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

Renovations are underway at the Thompson Center!

A renovation is happening at the Thompson Center’s Research and Training building! Demolition has started and the renovation is on track for completion in early 2023. This important expansion will allow the Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment to provide additional services to patients and their families.

Demolition on the second floor of the Research and Training building.

This expansion will allow more patients to receive life-changing care at the Thompson Center by increasing the number of services and visits offered and provide faster access, so that patients and their families can improve their quality of life.

If you drive by the building at 200 North Keene, you’ll also see the parking lot has a new look!

This improvement at 200 N Keene St. is crucial to the Thompson Center’s expansion into the top floor of this building.

We look forward to sharing more renovation updates this summer! You can support our work by making a gift here.

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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 Lentz

Director of Donor Relations

Katie Lentz 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 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 Fulton. 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.