217 SE 8th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603-3906
Toll Free: 1.800.264.5242
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Meet our Team
Debra Harmon Zehr, President and CEO of LeadingAge Kansas
Debra is LeadingAge Kansas’ President and CEO. She leads the overall affairs of the association, works closely with the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan, oversight of financial resources, and of course, inspiring and leading the team. Additionally, she’s the primary spokesperson for the association, the liaison to LeadingAge National, and serves as the President and CEO of the association’s 501(c)(3) sister organization, ASTRA. Her commitment and passion for aging services stems out of her deep love for her grandparents. She finds that helping the association’s members make a difference in the lives of the people they serve and being part of an organization that is not content simply preserving the status quo, are her favorite parts of her job. Debra, her husband, and their dog love traveling the open road together in a tiny 5th wheel Scamp. You can contact her directly at 785.233.0758 ext. 111.
Kevin McFarland, President of KING
Kevin believes there is no higher calling than caring for and protecting the people LeadingAge Kansas serves and loves working for wonderful, committed people serving elder Kansans. As the President and CEO of the KING program, Kevin is attuned to the needs of others, specifically in the realm of workers compensation, risk management and other insurance matters. He’s a valued member of the management team and internal “SWAT” teams, including education and Value 1st. Outside of the office, you can find Kevin serving as an Eucharistic Minister in the Episcopal Church and as the “voice” of Washburn Rural High School soccer. Kevin can be reached at 785.233.0758, ext. 110.
Dana Weaver, Chief Operating Officer
Dana is so much more than her title, which is Chief Operating Officer of LeadingAge Kansas. Her passion for elders transcends her formalized role and is visible in all facets of the association. She provides leadership to education, membership, office and account management, oversees IT, serves on the management team, writes grants, and develops new programs. Despite her humongous role in LeadingAge Kansas’s success, she maintains a humble perspective and is thrilled just to make members easier by helping them solve their problems. She has a passion for seniors and believes they’re the most interesting and underrated group of people in America. In her free time, you can find Dana chasing storms and blogging about food! Contact Dana at 785.233.0758, ext. 109.
Rachel Monger, Director of Government Affairs
Believe it or not, Rachel is actually in her mid-30s! She may look fresh out of college, but her resume and contributions to LeadingAge Kansas are that of someone much older. A Licensed Kansas attorney since 2005 and a Licensed Adult Care Home Administrator since 2014, Rachel is a legislative and lobbying powerhouse for the association. She’s passionate about elder justice issues and has spent her career advocating for the best quality of life and care for older citizens. If you have questions, seek guidance, or just need a sympathetic ear for all things regulatory or legislative, Rachel’s there for you. Rachel can be reached at 785.233.0758, ext. 102.
Leanna Chaffee, Director of Education and Membership
Leanna is the Director of Education and Member Engagement, both of which are a perfect fit since she loves to help members get the training they want and need. Seek her out if you’ve got questions about the Business Intelligence Tools or have general membership questions. She oversees the planning of content strategy and provides oversight and recommendations for the education budget. She believes that seniors built this beautiful world we live in and feels honored to help them live a wonderful life in their later years. She loves talking to and helping all of the LeadingAge Kansas members, and due to her love of country music and singing, you may just find her busting out a song or two! Lea can be reached at 785.233.0758, ext. 106.
Tina Andres, Accounting Coordinator
Tina is the Accounting Coordinator that helps with all facets of the association, including LeadingAge Kansas, ASTRA, KING, and the ASTRA Scholarship Program. She’s a team player that loves to help in any way she can! She can often be found providing administrative support as well and genuinely loves the work she does. Her passion for this field stems from having aging parents who have given her a different perspective on aging services. To Tina, elders are a wealth of knowledge and are very special individuals, and she feels blessed to work for an association that strives to make things better for both elders and members alike. Tina can be reached at 785.233.0758, ext. 101.
Dave Auch, Value First Regional Sales Representative
Dave is not only the resident Frisbee fanatic (card-carrying member of the International Frisbee Association since 1966!) at LeadingAge Kansas, he is also the Value First Group Purchasing Sales Representative and can often be found traveling through Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. In his career, he’s owned two businesses, worked in the pharmaceutical industry, and feels his current position has helped stimulate and stretch his abilities and skill set. He proudly enables members to spend in areas that add quality programs to their organization, while assisting them in cutting costs in the areas of food, medical, janitorial, and office supplies. Dave can be reached at 316.253.7807.
Diana Stettnisch, Office and Tradeshow Manager
When Diana isn’t managing the bustling LeadingAge Kansas office, coordinating the expos and tradeshows, or serving as the database administrator, you can find her sitting on the board of a local dog rescue and foster dogs of all sizes and breeds. Aside from caring for canines, she loves working in aging services because of the feeling she gets when she’s helping those that help elders. Diana can be reached at 785.233.7443, ext. 100.
Hayley Spicer, Events Manager
On top of helping members get registered for events, Hayley is committed to providing members exceptional event experiences where they can get involved and earn CEUs. She also serves on the Education Planning Swat Team, develops marketing for education, and organizes continuing education opportunities. As a newer member of the LeadingAge Kansas team, Hayley loves learning about the association, its members, and helping teach them what they can do to provide the best service possible. She chose the aging services field to serve as a resource to members and help make a difference in their lives, and in the lives of her aging family and friends. Her passion to help others extends outside of the office, as you can find her on the volleyball court as a coach and a player. Hayley can be reached at 785.233.0758, ext. 108.