Senior Fellows

Fredrik Andersson, Indiana University (IUPUI) School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Fredrik O. Andersson is an Assistant Professor at the Indiana University (IUPUI) School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Fredrik’s research sits at the intersection of entrepreneurship, civil society, and nonprofit organization studies. His main scholarly interests include new nonprofit emergence, governance, and capacity building. His most current research considers the entrepreneurial dynamics of the voucher school population in the City of Milwaukee. Fredrik joined the O’Neill School at IUPUI in 2017 from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where he taught and conducted research from 2013 to 2017 with the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management. Fredrik completed an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Public Affairs from the Bloch School of at Management the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Gary D. Baker
Dr. Gary Baker joined the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership in 1998 as a Senior Fellow and Director of Community Building Initiatives, where he invested more than two decades in its development and service to the region’s nonprofit community. But the truth is, Gary had been a partner and leader in the development and work of the Midwest Center long before then. Gary, already a graduate of the Bloch School’s Master of Public Administration Program, became an early leader of what became the Midwest Center in the mid-1980s when he joined a task force led by fellow community leaders, Beth Smith and Chuck Curran, and three members of the Bloch faculty, Dick Heimovics, Bob Herman, and Dean Bill Eddy, to develop a portfolio of activities that would bring the school and the Kansas City nonprofit community much closer together. Gary, then President of Crittenton, was an active nonprofit leader and policy advocate in Kansas City and throughout Missouri, and his executive expertise and extensive networks contributed significantly to the success of these programs. Among them were the series of “Ploughshare Conferences” for nonprofit executives and the Nonprofit Breakfast Forum series. The success of this task force led it to advance a campaign to raise funds to establish the nation’s first endowed professorship in nonprofit leadership – and to the hiring of professor, Dr. Edward Weaver, who worked with them to organize and establish this new nonprofit center. Even when Gary accepted the position of Director of Youth Development with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, he continued to work actively with the Bloch School nonprofit faculty to expand their programming in the nonprofit community including, of course, helping launch its new center, the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. And in 1998, Gary joined the leadership team of the Midwest Center to further develop its leadership programming.

Gary Baker helped grow the capacity and impact of hundreds of nonprofit organizations by facilitating strategy and planning processes and programs, and thousands of individual nonprofit leaders through his mentoring and one-on-one coaching sessions – and his work benefitted the community as he helped develop several new generations of nonprofit and community leaders. Gary taught many popular courses and workshops as a complement to his community building work. Among the most popular was “Strategic Boards with Impact,” a special course Gary team-taught with Beth Smith and, later, with Leawood Mayor and community leader, Peggy Dunn, both seasoned nonprofit board leaders. In these courses Gary would present from the perspective of the nonprofit executive or CEO, while Beth and Peggy would speak from the perspective of the board leader. The lively give-and-take as the instructors challenged each other and the students made for an exceptionally engaging learning experience! There is absolutely no question that Gary Baker’s legacy of excellence has left an indelible imprint on the work and impact of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and the community it serves!

Phyllis Becker, Independent Consultant
Phyllis Becker is a Senior Fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and former Deputy Director of the Missouri Division of Youth Services: Quality Improvements, Leadership & Professional Development. Phyllis’ professional experience includes community assessment and development, training and facilitation, program and curriculum development and consultation in the human and social services arena.
Matthew Beem, Hartsook
Matthew J. Beem, PhD, CFRE is the chairman and CEO of Hartsook, a Kansas City based global fundraising consulting firm. He joined Hartsook in 2001 as executive vice president, has served as CEO since 2011 and became chairman in 2019. During his more than 20 years with Hartsook, Matt has helped thousands of nonprofits in the United States and around the world raise billions of dollars to expand and build facilities, enlarge and create programs and initiate and grow endowments.

Matt chairs the advisory board of the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy in Plymouth, United Kingdom, is an adjunct instructor of organizational behavior in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and is a senior fellow of UMKC’s Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. He has served on the boards of trustees of Avila University in Kansas City and Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa and in multiple local, regional, national and global board and committee roles.

