Bonnie Bing Honeyman

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Christina Bluml, Director of Marketing, Exploration Place

Christina has 25 years of experience in marketing, and has been with Exploration Place since 2001. She oversees the museum’s advertising, public relations, digital and publication strategies. Before joining Exploration Place, Christina served as marketing specialist for seven years at Commerce Bank, Wichita. In 2013 she received the Wichita American Marketing Association's Non-Profit Marketer of the Year Award. She has served on local boards including Wichita American Marketing Association, PRSA Kansas and currently serves on the Wichita Hispanic Chamber board of directors. Christina earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University.

Tom Borrego, President/CEO, Wichita Public Library Foundation

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Emma DeVos, Jona Schmidt, Jill Ruhd

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Chenay Dixon Sloan

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Lisa Dodson

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Katy Dorrah, Executive Director, Mark Arts

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Cindy Elifrits Peterson, President & CEO, Maximizing Excellence

Cindy Elifrits Peterson, MSW, CFRE, is a proven expert in resource development with 19 years of experience in fundraising, volunteer management, strategic planning, board development, facilitation, program design, and outcome measurements. In 2011 she founded Maximizing Excellence, LLC that partners with organizations that want to improve their effectiveness and achieve high impact.

Before Maximizing Excellence, Cindy directed the annual fundraising effort for the Sioux Empire United Way. Already boasting the second highest per capita of giving in the nation, under Cindy’s leadership the Sioux Empire United Way raised $44 million, producing a five-year increase of 20%. Holding a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Cindy has a unique way of bringing people together by identifying personal motivators and incorporating them into a common objective. At Maximizing Excellence, Cindy customizes each project specific to the strengths, mission, and goals of the organization and its individuals.

Mandy Fleming

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Judy Frick, BoardSource consultant

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Diana Gordon

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Katie Hatfield Gunzelman

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Tanja Heinen​​​​​​​

Sandra Henningsen, Crescendo Interactive, Inc.

Sandra Henningsen, CGPA (Certified Gift Planning Associate), Assistant Vice President for Crescendo Interactive, oversees planned giving eMarketing services. She mentors nonprofits in establishing planned giving websites and marketing planned gifts using the Internet, eNewsletters, social media and royalty-free literature. She speaks and teaches seminars in the area of eMarketing and gift planning. She has presented at AFP International and area AFP, CASE International, AHP International, ALDE, CLA and various Regional Conferences. Sandra has been part of the Crescendo staff for 26 years. Her Bachelor of Science degree in education is from South Dakota State University.​​​​​​​

Vicki Kline, Nonprofit Go

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Cherian Koshy

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Mike Lamb

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Cindy Miles, Executive Director, Nonprofit Chamber of Service

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Charlie Moon

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Joan Moore, Director of Advancement, Wichita Collegiate School

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Merritt Neil, President/Principal, Merrigan & Co

Merritt Neil is a direct marketing strategist, copywriter and trainer. She specializes in providing measurable results for clients through a range of marketing channels, print and digital. She regularly consults and writes for both for-profit and nonprofit national organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the University of Kansas Physicians Group and Hospital. Merritt serves on the faculty at Rockhurst University, where she developed and teaches the Marketing and Technology Trends course. She is past president of the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association. KCDMA named Merritt “Direct Marketer of the Year” in 2012. She was recently honored as a member of the 2016 40 Under Forty class by Ingram's Magazine. 

Merritt currently serves as the President of the Kansas City Direct Marketing Education Foundation, as well as serving as Marketing Chair for the Communications Studies Alumni Board at the KU Edwards Campus. 

She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Rockhurst University and a Masters in the same discipline from the University of Kansas.

Travis Pearson, Planned Giving Coordinator, Catholic Diocese of Wichita

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Shelly Prichard

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Betsy Redler​​​​​​​, BoardSource consultant

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Mallory Rine

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Ed Shafer

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Paul Strawhecker

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Andy Suther and Ryan Strawhecker

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Monica Tiffany, Creative Director/Principal, Merrigan & Co

Monica Tiffany specializes in developing effective communications strategy for companies and organizations. She has written for Shriners Hospitals for Children, National Geographic, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Red Cross, to name a few.

Monica served as VP of Marketing and Communications for the Association of Fundraising Professionals — Mid-America Chapter. She currently serves as Marketing Consultant on the CASA of Jackson County board and is a member of the Reach Out and Read KC Community Council. A Mizzou graduate, Monica also serves on the MU English Leaders Development Board helping to promote the university’s English Department and connect recent graduates with career opportunities. She joined the Mid America Planned Giving Council board in 2018.

As a professional creative director and copywriter, she speaks to both local and national audiences about copywriting, messaging and creative strategy. Prior to joining M&C, Monica spent five years in nonprofit association management.

Matt Vainer, Director of Communications, Catholic Diocese of Wichita 

A Mad Men by trade, Matt Vainer jumped from the fast-pace life of advertising to focus his efforts on a new product. That product: Jesus. More specifically, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, where he is now serving as the Communications Director. Matt has a passion for the field of Communication and helping others bridge the gap between yesterday’s world and today’s ever-evolving environment. In his free time, you can find him at Starbucks sipping on iced coffees or outdoors, disconnected completely, and chasing after whatever is in season at the time

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