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2019 Topeka's Top 20 Under 40 Honorees Announced

Jayhawk Area Council Announces 2019 Topeka’s Top 20 Under 40 Honorees


On Tuesday, August 20, the Jayhawk Area Council’s Top 20 Under 40 Steering committee Members sought out and surprised 20 individuals revealing they had been selected as a 2019 Topeka’s 20 Under 40 Honoree. 

Each spring a call for nominations goes out to the great Topeka community for candidates who’ve shown leadership and community involvement.  Once the nomination period has closed, all nominees receive an invitation to apply. This year, the program received more than 230 nominations and over 100 applications.

“It was a privilege to lead the selection process for Topeka’s Top 20 under 40.  The caliber of applications made the process extraordinarily difficult this year, but it is certainly the reflection of the bright future of Topeka and our communities with the leadership, passion, and generosity of those being recognized and those that applied,” notes Amy Kincade, Vice President Population Health Management of Stormont Vail Health. Kincade served as the 2019 Selection Committee Chair.

The following list of 2019 honorees have been chosen from a pool of prominent nominees for their notable accomplishments in professional and personal service to build a stronger Topeka. Evaluation and selection of the nominees was completed by a committee of more than 20 community members.


Craig Barnes - Shawnee County Health Department

Joshua Barr - Graystone Painting & Refinishing

Timothy Bell – OK Program, Topeka Police Department

La Manda Broyles - Topeka Public Schools – Shaner Early Learning Academy

Cody Burger - Topeka Police Department

Whitney Casement - Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, L.L.P.

Christy Classi - Kansas Society of Association Executives

Aubrey Coufal - Topeka Housing Authority

Lindsey Dreiling - Kansas Department of Transportation

Tracy Duran - Stormont Vail Health

Aaron Freeman - Topeka Fire Department

Shanae' Holman - Topeka JUMP

Tyler Levier - Prairie Band LLC

Eric Maydew - Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters

Melinda Neuman - Advisors Excel

Tiffany Noller - The University of Kansas Health System - St. Francis Campus

Damon Parker - Auburn-Washburn USD 437 - Washburn Rural High School

Shanna Simpson - Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center

J. Bo Turney - Irigonegaray, Turney, & Revenaugh

Alicia VanWalleghem - Leaping Llamas Artisan Shop


On November 14th, the Jayhawk Area Council will host a banquet to recognize the 2019 honorees at the Ramada Downtown Convention Center.   To make a donation in their honor, purchase a ticket to the event or to become a sponsor visit Topeka’s 20 Under 40 is a premier event benefiting the Jayhawk Area Council Boy Scouts of America.

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