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February 2018

David Kortje Bliss Bouldering & Climbing Complex

VIP Wichita February Table of

Contents events

Positive Directions Winter Fire & Ice Gala ARISE Martin Luther King Jr. Heroes & Sheroes Awards Breakfast Midnight at Mark Arts Shapes by Aaron Patton J.P. Weigand Honors Night Laughing with the Stars CitysArts 20th Anniversary Prairie Hills Financial Group Open House Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Brian Black Farewell Party Fruhauf Uniforms Prototype Preview Mark Arts Community Grand Opening Music Theatre Wichita Annual Meeting JDRF One Walk Kickoff


VIP Profile: The Chung Report CEO Spotlight: David Kortje Wichita Wears VIP Professional: Dr. Eva Henry VIP Interview: American Diabetes Association #WichitaFlag

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Photography by Aaron Patton David Kortje, Owner, Bliss Bouldering & Climbing Complex








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Shaker Full of Wishes J. Andrew Adobe Venue Sahara Preview Party 6 p.m. Handpicked Los Angeles 6 p.m.






9 Visit Wichita Annual Meeting Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview 11:30 a.m.








Women’s Fair Century II 11 a.m.

25 Catholic Charities Cruise Night Hyatt Regency 5:30 p.m.



21 Juliette’s Pearls Leadership Society Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview 11:30 a.m.


KO Night Boxing Presents Nico Hernandez Hartman Arena 6 p.m.



Seven Year Itch Party Aero Plains Brewery 7 p.m.


Women’s Fair Century II Noon


Women’s Fair Century II 9 a.m.

23 Palette to Palate Mark Arts 6 p.m. Final Friday


24 Death by Chocolate Exploration Place 7 p.m.

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VIP • Abode Venue

John Gregory, Erin Slater, Avery Richardson, William Slater

Brett Hogan, Alex Hogan, Patrick Schroeder, Rathana Schroeder

Positive Directions Winter Fire & Ice Gala Schane Gross, Megan Lovely

Mark Anderson, Renee Duxler

Tom Scanlon, Janelle King

Torrey Lattin, Stacy Ward Lattin

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


ttendees enjoyed exquisite dining options and live entertainment while raising money for the state’s leading fighter against HIV and AIDS at the Winter Fire & Ice Gala at Abode Venue on January 19. The gala – which featured a live and silent auction – helped raise funds for Positive Directions’ Bodyguards HIV Prevention Program. Look for photos at

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Rhonda Van De Tramp, Eric Nachtigal, John Moriconi

Positive Directions Winter Fire & Ice Gala

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Bobby Hise, Larry Provo, Rick Case

Earl McCall, Virginia Porter

Faith Martin, Samantha Meeds, Keomi Johnson, Amy Williams

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Cassie Overton, Yolanda Oliver, Tia Owens, Aletra Chaney-Profit

Jalyn Owens, Christine Robinson, Sharon Cranford, Angela Smith McLaurin

ARISE Martin Luther King Jr. Heroes & Sheroes Awards Breakfast Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones

Willie Kendrick, Dennis Walker

Juston White, Christopher Burrell

Jo Brown, Dr. Val Brown Jr., Sheila Kinnard

Braxten Brown, Brandon Taylor

Ernestine Krehbiel, Cathy Brewer, Carl Brewer, LaVonta Williams, Billy D. Williams


local spiritual chorus held its second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Heroes and Sheroes Awards breakfast January 15 at St. James Episcopal Church. ARISE (African-Americans Renewing Interest in Spirituals Ensemble) honored businesses, churches and individuals with its “heroes and sheroes” awards. Its Sankofa Awards, recognizing companies that preserve the past and perpetuate a bright future, were given to The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas and Wil-Ken Enterprises, which operates Popeye’s franchises in Wichita. The Greater Wichita Ministerial League and St. James Episcopal Church were the recipients of the Jubilee Awards, recognizing the bedrock of faith by serving and celebrating community. Carl Brewer, former Wichita mayor, was given the Sojourner Truth Award, which honors those who model the power of individuals. ARISE also announced the second recipient of its scholarship, Wichita Northeast Magnet senior Christopher Burrell. Look for photos at

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VIP • Mark Arts

Laura Roddy, Pamela Ammar, Alex Ammar, Bonnie Bing Honeyman, Katy Dorrah

Antoine Agnew, Martin Millis, Sarah Nold, Joe Nold

Midnight at Mark Arts Charles Koch, Liz Koch

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or 700 guests, a special New Year’s Eve party served as the opening event for the new Mark Arts building. Mark Arts’ new location at 1307 N. Rock Road was funded in large part by the Koch family foundations, which donated $10.5 million in land and gifts for the new 40,000-square-foot center. Members of the Koch family, including Liz and Charles Koch, were on hand for the event. There also was more than $7 million raised through a capital campaign. The inaugural exhibition, featuring artist with Kansas connections, also was on display. Look for photos at