Matt is a featured speaker on fundraising and fundraiser compensation in the United States and abroad. He is the author of Performance-Driven Fundraising: Taking Control of Your Success, co-author of $231 Billion Raised and Counting and author or co-author of multiple academic textbook chapters and journal articles. Matt holds a bachelor of journalism in news editorial from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master of public administration in nonprofit management and doctor of philosophy in organizational behavior and higher education administration from UMKC’s Bloch School of Management and School of Education.

Jamie Berry, Independent Consultant
Jamie Berry is a consultant working in the non-profit and public sectors. An experienced professional, Ms. Berry has held senior executive positions in both the public and private sector in consultative sales, operations, and management. Ms. Berry is an honors graduate of the Executive MBA program at the University of Missouri Kansas City and currently teaches a leadership course in their Master of Public Administration program. Her focus is on helping organizations create infrastructure which supports sustainable growth. Ms. Berry works with Boards and organizational staff on strategic planning and implementation, provides interim Executive Director and short/long term project management services.
Richard Brewster, Nonprofit Leadership
Richard Brewster is the Principal Consultant and sole proprietor of Nonprofit Leadership, a consultancy that provides consulting and training to nonprofits to help them build capacity, scale impact and maintain and enhance their financial health.

Brewster has been Executive Director and is currently on the board of, the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise, whose mission is to help nonprofits make wise economic decisions. For eight years, he developed and delivered trainings across the US for the Foundation Center in nonprofit sustainability, social enterprise and fundraising.

Before arriving in the US, in 2003, Brewster held leadership positions in the nonprofit sector in the UK. For eight years, he was chief executive of Scope, a national disability charity and one of the UK’s largest nonprofits, with revenues of $160 million, 4000 staff and 270 affiliates. As CEO, he oversaw major changes in governance and the development and then renewal of the leadership and staff structure of the organization. Prior to this, he was Director of Marketing at Scope, responsible for all aspects of fundraising and substantial public relations and advocacy activity.

Eugene Dooley, Dooley & Associates
Gene Dooley is a distinguished leader with over 40 years of service in the YMCA movement, including 23 years as Executive Director of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. Upon his retirement in August 2010, Gene established a consulting firm that provides specialized executive coaching in leadership development, strategic alliance analysis and development, operational alignment, succession planning, and transitional leadership planning and assisting with community collaborations and management agreements. Gene fully utilizes his training and expertise as a Certified Executive Coach, and he has convened a rich and diverse network of associates in areas such as architectural design, construction cost analysis, facility assessment, construction owner representation, leadership development, membership development and keynote speaking, to fully serve the needs of his clients.

Known for thinking outside the box, Gene is committed to staff development and fund development, to the importance of collaborations and strategic alliances, and to providing management services to mission driven organizations. Gene brings communities together for the common good of service. During his tenure with the YMCA, community partners placed into operation over $35 million dollars in facilities managed by the YMCA.

Gene’s leadership in Kansas City began in 1987 with an operating budget of $3.1 million dollars and an endowment of $2.3 million. The YMCA of Greater Kansas City had six membership facilities serving five Missouri counties, 18,900 members and 41,230 program participants, and in 1987 provided no child care. When Gene retired in August 2010, the annual operating budget was $47 million and the Y had expanded to include

  • 19 membership facilities across ten counties in both Missouri and Kansas,
  • five early learning centers,
  • 98 before & after school program sites serving six school districts,
  • six Head Start centers,
  • 92,321 members and
  • 347,000 program participants.

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City’s endowment realized a significant increase during Gene’s tenure, which led to the establishment of the YMCA Foundation of Mid America; it now holds a portfolio of $12 million.

While in Kansas City Gene also shared his expertise in nonprofit management. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Rockhurst University for 13 years and a guest presenter for the Masters of Public Administration program at University Missouri-Kansas City and the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

James Doyle, University Health
Jim Doyle has been focused on Strategic Management (Planning and Implementation) for nearly 20 years following a career related to management and accounting. After 10 years at Sprint, Jim turned to the nonprofit sector graduating from the Bloch School of Management with degree in Public Administration in 2010. Since 2010, Jim has worked in several organizations focused on strategic management as well as engaged in various consulting arrangements for Kansas City area nonprofits primarily in the area of business planning and development.

Currently Jim leads performance improvement teams at University Health where he teaches Six Sigma as change management and successfully implements strategic projects. In addition, Jim teaches Strategic Management and Six Sigma in the Avila University Graduate Professional Studies program, and recently embarked on a Public Administration Doctoral program focused on applications of complex system science.

Peggy Dunn, City of Leawood
Peggy has been the mayor of Leawood, Kansas since 1997. Peggy has also been a valued community volunteer leader in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Here are just a few of the organizational governing boards she has served on: United Way of Greater Kansas City, The Salvation Army, The Starlight Theatre, St. Luke’s South Hospital, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Truman Medical Centers, Truman Medical Centers Charitable Foundation, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Union Station, Youth Volunteer Corps,. Peggy and her husband, Terry Dunn, led the metro’s fundraising effort to lure the 2016 Republican National Convention to Kansas City. Dunn was the first chair of the United Way of Greater Kansas City, which was created when Bi-County United Way, Heart of America United Way and United Way of Johnson County merged into one organization in 2007. Married to Terrence P. Dunn and have three sons and a daughter and 14 grandchildren.
Lisa Gioia, Lisa Gioia Nonprofit CPA
As a sole practitioner in the Kansas City area, Lisa A. Gioia, CPA provides accounting and tax consulting services exclusively to not-for-profit organizations. She has developed and presented nationally numerous training courses both for CPAs and members of not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Gioia is a Senior Fellow with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership in the University of Missouri – Kansas City and in this capacity she provides educational services to nonprofit organizations in the Kansas City area. Prior to practicing on her own, Ms. Gioia was a manager in the national accounting and auditing department of a national public accounting firm where she wrote accounting and auditing manuals and developed and taught continuing education courses on a national and local level.

Throughout a career of over 30 years, Ms. Gioia has been active in several community service organizations. She is a long-time United Way volunteer and serves as a finance volunteer to the United Way of Greater Kansas City Certification Committee. In addition, Ms. Gioia has served as Treasurer of the Board and Finance Committee Chair of the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City, as a member of the Finance Council of St. Therese Parish, Parkville, as a member of the Board of Directors of Parkway Montessori School and as a member of the Board of Directors of Arts Alive.

Ms. Gioia is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has served as chair of the Missouri Society of CPAs Not-for-Profit Committee and is licensed in the states of Missouri and New Jersey.

Ms. Gioia graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, French and International Management from Avila College. She has a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Charles M. “Mel” Gray, University of St. Thomas
Mel is Professor Emeritus of Business Economics at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and was long active in the university’s late, great, Center for Nonprofit Management. He continues his commitment to social justice research and teaching as Senior Fellow in the Center for the Common Good.

Prior to joining St. Thomas, Mel was an instructor at Transylvania University, research economist at two different Federal Reserve Banks, co-CEO of a nonprofit community development agency, and staff economist for a Minnesota state agency. He has held visiting or adjunct appointments at Washington University, Macalester College, Central Michigan University, the Universities of Minnesota, North Carolina, British Columbia, and Oslo, and the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business and Eastman School of Music.

He is coauthor of The Economics of Art and Culture (3rd ed. forthcoming), editor and author of The Costs of Crime, and author of Turning On and Tuning In: Media Participation in the Arts, in addition to his numerous articles, book chapters, and cases. He is editor emeritus of Nonprofit Management and Leadership and is working on a book-length manuscript with the working title, Creating Social Value: Theory, Identification, and Measurement.

