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Urban Ranger Corps – Urban Rendezvous IX

Urban Ranger Corps’ Urban Rendezvous IX will be held on October 25th at The College Basketball Experience and The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Dr. Kimberly Beatty and Dr. Vince Key will be honored with Urban Ranger Corps’ 2018 Community Service Award. Nicole Jacobs Silvey is serving as the honorary chairman. Also featured in […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang is a member of the Spring 2020 Class of Centurions, where he serves on the recruitment committee and the Wildcard Task Force. His title at Starlight Theatre is development coordinator. Andrew’s home life is centered around his wife, Katherine, and their dog, Carter. Volunteering is an important part of his life. Among the […]

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Cheers to Volunteers! – Libby Irving

Libby Irving is a dedicated volunteer at The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. She also brings her attention to detail and zest for life to the leadership roles she has held on the Friends of the Arboretum Advisory Board and for events such as Stems: A Garden Soirée and Botanical Brewfest. Libby Irving and […]

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2018 Directors of Philanthropy

In the Directors of Philanthropy issue, The Independent celebrates the remarkable people in Our Town who donate so much of their time and talents to charitable organizations. They make Kansas City a better place to live. Wonderscope Children’s Museum To spark a lifelong love of learning through the power of play. Board Members: (Front row) Katie […]

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2018 Class of Rising Star Ryan Shreve

Ryan Shreve is the chief financial officer for Fishtech Group and is a Rising Star, class of 2018. After serving six years on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, he is currently a member of the Ambassador Board. He enjoyed spearheading the agency’s largest annual fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, […]

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Spotlight on Centurions  –  Julie Steenson

Julie Steenson is a member of the Centurions Spring Class of 2020. She serves on the community leadership committee and on the first task force to focus on women in Kansas City. Julie came to Our Town in 2006 as a Cookingham-Noll management fellow. She has continued to work for the City of Kansas City, […]

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2018 Class of Rising Star Shelly Doucet

Shelly Doucet is currently the director of development at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Education. She has both a juris doctorate and a master’s degree in social work, but her passion is serving as a fundraiser for non profits. While Shelly has lived in Our Town, she has been the development director at […]

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Spotlight on Centurions – Solissa Franco-McKay

Solissa Franco-McKay is the alumni relations manager for Kauffman Scholars. She holds two degrees from the University of Missouri–Kansas City: a bachelor of arts degree in middle school education and a master of arts degree in higher education administration. In the past, Solissa worked in higher education and as a middle school teacher. The San […]

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Holiday Mart – Amethyst Place

Women and children is the current focus area of The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri. One of its partners is Amethyst Place, which provides recovery housing. Amethyst Place’s EnCompass program features pairs of mentors who work with women who have children and low incomes. The emphasis is on solving personal and family issues in […]

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