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It's Your Business for July 24, 2021 - The Topeka Capital-Journal

Retiring Hiring

Stormont Vail Health recently announced Ross Miller, M.D., is joining its team to practice as an emergency medicine physician in the Stormont Vail Emergency Department, 1500 S.W. 10th Ave. Miller became interested in medicine when he was a child and spent time with a relative who had a chronic disease, attending medical appointments. He began working as a medical scribe in an emergency department, which is when his love for emergency medicine came alive. Miller earned his medical degree in 2018 and completed his emergency medicine residency this year at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kan. Miller likes to spend time with his wife, friends and family. They are big foodies and enjoy finding new restaurants. They also like to hike, garden and play racquetball.

Tom Treacy has been hired as the new public information officer for the Kansas Insurance Department. Treacy joins the department after working for the past seven years at the Kansas State Treasurer’s office in various roles, including Director of the Kansas ABLE and 529 Education Savings Program. 

Cumulus Media recently announced it has named veteran on-air personality Shawn Knight as co-host of The Majic Morning Show on Topeka-based, adult contemporary radio station Majic 107.7/KMAJ-FM. Knight joins co-host Angie Stevens on The Majic Morning Show, which airs Monday through Friday from 5:30-10:00am. A native of Chicago, Knight has been an on-air staple for more than two decades. He was most recently assistant brand manager and afternoon host at Urban AC KISX – 107.3 KISS FM in Tyler, Texas. Knight has also been heard on Urban AC WKZJ/K92.7 in Columbus, Georgia; on Urban station WPWX-FM/Power 92 in Chicago; on WTLC/106.7FM and 1310AM in Indianapolis; and on Urban/Gospel station WGCI/107.5FM and 1390AM in Chicago. He was also a weekly TV contributor on WFLD Fox 32’s Good Day Chicago. Knight currently hosts “The Shawn Knight Show Podcast.”

Karen Estrada has joined the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center team as Engagement Coordinator. She comes to the museum following 12 years as an administrative assistant at Kansas Legal Services. At the Discovery Center, Estrada is the primary team member at the front desk, greeting families from all over the world who visit the museum.

Appointments Promotions

Heritage Bank recently announced the promotion of Katie Scott to AVP/Marketing Director and Retail Banking. Scott began her career with Heritage Bank in 2015 as a personal banker, through which she excelled in providing customer service and supporting deposit operations. Scott is excited to take on a new role as Heritage Bank’s marketing director and will continue to support deposit operations in a reduced capacity.  Heritage Bank believes the change will help fulfill its mission of being the premier community bank for individuals and businesses in Shawnee County.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment recently announced Joan Duwve has been named Deputy State Health Officer. Duwve has been serving as a public health consultant for KDHE since November 2020, leading the state COVID-19 testing program and assisting with health equity initiatives. Prior to her consultant role, Duwve served as director of public health for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, associate dean of practice for the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health in Indianapolis, and chief medical officer for the Indiana Department of Health. Prior to her public health role, she practiced family medicine in Indiana. Duwve holds a medical doctor degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan. Duwve began her new role July 19.

Stormont Vail Health recently announced Mary Martell has accepted the role of Vice President and Regional Administrator. Her new role is based in Manhattan and will focus on the Cotton O’Neil Manhattan clinic and health system operations, including the construction of the new medical campus. Martell will also work to expand Stormont's relationships with its local and regional partners, including Manhattan Surgical Hospital and Kansas State University. Martell began her work in the clinical research industry in 2004 after approaching Stormont Vail with a proposal to develop a clinical research center. As a result, the Cotton O’Neil Clinical Research Center was conceived and over the past 17 years has grown into a department that currently supports nearly one hundred clinical trials involving approximately 700 research participants. Martell received a bachelor of science degree in journalism and mass communication from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Baker University. She was a TEDx Topeka Presenter in 2017 and has been involved with the Greater Topeka Partnership Innovation Advisory Board and other community organizations. Martell has also participated in Leadership Greater Topeka and the United Way and received the Ingram’s Heroes in Health Care Award, the YMCA Woman of Excellence Award and the Mulvane Mountain Plains Art Fair People’s Choice Award.

Kansas Senate President Ty Masterson has appointed Sam Williams, of Wichita, to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees. He was sworn in at the July 2021 board meeting. Williams has more than 25 years of experience as a retired chief financial officer and managing partner for Sullivan, Higdon, and Sink (now Signal Theory). He served previously as the State of Kansas Secretary of Revenue. He earned a bachelor of arts in accounting from the University of Utah. A long-time Wichita resident and CPA, Williams served on the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce as a board member and chair. Williams previously was a member of the State of Kansas Consensus Revenue Estimating Workgroup. The KPERS board has nine trustees. Four are appointed by the governor, two are appointed by legislative leaders, two are elected by retirement system members, and one is the elected state treasurer. All serve four-year terms.

At its official annual meeting Thursday the United Way of Greater Topeka Board of Directors approved a slate of new officers and members. Matt All, CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, will serve as the board chair for the next two years. Susan Duffy, of the Kansas Corporation Commission, moves to the past-chair position. Judy Corzine, of Stormont Vail Health, was approved as chair-elect, and new board member Stephanie Flood, of Capitol Federal, becomes the treasurer and will chair the Finance Committee. Other new board members include: Peyton Wilson, Washburn University Leadership Student (1-year term); Shayden Hanes, Washburn University Leadership Student (2-year term); Megan Burgess, of Hill’s Pet Nutrition; Freddy Mawyin, of the Greater Topeka Partnership; Johnathan Sublet, of Fellowship Hi-Crest Church; and Amy Stutzman, of Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Board members returning for an additional term include: Tonya Barta, of Farmers State Bank (Jackson County); Marlou Wegener, of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas; Matt Dinkel, of Security Benefit; Morgan Franklin, of Laird Noller Ford; John Fager, of CoreFirst Bank and Trust; and Adrian Revels, of Goodyear/Union Local 304.

Awards, Honors Recognition

The Kansas Department of Transportation is recognizing the following Topeka-area employees celebrating service anniversaries in August. Doria Watson, a public service executive in Topeka, is celebrating 20 years with KDOT. Ethan Pugh, an engineering technician midpoint in Mayetta, celebrates 10 years with the department.

The Wall Street Journal and Realtor.com recently ranked Topeka a Top 20 best city to live in. Topeka came in at No. 11 on WSJ/Realtor.com's Emerging Housing Markets Index, which ranks housing markets that are expected to provide both a strong return on investment and a nice place to live, according to the WSJ's David Ewalt.