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have had the privilege of having so many inspirational women in my life as role models, mentors and friendswomen who build each other up and strengthen each other. As I reflect on the many amazing women who have touched my life and impacted me in so many ways over the years, I see the beautiful faces of so many friends, family, coworkers, sisters and neighbors. However, the one who stands out as the one who has shaped so much of who I am and what I strive to be like is my mother.

My mom has such a magnetic, dynamic personality that it is hard to even put into words all that she encompasses. She is a fireball of energy and is ready and willing to help anyone at anytime.  Growing up, she could make us laugh so hard our sides hurt in one instance, embarrass us with things like random pop-ins to fix our hair at school, and turn around and inspire us with her tenacity and passionate spirit. She raised ten kids, and upon my youngest brother going to kindergarten, she went back to school to earn her nursing degree and has been a hospice nurse ever since. She has taught me the lesson of compassion and selflessness as I watched by her example take in extra children in need to live with us from time to time, sometimes allowing them to live with us for years.  She opened her home for get-togethers with Sudan refugees, inner-city kids and really to anyone that we brought to her attention of needing a little help. On many occasions, lonely neighbors or a spouse of a past hospice patient would join our family for holidays because my mother wanted them to have a place to feel welcome. My mom has taught me the lesson of being giving and to give without hesitation. Not only does she give when it has been easy to give, but I watched her give when times were tight for us growing up, which was such a valuable lesson. She always found a way to serve and to give of herself and encouraged all of us to do the same and most importantly to put our faith above all else. I am beyond blessed to call her my mother and to have her as such a role model in life. This month is our women’s issue. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about some of the inspirational women right here in our community, each one making an impact in their own way. Their stories definitely inspired me to do more. I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I did and that you feel inspired too.

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Does retirement sound like a stress-free period of life where you aren’t exhausting yourself for a paycheck and can make your own schedule? For the 80 percent of Americans who believe they won’t have enough saved for retirement, “stress-free” may be the last term they would use to describe it. If many of us are already concerned about having enough money saved to retire, why would we hinder our savings ability by taking a loan from the very account where our nest egg should be growing? One answer: because we can. A loan provision on an employee-sponsored retirement plan allows participants to take out a loan from their account for any reason they deem necessary. We’re not talking about a “hardship provision” which lets employees distribute money for a specific hardship; rather, a loan provision is an unregulated way for an employee to borrow whenever, for whatever they want. Christmas gifts? A vacation? Are these really reasons to put your financial future in jeopardy? Consider these pitfall examples:

Example #1 – By not offering a loan provision on their company’s retirement plan, one business owner may have saved his employees countless headaches. A natural resources firm was doing well – they had a 401(k) plan with high employee participation and routine contributions, positive cash flow and an effective management team. Because of the attractiveness of their company, they were sought out by another reputable entity for a merger. However, the merger was a bad move for the company that forced them into bankruptcy. All employees were terminated and the 401(k) plan was terminated as well. Imagine if there had been a loan provision on the plan – employees who thought everything was going great at their company and who felt they had job security could have taken out a loan against their retirement plan. Any active loans at the time of termination would have either had to have been paid back immediately, or the distributed amount would have been counted as an in-service distribution which can include penalties, fees and interest for non-eligible plan participants.

Example #2 – An HR mistake lands an executive in trouble. A business executive who needed a loan started the paperwork to borrow from her 401(k) plan. She flawlessly filled out the paperwork, understood the amortization schedule and submitted it to human resources to schedule the repayments from her paycheck. It wasn’t until a year later that she discovered the HR team member hadn’t setup the payroll correctly meaning the executive hadn’t been making payments on the loan for an entire year. Not only did the executive have to pay penalties and interest, but her company took a hit as well for failing to execute the loan properly.

Example #3 – They should have stayed invested in their retirement plans. A husband and wife both took the maximum loan from their 401(k)s to invest in a business venture. They had no trouble making the payments until the business venture folded and they lost their entire initial investment. But, that wasn’t the end of their hardship. Not only did they lose the business, they still had to repay the loan on time with no alternative for refinancing. Remember, the purpose of a retirement plan is to save for your future retirement. It is the pile of money that you will use to pay yourself a paycheck in retirement (it is your future income stream.) If employers make it easy for employees to get to that money early, behavioral science proves that many will want to take that money. If we really are going to have an opportunity to retire with dignity someday, we all need to invest regularly, leaving the money to grow, so that our retirements can be funded and build value over time. Keep your endgame in mind and don’t compromise your future financial security.

