Faces and places
Joan Brunfeldt has proved her proficiency and excellence in bone densitometry as a certified clinical densitometrist through the International Society of Clinical Densitometry. Brunfeldt is a board certified internal medicine practitioner with The Reed Medical Group, Lawrence, where bone density testing for diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis is performed.
Marge Prebble has been promoted to technical research manager at Callahan Creek, Lawrence. She is responsible for managing competitive research services for Callahan Creek's largest client. She has been with Callahan Creek for five years and most recently served as a research analyst.
Ruth Shadel has joined the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Lawrence, as an aging specialist in adult services. She will provide mental health education, caregiver counseling, and therapy for Douglas County older adults and their families. Shadel has a master's degree from Kansas University. She previously worked as director of social services for Medicalodge.
Joseph Fleming has joined the Bert Nash Center Community Mental Health Center, Lawrence, as psychotherapist in children and family services. He will provide individual and family therapy, testing and referrals for young children and adolescents.
The Oasis Adult Day Care Retreat received its state license and recently opened. It is owned and operated by David and Nancy Mannucci, Eudora. The Oasis, 4300 Helianthus Drive in Lawrence, provides daytime care for senior citizens in a home setting.
Director Nancy Mannucci is a licensed practical nurse who has worked as supervisor and charge nurse of several area nursing centers and also as director of an Assisted Living Facility. Other staff members are certified nursing assistants, Rachel Kaslaitis, Hannah Hamlin and Courtney Taylor, all of Eudora.
The business is having an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 24 and Jan. 31. For more information, call 979-8904.
The United Way of Douglas County and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the "Spirit of Caring Awards," to recognize local businesses that are leaders in strengthening the Lawrence community through charitable giving and the promotion of volunteerism. The Spirit of Caring Award for 2003 will honor businesses in four categories, based on the organization's number of employees.
Organizations interested in applying for the Spirit of Caring Award can obtain application forms at the offices of the United Way of Douglas County and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. Information also is available online at www. lawrencechamber.com. The entry deadline is Feb. 20.
Honors and awards
The Douglas County Farm Bureau was recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation for its AgriBusiness Network program. The program, a partnership with the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, brings together producers and other business people who have an interest in agriculture to explore nontraditional ways to expand agriculture.
Harold Pearce, branch manager and financial adviser at the Lawrence office of Raymond James Financial Services, has been named to the firm's 2004 Executive Council in recognition of outstanding client service and professional growth. Executive Council honors are presented to advisers who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to clients. Pearce joined the firm in 1986.
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, Lawrence, has announced that two employees at the Kansas Insurance Department have received Paul DeAngelo Professional Development Scholarships for 2004 from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. John Haug, a policy examiner for the life division, and Ted Clark, chief investigator for the fraud division, have both received $1,000 scholarships to be used for education programs sponsored by the NAIC.
The Twilight Chapter of the American Business Women's Assn. will have its monthly meeting Monday at the American Legion in Lawrence. Networking begins at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Lynate Pettengill will be the guest speaker and will present "Living Big." To make reservations, e-mail Wanda Easterwood at wanda.easterwood @faa.gov.
Lawrence Express Network will have its monthly meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Hereford House. Liz Kundin will talk about "What Women Really Need To Know About Investing." Cost of the luncheon is $15. For more information, visit www.geocities.com/lawexpnet.
The KU Small Business Development Center will present a luncheon seminar in conjunction with the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. The seminar will focus on the challenges and options associated with group health care insurance for small company owners. The meeting will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce conference room.
The speakers will be Tracy Culler, CEK Insurance; Jennifer Turpin, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas; and Lavern Squier, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
To register for the seminar, call 843-8844. Registration is $15 and includes lunch.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service will have a public meeting to gain comments on a proposed rule to begin the new Conservation Security Program. The meeting will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Bicentennial Center in Salina.
The program is designed to reward the best conservation stewards of the most environmentally sensitive areas in targeted watersheds.
Those who wish to speak at the meeting should call Steve Parkin, assistant state conservationist for programs, at (785) 823-4568 by Tuesday.
For more information, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov.