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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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Spotlight On Centurions – Ryan Gray

Through his childhood and early adult life, Ryan Gray was constantly a man on the move. He estimates that he has moved around the country 20 times. Education? Northwest Missouri State for his bachelor’s degree, the University of Florida for his master’s degree and additional study in marketing and economics at Zuyd University in the […]

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Inclusion Connections – PawsAbilities

If you’re looking for gifts for your furry friends, look no further than items made by members of Inclusion Connections, a non profit that provides social, educational and employment opportunities for young people with developmental disabilities. One of the organization’s programs is PawsAbilities, a job skills training and placement program for individuals with disabilities in […]

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2018 Class of Rising Star Ryan Shriver

Ryan Shriver is a producer in the commercial insurance division at Haas and Wilkerson Insurance and has more than 13 years of experience in the industry. In addition to his day-to-day sales responsibilities, Ryan’s clients represent non-profit, human services and professional organizations, and he focuses on providing risk management to them. He enjoys serving on […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Caroline Heckman

Caroline Heckman is a valued volunteer with Girls on the Run – and she is making sure the next generation will be involved. Her daughter, Jocelyn Heckman, is on the Union Chapel Elementary School team that Caroline coaches. Caroline ensures that girls at the school, and throughout the Kansas City area, have the opportunity to […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Morgan Franklin

Morgan Franklin is the senior business development officer and manager of marketing and communications at the Economic Development Corporation Kansas City. A native of Blue Springs, Missouri, Morgan is a graduate of the University of Missouri. She is a member of Centurions Spring Class of 2020. Morgan enjoys volunteering with Uplift, Giving the Basics and […]

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