Archive for Sunday, April 24, 2005

Faces and places

April 24, 2005


Liz Barnes recently was named director of case management/social work at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Barnes was director of case management at Baptist-Lutheran Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., where she was responsible for coordination, supervision and daily management of the hospital's Continuum of Care Department. Barnes began working in case management in 1997, and since has worked in managed care, worker's compensation, disease management and hospital case management.


Bruce Flanders, director of the Lawrence Public Library, has been appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to the board of directors for the Information Network of Kansas. The network administers accessKansas, which provides online access to governmental information. Flanders has been director of the library since 1995. He is a graduate of Kansas University and the University of Illinois.


The American Psychological Assn. announces the release of a video, "Working with Children Who Have Neglect or Abuse," by Wes Crenshaw. The video is designed for mental health professionals and follows Crenshaw's book on working with families and children in the child protective system. Crenshaw is a licensed psychologist and director of The Family Therapy Institute Midwest in Lawrence. More information is available at


James Allen has joined Mar Lan Construction, Lawrence, as project manager and estimator. James has worked in construction management for the past five years and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in construction science at Kansas State University. He recently completed an OSHA-30 certification class at Kansas State University. His background includes experience as concrete finisher, concrete foreman, carpenter and carpenter foreman.


Michael Sears, a vice president and trust officer with Great Plains Trust Co., Overland Park, has been named as the 2006 annual director to the Kansas Bankers Assn.'s Trust Division Board.

The Kansas Bankers Assn. is an advocate for the banking industry in Kansas and provides resources and services to banks. The Trust Division comprises more than 50 Kansas banks and trust companies, providing educational opportunities and tools, plays a role in interpreting and negotiating new laws, and promotes the working relationship between regulators and trust institutions.

Before joining Great Plains, Sears was an estate planning attorney for seven years. He received his juris doctorate from Kansas University.


Tom Harper, of Stephens Real Estate, Lawrence, has received the Certified Residential Specialist designation by the Council of Residential Specialists. Realtors who receive the designation have completed advanced courses and have demonstrated professional expertise in the residential real estate.


Shirley Hitt, of Douglas County Visiting Nurses, attended the Minority Health Conference on April 13.


Mona Hamby and Jessica Wollesen, employees at First State Bank and Trust, have transferred to offices in Lawrence.

Hamby, who previously worked in the Tonganoxie bank's commercial lending department, now works in the same department at 609 Vt. Hamby has seven years of banking experience and works with commercial borrowers on loan applications, closing and servicing.

Wollesen, who previously worked in Perry, has joined the Lawrence bank at 3901 W. Sixth St. and will continue in the role of personal banker. Wollesen assists customers with new accounts, consumer lending and other retail banking needs.


Marty Mosier has been promoted to vice president of closing for Kansas Secured Title -- Douglas County. Mosier has six years experience in the title and lending industries and has been closing manager at Kansas Secured Title since November 2003. Mosier will continue to oversee the Douglas County operations as well as manage tax deferred exchanges, and commercial and residential transactions.


Marilyn Dobski has been elected to Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters board of directors.

Dobski owns and operates 13 McDonald's restaurants in six counties, including Douglas County. Dobski has received several community honors, including businesswoman of the year, Friend of Education Award, Governor's Art Award and the Ronald McDonald Award for Community Service.


All-Pro Services Inc. in Lawrence has been requalified as a certified firm by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, which has certified more than 3,600 firms and 32,000 technicians.


Wayne Whitney, of Raymond James Financial Services in Lawrence, attended the company's national conference for professional development April 3-7 in San Diego. Among the topics covered: alternative investments, wealth management, performance reporting and tax-free investing.


Hal O'Donnell and Claudia Jones have been promoted to vice presidents of commercial lending at Intrust Bank, in Lawrence.

O'Donnell has been in the banking industry for 12 years and with Intrust for two years. O'Donnell graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and received his Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Regis University in Denver.

Jones has been in the banking industry for 21 years and with Intrust for five years. The Lawrence native attended the School of Lending Principles and the Commercial Lending School.


Donald Schepker, Topeka, has been named president and executive director of Stormont-Vail Foundation. He is a senior financial executive with more than 30 years of experience in a variety of financial disciplines. He served as senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer for Security Benefit Group of Cos. from 1987 to 2003.


Kim Hoffman, occupational therapist and co-owner of Lawrence Therapy Services and Baldwin Therapy Services, attended the Kansas Occupational Therapy Assn. Spring State Conference last month in Lawrence. Jennifer Williams, occupational therapist, also attended. Conference topics included hand-evaluation processes, hand splinting, distal radial fractures and movement strategies for managing chronic health conditions.

Honors and awards

CornerBank has announced Don Shepard as the bank's Community Cornerstone Award recipient for April. In recognition of Shepard's service, CornerBank will contribute $100 to St. James Church.