He is an active member of the American Economic Association and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, and he is past president of the Association for Cultural Economics, International.

Mel’s areas of applied expertise include program planning and evaluation, strategic planning, organizational architecture and governance, social entrepreneurship, and nonprofit pricing.

He holds a B.A. from Hendrix College and an A.M. and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Scott Helm, Ph.D., Children’s Mercy Berry Institute
Scott Helm accepted a position with Children’s Mercy to lead the department of organization development and the growth of their Berry Institute in October 2021. Previously, he had been the director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, director of the Bloch executive MBA, and a professor of practice at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. Scott continues to be involved with the Midwest Center as a Senior Fellow. He has a B.A. in economics from Washington College, a M.P.A. with a concentration in nonprofit management from UMKC, and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in public administration and economics from UMKC.
Christopher Hoyt, UMKC School of Law
Chris Hoyt teaches courses in the areas of federal taxation, business organizations, retirement plans and tax-exempt organizations. Previously, he was with the law firm of Spencer, Fane, Britt and Browne in Kansas City, Mo. He received an undergraduate degree in economics from Northwestern University and dual law and accounting degrees from the University of Wisconsin.

He is currently the chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Lifetime and Testamentary Charitable Gift Planning (Section of Probate and Trust) and serves on the editorial board of Trusts and Estates magazine. He is a frequent speaker at legal and educational programs and has been quoted in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, MONEY Magazine and The Washington Post.

Janine Hron, Center for Public Partnerships and Research at the University of Kansas
Janine Hron is a Midwest Center Senior Fellow and a nonprofit leader with particular expertise in strategic positioning, marketing, formal collaboration, and organizational development. She is currently an associate director of the Center for Public Partnerships and Research at the University of Kansas, focusing on systems-level adaptability, collaboration, and responsiveness among public and private child- and family-serving organizations. Previously, in a 37-year span, Janine has provided executive leadership for nonprofit organizations dedicated to health care, education and children’s social welfare concerns, creating and operating programs with local, regional and national scope.
Jane Lampo, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Jane Lampo, EdD, CFRE is Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences where she has overseen all fundraising and alumni activities since assuming this role in 2014.

Prior to coming to KCU Jane was Managing Director of Planned Giving at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She first came to Children’s Mercy in 1994 as Director of Planned Giving, and over a period of 18 years she helped build the planned giving program to one of the largest among children’s hospitals. At Children’s Mercy, Jane also served as Senior Director of Leadership Gifts and had the responsibility for the major gift program in addition to planned giving program. She also served two years as Vice President of Advancement at Rockhurst University.

A Certified Fund Raising Executive, Jane is an adjunct professor in the UMKC’s Nonprofit Leadership Program teaching classes on major gift and planned gift solicitation. She is an active member and former board member of AFP, the Mid-America Planned Giving Council (recently renamed Mid-America Charitable Gift Planners), CGP (national association of Charitable Gift Planners) and the Kansas City Estate Planning Society. She also serves on the Kansas City Estate Planning Society Symposium committee.

Jane earned a B.A. in French and Education from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and an EdD in
Higher Education Administration, with a focus on philanthropy, from the University of Kansas.

Anthony Luppino, UMKC School of Law
Professor Tony Luppino teaches or co-teaches business, entrepreneurship, and tax courses, including several interdisciplinary entrepreneurship courses relating to for-profit, social and civic entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial practice of law. He also serves as the Law School’s Director of Entrepreneurship Programs and a Senior Fellow with UMKC’s cross-campus Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. In 2017, he was named the inaugural recipient of the University of Missouri System Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award. In 2018, Prof. Luppino received the UM System President’s Faculty Award for Economic Development, and in 2019 the UMKC Trustees Leo E. Morton Community Service Award.

