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Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day
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Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day! Did you…

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March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month
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March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

The Cerebral Palsy Clinic at the Thompson Center for…

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Recognizing Rare Disease Day

Recognizing Rare Disease Day

February 28 is Rare Disease Day! In addition to…

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Thompson Center patients celebrate Valentine’s Day
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Thompson Center patients celebrate Valentine’s Day

Children at the Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment…

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UM Board of Curators approves new Thompson Center building

UM Board of Curators approves new Thompson Center building

The University of Missouri Board of Curators approved a…

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State Auditor visits the Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment

State Auditor visits the Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment

This week, the Thompson Center and the Thompson Foundation…

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Promoting inclusion with the Mizzou Tigers

Promoting inclusion with the Mizzou Tigers

Families from the Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment…

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Thompson Center opens new therapy clinic

Thompson Center opens new therapy clinic

On January 12, the Thompson Center for Autism &…

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Last chance to support CoMoGives!

Last chance to support CoMoGives!

We need your help! Can you make a gift…

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Celebrating another great year

Celebrating another great year

A generous donor provided lunch to faculty and staff…

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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.

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