About Mark Litzler

Mark LitzlerMark Litzler currently serves as theDirector of Advancement at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. He was previously the Executive Director of the St. Luke’s Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. Since 2001, Mark was in charge of marketing, fundraising, and investing for St. Luke’s Foundation. Prior to his role with the St. Luke’s Foundation, Mark Litzler served as the Executive Director with the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation, also in Kansas City. Mark has successfully utilized his extensive work experience to thrive in each role.

Founded in 1963, the Saint Luke’s Foundation originally served as support to Saint Luke’s Hospital. As a private academic medical center, Saint Luke’s Hospital required funding for medical and nursing education, research, charity care, and additional medical programs. As time progressed, the Foundation grew to include all of Saint Luke’s campuses in the greater Kansas City metro area. These include Saint Luke’s North Hospital, Saint Luke’s South Hospital, and Saint Luke’s East Hospital.

Mark Litzler’s career in social administration began shortly after graduating from Cleveland State University with a BBA in Marketing. Mark accepted a position with St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland as the Alumni Director. In this role, Mark was responsible for managing the alumni giving program, Centennial Celebration prep, and providing staff support in a $3 million capital campaign. Mark’s work in major gifts continued from there as he would later take on the role of Associate Director at Case Western Reserve University. From 1986 to 1990, Mark successfully developed Major Gifts while simultaneously achieving his MS in Social Administration. After Case Western, Mark worked with The University of Missouri – Kansas City’s medical school. The position would ultimately set the tone for the career he maintains today.

In addition to his tireless commitment to fundraising and charity, Mark Litzler is also known as the man behind nationally published cartoon character, Joe Vanilla. The cartoon serves as a satirical perspective on modern corporate life. Those who are familiar with the corporate lifestyle easily connect to the everyday scenarios depicted in the cartoon. Joe Vanilla has been featured in various newspapers, magazines, and books throughout the country. A task that is often unattainable, Mark Litzler has successfully pursued two full-time passions – his love of art, as well as his work accomplished with schools and hospitals throughout the country.

Mark is an avid fan of fitness and culture. To date he ran seven marathons and looks forward to the next. His interests include music, film, literature, and modern art. Mark is a proud husband and father of three.