I On Philanthropy

THE INDEPENDENT – 2017 CLASS OF RISING STARS

Dolly Wood, occupational therapist, The University of Kansas Hospital
“In addition to her leadership skills to many organizations, Dolly is also the first one to get in the trenches when an important cause needs someone to solicit sponsors or help set up on the day of an event. There are hundreds of us who have been inspired to give more, do more or do better because Dolly has convinced us that a life that includes serving others is a life worth living.

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Spotlight on Centurions – Tiffany Bruce

Tiffany Bruce is a member of Centurions, class of 2018, and serves on the recruiting committee. She is the development director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, and has been with the agency for nine years. Tiffany has been a Big Sister to her Little Sister, M´racle, for the last four years. In her spare time, Tiffany and her boyfriend, Ben, enjoy renovating their house in Brookside.

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Spotlight on Centurions – Sunita Lavin

Sunita Lavin is a member of Centurions, class of 2018 and is a project manager at Garmin. She recently received the Society of Women Engineer’s Distinguished New Engineer Award, and she is a community advocate for STEM for women and girls. Sunita received a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering at the University of Nebraska and completed a master of science degree in electrical engineering and a master of business administration degree.

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Spotlight on Centurions

Connor Francis is a Producer for Thomas McGee. He is a member of Centurions, class of 2018 and serves on the Life Science Task Force. Connor volunteers as a Young Life mentor for high school boys in Blue Valley and Olathe schools and as a program director for Champions Special Ministries. He also serves on the Center City Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ board. A native of Our Town, Connor attended the University of Arkansas and enjoys fly fishing.

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