Our Office

Our team is devoted to helping students develop meaningful connections during their time at UMKC. Aren’t sure where to start or need some help? We’d love to hear from you!

You’re also welcome to set up a meeting with a member of our team below:

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Get to know our team below—or come visit us in the UMKC Student Union, Room 320.

Todd Wells

Assistant Dean of Students for Student Engagement

Director, Office of Student Involvement

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Todd joined the OSI staff in 2017 and is helping staff provide strategy for student involvement as a tool of retention and student success at UMKC.

Todd Wells portrait

Anthony Maly

Senior Program Manager

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Anthony joined the staff in 2017, serving as the advisor to the Union Programming Board. He also oversees the Student Organization event approval process and serves as the advisor to the campus chapter of ASUM. Additionally, he works to oversee initiatives related to new student and family programs, UMKC Health Science District initiatives and the Kangaroo Food Pantry.

Anthony Maly portrait

Kari Jo Freudigmann

Assistant Director of LGBTQIA Programs and Services

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Kari Jo started in the Assistant Director role in 2018 and serves as a resource for LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff.

Kim Kushner

Assistant Director of New Student and Family Programs

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Kim joined the OSI staff in 2019, after serving in the UMKC Office of Admissions as the Events and New Student Programs Coordinator since 2016. In her role, Kim facilitates new student programs, including UMKC Week of Welcome and other transition/retention initiatives. She also supports family/parent programming and communications, overseeing the UMKC Family Weekend.


Coordinator for Leadership and Student Organization Development

Lynne O’Dell

Coordinator, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Lynne joined the staff in the fall of 2018 and assists in advising our 13 chapter fraternity and sorority community.

Taylor Blackmon

Student Basic Needs Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Taylor joined the Office of Student Involvement staff recently in the Spring of 2021. In her role as Basic Needs Coordinator she will be able to connect students, faculty and staff to a variety of resources that will fulfill their basic needs.

Carrie Schmalz

Business Support Specialist

Carrie joined the OSI staff in 2019, after spending the majority of her career with UMKC Campus Recreation. In her role with OSI and Student Engagement, Carrie is responsible for assisting Student Organizations operations and finances, booking student travel and reviewing purchase requests for UMKC sponsored events. Within her role, she will also offer financial and program support for Campus Recreation as part of the Student Engagement Unit.

Sarah Amos

Graduate Assistant, Events & Entertainment

Sarah joined the staff as a Graduate Assistant for Events & Entertainment in the fall of 2020. In her role, she assists with advising the Union Programming Board, and helps manage and create content for OSI marketing efforts. She also aids in planning campus events and engagement opportunities for students, including Week of Welcome, Stress Less Fest, Roo Companion, and other programming.

Sarah Amos Headshot

Sam Weis

Graduate Assistant, Kangaroo Food Pantry

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Sam joined the staff in Fall of 2020 and assists with the Kangaroo Food Pantry Operations.