Oakhill Day School Welcomes New Vice President of Donor Relations

Kris Wheeler joins Oakhill Day School as the new Vice President of Donor Relations and will be leading a staff of two, Rebecca DiGerlamo (Community Relations Coordinator) and Jennifer Perry (Stewardship Coordinator). 

Wheeler has a long tenure of growing and leading Non-Profits which started back in 2007 with the YMCA. Tasked with overseeing the Kid’s Sports Club while an undergraduate, he grew the program from an initial three kids to more than forty. This experience sparked Wheelers’ passion for Non-Profit organizations and the communities that his service would subsequently support. Before Oakhill, Kris Wheeler acted as President and CEO of U-Turn Sports Academy in Richmond, VA., served senior-level positions with the YMCA and a Non-Profit with Koch Industries, and currently serves as the founder of his non-profit organization, the Aviators Baseball Organization.

“We are so excited to have Kris join our team. He brings the energy and expertise that we need to take friend-raising and fundraising at Oakhill to the next level,” said Suzanne McCanles, Head of School.


Meeple-A-Thon To Benefit Hillcrest Platte County

A 24-hour board game marathon will be held Sept. 20 and 21 to raise money for the Young Adult Housing of Hillcrest Platte County.  

“Meeple-A-Thon is a family-friendly event that’s free of charge to attend,” explained organizer David Selm, one of the event organizers. “If you enjoy spending time with family and friends gathered around a table playing games, this event is for you!”

Selm and several other volunteers created this event to help with the growing epidemic of homeless youth in Kansas City, coupled with the threat of human trafficking targeting these young people. 

Hillcrest Platte County is a 501C3 not-for-profit organization with several programs to help the area’s homeless regain self-sufficiency. One of the newest initiatives is young adult housing, which began only three years ago and saw high demand almost immediately. 

Donations for funding, prizes, volunteers, and attendance are being sought. For additional information, contact David Selm at david@hillcrestplatte.org. You may also donate directly by texting the word MEEPLE to 44321, or visiting this web page, bit.ly/2OPzv2Z.

Park University Appoints Garber-Miller

Park University has appointed Karen Garber-Miller, Ph.D., as dean of the College of Education and Health Professions. Garber-Miller began her role at Park on Aug. 5.

As dean of the CEHP, Garber-Miller will oversee the university’s School of Education and the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences, which includes the departments of nursing, social work, and psychology and sociology. She is responsible for the curricular, personnel, budgetary and administrative affairs of the CEHP while providing visionary leadership, strategic thinking, creative planning and a determined management style to address opportunities and challenges.

Prior to joining Park, Garber-Miller served as the dean of the School of Education at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo., from 2012-18 and as dean and chair of the School of Education and Psychology from 2001-03. While at Avila, she held the faculty rank of professor and also held faculty positions as an associate professor, assistant professor, and lecturer. In addition, Garber-Miller served as chair of teacher education at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. 




NKC Schools Art Educator Covers International Event

Mark Anderson is one of only three artists in the world and the only one from the United States, chosen to cover the Amsterdam Urban Sketchers symposium as a correspondent in July. Urban Sketchers is an international nonprofit dedicated to fostering a global community of artists who practice on-location drawing.

Anderson is the District Art Education Coordinator for North Kansas City Schools and teaches 8th-grade art at Antioch Middle School. During the symposium, he will create illustrations that document the event via social media. After a highly competitive and rigorous selection process, Anderson was chosen as symposium correspondent along with two other artists from Tokyo and Amsterdam. Anderson is also a writer for Urban Sketchers’ monthly newsletter as well.

Anderson, who has been with NKC Schools for 15 years says, “I’m thrilled to represent our district and country at the symposium. “Each of us comes to Urban Sketchers with a different purpose in mind, and it’s that varied experience I feel needs to be shared. It’s the story of us.”