Allison Phillips’ degree in criminal justice marks a turn-around from an earlier career as a bush pilot

Alison Phillips with her daughter, Sonum, whose adoption from India  provided the impetus to Alison’s seeking a degree in criminal justice.
Alison Phillips with her daughter, Sonum, whose adoption from India provided the impetus to Alison’s seeking a degree in criminal justice.

By Leanna Walters

Alison Coordes Phillips, Lake Quivira mother of three, recently earned a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from UMKC (see page 15).
Before Alison moved to Lake Quivira nearly thirteen years ago, she was a bush pilot in Alaska. What was it that made Alison decide she wanted to do a complete about-face in her life?
“Life comes at us in seasons,” says Alison. “It was time to start another chapter.”
She loved the environment of the Prudhoe oil fields of Alaska and the diverse set of experiences she was allowed as a pilot there. No routine schedules for her! Her husband, Sean, also a pilot, was a smoke jumper, and sometimes gone half the year. “Kids were not part of our life plan,” recalls Alison of that time in her life.

Alison in 2002 in Eek, Alaska, a tiny, Yupiak village in western Alaska. The aircraft she flew was a DeHavilland Twin Otter, which. could take off and land in short distances and could carry lots of weight. Eek had a dirt, 900’ runway with a river bank at the end.
Alison in 2002 in Eek, Alaska, a tiny, Yupiak village in western Alaska. The aircraft she flew was a DeHavilland Twin Otter, which. could take off and land in short distances and could carry lots of weight. Eek had a dirt, 900’ runway with a river bank at the end.

Then kids did become part of the life plan. Jackson was born in Alaska, but Alison and Sean wanted their kids to know family. Alison had grown up in Colorado. Sean was from Shawnee and was familiar with LQ through his friendships with Ben Kalny, Charlie Gomer and others. It seemed like a wonderful place to raise a family—friendly, safe and secure.
Alison and Sean felt blessed with the birth of their two boys, Jackson and Paul, and wished to share their love with a baby from India, an arduous, three-year adoption process before little Sonam finally joined them at Lake Quivira.
It was during those three years of investigating orphanages in India that Alison became aware of the rampant problem of trafficking of young girls and sought out organizations dealing with the problem of sexual trafficking to learn more.
Through her research she found the problem was closer to home than she had envisioned. One need not live in India to experience workplace harassment, assault at parties, date rape, sexual violence, domestic abuse, pornography, Internet predators—they’re all forms of exploitation. “Spend any time with a group of women, and the stories come out,” she says. Recently a social worker at the KC Rescue Mission was asked about the prevalence of trafficking within their population. “All of our women have been trafficked,” she answered.
And it starts with the young. “One out of four girls and one out of six boys will experience sexual assault before age 18,” says Alison.
Even in the friendly, safe and secure environment of Lake Quivira? “Smart phones level the playing field for predators looking for kids,” says Alison. “The front gate is no deterrent to the Internet. If anything, the front gate may make kids here more naïve and vulnerable, thinking evil is ‘out there.’”
Alison is heartened when she reads that for the first time in many years, the number of flip phones sold is growing. If your kids need a phone–Alison admits there are legitimate reasons they might—she implores parents to buy them flip phones.
She connected with local groups such as Restoration, which takes a holistic approach to helping sexually abused women build better lives—first through providing safe housing, then by addressing health needs, therapy, a support system and good employment.
Another group she is associated with is KC Street Hope, whose mission statement reads as follows: “We exist to help individuals and organizations who fight sex trafficking in the areas of advocacy, prevention and restoration. Our role is to create awareness and to mobilize community resources where they are most needed, at the time they are most needed. Our ultimate goal is to help end sex trafficking, including domestic minor sex trafficking, in the greater Kansas City area.”
But she was also discovering the need for legal reform. “If laws work against us, it won’t work,” she says. “Women can be arrested for the same things they are victimized for. We can’t arrest our way out of the problem.”
Aptitude tests Alison took as an undergraduate showed law enforcement could be a good match for her personality and skills. “My parents did a nice job of making me think I could do what I set my mind to,” said Alison. And being a woman pilot in a male-dominated profession had further bolstered her confidence.
After much soul searching, Alison made the decision to enter the Criminal Justice degree program at UMKC, thereby increasing her ability to effect change. She doesn’t necessarily see herself in a Police uniform anytime soon. Rather, she is finding ways to combine resources of community groups to work with law enforcement and vice versa.

