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UMKC Foundation Leadership

Lisa Baronio

UMKC Foundation President and UMKC Chief Advancement Officer

816-235-2672
baroniol@umkcfoundation.org

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Lisa served as president of the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Foundation, and vice president for University Advancement at UNI through 2015. Prior to her position at UNI, she served as vice president for Alumni Relations and Development at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She has also served at Vice President for Advancement at the University of North Texas. She has leadership experience at the University of Connecticut Foundation, Wichita State, and the University of Nebraska Foundation. She has more than 20 years of higher education fundraising and management experience, primarily at large public institutions.

While at UNI, Baronio led the efforts that raised more than $85 million dollars and distributed more than $20 million to support the university. She also led a scholarship initiative that exceeded the $40 million goal by $13 million, and met the original goal 19 months ahead of schedule. At the University of North Texas, she led an effort that resulted in a $22M gift to the institution, the largest gift to the university at the time.

She holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Iowa. Lisa is married to Rafael, her husband of 24 years, and together they have two adult children, Stefan, 20, who is a student majoring in Industrial Design at Iowa State University, and Sofia, 19, who is a student at the University of Iowa majoring in Biochemistry.


 

Jay Wilson

Assistant Vice President

816-235-5162
wilsonjay@umkcfoundation.org

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Jay Wilson has been responsible for fund development for UMKC Health Sciences since 2012.

Wilson graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Speech Communication in 2002 and currently serves on their alumni association board of directors. He received his master’s degree in public administration from Park University in 2009.

Following service in the Middle East with the United States Navy, Jay returned to Missouri to work in the nonprofit sector for the Kansas City Sports Commission, Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences, and Park University.

Jay is a former member of the North Kansas City School Board and is a member of the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority board of Kansas City.

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Administrative and Fundraising Team

 

Mark Blanck, Jr.

Director of Major Gifts- Health Sciences

School of Nursing and Health Sciences
School of Pharmacy

816-235-1607
mblanck@umkcfoundation.org

 

Kelsey Connelly

Donor Relations Specialist

UMKC Foundation

816-235-5778
connellyk@umkcfoundation.org

 

Marie Dispenza, J.D.

Director of Major Gifts

School of Law

816-235-6328
dispenzam@umkcfoundation.org

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Shelly Doucet

Senior Director of Development

School of Education

816-235-6025
doucets@umkcfoundation.org

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David Fulk

Director of Philanthropic Giving

KCUR

816-235-2812
david@kcur.org

Jacqueline Hawkins

Executive Assistant

UMKC Foundation

816-235-5784
hawkinsja@umkcfoundation.org

 

Jen Kiper

Manager of Prospect Development

UMKC Foundation

816-235-5671
jkwt2@umkc.edu

Ericka King

Director of Stewardship Support Services

UMKC Foundation

816-235-1106
kingericka@umkcfoundation.org

Mark Mattison

Director of Major Gifts

Conservatory 

816-235-1247
mattisonm@umkcfoundation.org

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Matt McDonough

Senior Director of Development

Henry W. Bloch School of Management

816-235-6623
mmcdonough@umkcfoundation.org

Abbey Reinhardt

Prospect Research Analyst

UMKC Foundation

816-235-6213
reinhardta@umkcfoundation.org

Hilary Wheat

Senior Director of Major Gifts

School of Dentistry

816-235-2173
wheath@umkcfoundation.org

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Elizabeth I. Wheeler

Director of Major Gifts

College of Arts and Sciences

816-235-5776
wheelerei@umkcfoundation.org

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Jay Wilson

Assistant Vice President

School of Medicine
School Biological and Chemical Sciences
Athletics

816-235-5162
wilsonjay@umkcfoundation.org

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