Two Northeasters make list of MAKERS KC nominations

Northeast News
January 9, 2013 

Two Historic Northeasters have earned a spot on the list of nominees for the MAKERS KC Project.

According to KCPT, the project stems from the work of millions of women who have “altered virtually every aspect of American culture.”

The MAKERS Project aims to recognize the women who continue to impact our world.

Makers KC will coincide with the national air date of MAKERS in February and KCPT will produce three featurettes of women who have made a difference in the greater metropolitan area of Kansas City.

Nominees from Northeast include Katie Greer, president of the Indian Mound Neighborhood Association and program coordinator of the Independence Avenue CSI CID Pilot Project, and Anne Miller, director of the Don Bosco Senior Center.

Miller’s nomination describes her as a leader who meets the needs of the center’s clients on a variety of levels.

“Whether it’s placing food orders and planning nutritious meals for those who rely on the center for a healthy lunch each day or lending a sympathetic ear (and offering assistance) to those who struggle with the daily necessities of life, Anne busily juggles it all,” her nomination states.

Miller is also described as a role model who brings a smile to the faces of the seniors.

Greer is described as someone who’s “dedicated to improving the quality of life in our inner city neighborhood.”

Her list of accomplishments includes turning an abandoned property into a community garden, organizing neighborhood-wide clean-ups and recruiting volunteers to help the neighborhood with its goals.

“She is vibrant and motivated and we are lucky to have her as a force for improvement in our KC neighborhood,” Greer’s nomination states.

Other nominees include Sarah Shipley of Kansas City B-Cycle; Dodie Jacobi, a small business consultant; Martha Gershun of the Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates); Sister Berta Sailer, founder of Operation Breakthrough; Ann Murguia, Unified Government commissioner for District 3 in Kansas City and executive director of Argentine Neighborhood Development Association; Christina Boveri of Boveri Realty; Jeanette Prenger, president of the IT consulting business ECCO Select; Suzanne Gladney, who developed a medical/legal clinic for migrant workers and their families; Jenny Isenberg of the Kansas City gallery Eclectics; Jeannine Strandjord, former CFO of Sprint; Joyce Hayhow of the Kansas City Business Journal; Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius; Sgt. Ramona Arroyo, a recently retired police officer; Constance L. Vaughn, who holds conferences and retreats aimed at empowering women and helping them get out of abusive relationships; and Miki Mertz, one of the first 20 women in the U.S. to become an ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) Certified home inspector.

Nominations are still being accepted and public voting ends Jan. 15. KCPT will use the votes to help them narrow down the nominees to three women.

The featurettes will air on KCPT’s “The Local Show” and will also be available on as well as on KCPT’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

To cast your vote or make a nomination, visit



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