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

St. Louis car show to benefit the Thompson Foundation

We’re excited to announce an event for our friends in the St. Louis area! Whether you’re a car enthusiast or you want to support our mission, come out on April 29! All proceeds will benefit the Thompson Foundation. Thanks to Fairway Automotive, Cruisin Lindbergh, and Twisted Tree. View event details here.

A black background shows the front of a green car, a yellow car, and a purple car. Text reads Fairway Automotive 8th Anniversary Party and Car Show to benefit Thompson Foundation for Autism and Neurodevelopment. Saturday April 29th at Sunset Event Space 10701 Watson Rd St. Louis, MO 63127. Car show registration is from 11am-1pm. Spectator gates open at 2pm. Crusin Lindbergh Car Cruise at 6pm. Free to Spectators. Car show Entrants $12. For more info visit or email The logos of Fairway Automotive, Cruisin Lindberg, Sunset Events Space, Holiday Inn, and Twisted Tree are shown.

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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.