Topeka’s Top “20 Under 40” Celebrates 5th Year!
TOPEKA, KS— August 13th, 2014—The Jayhawk Area Council today announced the 2014 Honorees for Topeka’s Top “20 Under 40” award.
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Topeka’s Top “20 Under 40” award honors members of the Topeka/Shawnee County Community for their commitment and contributions both professionally and personally. Each spring, members of the greater Topeka community are invited to submit nominations for the “20 Under 40” award and then nominees are sent an invitation to formally apply for the honor. After the application deadline close, a selection committee of more than 20 Topeka community leaders spend countless hours reviewing every submission. This year, the program received more than 200 nominations and over 100 applications, including two letters of recommendation per submission - a new requirement for applicants in 2014. The decision to select only 20 honorees out of such a large pool of worthy candidates each year continues to become an increasingly difficult task.
It is our pleasure to announce the following community members as this year’s honorees:
Vince Avila, Westar Energy, Inc.
John Bell, Shawnee County Parks and Recreation
David Callanan, Advisors Excel
Chris Fisher, WIBW-TV
Aarion Gray, USD 345 Seaman - Logan Elementary
Adrian Guerrero, State of Kansas - State Board of Nursing
Brian Haug, WIBW-TV
Gena Hendrickson, Hamilton and Wilson Orthodontics
Amanda Kiefer, Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka
Michelle McCormick, Office of the Kansas Attorney General
Candis Meerpohl, Kansas State Research and Extension-Shawnee County
Hattie Mitchell, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Nathan Morris, Meridian Roofing Solutions, LLC.
Allison Nichols, Kansas Special Olympics
Jenalea Randall, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS)
Buck Reuter, Westar Energy and the Topeka Police Reserves
Shanna Russell, Pine Ridge Prep- Topeka Public Schools
Nathan Schmidt, City of Topeka/KDOR
Christina Turner, Manchester School for Young Children
Andrew Wiechen, Architect One P.A.
“On behalf of the ‘20 Under 40’ Selection and Steering Committees and Jayhawk Area Council, thank you for the incredible response to the call for nominations for this year’s award. We are in awe of the talent and accomplishments of our young leaders in the Topeka community,” stated Nick Xidis, Vice President of Finance for the Jayhawk Area Council Board of Directors. “We are excited to recognize our Honorees through an event that provides financial support for the more than 6,000 youth involved in Scouting in the Jayhawk Area Council. This includes critical funds that help the Scouts of the Highland District participate in year-round programing and summer camp experiences. The Highland District serves Scouts who are the most at risk to not succeed due to economic and family situations. Through their scouting experience we aim instill the values of good conduct, respect for others, and honesty that are the foundation of tomorrow's leaders.”
The 2014 Honorees will be recognized at a banquet on Thursday, November 13th, at the Ramada Downtown Convention Center.
2014 Sponsorship Opportunities.pdf
Current 2014 Sponsors
Architect One, PA; Bartlett & West Inc.; Meridian Roofing Solutions; Pediatric Associates of Topeka (2); Topeka Housing Authority; Topeka Periodontics (2); Topeka Public Schools; Westar Energy; Family & Friends of Jenalea Randall;
Want to sponsor or be involved?
E-mail Erin Aldridge, Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2014 Sponsorship Opportunities.pdf
|Christie Appelhanz, Kansas Action for Children
|| Cherie McGinnis, Stormont-Vail HealthCare
|Stacie Borjon, Shawnee Heights High School
|| Cory Powell, Boys and Girls Club of Topeka
|Laura Burton, Midland Care Connection, Inc.
|| John Ratzenberger, LUNGevity
|Brandon Evans, Williams Elm. USD 501
|| David Richard, Eisenhower Middle, USD 501
|Jayme Green, Topeka Police Department.
|| Dr. Michelle Schierling, Stormont-Vail Healthcare
|Carrie Greenwood, Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy
|| Jennifer Sourk, Midwest Health, Inc.
|Zach Haney, Carnival Guy Party Rentals/Teens Taking Action
|| Neal Spencer, The Ernest-Spencer Companies
|Melissa Jarboe, Military Veteran Project (Jamie Jarboe Fnd.)
|| Travis Stryker, CAS Constructors, LLC|
|Marjorie Lathrop-Allen, Hill's Pet Nutrition
|| Karily Taylor, Marian Clinic
|Chris McGee, Krumins McGee Financial Group of
Wells Fargo Advisors
| Jenny Torrence, Serendipity
|Brian Austin Bartlett & West, Inc.
|| Emily McGee, Community Coordinator
|Matthew Bergmann, Frieden, Unrein & Forbes, LLP
|| Brett Oetting, Parrish Hotels
|Michael Browning, DDS, Sunflower Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
|| Amy Pinger, YWCA Topeka
|Brittany Crabtree, LeadingAge Kansas
|| Sarah Sachs-Jepson,
Pediatric Associates Topeka, P.A.
|Sheyvette Dinkens, Women Empowerment, Inc.
|| Allyson Shove, TARC, Inc.
|Jeremy Goodwin, WIBW Channels
|| Zach Snethen, HTK Architects
|Stephanie Hall, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
|| Cassandra Taylor, Architect One, P.A.
|Lena Hayden, Nos Vemos Greetings/Payless ShoeSource
|| Chad Taylor,
Shawnee County District Attorney Office
|Amanda Hughes, Washburn University
|| Amanda Walter, Porterfield’s Flower and Gifts
|Nicole MacMillan, YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment
|| Ryan Wenrich, GB Management, LLP
|John Ary, Robot Monster Creative
|| Nathan McAlister, Royal Valley Middle School
|Sarah Carkhuff-Fizell, Post Rock PR
|| Katie McCollom,
Goodell Stratton Edmonds & Palmer, LLP
| Pilar Mejia, Topeka Public Schools
|Brie Engelken-Parks, Advisors Excel
|| Jesyca Rodenberg,
Kansas Association of Community Action Programs (KaCAP)
|Maribel Florez, Security Benefit
|| Angel Romero, Kansas Board of Regents
|Greg Gathers, Custom Tree Care, Inc.
|| Chris Schultz, Schultz Management, LLC
Shawnee Heights Elementary School
| Dan Schultz, CivicPlus
|Jennifer Kirmse, Educational Credit Union
|| Drew Switzer, WIBW Channels
|Justin Marable, Artist
|| Ben Tenpenny, Capital City Bank
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
| Kathleen Williams-Heit, Clayton Financial Services
|Paul Bossert, Premier Executive Recruting
|| Cyndi Hermicillo-Legg, Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce
|Melissa Brunner, WIBW-TV
|| Jared Holroyd, Atria
|Michelle De La Isla, Habitat for Humanity
|| Kerrice Mapes, ActionCOACH Team Empowerment
|John F. Fager, CoreFirst Bank & Trust
|| Fred Patton, Patton Law Office
|Karl Fundenberger, FWD
|| Kim Ribelin, Kansas Secretary of State
|Amber Gentry - Bullock, ISG Tech
|| Alissa Sheley - Menke, jones huyett Partners
|Justin Glasgow, Performance Tire & Wheel
|| Dr. Julie Swift, Topeka Periodontics
Oakland Church of the Nazarene
| Richard Wells, Security Benefit
|Angie Haggard, Valeo Behavioral Health Care
|| Corrie Wright, City of Topeka
|Desmond Henry, US Bank Investments, Inc.
|| Andrea Engstrom, Breakthrough Revenue
|| Patrick Woods, University of Kansas
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