Recruiting & Hiring
Kathy Mosher, master’s in counseling psychology and MBA, will return to Family Service & Guidance Center as the chief executive officer March 15. She will assume the CEO position after eight years as executive director of Central Kansas Mental Health Center in Salina. Mosher brings nearly 30 years of clinical and administrative experience to FSGC, including 11 years at Four County Mental Health Center in Independence, two years as assistant director of mental health for the state of Kansas and eight years as a team leader for community based services at FSGC. She also worked at the Menninger Children’s Hospital after earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washburn University. “I’m very excited to be moving back home and taking on this wonderful opportunity,” she said. “FSGC has a fantastic leadership team that I am honored to join. The staff are dedicated professionals who specialize in youth and family mental wellness. I’m so pleased to return to Family Service & Guidance Center and give back to the Topeka community.” Mosher will replace Brenda Mills, who is retiring after 32 years at FSGC, including 21 years as CEO.
AE Wealth Management has hired industry veteran Shawn Scholz as chief compliance officer. Scholz brings more than 20 years of experience to his new role. Before joining AEWM, he served as the vice president of compliance for financial firms Waddell & Reed Inc. and Ameriprise Financial. He led various compliance functions during that time, including policy development, licensing and registration, supervisory controls and testing, compliance training and more. As the leader of the AEWM compliance program, he will oversee the interpretation and application of regulatory statutes and rules at the federal and state levels directly impacting advisors on the AEWM platform. “Shawn’s extensive experience and attention to detail make him the perfect fit to lead our compliance team,” said Chris Radford, AEWM president. Scholz has participated in and is active in various industry groups, including the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the Financial Services Institute and Regulatory Roundtable. “I’m excited to be part of a growing and dynamic organization like AE Wealth Management,” said Scholz. “Their focus is on helping advisers thrive and best support their clients, no matter what the market environment or how the industry changes. I’m looking forward to supporting advisors with their compliance programs.”
Rose Ma has been promoted to Polo Custom Product’s chief financial officer. Ma began her career at Polo Custom Products in 2018 and most recently held the title of controller. Rose has previous experience working for Cooper Tire and Westar Energy. She graduated summa cum laude with a BBA in accounting from Washburn University and received her master of accountancy degree from Washburn University. Ma says, “I love working at Polo because it is a growing Topeka-based manufacturing company with great company culture and the ability to work closely with all facets of business. The leadership is incredibly supportive of personal and professional growth opportunities. Moving forward, we are looking to advance the financial systems and technology transformation to further enhance the business growth model.”
Kansas Hospital Association president and CEO Chad Austin is pleased to announce Sally Othmer’s promotion to vice president, data and strategic analytics for the Kansas Hospital Association, saying she has been a tremendous resource for KHA members and staff, and always exploring innovative ways to improve the services offered by KHA. The promotion, Austin said, recognizes the increasing importance that data and analytics have within the health care industry. Othmer has been with KHA since 2004. She earlier worked with BNSF Railway and Stormont-Vail Health. Othmer received her bachelor of science in computer information systems from Friends University and studied math and education at the University of Missouri. The Kansas Hospital Association is a voluntary, nonprofit organization existing to be the leading advocate and resource for members. KHA membership includes 249 member facilities, of which 123 are full-service, community hospitals.
Family Service & Guidance Center honored six staff members with the “Making a Difference” Award for providing top-quality mental health care to northeast Kansas children living with anxiety, depression, ADHD and other mental health challenges.
- Alex Currier, Case Manager/Care Coordinator category.
- Madisen DeLuna, Clinical Staff category.
- Alicia Guerrero-Chavez, Supervisory Staff category.
- Hannah Rigsby, Support Staff category.
- Angelina Rodriguez, Attendant and Respite Care Provider category.
- Alyssa Specht, Mental Health Specialist category.
Awards are given in six staff categories each year. Recipients are nominated by their peers and selected by a diverse committee of FSGC staff members representing all areas of the agency. Recipients of the award are selected for effectiveness in their work with children, families and co-workers; zeal in promoting the advancement of mental health; and professional interest and involvement.
The American Camping Association Great Rivers Region has given Mission Creek Camp & Retreat Center director Ken Scroggs its “Distinguished Individual Award.” The award was presented in December 2021 for Scroggs’ “excellent work and dedication to the Mission Creek Camping Program.” Mission Creek Camp & Retreat Center was started to give the camp experience to individuals with special needs through an innovative camp program that incorporates the freedom to try activities they normally are not able to do, specifically in the areas of horseback riding, fishing, boating, archery, hiking, camp sports, art, and music.
Clayton Wealth Partners announced today that its founders, Randy and Debra Clayton, have been recognized for philanthropic leadership in the community. The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Topeka Chapter presented the Philanthropic Leadership Award to the firm founders at its National Philanthropy Day awards presentation on Dec. 13 in Topeka. The Association of Fundraising Professionals is a nonprofit organization striving to “stimulate a world of generosity and positive social good through fundraising best practice,” according to its vision statement. The Topeka Chapter on Philanthropy annually presents the Philanthropic Leadership Award to residents of northeast and central Kansas who have made a direct philanthropic impact in the community, support innovative approaches to solving problems, and encourage others to take leadership roles in the community. “We were thrilled and honored to receive this award,” said Debra Clayton, CFP. “Randy and I have always believed in doing our part to build a thriving community. We were humbled to have those efforts celebrated.”
Hope Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center Topeka is proud to announce that it has been awarded $7,500 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center 2021 2nd Cycle Direct Effect Quality of Life grants. Sixty-seven grants totaling $1,403,071 were awarded. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Hope Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center Topeka will use the grant for installation of a Sure Hands lift (similar to the one currently used by Hope Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center Manhattan).
Sunflower Music Festival has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support their project “The Sunflower Music Festival and the African American Experience 2022.” This project will highlight the achievements of African-Americans in classical music by presenting performers, soloists and composers of color, under the baton of esteemed African-American conductor, André Raphel. Sunflower Music Festival’s project is among 1,248 projects across America totaling $28,840,000 that were selected to receive this first round of fiscal year 2022 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects category. “Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka is among the arts organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. David Woods, grant-writing chair of the Sunflower Music Festival Board of Directors said: “To be endorsed and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with grant awards for three years in a row demonstrates the vitality and strength of the Sunflower Music Festival and its contribution to the cultural and aesthetic environment in the state of Kansas and in the capitol city of Topeka. The 35th season of Sunflower will be one of the best in its history.” The Sunflower Festival will celebrate Black Music and Musicians at the 2022 Festival in coordination with the Brown v. Board Historic Site, with concerts offered at both Washburn University and the Brown v. Board Historic site. The live concerts will be streamed to a diverse audience.