Faces and places

Lawrence-based Harris Construction Co. Inc. has hired five new employees.

Eric Danielson is vice president of business development, overseeing the company’s industrial groups, developing new client partners and working with current and past clients. Danielson previously worked for the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce as director of the Lenexa Economic Development Council, where he facilitated more than $276 million in capital investment through new company locations and expansion, and created and retained 3,360 jobs. Danielson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego.

As senior project manager, Jeremy Catlett will be managing a 40,000-square-foot addition to Blish-Mize’s manufacturing plant in Atchison. Previously, Catlett worked for Advanced Construction Services Inc. as a project manager and estimator, where he competitively bid and managed more than 60 retail and telecommunication projects. Catlett earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Missouri State University and has more than seven years of construction experience.

Alexander White is an assistant project manager, assisting on the Freighthouse Flats Loft Condominiums in Kansas City’s Crossroads District. Previously, White was property manager for more than seven years at White Haven Motor Lodge. White also assisted on several construction projects for Godfather’s Pizza. White earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College.

Chris Sprecker II, assistant project manager, is assisting on Hobbs Taylor Lofts, a 125,000-square-foot, mixed-use development in downtown Lawrence. Previously, Sprecker worked as operations manager for Frito-Lay, where he supervised a team of 30 employees. He also worked as an assistant superintendent/contractor quality control agent for Madrid Engineering Group Inc. in Bartow, Fla., were he assisted in the construction of a satellite communications center for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Sprecker earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and plans to complete his master’s degree in construction management at Kansas University later this year.

Gary Bohannan has rejoined Harris as a skilled craftworker. Bohannan worked for the firm from 1998 to 2002. He will be working on the Nall Valley Shoppes, an approximately 32,000-square-foot retail center in Leawood.

¢ Hairstylist Lisa Howard is joining the staff at Designers Salon and Spa, Lawrence. Howard, who most recently worked at JC Penney Salon, has 20 years of hairstyling experience and specializes in hair color and highlights. For more information, call 865-6585.

¢ Delta Dental of Kansas has selected Dean Newton as the company’s new vice president of sales and marketing. Newton directs sales and marketing efforts from the company’s Overland Park office. Delta Dental serves more than 600,000 enrollees and their families with client groups including Sprint, Yellow Roadway, Payless ShoeSource, Westar Energy and Raytheon.

Before joining Delta Dental, Newton served as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives since 2000. He founded the Children’s Advocacy Foundation, which creates programs dedicated to helping children in the Kansas City area. He also founded Project Smile, a program that provides free dental care to women who need dental work as a result of domestic violence.

¢ An article by Lawrence attorney David Brown has been published in the July/August issue of The Bencher, the magazine of the American Inns of Court. The article stresses that lawyers benefit when they follow the common rules of civility, both in and out of court. The American Inns of Court is a national organization of lawyers, judges and educators. Lawrence resident Deanell Tacha, chief judge for the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver, is president of the organization.

Brown is managing attorney for the Law Offices of David J. Brown LC. He is immediate past president of the Judge Hugh Means Inn of Court in Lawrence. He also is former president of the Douglas County Bar Assn. Brown was a founder and president of the Douglas County Criminal Defense Bar Assn. He regularly practices in the areas of family law.

¢ Drs. Scott Thellman and John Keller, of Lawrence Plastic Surgery, announce the addition of Kathleen Griesemer, a certified registered nurse anesthetist. She has 18 years of experience as a registered nurse. She graduated in 1999 from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., with a master’s degree in anesthesia.

Griesemer has skin care training and provides clients with medical-grade treatments. She recently completed education and training in the field of permanent cosmetic tattooing. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Society for Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists, Association of Medical Esthetic Nurses, Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, and the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses.

¢ Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger announced that LeRoy Brungardt has been appointed to serve on the executive committee of The Society of Insurance Licensing Administrators. Brungardt is director of agents and licensing for the Kansas Insurance Department.

The Society of Insurance Licensing Administrators was established in 1990. The purpose of the organization is to bring together licensing experts whose occupations encompass all aspects of licensing.

¢ Lawrence Memorial Hospital recently welcomed Dr. Lisa “Pazzie” Pazdernik to Lawrence OB-GYN Specialists. She joins Drs. H. Kathy Gaumer, Phillip Moreano and Samantha Durland in offering women’s health care services.

Pazdernik earned a bachelor’s degree in 1993 and her medical degree in 1997 from Kansas University. She completed a residency in obstetrics/gynecology at the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education, which is affiliated with KU. She had been practicing at a hospital at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., during the past four years and twice earned the Navy Achievement Medal. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

¢ The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Breast Center received a three-year accreditation in mammography from the American College of Radiology following a recent survey. The survey, conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, assessed patient exams, film quality, mammography equipment and qualifications of the Breast Center’s staff.

In 1992, the Food and Drug Administration created the Mammography Quality Standards Act. According to the FDA, more than 30 percent of inspected facilities that perform mammography do not comply with ACR regulations.

Honors and awards

Crown Toyota has been selected as a recipient of the 2004 Toyota Motor Sales President’s Award. This is the second time in the program’s 19-year history that the dealership has received the award, which recognizes operations that maintain Toyota’s standards for customer satisfaction.

Crown owner Miles Schnaer plans to open his new Toyota showroom Sept. 22. The showroom includes new and used cars, complex also includes an expanded service department and an estimating service.

For more information, click on www.crownautomotive.com.

¢ The Kansas Department of Commerce announced that the two television ads developed for its Kansas Brand Image Campaign – “Kansas, as big as you think” – have won Silver Telly Awards for excellence in television production.

The two ads – one featuring Abilene native Dwight D. Eisenhower and the other featuring Atchison’s Amelia Earhart – were launched earlier this year.

Kansas’ new state image was developed as a result of recommendations made at the 2003 Prosperity Summit, which convened community leaders from across the state in a series of meetings to identify opportunities to strengthen the Kansas economy.

The Kansas Brand Image Task Force worked with Callahan Creek, a Lawrence-based advertising agency, to develop the campaign.

The Telly Awards program was founded in 1978 and honors local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs. There were a record 12,500 entries from 50 states and numerous countries. A Silver Telly, the highest honor, is given to fewer than 10 percent of the entries and is judged against the highest standard of merit.

Coming events

The Lawrence Express Network, a chapter of the American Business Women’s Assn., will be welcome Nancy Goodall for the organization’s monthly networking luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Hereford House, 4931 W. Sixth St. Goodall, president and senior trust officer for Central National Bank in Topeka, will discuss the “ethical will” – the passing on of values, ideals, and life lessons.

¢ Dana Duellman, a Lawrence Realtor and Feng Shui practitioner, is sponsoring Graceful Lifestyles School, beginning Oct. 5 in Kansas City, Kan.

The centerpiece of the Graceful Lifestyles School is the 5-Day Feng Shui Interior Redesign course. The blending of Feng Shui and Green Design with interior redesign results in a Graceful Lifestyles consultant – one trained to moves beyond decorating and create a healthy, healing environment that harmonizes person to place.

The three components of the course are Feng Shui, Interior Redesign and Green Design.

The program will provide the consultant with the tools to create a new career: palette selection, floor plan designs, furniture styles, vendor alliances, portfolio assembly, and successful business procedures. A certificate is given after completion of the five-day program and continued support is available.

For more information, visit Graceful Lifestyles’ Web site at www.gracefullifestyles.com. For more information, call Duellman at 550-7326.