Among the organizations that Shepard has served are the Lawrence Human Relations Commission, Lawrence Traffic Safety Commission, Lawrence Citizen Advisory Council, Housing Task Force Commission, St. James Church Board of Trustees, Woodlawn PTA and the Douglas County Traffic Board.

Shepard, a lifelong Lawrence resident, has received several honors and citations, including the North Lawrence Improvement Association Award for Exceptional Contribution, Woodlawn PTA for Faithful and Loyal Support, the Good Apple Award and Outstanding Citizen Award from the Lawrence school district, and Substantial Citizen from the Lawrence Kiwanis Club.

Shepard helps provide transportation for children with special needs.


Three Lawrence Memorial Hospital employees and volunteers received special recognition for their volunteer contributions in March.

Judy Hollingshead, staff nurse in the Surgery Department's pre-admission clinic, and Crystal Snyder, junior volunteer, were nominated and recognized for the United Way Wallace Galluzzi Volunteer of the Year Award.

Hollingshead was recognized for her services as a board member and president of Breast Cancer Awareness of Douglas County, formerly known as Breast Cancer Action, since 1997.

Snyder has volunteered for four years at LMH, has received a Bravo Award for her bulletin boards in the Maternal-Child Department and has completed 880 hours of service. She volunteers on the surgical unit, answers patient call lights, creates bulletin boards and delivers supplies throughout the hospital. Snyder also is a trainer for new junior volunteers. She is the daughter of LMH employee Sheila Snyder.

Marian Wilbur, past president of the LMH Auxiliary and an information desk volunteer, was presented with the Community Cornerstone Award for her contributions not only as a LMH volunteer, but also for her contributions as a volunteer for AudioReader, Lawrence Public Library, Bishop Seabury, West Junior High, Meals on Wheels and Trinity Episcopal Church.


Judy Miller and Katheryn Wietharn, both of Topeka, were named employees of the month for February and March by Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging Inc. Miller recently was promoted to fiscal supervisor. Wietharn is a case management data entry specialist.


Johnson County Community College is listed among the top 10 digitally savvy community colleges for 2005 in the mid/suburban category by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community Colleges. The ranking was established based on the second Digital Community Colleges Survey, which examined how colleges deploy technology to streamline operations and better serve their students, faculty and staff. The survey was underwritten by 3Com, Gateway and Quest Software.


The Lawrence school district and Achievement Partner KU Credit Union honored Woodlawn School custodian Damon Rogers with a Class Act Award on April 14. Rogers, who has worked for the district for six years, was honored for being "friendly, courteous, a great custodian and a valued member of the Woodlawn staff."

Coming events

The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will present a financing seminar, "Making Cent$ of Financial Statements," from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, 734 Vt.

The seminar aims to teach small business owners or potential owners how to user periodic financial statements -- such as cash flow, balance sheet, and income statements -- to uncover hidden profit potential.

The cost is $40 for preregistered attendees and $50 at the door. To preregister or for more information, call Maggie Bornholdt at 843-8844 or stop by the office at 734 Vt.


The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces several upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremonies:

  • American Express Financial Advisors, 4:30 p.m. May 3 at 1321 Wakarusa Drive, Suite 2000.
  • Hair Experts Salon & Spa, 4:30 p.m. May 6 at 2100 W. 25th St., Suite B.
  • Tastefully Simple -- Carol Hayden, 11:30 a.m. May 12 at Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, 734 Vt., Suite 101.
  • Schmidt Design Group, 11:30 a.m. May 18 at 4621 W. Sixth St., Suite C.
  • Central National Bank, 11:30 a.m. May 25 at 800 Mass.

The American Business Women's Assn. Lawrence Express Network will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Hereford House, Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. Members will have a mini trade show displaying and talking about their companies. Cost of the luncheon is $15. Guests are welcome. For more information call Autumn Weiss at 749-0316 or e-mail her at


"Research in Entrepreneurship," a workshop organized by the Center for Research on Entrepreneurial Activity and supported by the Kauffman Foundation, will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6 at the Adams Alumni Center, 1266 Oread Ave.

The workshop will feature presentations by Donna Ginther, of Kansas University's Department of Economics; Vlad Ivanov, of KU's School of Business; and Toby Stuart, professor of strategy at Columbia University.

The event offers a chance for faculty and doctoral students interested in research on entrepreneurship to learn more about current work as well as financial support available through the Center for Research on Entrepreneurial Activity.

For more information, contact George Bittlingmayer at or Joshua Rosenbloom at The deadline to register is Friday. To register, contact Laura Johnson at


Kansas Legal Professionals Inc. will have its annual meeting and educational conference this weekend at the Courtyard by Marriott in Topeka.

Saturday's activities include seminars on identity theft and working with impaired individuals, election of officers, a banquet and awards presentation. A brunch and board meeting will be Sunday. Cost varies depending on activities attended.

For registration information, contact Sheryl Collins at (785) 295-2734 or Jill Chappell at (785) 232-2200. For more information about membership in KLPI, contact LeAnn Keplar at (620) 767-5899 or visit its Web site

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