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About Us

Our Profile

Board of Directors

Since 1965, the Wichita State University Foundation has been dedicated to achieving the vision of then-President Emory Lindquist to provide "the great difference between a university and a university of excellence.”


Our Mission

The WSU Foundation strives to enhance a community of learning excellence for our students and faculty through philanthropy and stewardship.


Our Core Values

Integrity Teamwork Relationships Service

Location


Leadership Team


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The WSU Foundation Board is vested with full control of all of the assets, affairs and business of the corporation.

22 members including 3 ex-officio members

Board Chair: Debbie Haynes
Board Chair-elect: Dan Peare


National Advisory Council

National Advisory Council

Members are dedicated to promoting the interests of WSU and the WSU Foundation. The NAC meets twice a year, in April and September.

111 members includes 4 emeritus members | 38% of members live outside the greater Wichita area


Endowment & Giving

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Core Values Scholarship

The WSU Foundation is proud to partner with the Student Ambassador Society to offer the Core Values Scholarship each year to a student who exemplifies the Foundation’s core values of integrity, relationships, teamwork and service. This award program, which is funded entirely by the contributions of WSU Foundation employees, gives our staff a chance to experience the organization’s mission first-hand by getting to know scholarship recipients and better understand their challenges, goals and college experience. Our partnership with the Student Ambassador Society is a mutually beneficial relationship, one that provides us with the opportunity to see philanthropy in action while getting to know a group of remarkable Shockers.



Our History

Shock The World Campaign Launch

Who We Are

In today's world, as higher education is pressed to do more with less, we appreciate your support of the WSU Foundation. We exist only because of you. Your donations to the Foundation help us meet the pressing needs of Wichita State students, whether that donation goes to one of our Shocker Funds, is a major outright gift or is a planned gift. Because of you, more than 1,944 students receive scholarships last year. Your support for professorships and chairs provides faculty with the ability to contribute their talents and knowledge to important research while mentoring and educating our students. Support of the Shocker Funds provides the deans of each school, college and library with funds they may use at their discretion to enhance learning. We believe WSU students can achieve their dreams and change the world, thanks to you.

History of Giving: Then & Now

Wichita State University Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Gifts to the Foundation support the advancement of Wichita State University, according to the wishes of our donors. They are tax-deductible.

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History of Leaders

The Foundation was established on April 6, 1965, as the Wichita State University Endowment Association. The name changed to WSU Foundation in 2000. Leadership has played a critical role in the Foundation’s growth and success.

The first officers presiding over the association were Dwane L. Wallace, president; Olive W. Garvey, first vice president; Woodrow M. Champion, second vice president; Carl K. Suderman, third vice president; Gordon W. Evans, secretary; and Arthur W. Kincade, treasurer.

Today we have more than 40 employees who are committed to making a difference by helping connect students and University needs with alumni who have a passion for giving back.

Our Timeline

Our progress would not be possible without the generous support of alumni, corporate partners and friends of Wichita State University. This timeline lists some of the major funding projects and points of interest for the WSU Foundation over the past few decades.

WSU Endowment Association established

Endowment giving clubs established

Student scholarships established

First President's Club Celebration

Fairmount Towers

Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art

Outdoor sculpture collection

Heskett Center

Eck Stadium

Devlin Hall

Elliott Hall

Wiedemann Hall

Hubbard Hall

Wallace Hall

Woodman Alumni Center

National Institute for Aviation Research

Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex

C. Howard Wilkins Softball Facility

Name Change to WSU Foundation

Marcus Welcome Center

Charles Koch Arena

Donald L. Beggs Hall

Bombardier Learjet Practice Facility

Advanced Education in General Dentistry Building

Experiential Engineering Building

2013-2020

FAQ

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Who are we?

The WSU Foundation was formed in 1965 as the fundraising arm for Wichita State University. The Foundation is a separate 501c3 nonprofit corporation chartered by the state of Kansas. Gifts supporting Wichita State flow through the WSU Foundation and are used according to the donor’s wishes. Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent as governed by Section 170b of the IRS code.