Billboard in Westport
Billboard in Westport

She is a tireless speaker at shelters, schools and churches. Recently her networking paid off when Quiviran Megan Treas, armed with a fresh nursing degree to go with her degree in psychology (see page 16), approached Alison about empty billboards and the possibility to spread the word writ large. It turned out another Quiviran, Howard Fowler, is with Outfront Media, and he arranged for Alison and Megan to meet with the woman at Outfront who handles the budget for billboard community service.
With Megan helping with the legwork and artwork, and through a Gofundme site, enough money was raised to place public service announcements about the consequences of purchasing sex on several vinyl billboards and electronic message boards around town.
Megan, a nurse with a penchant for community service, has also convinced the Jackson County County Jail they need an educational piece for inmates and jail workers. And the circle grows.
In a recent Facebook post, Alison wrote, “I’m super blessed to have such a great support network of family and friends, especially my husband, who always cheered me on! It feels great to have finished. There were many moments of doubt. My degree is a Master of Science-Criminal Justice & Criminology. As for what is next, UMKC hired me to teach an elective on human trafficking for Criminal Justice and Sociology majors starting this fall. They also want to talk about future ideas for my department to engage on this issue.
“I’m very excited to see where these open doors lead.”

Lake Quivira’s College Graduates

Dr. Nicole Ainsworth
Dr. Nicole Ainsworth

Nicole Ainsworth, daughter of Marla and Mike Ainsworth, graduated from the UMKC School of Dentistry on May 12, where she was Clubs Class officer and 2013-2017 Fundraising Chair. As a Summer Dental Scholar Participant 2014-2015, she presented her findings in a trip to Boston.
Bruce Bowman, Nicole’s grandad, was her patient at the Dental School this spring. His procedure qualified to meet a graduation requirement.
She plans to live in Albuquerque and practice at Albuquerque Modern Dentists. Her memories of LQ fishing, pontooning and swimming with family and friends will accompany her there.

Meggie Alpert
Meggie Alpert

On May 10, 2017, Meggie Alpert graduated Magna Cum Laude with a master’s degree in social work and a specialization in school social work from Loyola University, Chicago. Meggie is the daughter of Kate Alpert of Kansas City and David and Angela Alpert of Lake Quivira.
While a student at Loyola University, Meggie worked at Deborah’s Place, a permanent housing shelter for homeless women in the West Side of Chicago. Meggie helped residents navigate the barriers faced with being homeless, facilitated counseling regarding physical and mental health-related needs and participated in professional development. In addition, Meggie collaborated with other staff members to help reach the goal of 98 percent of the residents obtaining health insurance.
Most recently, Meggie worked at Evanston Township High School as a school social work intern. At ETHS, Meggie worked with 9th and 11th graders in Special Education, providing counseling, crisis intervention, group facilitation and case management services to students and their families. Additionally, Meggie served as a member on the LGBTQ Risk Advisory District Board at Evanston Township High School, in which she coordinated professional development for other staff members in supporting diverse students and orchestrated future strategies to better include LGBTQ-identified students and allies.
Meggie will begin her post-graduate career as a school social worker for the UNO Charter School Network in Chicago, where she will be working with grades K through 8.

