Betsie Andrews, director of the performing arts center ArtisTree, was selected by the American Tap Foundation in New York City to be one of 20 dance educators from around the world to receive the charter ATDF certificate in rhythm tap technique, Copasetic Canon repertory, pedagogy, music concepts, tap composition, improvisation and tap history.
Three sessions of intense learning and dancing were held from July 2014 through mid-February 2015. All sessions were facilitated and mentored by world-renowned tap dancers and master teachers: Margaret Morrison, Barbara Duffy, Thelma Goldberg, Toni Noblett, Susan Hebach, Tony Waag and Brenda Bufalino.
Andrews successfully completed all sessions and received her certificate on Feb. 16.
Dr. Christine Fisher at Hays Medical Center implanted the first leadless defibrillator in western Kansas. The Boston Scientific S-ICD (subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator) provides protection from sudden cardiac arrest while leaving the heart untouched.
This system continuously monitors the heart’s activity and delivers a shock in a life-threatening situation. Many types of patients can benefit from the S-ICD, including young patients with life-threatening heart rhythm problems and patients with vascular access problems, such as those on dialysis. In most cases, S-ICD patients go home the same day with no lifting restrictions.
Dr. Fisher has practiced cardiology in Hays for nearly 18 years.
Beth Pisano recently joined the Community Foundation staff as an accounting assistant.
Pisano joins the foundation with 15 years of accounting experience. A graduate of Hutchinson Community College, with an Associates in Accounting, she is currently completing her business degree at Wichita State University.
Pisano is a member of Soroptomist International, The Volunteer Center advisory board and Morton Credit Union supervisory committee, and she processes tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
Pisano and her family are lifelong residents of Reno County.
Shannon Holmberg joined First National Bank of Hutchinson as officer, personal trust services in the First Wealth Management department.
Prior to joining The First, Holmberg was an attorney for Gilliland Hayes, LLC. A native of Larned, she earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, from Fort Hays State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Holmberg and her family reside in Hutchinson, where she is active in her children’s events. She currently serves on the Wesley Towers Inc. Board of Directors and is a member of Young Professionals of Reno County. Holmberg is a member of the American Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association and the Reno County Bar Association, where she previously served as treasurer.
RE/MAX Royal real estate agency in Hutchinson recently honored five agents at a regional RE/MAX awards ceremony held Feb. 20 in Overland Park:
Chad Harris, broker/owner and agent, was recognized for being 8th for individual sales in the state of Kansas. He was the No. 1 selling agent by sales volume in the Hutchinson MLS in 2014, bringing in approximately $9.3 million in real estate sales for the year. Harris won the Platinum Club Award for his sales production.
Lucas Soltow, self-branded as “The Social Agent,” received the 100% Club Award after generating $4.5 million in real estate sales in 2014. Soltow ranked as the No. 1 Buyer’s Agent in the Hutchinson market in 2014, based on the number of transactions he did.
Lyle Goertzen received the Executive Club Award, as well as the Cooperative Spirit Award. Goertzen generated more than $1.5 million in sales in his first full year with RE/MAX Royal.
Jeremy McDowell received the Executive Club Award after generating more than $2 million in his first full year at RE/MAX Royal.
Art Noll received the Executive Club Award. He sold more than $1.5 million in real estate in 2014.
LINDSBORG – Randy Berry, a 1987 graduate and member of the Bethany College board of directors, was named as the first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Berry has recently served as a senior Foreign Service officer at the American Consulate in Amsterdam.
According to Kerry, the goal of the newly established position is to assert the equality and dignity of all persons, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, and build capacity to respond rapidly to violence against LGBT persons.
The Special Envoy will work with governments, civil society and the private sector through the Global Equality Fund to support programs advancing human rights of LGBT persons worldwide.
Ryan Patton has been promoted to the position of Corrections Manager II at Hutchinson Correctional Facility, effective today.