Why is private support important?

WSU is a state-assisted public university with 48.8 percent support from the state. The remainder comes from these sources: tuition, auxiliary services, grants and contracts, and private philanthropic support through the WSU Foundation. Private support becomes more critical each year.

What happens once a gift is contributed to the WSU Foundation?

The gift will be placed in an existing fund or a new fund will be created, depending upon the donor’s designation. One type of fund is called current and may be spent entirely. The other type of fund is an endowed fund, which is invested so it will exist in perpetuity. A portion of earnings from endowed funds are distributed annually to the designated university recipients.

How are WSU Foundation’s fundraising priorities determined?

Each college is assigned at least one development staff member who discusses priorities with the college dean. Deans present their priorities to the WSU Foundation’s leadership team. Next, the Foundation’s president and CEO meets with the WSU provost to determine which priorities will be emphasized during the coming year, as we seek private support.

Are any fees assessed on the gift?

As an independent organization that receives no public funds, the WSU Foundation assesses fees to support the essential work of advancing Wichita State. The WSU Foundation’s fee structure is periodically reviewed and approved by its Board of Directors. Currently, the WSU Foundation has three distinct fees.

  • Endowment Administrative Fee:

    On July 1 of each year, all endowed funds are charged a 1.65 percent fee that is based on a 20-quarter rolling average of the market value.

  • Liquidation Fee:

    The WSU Foundation assesses a 5 percent liquidation fee on estate gifts.

  • Foundation Fee:

    A one-time fee of five percent is assessed on capital building, capital equipment, and all incoming gifts, including endowments gifts. For example, for a gift of $1,000, $950 goes to the purpose designated by the donor, and $50 goes to the WSU Foundation for operating costs. Using this example, if the donor wanted the full $1,000 to go to the designated purpose, they could donate an additional $50 to cover the five percent fee.

Who governs the WSU Foundation?

A volunteer board of directors governs the Foundation. Currently, we have 19 voting members that meet three times a year. Members are elected and authorized to act on behalf of the National Advisory Council, a group of about 110 alumni and friends who promote Wichita State University and help guide the work of the WSU Foundation.

How does the WSU Foundation differ from the WSU Alumni Association?

The WSU Foundation and the WSU Alumni Association are separate 501c3 nonprofit corporations. Both exist to serve the university. The focus of the Foundation is to raise philanthropic funds to support the educational endeavors of Wichita State and all related or beneficial activities. The Foundation works closely with the Alumni Association, but we have separate missions. The mission of the Alumni Association is to create, maintain and enhance relationships with alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to foster loyalty and support for the university and for one another.

Employment Opportunities

Giving Wu Day

Employment Opportunities

Come work with us! Our team is made up of experts in their fields coming together towards one common mission of enhancing a community of learning excellence for students and faculty through philanthropy and stewardship. Whether you work in major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, finance, events, stewardship, prospect research, IT, grants or marketing, your work is valued by Wichita State University students, faculty and staff.

WSU Foundation offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits while supporting professional growth. Plus, you’ll love coming to work in our dynamic, team supportive and friendly atmosphere where you can positively impact thousands of students each year.

Job Opportunities



Senior Director of Prospect Development

First thing’s first. We are proud Shockers, coworkers, family members, community advocates, and education cheerleaders. We work hard to advance the mission of Wichita State University by connecting students, faculty, and staff with the resources they need to transform their communities. Not convinced? We were also a finalist this year for the Wichita Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work”! We love the work we do and the people we do it with, all motivated by our core values: Integrity, Teamwork, Relationships, and Service.

But enough about us, let’s talk about the job! The Wichita State University Foundation is excited to begin the search for a Senior Director of Prospect Development. This brand new position will further our investment in our excellent research team and build new capabilities for the future. The Senior Director will report to our Vice President of Finance and Operations and will lead the Prospect Development team to expand our impact through portfolio development, research, and prioritization.

