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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
Manager, Data Integrity

Megan (Stock) Boos
Asst Dir, Philanthropic Events

Michelle Brownlee
Asst Dir, Prospect Development

Annie Burcham
Manager of Philanthropic Communications

Lynne Chiu
Sr Mgr, Philanthropic Digital Comms

Rande Couch, MHA
Onboarding Coordinator - Volunteer & Guest Svcs

Rae'Donna Cunningham
Data and Gift Specialist I

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

Stephanie Easley
Mgr, Philanthropic Corporate and Community Volunteerism

Drew Elliott
Asst Dir, Philanthropic Annual Giving

Jason Elliott
Dir, Gift Planning

Brittany Ensley
Office Coordinator

Jennifer Everett-MaGee
Sr Mgr, Regional Philanthropic Giving

Katherine Gard
Office Coord

Andrew Garton, MBA
Asst Dir, Philanthropic Giving

Laurie Goldstein
Mgr, Philanthropic Giving

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

Vernon Jones Carr
Administrative Assistant I

Nicki Johnson, CCLS
Dir, Philanthropic Volunteer & Guest Svcs

Jim Klasinski
Mgr, Philanthropic Prospect Research

Kelly Kommers, CCLS
Asst Dir, Volunteer Services

Wes Kraly
Office Manager - Volunteer Services

Kristin Littrell
Asst Dir, Philanthropic Comm and Eng

David Logan
Asst Dir, Phil Analytics, Pol and Rpt

Desiree Long, MA
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

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

Abigail Newman
Office Coordinator of Constituent Records

Molly Paugh
Sr Mgr, Philanthropic Giving

Jenee Ross
Mgr, Leadership Giving

Ramona Rosson
Manager of Philanthropic Gift Administration

Mary Russell
Volunteer and Guest Services Prog Coord

Jane Almond
Mgr, Philanthropic Comm Eng

Elisa Shields
Sr Mgr, Philanthropic Communications

Tara Smyth
Mgr, Philanthropic Signature Events

Shannon Stone
Dir, Philanthropic Operations

Bailey Stout
Manager of Regional Philanthropic Giving

Amanda Swanson, MPA
Manager of Corporate Philanthropic Giving

Lisa Take, BS
Mgr, Guest Services

Jasmine Thompson
Mgr, Donor Engagement and Recognition Events

Nancy Velder
Data and Gift Specialist I

Liz Wolfe
Manager, Annual Giving Audiences

Darlus Wolff
Philanthropic Gift Processor II

Molly Biscari
Senior Coordinator of Philanthropic Gift Planning

Alex Zavala
Volunteer and Guest Services Program Coordinator