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UMKC Foundation Leadership

Lisa Baronio

UMKC Foundation President and UMKC Chief Advancement Officer


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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


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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



Kelsey Connelly

Donor Relations Specialist

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Marie Dispenza, J.D.

Director of Major Gifts

School of Law


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Shelly Doucet

Senior Director of Development

School of Education


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David Fulk

Director of Philanthropic Giving



Jacqueline Hawkins

Executive Assistant

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Jen Kiper

Manager of Prospect Development

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Ericka King

Director of Stewardship Support Services

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Mark Mattison

Director of Major Gifts



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Matt McDonough

Senior Director of Development

Henry W. Bloch School of Management


Abbey Reinhardt

Prospect Research Analyst

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Hilary Wheat

Senior Director of Major Gifts

School of Dentistry


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Elizabeth I. Wheeler

Director of Major Gifts

College of Arts and Sciences


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Jay Wilson

Assistant Vice President

School of Medicine
School Biological and Chemical Sciences


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