The Hutchinson Regional Marketing Office of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas achieved the highest health enrollment sales percentage among the three Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas regions for the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Treena Mason, vice president of external sales and marketing. Consultants for the award-winning Hutchinson regional staff included Alejandra Juarez, Hays.

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Corporate honors recently were bestowed upon Erin Klaus, general manager of the North McDonald, 3406 Vine. Klaus was recognized during a surprise presentation at the restaurant as a Heartland Region outstanding general manager. The performance-based award recognizes the top 10 percent of all restaurant managers in the McDonald’s system. It is given to managers who deliver superior results in selected areas of performance — operational excellence, people management and building the business. The Heartland Region is comprised of 505 restaurants located in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Illinois. Klaus began her McDonald’s career Nov. 11, 2002, as a team member at McDonald’s of North Hays. She advanced through the North Hays management levels from swing manager on July 1, 2005, to first assistant manager on Aug. 1, 2010. She was promoted to her current position as general manager June 16, 2014. In addition to exceptional management skills, Klaus is active in the community, supporting such organizations as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County, 4-H, Hays Recreation Commission, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, FHSU, Hays USD 489, TMP-Marian High School, Holy Family Elementary, Hays High School DECA,and numerous other church, civic and nonprofit organizations.

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Mandy Schaben, ultrasound technologist at Hays Medical Center, recently received breast specialty certification through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The certification recognizes a technologist’s knowledge, skills and abilities in the area of normal breast, as well as breast abnormalities that are found with screening or diagnostic mammography. ARDMS is an independent, nonprofit organization that administers examinations and awards credentials in the areas of diagnostic medical sonography, diagnostic cardiac sonography and vascular technology. ARDMS credentials are recognized as the top standard throughout the global medical community and by leading professional sonography and vascular organizations. Schaben works in the imaging department at HaysMed and has been an employee for one and a half years.

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WICHITA — Ducks Unlimited’s President’s Roll of Honor is one of the most highly coveted recognition awards Ducks Unlimited offers its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the chapters in the United States that raise between $65,000 and $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2015, the Northwest Kansas Chapter in Goodland made the President’s Roll of Honor list. It earned a spot on the President’s Roll of Honor list out of the more than 2,600 DU chapters nationwide that host more than 3,900 fundraising events throughout the year. DU’s event fundraising system has become a model for other conservation organizations around the world and has funded a significant portion of the more than 13.6 million acres of wetlands and associated habitat DU has conserved since 1937. The chapters also have the distinction of being honored during DU’s 79th national convention June 1 to 5 in Anchorage.

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TOPEKA — Debra Fisher was honored Feb. 15 at a reception at the State Capitol for having been named employee of the 2015 fourth quarter for the Kansas Department for Children and Families West Region. An accountant in DCF’s budgeting and fiscal department, based in the Hays service center, Fisher joined four other DCF employees who were recognized by Gov. Sam Brownback for their service to the state. Fisher has served the state for 10 years, overseeing and tracking a budget of just less than $30 million. She trains and supervises five staff across a region of 65 counties and 17 service centers. Outside of work, Fisher enjoys being active with family and friends. Some of her favorite activities include boating, reading, word games and watching movies.

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TOPEKA — The Kansas Chamber, along with the Leadership Kansas Board of Trustees, announced the members of the 2016 Leadership Kansas class. Leadership Kansas is a nationally recognized program that aims to develop and motivate current Kansas leaders and counts among its 1,400 alumni, some of the most distinguished leaders across the state. An affiliated program of the Kansas Chamber, Leadership Kansas is one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership programs in the country. Leadership Kansas is entering its 38th year of educating and motivating outstanding individuals from all four corners of the state. The program remains committed to its original mission to inspire leaders to maintain involvement in the social, business and political fabric of Kansas communities. Each year, close to 700 people are nominated to apply for the program. After a thorough and thoughtful application and selection process, 40 individuals were selected from 137 applicants to participate in the 2016 program. Throughout the six-month program, the 40 members of the class are exposed to a variety of experts and educational three-day training sessions in different communities across the state. The diverse discussion topics include business, education, agriculture, public policy, societal health, economic development and government. Those taking part from northwest Kansas include Joy Hatch, Hays, vice president for technology at Fort Hays State University; Brian Linin, Goodland, chief financial officer at Frontier Ag Inc.; and Kevin Sanderson, Goodland, owner/franchisee of Sonic Drive-In in Goodland.

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UPS driver Terry Weigel, Hays, recently was inducted into the company’s Circle of Honor for achieving 25 years of accident-free driving. He, along with 21 other drivers from Kansas, were among 1,613 newly inducted into the company’s honorary organization. Globally, 8,703 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively, they’ve racked up more than 245,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers.

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Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball announced Andrew P. Allen recently obtained his license as a certified public accountant. Allen is the son of Nolan and Geralyn Allen. He is a graduate of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. Allen serves as a staff accountant at the firm’s Hays office. He is a graduate of Benedictine College, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting and graduated summa cum laude. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kansas Society of CPAs.

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Stephanie Stanley, a certified massage therapist, has joined the team of certified massage therapists at Hays Medical Center’s Center for Health Improvement. Stanley specializes in deep-tissue massage, hot stone massage and cupping.

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