Riley Ayer
Riley Ayer

Dennis and Ginny Ayer’s son, Riley Ayer, graduated from The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) with a master of arts in economics. While at UMKC, Riley was able to obtain a summer internship as a trading analyst at Valero Energy Corporation. Here, he utilized his skills in computer programing and statistical analysis to develop various crude oil pricing models to assist Valero’s Trading Department and Economic Planning Department.
After graduation, Riley will continue his graduate studies at UMKC by pursuing a doctorate in economics. He intends to focus his studies on mathematical finance and macroeconomics. In particular, he is eager to investigate the behavioral aspects of the financial markets and the impacts they have on the overall economy.

Delaney Bates
Delaney Bates

Delaney Bates, daughter of Raymond and Evelyn Bates, earned a BS degree at the University of Kansas, with a major in ecology and evolutionary biology. She was on the College of Liberal Arts and Science Honor Roll for four semesters.
While in pursuit of her degree, Delaney was a member of the group Natural Ties her first two years, served on the Executive Board her junior year, and was elected president her senior year. Likewise, Delaney served on the Executive Board of Delta Epsilon Mu her junior and senior year, as Director of Prospects and Secretary, respectively, and a member of Kappa Alpha Thetaall four years.
Delaney was a research assistant her junior year in Costa Rica. She conducted work for her independent research project during her senior year in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico. She received an Undergraduate Research and Travel Award Recipient from The Howieson Opportunity Fund, and an FAS Crimson & Blue Merit Scholarship.
During her junior and senior year she volunteered at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum in the Division of Mammalogy as a collection assistant.
As for the future, Delancy applied to medical school and plans to begin that chapter of her life in August 2018.
Delaney’s favorite LQ activity is spending time with her family and dogs.

Alec Friesen
Alec Friesen

Alec Friesen, son of Craig and Lynn Friesen, received a BGS (Bachelor of General Studies) degree at the University of Kansas, with a major in psychology and a minor in applied Behavioral Sciences. He was the recipient of a Crimson and Blue Scholarship all four years and was listed on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Honor Roll from 2014 to 2017
Alec was a Yell Leader for KU Cheer Squad, 2014-2016. In 2015, the KU Cheer Squad placed 4th at the UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) Nationals Competition in Orlando, Florida–the highest place the KU Cheer Squad has ever placed.
Jobs during college included Research Assistant at University of Kansas Cancer Research Center, 2013-2014; Research Assistant at University of Kansas Psychology and Applied Behavioral Science Departments, 2015-2017; and Football Manager, 2016-2017.
In addition, Alec volunteered over 300 hours toward long term commitments at Health Care Access, a clinic that serves low income and uninsured families of Douglas County, Kansas, Don Bosco Center in Kansas City and Asera Care Hospice in Lawrence, Kansas.
Alec will begin Medical School at Kansas University Medical Center in July 2017 and has received the Gladys Lichty Medical School Scholarship.

0717 huff adam bw sizedAdam Huff, son of John and Marian Huff, graduated May 14, 2017, from the University of Saint Mary with a doctorate in physical therapy.
In addition to his studies he was the Social Chair and Class Ambassador for the Department of Physical Therapy class of 2017.
Adam graduated from Kansas State University in 2014 with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and was a member of Theta Xi fraternity, where he served as recruitment chair. He met his fiancé, Briana Talkington, while at the University of Saint Mary.
Briana is also a graduate from the University of Saint Mary with a doctorate in physical therapy, who resides at 128 Lakeshore Drive West. They were married June 3 at Lake Quivira and plan to live and work in the Kansas City area.

Adam Perkins
Adam Perkins

On May 13, Adam Perkins, son of longtime Quivirans Tim and Teresa Perkins, received BS and BA degrees from Drake University in entrepreneurial management and marketing, with a finance concentration. While at Drake, Adam was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, 2014-2017, and competed in pole vaulting all four years as a member of Drake University Track and Field.
At Lake Quivira had a business delivering flyers around the lake. In addition, he followed in his father’s snow tracks by snow plowing driveways.
Adam has taken a position with the Gremler Financial Group in Des Moines as a financial advisor and is currently studying to take the Series 7 Securities Exam.

