| Topeka Capital-Journal
Retiring & Hiring
Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas recently announced the hiring of Anita Davis as the organization’s new Chief Mission Officer. Davis succeeds Laura Ritterbush, who accepted the position of president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Kansas in Wichita.
The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative recently welcomed two new hires to its team. Heidi Courson and Erin McGuire joined KHC in January as quality improvement advisors. Courson and McGuire will provide consultation and quality improvement support to hospitals and other health care organizations across the state, collaborating with KHC on quality and patient safety initiatives. Courson’s background includes experience with the Kiowa District Hospital, where she served as Director of Nursing and Director of the Kiowa District Rural Health Clinic. She also served as Director of Surgical Services and managed care for all patients at a critical access hospital. Courson graduated from Pratt Community College in 2010 with an associate degree in nursing. McGuire’s background includes serving as manager for the New Vision Service at The University of Kansas Health Care System St. Francis Campus. Prior to that, she worked at KFMC Health Improvement Partners as a Quality Improvement Project Manager. She also served six years at Stormont Vail Hospital, working as a Coordinator Data Analyst. McGuire graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in communication disorders, speech and hearing science.
FHLBank Topeka recently announced two new hires. Emma Cheng joined FHLBank as a quantitative analyst. Cheng was a Market Risk Analysis intern at FHLBank in 2019. She has completed her PhD in mathematics at the University of Kansas. Nikhila Venugopal also joined FHLBank as a quantitative analyst. Venugopal spent six months as a Market Risk Analysis intern at FHLBank in 2020. She has a master’s degree in financial engineering from UCLA.
Appointments & Promotions
The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative announced six promotions among existing staff:
• Michele Clark is now KHC’s Senior Director of Quality Initiatives and Special Projects. She was previously a KHC program director. Clark has been with KHC for nine years.
• Rosanne Rutkowski is now KHC’s Senior Director of Quality Initiatives. She was previously a KHC program director. Rutkowski has been with KHC for five years.
• Malea Hartvickson is now a KHC program director. She was previously a KHC quality improvement advisor. Hartvickson has been with KHC for three years.
• Mandy Johnson is now a KHC program director. She was previously a KHC quality improvement advisor. Johnson has been with KHC for two years.
• Treva Borcher is now KHC’s Project Coordinator. She was previously a project specialist. Borcher has been with KHC for two years.
• Rhonda Lassiter is now KHC’s Director of Operations. She was previously executive assistant/office manager. Lassiter has been with KHC for seven years.
FHLBank Topeka announced the following officer promotions:
• Hang Chang was promoted from assistant vice president to vice president. Chang serves as the director of quantitative analysis in the Market Risk Analysis department. He joined FHLBank in 2019.
• Rusty Davis was promoted to vice president. Davis is a regional account manager in the Sales department. He joined FHLBank in 2020.
• Krish Soundar was promoted from assistant vice president to vice president. Soundar serves as the director of quantitative research in the Market Risk Analysis department. He joined FHLBank in 2019.
• Tamara Taylor was promoted from assistant vice president to vice president. Taylor serves as the director of communications in the Marketing and Communications department. She has been with FHLBank since 2001.
• Autumn Blanco was promoted from officer to assistant vice president. Blanco serves as the vendor and business resiliency manager in the Operations Risk department. She joined FHLBank in 2006.
• Candace Hapgood was promoted from officer to assistant vice president. Hapgood serves as the Operations Risk program manager in the Operations Risk department. She joined FHLBank in 2008.
• Dennis Mahan was promoted from officer to assistant vice president. Mahan is director of IT governance in the Information Technology department and has been with FHLBank since 2018.
• Sarah Morse was promoted from officer to assistant vice president. Morse serves as the assistant general counsel in the Legal and Government Relations department. She joined FHLBank in 2017.
• Cathy Parcaro was promoted from officer to assistant vice president. Parcaro serves as the director of market risk strategy in the Market Risk Analysis department. She joined FHLBank in 2010.
