2018 Building Blocks Committee

This Building Blocks Committee has oversight for all logistics and promotion of the Council’s signature program designed to present information useful to those wanting to know more about planned giving. Target audiences include one-person not-for-profit development officers looking to add planned giving to their program, estate planning attorneys and CPAs who want to improve their knowledge of charitable giving vehicles, and community volunteers who want to better assist with their organization’s planned giving efforts. The speakers bring many years of planned giving experience to share in this program. Large general sessions coupled with smaller breakout sessions will allow attendees to track their own paths during the conference, ask direct questions of presenters, and develop relationships with other planned giving professionals and volunteers in this community and beyond.

CHAIR: Cole Eason, Director of Major Gifts and Gift Planning, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

VICE CHAIR: Stacey Million, Assistant Director of Philanthropic Gift Planning, Department of Philanthropy -Children’s Mercy Kansas City


  • Mary Zahner Bauer, Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Sam Burnett, Midwest Trust Company
  • Sandra Ferguson, Community of Christ
  • Krista Hurd, Children’s Mercy Kansas City
  • John Martin, JMA Group, LLC
  • Cynthia Randazzo, The Research Foundation
  • Bill Riek, Children’s Mercy Kansas City
  • Pat Smithson, University of Central Missouri Alumni Foundation
  • Greg Vranicar, volunteer
  • Stacey Winkelbauer, The Commerce Trust Company