. Brad Johnson wanted to honor his bicycle-riding friends, and E.S. Schubert, who is known as Spencer, created the artwork. Both men graduated from […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Karly Scholl

Karly Scholl is in her second year as a Centurion, where she has served on the Education Task Force and is on the projects committee. This married mother of two earned a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from Iowa State University. She joined CommunityAmerica Credit Union in 2017,  tasked with […]

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Kansas City Young Matrons – Anne Keil

Anne Keil was recently elected president of the Kansas City Young Matrons, where she has been a member since 2013. Anne previously served as admissions chairman, new member chairman, and director of community service for the organization. Anne, and her husband, Bruce, are the parents of two adult children. Kansas City Young Matrons is in […]

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The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri – Holiday Mart

The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri’s Holiday Mart is known as “the mart with heart,” and as such the organization selects beneficiaries as partners for each year’s shopping event. One of the community partners is Solace House. Solace House brings expert care, comfort, guidance, and hope to approximately 2,500 families per year dealing with life-threatening […]

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