Making a difference in the lives of people at the Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment at the University of Missouri

Support

Give STL Day: May 9

Give STL Day: May 9

read more
1080 1080 Thompson Foundation for Autism & Neurodevelopment
Video: Expanding the extraordinary with a new Thompson Center

Video: Expanding the extraordinary with a new Thompson Center

The Thompson Center supports people impacted by autism and…

read more
0 0 Thompson Foundation for Autism & Neurodevelopment
NAP tax credits available for those with Missouri business income

NAP tax credits available for those with Missouri business income

The Thompson Foundation has NAP tax credits available to…

read more
801 600 Thompson Foundation for Autism & Neurodevelopment
Happy Valentine’s Day!
An overhead picture of valentines cards spread out on a table. They are handwritten and multicolored, with handmade drawings.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! Patients from the

read more
2445 1594 Thompson Foundation for Autism & Neurodevelopment
KOMU features new Thompson Center building
An overhead view of plans for the new Thompson Center.

KOMU features new Thompson Center building

Watch the latest on the building construction for the…

read more
500 261 Thompson Foundation for Autism & Neurodevelopment
Thompson Foundation receives support from Missouri Credit Union
A group of people are smiling and looking at the camera. They are holding an oversized check made out to the Thompson Foundation for $1,775.

Thompson Foundation receives support from Missouri Credit Union

The Thompson Foundation was selected as a 2023 charitable…

read more
2560 1449 Thompson Foundation for Autism & Neurodevelopment
Thompson Foundation earns Platinum Seal
Text reads Platinum Transparency 2024, Candid. There is a platinum-colored border.

Thompson Foundation earns Platinum Seal

We recently earned a Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency!…

read more
522 522 Thompson Foundation for Autism & Neurodevelopment
GET THE LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES FROM THE THOMPSON FOUNDATION

Myles Hinkel

Executive Director

Myles Hinkel began as Executive Director in June 2020. Myles leads the foundation’s three-pillar mission; fundraising, awareness, and advancing public policy. Prior to this, Myles was Director of Advancement for Gift Planning & Regional covering the West Coast for The University of Missouri. This was Myles’ second time with MU Advancement. He previously worked in the College of Arts & Science before taking advancement positions at Columbia College and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation. Myles, his wife Lora, and their two boys have been involved in the Thompson Center and the Thompson Foundation since their inceptions.

Katie Lynn

Director of Donor Relations

Katie Lynn oversees donor stewardship and marketing for the Thompson Foundation for Autism & Neurodevelopment. Prior to joining the Thompson Foundation in 2020, she worked for Major League Baseball’s nonprofit, the Baseball Assistance Team. Originally from Quincy, Illinois, Katie is a graduate of Tulane University and has also lived in Louisiana, Florida, New York, and now Missouri. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, singing, and playing violin.

Melissa Eston

Office Manager

Melissa Eston began her role as Office Manager in August of 2022. In her role, Melissa receives and processes donations, assists in event planning, and manages accounts receivable and payable. Melissa most recently worked in Healthcare Advancement at the University of Missouri. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Strategic Communications associate in University Relations at the University of Missouri System. Her first experience working with non-profits was at Columbia College, where she served as a Coordinator for the Advancement division. Melissa is a Columbia College graduate with a BA in History. She lives with her husband, Chris, in Columbia. Melissa’s favorite part of working at the Thompson Foundation is seeing the tangible, positive impact its advocacy work has on the Thompson Center and the families it serves.

GET THE LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES FROM THE THOMPSON FOUNDATION

Sam Hayes

Director of Development

Sam Hayes joined the Thompson Foundation in December of 2023. During his previous six years with the University of Missouri, Sam raised over $6 million in philanthropic support for many areas across campus, including healthcare, the School of Journalism, Marching Mizzou, campus-wide scholarships, and the College of Arts & Science. Sam has a Bachelor’s in Parks and Recreation from Mizzou. Sam is honored to serve the Thompson Foundation, which has helped many people. He lives in Columbia, where he likes to hike with his wife, Samantha, their two sons, John and Teddy, and their chihuahua Louie.