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VIP Profile

The Chung Report By MeLinda Schnyder


o you remember hearing in 2015 about a report on Wichita’s future? The Wichita Community Foundation commissioned James Chung, who grew up in Wichita and now leads a strategy firm based in New York City, to provide a point-by-point data analysis of Wichita’s ability to weather recessions and to grow. His multiple-year study resulted in a series of presentations the foundation called Focus Forward where Chung shared four challenges Wichita faces today: business cycle, human capital, entrepreneurship and perception. The report took a hard stance that if Wichita doesn’t start tackling the issues around these four challenges and making real progress, we could reach the point of no return. It was a very sobering moment for many, including members of the Bastian family, best known as owners of Wichita’s second largest locally owned financial institution. “As lifelong Wichitans, as business owners, as engaged community members, as people who have children and grandchildren growing up here, Clark, Clay and Aaron are

very passionate about this community,” said Katie Grover, marketing director at Fidelity Bank. They listened to Chung’s presentation and knew immediately they wanted to do something to help the city make progress on these challenges. “It would be easy for James to come in and provide this diagnosis to our city and for everyone to say, ‘This stinks,’ then go about our day and not think about it again. Out of sight, out of mind,” Grover said. In 2012, Fidelity Bank had launched its “Bravely Onward” campaign that features marketing aimed not at opening checking accounts but sharing the fourth-generation banking family’s vision for the future of the city. The Bastians decided, with the help of Brothers & Co., the advertising agency behind “Bravely Onward,” to continue that same style of authentic messaging and compelling storytelling by creating and funding The Chung Report. The Chung Report (TheChungReport. com) is a website with a mix of short reads, long-form articles, infographics and videos all tied to one of the four challenges Chung

identified. James Chung is not associated with the website, though he is aware of it, approves of it and his work is referenced often. A team of eight individuals research and create content that focuses on making Chung’s data and challenges impossible to forget. “This isn’t a Fidelity Bank initiative, this isn’t self-serving, there isn’t a hidden agenda,” said Grover, who also serves as an editor of The Chung Report. “The Chung Report is built around the idea that Wichita is home for all of us and it’s our responsibility to make it better. By continuously creating content around the challenges, we are helping people to think about and to engage with the challenges, and hopefully offering a point of inspiration or at least starting a dialogue about some tough topics. The more we can do that, the better off we’ll be as a city.” Consume the content Following The Chung Report is as simple as going to, clicking on the “receive updates” button and entering your name and email address. You’ll receive two to four emails a month, at the same time a new article or video is posted on the website. Continued on Page 55

VIP • The Workroom

Aaron Rogers, Scott Hopper, Emilie Holler, Jace Schmidt, Emily Epp, Madison Goerend

Ashley Burbank, Justin Akin, Tim Davis, Lizzy Weber

Shapes by Aaron Patton

Megan Ray, Wayne Ray

Ryan Wolf, Niki Wolf

LeAnna Beat, Reena Crisler

Lisa Kraemer, Bill Wadsworth

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


ichita photographer Aaron Patton was the feature artist at The Workroom’s January edition of Final Friday on January 26. Patton’s photography exhibit “Shapes” was one of several art shows held throughout downtown Wichita on the final Friday of each month. Look for photos at

Aaron Patton, Christina Patton

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Janelle King, Ngoc Van

Arielle Orsuto, Devaney Crafton

Shapes by Aaron Patton

Carrie Kuhnel, Randy Tobias, Tom Stybr

Jeremy Sholtz, Brian Davis

Adam Pierson, Taryn Pierson

Nichole Witushynsky, Leah Boundy, Christina Patton

Jayson Nguyen, Brett Schauf, Jenny Jones

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Estate Planning Under the New Tax Law By: Dan Peare & Hugh Gill, Hinkle Law Firm LLC

Late last year, Congress passed the biggest change to the Internal Revenue Code since it was overhauled in 1986. Under the new law, each individual has a base gift and estate tax exemption of $10 million that can be applied to gifts during life, or to your estate at death. This exemption is indexed for inflation as of 2010. For 2018, the individual inflation adjusted exemption is estimated at $11.2 million, with a federal estate tax rate of forty percent (40%) for any excess amount over the exemption. However, this increase is temporary. In 2026, the estate tax exemption will return to a $5.0 million base exemption as adjusted for inflation. We were in a similar position in 2001 when George W. Bush was in the White House and Republicans had control in the House and a slight majority in the Senate. The 2001 Tax Act phased in larger exemptions and lower tax

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rates over several years, only to expire (or “sunset”), after a two-year extension, at the end of 2012. This led to a flurry of planning at the end of 2012 as many taxpayers made large gifts to use their increased exemption amount before it disappeared. Although estate taxes may no longer be relevant for most Americans, income tax planning will remain relevant for all. The new tax law maintains the adjustment of the basis of an asset to its fair market value at death. Generally, basis is the cost of the asset. If you sell an asset for more than you paid for it, you pay income tax on the difference. The gain is the sale price minus the basis. Different rules for determining basis apply when an asset is received as a gift or by inheritance. A person who receives an asset by gift takes the basis that the transferor had, which is known as “carry-over” basis. Conversely,

the basis in an asset a person receives by inheritance is generally equal to the value of the asset at the decedent’s death. This is known as a “step-up” in basis, and this “step-up” basis can produce significant income tax savings. For individuals who have assets that have appreciated significantly in value, such as farm land or highly appreciated stock, income tax planning with gifts and estates will now become the tax focus of estate planning. In summary, substantially all tax planning in a Will or Trust prior to 2013 is not only outdated, but in many cases, creates an income tax liability. It’s a good time to review your existing estate plan to make sure the result under the current law is consistent with your intent. Estate planning requires maintenance, and choosing to plan always leads to a better result.


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VIP • Mark Arts

Mike Brown, Linde Ohmes, Kim Brace, Cathy Sheets, Peggy Ward

Carole Morriss, Carolyn Timsah, Lindi Lanie, Linda Hollis

J.P. Weigand

Honors Night Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Sue Wenger, Arlan Newell

Chris Ketzner-Byfield, Kelly Watkins

Cindy Carnahan, Richelle Knotts

Natalie Moyer, Brandon Baker


.P. Weigand celebrated its best during its annual Honors Night event on January 23 at Mark Arts. Keynote speaker Richard Mendenhall, former president of the National Association of Realtors, was the keynote speaker to a room of more than 300. J. P. Weigand recognized the top 10 residential associates and top five residential teams from the past year. Kelly Kemnitz was the residential sales associate of the year. The Carnahan Group was the top-selling residential real estate team for the 10th year in a row. Look for photos at

Kristen Luinstra, Kari Higgins, Tina Williams

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Debbie Rich, Shalyn Kvassay, Chris Ketzner-Byfield

Becky Turner, Nestor Weigand Jr., Richard Mendenhall

J.P. Weigand Honors Night

Seth Strohm, Jesse Garcia, Joe Mann, Samson Ledesma

Loni Peil, Josie Thompson, Keith Zwickl Jr., Cathy Sheets

Kat Speer, Mary Boswell

Lesley Taylor, Gina Koester, Delaine Lacey, Kristen Smith

Debbie Holmes, Paula Clouse

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David Kortje, Owner, Bliss Bouldering & Climbing Complex

CEO Spotlight David Kortje

By Amy Geiszler-Jones - Photography by Aaron Patton Editor’s Note: CEO Spotlight is a recurring monthly feature on CEOs, presidents and business owners in the Wichita area.


he climbing routes at Bliss Bouldering & Climbing Complex change up every couple of days, offering new challenges to the complete novices and the experienced climbers, the preteens to the active boomers, who decide to tackle the walls. It’s kind of like life in that way. It was one of life’s toughest challenges – the loss of a loved one – that led to David Kortje and his family opening the gym in northeast Wichita two years ago. It was the best way the family could think of to honor Caleb, one of the Kortje’s sons who had fueled the family’s passion for climbing and was an “all in” kind of person – the kid who didn’t go to recess if he struggled with schoolwork, who achieved the 4.0, who earned Eagle Scout status, but who in 2012 couldn’t overcome his most significant challenge of dealing with depression. The Kortjes used Caleb’s college fund as seed money to start Bliss. The gym’s name comes from one of Caleb’s favorite sayings – follow your bliss, which he’d always intended to have tattooed on his body. Just days after Caleb’s death, Kortje had it tattooed across his own chest. A sense of adventure “Our family has an adventuresome approach to life,” said Kortje, as he recalled how he and his wife, Sandra, who share a love of the outdoors would take their three kids on family vacations centered around skiing, biking, hiking and climbing. When Kortje, a Nebraska native, finished his family medicine residency at what is now Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph in 1992, the couple had planned to move to Colorado to be closer to such activities. But instead, Kortje opened

a practice in Wichita. He spends about 35 hours a week now at his practice at South Wichita Family MedCenter, and another 35 running Bliss. When Caleb was a freshman in high school, a friend invited him to climb at a local YMCA. After that, he couldn’t stay off the walls. When Caleb’s coach, who was training him to do rock climbing competitions, moved away, Caleb turned to Kortje to join him in training and competition. “I bought like six books on coaching, training and climbing,” said Kortje, pointing to the books that still sit on a bookshelf in his Bliss office. “It was a lot of fun, and we really started to appreciate one another. If I didn’t try hard enough, he didn’t pull punches with me.” They traveled to several gyms around the country in their shared passion, often wishing they could find something similar in Wichita. Before he died, Caleb posted the music video of Linkin Park’s “Leave Out All The Rest,” where the narrator asks that those left behind to “Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed.” Kortje said he made a commitment at Caleb’s funeral to do that. Building Bliss Bouldering and climbing has been peaking as a recreation activity in the U.S. in the past 10 years or so, said Kortje. It was by design that the Kortjes built the area’s only fullservice climbing gym. “We wanted a gym that was a legacy to Caleb and to be successful we had to be big enough.” It had to be all in, just like Caleb. Bliss caters to both bouldering, which is a pretty athletic form of climbing without the use of ropes, and climbing, which is usually done with ropes to protect and help the climbers as they scale massive Continued on Page 56

VIP • Newman University

Chris Alonzo, Roland Alonzo, Chris Rivera, Karla Burns, Jenny Mitchell, Jerry Cornejo, Anissa Alonzo, Teri Cornejo

Laughing with the Stars Ashley Gates, Annabel Hernandez

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Stephanie Leon, Christopher Leon


aughing Feet Performers held its sixth annual fundraiser “Laughing with the Stars” on January 19 at Newman University. Laughing Feet Performers is a special needs theatre company that inspires relationships between individuals with special needs and their peers, as well as provides performance opportunities to those who would normally not have them. More than 40 performers sang, danced and performed skits with local celebrities at the popular event. Look for photos at Christina Streeter, Lindsay Goertz, Sarah Streeter, Carolyn Goertz

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Wichita Wears

Makeover Edition

Fashion Director: Bonnie Bing - Photographer: Aaron Patton

Eric Fisher prepares to cut off 12 inches of Sandy Wilkinson’s hair during a makeover contest for VIP Wichita Magazine.


othing like getting a new look for a new year. And it’s especially great when you have some of Wichita’s top stylists and makeup artists providing your new look. When the call went out from VIP Wichita Magazine for women wanting a makeover the response was grat, but only three could be chosen. Here’s a look at them before and after, why they wanted a makeover and what was involved getting their new looks. Angie Evans said she was ready for a change and her hair was in desperate need of color. Her stylist, Tod Ernst of Planet Hair, described it as “really dark and gray hair with a bad color weave on the bottom.” Ernst did a color weave on top, and did balyage (hair painting) using her natural color, but warmer and blended the colors together at the end. He cut off six inches, layering it and gave her shorter bangs so it softened her face. Then he styled the new cut into a Hollywood glam do, but very modern look. Emma Terry, also of Planet Hair did the makeup. Terry followed the glamourous trend with a dramatic eye with shimmering charcoal gray eyeshadow and added some lashes. She applied deep

purple lip color. What did Evans think of her new look? “I do like it! He kind of tricked me. It is shorter than he said it would be but it does feel so much better. It’s lighter and healthy looking. The color has taken my gray to something more youthful. Tod and Emma did an awesome job and we had a fun time,” she said. Triston Carter said she wanted a makeover because she turns 30 this year and decided after having the same hairstyle for seven years it was time for a change. Pam Cutler of Salon Knotty did both hair and makeup for Carter. Since her hair hadn’t been colored in four years Cutler took it to a lighter brown so some highlights would complement it. “Her hair was dark I melted highlights into it and cut some nice bangs,” Cutler said. She said she also wanted to get some volume in Carter’s hair so it didn’t lay so close to her head. Carter has good skin so Cutler said she used concealer on her under-eye circles, but wanted a neutral eye and highlighted cheekbones. She used blush that matched the lipstick then added a shimmer on top of the blush. She finished with rose color lip gloss. Continued on Page 30

