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Meet the Philanthropy Team

Meet the Philanthropy team


The Children’s Mercy Philanthropy team loves connecting with community friends and supporters like you!

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 staff 

Shanelle Varone, CFRE
Sr Admin Dir - Philanthropy

Allison Abplanalp
Dir, Philanthropic Events

Laura Barber
Database Coordinator

Megan (Stock) Boos
Asst Dir, Philanthropic Events

Kelsey Boyd
Office Coordinator

Michelle Brownlee
Asst Dir, Prospect Development

Lynne Chiu
Sr Mgr, Philanthropic Digital Comms

Rande Couch, MHA
Onboarding Coordinator - Volunteer & Guest Svcs

Cyndi Cusick, MA Mgmt
Mgr, Philanthropic Gift Admin & Steward

Andrew Dozier
Mgr, Philanthropic Giving

Drew Elliott
Asst Dir, Philanthropic Annual Giving

Jennifer Everett-MaGee
Sr Mgr, Regional Philanthropic Giving

Katherine Gard
Office Coord

Ruth Gardner
Mgr, Corporate Philanthropic Giving

Andrew Garton, MBA
Asst Dir, Philanthropic Giving

Camille Grewing
Project RISE Guest Services Assistant

Mark Haas
Asst Dir, Philanthropic Giving

Gracie Hastings
Coordinator of Community Engagement and Events

Sylvia Hernandez, MSW
Mgr, Vol & Guest Svcs Outreach

Mary Heinrich
Dir, Philanthropic Donor Strat & Comms

Krista Hurd
Mgr, Leadership Giving

Vernon Jones Carr
Administrative Assistant I

Nicki Johnson, CCLS
Dir, Philanthropic Volunteer & Guest Svcs

Sara Kincaid, MA
Mgr, Philanthropic Communications

Jim Klasinski
Mgr, Philanthropic Prospect Research

Kelly Kommers, CCLS
Asst Dir, Volunteer Services

Kristin Littrell
Asst Dir, Philanthropic Comm and Eng

David Logan
Asst Dir, Phil Analytics, Pol and Rpt

Erica Logan
Sr Mgr, Philanthropic Comm Eng

Desiree Long
Sr Mgr, Phil Foundation Giving

Ashley Lopez
Mgr, Philanthropic Events

Malinda Maddox
Mgr, Philanthropic Database

Katie Mahr
Exec Secretary to Sr Vice President

Kate Maxcy
Mgr, Phil Digital Communications

Vanessa Meriwether
Office Coord

Kate Migneron
Dir, Philanthropic Giving

Sheila Montgomery, CFRE, GPC
Dir, Phil Foundation Giving

Morgan A. Moravec
Asst Dir, Donor Engag Recognition

Stacey Million
Sr Mgr, Philanthropic Giving

Shelly Nicoll
Mgr, Office

Bill Riek, CFRE
Sr Mgr, Philanthropic Giving

Gregg Rosenboom
In-Kind Giving Coordinator

Ramona Rosson
Manager of Philanthropic Gift Administration

Mary Russell
Volunteer and Guest Services Prog Coord

Jane Schrader
Mgr, Philanthropic Comm Eng

Elisa Shields
Sr Mgr, Philanthropic Communications

Tara Smyth
Mgr, Philanthropic Signature Events

Shannon Stone
Dir, Philanthropic Operations

Bailey Stout
Donor Engagement and Recognition Coord

Amanda Swanson, MPA
Manager of Regional Philanthropic Giving

Lisa Take, BS
Mgr, Guest Services

Jasmine Thompson
Mgr, Donor Engagement and Recognition Events

Philip Watson
Dir, Gift Planning

Liz Wilkin
Manager, Annual Giving Audiences

Mackenzie Winn
Philanthropic Gift Processor I

Darlus Wolff
Philanthropic Gift Processor II

Molly Wright
Senior Coordinator of Philanthropic Gift Planning