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I ON PHILANTHROPY

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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Cheers to Volunteers! – Janet and Dave Loftus

Janet and Dave Loftus are dedicated volunteers for Growing Futures Early Education Center. Dave is a wealth advisor with Mainstreet Retirement & Investment Center. He contributes to Growing Futures and encourages his family and co-workers to give, too. In 2012, he began to organize donation drives at the Credit Union where his company is located, […]

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Philanthropy Matters – Reid Samuel

Reid Samuel is the annual fund manager for the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, which was founded in 1925 and has its headquarters in Kansas City. His responsibilities include managing direct response, online giving, and sustaining giving programs. In addition, he had a key role in the organization’s first-ever capital campaign, which drew $4.25 […]

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Philanthropy Matters – Karen Massman VanAsdale

As director of corporate relations for the Kansas City Ballet, Karen Massman VanAsdale is excited to connect her dots – a passion for the arts, extensive storytelling and marketing experience, and a lifelong commitment to contributing time, talent, and treasure to causes and organizations that are important to her and the community. According to Karen, […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Dr. Monique Johnston

Dr. Monique Johnston is a member of the Centurions Spring Class of 2020 and is co-chairman of the recruiting committee. Family fun time with Zahra, age six, and Theo, age four, makes her smile. Monique is the director of education programs at the Missouri Humanities Council. She earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate […]

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Philanthropy Matters – April Padgett

April Padgett began her career in development five years ago. She came to Our Town in the summer of 2018. April is director of individual and corporate giving for Vibrant Health, a network of safety net health clinics in Wyandotte County, Kansas. She enjoys interacting with donors and colleagues. “One of the best parts of […]

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