Patton first started with the facility in April 2003 as a Corrections Officer and was promoted to the position of Sergeant in November 2006. He was then promoted to the position of Corrections Counselor I in February 2008, promoted to Corrections Counselor II in October 2011, and promoted to his current position of Unit Team Manager in February 2013.
Patton is a graduate of The Christian Academy and holds his Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Hutchinson Community College. He continues his education with Rasmussen College, in the field of Finance.
Marlow Ediger, professor emeritus of education at Truman State University, received notice that his co-authored supplementary textbook titled “Essays on School Issues” was published by Discovery Publishing House.
A native of Inman and a resident of Newton, Ediger received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emporia State University and his doctorate from the University of Denver.
GREAT BEND – As one of only a few orthopedic surgeons between Kansas City and Denver who perform specialized spine techniques, Vivek Sharma, M.D., treats a wide range of back-related conditions.
Dr. Sharma recently started a monthly clinic at the Great Bend Healthcare Center, 1400 Polk. When the new St. Rose Health Center opens, his office will be in the St. Rose Specialty Clinic.
His home base is Hays Medical Center, which co-owns St. Rose with Centura Health. Dr. Sharma has been trained in minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgery.
MIS benefits include: a small incision; preservation of muscle tissue; less blood loss; fewer blood transfusions; shorter hospital stays; less post-operative pain; faster recovery; and lower infection rate.
Dr. Sharma has performed the surgery on patients ranging in age from 16 to 102. Of the more than 500 procedures he has performed in five years at HaysMed, 90 percent involved MIS.
Dr. Sharma earned his medical degree and performed his rotating internship and residency at G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital at the University of Mumbai in Mumbai, India. His orthopedic residency was at the same university.
The Trust Company of Kansas (TCK) is pleased to announce the addition of Amy Gilbert, Trust Administrator. She joins the TCK – Hutchinson office as an assistant to Michael Smith, senior vice president and trust officer.
Gilbert holds a B.S. in business administration from Emporia State University. She enjoys reading, church activities and spending time with her family.
HESSTON – André Swartley, English as a Second Language program director at Hesston College, presented at the After JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) conference Feb. 9 and 10 in Chiba, Japan.
JET is an 18-month teaching fellowship through the Japanese government, where native speakers of other languages, especially English, teach in Japanese public schools. The After JET conference seeks to expose JET teachers in their last year to options in education after their term expires. This year, the conference hosted about 450 attendees. Swartley was an assistant language teacher in the JET program from 2012 to 2014, preceding his work at Hesston College.
Swartley’s presentation focused on paths of study that could lead to various teaching careers in English-speaking countries. Covering areas including teaching certification, teaching fellowships and non-teaching education jobs, Swartley outlined career options and how assistant language teachers can pursue them.
In addition to presenting, Swartley, who is also an editor and fiction author, provided one-on-one consultations to conference attendees who wished to discuss careers in education, writing or publishing.
Swartley is the author of “The Island of Misfit Toys,” “Americanus Rex” and “Leon Martin and the Fantasy Girl.” His fourth novel will be released in October.
GARDEN CITY – Nurses and nurse aides at St. Catherine Hospital are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. This award is part of the DAISY Foundation to recognize the unbelievable efforts nurses perform every day.
Recently, Kim Dewey, RN on the surgical floor, was nominated by one of her patients and again by a family member of a patient. The family’s nomination tells the story of the “cheerful” and “conscientious” care and compassion that Dewey provided while their loved one was hospitalized.
TOPEKA – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced recent area appointments to boards and commissions:
Allen Schmidt, Hays, was appointed to a four-year term on the State Civil Service Board. Schmidt received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree from Fort Hays State University, and a second master’s degree from the United States Army War College. He served as the first president of the Kansas Dairy Association, represented the 36th Senate District from 2011 to 2013, and spent 32 years as an officer in the Army Medical Service Corps.
