Archive for Sunday, June 19, 2005

Faces and places

June 19, 2005


Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center announces several recent additions to its staff:

Jill Reese is a multisystemic therapy clinical case manager, responsible for working intensely with troubled youth. She received her master of social work degree from Washburn University, and previously worked as a manager at La Prima Tazza.

Jennie Jackson-Colburn is a senior adult outpatient therapist, providing psychotherapy for adult clientele. She received her master of social work degree from Kansas University, and previously worked as an outpatient psychotherapist at Valeo Behavioral Health Care Center.

Angela Viets is a clinical case manager in children and family services, She received a master's degree at KU and previously worked as a case manager for Four County Mental Health Center.

¢ D3 Sports, an apparel and collectible store, recently opened at 2040 W. 31st St. Its owners are David Timmons, Leavenworth, and Doug Dobbins, Lawrence.

¢ Mimi Urish has joined the staff of Lawrence Therapy Services and Baldwin Therapy Services as a speech-language pathologist, focusing on the evaluation and treatment of articulation, phonological errors, language deficits, voice disorders, speech disfluencies, stroke rehabilitation, and swallowing problems. Urish received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology Kansas University. Urish provides in-clinic and in-home services.

¢ Dr. Mark Herrmann has joined Chiropractic Health Center, Lawrence. Herrmann is a 1994 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College, and previously has practiced with doctors in Ohio and Missouri. He has completed 100 hours of acupuncture training and is a life member of the Acupuncture Society of America.

¢ The Lawrence Business Exchange has elected new officers for the coming year. They are: Connie Warkins, president; Jan Stewart, vice president; Stephanie Ziegler and Kirsten Flory, secretary; and Stephen Nettles, treasurer. Larry Northrop is past president.

The LBE is a network of professionals that meet at noon every second and fourth Wednesday at Stone Creek restaurant.

For more information, visit or call 842-3535.

¢ Michael B. Clark has been selected as the next president and CEO of Delta Dental of Kansas.

Clark joined Delta Dental in 2002 as vice president of sales and marketing, working out of the company's Overland Park office. He and his family will relocate to Wichita this summer.

Delta Dental of Kansas is the state's largest provider of group dental benefits, serving more than 600,000 enrollees and their families.

¢ Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A., has promoted Steven D. Sandberg, P.E., from associate to senior associate.

Sandberg is a project engineer in the water/wastewater division of PEC's Topeka office. He has more than 29 years of design and construction experience, including seven at PEC. He received a master's degree in environmental health engineering from Kansas University.

Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A., has a staff of more than 240 with offices in Lawrence, Wichita, Topeka, Pittsburg, and Tulsa, Okla. The company provides engineering consulting services in mechanical, electrical, structural, transportation, water/wastewater, municipal, land development, inspection, geotechnical and survey to clients in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Honors and awards

The Lawrence Express Network ABWA Chapter announces two award winners.

Connie Warkins has been selected as the chapter's 2005 Top 10 Business Woman. Recognized for exceptional career achievements, a Top 10 Business Woman excels in meeting career goals and enhancing her education, gives back to her community and takes time for family and self.

Tina Neal is the chapter's 2005 Woman of the Year, recognizing Neal for making "notable contributions and outstanding achievements" regarding the chapter.

¢ Bonita Joy Yoder, a Lawrence attorney and real estate broker, received an award this month in Denver for her first book, "Invest Like a Millionaire (...and Sleep Like an Angel!): A Spiritual Guide to the Heart and Soul of Real Estate."

The book placed second in the spiritual/inspirational category of a national book contest sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Assn. Yoder also received the association's "Most Enthusiastic Author" award.

Yoder, a real estate investor for 25 years, describes the book as outlining her process for partnering with inner guidance to create abundance through real estate investing that is in alignment with one's ethics and spiritual values.

Coming events

Richard Ong, of Ong and Company Certified Public Accountants, based in Overland Park, will be a featured speakers in the next free Web seminar sponsored by Commerce Bank, "Unlocking the Secrets of QuickBooks."

The seminar is set for 4 p.m. Thursday.

The bank's Success Strategies for Small Business series provides small business owners the ability to learn from top business experts without having to leave their offices.

¢ June 27 is the deadline for Kansas agricultural producers and rural small businesses to apply for USDA's Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Program, which encourages participants to create renewable and energy efficient systems.

Money is available for renewable energy systems involving solar, biomass, biogas, wind and geothermal projects. Money also is available for efficiency projects involving improvements to HVAC systems, insulation, refrigeration, lighting, pumping systems, air systems, motor systems, and irrigation efficiency improvements.

Farmers and ranchers can receive financing assistance for irrigation system energy improvements, methane digesters for livestock waste, grain handling systems, wind turbines, and solar systems and other energy-related activities.

Renewable energy grant applications must be for a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $500,000. Energy efficiency grant applications may range from $2,500 to $250,000. Each grant request must not exceed 25 percent of the eligible project cost.

Applications must be submitted to the USDA Rural Development State Office, postmarked no later than June 27. Detailed information about program requirements and the application process can be found on the Kansas USDA Rural Development's Web site at or by calling (785) 271-2732.

¢ The third-annual Professional Businesswomen's Conference, Tradeshow and Franchise Expo begins Wednesday at Century II in Wichita.

Scheduled seminar topics include business leadership, sales strategies, franchising, certification, networking, supplier diversity, business trends and business financing.

Ten women presenters and several panels of women entrepreneurs are scheduled to offer insights into career development and business ownership.

Among scheduled speakers are Larraine Motusak, a leadership scholar and president of LARCON Associates; Janet Harris Lange, president of the National Women Business Owners Corp.; Mary Ellen Sheets, founder and president of Two Men & a Truck; and Patricia Stout, president of Alamo Travel Group.

A Business to Business Expo will be conducted from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., providing attendees an opportunity to network and meet with corporate suppliers and vendors.

Fee for the conference is $99 and registration can be made by calling (316) 682-7827 or e-mailing


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