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wl + Mouse Textile Designs creates handcrafted accessories for men, women, babies

and the home. Owners Alice Youngblood and Cristin Llewellyn are the local artists behind the company making the eco-friendly organic fab-

rics located in the historic West Bottoms. The two entrepreneurs met at the Kansas City

Photo by Alec Vanderbom

Art Institute where they were classically trained in the art of fiber making. "We were exposed to a lot of different textile techniques, including dying and printing. In 2009, about a year after graduating, we decided to team up and put our art degrees to work. Photo by Sandra Park

From the beginning, we have made functional, accessory-based items in an effort to make our art accessible to everyone," Youngblood says. Their craftsmanship and unique dye process result in extraordinary colors and distinctive

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surface patterns. All products are designed by hand, dyed, printed and sewn to perfection, creating beautiful and one-of-a-kind textiles. The process begins with organic fabric that is washed, weighed and dyed with custom mixed colors in small batches using a variety of techniques, including immersion dyeing for solid colors, dip dyeing for a pop of color, shibori dyeing (a Japanese folding and resist dyeing technique) for an organic pattern, gradation dyeing for a slow transition  in color and ice dyeing for beautiful Photo by Alec Vanderbom

patterns and swirls of color. After the dye bath is complete, the fabric is washed, dried and ironed. Printing requires the transfer of designs onto

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silk screens. A thickened dye created from a custom color recipe is used to integrate the design into the fabric.

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"The dye color bonds with the fibers of the fabric instead of sitting on top like most fabric paints. This gives a completely different look and feel to our fabrics that most other handmade textiles on the market don’t have," Llewellyn says. The printed fabric sets for 24 hours and is washed and ironed. The finished yardage is cut by hand, sewn and given a final press before being packaged. Owl + Mouse offers a wide variety of prints, colors and designs, but if you don't see what you're looking for, all you have to do is ask. They can create any color imaginable.   "Because everything is made from scratch, we are able to offer color matching, which is a unique option at our price points," Youngblood says. "We’ve made several custom colored table linens to match the colors and styles found in our customers' homes and ties for groomsmen that coordinate with the wedding." Shop online to see their latest creations, which include lightweight scarves and shawls, skinny ties, pocket squares, bow ties, baby gift sets and luxurious dinner and cocktail napkins. Their textiles also are sold in Kansas and Missouri boutiques,

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INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN OF JOHNSON COUNT Y

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ou may know her as your sister, your mom, your friend. She is the woman who thinks of others first

and strives to make a difference in the world around them, a woman who knows her true purpose with such confidence that she will influence generations to come by the example set forth. There are many inspirational women in our community, and here are just a few that we have the pleasure of introducing to you. CONTINUED >

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INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN (CON TI N U ED)

Jill Geller

Kathleen Rainen

Jill Geller, the executive director of Johnson County Park and

For nearly 40 years, Kathleen Rainen has willingly and gra-

Recreation District, has been committed to the success of the

ciously given her time and talents to help better the human con-

agency and to its mission of enhancing the quality of life in

dition in Johnson County. She has worked closely with leaders,

Johnson County for more than 30 years. Among her significant

employees and volunteers at nonprofit organizations, charitable

accomplishments with JCPRD, Geller developed and oversaw

associations, hospitals and educational institutions, helping

the implementation of a healthy concessions initiative, known at

them to achieve their missions and to lessen the load of their

SCORE! to make healthy menu items available as the district’s

responsibilities. When there is challenge or a cause that needs

major sports venues.

attention, Rainen takes it to heart and works diligently to solve it,

In 2011, she oversaw a $1.3 million project involving the property

rally others around it and to help fund a solution.

exchange, renovation and opening of JCPRD’s Mill Creek Activity

When her daughter faced challenges from basal cell nevus

Center, a more than 20,000-square-foot indoor facility in Shawnee.

syndrome, Rainen not only sought to help her child receive

In 2010, she oversaw an $8.2 million project involving the acqui-

care and assistance, she reached out to children and families

sition, construction and opening of the 88,000-square-foot New

in a similar situation. She was a shining spirit of hope to them

Century Fieldhouse near Gardner. Most recently, Jill led her agency

and the staff at Shawnee Mission Medical Center Lee Ann

through the development of a new 15-year strategic plan, The

Britain Infant Development Center.

Legacy Plan, and was instrumental in the acquisition and upcom-

Rainen is gifted fundraiser who also excels in board leader-

ing development of Meadowbrook Park in Prairie Village. Under

ship and as a committee chairperson. It is her resolve to have a

her leadership, JCPRD is experiencing unprecedented growth, and

positive outcome for each and every event, activity, luncheon,

will open thousands of acres of parkland and dozens of trail miles

gala and dinner in which she is involved, which includes The

for the public’s enjoyment within the next decade.

