United Way board members elected at the 2015 Annual Meeting

For Immediate Release
March 26, 2015

Lillian Moss, Communications Assistant | Phone: 785.581.0244
E-mail: lillian.moss@unitedwaytopeka.org

United Way recaps success, elects new board members at Annual Meeting

TOPEKA, KAN. (March 26, 2015) – Nearly 250 people attended United Way’s Annual Meeting at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 26 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.  Kent Townsend, board chairman, recapped United Way’s work from 2014 and spoke on the community’s future by painting a vibrant tapestry about organizations, businesses and people working together to see our community improve and develop with the results being a better quality of life for all. Marge Heeney, On- Grade achievement impact council member, shared her experiences as a volunteer. She was followed by Larry Robbins, incoming chairman of the board and Deputy Superintendent for Operations for USD 501. After the presentations Miriam Krehbiel, United Way of Greater Topeka CEO, recognized the United Way Board of Directors and thanked the outgoing board members including:

  • Bebo Lowry Born
  • Dr. Kevin Hahn
  • Senator Laura Kelly
  • Dr. Marty Stessman
  • Carol Wheeler

The 2015 United Way Board officers were introduced:

Chairman: Larry Robbins – Topeka Public Schools
Chair-Elect: Becky Holmquist – US Bank
Past Chairman: Kent Townsend – Capitol Federal
Treasurer: Allan Towle – Fidelity State Bank

United Way members then elected the following board members to new terms on the board:

3-year term:

  • Matt All – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
  • Dave Agnew – Local 307/Goodyear Tire & Rubber
  • Tonya Barta, – Farmers State Bank
  • Lindsey Brees – FHL Bank
  • Debra Clayton – Clayton Financial
  • Kim Gronniger – Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce
  • Todd Lutz – Stormont Vail HealthCare
  • Sarah Sanders – Capitol Federal
  • Emma Starkey – CRC

2-year term:

  • Susan Duffy – Topeka Metro
  • Scott Griffith – INTRUST Bank




United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. By focusing on education, financial stability and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve the overall health of our community. United Way remains dedicated to Basic Needs including food, shelter, rent and utilities, health and prescription access and safety from domestic violence. For more than 80 years United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. Since 1980, United Way has invested more than $110 million into the community.