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Continued from Page 28 “This is makeup she could wear to work but add more blush and a darker lipstick to go out in the evening,” Cutler said. Does Carter like her new look? “Yes, I like my hair a lot. It’s such a good change and I’ve had a compliments. I really like the lighter brown and the highlights are fun too. “I like the makeup too and the concealer under my eyes, that was good. I needed it,” Carter said. Sandy Wilkinson was a substitute when one of the winners wasn’t able to participate. It was her lucky day as she was at the Eric Fisher Academy where the makeovers were taking place for a hair cut. We asked her if she would like a makeover by Eric Fisher, of Eric Fisher Academy and Eric Fisher Salons. She was thrilled. Wilkinson is blind. She works at Envision. The makeover came at a good time because as Employee of the Year at Envision she gets to go to Washington D.C. to attend the National Industry for the Blind convention. Fisher cut 12 inches off Wilkinson’s hair. She had never colored her hair. Fisher said he was going to take it from super vertical to more volume by adding square layers to plump it up. Colorist Tiandra Tran of Eric Fisher Academy applied all-over color to her hair then lightened areas around her face which highlighted her blue eyes. Fisher used uplifting foam, round brushes and dry shampoo to give more texture and volume. The result was a soft, casual, carefree look that will be easy to maintain. Holly Lenox, of Eric Fisher Salon, did the makeup using warm browns and a touch of shimmer on the eyelids. “I went for a natural, every day look. On the lips I used a pinkish taupe, more like a nude shade with gloss over it,” she said. Did Wilkinson like her experience? “I can’t see it, but it feels wonderful!” she said. “I went in just to get a trim, but once I was asked to do the makeover I knew I wanted a change. I got lots of compliments. I was worried about it being easy to care for but it is very low maintenance. I had such a great time. It’s not every day you get treated like a star!”



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Jim Phillips, Arlene Phillips, Alma Sa’dsad, Adam Bosworth

Cooper Gegen, Dan Gegen, Tina Thomas, Tanner Gegen


20th Anniversary Party Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Chenoa Simmons-Daniels, Peter Daniels

Charles Baughman, Kate Bastian

Joe Miller, Emily Brookover

Libby Heflin, Lena Heflin


ityArts celebrated its 20th anniversary with an “artiversary” launch party on January 5. The exhibit “20x20” featured works by 20 artists who were featured at CityArts in its early days. Featured artists were chosen from a group of 100 whose work was showcased at one of CityArts’ first shows when opening in 1998. Emily Bookover, CityArts’ artistic director, and Marc Bosworth were co-curators for 20x20. Look for photos at

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VIP Professional Dr. Eva Henry

By Amy Geiszler-Jones Photography by Madison Ham


t AgeWell Brain Center and now Opti-Life in Wichita, Dr. Eva Henry puts an emphasis on living and aging well. “It’s not about treating disease, it’s about optimizing health,” said Henry of her practice. She opened her neurological practice, AgeWell, 15 years ago, and most recently was named the medical director at Opti-Life, a new health and fitness center in northeast Wichita. Henry doesn’t take a typical, traditional approach to medicine. In part, her nontraditional approach was shaped by her own illness. While serving as chief resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, she was hospitalized and diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and later developed fibromyalgia, insomnia and chronic fatigue, partly due to medication side effects. She saw top experts in hematology, rheumatology and other specialties to treat her condition. “I got put on more and more medications but they were only treating my symptoms and I still didn’t feel well,” she said. So Henry called upon her fellowship training in anti-aging and regenerative medicine, taking a more integrative approach to her own condition. She took into account nutrition, genetics, hormones and other factors to create a more holistic picture of her health. Now she’s pharma-free. Henry has created a similar, holistic program for her patients called “Stay Sharp” to help optimize brain health and reverse cognitive declines. “I’m not opposed to pharmaceutical medications because it’s helpful when it’s needed, but I like to look at the root causes and not

just a pill for an ill,” Henry said. “When the root causes of symptoms are corrected, medications can then be weaned off, and a far more sustainable health can be achieved. That’s what I call true health care as opposed to sick care.” Patients in her Stay Sharp program, which is not covered by insurance and can start at about $5,000, receive comprehensive testing, including an MRI, an EEG to test electrical activity in the brain, genetic testing, nutritional testing, hormone testing and more. They also receive the necessary hormone and nutritional supplements that they require over the program’s six-month duration. “This is customized, personalized medicine,” said Henry, who according to her website is the only brain specialist in Kansas to hold dual board certifications in adult neurology and anti-aging regenerative medicine. “Patients who come to me want to be well before they get sick.” She’s also studied with noted Alzheimer’s researcher Dr. Dale Bredesen, author of the book, “The End of Alzheimer’s” and developer of a protocol that reportedly can reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms. Henry said she chose to specialize in neurology because “the brain is the most mysterious, complex and beautiful organ.” By optimizing one’s health, the brain can work at its peak potential. In the last decade, studies have shown that the brain can continue to form and reorganize its synaptic connections, which is known as neuroplasticity, Henry noted. “We shouldn’t accept the thinking that the brain deteriorates with age,” she said.

