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Meet the Philanthropy Team

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The Children’s Mercy Philanthropy team loves connecting with community friends and supporters like you. Contact us today to learn more about how you can get involved and provide critically needed support for our world-class hospital. Our friendly team members will make your experience meaningful.

We’re here for you. Meet the team and find the right person to answer your questions.

Jenea Oliver, PhD

Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Why do you love Children’s Mercy?

"There are so many reasons, but it boils down to the fact that our medical team makes kids feel better. How can you not love that? As my children say when they feel really bad, 'Mom, will you take me to Children’s Mercy? They always make me feel better!' That’s love." — Jenea


Philanthropy department leadership

Allison (Ali) Abplanalp

Managing Director of Philanthropic Community Engagement & Events

(816) 302-0015
asabplanalp@cmh.edu

Nicki Johnson

Director of Volunteer and Guest Services

(816) 802-1197
njohnson2@cmh.edu

Shannon Stone

Managing Director of Philanthropic Operations

(816) 302-0009
sstone@cmh.edu

Shanelle Varone

Senior Administrative Director

(816) 302-0005
sdvarone@cmh.edu

Phil Watson

Managing Director of Philanthropic Gift Planning

(816) 701-4339
pawatson@cmh.edu