Our Prospect Development team has deep knowledge of the initiatives of Wichita State University and their work focuses our resources to connect the right donors to the right opportunities at the right time. The ideal candidate for this position will have many years of demonstrated fundraising and/or prospect development success and will be able to communicate department initiatives to a wide audience. We are focused on the future at WSU as we wrap the final months of our successful Shock the World Campaign and look forward to our new university president, Dr. Jay Golden, starting work in January. Stop by campus anytime to see all our new buildings under construction, incredible community partnerships taking place, and unstoppable forward momentum. It’s an exciting time to be a Shocker!



Minimum Requirements for the position include:
  • • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • • Seven years of Prospect Development experience in a higher education field (or equivalent)
  • • Demonstrated adherence to recognized fundraising and research ethics, policies, and standards
  • • Demonstrated knowledge of data mining methodology, predictive modeling and ROI analysis
  • • Communication skills including the ability to present to Executive leadership and/or Boards of Directors; experience preparing summaries of projects
  • • Demonstrated experience in influencing change
  • • Commitment to the WSU Foundation core values: Integrity, Service, Teamwork, and Relationships

Preferred requirements:

  • • Prior fundraising experience in a university setting
  • • Experience supervising a team to meet goals and objectives
  • • Knowledge of Wichita State University and a commitment to higher education

The WSU Foundation believes in the power of education. Since 1965, we have worked to connect the students, faculty, and staff of Wichita State University with the resources they need to transform their communities. Our dedicated staff includes members of development, annual fund, finance, support, and student teams. We have accomplished big goals in the last few years and don’t plan to slow down anytime soon. Check out some of our favorite stories here!

To wrap this up, we offer outstanding benefits including time off for vacation, sick leave, and volunteering. We also offer top-tier medical/dental/vision coverage (100% premium paid for employee/50% for dependents), term life insurance, short and long term disability, tuition reimbursement, 8.5% company matching on retirement accounts after one year, and more.

Think this sounds like your dream job? Follow the link below to fill out an application and send any questions to Katherine.Holmgren@wichita.edu

We can’t wait to meet you!

To Apply:
Please fill out an application, submit your resume and a cover letter explaining your interests in, and qualifications for, the position by clicking here.

Application deadline January 15th, 2020
WSU Foundation is an EOE employer

Campus Faculty and Staff Resources

Staff Resources

We are excited to provide university faculty and staff with a variety of resources after receiving feedback from our campus satisfaction survey. Below you will find links to our deposit slip/receipt form, a gift-in-kind acceptance form, a blank requisition form and our cash disbursements policy.

Note: If a login box pops up, close out of it and your file will still open. Make sure to save your file as well.

• Fund Information

EXECUTIVE OFFICE

Elizabeth King

Elizabeth King, Ph. D

President and CEO

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316-978-5672


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Deborah Buller

Kara Johnson, MSL

Executive Assistant

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316-978-5672


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ACCOUNTING/FINANCE/OPERATIONS

Susan Barrett

Susan Barrett, CPA, CGMA

Vice President of Finance and Operations

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316-978-3810


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Sheila Krug

Sheila Krug

Controller

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316-978-3816


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Cathy Shallue

Thanh Nguyen

Assistant to VP Finance & Operations

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316-978-3813


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Amy Houpt

Amy Houpt

Gift Records Clerk

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316-978-5191


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Fallon Love

Fallon Love

Accounts Payable Clerk

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316-978-3802


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Cathy Shallue

Cathy Shallue

Receptionist

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316-978-5093


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Lew Thomas

Lew Thomas

Gift Record / Accounting Clerk

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316-978-3907


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Vanessa Smith

Vanessa Smith

Staff Accountant

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316-978-3306


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COLLEGIATE DEVELOPMENT

Keith Pickus

Keith Pickus, Ph. D

Vice President

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316-978-7791


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Darin Kater

Darin Kater, MS

Associate Vice President

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316-978-3887


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Angela Dudley

Angela Dudley, MBA

Sr. Director of Development for Engineering

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316-978-3837


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Lynette Murphy

Lynette Murphy

Sr. Director of Development (LAS)

