The Facing Project is Growing!

This past month, The Facing Project hired two staff members to assist the organization as we continue to expand our work nationally and internationally, and create pathways for alumni engagement. So, don’t be surprised if you hear from these folks in the coming weeks; and please do give them a hearty welcome!


Diana Angarita

Diana Angarita is the summer 2023 marketing and strategy intern for The Facing Project. She is an international student from Yaracuy, Venezuela, majoring in Marketing with a certification in Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University (Kansas). Diana will be working on marketing efforts and alumni outreach that will enhance The Facing Project’s mission.

Fun fact from Diana: I have been a dancer since I was 6 years old! I do Flamenco which is a traditional Spanish Dance, and I take any opportunity to put on a show!



Dr. Lori Kniffin

Dr. Lori Kniffin is a strategy and leadership consultant for The Facing Project, and formerly served as a member of the Board from 2018-2023 (two years as Board Chair). Her initial involvement in The Facing Project was as a project manager of Facing Hunger in Manhattan, KS.

In addition, Lori is an assistant professor of leadership at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational and Cultural Studies and brings expertise in organizational leadership, leadership education, and community engagement. Lori is a co-author of Introduction to Research in Leadership (2023).

Fun fact from Lori: Since moving to Hays, I have taken up horseback riding and love to be out in the open plains.


These two new roles have rounded out our much-needed staff expansion that included the spring 2023 hiring of Lisa Miller of Ascend Bookkeeping, an independent contractor responsible for bookkeeping and contract management; the spring 2022 hiring of Braxton Williams as a projects manager; and the fall 2021 hiring of co-founder J.R. Jamison as president of the organization.

Learn more about The Facing Project staff and Board.

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