2018 Class of the Center for Leadership Announced

TOPEKA, Kan. – LeadingAge Kansas has selected 13 professionals in the field of aging services for the 9th class of the Center for Leadership. The program equips talented aging services professionals to positively influence the future of aging services in Kansas.

“Our goal is to grow our own leaders in Kansas”, states Dana Weaver, chief operating officer for LeadingAge Kansas, “The program will provide the opportunity for these individuals to hone their leadership skills within their own organizations as well as influence the field on a macro level.”

Over 120 aging services professionals have participated in the year-long intensive. The program is celebrating its 9th year with a revamp of the program. The group of fellows —administrators, operators, marketing managers, human resources professionals, nurses, executive directors and certified nursing assistants — includes representatives from all types, sizes, and locations of aging services providers in Kansas.

Over the course of the program, fellows convene in intense seminars led by established leaders in the field. The curriculum covers aging service issues from business, leadership, and public policy perspectives. Participants learn about innovative services, person-centeredness, and transformational leadership. They gain an understanding of how to lead through difficulty and continually improve the field for tomorrow’s seniors.

"Solving the challenges facing long-term care in Kansas requires highly skilled leaders from across the spectrum of professions and organizations that make up our patchwork system. By investing in emerging leaders, we are sowing seeds for better, more accessible aging services in Kansas.

Individuals selected for this program are professionals with outstanding experience and commitment to aging services. It's a privilege to prepare them for the next level in their careers," states Debra Harmon Zehr, president/CEO of LeadingAge Kansas.

Class of 2018

  • Tasha Alvarez-Garnica with Kansas Christian Home in Newton
  • Stacey Braden with Evergreen Community of Johnson County in Olathe
  • Mary Chipley with High Plains Retirement Village in Lakin
  • Lotia Conley with Pleasant View Home in Inman
  • Janet Fulmer with Asbury Park in Newton
  • Cristal Hernandez with Evergreen Community of Johnson County
  • Blair Loganbill with Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton
  • Maegen Pegues with Parsons Presbyterian Manor in Parsons
  • Bradley Radatz with Wichita Presbyterian Manor in Wichita
  • Ashley Rhodes with Pine Village in Moundridge
  • Kira Robinson with Kansas Christian Home in Newton
  • Hayley Spicer with LeadingAge Kansas in Topeka
  • Londa Tipton with Sunshine Meadows Retirement Community in Buhler

LeadingAge Kansas is proud to thank BKD CPAs and Advisors and Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America for their donations to this program. Because of their generosity, the cost of the program has been reduced for many of the participants.



LeadingAge Kansas is an association of 160 nonprofit aging services providers dedicated to serving the needs of aging Kansans. Our members serve over 25,000 Kansas seniors every day. We advance policies, promote practices and learning that empowers our members to help seniors live fully as they age.