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Life Unlimited – Hats Off to Mothers

The 17th annual Hats Off to Mothers will be held on May 5th at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Ellen Merriman will be the chairman, and John Holt will serve as emcee. Six outstanding mothers will be honored for their remarkable ability to balance family life, personal achievement, and service to our community. This year’s […]

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The Independent’s 2020 Class of Rising Stars

  Ruth J. Brackney, Partner/Attorney, Lathrop GPM “A consummate giver of her time and resources, Ruth enjoys contributing to many local causes and charities. She is a board member with Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City and a volunteer with Wayside Waifs no-kill animal shelter. Ruth was a board member from 2016 to 2019 at […]

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Cheers To Volunteers! – Saber Hossinei

The charges were dropped – but being wrongfully accused of a crime was enough to make Saber Hossinei decide to become a lawyer. He began volunteering with the Midwest Innocence Project, which reviews cases in which justice may not have been done. The work was important enough to Saber that a three-hour commute each way […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Kamera Meaney

Kamera Meaney is the special programs manager for Truman Medical Centers. She is a member of the Centurions Fall Class of 2020. Kamera has served as programming chairman for the annual retreat and as co-chairman of the Healthcare Task Force, in addition to being a member of the curriculum committee. She earned a bachelor’s degree […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Jenny Stasi

Jenny Stasi is a St. Louis, Missouri, native who graduated from Indiana University. (Go, Hoosiers!) Her happiest times are spent with with her husband, Mike Stasi, their daughters, Kennedy and Peyton, and their yellow lab, Wrigley. She is a senior public relations strategist at Trozzolo Communications Group. As a member of the Centurions Fall Class […]

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2019 Class of Rising Stars Marc Shaffer

Marc Shaffer is a principal at Searcy Financial Services. He specializes in helping his clients and their families achieve continuity in their financial planning through generations and achieve their vision by encouraging goal setting and active monitoring of their financial plans. He spends countless hours outside of work volunteering and fundraising. Marc is very passionate […]

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Philanthropy Matters – Molly Moody

Molly Moody has been the special events manager for Wayside Waifs since 2017. Wayside Waifs is Kansas City’s largest no-kill animal shelter, working tirelessly to find homes for more than 6,200 abandoned, abused, and homeless pets annually. Molly oversees the organization’s two major fundraisers, Fur Ball Gala and Strutt With Your Mutt Walk/Run, with a […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Sylvya Stevenson

As a member of the Centurions Fall Class of 2020, Sylvya Stevenson recently served as co-chairman of the October Task Force on Government. Sylvya is an IT master budget analyst with Criterion Systems. She graduated with distinction from the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where she earned a dual bachelor of arts degree in political science […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Nancy Curran

Nancy Curran earned a bachelor of arts degree in supply chain management from Michigan State University. Her title at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City is senior strategic sourcing specialist. Nancy is a member of the Centurions Fall Class of 2020. During her first year as a Centurion, she was a member of […]

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