Fashion Honors Autism

Joshua Bolen is a visionary. He is a man using his own life’s undertakings, ever-evolving knowledge of the autism spectrum, and passion for the importance of human connection to create rich experiences of authentic collaboration. He is in constant thought of ways to reach a community that is oftentimes underserved and does so through a completely limitless lens.  For Bolen,…

A Female Legacy

Matriarch: a mother who is head and ruler of her family

The Midwest Heritage Homes Team

For Realtors Ann and Jon Pye, the transition from public education to serving the public’s real estate needs was a natural shift. This couple started serving in real estate two years ago but joined the Midwest Heritage Homes Team two months ago, after enjoying multiple years as elementary school principals in Independence, Missouri.

Drenon Jewelry has a new 8,000 square foot location!

As WWII was coming to an end in 1945, Mike Drenon and his, wife, Pansy, opened their first jewelry store. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and a broken watch he could not afford to fix inspired him to teach himself the craft. He went on to learn everything there was to know about watchmaking and decided…

Dermatologist Takes Patients from Cancer to Cure

When Dustin Steller made an appointment for a full-body skin check, the 38-year-old father of two wasn’t anticipating the diagnosis of skin cancer. But when David Fieleke, MD, board-certified dermatologist at Cornerstone Dermatology & Surgery Group spotted the nickel-sized pink spot above Steller’s left eyebrow, the patient was glad he’d made an appointment.

Providing for Pets

 Article Natalie Fieleke  It seemed like a simple enough plan: Go to the pet store. Purchase fish tank water neutralizer. Go home. But our five-minute visit soon turned into a longer, more emotional trip as my son began naming mice to bring home, and my daughter fell in love with Bowser, a handsome tuxedo cat.  On the ride home, tears…

I Am Noticed

 Article Kathryn Leo | Photography Janie Jones  Amy Johnson and Jaime Lyon from Lee Summit have always had a heart and passion for helping individuals and organizations be more positive. Once they began working together, they created I Am Noticed, a school program that is all about helping students, staff and families create and sustain a more positive culture.  

boomers get connected

Boomers Get Connected is a program started by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation in partnership with United Way to help baby boomers get involved in their community through the free, online volunteer database. Anyone can register for a free account and find hundreds of volunteer opportunities serving Eastern Jackson County. When you sign up with Get Connected, you’ll start receiving email listings of volunteer…

Bringing Santa to Seniors

The holiday season is the time of year when families draw closer, warmth is shared and smiles blossom into memories and love. For many seniors, this time of year shines brighter due to the giving spirit of Home Instead Senior Care. Alana L. Titus, licensed clinical social worker, licensed master social worker, is director of operations, and in 2003, the…

Summit Christian Academy Gives Back

While most high school students were filling their summer with jobs, sports, vacations and social activities, the senior class at Summit Christian Academy in Lee’s Summit was reserving a week in July for something different. Together with faculty and staff, these students were preparing to travel to Camp Blessing for a mission trip.

Stephanie Vest Foundation

Stephanie Vest was the quintessential stay-at-home mom who took pride in caring for her children and husband. She was a woman who embraced life with zeal and passion and loved her family more than could be measured. An authentic, stylish and vivacious woman, she found joy even when completing seemingly mundane tasks such as laundry, which she made more pleasant…

Kansas City Bone And Joint Clinic 
Gives Back Through Operation Walk

Kansas City Bone and Joint Clinic Gives Back to Help Patients Move Through Life Pain-Free In 2012, Janet Sitzmann gingerly and painfully made her way through life on two bad knees, often assisted by a cane or a walker. With no insurance and no way to afford knee replacement surgery out-of-pocket, her situation seemed hopeless.

The Perfect Match

Developing Potential Inc. believes in respect and placing value on others. They are an innovative company that is working to help others find their niche in life, giving some ,whose gifts and talents might be otherwise overlooked ,opportunities for employment that fits their skill sets and interests.

Dental Arts

God put them here for a reason. That’s the driving force behind the three dentists—Dr. James Elias, Dr. Kirk Opdahl, and Dr. Jeremy Bowen—who lead the team at Dental Arts.

Mother’s Refuge

Their backgrounds are all different; however their goal is the same; to seek shelter and safety for their baby. Various reasons may bring them there: an abusive situation, rejected by family, being homeless or human trafficking. Whatever the reason may be Mother’s Refuge calls out to hurting young mother’s to provide an oasis of love and compassion.

Treating The Whole Person, One Individual at a Time

For Jim Leach, it was a battle with bipolar disease. For Aaron Price, it was a devastating car crash that led to being paralyzed. Each man had a very different challenge that lay before him, but each was able to turn to the same place for help: The Whole Person. This incredible local nonprofit aids people with disabilities so they…


Acts of kindness are truly food for the soul, and one long-standing group in Lee’s Summit has proven for more than forty years that when one person gives, two people receive, and as a result, the heart – and the body – is nourished. Now in it is 41st year of service, Meals on Wheels of Lee’s Summit is still…

TUTORING to Change a Life

When Blake Burau returned to Lee’s Summit West (LSW) High School last year as a senior, it was only one short month after losing his mother, Rhonda Vansickle, to cancer. The youngest of Rhonda’s three boys, he was the last son remaining at home.

Community Foundation Makes It Easy to “Grow Your Giving”

When Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or Oprah Winfrey give money to worthy causes, it’s usually millions, or even billions, of dollars. But most charitable giving comes from everyday people in much smaller amounts. And that is at the heart of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

Love Lives Here

PULL-OUT QUOTE: There are many moving parts to our organization. I can start talking about socks and foster care and before you know it, we’re talking about organ donation and the dangers of negligent firearms discharge. I’m reminded that just one thing can make a difference.

Meet Founder and Coach Bill Birmingham

By day, Lee’s Summit resident Bill Birmingham works as a Service Delivery Manager for IBM. However, four times per week plus one day on the weekend, he relishes his role as the founder and coach of the Kansas City Blue Devils Youth Sport Association. The organization touches the lives of 100-150 local urban youth per year, giving them an opportunity…

The Single Mom KC

 Warm. Welcoming. Safe.  Misty Honnold uses those words repeatedly when she talks about The Single Mom KC, a hospitality-based group focused on helping single mothers overcome obstacles and find the support and resources necessary to thrive, not just survive.  The Single Mom KC operates from three guiding principles: first, to bring hope to single mothers by removing shame and reproach;…