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 has worked 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.
Sarrah Cantrell began working at Diastole Scholars' Center in October 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, and has played with the Wichita and Kansas City Symphonies. She enjoys road trips with her husband, playing guitar, bird-watching, and playing ice hockey in the Women's League at KC Ice Center. 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!
JENNIFER ST CLAIR
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.
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.
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.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MARY ANNE JACKSON, M.D.
UMKC School of Medicine
LARRY L. McMULLEN, ESQ.
JUDGE ANN MESLE
Vice Chair, Treasurer
HARRY S. JONAS, M.D.
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.