Archive for Sunday, December 28, 2003

Faces and places

December 28, 2003


Susan Gibson has joined Lawrence Otolaryngology Associates as clinical audiologist. She is a Kansas University graduate. She will provide hearing evaluations.


Anne Walters and Dorothy Pogge, of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, recently attended the World Travel Market in London. More than 23,000 individuals from the travel industry met and did business with 5,000 exhibiting companies representing 191 countries. The primary objective of the exhibition was conducting business on a global scale.


Spencer Fane Britt & Browne has hired Terri Thomas, who is Of Counsel with the firm. Thomas is the point person for Bankers Choice, Spencer Fane's financial institution consulting division specializing in on-site training and fixed-fee legal assistance to financial institutions in Kansas and Missouri.

Thomas has been employed in the banking industry for more than 23 years. She served for 14 years as in-house legal counsel and trust officer for Bank of America and its Kansas predecessors. She also managed the Trust and Asset Management Division of Capital City Bank, which has facilities in Topeka, Overland Park and Lawrence. Thomas serves as an adjunct instructor at Washburn University and is a frequent seminar presenter for banking associations throughout Kansas.

Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP is a Midwest law firm with regional, national and international practices.


Bob Harvey, director of Family Practice Clinics for Lawrence Memorial Hospital, was recently selected by the American College of Medical Practice Executives to be its representative to medical practices in Kansas.

He also was selected as the college representative and member of the executive committee for the Primary Care Assembly of the Medical Group Management Assn., which is made up of more than 5,000 primary care practices throughout the United States. MGMA is the nation's principal voice for medical group practice. The role of representative is to promote the college and foster education and certification of organization members.

As director of Family Practice Clinics for LMH, Harvey manages Family Medicine of Baldwin City, Eudora Family Care, Family Medicine of Tonganoxie and Mt. Oread Family Practice.


Molly Tye has joined Lawrence Memorial Hospital as youth services coordinator in the Volunteer Services Department. Tye will recruit and supervise youth volunteers and facilitate educational programs for youths pertaining to health, safety and hospital careers. She will assist with the hospital's career days and job shadowing. Tye also will work with Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Education Achievement Partner, Pinckney School, to promote health education and enrichment activities for the students at Pinckney.

Tye currently attends Johnson County Community College and plans to enroll at Kansas University next fall.

The new position is funded by a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation. The foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations that are innovative and meaningful in their approach to improve the health of Kansans.


Peoples Bank, which had two Lawrence bank locations, has donated $4,500 to Lawrence High School and $4,500 to Free State High School to continue their after-school activity programs.


Sarah Etzel has been promoted to director of financial services at Callahan Creek, Lawrence. Etzel is responsible for financial management and benefits for the company. Etzel has worked at Callahan Creek for 18 years and served in the roles of bookkeeper, assistant controller and controller. She has a bachelor's degree in business from Emporia State University.

Callahan Creek also has hired Sara Cameron as account coordinator. Cameron will work in the account service department, assisting in project management to help the agency maintain job efficiency, quality of work and client satisfaction. She has a bachelor's degree in business communications and a master's degree in education from Kansas University. She previously worked for the media relations office of the Kansas University Athletics Corp.


Chuck Banks, rural development state director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced the availability of $1 million of grant funds through the agency's Rural Community Development Initiative Home-Based Health Care Demonstration program. The purpose of the program is to encourage the development of rural home health care cooperatives. Forms are available at They also can be obtained by calling (202) 720-1503 or e-mailing The deadline is Feb. 13.


Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials have selected Travis Rhoades, Olathe, as the resident inspector at the Wolf Creek Generating Station near Burlington. He joined the commission last year as a reactor inspector in the Division of Reactor Safety at the Region I office in King of Prussia, Pa. He previously worked as a production supervisor at the Abbott Laboratories facility in McPherson. He received a bachelor's degree from Baker University.

Coming events

Kansas entrepreneurs who are interested in value-added food processing might be interested in a Jan. 15 meeting in Call Hall at Kansas State University, Manhattan. The all-day event will look at what resources and services are available at K-State and the Department of Commerce. There will be discussions and tours. The cost is $15, which includes lunch. The registration deadline is Jan. 9. For more information, call Karen Pendleton at 843-1409 or e-mail The meeting is sponsored by Kansas Rural Center, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops and K-State.


The Kansas Women's Business Center is sponsoring a workshop designed to introduce participants to the center and help them learn the characteristics of an entrepreneur. "Out of Your Head and Into Business: Assessing Your Entrepreneurial Potential/Orientation" will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at the center in Lenexa. The cost is $15. For more information, call (913) 492-5922, ext. 147.


The Kansas Women's Business Center is sponsoring a two-part series, "Starting a Profitable Small Business." The workshop is designed to give participants tips regarding evaluating a business idea, finding locations and defining the customer market. The workshop will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 9 at the center. The cost is $199. For more information call Lori Kravets at (913) 492-5922 or e-mail

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