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KANSAS CITY, MO— (January 24, 2018) — People to People International (PTPI) announces that Merrill Eisenhower Atwater has been appointed as chief operating officer. Atwater joins the organization after leading the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division. 
 
"We are thrilled to have Mr. Atwater join the People to People family,” says Teresa Loar, Chairwoman of the PTPI Board of Directors. “The depth and breadth of his experience in business, as well as in government, will prove to be an asset that PTPI can capitalize on.”
 
A Kansas native, Atwater is the great-grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
 
“It is impressive to see the 61-year-old organization founded by my great-grandfather be so successful in its global efforts,” Atwater says. “People to People International has spent its entire existence helping hundreds of thousands of people in more than 160 countries throughout the world. I am proud and humbled to be able to help continue the momentum and progress of PTPI.”
 
Atwater believes that PTPI’s purpose of championing peace is even more significant today.
 
“There is much turmoil on the global stage, with negative news and trials and tribulations, regardless of where you live,” Atwater says. “PTPI helps bring a measure of calm and rational thinking in the midst of uncertainty. I believe, as my great-grandfather did, that if you sit two people down who are reasonable and agree to put their differences aside, they can become friends. Frankly, we all need to stop and determine what we can do help someone else, rather than the other way around.”
 
Atwater holds a Bachelor of Science in History and Interpersonal Communications from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas.
 
For more information, visit www.ptpi.org.

Merrill Atwater, COO
May 04, 2018
 
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Funeral Advocates was formed to help people deal with the processes associated with the death of a loved one.

As a financial representative, Brian O’Laughlin, our founder, has helped hundreds of people with their financial security during life but when his father died in 1999, he realized planning extended beyond.

Brian took his mother to the funeral home where they were required to make many decisions, each one having financial ramifications. Not knowing “the rules” of funeral planning and the “market value” of the services, there were at the mercy of the man across the desk.

Brian recognized the need for an informed representative to advocate for his clients during this most vulnerable time of life, the death of a loved one. Brian O’Laughlin and the Funeral Advocates team have been providing advocacy services to clients and friends since 1999.

Brian O'Laughlin, President, Funeral Advocates
May 11, 2018
 
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Veterans Community Project is dedicated to supporting every man and woman who took the oath for our country. We are determined to make a difference in the lives of homeless Veterans, a task accomplished by the community for the community.

We are building a specialized community of tiny-homes and onsite services to provide housing stability and address the underlying cause of the Veteran’s homelessness. 

To learn more, visit https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org/

 

Adam Abramson, Veterans Community Project
May 18, 2018
 
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Kareem Richardson enters his fifth season at the helm of the UMKC program in 2017-18 and has led the Roos to unprecedented success during his tenure. He was named the head coach at UMKC on March 19, 2013, becoming the sixth in the Division I era at UMKC.

Richardson guided the 2016-17 UMKC squad to the second-most victories in a season (18) in school history. The Roos were selected for a postseason tournament for the first time in the program's 30-year Division I history, which included a victory over Green Bay in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational. In 2016-17, UMKC set program records for points (2,691), field goals (911), rebounds (1,213), defensive rebounds (860), 3-pointers (315) and free throws (554). The Roos finished second in team history in assists (451) and third in steals (236). UMKC posted the longest winning streak for the program in 12 years from Jan. 31 – Feb. 18, 2017. The Roos got off to the program's best start in 15 years and advanced to the semifinals of the WAC Tournament for the third straight year.

To read more about Coach Richardson, click here.

Kareem Richardson, UMKC Men's Basketball Coach
May 25, 2018
 
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Dan Margolies is editor in charge of health and education news at KCUR.  Dan joined KCUR in April 2014. In a long and varied journalism career, he has worked as a reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star and Reuters. In a previous life, he was a lawyer. He has also worked as a media insurance underwriter and project development director for a video production firm.
Dan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and moved to Kansas City with his family when he was eight years old. He majored in philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis and holds law and journalism degrees from Boston University. He has been an avid public radio listener for as long as he can remember – which these days isn’t very long…

Dan Margolies, Health Editor
Jun 01, 2018
 
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At 70, Chau Smith of Kansas City completed the Triple 7 Quest: Seven marathons in seven consecutive days on seven continents. To read her story, click here.

Chau Smith, Runner
Jun 08, 2018
 
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Jeff Chapman
Jun 15, 2018
 
Non-Profit Day
Jun 22, 2018
 
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Jun 28, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Jeff Chapman says Randy Steinman is IN CHARGE!

NO MORNING MEETING
Jun 29, 2018