August 19, 2011
Society continues to adjust to change; two new staff members hiredWe welcome the expertise and experience of two new staff members as initiatives to move forward get underway.
Steve Byers, who has worked for the Society as a consultant since February on a part-time basis, will expand his role and level of involvement to establish an Office of Development and associated programs. For the past several months, Mr. Byers has learned about the Society’s strengths and challenges, and with degrees in business communication and public administration, a passion for non-profit organizations, and over twenty-five years working in development, he brings significant experience to the task of increasing the Society’s support from private funds.
Steve served eighteen years with Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics, Kansas City, in several positions, rising to Senior Director of Development Administration. During that time, the hospital raised over $200 million. Steve’s duties included oversight of annual giving, direct mail, foundation grants, and several award-winning publications. From 2005 to 2008, Steve was chief development and communications officer for WaterPartners International, building their development program from the ground up, tripling revenue, and helping to secure a $4.1 million grant from PepsiCo Foundation. In 2008 he started his own consulting practice to help non-profit leaders identify and develop opportunities for transformative change.
In March of this year Steve completed a study of the Society and submitted to the Executive Committee a fund-raising plan to accomplish short, intermediate, and long-term goals. We appreciate Steve’s expertise in leading implementation of this important and exciting work.
John McKerley, will evaluate and prepare manuscripts for publication in the Missouri Historical Review and assist in the writing and design of Society publications. Associate Editor and Associate Director Lynn Wolf Gentzler has assumed many new duties in the wake of the merger with the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, and to accommodate those changes, the Society has created a new assistant editor position.
Dr. McKerley received the PhD in history from the University of Iowa with the dissertation “Citizens and Strangers: The Politics of Race in Missouri from Slavery to the Era of Jim Crow.” John is a certified documentary editor following completion of requirements in 2008 at the 37th Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents sponsored by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Wisconsin Historical Society. He received the MA in history from the University of Iowa and a BA in history with a minor in French from the University of Alabama, Huntsville.
For two years, John served as assistant editor with the Freedmen and Southern Society Project at the University of Maryland, College Park, which has produced five award-winning volumes of edited documents detailing the transition from slavery to freedom in the U.S., 1861-67. He also worked for two years as an editorial consultant for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, overseeing revisions to the institute’s oral history project’s manuscript, Foot Soldiers for Democracy, a volume of edited interviews with rank-and-file civil rights activists.
The caliber of scholarship and experience John brings to the Society’s editorial division secures the high level of professionalism established for the Missouri Historical Review and promises high quality for the additional publications planned over the next several years.
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