Recruitment & Hiring
the Kansas Healthcare Collaboration Board of Directors selected Malea hartvickson as executive director of the organization effective January 1. She was the program director at the head of one of KHC’s largest initiatives, the Health Quality Innovation Network. Previously, Hartvickson was a Quality Improvement Advisor for KHC’s Practice Transformation Network, working with physician offices in the western and north-central state to help them continually improve the quality of healthcare. and maximize patient safety. “Malea has dedicated her career to working with Kansas physicians and ensuring that everyone has access to the latest evidence-based practices,” said Brian Williams, KHC Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer General of Labette Health. Prior to joining KHC in January 2018, Hartvickson worked for 12 years at NMC Health in Newton. Hartvickson received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters in Health Care Leadership from Friends University in Wichita. She is also a Certified Patient-Centered Home Medical Content Expert and Certified Healthcare Quality Professional.
Zach Kanicki joined Shawnee County Parks and Recreation as an aquatic supervisor. Kanicki will oversee SCP + R’s three main aquatic centers, four community pools and the swimming area and floating playground at Lake Shawnee Adventure Cove. He holds a degree in Kinesiology with a focus as an Assistant Physiotherapist from Washburn University. Previously, he was the Coordinator of the Capitol Federal Natatorium at Hummer Sports Park and was Deputy Director, Chief Lifeguard and Lifeguard at the Blaisdell Family Aquatic Center. Michael swoboda joined Shawnee County Parks + Recreation as Director of Adult Sports. Swoboda will oversee sports leagues including softball, basketball and volleyball, and adult football. A graduate of Seaman High School and Washburn University, Swoboda holds a degree in exercise physiology. Previously he worked as a fitness manager for GreatLIFE KC.
Boma ugwu, MD, joined Stormont Vail’s Health to practice as a psychiatrist, at 1133 College Ave., Suite E-110 Manhattan. Ugwu grew up in an integrated healthcare family. She was convinced that she wanted to become a doctor and care for patients like her uncle. “As a teenager, I remember talking to one of the doctors at the hospital and asking him, ‘How can I do what you do? “” Ugwu said. He just said, ‘If you’ve got the compassion, if you’ve got the skills, work hard and you’ll be here. “” Ugwu called Kansas his home for many years. She is thrilled to be in Manhattan as the new clinic opens and to be with her family to explore all that the area has to offer. “I look forward to welcoming patients to the clinic and am delighted to do what I love, which is taking care of patients. Ugwu completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita. Ugwu was named the champion of the KUMC Wichita Psychiatry Residency Training Exam, she was also recognized for her excellence in outpatient and inpatient care and received the KUMC Resident Award for Going Extra Mile.
the NOTO Arts and Entertainment District has selected three new board members to start three-year terms: Adam rosdahl, process manager and founding co-owner of Norsemen Brewing Co.; Zac Pohlenz, associative wealth advisor at Clayton Wealth Partners; and Martin schlossman, senior vice president of Federal Home Loan Bank. The officers of the NOTO Board of Directors are Jon Bohlander, Chairman; Matt McGivern, President-elect; Kay Gray, Treasurer; Claudia Larkin, secretary; and Mike Foster; Past President. NOTO’s Board of Directors helps guide the organization in achieving its mission of operating as a community partner by focusing on improving the quality of life in the region by encouraging and facilitating neighborhood development. of NOTO Arts and Entertainment.
the Topeka Community Foundation elected two new directors for a three-year term: Tracy Khounsavanh Killough, director of community engagement at Advisors Excel; and Brian lang, CEO, SSC CPA and advisors. Stephen wade, head of budget and performance of the city of Topeka was elected for a second term of three years. Members of the Board of Directors include Tara Dimick, President; Keith Warta, vice-president; Shelly Buhler, secretary; Barry Feaker, Assistant Secretary; Brad Owen, treasurer; and Pam Alexander, Past President. Starting in its 39th year, the Topeka Community Foundation manages $ 100 million in assets and over 400 funds created by individuals, families, businesses, civic and non-profit organizations. The mission of the Topeka Community Foundation is to connect donors with their interests and the needs of the community, to increase charitable giving in the community, to provide leadership on key community issues and to ensure stewardship. and accountability for effective community investment of donor money.
the Topeka Public Schools Foundation announced new board members Rodney Harmon and Johanna mcdaniel. Harmon is a retired correctional officer and community volunteer. McDaniel is AVP and Trust Officer at CoreFirst Bank & Trust. The members of the Foundation Board are Janel Johnson, President; Megan Martin, vice president and president of the event; Miranda Carmona, secretary; Ethel Edwards, chair of the nominations committee; and Mark Carr, representative of the TPSF investment committee. Pamela Johnson Betts is the Executive Director of the Foundation.
Peterson Publications Inc. announced a change of company name and is now called Peterson Media Group Inc. The new name reflects the changes that have taken place in the publishing industry in recent years and recognizes the company’s expansion into other areas of multimedia communication, including digital production and advertising. “The publishing industry has changed a lot since we founded the company in 1992,” said Jeff Peterson, president of Peterson Media Group. “We have evolved, not only developing targeted editorial and advertising content for print magazines, but also offering online issues, newsletters, websites, webinars and digital advertising to deliver information. impactful to our audience in multiple formats. In addition to the name change, Peterson Media Group announced the promotion of Becky arensdorf to the vice-president, design and Diane Brodine to the vice-president, operations. Both will oversee important aspects of the business and contribute to its continued growth. Peterson Media Group specializes in publishing magazines, directories and community and professional programs, in print and digital formats.
A new project led by Maria velasco, an art professor at Kanas University, recently received funding through the KU Racial Equity Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity Awards. “Reclaiming Home” will tell the story of Topeka’s Bottoms neighborhood through oral history and art. In the 1950s and 1960s, over 3,000 Topekans were forced to leave their homes and businesses in the downtown Bottoms district to make way for new real estate developments as part of the urban renewal project. The area, covering more than 20 city blocks, was the heart of a thriving black business district and a robust Latinx community. “Reclaiming Home” aims to reclaim the stories of these displaced communities through the use of oral histories, community maps, and an exhibit that recreates the neighborhood through art – all at a critical time when the city is planning another cycle of urban renewal in the same area Velasco has partnered with ArtsConnect and local historians Donna Rae Pearson and Valerie Mendoza on this project. “This local story, in the backyard of the Kansas state capitals and the KU, resonates in an era of national violence against black and brown communities,” Velasco said. “We hope this project will increase civic engagement among community members by addressing historical and current inequalities. “