Shadow Day Nonprofit Connect

Shadow Day

Shadow Day matches college students interested in the sector with local nonprofit professionals for a day of learning and networking. The event allows undergraduate and graduate students to experience a workday in their dream job and develop connections in the nonprofit community.

Last year, over 120 students from 20 local colleges and universities participated in Shadow Day. You want to be a part of this event!

Shadow Day 2019

Friday, October 18  |  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City

For College Students

Are you college student ready to change the world with a nonprofit career? Shadow Day gives you the ultimate head start! This event allows undergraduate and graduate students to learn and network with local nonprofit professionals in the Kansas City area.

Shadow Day kicks off with a networking breakfast, includes a young professionals panel, and continues as students follow along their host's workday.

Choose your Nonprofit Host

Once you have registered for Shadow Day, Nonprofit Connect will email you a link to choose the top 5 Nonprofit Hosts you'd like to shadow from the list below. Every effort will be made to match you with one of your choices. Remember to consider both the role and organization when selecting.

*Indicates that this Host will offer the opportunity to meet with other staff or departments in the organization.

Karen E. Griffin*
Director of Community Engagement and Public Programs
American Jazz Museum

Ralph Caro*
Interim Executive Director
American Jazz Museum

Moriah Hillson
Program Manager, Audience Development
ArtsKC - Regional Arts Council

Paula Davis*
Organization Operations Manager

Latonya Fisher*
Bare Essentials

Carmaletta Williams*
Executive Director
Black Archives of Mid-America

Dominique Campbell*
Vice President
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City

Tru-Kechia Smith*
Program Director
Bridging the Gap

Rochelle Parker*
Executive Director
Child Abuse Prevention Association

Mary Heinrich
Director of Donor Strategy & Communications
Children's Mercy Hospital

Shanelle Varone
Senior Administrative Director of Philanthropy
Children's Mercy Hospital

Alesha Bowman
Local Recruitment Manager
City Year Kansas City

Leslie Scott*
VISTA Volunteer Coordinator
Community Housing of Wyandotte County

Tom Esselman*
Connecting for Good

Barbara Fitzgerald*
Senior Director of Resource Development
Connections to Success

Reza Soleymani-Alizadeh*
Human Resources Generalist
Cornerstones of Care

Trudy Jonas
Grant Manager
Cristo Rey Kansas City

Heather Brock
Developing Potential, Inc.

Kristin Smithson*
Senior Program Officer, Kansas City Civic
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Jason Camis
President & CEO
Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce

Kristen Wood*
Director, Legislative Advocacy and Fund Development
Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas

Mike Chamberlain
Grant Professionals Association

Lynne McMahan
Animal Care Manager
Great Plains SPCA

Tracy Lewandowski*
Office Manager
Great Plains SPCA

Portia Sowers*
Human Resources Manager

Catherine Rice*
VP of Marketing and Outreach
Health Partnership Clinic

Courtney Leeper*
Volunteer Coordinator
Heart to Heart International

Bunny Higgins*
Executive Director
Heartstrings Community Foundation

Tamara Grubb*
Director of Operations
Hillcrest Transitional Housing

Robyn Burky*
Director of Development
Hope Faith

Jeanette Thomas
Heartland Regional Representative
HOPE International

Matthew Hughes
Executive Director
International Relations Council

Melanie Miller*
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey

Becky Johnson*
Membership Assistant
KCPT Kansas City PBS

Stephanie Lankford*
Assistant Director, WIN for KC
Kansas City Sports Commission | WIN for KC

Jessica Powell
Director of Experiences
Kansas City Startup Foundation

Stephanie Brimhall*
Education Manager
Kansas City Symphony

Alex Shapiro*
Director of Development
Kansas City Symphony

Mary Maxine Luber
Patron Services Supervisor
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Tori Fugate*
Chief Communications Officer
KC Pet Project

Jessica Gomes*
College Persistence Counselor
KIPP Through College

Michael LaFave
Director of Development and Communications
Lawrence Humane Society

Shannon Rolle
Development Operations Manager
Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Michael Horner*
Artistic Director
Mesner Puppet Theater

Jessica Ramirez
Executive Director
Metropolitan Community College Foundation

Jessica Johnson*
Vice President of Finance and Administration
MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault)

Stephanie Seber
Mid-America Arts Alliance

Alonda Ayala*
Student Services Coordinator
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Jennifer Heinemann*
Director of Donor Stewardship and Planned Giving
Operation Breakthrough

Charlotte Belshe*
Director of Marketing
Outreach International

Luz Ortiz
Bilingual Education and Outreach Coordinator
Planned Parenthood Great Plains

Elaine Metcalf*
Executive Director
Pro Deo Youth Center

Ariel Penner*
Volunteer Manager
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City

Brian Riegel
Development Officer

Pamela Seymour*
Executive Director
Shepherd's Center of Kansas City Central

Doug Kean
Operations and Logistics Manager
Sleepyhead Beds

Kristin Roth*
Volunteer Services Manager
Spay and Neuter Kansas City

Breanne Wasinger
Volunteer Manager
Spay and Neuter Kansas City

Zachary Beall*
Director of Operations
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church & HJ's Youth and Community Center

Lindsey Rood-Clifford*
Director of Development
Starlight Theatre Association of Kansas City

Jenne Vanderbout*
Chief Operating Officer
Support Kansas City

Sally Milgram*
Assistant to Executive Director
The American Theatre Guild

Emily Hart*
Administrative Assistant
The Arts Council of Johnson County

Bridgette Chirpich*
Executive Director
The First Tee of Greater Kansas City

Eileen Bobowski*
Executive Director
The Sewing Labs

Tom Petrizzo*
Tri-County Mental Health Services

Sarah Taylor
Support Service Specialist

Raleigh Miller*
Development Director
Unicorn Theatre

Todd Jordan
United Way of Wyandotte County

Paige Shoemaker
Nutrition Program Associate
University of Missouri Extension

Ina P. Montgomery
Founder, Executive Director and Edupreneur
Urban TEC

Susan Mitchell*
President/Executive Director
US Horse Welfare & Rescue

Hakima Payne
Executive Director
Uzazi Village

Amanda Smasal*
Community Engagement Coordinator
Wayside Waifs

Steven Murray*
Executive Director
Youth Symphony of Kansas City

AnnMarie Thomas*
Director of Marketing and Communications
Youth Volunteer Corps

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