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Founders' Bios

FOUNDERS' BIOS

FOUNDERS' BIOS

Dr. E. Grey Dimond

(1918-2013)

&

Mary Clark Dimond

(1916-1983)

Staff & Interns

STAFF

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DIANE MAGERS
 Administrator

magersd@umkc.edu

816.235.8857

Diane has worked at Diastole Scholars’ Center since April 2007.  She holds a B.S. in Accounting, from the University of Kansas and a M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Prior to working at Diastole, Diane worked as an accountant for several international companies.  In addition to managing all aspects of a non-profit, from financial management to property management, while being a conscientious steward of the gift of E. Grey and Mary Clark Dimond, she promotes the donors' intent of people "coming together, thinking, talking, reasoning, planning".  

2023-2024
Resident Staffer

LESLIE ESSEL

Leslie is from the West African country Ghana, where he earned his Bachelor of Pharmacy and a Master of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. In the spring of 2018, he enrolled in the Pharmacology PhD program in the UMKC, and serves as a graduate teaching assistant in the School of Pharmacy. His research involves using mice behavioral and disease models to understand the mechanisms of human behavioral and cognitive disorders. Leslie wants to be a career researcher and college professor. He loves to read novels, listens to good music when working and is also eager to meet new people and share each other’s culture and values.

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Board of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON
Treasurer

Alexander Norbash, M.D.
Dean
UMKC School of Medicine

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KAREN CANON
Chairman

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JUDGE ANN MESLE

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CURT CRESPINO
UMKC Vice Chancellor of External Relations and Constituent Engagement

 

MARK THORNHILL
Vice-Chairman

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GREG LAM
Managing Partner,
Copilevitz, Lam & Raney


 

DIANE MAGERS
Secretary

REBECCA SMITH
 

Partners

PARTNERS

Diastole Scholars' Center is grateful to be included in the new UMKC Health Sciences District, a cutting-edge partnership between several of the medical facilities on Hospital Hill, including the UMKC School of Medicine, Children's Mercy Hospital, and Truman Medical Center.

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