Junior Women’s Symphony Association, The Junior League and

“The most rewarding part of my service to JCPRD is feeling

the Kansas City March of Dimes among many others. Because

like the work I do makes a difference in our community. I truly

of Rainen’s generous and humane spirit and her can-do atti-

believe that parks make life better," she says. "The work we do

tude, many dollars have been raised for education and medical

positively impacts our community’s health, providing opportuni-

research, and many lives of children and young people have

ties to be outdoors, to be active and to make memories.”

been improved due to this truly kind and inspirational woman.

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SuEllen Fried SuEllen Fried, a kind and selfless Johnson County resident, pours

groups as they learn to change their violent language, actions and

herself out daily to bless the men of Reaching Out From Within and in

thoughts. As of 2004, it ran 10 programs in seven Kansas Correctional

turn, their families and communities all over Kansas. Even at 84, she

facilities. Before establishing ROFW, Fried started an abuse preven-

makes sure she travels to every correctional facility in Kansas with a

tion program by drawing upon her dance therapy experience as she

Reaching Out From Within Group at least once time a year.

taught body awareness and how to adjust to others.

Fried is described by many as pure genuine kindness, and it is con-

She is an accomplished author, and her books are intended for parents

tagious. She worked as a dance therapist for twenty years and was a

of children who have been bullied as well as those whose children may

volunteer dance and drama therapist at Osawatomie State Hospital

be bullies. She and her co-authors attempt to offer practical suggestions

in Kansas. In 1970 was appointed to President Richard Nixon’s Task

for minimizing peer abuse, to teach about the harm caused by gossip

Force on the Mentally Handicapped. She was a consultant to the

and name-calling and to prevent an escalation to violence. In 2002, Fried

National Institute of Mental Health as well as the Center for Advanced

founded BullySafeUSA, which has enabled her to work with more than

Study and Continuing Education in Mental Health.

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Fried's work with Dr. Karl Menninger led her to establish STOP Violence in 1982, an organization that developed the Kindness Kansas Citian Essay Contest and Banquet and, perhaps more importantly to Fried, a program called Reaching Out From Within (ROFW). ROFW is a monthly program at which trained volunteers facilitate inmate-led

states. Additionally, she and her organization are working to help reduce cyberbullying on social networking sites and web pages. "The purpose of life is to find purpose," she says. "I am grateful for the people and passions in my life that have given me so much joy." CONTINUED >

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INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN (CON TI N U ED)

Poppy Zurcher A multilinguist, educator, published author, motivational speaker, gifted artist, beautiful mother, resilient military wife, dedicated community builder and fabulous cook are but a few of Poppy Zurcher's strengths. Having lived with different forms of cancer since her childhood, and coming from a culture, Greece, where no one speaks of this disease, she was determined to be the voice in teaching people the importance of awareness, early detection and seeking the appropriate doctor necessary for your specific cancer. Having lived with the very painful juvenile sarcoma as a child, and not having the money nor other avenues open to provide comfort and healing, Zurcher was adopted at the age of 13 by a couple from the U.S. “My Papa had worked very hard and taught me how to 'focus away from my pain' by teaching me to bake bread. So, when I was adopted, he asked my new parents to promise him they, too, would make sure and keep me busy when I was in pain," Zurcher says. "They kept their promise and introduced me to my English teacher in the midst of surgeries and chemo for my leg, and that is when I learned English! I

Jung Spooner

now talk to friends dealing with cancer and stress the importance of not being idle during this terrible journey, but to stay focused and busy, within reason of course.” Zurcher volunteers with the Bloch Cancer Hotline by taking calls from newly diagnosed cancer patients from all over

Overland Park resident Jung Spooner has established a reputation

the country and helps to connect them with a phone buddy

as one of the leading piano teachers in America and is the star of

going through the same type of cancer if they wish. She

the internet-based piano teaching show called A Life of Music that is

also Crochets blankets and scarves and makes monetary

seen by music lovers in 18 countries. She is a passionate and devoted

donations for Cancer Action, an organization that provides

mentor who has turned out many fine young pianists who have won

free services and necessary supplies, to everyone who walks

top prizes at national and regional piano competitions and have been

through their door. When her health challenged her to the

accepted to the most prestigious music schools, including Julliard,

point she could not stand and do her volunteer work, she

Peabody and the Cleveland Institute.

decided to donate two to three dinners for 10 people in her

Jung inspires her students to consistently challenge themselves to

home annually, where she prepared and served a multicourse

develop their own technique and encourages her students to go after

sit-down dinner. This dinner is auctioned off–for as much as

the goals in life. She has an immense love of music and teaching music

$1,600—and each organization keeps the proceeds.

and finds joy in inspiring students to grow and reach their potential. “I am truly blessed to do what I love! I have the pleasure of working

“I am convinced that everyone has a gift or more within them, and can give to help others in need,” she says.

with students and adults of all ages, and I am so lucky to share my pas-

Zurcher's enduring advocacy on behalf of Cancer Action,

sion for music and doing my part to nurture the art of piano,” Jung says.

