Retiring & Hiring
Scott Terry has joined Shawnee County Parks + Recreation as park maintenance supervisor. Terry has more than 20 years of field and management experience with Cox Communications, recently completing a 23-year tenure as regional director of field operations. He has also worked as a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. At Shawnee County Parks + Recreation, Terry will oversee the maintenance staff responsible for maintaining the department’s 110 parks. Terry holds a bachelor of science in industrial technology degree from Fort Hays State University.
Appointments & Promotions
The Sunflower State Games recently announced that Lindsay Ransom-Engelken has been named its interim executive director, following the resignation of Cassie Criger, who had a three-year run with the state games. Criger has accepted an offer to serve as senior program director at the El Dorado YMCA. Ransom-Engelken has been involved with the Sunflower State Games since 2009, when she served as basketball commissioner and has volunteered for the Kansas Senior Games, Topeka Corporate Games and Winter Wonderland 5K during that 12-year span. Ransom-Engelken brings years of sports management experience to her new position and is excited to carry on the tradition of the Sunflower State Games organization. Her husband, Michael Engelken, and two daughters have been volunteers for the games, as well. Michael and Lindsay are longtime members of the Emerald City Cosmopolitan Club. They also enjoy doing volunteer work and cheering on the Kansas City Royals.
The American Red Cross Greater Kansas Chapter recently announced its 2021-2022 board of directors will be led by the new leadership team of Mikayla Hermesch, board chair; Kevin Charlwood, vice chair; and Jade Kerr, secretary. Hermesch, Charlwood and Kerr will each serve a one-year term in their Red Cross leadership roles. Other 2021-2022 board members include Brandon Aldridge, Maria Anderson, Corey Becker, Sarah Diehl, Tim Emerson, Monique Glaude, Kirk Johnson, Misty Kruger, Brett Leopold, Doug Meyers, Joe Molina, Laine Raitinger, Cindy Schneider, Tim Selgelid, McDowell Steele, Colleen Stuart, Brandon Taylor, Allyson Wetter and Jan Zillinger.
Awards, Honors & Recognition
Daryl Buchholz, of Kansas, is one of 20 individuals from across the country who will be inducted this year into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. A special ceremony is expected to be held Oct. 12 at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Hall of fame inductees are being honored for excellence in citizenship, leadership, character and career accomplishments, as well as for their dedication to 4-H. Buchholz retired in 2017 from his role as associate director for Extension at Kansas State University. He has lived in Manhattan since 1993. Buchholz grew up in South Dakota and earned his PhD at K-State. He is the only Kansan being inducted into the 2021 National 4-H Hall of Fame.
For the first time, Topeka-based Advisors Excel, a financial marketing organization, has appeared on Fortune Magazine’s Top 100 Best Small and Medium Workplaces for Millennials list, coming in at No. 92. Advisors Excel is the only Kansas company to appear on the list. The best workplaces for millennials list is based on an analysis of survey responses from more than 5.3 million employees. In that survey, 96% of Advisors Excel’s employees said the company is a great place to work. That rate is 37% higher than a typical U.S.-based company. The Millennial generation, born between 1981 and 1996, makes up 64% of Advisors Excel’s total workforce. Generation X, those born between 1965 and 1980, makes up 28%.