Alison Phillips
Alison Phillips

Alison Phillips graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Science degree in Criminal Science from UMKC. Her thesis, entitled “Commercial Sexual Exploitation: An Analysis of Prostitution in Kansas City” formulated Kansas City’s first ever population estimate of the number of adult commercial sexual exploitation victims using a statistical method common to wildlife biology. Furthermore, the thesis is being nominated by the Criminal Justice & Criminology for UMKC’s “Thesis of the Year.”
During my time as a graduate student Alison worked part time as a graduate teacher’s assistant for UMKC’s Criminal Justice Department. Additionally, she worked on a volunteer level as Community Engagement Coordinator for KC Street Hope (a faith-based non-profit working to eradicate sex trafficking in Kansas City). However, perhaps the most demanding job Alison held during college was raising three kids!
Upon graduation, UMKC hired Alison to teach an elective for criminal justice and sociology majors on human trafficking. The department is looking to expand their work on the issue of human trafficking and Alison looks forward to being a part of that effort. In addition, she will continue working for KC Street Hope, helping to raise awareness about human trafficking and inspire grassroots level engagement and volunteerism. “We have several exciting initiatives and events we are working on for the next year that promise to be real difference makers,” she says.

Joseph Rebori
Joseph Rebori

Joseph William Rebori, son of Bob and Elaine Rebori, received a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Kansas on May 14. Following graduation, he took a 10-day trip to Cinque Terre, Florence, and Rome, Italy.
For the last nine years, Joey has worked in Research & Development and Sales at Bio-Microbics, Inc. during his spare time and has now started his full time position in Sales and Product Development at Bio-Microbics, Inc.
His hobbies include golf, family get-togethers, spending time with friends, tinkering with his 3D printer and small antique sewing machine motors and flying his drone.
Joey is in the process of buying his first house!

Stewart Simms
Stewart Simms

Stewart Simms, daughter of long-time members Anne and David Simms, graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston College in May.
Stewart’s academic focus has been mental health and international refugee support. She recently completed a five-month practicum with Jesuit Refugee Services at the Vatican, traveling to the Kokuma refugee camp in Kenya.
In August, she will travel to Zambia with a BC professor to conduct HIV related research before pursuing work in refugee support.

Kelsey Stephan
Kelsey Stephan

Kelsey Marie, daughter of Mark and Jan Stephan, and granddaughter of Milton and Jennie Stephan and Dean and Donna has graduated from the University of Kansas with a major in East Asian Languages and Culture and an emphasis on Japanese Language & Culture.
Through the years, you’ve probably seen Kelsey kayaking during the summer and taking photos of all the amazing plants and animals here at the lake. In addition, Kelsey worked at the Lake Quivira Clubhouse during the time she attended classes at Johnson County Community College.
Kelsey has been graciously accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and will be traveling to Japan on July 22 of this year to live and work there as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) for at least one year. Her tentative goal is to remain there through the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Kelsey would like to thank everyone for all the goodwill and support she has received over the years at Lake Quivira. No matter where she travels, her memories c of the lake will always remain close to her heart.

Johnny Terry
Johnny Terry

Johnny Terry, son of Stewart and Lianne Terry, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in business administration, with a major in marketing and a minor in management information systems. He was on the Dean’s Honor Roll, a member of Oklahoma State President’s Leadership Council and a Jim Watson Scholarship recipient,
While at Oklahoma State, Johnny was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity (Pledge Class President 2014, Head Recruitment Chair 2015, Executive Board Member 2014-2017, Conduct Committee Member 2015-2017); Spear’s Business Student Council; Spring Sing Director 2015-2017; Freshman Follies Director 2015-2017 and OSU Varsity Review Director 2016-2017.
Johnny was a counselor at Kanakuk Kamp in 2014 & 2016. His favorite LQ activity is hanging out with family and friends on the lake.
Next up: Johnny will begin his career as a consulting analyst at Cerner.