Johnson County Young Matrons—who provide monetary

Her goal is to express to each of her students nothing is impossi-

and volunteer assistance to several wonderful philanthropies

ble through self-discipline, determination, consistency and, above all,

around Johnson County—in service as spokeswomen for

a love for what you are doing. She gains inspiration by attending the

interstitial cystitis and as a trusted member of her faith com-

great concerts in our area at the Kauffman Center, the Harriman-Jewell

munity are yet a few more of her strengths.

and Friends of Chamber Music Series, and right here in Overland Park through the incredible work of Reach Out Kansas.

Meeting each unexpected life event as an opportunity to affect positive change, Zurcher embodies what it means to

“I literally surround myself with music. I am married to a concert

say yes to life. She is a force of nature determined to accept

pianist, Steven, and we have three kids, Alicia, Tatiana, and Franz

challenges as opportunities to affect positive change. Indeed,

and three pianos,” Spooner says.

her personal motto is “celebrate life every day.”

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SIMPLE ELEGANCE (CON TI N U ED)

K

indra Browne, founder of SimpIe Elegance, began her career in the wedding industry in 1996 when the need to find something she could do on her own

while balancing the demands of raising a family was her reality. “I have loved weddings since I was a little girl and used to play wedding with my dad as he would pretend to walk me down the aisle in our long hallway at our home. That is probably when my inspiration began,” Browne says. “It is truly woven into my being, and I love crafting and creating memories with each couple and their families. It fills my soul!” Browne first began to stand out in the industry because of her warm approach, creativity, attention to detail and genuine interest in helping people's wedding stories come to life. She began to build a team to expand her business in 2001. Because her services were so sought after in the KC area, she needed a team to help keep up with the growth. She now has eight wedding planners and a social media marketing manager on her team, and that in and of itself says a lot about why Simple Elegance is different. They plan many styles of weddings where the couple is always the focus. When asked about how she manages it all with a successful career and a young family, she said setting priorities and boundaries are the keys to making it all work. “I had to let go of the fact that there is no such thing as balance," she says. "I wouldn't be where I am today without the support of my family, my husband and the incredible group of women who work for me.” Her advice for local female entrepreneurs is to surround yourself with those who understand what you are trying to accomplish. Having a support group especially when you have a family is the key to success. Pace yourself and give yourself permission to learn as you are going along. Browne shared a glimpse of her creativity with us in a beautifully styled wedding shoot that was set at Bourgmont Vineyard, an event space coming to Johnson County very soon. The vineyard will offer a large home for guests to stay in over the weekend they are planning the wedding, a large, newly

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designed equestrian facility that will hold 350 guests, lots of outdoor areas, a lake and, eventually, an even larger event space that can house up to 600 guests. Brent Bergman and Kim Johnson of Bergman Landscape Architecture designed the event space, and they thought of every detail. “I was inspired to create an ethereal setting using deep, forest greens and bringing in lilac to infuse lightness throughout. I love creating depth with color and then bringing in lighter shades and classic patterns to showcase the color scheme," she says "The bouquets, boutonniere, trees, candles, greenery, gold touches and floral centerpieces that included green grapes, deep greens, succulents, lilac and tulips were truly breathtaking and captured the essence of the vineyard and the ethereal overall feel I wanted to create!” She mixed and matched the chargers and linens to bring different sheens to the guest tables. Lilac was brought in with the high boys linens to pop the color in the reception area even more. Finally, the gold-rimmed glasses and gold cutlery added the finishing touch and another level of elegance light and shimmer.    For the wedding party, Browne wanted light, fluid movement for the wedding dress and the bridesmaid’s dress. The bride wore a gown by Emily Hart Bridal and is part of the Emmaline’s Bridal 2017 Storyline separate collection. The deep V back was beautiful and brought dramatic, yet simple lines to the bride’s style.  The lilac bridesmaid dress by Bella Bridesmaid was soft and ethereal in its movement. Surrounded by the red bud trees with hints of lilac, gold, greenery and candlelight, the bridal party looked to be floating in elegance at the altar that was placed under the large chandelier in the center of the barn. “I love paper so I had to have beautiful invitations and menu cards that would bring together the design at each place setting," Browne says. B/P Creative mixed a soft, classic lilac pattern, placed it on top of ivory heavy paper stock and added emerald hand-painted edging to finish the look. The gold foil monogram was placed on top of the pattern to add the final touch.   CONTINUED >

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“I love crafting and creating memories with each couple and their families. It fills my soul!”

