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!


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.


Communications Coordinator

Sarrah Cantrell began working at Diastole Scholars' Center in October of 2017. She graduated from the UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Percussion Performance. Sarrah writes and records her own music, is a member of KCPG (Kansas City Percussion Group), and has played with the Wichita and Kansas City Symphonies. She enjoys road trips with her husband, playing guitar, bird-watching, and is finally chasing her dream of learning how to play ice hockey. Sarrah is happy to have the opportunity to work on so many different projects at Diastole, and she loves being part of the UMKC community!


Events Assistant

Jennifer is new to Diastole Scholars Center as an Event Assistant. She recently moved back to her hometown of Kansas City from Iowa. She studied Graphic Art at MCC so having an opportunity to care for Diastole with it's amazing collections of art is a true honor. She looks forward to working with the wonderful staff and visitors of Diastole Scholars Center.



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 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.



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.




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