Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mary Needham named director of development for KC Young Audiences

Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) – the region's largest provider of arts education – announced today that Mary Needham has been named Director of Development. Mary will be responsible for implementing a comprehensive fund development program effective July 1, 2012.

KCYA Executive Director, Martin English said "Mary has served KCYA well over the past 4 years and has done an exceptional job as Community Outreach Coordinator. I am pleased to see her step into this role and expect she will be highly successful."

Mary first joined Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) in 2008. Prior to becoming Director of Development, Mary served as Development and Marketing Assistant, Interim Marketing Manager and most recently as Community Outreach Coordinator for KCYA, managing annual fundraising campaigns, the KCYA 50th Anniversary Celebration and various special projects. Mary brings 18 years of small business administration experience to her role as chief development officer, and has extensive professional and volunteer experience in event planning, research, and database management.

Mary has a B.A. in English Literature from The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), where she also studied as a Performance major at the UMKC Conservatory of Music. Mary is a longtime community volunteer, having served on several local non-profit Boards, including The Irish Museum and Cultural Center and The Junior League of Kansas City, MO. She is a loyal supporter of many Kansas City area arts organizations and is a passionate advocate for the arts and arts education for all children.

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