Eileen Roddy

Slice of Life: Maria Ilardi starts own holistic mental health practice
April 11, 2011
“Caring came naturally to me, and I always knew I wanted to work in a helping profession,” says psychiatric registered nurse practitioner Maria Ilardi, who has recently opened a private practice in Lawrence.
Slice of Life: Global adventures inspire author, professor
April 4, 2011
Local author, lawyer and Haskell Indian Nations University professor Lucia Orth’s passion for books, travel, equality, fairness and justice took root during her childhood in Hannibal, Mo.
Slice of Life: Linda Lester an integral part of downtown retail
March 28, 2011
A positive attitude, independent spirit, strong work ethic and a willingness to take risks have helped cancer survivor Linda Lester achieve her dream of owning her own store, The Etc. Shop.
Slice of Life: Birdwatcher’s skills no flight of fancy
March 21, 2011
Where birds are concerned, Cynthia Shaw was a child prodigy.
Slice of Life: Lawrence engineer thrives in dual roles
March 14, 2011
The challenges of changing and adapting to life on three continents during her formative years, and her father’s encouragement and example, instilled a deep sense of hope and optimism in Gina Pacumbaba-Watson.
Slice of Life: KU professor’s music career took him to Hollywood
March 7, 2011
Paul Stevens, associate professor of horn at Kansas University, has worked on Hollywood blockbusters, TV shows, rubbed shoulders with foreign government leaders, performed with world-famous artists and played in some of the world’s finest concert halls. But he still underplays his achievements.
Slice of Life: Flexible spirit works in health, education
February 28, 2011
“I knew from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher and perhaps be in the health field helping people,” says Sidney Sutton, registered yoga teacher, mentor, retreat leader and lifelong learner.
Slice of Life: Free State basketball coach committed to kids
February 21, 2011
“Sports are about more than results,” says Chuck Law, Free State High School’s boys basketball head coach.
Slice of Life: Sailing adventure charts new journey for Topeka chaplain
February 14, 2011
We don’t often associate spiritual transformation with imprisonment. Lee Rader does. It’s an integral part of her work as chaplain at the Women’s Correctional Facility, Topeka, and her own personal journey.
Slice of Life: Heritage points musician to passion for fiddling
February 7, 2011
Discovery of an ancient recording of Nordic music in Kansas University’s music library changed Byron Wiley’s life direction, led him to discover his Swedish roots and form Ingevalds Spelman, a Scandinavian music group.
Slice of Life: Body in motion
January 31, 2011
When you watch the extraordinary gracefulness and presence exuded by Kansas University dance professor Patrick Suzeau, 59, as he glides across the stage, it’s hard to believe he was once a pudgy child who didn’t encounter dance until he was 15.
Slice of Life: Catholic Charities coordinator inspired by mom
January 24, 2011
A TV program and her mom’s lifetime commitment to community service fueled Nickie Daneke’s passion for helping others and led her back to Lawrence to become coordinator of emergency assistance and case manager for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas.
Slice of Life: Kansas weather keeps roofer thinking on his feet
January 17, 2011
Keeping a good roof over your head these days is harder than it used to be. Kansas weather and the rising cost of updated materials can wreck havoc on one’s abode. Ask veteran roofer Andrew Conklin, owner of Andy’s Roofing.
Slice of Life: Ballard leader began career in politics
January 10, 2011
Dianne Ensminger, CEO of Ballard Community Center Inc. since 1999, was appointed to political office at 21, re-elected after a successful campaign, but knew politics wasn’t for her.
Model Citizen: Army Reserve retiree reclaims favorite hobby
January 3, 2011
Gary Allcorn was a model child; he’s now a model man. He started building plastic airplanes at 6 and is now president of Jayhawk Model Masters-Lawrence model airplane enthusiasts’ club.