Archive for Sunday, October 7, 2001

Business briefs

October 7, 2001


Faces and places

The Kansas State Nurses Assn. announces that Deborah Gatz, a registered nurse and clinical information project manager at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, has been appointed to the Nursing Practice Standards and Guidelines Committee.

The committee serves the American Nurses Assn. in developing and reviewing the standards of practice for specialty nursing. Gatz received a master's degree from Kansas University.

Betty Guder, Lawrence, recently celebrated her 10th anniversary with Farmland Industries. She serves as the payroll coordinator for the nitrogen fertilizer plant in Lawrence.

Philip Harrison, Lawrence, was installed as vice president for development of the Culver Legion, the alumni association of Culver Academies in Culver, Ind. Harrison graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1961 and has served as a member of the Legion Board for the past two years. Culver Academies consist of Culver Military Academy and the Culver Academy for Girls, both preparatory academies.

Lawrence-based Prosoco Inc., an international manufacturer of products for improving and preserving the appearance of architectural products, announces the hiring of two employees.

Paul Grahovac has rejoined the company as general counsel and director of new business development after a 10-year absence. He monitors the company's legal affairs and serves as chief legal adviser. He also assists Prosoco's president in working with other companies to provide new products and services. The Kansas University graduate previously worked for the National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Sherri Brown, McLouth, is an accounts receivable specialist in the company's Accounting Department. She previously worked as a human resource representative for Lawrence public schools.

Infomark Research Inc., Topeka, announces the promotions of Nancy Denham and Nichole Cross, both of Topeka.

Denham, project manager, is responsible for supervising telephone interviewers and employees working on mailings and focus group recruitment. She also helps hire new interviewers, handle performance evaluations and conduct interviewer training.

Cross, an assistant project manager, assists with the duties performed by the project manager.

Cheri Woolsey, Lawrence, has been hired as an investment officer for the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, a statewide defined-benefit pension plan representing more than 200,000 employees and about $9 billion in invested assets.

Woolsey specializes in the fixed-income portion of the portfolio. She has more than 10 years of experience in investing and previously served as vice president and co-manager in the Global Fixed Income Division of Cantor Fitzgerald and Co. Inc. She received a master's degree from Kansas University, where she most recently worked as MBA career services coordinator for the School of Business.

The Federal Reserve recently launched a new Web site developed by the economic educators of the Federal Reserve system. The site offers students, educators and the general public an introduction to the working of the Federal Reserve system. Tenth District staff members from the Kansas City, Mo., office led the design and development of the FED101 Web site. Log on to and click on FED101.

Larry Tripp, Lawrence, recently completed the Principles of Real Estate class conducted by the Kansas Association of Realtors in Topeka. He also passed the real estate exam to obtain his license. Tripp is a property manager with M.B. Beitler and oversees Firstar bank properties in Kansas and Missouri.

Alan Kroll has joined the staff at Neu Physical Therapy, 1305 Wakarusa Drive, as a registered physical therapist. He specializes in the treatment of sports/orthopedic injuries. Kroll received bachelor's and master's degrees from Kansas University, where he was captain of the men's swimming team for two years. He completed internships at Olympic Sport and Spine Physical Therapy Clinic, near Seattle; and the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Timothy Mirtz, a Lawrence chiropractor, recently had a paper published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. His paper was titled "Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: clinical recognition and preventive management in chiropractic acute care practice." Anyone interested in reading the article may contact Mirtz at his Lawrence office, 865-5050, or his Eudora office, 542-2118.

Jerry Little is supervising city prosecutor for the city of Lawrence.

Little, who joined the city staff earlier this year, oversees prosecution of municipal ordinances and advises city officials about court operations.

Little previously worked as an assistant district attorney in the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. He is a graduate of Kansas University and received his law degree from Washburn University.

Gary Tilley, Lawrence, has been promoted to assistant state sales director of traditional markets for Kansas Farm Bureau Financial Services. He is responsible for sales and marketing activities in the 68 counties and 48 agencies that make up the organization's traditional markets. He joined Kansas Farm Bureau last year and has more than 27 years of experience in the insurance industry.