Prof. Luppino’s scholarship and conference presentations focus primarily on legal and policy issues significantly affecting entrepreneurs, and on entrepreneurship education. He was the principal organizer of the Law & Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), and has served for several years as lead editor of the Entrepreneurship Law (EshipLaw) website (http://www.EshipLaw.org) powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. As outgrowths of his work in urban innovation and civic entrepreneurship through the interdisciplinary Law, Technology & Public Policy course, he has become one of UMKC’s principal contacts with the MetroLab Network, and a founder and leader of the Legal Technology Laboratory (see http://www.thelegaltechlab.com).

Before joining the faculty on a full-time basis in 2001, Prof. Luppino practiced law with firms in Boston and in the Kansas City region. His practice included a wide variety of business, tax planning, and transactional work, involving multiple disciplines within the law. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 1979. In 1982, he received his J.D. from Stanford Law School where he served as an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. While in private practice in Boston early in his practice career, he earned his LL.M. degree in Taxation from Boston University, and in 1986 was articles editor of the Boston University Journal of Tax Law.

Diane Marty, Faire Consulting LLC and Rockhurst High School
Diane Marty, EdD, CFRE has enjoyed work as a nonprofit fundraising professional both in-house and as a consultant over the last 25 years. Presently she is the Vice President of Philanthropy & Engagement for Rockhurst High School. When consulting other projects or agencies, her firm (Faire Consulting, LLC) offers specialty expertise in accelerant growth campaigns, change management, and tailored stewardship. Diane also provides C-suite recruitment services to nonprofits from New England to the gulf shore and throughout the Midwest as a Senior Search Consultant with The Moran Company (Leawood, KS). She has been a featured speaker and facilitator throughout the U.S. and in South Africa, India, and Mexico. A longtime adjunct professor at Rockhurst University, she is also a guest professor at Grinnell College (slated again Spring 2023) through the Donald & Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership. Diane received her BA from Grinnell College, a masters of arts & liberal studies from Dartmouth College, and her EdD with an emphasis in Human & Organizational Development from Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University.
Nailah M’Biti
Nailah M’Biti, is the Chief Real Estate Development Officer for the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council and President of Compass Nonprofit Solutions, a consulting firm that focuses on helping organizations build capacity. She has a passion for working with emerging nonprofits and establishing collaborations among community organizations to improve their sustainability. She earned an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Nailah currently resides in Kansas City, MO.
S. Marie McCarther, UMKC School of Education
Dr. Shirley Marie McCarther is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has over 30 years experience in the field of education as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and central office administrator in urban, rural, and suburban school districts across the country.

Dr. McCarther teaches courses in educational administration, foundations, and diversity. Her research agenda focuses on equity and access and embraces narrative studies, ethnography, documentary, and historiography; all giving voice to those long silenced across race, class, and gender boundaries. Dr. McCarther has been published in numerous scholarly journals and presented at national conferences including the American Educational Research Association, American Educational Studies Association, Organization of Educational Historians, and the National Association of Multicultural Education.

William Moore, Independent Consultant
Dr. William Moore is an independent consultant. Bill was the President & CEO of Support Kansas City, Inc. a Kansas City-based nonprofit providing strategy and operations support to more than 170 nonprofits annually. Bill also serves as the Principal of The Strategy Group, a national consulting firm providing strategic guidance and capacity building support to foundations and community-based organizations to be more effective in the communities they serve. Bill’s community service includes Commissioner for the City of Olathe Human Relations Commission focusing on diversity and inclusion in the community and city government. He is a former faculty member at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Auburn University. Bill holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Kansas.
David Oliver, PLX CORP
David Oliver is a partner in PLX CORP – “Plan. Lead. Execute.” – a think tank offering innovation and tools to improve governance, recruitment, accountability, process, visioning, internal controls, risk management, leadership development, and analytics. PLX helps companies diversify and strengthen their boards and implement best practices in board/management relations. Governance is governance, whether the company is for profit or “for purpose” – a term that’s used in place of not for profit.

He has a particular interest in issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, in building a better community in our region.