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Realty Report

Johnson County Realty Report

Neighborhood

List Price

Sold Price

%Sold/List

DOM*

Beds

Baths

LEAWOOD COUNTRY MANOR $2,750,000

$2,300,000

83%

210

5

5.3

SIENA OF LEAWOOD

$2,375,000

$2,200,000

92%

133

5

5.3

HALLBROOK

$1,875,000

$1,787,500

95%

11

4

4.3

LEAWOOD ESTATES

$995,000

$940,000

94%

108

5

4

HIGHLANDS CREEK

$899,900

$860,000

95%

32

5

4.2

HALLBROOK

$870,000

$851,200

97%

1

5

4.2

MILLS FARM

$850,000

$820,500

96%

8

5

5.1

TOWN & COUNTRY

$820,000

$790,000

96%

6

3

3.1

SOUTHWICK ON THE LAKE

$750,000

$756,000

100%

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5

5

ROYSE

$749,950

$730,000

97%

123

4

4.1

Information compiled is from Heartland Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and includes properties listed and sold in the area from multiple brokers. Statistics from 3/1/2017 to 3/31/2017. DOM=Days on Market.

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Locally Owned

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Johnson County Entrepreneur Arlene Ladegaard DESIGN CONNECTIONS INC.

ARTICLE ANN E. BUTENAS PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

W

hen you first meet Arlene Ladegaard, principal designer and owner of

Design Connection Inc., if you sense an upbeat,

energetic,

spirited,

generous,

fun-loving and engaging personality, then please don’t waver from that initial conclusion. Blessed with a keen eye for design and an innate ability to understand her clients, Ladegaard presents as a winning combination of experience and passion for what she does, coupled with a solid grasp of how to precisely deliver results that transcend each client’s expectations. Undoubtedly, it is her crisp, timeless style that speaks to clients the most, remaining fresh with each passing year. CONTINUED >

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Locally Owned

(CON TI N U ED)

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ladegaard realized from an early age the professional path she wanted to pursue. “I knew I wanted to do this type of work when I was in the seventh

in local charity events in the Johnson County area. Add, tionally she is an active member of the local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

grade,” she recalls. “At the time, my mom had redecorated her home

No matter what fills her days, Ladegaard continually keeps her fin-

with the help of a designer and from that point on, I knew this is what

ger on the pulse of a business she began nearly three decades ago that

I wanted to do. My mom let me decorate my own room when I was

has positively transformed the lives and homes of hundreds of clients,

12. I still remember the big bright floral wallpaper.”

creating polished spaces that are decidedly functional and beautiful.

The trajectory of her career initially took her to Stevens College in Columbia, Missouri, followed by studies in interior design at the University

The reason for her tenacious drive is simple: “I love what I do,” she says, smiling.

of Arizona and the University of California at Los Angeles. She began

Design Connection Inc. is the only interior design firm in the metro

her career in Southern California working for various design firms before

area with an on-staff architect, a solid infrastructure and the resources

setting out on her own in 1988, establishing Design Connection Inc.

and experiences to work with clients through all stages of design.

Additionally, Ladegaard has lived and worked in Switzerland. She com-

Ladegaard and her team show up fully prepared so that clients are

pleted continuing education through the Study of Architecture in Paris and

educated on the process and know exactly what is being delivered.

obtained her California Certification in Interior Design while living abroad.

“My job is to really understand what clients want and to be

When not moving at full throttle in her business, Ladegaard enjoys

completely honest with them,” says Ladegaard, whose experience

down time with her husband Ed and their two cocker spaniels, Ruby

speaks volumes and for whom integrity, quality and value are clearly

and Coalby, at their Leawood home. Among her favorite indulgences

represented in each project.

are spending weekends boating at the Lake of the Ozarks or just getting together with her kids and grandchildren. Giving back to the community is an integral part of Ladegaard’s life

Design Connection Inc. is an award-winning design

philosophy, and to that end, she has been actively involved for 18 years

firm located in Overland Park, Kansas. Arlene Ladegaard,

with the Leawood Rotary Club. She also enjoys her long-standing

principal designer, can be reached at 913.851.8776  or 

membership with the Leawood Chamber. Ladegaard loves assisting

DesignConnectionInc.com.

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