Emily Hernandez joined the team of his living room, also known as Indian Hills Styling Salon, 5642 SW 29th St. in the Barrington Village Mall, as a full-time nail stylist and technician. She is a graduate of the Washburn Tech Academy of Cosmetology, where she ranked in the Skills USA competition thanks to her makeup skills. She specializes in balayage, foil placement, high and low lighting, pedicures and shellac manicures, including detailed and elaborate nail art. She also has a background in arts education from Wichita State University.
Keith Wartageneral manager of Bartlett & West, announced his intention to retire. He will step down as CEO in June 2022 but will remain Chairman of the Board of Bartlett & West. Warta began his career with Bartlett & West in 1984 at the company’s Topeka office as a project engineer. Over the decades, he helped grow the company from approximately 35 employees to an employee-owned company of more than 350 with offices spread throughout the Midwest. As a person who values service to others, Warta is chair-elect of the Topeka Community Foundation board of directors, co-chair of Momentum 2022 Community Strategy, 2009 graduate of Leadership Kansas, past chair of the Board of chairman for the Greater Topeka Partnership and is a strong supporter of Kansas State University.
Joe Caldwell will succeed Keith Warta as CEO of Bartlett & West’s CEO. Caldwell’s 29-year career with the company began as a project engineer and most recently held the positions of market leader and marketing director. “This transition for Bartlett & West is much easier thanks to Keith’s many years of visionary leadership,” Caldwell said.
the Kansas Society of Accountants announcement Danielle Hologram will be its ninth Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Hologram started her career with KSCPA in 2011 as Membership and Marketing Coordinator. She was promoted to Director of Memberships and then Senior Director of Memberships and Career Development. In addition to her experience with KSCPA, Danielle earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas in 2011 and the Certified Association Executive designation in 2019. She is also a board member of the Kansas Society of Association Executives. “I am honored to serve the Company in this new position of President and CEO,” said Hologram. “I look forward to continuing our mission to support the essential work done every day by Kansas CPAs and to work with the Board and members to chart the course for the future of the profession. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish together.
chuck espinozaspecialist engineering technician in the Office of Research, celebrates 50 years of service to the Kansas Department of Transportation. He graduated from Topeka High School and soon after started as a laborer in the KDOT District One office. He was then a storekeeper for five years, then promoted to engineering technician in the office of Gage Construction. Two years later, he joined the Research and Materials Center and obtained several promotions. Espinoza has held his current position as an Engineering Technician since 2001, heading the Research Unit/Asphalt Section. “I like variety, it’s something new every day,” he said. “I always try to do a good job and make a good product for the state.” He plans to retire next year and spend more time with his wife, Tammie, five children and six grandchildren.
Brewster Health Center was recognized by US News & World Report as the Best Nursing Home for 2021-2022, receiving its “High Performance” rating in short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. The Brewster Health Center is among the elite 13% of skilled nursing facilities receiving this coveted designation. Meeting or exceeding assessment criteria for long-term and acute care, Brewster Health Center has been recognized for its rich history of resident safety and quality post-acute care. Brewster CEO Joe Ewert said: “Receiving this recognition during a pandemic when coronavirus has unfortunately been a significant risk factor for older adults is of unprecedented significance.”
Intermediate States Materialsa division of Betti Cos. based in Topeka, received the prestigious Governor’s Award for Mined Land Reclamation for his work in transforming a 100-acre piece of the Plummer Creek Quarry into a productive agricultural asset. This is the fourth time Mid-States has won this award. “Our goal is to return the land that provided the resources for our infrastructure to a better condition than when we arrived,” said Nick Jackson, environmental specialist at Mid-States.
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