He is also an attorney with the Kansas City law firm Berkowitz Oliver LLP. The firm does civil and white collar criminal trial work. He chaired the management committee of the firm for thirteen years. He has handled a variety of business disputes on behalf of clients in state and federal courts. He is a trained mediator since lawsuits are not the best way to settle disputes and should be a last resort. He has also has served as a special master in state court.

His civic activities have focused on pediatric health, urban education from early learning through higher education, and the arts. He currently serves as a founding board member of Aligned, a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving education in Kansas and Missouri; board member and board chair of MRIGlobal, an applied scientific and engineering research institute based in Kansas City; board member of William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri; board member and board chair of DeLaSalle Charter High School in Kansas City; advisory board member of Tesseract Ventures LLC, a company based in Kansas City that invents, engineers, licenses, and sells highly specialized 21st century cyber-physical systems to industry 4.0 verticals.; board member and board chair of The Beacon, a bistate Missouri/Kansas non-profit online news venture; board member of the UMKC Trustees; board member of Teach for America – KC; a founding board member of DIBS for Kids; board member of Friends of Alvin Ailey; board member of the Missouri Advisory Board for Educator Preparation in Jefferson City; advisory board member of the Spencer Art Museum at the University of Kansas; advisory board member of the AUP+D Department at UMKC; member of the UMKC Enactus Business Advisory Board; member of the advocacy committee of ArtsKC; member of the advocacy committee of Nonprofit Connect; and advisory board member of Startland, a community building nonprofit activating a thriving and inclusive culture of innovation in Kansas City through stories, experiences and talent.

He is on the board of The Francis Family Foundation; the board of The Cross Foundation; and is a trustee of the Murphy Charitable Fund.

He is an emeritus trustee of Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and was a member of the board and chaired the education committee of The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City.

He is a senior fellow at the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the Bloch School of Management at UMKC. He is an adjunct instructor in the Executive MBA program at the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University.

He is shortstop on the Pitch Perfect Collaborative team that is restoring Satchel Paige’s house at 28th and Prospect in Kansas City, Missouri.

He is a graduate of Haverford College (B.A. with honors in history, elected to Phi Beta Kappa) and Boston University School of Law.

Email: david@plxcorp.com
Mobile: 816-805-4055

David Renz
David Renz is Professor Emeritus of Nonprofit Leadership and Director Emeritus of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, the public service leadership research and development center of the Department of Public Affairs in the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri –Kansas City (UMKC). The center, a key contributor to UMKC’s community engagement mission, serves approximately 3,500 leaders of nonprofit and other public service organizations each year.

An award-winning educator and scholar, David teaches and conducts research on nonprofit and public service leadership, especially nonprofit governance and board effectiveness. His current research focuses on governance and management in networks and socially-entrepreneurial organizations. Recently, David was honored with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas City nonprofit association, Nonprofit Connect; in 2017 he was recognized with the “Distinguished Achievement in Leadership and Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award” from the international scholar association, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

David serves public service organizations in many capacities, including consulting and service on councils, task forces, and governing boards. David has worked with more than 160 boards, commissions, and networks in the past two decades. Among other initiatives, he helped found the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (a network of university-based nonprofit centers) and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

David writes frequently for both the academic and practice communities and, with his colleagues and coauthors, has produced more than 155 chapters, reports, and articles for journals such as Nonprofit Management and Leadership, The Nonprofit Quarterly, Strategic Governance, Public Administration Review, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. He also is editor of the fourth edition of The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management and co-editor of The Research Handbook on Entrepreneurs’ Engagement in Philanthropy. David earned his Ph.D. in Organization Studies from the University of Minnesota.

