Meet Maureen Lunn
We recently welcomed Maureen Lunn to the team as the Fervor Happiness Coordinator. We love her — and we think you will too. Get to know Maureen.
Before Fervor: Maureen worked full-time in both international development and ministry administration for several years, and she’s served several organizations through blogging, editing and more.
The part she plays today: Today, her role as Fervor’s Happiness Coordinator is “the best of both worlds,” she says. She jumped on the Fervor team in early April and has been putting her organizational, marketing and admin skills to use ever since.
What and where she studied: Maureen studied Religious Studies at Southwest Baptist University and earned her Master’s in International Studies from the University of Kansas.
What brought Maureen to KC: Maureen is originally from Leavenworth, Kansas. She first made the KC connection when she became involved alongside her Leavenworth church in YouthFront camps, which is headquartered in KC. During college, she spent time abroad in Hong Kong. Her semester in Hong Kong coincided with the SARS crisis. “We couldn’t be in confined spaces by law, so classes here cancelled,” Maureen said, so she dove in as a youth ministry intern at an English-speaking Hong Kong church. Once she returned to America, Maureen put roots down in Kansas City, and today the Midtown neighborhood is home.
Family and four-legged friends: Maureen is married to Toby, and they have two cats: Lucinda (named after Lucinda Williams) and Toaster (named after the Cylons in Battlestar Gallactica).
Digs Fervor because: “I like that Fervor is mission-oriented,” Maureen says. “Whether they’re nonprofits or not, I love the organizations’ heart for a good cause.” She enjoys building on her ministry and nonprofit experience too. “Interacting with groups that have a similar heart really connected with me.”
A community she loves: Book club. “I have a thriving, long-term book club,” Maureen says. “It’s been going on for eight years. Two hours of drinking wine and socializing, and then one hour about the book, then another hour of socializing,” she adds. “It’s a great community with a fun framework.”
Outside Fervor, you’ll find her: Bicycling with Toby — “when he promises no major hills,” Maureen says. She loves spending time with friends through her church, Jacob’s Well. And she enjoys the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum too.
Where she heads for happy hour and what she orders for beer tests: The Hog Pound Brown Ale at McCoy’s, a margarita on the rocks with salt at El Patron and anything at friends homes.
Favorite place for a cup of coffee: Broadway Maureen’s favorite spot to meet people. “Because they don’t have wifi, it’s more communal,” she says. But for getting work done, it’s Quay Coffee. She also loves PT’s Coffee and Mildred’s, for their breakfast sandwiches.
Favorite read: One of the first from her book club, What is the What (by Dave Eggerts) is Maureen’s favorite fiction book. “It’s a total page-turner.” Another favorite is Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann.
TV favorites: Arrested Development, Seinfeld and 30 Rock for comedy and Breaking Bad for drama
What drives Maureen up a wall: When automatic public restroom sinks don’t turn on automatically . . . and bad drivers. “Bad drivers are bad, impatient drivers are bad, but the combo is the worst.”
Maureen, in a few words: Sarcastic — “the friendly version of sarcastic” — and an outgoing connector
Fervor wouldn’t be Fervor without . . . Maureen’s hospitality: “One of the things I love about the Fervor position and about life in general is hospitality. I love to meet people and I love to serve them,” she says.