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316-978-7307


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Magnus Assarson

Magnus Assarsson, MA

Director of Development for the College of Applied Studies and the College of Health Professions

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316-978-6842


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Sandy Hannon

Sandy Hannon

Administrative Assistant

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316-978-3510


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Heidi Reddinger

Heidi Reddinger, BAH

Assistant to the Vice President

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316-978-7442


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Juanita Rodriguez

Juanita Rodriguez

Administrative Assistant

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316-978-4076


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Karissa Hoffman

Karissa Hoffman

Associate Director of Development for Engineering

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316-978-3875


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Jessie Rainey

Jessie Rainey

Director of Development (Business)

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316-978-3948


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Amy Tully

Amy Tully

Director of Development (LAS)

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316-978-3805


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Ann Marie Siegwarth

Ann Marie Siegwarth

Director of Development (College of Fine Arts)

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316-978-3945


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Alyssa Scott

Alyssa Scott

Associate Director of Development (College of Fine Arts)

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316-978-3899


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Ethan Rempel

Ethan Rempel

Associate Director of Development (W. Frank Barton School of Business)

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316-978-3899


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CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT

Keith Pickus

Keith Pickus, Ph. D

Vice President

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316-978-7791


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Angela Dudley

Angela Dudley, MBA

Sr. Director of Corporate Relations

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316-978-3837


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DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Michael Lamb

Michael Lamb, EMBA, CFRE

Vice President

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316-978-3804


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Phoebe Garcia

Phoebe Garcia

Administrative Assistant

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316-978-3811


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Aaron Winter

Aaron Winter, MSM

Director of Development

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316-978-3803


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Kathleen Hillyard

Kathleen Hilyard, BS

Associate Director of Development for the Shocker Fund

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316-978-3819


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Chad Clark

Chad Clark, BA

Director of Development for Planned Giving

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316-978-3407


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Ashley Cheung

Ashley Cheung, M.Div

Director of Development (KC)

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316-978-3806


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Byron Rupp

Byron Rupp J.D.

Director of Development for Planned Giving

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316-978-3852


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Karissa Hoffman

Blair Miller, MBA

Visit Coordinator

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316-978-5416


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DONOR ENGAGEMENT

Lynn Deckinger

Lynn Deckinger, BS

Senior Director of Donor Engagement

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316-978-5624


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Kelcy Yadon

Kelcy Yadon

Digital Marketing Coordinator

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316-978-6903


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Amanda Ferguson

Amanda Ferguson

Graphic Designer

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316-978-5889


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James Kellerman

James Kellerman

Content Marketing Coordinator

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316-978-5419


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Kara Johnson

Melissa McCaughey

Donor Recognition Coordinator

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316-978-3486


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Kay Officer

Kay Officer

Donor Engagement Coordinator

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316-978-3817


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Bryant Mora

Bryant Mora

Graphic Design Intern

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Paige Gray

Paige Gray

Donor Engagement Assistant

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316-978-4483


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FOUNDATION RELATIONS

Lori Linenberger

Lori Linenberger, BA

Director of Foundation Grants

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316-978-6812


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Julia Nkanata

Julia Nkanata, Ph. D

Grants Writer

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316-978-4025


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HUMAN RESOURCES / EMPLOYMENT

Katherine Holmgren

Katherine Holmgren

Director of Human Resources

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316-978-3815


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Ali Phelps

Ali Phelps

Student Assistant

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316-978-5673


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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Josh Gould

Josh Gould, BBA

IT Manager

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316-978-6208


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NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

Jordyn Ortega

Jordyn Ortega, BS

Director of the National Advisory Council

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316-978-3838


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PROSPECT ANALYTICS AND RESEARCH

Shannon Koehn

Shannon Koehn, BBA

Director of Prospect Research

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316-978-3801


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Alex Oakley, BBA

Alex Oakley, BBA

Prospect Research Analyst

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316-978-6199


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