Posted in Biography

Camp Leader 2013 Spotlight: Veronica Park

Veronica Park

Meet Veronica Park, one of our 2013 Camp Leaders:

Veronica Park is a double major at the University of Missouri-Columbia studying Psychology and Middle School Education.  She is passionate about helping others learn and reach their goals.  Upon graduation, Veronica would like to help others succeed and grow, rather it be through teaching in a traditional school or corporate setting.
In addition to schoolwork, Veronica volunteers as a Special Olympics Buddy and is a Women of Worth mentor for seventh grade girls at Gentry Middle.  She is also a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.  Veronica helped to found the chapter’s new Professional Development Committee, which she will oversee as Committee Chair.  This committee helps her sisters to achieve their career goals, as well as advocate for themselves as females in the work place.  Veronica is excited to meet the campers and help instill great leadership skills.

Only 10 more days until camp!

Posted in Biography

Camp Leader 2013 Spotlight: Adee Levinstein

Adee Levenstein

Meet Adee Levinstein, one of our 2013 Camp Leaders:

“Adee Levinstein is a third-year undergraduate students entering University of Missouri’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics. In addition to her studies, Adee spends much of her time contributing to the Columbia community through Mizzou’s new Tiger Pantry, Meals on Wheels, and conducting research for the university.  She is also involved on-campus with the College of Human Environments Sciences, serving as President of the Nutrition and Wellness Association as well as a Student Ambassador for the college.  Adee has a interest and passion for diversity which has led her to earn both a Multicultural Certificate and Spanish Minor.

Adee is excited to contribute to The Truman Leadership Project!  She is looking forward to working with the campers and making the most of this amazing experience.”

Hard to believe there are only 23 days left before the inaugural camp!

Posted in Biography

Camp Leader 2013 Spotlight: Adam Schmid


Meet Adam Schmid, one of our 2013 Camp Leaders and an incoming graduate student in the Truman School of Public Affairs:

“Adam Schmid is a graduate student in the Truman School of Public Affairs, seeking his Master’s degree in Public Administration.  Adam moved to Columbia, MO through his service with AmeriCorps and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Adam has a deep interest in working with local government and worked in the Missouri State Capitol with Representative Chris Kelly for the 2012 Legislative Session.

Adam enjoys volunteering with a variety of youth-based activities and designing better ways to both strengthen his bond with the community and better connect with the needs of area families. Through the Truman Leadership Project, Adam hopes to encourage local community development through a blend of civic education and service learning.”

Posted in Biography

Camp Leader 2013 Spotlight: Brittany Knebel


Meet Brittany Knebel, one of our 2013 Camp Leaders!

“Hailing from Kimberling City, Britt grew up in a small town in Southwest Missouri on Table Rock Lake. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Missouri studying Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Life and Psychology.

Her strong volunteer background includes previous experience working as a peer mentor for high school freshmen students, helping them to make positive leadership choices and easing the transition process. In her free time, she enjoys swimming at the lake, playing the guitar, and painting. Brittany is excited to get involved with the Truman Leadership Project, meet the Campers, and have a blast this summer!”

Posted in Biography

Graduate Student Spotlight: Nicole Phillips, Founder & Program Director

Curious about how the Truman Leadership Project got started? Learn more about the founder, Nicole Phillips, in this student spotlight written by the Academic Programs Office at the University of Missouri’s Truman School of Public Affairs. View Full Article


“Nicole Phillips came to Mizzou in 2011 to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Political Science. Graduating from UMKC with her BA in Political Science, continuing at Mizzou seemed like the next step. Midway through her coursework, she decided that she wanted to study more than that. She turned to the Truman School to learn how she could apply her political science knowledge to generate real change.

While still pursuing her Master of Political Science degree, Nicole began classes in the Truman School in the fall of 2012.

“Nonprofit management is something I never thought about- I thought I would end up in public policy. But the more I looked at the classes and what I was curious to learn more about, I decided that nonprofit management was probably a more natural fit.”

Nicole became an active member in the community as soon as she moved to Columbia, working for the Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM) directing an internship program for undergraduate students. In her work with ASUM she wrote legislation that eventually became state statute, aimed at increasing the number of Missouri graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by providing more opportunities for STEM education and scholarship.

“Missouri has a need for significantly more graduates in the next 10 years than it is currently educating. We decided to work to plan a better future for the state, in conjunction with higher education stakeholders.”

When researching prospective positions to fulfill her internship requirements, Nicole realized that she wanted to start something to leave her mark on Mizzou. After approaching the Truman School and quickly received the support of the administration, the Truman Leadership Project was born. Nicole works as the Executive Program Director for the nonpartisan, nonprofit day camp for 7th and 8th graders in Mid-Missouri.

The Truman Leadership Project is a series of workshops that look at building leadership skills and civic involvement. It includes service projects, a mini career fair, team-building workshops and many more activities.

“The overall goal of the camp is to inspire more young people to think about how they fit into our community. Even if they don’t actually go into public service, we can help them to be leaders right now at school, on the soccer team or in other programs they’re involved with in the community.”

Nicole knows that the Truman Leadership Project is giving her a great learning opportunity.

“I have an amazing opportunity for real, hands-on experience and I get to do something I love. The Truman School has been incredibly generous and supportive. I can’t think of a more real way to learn public affairs and nonprofit management”

Nicole received her Master of Arts in Political Science in May of 2013 and in December she will graduate with her MPA. She is beginning to think about her career after graduation.

“I want to ultimately work in lobbying or governmental relations. I would love to work in that capacity for a nonprofit or public agency with which I can identify with and work to build something bigger.” 

Interested in studying nonprofit management or  receiving more information about the MPA program at the University of Missouri? Contact the Academic Programs Office at the Truman School of Public Affairs to find out more.