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Cheers To Volunteers! – Rusty Smith

Rusty Smith has been a volunteer at Wayside Waifs for three years and has been a board member of the organization since 2016. Last year, Rusty and his wife, Martha, were silent auction chairmen for the Fur Ball and this year, they are serving as co-chairmen of the Fur Ball: Woof 66, a journey to […]

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Rising Star Reflections – Jennifer Matney

Jennifer Matney is the senior vice president/director of operational risk management at UMB. She is a Rising Star, Class of 2016. Jennifer is on the ambassador board of Big Brothers Big Sisters and is a Big Sister to Aryn. Jennifer is on the community ambassador board of Firsthand Foundation and is the president-elect for the […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Michelle Goth

Michelle Goth is a member of the Centurions Spring Class of 2020 and serves as the social co-chairman. She is the general manager of Ripple Glass. Michelle volunteers with the homeless community through Uplift and reStart. Michelle and her husband, Craig Goth, have a son, Eli. Additional information in the April 27, 2019 issue of […]

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Spotlight On Centurions – Jessie McKinney

A picture is worth a thousand words: yes, Jessie McKinney loves to travel! That’s just one of the Shook, Hardy & Bacon attorney’s many interests. Jessie is a member of the Centurions Fall Class of 2019, where she is currently the co-chairman of the Kansas City History Task Force and a member of the Issues […]

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Rising Star Reflections – Ryan Shriver

Family life – with his wife, Lindsey, and their children, Kit and Hank – is much savored by Ryan Shriver, a Rising Star, Class of 2018. Ryan was a basketball player at Western Illinois University and Fort Hays State University, prior to beginning his career. In addition to his work at Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, […]

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The Giving Group KC

Ann Walter, who is a realtor with Re/Max Infinity, has always made it her goal to donate $25,000 to local, deserving non profits. Last year, she was at a conference, and two of her friends shared about giving circles that they had started in their respective communities. “I knew this idea would be the perfect […]

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Rising Star Reflection – Dolly Wood

Dolly Wood, 2017 Class of Rising Stars, is an adjunct professor for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Metropolitan Community College. She was a committee member for Champagne & Chocolate in 2018. Event proceeds supported Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care. Dolly also is a sustainer in the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, and was […]

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Spotlight On Centurions – Bradford Hart

Bradford Hart is a member of the Centurions Fall Class of 2019 and is co-chairman of the community leadership committee. He is the senior program officer and safety net co-lead at Health Forward Foundation. Bradford volunteers at Briarwood Elementary School, the Johnson County Drug and Alcohol Commission, and the Kansas City Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity […]

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2019 Class of Rising Stars Jennifer Savner Levinson

Jennifer Savner Levinson is a suicide attempt survivor who works diligently everyday to maintain a healthy quality of life. There is not a day that is not a struggle for her. It is because of her personal experiences that she is passionate about trying to help others, especially young people and their families, who have […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – David Powell

In earlier years, David Powell was a Wildwood camper. He wants other young people in Our Town to have the experiences he enjoyed. David joined the board of Wildwood Outdoor Education Center in 2013. Since then, David has served as board treasurer, secretary, and president. He has provided financial savvy during a time of growth […]

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Spotlight On Centurions – Lauren Palmer

Lauren Palmer is a member of Centurions Fall Class of 2019. She serves on the legacy committee and has been co-chairman of a Task Force on law and justice. Lauren is employed as the director of local government services for the Mid-America Regional Council. She serves on the advisory cabinet of Women United, which is […]

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Rising Star Reflections – Meagan Dowell

This month, Meagan Dowell  is opening her own business, On the Ball, an upscale daycare and boarding center for dogs in The Shops at Prairie Village. This is a big change for Meagan, who is a certified public accountant. Even with a daunting work schedule, the Rising Star, Class of 2017, has always found time […]

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Spotlight On Centurions – Stephanie Meyer

Stephanie Meyer grew up in Wichita, Kansas. From there, she went to Kansas State University, where she earned a dual bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations. Stephanie received her master’s degree in public administration from The University of Kansas. She is employed with DLR Group as an education funding specialist and also is in […]

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Lyric Opera Circle’s Lyric Opera Ball – Honorary Chairmen

Marilyn J. and Kenneth V. Hager met on a blind date. The person who set them up was a good judge of character – they’ve been married for 43 years now. They are serving as the honorary chairmen of the Lyric Opera Circle’s Lyric Opera Ball – For the Love of Opera.  The Hagers are […]

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Rising Star Reflections – Klassie Alcine

Klassie Alcine is a member of the Rising Stars, Class of 2017. She is the director of corporate and community partnerships at The Central Exchange. Klassie is busier than ever helping to make Kansas City a better place to live. She volunteers with American Public Square (APS) to address violence in Kansas City. Klassie served […]

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Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens – Stems: A Garden Soirée

Stems: A Garden Soirée will be held on June 22nd at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Bo and Bill Stueck are the honorary chairmen for the 12th annual event, which is hosted by The Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park. More than 2,000 guests will enjoy cocktails, delicious fare, and music in […]

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Spotlight On Centurions – Mark Nuss

Mark Nuss recently became a director at Summit Equity Group. A 2006 graduate of The University of Kansas School of Business, Mark earned a master’s degree in business administration from the UMKC Bloch School of Business in 2012. Mark is a member of the Centurions Spring Class of 2020. He serves on the social committee […]

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The Independent’s 2019 Class of Rising Stars

André L. Davis Corporate Engagement/Business Development Executive, Built Interior Construction André has been a leader in the community, specifically empowering youth regarding diversity, education, and opportunity. He leverages his corporate network access, his influence, platform, and his voice, to get more people involved in community work he’s chosen to impact. André has been a board member of […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Linda Flake

Linda Flake is a dedicated volunteer at Community LINC. She leads a team of volunteers who prepare apartments for incoming families who are facing homelessness. The new residents will find groceries and other items for their use, all donated by the volunteers. Thank you, Linda, for sharing your time and talents with Community LINC. Linda […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Shannon and Dr. Patrick Lillis

Shannon and Dr. Patrick Lillis were the chairmen of the Catholic Education Foundation’s Gaudeamus event for two years in a row. The hardworking couple recruited volunteers and committee members, coordinated all of the details of the events and hosted dozens of planning sessions in their home. Under Shannon and Patrick’s leadership, the 2017 event raised […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Phi Delta Theta

For several years, members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at The University of Kansas and Missouri Western State University have been dedicated volunteers for the ALS Association Mid-America Chapter. Their work goes beyond raising funds and awareness for the organization – although that’s important, too. They also can be counted on to assist with […]

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