The Civil Service Board hears appeals from classified state employees with permanent status under the Kansas Civil Service Act, as well as applicants for classified positions who are entitled by law and regulation to appeal to the Board.
James Jarboe Jr., Lakin, and Amy Mellor, Great Bend, were appointed to serve four-year terms on the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training board.
Jarboe earned his associate’s degree from Garden City Community College. He is Sheriff of Kearny County and Chief of Police in both Lakin and Deerfield.
Mellor received her J.D. from Washburn University School of Law. She is currently the assistant county attorney in Barton County.
The 12-member Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training oversees law enforcement officers in Kansas. They may suspend, revoke or deny the certification of a police or law enforcement officer, and they also provide accredited instruction to officers.
Don Evans, Harper, was appointed to a four-year term on the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention board. Evans is the deputy sergeant for Harper County.
This board determines, advocates for, and promotes the best interests of juveniles in Kansas. The members review juvenile justice policy, advise policymakers on issues affecting the juvenile justice system, and strive to keep Kansas in compliance with the federal JJDPA Act.
Steve Behrendt recently joined My Support Agent, LLC (MSA) as an IT Support Specialist II. Behrendt has over 40 years of IT support experience and has spent the last 30 years as an IT Support Specialist for a medical and agricultural software development company in Hutchinson.
Linda Korb, Director of Marketing at My Support Agent, LLC (MSA) achieved status as an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Adobe Muse software. Adobe Muse is a website design/development software that allows a fluid and dynamic designing process without the need for time-consuming coding. Korb is currently the only ACE listed in the Adobe ACE database for the state of Kansas.
ELLINWOOD – At its 119th annual meeting, the Farmers Mutual Insurance Company (FMI), honored retiring Director Joseph “Joe” Wirtz and elected Jim Harris as the new Director to the Board.
Wirtz, a lifetime resident and farmer near Ellinwood in Barton County, has been on the FMI board since 1979, with over 36 years of service to the company. FMI is making a donation in Wirtz’s honor to St. Joseph’s School, Ellinwood, for technology improvement and advancement.
Harris is a former Ellinwood resident and graduated from Ellinwood High School as valedictorian in 1965. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Emporia State University and a Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University. Harris has been a business professional for 43 years as an accountant and business owner/leader throughout the country. Currently and since 1995, he has worked with Med James Inc., an insurance wholesaler and managing general agent in Overland Park. Currently, his position is Senior VP, CFO and Treasurer of Med James Inc. and he is CFO, director, secretary and treasurer for Key Insurance Company (an affiliate of Med James Inc.).
GREAT BEND – During its 93rd annual meeting and banquet, the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Economic Development recognized Nels Lindberg as its 2014 NextGen Leader of the Year for his continuous efforts to improve the Great Bend community.
The award was launched in 2013 as a joint project of the chamber board and Barton County Young Professionals Group to recognize up-and-coming leaders for their volunteer service.
Lindberg was raised in Lewis, where he graduated from high school before attending Fort Hays State University and performing in the university choir. After earning his undergraduate degree, he attended Kansas State University and then graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine.
Lindberg is not only the owner of Animal Medical Center, but also owns a company called Progressive Beef Consulting Research, as well as being a partner in other small businesses such as Superior Self Storage, Production Animal Consultation, and VET Properties. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed publications and is asked to speak all over the country at veterinary conferences and training events.
Lindberg serves on the Board of Directors for the Leonardville State Bank, Peoples State Bank, Bayer Animal Health, Norbrook Manufacturing, Novartis Animal Health and Elanco Animal Health. He is also active at First Christian Church, serving as the Chairman of the Board and sitting on several committees. As an Eagle Scout, he mentors his son in the Boy Scouts program.
Lindberg held a seat on the Great Bend City Council for a two-year term, only stepping down to focus more on his volunteer service and entrepreneurial endeavors. He is a sponsor and active member of the Barton County Young Professionals program.
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