Staff/Interns


Nancy Hill – Executive Director

Nancy Hill has had the great good fortune to work at Diastole since 2003, the first ten years of which included joyful daily interaction with our late, great Founder, Dr. E. Grey Dimond.  She is active in US-China friendship activities and current board president of the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation.  Nancy’s first book, “A Very Private Public Citizen:  The Life of Grenville Clark,” was published in 2013 by the University of Missouri Press.  Her next big project is a biography of Dr. Dimond, which she hopes to have published in 2018, to celebrate 100 years since his birth.  Stay tuned and send stories!

Diane Magers
Diane Magers – Business Manager

Diane has been at Diastole Scholars’ Center for 10 years, 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 Sidener – Housekeeper

Beki has been a proud member of the Diastole family since 2011.  She’s happily in the background detail cleaning, setting up for events, and assisting guests.  You might even catch her playing the Steinway grand piano in the Diastole living room!  Beki grew up in music and is a professional Kansas City area musician.  She’s on the Aquatics and Membership teams at the YMCA, plus she owns a small cleaning business. When she’s not working, Beki is enjoying her home in the Northland and hanging out with family, friends, and neighbors.  She attends Mosaic Bible Fellowship and is in the worship music ensemble.

Welcome our new 2017-2018 Diastole Interns!

Alex Karanevich  – Alex is a Kansas City local who returned after a brief hiatus to the beautiful state of Wyoming.  He is currently in the dissertation process of his PhD in Biostatistics at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he researches ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Alex gets his daily dose of vitamin D while disc golfing, bike riding, amateur vegetable gardening, and the occasional foray to the lake.  As one who holds a lot of love for novel reading, he is extra excited to put the Diastole hammock to good use during his DIastole internship.

Sharon Karanevich – Sharon was born in India and came to the U.S. with her parents when she was two.  She was raised in Springfield, Missouri along with her 3 younger sisters.  Sharon came to UMKC for college and graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Spanish.  She will be a fourth year dental student at the UMKC School of Dentistry.  Sharon enjoys soaking up the sunshine and spending time with friends and family.  She is excited to move into Diastole with her newlywed husband and become a part of the Diastole family!

Sara Worcester – Sara grew up in Austin, Texas.  She earned a BFA in photography from Texas State University.  Sara is currently studying library science in the graduate program at Emporia State University and would like to be an archivist.

Karlton Smith – Karlton is a native of St. Louis, Missouri.  He attended the University of Missouri where he earned a degree in Biochemistry.  Following undergrad, he worked as a pediatric dental assistant before beginning studies at the UMKC School of Denistry in the DDS Class of 2019.  Curious in nature, Karlton enjoys learning about astronomy and physics, and he can often be found with his neck craned toward the night sky.  Karlton’s hobbies include the outdoors, fitness, and music.  If your visit is during the late afternoon, you just might hear his drum kit echoing across the Diastole grounds!

Shaylynn (Shay) Smith – Shaylynn grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.  She graduated with her B.S.  from BIola University in Southern California where she also competed as a pitcher on the fastpitch softball team.  SHe is in her fourth year in the Doctor of Audiology Program at Washington University in St. Louis, and she is completing her year-long clinical externship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, and running.  SHe loves spending time on the beautiful grounds and being a part of the Diastole community.