Kristen O’Shea to quit Heartland Visioning

Kristen O’Shea resigned her leadership role at Heartland Visioning. Her last day is Oct. 5. (Chris Neal/The Capital-Journal)

Kristen O’Shea resigned her leadership role at Heartland Visioning and will leave the organization Oct. 5.


Matt Pivarnik, president and CEO of GO Topeka and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, said O’Shea is leaving to return to school.

“We’re bummed,” he said. “We’re happy for her that she’s going to go off and pursue her master’s degree full-time.”

O’Shea took over as executive director of the community engagement organization in early June after John Hunter retired.

Pivarnik said he will meet with the Heartland Visioning management committee on Monday to discuss conducting a management search to fill O’Shea’s position.

The management board, which Pivarnik called “one of the hardest-working boards in town,” is made up of leaders who are always willing to help out. They, along with staff from GO Topeka and the chamber, will likely fill in until a replacement is found.

O’Shea couldn’t be reached for comment early Friday afternoon.