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VIP • Prairie Hills Financial Group

Carrie Heiman, Dale Snell, Michelle Eastman

DeDe Juhnke, Jerry Juhnke, Margaret Crawford, Lee Crawford

Prairie Hills Financial Group

Open House


rairie Hills Financial Group - a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Inc. - has joined Wichita-based Juhnke Financial Group, owned By Jerry Juhnke. The move adds a third location at 8415 E. 21st St. N. in Wichita. To celebrate the occasion, the firm held an open house on January 25. “We’re excited to work with Jerry Juhnke and his team,” said Glen Snell, private wealth advisor and owner of Prairie Hills Financial Group. “Jerry founded his practice over 40 years ago and shares our deep commitment to helping clients achieve their financial goals while providing excellent customer service.” Look for photos at

Nathan Nece, Laura Knox, Ed Knox

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Sidni Garwood, Grant Garwood

Kelly Edgar, Jocelyn Childs

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American Diabetes Association By MeLinda Schnyder Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test,” Hartung said. “The Wichita office strives to help our community become more aware and educated about diabetes and support those who are affected by diabetes.” VIP: How did the organization get started in Wichita? SH: American Diabetes Association got its start here in Wichita thanks to Dr. Richard Guthrie, who moved to Wichita in 1973 and was a national board member for American Diabetes Association. He and a group of parents of children with diabetes started Camp Discovery that summer and after a few years American Diabetes Association’s office in Wichita was created.


f you’ve heard of Tour de Cure in the past but did not sign up to participate because you’re not a cyclist, you might reconsider this year. The American Diabetes Association has added run and walk options to its signature fundraiser event. Whether you’re an avid cyclist, a recreational runner or a family walking with children, there is an option that allows you to get active and help raise money to support the mission of this national nonprofit: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The Wichita office of the American Diabetes Association is holding its Tour de Cure event on Saturday, April 28. Registration is open and the bike, run and walk routes are being planned. Learn more information at Event day festivities will take place at Aloft-Wichita Northeast and will include a party to celebrate the fundraising accomplishments of the teams and individual participants as well

as an opportunity to promote awareness about diabetes and the American Diabetes Association. Every year, diabetes kills more American than AIDS and breast cancer combined, said Stephanie Hartung, director of the American Diabetes Association-Wichita office. One in 11 Americans has diabetes and every 23 seconds someone is newly diagnosed with diabetes, a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. Diabetes increases your risk for many serious health problems. Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have “prediabetes” — blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Research shows that 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes and 9 out of 10 of them don’t know it. “Locally our office has partnered with a number of businesses and community programs to help reach individuals to take our

VIP: What is the structure of the Wichita office? SH: Wichita is our local office, and we report to the state office in Kansas City. Our office is one of several in the Heartland Region of the overall national American Diabetes Association. Our office consists of myself and Sara Martin, our associate manager of Donor Relations. Our Wichita board of directors is currently 10 members strong and consists of community leaders, business leaders and health professionals. We have very dedicated board and committee members, whom we would not be able to succeed in our mission without. VIP: Why is the American Diabetes Association needed in Wichita? SH: Currently in America we are facing an epidemic: 1 in 11 Americans have diabetes and 1 in 3 have prediabetes. In Sedgwick County, there is a little over 10 percent of our population that has diabetes. We are here to help support those living with diabetes, their family and caregivers through education, research, advocacy and local initiatives for community awareness. VIP: Can we lower our risk for developing diabetes? SH: Research shows that you can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by 58 percent by losing

7 percent of your body weight (or 15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds) and exercising moderately (such as brisk walking) 30 minutes a day, five days a week. VIP: What support does the organization offer? SH: American Diabetes Association has year-round engagement on both a local and national level. Starting with November, which is Diabetes Awareness Month, and throughout the year we have three days where there is focus on a specific aspect of diabetes education and awareness. Alert Day is held each March and this is a day where we partner with community partners to encourage everyone to take our Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. In May, we have Get Fit Don’t Sit Day when we encourage individuals to get up and move every 30 minutes. Even something as simple as getting up from a desk and doing a few stretches makes an impact on healthy living. In September, we have National Healthy Lunch Day, where we encourage individuals to bring or eat a healthy lunch at work. VIP: Tell us about your local initiatives. SH: We are most known for our two camps for children with Type 1 diabetes. We have a day camp here in Wichita – Camp Sweet-Betes for children ages 5-8 – and a residential camp held in Junction City – Camp Discovery for children ages 9-15. Both of these camps help children learn how to manage their disease as well as allowing them to just be kids in a safe environment, where parents don’t have to worry. In addition to camp we also have several community partnerships to help educate and bring awareness about diabetes. Our Wellness Lives Here program ( is a corporate program where American Diabetes Association provides year-round opportunities to enable the company to nurture physical fitness, good nutrition, coping skills and regular health care.

