Gary Davis is a member of the board of trustees at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. He has been a dedicated volunteer committed to making Catholic education affordable for families in Johnson County. Gary and his wife, Jackie, served as the chairmen of Extravaganza in 2012 and 2013. Jackie and Gary are the parents of Rae Chelle, ’03; Jerod, ’08; Austin, ’14; and Bryce, ’17.
Spotlight on Centurions
Chris Vukas is a member of the Centurions Class of 2014. He serves as co-chairman of the Benchmarking Trip Committee, where he is in charge of securing programming related to arts and culture, community development, entrepreneurship, and education in Philadelphia. Chris joined Greater Kansas City LISC (Local Initiative Support Corporation) in 2011 and is responsible for all lending and underwriting in the Kansas City area.
Rising Star Reflections
Dawn Taylor was honored as a Rising Star, Class of 2014. She has spent her career in the non-profit sector, including 17 years in fundraising roles at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Dawn is an 11-year volunteer at Operation Breakthrough and a past board member of Quixotic Fusion and Kansas City Artists Coalition. She has traveled twice to Uganda with Change the Truth, which supports St. Mary Kevin Orphanage in Kajjansi, Uganda.
A passionate Arthritis Foundation volunteer and board member, JiaoJiao Shen is willing to emcee any event, including Art for Arthritis, the Walk to Cure Arthritis and Commitment to a Cure. JiaoJiao’s commitment to the fight against arthritis is very inspiring.
Also featured in the May 17th issue of The Independent
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Zac Richmond, the Business Intelligence Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a member of the Centurions Class of 2014, helps identify and organize community service opportunities. He has taken full advantage of the service opportunities provided by the program and currently leads his 80 classmates in service hours contributed.