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Nonprofit Connect welcomes three new directors to the 2021 Board Of Directors

Nonprofit Connect welcomes three new directors to the 2021 Board Of Directors

Nonprofit Connect welcomes three new directors to the 2021 Board Of Directors.

Tahir Atwater
As a skilled non-profit professional with a focus on youth, advocacy, and championing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Tahir brings over 15 years of experience to his role as Director of Donor and Volunteer Engagement at Jackson County CASA. Tahir is also a graduate of the 2020 Nonprofit Managers Institute 
Learn more about Tahir and his work by watching our Nonprofit Coffee Break with him in August of 2020. Watch here.

Gene Willis
A marketing and communications leader with 20+ years experience in digital marketing, brand management, strategic planning, social media engagement, large-scale event planning, and public relations/corporate communications, Gene currently serves as the Chief Engagement Officer of United Inner City Services. Gene serves frequently as a judge and committee member for Nonprofit Connect's annual Philly Awards.

Kristen Wood

Kristen joins the Board of Directors as the Ex-officio Director and Chair of Connext, our young professionals networking group. As the current Director of Strategic Initiatives at Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas, Kristen brings more than 7 years of nonprofit experience to her role.

Kristen has served on the Connext Board since 2018. An active Nonprofit Connect member, Kristen is a graduate of the 2019 Fund Development Institute and the 2017 Volunteer Management Institute. 

"Tahir, Gene and Kristen each bring a unique and fresh perspective to our Board of Directors. Not only are they plugged in with Nonprofit Connect but the Kansas City nonprofit community as a whole. I am so excited to work closely with them to help Nonprofit Connect thrive in 2021." said Luann Feehan, President & CEO of Nonprofit Connect.
In addition, Nonprofit Connect is pleased to announce the officers for the 2021 board.
Macaela Stephenson, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Vice President
Leslie Sims, RSM US LLP
Martin Kraus, Unbound
Jake Jacobson, Native Digital
Past President
Valerie Nicholson-Watson, Harvesters
The Nonprofit Connect Board of Directors brings together esteemed representatives from the nonprofit sector, for-profit businesses and community funders to maximize the organization’s capacity to serve over 800 professional members. For a full list of the Nonprofit Connect Board of Directors, visit
About Nonprofit Connect
Nonprofit Connect is a regional association for nonprofit organizations that provides professional development, resources and a career center for Kansas City’s nonprofit sector. Nonprofit Connect’s mission is to link the nonprofit community to education, resources and networking so organizations can more effectively achieve their missions.