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Michelle Ponce was named associate director of the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas. Ponce has more than 12 years of experience in public health and human services. She most recently served as executive director of the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments. As associate director, Ponce will focus on public policy issues, with an emphasis on Medicaid.
Dennis Kriesel joined the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments as new executive director. Most recently, he served as interim executive director and operations and finance director of the Kansas Association of Counties, where he worked for almost 17 years. His background and experience focus on public finance, association management, policy analysis and county government administration.
Three former Kansas Department of Transportation employees have returned to the agency. Burt Morey was named KDOT’s deputy secretary and state transportation engineer. Morey has worked in the transportation industry for 27 years. He served as the KDOT metro engineer in Johnson County from 2007 to 2012. In 2012, Morey was selected to be the project director for the Johnson County Gateway. From November 2015 until his recent appointment, he served as city engineer of Overland Park.
Lindsey Douglas was named deputy secretary. Douglas has worked in transportation policy for eight years. Four of those years were spent at KDOT, first as legislative liaison working on the passage of T-WORKS, and then as chief of the office of governmental and external affairs. Most recently, Douglas served as senior director of public affairs for Union Pacific Railroad in Kansas, Missouri and Arizona.
Maggie Doll was named chief of staff. She worked at KDOT for eight years, serving as the chief of public involvement and leading the implementation of the successful “Local Consult” process following the passage of the T-WORKS legislation. For the past seven years, Doll has worked as a consultant in the transportation industry.
The following people were recently promoted by the Silver Lake Bank Board of Directors: Staci Bray, vice president, loan processing manager; Roberta Haflich, vice president, branch manager; Shane Koci, vice president, online banking services manager; Cindy Lawson, vice president, credit administration; Ryan Geist, assistant vice president, controller; and Lainie McPherson, assistant vice president, senior credit analyst.
Jenna Petesch began working at Helping Hands Humane Society in April 2017 as a veterinary assistant in the Educational Shelter Medicine Center and was recently named its new foster care coordinator. She will assist the behavior specialist in dog assessments, training, socialization and enrichment.
The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center Board of Trustees promoted Dené Mosier to president and CEO in February. Mosier has served as executive director of the nonprofit since 2015. She has led the organization in eliminating all debt, launching a mobile museum, creating programming for children facing life-threatening illnesses and establishing a prison partnership that allows children to meet their incarcerated mothers or grandmothers at the museum to play.
Mosier is co-chairwoman for the Association of Children’s Museums National Conference, is on the Momentum 2022 Talent Development Work Group, was a 2017 Woman of Excellence nominee, and volunteers for Junior Achievement and Meals on Wheels. She worked for many years in the classroom as an early childhood educator. She obtained both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Kansas State University, where she continues to serve as an instructor teaching courses on human development and aging each spring.
Walter H. Fick received a Fellow Award at the annual meeting, technical training and trade show of the Society for Range Management. The award recognizes members for exceptional service and contributions to the society and its programs in advancing the science and art of range-related resource management. Fick has been a member of SRM for 45 years.
Advisors Excel’s creative team picked up a total of 30 ADDYs at the Topeka chapter of the American Advertising Awards annual event. Members of the creative team accepted awards for print and web design, logo design and video production. One of the 30 awards received was Best of Show. The American Advertising Awards recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. Twelve of the AE creative team’s awards were at the gold level, representing the highest level of creative excellence.
Breanna Adams, a junior at Santa Fe Trail High School, was a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. Adams was nominated by Robert Darling, medical director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Santa Fe Trail High School based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.
The Business Leads Fellowship Program selected John Pagen, vice president for community development at the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, as a participant. Pagen was among 35 nominees from more than 110 applicants. The business leadership program is designed to explore pressing issues that face education and workforce sectors. The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips fellows with resources, access to experts and a network of peers.