It’s Your Business, Sept. 10, 2017

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RETIREMENTS

& HIRINGS

Stephen Lusk recently retired from the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. He served as the human resources director for 11 years with responsibility for recruitment and hiring, compensation and benefits, employee relations and volunteers. Prior to his work at the library, he held similar positions at companies in California in apparel manufacturing, fashion retailing and internet retailing. Early in his career, he served on the personal staff of the chief of protocol of the city of San Francisco and for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

Rob Banks, chief operations officer for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, is retiring after 28 years with the library. He started at the library in 1989 working in acquisitions. He later served as circulation supervisor and then outreach services manager before moving into the role as COO. During his tenure he helped the library move from a completely manual system of checkout and card catalog to a completely automated system. He has served on the American Library Association’s council, executive board and committees, as Mountain Plains Library Association president, and on multiple Kansas Library Association committees. Prior to his career at the library, he was general manager for Marketing International, Inc. and taught vocal music at Santa Fe Trail High School.

Stormont Vail Health recently announced that Gregory C. Hahn, D.O., has joined its medical team and will practice as a behavioral health physician. His practice will be located at Stormont Vail Behavioral Health Center, 3707 S.W. Sixth Ave., in Topeka.

He received his medical degree at the Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, Iowa, in 2007, and completed a psychiatry residency through the National Capitol Consortium at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., in 2011.

A 20-year military veteran, he deployed to Afghanistan with the 1st Infantry Division as a psychiatrist.

Stormont Vail Health recently announced that two new family medicine physicians, Lalitha Rayavarapu, M.D., and Melissa Zepp, M.D., will be joining its medical team at Cotton O’Neil North, 4505 N.W. Fielding Road, in Topeka.

Rayavarapu received her medical degree at the Pravara Medical Trust Medical College, Loni, Maharashtra, India, in 2003, and completed a family medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb., in 2015.

Zepp grew up in Meriden and she received her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita in 1996. She completed a family medicine residency at Cleveland Clinic Health Systems, Fairview General Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1999, and an obstetrics fellowship at the same location in 2000.

Stacy Bond has joined RE/MAX® Associates of Topeka, LLC, as a REALTOR®.

NAMES

As Hurricane Harvey moves off the coastline of Texas, the REALTORS® Relief Foundation is coordinating efforts for assistance in the gulf coast cities and in the greater Houston, Texas area.

The Sunflower Association of REALTORS®, Inc., will be contributing $5,000 to the relief effort from the SAR REALTOR® Relief Fund. This program is funded through the annual Sunflower Association of REALTORS® Golf Tournament, as well as personal and memorial contributions.

The Sunflower Association of REALTORS®, Inc., promotes, enhances and safeguards its members’ business environment and the benefit of private property rights.

The National Association of REALTORS® Relief Foundation has one goal: help families who have endured unimaginable loss. This charitable foundation provides housing-related assistance to victims of disasters through the donations of REALTOR® members.

The Sunflower Association of Realtors has 585 REALTOR® members in Brown, Nemaha, Jackson, Jefferson, Shawnee, Osage, Lyon and Greenwood counties.

The 11th annual Family Service & Guidance Center Works of Heart Event raised $108,925 for northeast Kansas children.

Over 365 community leaders and art enthusiasts attended the event Aug. 18 at the Maner Conference Centre to benefit children living with anxiety, depression, ADHD and other common mental health issues.

Fifteen pieces of colorful, compelling artwork by FSGC clients ranging in age from four to 17 were auctioned off. Travel getaways to Chicago and Hawaii, a weekend rental of Topeka’s historic Dillon House and pieces donated by prominent professional artists from across the Midwest were also up for bid.

The 20 children who created the live auction artwork attended the event, along with their families, and were recognized for their extraordinary talent and creativity.

Family Service & Guidance Center is a non-profit community mental health center that serves nearly 13,000 children and their families annually.

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WASHBURN U.

Thomas J. Romig, dean of the Washburn University School of Law, recently announced at the annual Dean’s Circle Dinner for donors that he will step down from his role as dean in June 2018 at the end of the academic year. He joined the Washburn School of Law in 2007 after a distinguished career with the U.S. Army and the Federal Aviation Administration. Following this year, he is planning to stay on at Washburn Law as a member of the faculty. A national search will begin this fall.

A native of Manhattan, Kan., he graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Military Intelligence through the Army R.O.T.C. program. Although he had been interested in law school, he chose to enter the U.S. Army and was assigned as a paratrooper in the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.

In his fourth year of service as a military intelligence officer, he revisited his earlier interest in the law and went to the Santa Clara University School of Law through the Army Funded Legal Education Program.

Following his graduation, he became an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he rose through the ranks to eventually become the 36th Judge Advocate General of the Army — the Army’s top military lawyer.

He retired from the Army as a Major General in 2005 and went to work as the deputy chief counsel for operations for the Federal Aviation Administration and served as acting chief counsel of the FAA while the President determined the next political appointee for that position.

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MISCELLANEOUS

Hospital and community leaders will celebrate the opening of Via Christi Clinic during a ribbon-cutting and blessing at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at 222 N. 6th St. in Manhattan.

The clinic will house Via Christi’s first primary care clinic in Manhattan. Three established Via Christi outpatient programs — Behavioral Health, Via Christi LIGHT and Diabetes Education — moved into the newly renovated 17,000-square-foot building in August.

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