• Scott Sader was promoted from officer to assistant vice president. Sader serves as the information security manager in the Information Technology department and has been with FHLBank since 2009.
• Kevin Li was promoted to officer. Li serves as the model risk program manager in the Operations Risk department and has been with FHLBank since 2015.
• Michelle Oliver was promoted to officer. Oliver serves as a Lending operations officer in the Lending department. She joined FHLBank in 2018.
• Matt Torrey was promoted to officer. Torrey is the information security officer in the Operations Risk department. He rejoined FHLBank in 2020.
• Matt Vogelsberg joined FHLBank as the new corporate counsel – compliance in January and was promoted to officer. Vogelsberg previously served as a Kansas deputy disciplinary administrator for the Office of the Disciplinary Administrator.
The election of officers and board members for Dover Community Center, Inc., was held Jan. 17. Members of the board for 2021 are as follows: Dave Lesperance, president; Pam Tennison-Rindt, past president; Lavella Buchmeier, vice president; Richard Bassett, treasurer; Molly Browning, secretary; Connie Miller, member; Roger Sage, member; Debbi Childers, member and rental coordinator; Chris Campbell, member.
Awards, Honors & Recognition
The International Institute for Improving Race Relations and Faith and Hard Work Ministry, Inc., are proud to announce the 2021 award winners in the area of improving race relations throughout the state of Kansas. The recipients have shown strength and structural support for improving their communities and welcoming a racially diversified staff and management team. They have also proven themselves to be strong supporters of the state’s history and serve as trailblazers for positive change in Kansas. The awards will be presented on Friday, Feb. 26th at the «How to Improve Race Relations Virtual Statewide Conference.» The Award winners are as follows:
• The Kansas Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Project — Improving Race Relations in Community Programs Award Winner for 2021.
• Zelia Wiley, of Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture — Improving Race Relations in Higher Education Award Winner for 2021.
• Carlos Gomez — Improving Race Relations Person of the Year Award Winner for 2021.
• Alicia Thompson, superintendent of Wichita Public Schools — Improving Race Relations in Kansas Government Award Winner for 2021.
• Matt Pivarnik, president & CEO of the Greater Topeka Partnership — Improving Race Relations Corporate Leader Award Winner for 2021.
• Capitol Federal Savings — Improving Race Relations in Kansas Corporation of the Year Award Winner for 2021.
• Former Mayor Carl Brewer — Lifetime Achievement Award in Improving Race Relations in Kansas for 2021.
Katie Hoffman, card services manager at Envista Credit Union, recently received the organization’s President’s Award for Excellence. The annual award recognizes one Envista employee who embodies the character, spirit and values of the credit union. In her role, Hoffman has continually demonstrated leadership, integrity and a strong desire to exceed expectations.
Brandon Yocum, branch manager for Envista Credit Union, recently received the organization’s Ken Norton Community Involvement Award for his outstanding dedication and commitment to volunteerism in the Lawrence and Topeka communities. Yocum contributes to his community by serving in various roles with South Knollwood Baptist Church, including teaching fifth and sixth grade Sunday school, serving as a trustee for the church and helping with youth events. Brandon also volunteers with Junior Achievement in the Lawrence Public Schools. Envista has a tradition of volunteer service and encourages staff to be actively involved with charitable organizations. The Ken Norton Community Involvement Award was established in 2015 in honor of long-time board member Ken Norton, who served on the Envista Board of Directors for more than 40 years.
Topeka Metro recognizes nine employees who are celebrating years of service anniversaries with the organization. Keri Renner, Ray Hazzard, Darrell Wedeking and Joe Cole are each celebrating five years with Topeka Metro. Shawn Auten, Jeremy Holloway and Rick Lynch have each served 10 years at Topeka Metro. Jerimy Sumner is being recognized for his 15 years with Topeka Metro. And Denise Ensley celebrates 30 years with Topeka Metro.
The Kansas Department of Transportation recognizes two Topeka employees celebrating service anniversaries in March. Jason Bonar, an applications developer, and Samantha Linder, a management analyst, are each celebrating 10 years with KDOT.