VIP: And you partner locally and nationally to bring education and awareness to our community? SH: We partner with Walmart on a national level to bring education and the risk test to the community on Walmart Wellness Days, the next of which is in April. American Diabetes Association locally also has a partnership with Dillons. We hold Dillons Diabetes Nights once a month at different locations, where we have a food demonstration complete with a recipe card to take home and a Diabetes Educator there to cover a topic related to diabetes care and management. VIP: Anything else that you would want readers to know about your organization? SH: Another program to highlight is our Living with Type 2 Diabetes program. It is a free 12-month program in which those who sign up can receive free informational resources though email or U.S. mail about living well with diabetes. They will also receive six free issues of Diabetes Forecast magazine. VIP: How is ADA-Wichita funded? SH: Our association’s work is funded through funds raised through special events, major gifts, community grants and other fundraising mechanisms. Our signature fundraising event is Tour de Cure in April. VIP: How can we support your organization? SH: You can support the American Diabetes Association by volunteering or by participating in Tour de Cure or one of the camps. Another simple way to get involved is taking the risk test or participating in one of our Wellness Days throughout the year. Visit

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ore than 100 volunteers helped build walls for a Wichita Habitat for Humanity home during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 15. The event was held indoors at Century II’s Expo Hall and was hosted in partnership with Volunteer Kansas, the city of Wichita and Starbucks. The completed walls of the house will eventually be placed on South Green Street in Wichita and become the home for a family who immigrated to Wichita from the Democratic Republic of the Congo four years ago. Look for photos at

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Brian Black

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usiness woman and philanthropist Helen Galloway hosted a farewell party December 15 for Brian Black, who until recently was a human resources senior leader in Spirit Aerosystems’ Wichita location. Black, who came to Wichita in 2004 to serve as president and CEO of the Urban League of Kansas and then joined Spirit in late 2007, is now in a leadership development program with the aviation company at its Tulsa location. While in Wichita, Black was recognized with several regional and national awards for his support and leadership in diversity issues and was involved in various philanthropic efforts to better the Wichita community. Look for photos at

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Linda Newman is Chair-Elect for the Wichita Board of the American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s largest voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The AHA is working to build a stronger, healthier community. We can only do that with the community’s help. The AHA collaborates to improve health equity by focusing on our economy, environment, culture, care and policy. Together, we can make a difference. Linda, like so many of us has a personal connection to the AHA. When she was 20 years old her dad passed away from heart disease; he was one 51, and an avid runner. Linda knew then the importance of cardiovascular health. Linda Newman truly is an Everything Woman! When her second daughter Ivy was born that’s when she discovered her own heart issue. During labor, doctors discovered a hole in her heart, atrial septal defect (ASD). The AHA was the first resource she turned to after being diagnosed. It had an informative, yet simple to understand website for her to learn all about her congenital heart defect. The medical team tried catheter closure, but it didn’t work. So, six months later she had open heart surgery to repair the ASD. Awareness is important to Linda, she was grateful her employer, INTRUST Bank locally sponsored the Little Hats Big Heart™ initiative this year, raising awareness for congenital heart defects. Linda is not only a volunteer she’s also a Treasury Manager at INTRUST Bank, where she’s worked for 20 years! She received her bachelor’s from Baylor University and her master’s from Wichita State. She’s been married to her husband Jon for 17 years and they have two daughters, Lolly (15) and Ivy (13). Lolly is currently a sophomore and in the American Heart Association’s Sweetheart Program. Linda looks forward to the day Ivy will be too! Linda Newman truly is an Everything Woman!

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ark Arts held a community grand opening on January 6, giving the public its first opportunity to see the new $20 million modern arts center. The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting and several elected officials spoke at the grand opening. Located at 1307 N. Rock Road, Mark Arts’ new campus has nine state-of-the-art studios, art exhibitions and venue space. Originally founded in 1920 as the Wichita Art Association, Mark Arts later became The Wichita Center for the Arts and is the area’s oldest visual arts organization. Look for photos at

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ayne Bryan welcomed 135 guests to the Music Theatre Wichita Annual Meeting on January 19 inside the Lotus Hall at Botanica. Past, current and new board members were among those attending. Bryan, MTW’s producing artistic director, recapped last season and announced next season’s shows. Lora Barry introduced new board members. Outgoing president Jim Knight passed the gavel to new president Michelle Moe Witte. Look for photos at

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one walk kickoff Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


eam leaders and families planning to participate in the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) One Walk was at the kickoff event January 13 at the Cargill Learning Center at the Sedgwick County Zoo. The 2-mile walk, which tends to draw about 2,000 participants, is scheduled for April 14 at Exploration Place. Money raised by the walk goes into research and other efforts to fight Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and for which there is no cure. Look for photos at