State Rep. Troy Findley, D-Lawrence, and Loretta Shelly, state director of apprenticeship, joined Lawrence Plumbers and Pipefitters Local No. 763 in recognizing the union's 2001 apprentice graduating class.

Tony Beck, Steve Green, Noel Hicks, Mark Laird, Robert Patterson and Monte Scott, employed by Chaney Inc. and Huxtable Associates, received certificates for completing 1,080 hours of classroom instruction and with 10,000 hours of on-the-job training.

Wes Bonner, Lawrence, has joined Kief's Audio/Video as an audio/video consultant. He recently attended training seminars for Sony, Mitsubishi, Pioneer, Boston Acoustics and Klipsch. Bonner, a Lawrence High School graduate, previously worked for Communicolor and Allen Press.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Lawrence, announces new employees and pre-doctoral interns.

Joe Douglas and Ann Lundberg have joined the center. Douglas, a staff psychiatrist, previously worked at Valeo Behavioral Health Care. He earned his doctorate from Kansas University's School of Medicine. He provides medication evaluation and consultation services for the center's Adult Services Department. Lundberg, a child and family therapist, previously worked at the Family Service and Guidance Center in Topeka.

Bert Nash, a participant in the Kansas Psychology Training Consortium pre-doctoral training program, welcomes the following interns and the areas they will be working in: Lynn Cagle and Marybeth Hoffman, Bert Nash Child and Family Services; Alice Castleberry and Jackie Henry, Bert Nash Adult Services; Tish Hinshaw and Nina Pinnock, Lawrence public schools and Bert Nash Child and Family Services; and Susan Roberts, Kansas University Medical Center, Lawrence public schools and Bert Nash Child and Family Services.

Honors and awards

Kent McAnally, assistant director of Kansas University Career and Development Services, received a KU-National Association of Student Personnel Administrators membership award. The award is sponsored by KU's Division of Student Affairs.

The award recognizes the competent and creative performance of a staff member relatively new to the profession of student affairs who demonstrates interest and potential to professional leadership at the regional and national levels.

Ila Russell, rural Lawrence, recently received the George Trombold award at the annual Kansas State Society for Human Resources conference in Overland Park.

The award recognizes Kansas human resources professionals who excel within their fields and as volunteer leaders within their communities. She is employed as human resource manager for HiSonic Inc., Olathe.

Pat Turmes, clinical director of Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn., was honored as the Administrator of the Year by the Kansas Home Care Assn.

The honor recognizes her contributions to the home health care industry. Turmes entered home health administration after two years of working in the field as a staff nurse.

Turmes has served as director of Home Care Support Services for 15 years. She became clinical director in 1999, a position combining the jobs of three department directors: intermittent care, private duty and hospice. She also has been selected as an officer of the Community Emergency Service organization.

Jennifer Kauffman has received a 2001 Presbyterian Manor scholarship. Kauffman, a certified nursing assistant, is employed at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. She is pursuing a nursing degree at Kansas University.

Coming events

The Lawrence Technology Assn. will conduct a social mixer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Alvamar Country Club, 1809 Crossgate Drive. The mixer is sponsored by Sunflower Broadband.

The mixer is designed to give association members and employees of member organizations with opportunities to network and socialize with other Lawrence-area technology professionals. The mixer also is intended to give area organizations an opportunity to introduce products, services and other news of interest to association members.

Sunflower Broadband will provide complimentary hors d'oeuvres for the event, and a cash bar will be available.

For more information, contact Kerri Johnson by e-mail at or by phone at 785-830-9800, ext. 18.

Sunflower Broadband is a division of The World Company, which owns the Journal-World.

The Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing is sponsoring the 17th annual Minority and Women Business Awards luncheon at noon Tuesday in Kansas State University's Student Union Ballroom, Manhattan.

Awards will be given in the following categories: construction, professional service, retail, service industry, supplier/distributor and minority and women business advocates.

For more information, call Rhonda Harris at (785) 296-3425 or e-mail busdev@kdoch

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces the following ribbon-cutting ceremonies:

DST Systems, 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, 2000 Bluffs Drive;

Edward Jones, 11:30 a.m., Friday, 3025 W. Sixth St.

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