Business people for September 19
The Kansas Department of Transportation recognized employees celebrating state service birthdays in October, recognizing them for the long-term dedication they have brought to the state of Kansas.
Employees in The News’s coverage area celebrating work birthdays included: 40 years old: Larry Kjellberg, Road Maintenance Supervisor, Ness City ’30: James beesley, Senior Engineering Technician, Garden City
The Kansas Department of Corrections promoted three employees at Hutchinson Correctional Institution, effective September 19. Steven clayborn was promoted to Supervisor of Facilities Maintenance, while Eric kennedy and William widener have both been promoted to Supervisor of Corrections III.
NEWTON – Cynthia A. Wiens, a lawyer with Adrian & Pankratz, PA, in Newton, was recently recognized in the Wichita Business Journal category for the Women Who Lead in Legal series.
Wiens was featured in the magazine and will later be recognized at an event hosted by the Wichita Business Journal. The journal recognized women in the legal profession who offer advice and support to their colleagues, contributing to the success of those around them.
Wiens provides legal advice in all areas of senior law, which focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, Medicaid planning, guardianship and senior law issues. She believes that quality legal representation requires personalized service and attention to detail.
GREAT BEND – Through a partnership with Mirror and The Center for Counseling & Consultation, Kevin ford is a new addiction clinician who sees clients four days a week in central Kansas.
Ford has been an addiction counselor for 36 years. He is currently employed by Mirror and sees clients on the premises of the Center.
Ford started seeing local and regional customers at the end of July and about a month later it had 40 customers.
He sees clients at 5815 Broadway in Great Bend on Mondays and Wednesdays; 217 E. Ave. N in Lyon on Tuesdays; and 606 Topeka, Suite 101 in Larned Thursdays.
Ford is a licensed addiction counselor and a Kansas certified gambling counselor.
In 2015, Ford helped develop an outpatient program at the Center. Other employers over the years include the Kansas Department of Corrections, where he was a unit team leader and director of the chemical addiction recovery program at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility; and New Chance where he was an advisor and middle supervisor.
The Counseling and Counseling Center is a community mental health center serving Barton, Pawnee, Rice and Stafford counties. Its confidential 24/7 crisis hotline is 800-875-2544.
NORTH NEWTON – Jennifer Scott Koontz, MD, MPH, of Newton, will receive the 2021 Bethel College Outstanding Alumni Award at its Alumni Banquet on October 3, and former Buhler resident and former director of the Kaufman Museum Steve friesen, its 2021 Excellence Award.
Koontz graduated from Bethel in 1998 with a specialization in psychology and natural sciences. She then spent two years with the Mennonite Voluntary Service in Hamilton, Ont., Before earning her Masters of Public Health from the University of Kansas in 2001 and her MD in 2005.
While at KU Medical School, Koontz founded and ran the JayDoc Free Clinic, a student-run clinic for the uninsured in Kansas City, Kansas, and later co-founded the JayDoc Community Clinic in Wichita.
She completed her family medicine residency at Via Christi in Wichita, where she was chief resident during her final year. In 2009, she was certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine and began practicing with Pinnacle Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, Newton and Hutchinson.
Since then she has also served as a team doctor and medical director for athletic training and student health at Bethel.
Since 2012, Koontz has practiced family medicine and sports medicine, and serves as the medical director of cardiac rehabilitation at Newton Medical Center, recently renamed NMC Health.
Koontz was the 2009 Bethel Young Alumnus Award recipient and one of Harvey County’s Three Women of the Year in 2017.
She currently holds several leadership roles, including President of the Harvey County Medical Society, Board Member of the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, and Chair of the Sexual Violence Task Force of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.
But it’s his job to educate the public about COVID-19 and public health and safety measures that have earned him this latest recognition. For months, she read everything she could find, then distilled it into COVID-19 updates covering Harvey County to the global situation, which she posted on her Facebook page and made shareable. to everybody.
Koontz coordinated a group of medics who contributed to the county’s reopening and testing plans, advocated for adequate testing and contact tracing programs, and tirelessly promoted frequent hand washing, physical distancing, and wearing of face coverings in public spaces.
She also organized a group of volunteers to sew masks and distribute them to schools and other avenues. His efforts also earned him an “Ad Astra Star Award” from Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Kansas.
Koontz lives in Newton with her husband, Matt Koontz ’98, and their three children.
Friesen was born in Lawrence, raised in Buhler, and graduated from Bethel in 1975 with a BA in History and Social Sciences. He went on to obtain an MA in American Popular Culture from the Cooperstown Graduate Program at the State University of New York at Oneonta.
He returned to his native south-central Kansas as director of Bethel’s Kauffman Museum, 1976-77, then spent a year with the Wichita Public Schools Museums Programs Office, 1977-78, before moving to leading educational programs at the Littleton Historical Museum in the Denver area for the next four years.
After two years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as a service worker with the Mennonite Central Committee, Friesen moved to Lancaster, Pa., As director of the Hans Herr House from 1719. In 1990 he returned to the Colorado as museum superintendent for the town of Greeley and later became director of the Molly Brown House in Denver. In 1995, Friesen took over as director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave in Golden, Colorado, from which he retired in 2017 after serving in that role for 22 years.
In 2018, he was inducted into the Jefferson County (Colombia) Hall of Fame.
After retiring from the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, Friesen joined forces with his wife, Monta Lee Dakin, to create Friesen-Dakin Museum Consulting, a part-time business. Both have a combined total of 80 years in the museum profession.
He has written three history books, edited chapters for several books on museum management, and wrote numerous historical articles and book reviews for academic and popular publications. In 2021, he began writing a regular column for True West magazine. He is an active member of Western Writers of America.
Friesen and Dakin are the parents of two children (including Bethel graduate Elizabeth Friesen) and have a granddaughter.
Friesen is a member of the Beloved Community Mennonite Church in Denver and continues her long-standing relationship with Bethel College as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kauffman Museum.