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Continued from Page 17 The project does not make a profit so there is no advertising to wade through when consuming The Chung Report content. The website is not set up for comments, so online discussion around the topics happens on social media. From you can link to the project’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts. “If people like what they see, one of the most powerful ways they can amplify that is by sharing it with others,” said Shawn Harris, a lifelong Wichitan who works for Brothers & Co. and serves as creative director for The Chung Report. “Forwarding the email or sharing a piece through Facebook or Twitter is how we can get more people seeing, talking and engaging with these issues. The more people we can reach, the more chance of change happening.” Content topics have ranged from celebrating successes to confronting tough topics, like the loss of Boeing or transportation concerns. Some pieces are one-offs, others are part of an ongoing series. Power Breakfast offers short video segments showing candid conversations between two Wichita influencers, folks that most of us don’t have access to. Its style mimics comic Jerry Seinfeld’s popular series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” In Focus profiles people “leading the push toward a better Wichita. Some you will know, others you won’t. Either way, these people deserve our attention.” Reality Check is a series of articles that reexamines the data from the original Focus Forward report along with recent survey data to show tangible progress, how far we still need to go and what’s at stake. The team encourages readers to reach out with ideas on topics and people who should be featured. “We need the community to weigh in and tell us more about the things that they see,” Harris said. “We have to keep the momentum going as a collective. The people who are making an impact are going to ebb and flow as life changes, but there’s always someone else to step up.” The team behind The Chung Report hopes that by dissecting what can look like overwhelming, complex issues and showing how others are making an impact will inspire readers to get involved. “We try to help people understand that you don’t have to be a business owner and you don’t have to have millions of dollars to make a difference in Wichita,” Grover said. “We did a piece on neighborhoods that showed there are opportunities in your backyard if you just step out and take a look. Meet your neighbors, be a good neighbor, visit a food truck, go to a museum, catch a show, shop local. There are ways for every person in this community to step up and make a difference. It doesn’t take a mountain of money, it just takes being aware and being willing to do something new. We are challenging people to take a hard look in the mirror and think about what they can do.”





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CEO Spotlight David Kortje Continued from Page 25 edifices. At Bliss, the top rope and lead climbing walls tower 40 feet in the air – four stories high. The bouldering area is 15 feet tall. Bliss also includes other training amenities, like cardio equipment and total body workouts with bootcamps. It also has both youth and adult programs and it fields competitive climbing teams, as well. It was by providence that the Kortjes have the team to run the facility. Kortje and his wife are the co-owners. Daughter Alisha has a master’s in exercise science and is Bliss’ program director, while son Josiah, who is working on a marketing degree, is the gym’s marketing director. One of Caleb’s attributes was to offer encouragement and to revel in another person’s success on the wall, not just his own. That’s why the gym staff love having people of all ages, abilities and sizes check out its facility. “It really is available to almost anyone, from those who weigh 30 pounds to 300 pounds, from 4 to 80-year-olds,” Kortje said. “It’s not just for stud climbers.” It’s not unusual to see gym visitors of various ages and mixed levels of abilities having a go at the walls. More than 12,000 visitors have been through Bliss, which opened in November 2015. Experienced climbers love the gym because new routes, created by changing the positions of the hand holds, are set three times a week. Bliss has four route setters on staff who can set more than 100 different routes on the wall. While climbing is a physical challenge, it’s a mental one, as well. You have to be prepared for failure, said Kortje, who has authored two men’s self-help and improvement books. The walls can be metaphor for life, challenging you to figure out which path to take and to keep trying until you get to the top. “And when you hit that last hold and are on the top … you feel like you can do anything,” Kortje said.

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At Nelson Designs, we love seeing all the new design trends that present themselves each year. It's always interesting to see which trends take off and which ones don't quite make it. When we go to Market we share the new looks on our Facebook page to get your votes on the spot! Chime in on Facebook at Nelson Designs, LLC. and Instagram at @nelsondesignswichita. Here's your 2018 design trends forecast: 1. Velvet is everywhere in the most gorgeous colors! We have green velvet boxes, velvet pillows, and beautiful velvet chairs and sofas in store.

2. Mix your metals. No longer do we want the same metal on drapery rods, tables and lamps. It's so much more interesting to see a variation in the tones instead of matching them all. 3. Although neutrals are always in vogue, we’re seeing more jewel tones such as rich blues, amethyst, teals and orange in both fabrics and accessories.

4. Accessories are larger; use fewer of them and in bigger sizes. Statement mirrors are in style and larger than ever. Design Tip: Place a lamp or vase in front if you don't wish to see reflections. Lamps with larger bases in glass, marble, gold or ceramic really freshen a space. 5. Swivel chairs are increasingly popular because they work so well in open floor plans. It's helpful to be able to turn toward the TV and back to the kitchen for conversation.

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Countless victories lie ahead because of the fire inside us. This isn’t about having a single vision for our hometown. It’s about unique individuals having the courage and stamina to win, wake up and start again. Let’s reimagine, reinvent and reinvest. Because the city we want to become is always on the other side of start.



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