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".
Sameer is from Kathmandu, Nepal. He attended Himalaya College of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, before joining UMKC for graduate studies in Civil Engineering. Followed by the bachelor’s degree, he worked as assistant lecturer back in Nepal before joining UMKC. Within the graduate studies, his research involves intertwined work from electrical and civil engineering, and he has been working with pavement distress detection using imaging techniques. His affections are cricket (the game), and he mostly spends time either watching computer screens or nature. He loves the company of people and very peaceful, social, and stunning surroundings like Diastole.
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.
Eden is entering her second year at UMKC Dental School after graduating from Rockhurst University in 2019 with a Bachelors's degree in molecular biology and a minor in physics of medicine. Eden did three years of undergraduate research studying dyne expression of the fungus Neurospora crassa! Eden is a Kansas City native who loves to catch a Sporting KC match as well as be out in nature. Whether it be hiking, kayaking, or running, she's always ready to get some fresh air.
Jacob attended Metropolitan Community College before transferring to UMKC to complete a double major in Biology and Chemistry. After spending a few years in the workforce, he realized his true passion for pharmacy, and is currently pursuing his PharmD at the UMKC School of Pharmacy. Jacob is always up for a game, whether through a weekly indoor soccer league, or board and card game nights with friends. He has also been involved for years as a member of the Kansas City Juggling Club as an active member and volunteer coordinator.
With the completion of her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Prativa joined UMKC to pursue her further graduate studies in spring 2017 and has served as research graduate assistant ever since. Upon completion of her master’s in civil/structural engineering in May 2019, she is now enrolled in the Ph.D. program. Her research interests include seismic hazard analysis, community resilience measurement and metric modeling of multi-hazard environments, and GIS mapping and spatial analysis. She loves nature and is fond of doing any activities that include nature, be it camping, hiking, trekking, rafting, boating, or paragliding.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JUDGE ANN MESLE
Vice Chair, Treasurer
MARY ANNE JACKSON, M.D.
UMKC School of Medicine
LARRY L. McMULLEN, ESQ.
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.