Community volunteers complete Board Leadership Training

For Immediate Release
April 13, 2015

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

Community volunteers complete Board Leadership Training

 TOPEKA, KAN. (April 13, 2015) – Thirty-two community volunteers have completed Board Leadership Development training co-sponsored by United Way of Greater Topeka and the Leadership Institute at Washburn University. The volunteers learned the roles and responsibilities of a board member, legal issues, performance criteria, meeting facilitation, understanding financial statements and more. Those completing the training include:

Cherish Allshouse, Westar Energy; Jeff Bergman, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Jay Bowen, Westar Energy; Kim Brink, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Lisa Brown, Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLP; Scott Cook, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Julie Copp, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Aubrey Coufal, Topeka Housing Authority; Clint DeVoe, Capitol Federal; Jeremy Duis, Westar Energy; David Ent, Westar Energy; Debra Grunst, Westar Energy; Ron Gwaltney, Westar Energy; John Hanshaw, Westar Energy; Heath Horyna, Westar Energy; Brenda Jessop, Westar Energy; Bo Jones, Westar Energy; Kelly Kelsey, Westar Energy; Tiffany Lake, Westar Energy; JP Meitner, Westar Energy; Josh Newman, Westar Energy; Tim Phelps, Capitol Federal; Kelsey Purvis, Westar Energy; Marie Rogers, Westar Energy; Steve Roth, Topeka Police Department; Sabrina Seidl, Westar Energy; Alison St. Clair, Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLP; Dennis Strobel, Retired; Brenda Strobel, Westar Energy; Donna Swaffar, United Way of Greater Topeka; Jacqueline Taylor, Capitol Federal; Cody VandeVelde, Westar Energy.

Presenters for each section of the training are also community volunteers. They volunteer 2.5 hours twice a year to educate volunteers on best practices of Board Leadership. This time does not include the countless hours they spend preparing, handouts, PowerPoint presentations and reviewing their presentations. The presenters for the training include:

Cynthia Darting, Berberich Trahan & Co. PA; Dr. Michael Gleason, Washburn University Leadership Institute; Becky Holmquist, U.S. Bank; Shawn Leisinger, Washburn University School of Law.; Dr. Tim Peterson, Washburn University Leadership Institute; Kent Townsend, Capitol Federal.

The 2015 Fall Board Leadership training will be September 29, October 1, October 6 and October 8. Contact Kimberly Wolff at kimberly.wolff@unitedwaytopeka.org or call 785.228.5120.

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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.or 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.