Nancy Hill has had the great good fortune to work at Diastole and with Diastole’s remarkable Founder, Dr. E. Grey Dimond, for the past 10 years. She also serves on the Board of the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation, a non-profit U.S./China friendship organization founded by Dr. Dimond’s late wife Mary Clark Dimond. Nancy’s first book, “Grenville Clark, Statesman Incognito,” published by the University of Missouri Press, will be out in April 2014.
Diane has been at Diastole Scholars’ Center since April 2007. She holds a B.S. in Accounting, and as the Business Manager, Diane oversees and manages all the financial aspects of running a non-profit organization. Prior to working at Diastole, Diane worked for several international companies and also in the financial markets. Diane completed her graduate program internship at the UMKC Counseling, Health and Testing Center. She graduated in May 2014 with an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance.
Beki grew up in several cities- Akron, Ohio; Kansas City, Missouri; Smithtown, New York- with her family finally settling back into Kansas City. After attending UMKC, Beki fulfilled her dream of becoming a professional in the music industry, performing in some of Kansas City’s top bands and as a piano and vocal soloist and songwriter. She has also been at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City for over 20 years in the roles of Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, Membership Representative, and Business Office Associate; plus she owns and operates a small cleaning business. Beki has been a proud member of the Diastole team since 2011 as a contractor, and more recently became Diastole’s newest employee. She enjoys her small, old house and big, awesome yard in the Northland, hanging out with family, friends, and neighbors, and is on the music worship team at Mosaic Bible Fellowship.
2016-2017 Diastole Interns
Miranda grew up in the small town of Batesville, AR. She completed her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology at Missouri State University in Springfield and is now in her first year in the Doctor of Dental Surgery program at UMKC. When she’s not learning more about teeth, Miranda enjoys playing volleyball, spoiling her cat named Kenobi, and discovering Kansas City with friends. Her favorite part about being a Diastole intern is learning more about the late Dr. Dimond and sharing his stories with Diastole’s visitors. If you see her around, Miranda would love to chat about any of Diastole’s unique conversation pieces.
Anthony was raised in Valley Springs, AR. After earning his B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology at Missouri State University, Anthony is now a third year in the DDS program at UMKC. When Anthony’s not busy drilling and filling teeth in the dental clinic, you can find him making noise on percussion instruments from around the world, “instagramming” funny cat pictures, or checking out Kansas City’s craft beer scene. His favorite thing about being a Diastole intern would have to be the beautiful grounds. If you ever see him behind his grill, pull up a chair, grab a burger, and strike up a conversation!
Kori was born and raised in Fort Scott, Kansas, a small town in the southeast corner of the state. There is not an active fort there, but a national historic site that served as a supply base and provided security during westward expansion during the periods of Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War. Kori graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a B.A. in Biology, and she is currently in her third year at UMKC School of Dentistry. In her free time she loves being active outdoors, creating and listening to music, experimenting in the kitchen, and attempting to become a gardener while being inspired by Diastole’s lovely grounds.
Edie was born and raised in Farmington, New Mexico, on a small apple orchard. Farmington is in the heart of the southwest and known for its central location to the second largest lake in NM, Navajo Lake, and Durango Mountain ski resort in Colorado. Edie graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene and is currently in her fourth year at UMKC School of Dentistry. In her free time she enjoys playing recreation volleyball, camping, hiking, fishing, biking, essentially anything in the great outdoors. She enjoys contributing to Dr. Dimond’s dream and helping build a community at Diastole Scholars Center.