Butler Graduates Participants from Advance Kansas

Forty area business and community leaders complete innovative diversity leadership program.


Butler Community College announced today its 40 graduates of Advance Kansas Class IV – an innovative program in diversity leadership. Participating organizations include Children’s Miracle Network, Via Christi Health System, City of Wichita, Bombardier Learjet, Numana, Inc. and many more. Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer was on hand to congratulate the graduates.

“This Advance Kansas class has truly raised the bar for future groups,” said Advance Kansas facilitator Juan Johnson, president of Juan Johnson Consulting & Facilitation, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. “Open, authentic and committed, these leaders bonded around their common concerns for the greater Wichita community and their collective energy for addressing diversity issues and opportunities. It’s a very impressive group.”

The 2012 Advance Kansas Class IV members are: 

  • Katie Bair – Employment Representative, Koch Industries
  • Patrick Belt – Associate Director of Properties and Risk Management, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
  • Jill Bosley – Director of Development, Children’s Miracle Network
  • Bradford Boyd, BS, NREMT-P I/C, Division Chief, Operation Division, Wichita Fire Department
  • Carla Breckenridge – Educator, USD 259 Wichita
  • Lorenza O. Breckenridge, Jr. – Chief Financial Officer, Breckco Construction Company, Inc.
  • Adrienne Byrne-Lutz, MS – Health Protection and Promotion Director, Sedgwick County Health Deptartment
  • Lisa Carr – Director, Talent Stewardship, Via Christi Health System
  • Cynthia Colbert – Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Inc.
  • Sherri Conard – Director of First Year Experience, Butler Community College
  • Kelly Cooper – Human Resource Professional
  • Matt Davis – Assistant Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Lending, Fidelity Bank
  • Heather Denker – Director, Young Professionals of Wichita
  • Terri Devore – Human Resources Manager, Catholic Charities, Inc.
  • Ray Frederick, Jr. – President, Frederick Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
  • Trinidad Galdean – Employment Attorney, Hinkle Law Firm, LLC
  • Dominic Gauna – Manager of Production and Client Services, KWCH
  • Virdena Gilkey – Executive Assistant to Mayor & City Council, City of Wichita
  • Chris Haislett – Contract Compliance Officer, City of Wichita
  • Sandra Hickman – HR Business Consultant, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
  • Carol Houdyshell – Chief Financial Officer, Inter-Faith Ministries
  • Peggy A. Jones-Foxx, MACJ, Faculty Development Administrator, University of Phoenix, Wichita Campus
  • Patricia Koehler – President, JR Custom Metal Products
  • Denae Lyons – Operations Manager, The Boeing Company
  • Lindsey Mahoney – ADA Coordinator, Sedgwick County
  • Catherine Mitchell – Director of Sourcing Strategy and Business Management, Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
  • Dany Monares – Diversity and Training Manager, Youthville
  • Charlie Moon – Senior Vice President, Retail, Fidelity Bank
  • George Myers – Gardens Manager, Numana, Inc.
  • Kathy E. Neely, RN, MSN, MBA – Chief Nursing Officer, Wesley Medical Center
  • Jessica Ohman – Dean of Enrollment Management, Butler Community College
  • Theresa Pacitti – Academic Effectiveness & Assessment Coordination Specialist, Butler Community College
  • Dana Pfingsten – Human Resource Manager, JR Custom Metal Products
  • Samantha Rey – Director, Organizational Development & Learning, Via Christi Health System
  • Nickaila Sandate – Senior Vice President, Programs, Youthville
  • Joan Schuttler – Director, HR Services, Bombardier Learjet
  • Deborah Stubblefield – Advanced Continuous Improvement Leader, Cessna Aircraft Company
  • Mandy Trainer – B-52 Program Planning and Execution, The Boeing Company
  • Elizabeth Wasson – Leadership & Organizational Development Specialist, Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
  • Lisa White – Senior Human Resource Specialist, City of Wichita

Advance Kansas brings together leaders from all demographic groups and across all sectors of society to build leadership skills while also examining and pursuing solutions to the challenges and opportunities most pressing in the community. Leaders invited to participate in Advance Kansas represent a dynamic group who have the capacity to impact direction within their organizations, are engaged in the community, and committed to progress.

The graduates attended four day-long sessions this spring where they were introduced to conceptual models, activities and dialogue for complex diversity issues. Participants were placed in teams and tasked with developing community action projects that support efforts to address an issue or opportunity of importance to the community. The teams shared their projects presentations during the final session today.

This year’s final projects included production of a video that will be used by community organizations including Young Professionals of Wichita and the Non-profit Chamber of Service to connect young leaders with non-profits in need of their talent.

Another group has set a goal to raise funds to send 10 foster children to camp this summer, in conjunction with Youthville. Other groups are working to augment programs like the special needs baseball organization Miracle League in conjunction with For the Love of Chance, and to build a sustainable garden for homeless youth at Opportunity Zone in Wichita.

Advance Kansas was made possible by the support of Spirit AeroSystems. These 40 graduates join 107 alumni of the Advance Kansas program, which began in 2008.



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