Retiring & Hiring
SERC Physical Therapy recently announced Catherine Lucas has joined its North Topeka clinic. Lucas earned her doctor of physical therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has practiced in Lawrence for the past year. Her clinical interests include outpatient orthopedics, blood flow restriction, geriatrics and pelvic floor rehabilitation. She also has a passion for working with barbell athletes and fitness enthusiasts due to her own involvement in competitive weightlifting. SERC Physical Therapy opened its North Topeka location in 2014 and has operated in the Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas markets for more than 20 years.
Appointments & Promotions
After nearly 11 years at the Kansas Department of Transportation, Ben Cleeves has been promoted to director of the Fiscal and Asset Management Division. Cleeves has served as KDOT’s Office Chief of Finance and Budget and will now oversee this office, as well as the Bureau of Fiscal Services, Office of Inspector General and the Cost Share program. He will also oversee and work with the new Bureau of Performance Management on continuing development and implementation of an agency-wide performance management system to align with the agency’s strategic plan. Cleeves, who has an extensive background in finance, served at the State Division of the Budget before joining KDOT.
Dan Wadley has been named bureau chief of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Research. He started with KDOT in 2001 in the Bridge Inspection unit, performing in-service routing and fracture-critical inspections on bridges and 500-series structures across the state. Wadley then worked in Bridge Set-Aside for several years until transferring to Bridge Design for new structures. Wadley was promoted in 2017 to research operations engineer, where he coordinated research for the bureau. He served as assistant bureau chief for two years before being selected bureau chief.
Foulston Siefkin LLP’s partners have elected Jason Lacey as the firm’s managing partner effective June 1. Lacey, who has served on the firm’s executive committee since 2013, is a business and tax lawyer whose practice focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation. He will continue to serve clients in addition to his firm leadership responsibilities. Lacey succeeds Kevin Arnel, the firm’s managing partner for the past eight years. Foulston Siefkin is the largest law firm based in Kansas and has offices in Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita.
The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library announces the election of officers for its 2021-2022 board of trustees. Jim Edwards will serve as board chair. Kacy Simonsen will serve as vice chair. Joan Hicks will serve as secretary, and Shawn Leisinger will serve as treasurer. Other members of 2021 board are Liz Post, immediate past chair; Kristen Brunkow O’Shea; Beth Dobler; and Jennifer Miller. The 10-member library board is comprised of seven representatives appointed by the Mayor of Topeka and three representatives appointed by the Shawnee County Commission. There are currently two vacancies on the library’s board due the expiration of Kerry Onstott Storey’s term on May 1 and the recent passing of David Monical on May 11.