Timothy Sweeny, Praxis Consulting
Tim is a founding partner in Praxis Nonprofit Strategies. He has 20+ years of experience in fundraising and strategic planning. His work includes: sponsorship fundraising with Habitat for Humanity; corporate fundraising with United Way; international development with the Peace Corps; and capital campaign consulting and management. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Certificates in Fundraising Management and Community Facilitation. Tim currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife and three children.
Willem van Klinken, Community of Christ Church
Wim van Klinken EMPA MAR – After a successful career as entrepreneur in Europe, Wim van Klinken refocused his passion from the for-profit sector to the public sector. He currently serves as a senior executive at Community of Christ’s international headquarters. He is also associated with the Henry W. Bloch School of Management as Associate Professor in the Public Affairs department and as Senior Fellow at the Midwest Center For Nonprofit Leadership. Wim studied economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam with an emphasis on business management information systems. A life-long learner, he also studied music and took post-graduate studies in business administration, asset management, and the prestigious European Comenius Course by the Academy of Management of the University of Groningen. In the U.S.A., he received a master of arts in religion from Graceland University and a master of arts in public administration from UMKC.
Thomas Vansaghi, William Jewell College
For a quarter of a century, Dr. Thomas Vansaghi has served in variety of senior-level positions in public service, higher education and the nonprofit sector. He began his career as a volunteer on a gubernatorial campaign that led to a series of leadership roles in Jefferson City, Missouri where he worked in state government with the Office of the Governor and Missouri General Assembly. He was recruited to lead the government relations, fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, public and community relations for a regional state university and later an urban/suburban community college district. Later, he was appointed as the executive director of an international association of primary care physicians dedicated to promoting the triple healthcare aim of enhancing the patient experience, improving the health of the population and reducing costs. In 2015, Dr. Vansaghi became an assistant professor of nonprofit leadership at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. At Jewell, he engages undergraduate students in critical thinking to prepare them to pursue meaningful lives leading nonprofit organizations. He also serves as the director of strategic planning for the college.
Jennifer Wampler, Kansas City Ballet
Jennifer Wampler has served the Kansas City community in development leadership since 1992. Twelve of those years at UMKC and thirteen years at the Kansas City Ballet. She has extensive experience in all aspects of fundraising and year after year has met and exceeded fundraising goals. She secured $48 million in a capital campaign for a new UMKC Conservatory campus in downtown Kansas City.

Jennifer is a Senior Fellow with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC and is honored to teach each year in the fundraising series training and educating nonprofit professionals of today and tomorrow. She has a BA from Iowa State in Religious Studies and Sociology and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from UMKC.\

Eugene Wilson, Independent Philanthropy Professional
Gene Wilson has worked in Public Affairs for nearly 60 years. Starting in higher education, he ultimately became Vice President of Institute Relations at The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California. He then moved to the Atlantic Richfield Company in Los Angeles and led the organization of the ARCO Foundation as President until his retirement in 1994. During his ARCO tenure, he served as an officer of INDEPENDENT SECTOR; Chair of the Contributions Council of The Conference Board; and Senior Advisor to the Council on Foundations. He came to Kansas City as President of the Youth Development Division of the Ewing Marion Kauffman, then became Senior Vice President of the Foundation, responsible for National Programs and Planning until his second retirement in 2003. Since then, he has served on numerous nonprofit boards and councils including United Way, United Community Services of Johnson County, and Senior Fellow and member of the Public Affairs Council of the Bloch School at UMKC. He also is an Advisory Board Member of the Center for Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California, and is a Charter Trustee of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. He continues to serve on the Advisory Council of MARC’s Kansas City Communities For All Ages. He is an Elder at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. And for nearly 20 years he has sung with the Kansas City Men’s Ensemble, all of whom are currently or have been members of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus.

In 2013, he was named Volunteer of the Year by Nonprofit Connect, Kansas City’s association for philanthropy, and in 2015 was recognized with the Regional Leadership Award from the MidAmerica Regional Council. Through MARC, he has spoken frequently for the past 15 years on the implications of the demographics of the Baby Boomers, and how we can view the increasing number of these older adults as opportunities, rather than as problems.

 

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