It’s Your Business, Oct. 8, 2017

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Cheryl Rathbun, LSCSW, was recently promoted to the newly created position of Chief Clinical Officer for Saint Francis Community Services. Rathbun – whose 39-year career with Saint Francis spans leadership roles in social work and clinical services – will provide strategic direction on all clinical aspects of Saint Francis’ national and international initiatives.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Pittsburg State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas. She holds an LSCSW designation (Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Work) and has co-authored several professional papers on treatment for children and youth.

During her career at Saint Francis, she has worked as an individual and family therapist, supervising all social work and clinical services provided through outpatient and residential facilities. She oversees accreditation standards, operating procedures, performance improvement and professional ethics for all clinical services.



Ten attorneys from Stevens & Brand, L.L.P. were recently named to “The Best Lawyers in America” for 2017.

Lawrence Office:

Bradley R. Finkeldei was honored in the areas of Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Litigation; Education Law; and Land Use and Zoning Law.

Webster L. Golden was honored for Corporate Law; Trusts and Estates.

Matthew H. Hoy was honored for Litigation – Trusts and Estates.

Sherri E. Loveland was honored for Family Law.

Wesley F. Smith (Lawyer of the Year) was honored for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Rebecca J. Wempe was honored for Tax Law; Trusts and Estates.

Molly M. Wood was honored for Elder Law.

Topeka Office:

Emily A. Donaldson, CELA, was honored for Elder Law.

Patricia E. Hamilton was honored for Bankruptcy and Credit Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation-Bankruptcy. Hamilton was also named Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights Lawyer of the Year for Topeka for 2018.

Thomas D. Haney was honored for Criminal Defense: General Practice; Criminal Defense: White-Collar. Haney is a past Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: White-Collar.



Northeast Kansas Rotary Clubs recently raised over $38,293 for Heart to Heart International (HHI).

The 45 Rotary clubs of Rotary International’s District 5710 came together to support Heart to Heart International’s disaster relief efforts in Texas and Florida.

Immediately after Hurricane Harvey devastated the gulf coast of Texas with over 51 inches of rain, followed by the damage caused in Florida by Hurricane Irma, Rotarians were there to help.

Rotary clubs have been involved with the Lenexa-based Heart to Heart International since its inception in 1992. Many of their founders and some of their board members are Rotarians so there is a natural connection and interest in supporting their mission.

Initially, 5710’s District Governor Adam Ehlert asked that each of the 2,400 Rotarians in the District give at least $5, which was matched with District funds. Rotarians have also been involved in assembling and packing hygiene kits for distribution to those involved in both disasters.

Nearly 30,000 kits were distributed in the affected areas and the need continues. In Houston, HHI plans on providing medical care for the next two to three months until regular providers are able to reopen their own clinics. Some of the HHI medical volunteers are on their second tour following a short break at home. These services are provided at no cost to patients.

Rotarians and other volunteers collected donations at a recent T-Bones baseball game series at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Baseball fans including comedian Bill Murray (co-owner of the visiting St. Paul Saints) contributed to the effort.