Butler Announces Graduates of Advance Kansas
44 community leaders complete diversity training, projects
The 14th Advance Kansas class culminated on Friday, June 10, as 44 area business and community leaders were welcomed by previous graduates. Advance Kansas is a program designed to bring together leaders from all demographic groups and across all sectors of society – business, nonprofit, education, faith based, government – and to educate them in effective ways to engage pressing diversity issues in their communities.
Class members meet over the course of five months to form relationships and develop skills to become better leaders in increasingly diverse organizations and communities. Between class sessions they work in teams to create community-action projects. Between class sessions, they worked in teams to accomplish community-action projects benefiting area not-for-profit organizations. The project organizations for this year were Sunlight Children’s Services, Giving the Basics, Habitat for Humanity Wichita, Kansas Leadership Center and The Treehouse.
This new class brings the total number of Advance Kansas graduates to 557, representing 165 organizations in the area. This year’s graduates are:
Keith Allen, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office
Ami Alvidrez, WSU Tech
Eddie Andreo, Cowley College
Krissy Buck, WSU Tech
Alan Burkett, Cox Communications
Junnae Campbell, Boys & Girls Club of South Central Kansas
Hannah Christenson, Envision, Inc.
Jon Craig, Butler Community College
Stephanie Dyer, Koch Industries, Inc.
Michelle Eastman, Rainbows United
Gina Evans, Credit Union of America
Donnie Featherston, Butler Community College
Shareika Fisher, Rise Up For Youth, Inc.
Abel Frederic, United Way of the Plains
Ennidh Garcia, Evergy
Laura Gossman, EmberHope Youthville
Donnell Hadley, City of Andover
Cody Hastings, Evergy
Brierra Hubbard, Meritrust Credit Union
Vanessa Keith, IMA Financial Group Inc.
Maria Kury, USD 259 Wichita
Lindsey Lankford, Keycentrix
Jonathan Lebeda, Envision, Inc.
Emily Lopez, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Sarah Lopez, Sedgwick County
Idalia Loya, Empower
Dimitra Maderafont, T-Mobile
Kim Mai, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Jennifer Marshall, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Lem Moore, Wichita Police Department
Christie Murray, McConnell Air Force Base
Tom Nevill, Butler Community College
Penny Olsen, The Pando Initiative
Taylor Parlier, City of Rose Hill
Ronnie Price, Wheat State Distilling / City of Andover
Laura Rainwater, Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas
Micaela Ramirez, Kansas Hispanic Education and Development Foundation
Ariel Rodriguez, Empower
Moji Rosson, Meritrust Credit Union
Lashawn Taylor, Communities in Schools MidAmerica
Niomi Thompson, Butler Community College
Hanale Vincent, Wichita Collegiate School
James Williams, Black Hills Energy
Monica Wilson, T-Mobile
Hosted by Butler Community College with support from Spirit AeroSystems, Evergy, Meritrust Credit Union, Cox and Envision, Advance Kansas is facilitated by Juan Johnson, president of Diversity Leadership in Action, of Atlanta.