Bridget Treas
Bridget Treas

Bridget Treas, daughter of Randy and Leslie Treas, graduated in May from Columbia College in Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in visual arts management. Bridget was on the Dea’s List and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). Her work was selected for a student photography exhibition at Prescott College
While at Columbia, Bridget managed the Hokin Gallery, a student-run art gallery at the college.
In 2013, Bridget completed a gap year program called SeaMester. Through this program she had the opportunity to spend a semester at sea exploring the world from the deck of a sailing vessel while earning college credit in marine sciences and seamanship, as well as sailing and scuba diving certifications. In 2014, she completed a 21-day backpacking trip through the Grand Canyon and the Superstition Mountains, while going to school at Prescott College in Arizona. In 2017, she gained a new perspective of international art business from a condensed, intensive international exhibition management course in Rome.
Currently, Bridget is in the process of moving back to Kansas from Chicago and is very excited for her next adventure in life, whatever that may be. She will continue to look for a career in visual arts management, a field about which she is passionate.

Megan Treas
Megan Treas

Megan Treas, daughter of Randy and Leslie Treas, graduated in May from William Jewell College with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, where she was awarded the Mary Grant Seacole Award for Service 2017. Previously, Megan had attended Wichita State University, where, in 2015, she received a BA with a major in psychology and a minors in sociology, health professions and anthropology.
She was a member of the Student Nurses Association, 2015-16; Assistant to the Health and Disabilities Coordinator (Intern Position) Operation Breakthrough – summer 2013; Co-founder and Project Manager of Anti-Human Trafficking Billboard Campaign alongside KC Street Hope, 2016 to current; and member of the KC Street Hope (Anti human trafficking collation).
While a student at Wichita State U, Megan worked as a Pediatric Patient Care Tech/CAN from 2014 to 2016 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital and was also the only female member of the Wichita State Club Hockey Team, 2013-2015.
Megan is passionate about community service. The following are highlights: International Health Volunteer with Cross Cultural Solutions, working with orphans with HIV/AIDS in Salvador, Brazil 2015; three trips to Haiti during college with the Global Orphan Project; working with Jackson County Corrections about victim recognition / victims of human trafficking 2015.
When asked about future plans and goals, Megan replied, “I will be getting married to the love of my life on September 23 of this year and I got a job starting in July as a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Truman Hospital downtown! I couldn’t be more excited to empower the laboring women, educate the new mommas and touch the lives of many during their childbirth journey. I plan to attend graduate school within the next five years.”
Mentioning that a favorite activity at LQ was swim team, Megan commented, “ I hope to have future kids on the swim team someday.”

Hannah Weise
Hannah Weise

Hannah Weise, daughter of Paul and Staci Weise, graduated from the University of Kansas with a major in applied behavioral science and a minor in psychology. Part of her education consisted of studying abroad in Stirling, Scotland, UK.
Academic Honors include the Todd R. Risley Award for outstanding achievement in autism and adults with developmental disabilities, the Dean’s List spring 2014-2017; Academic Distinction Award (4.0 GPA) spring 2015-2017; Academic Excellence Award (3.5+ GPA) spring 2014-fall 2014.
While at KU, Hannah worked for Personal Care Attendant Helpers, Inc. ; was an undergraduate teaching assistant for Anatomy; and an undergraduate research assistant.
She was a ember of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and a member of Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis.
Her favorite LQ activity is hanging out with friends on boats
Hannah is currently working as an Applied Behavioral Analysis Technician at North Star Academy and plans to work toward a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy next year.

Lake Quivira’s High School Graduates

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Grady Barackman

In May Grady Barackman, son of Rob and Renee Barackman, graduated from Rockhurst High School, where he was achieved high honors all four years. He was a member of Patriotism Club, Gardening and Philosophy Club and Investment Club.
He wrestled for the Hawklets throughout high school, three years as a varsity letterman. In addition, he played football as a freshmen, participated in CYO basketball and played on a men’s league softball team.
Each summer he worked full-time at Palmetere Bros warehouse.
Community service included activities of the Total Ignatius Experience (week-long mission trips in Kansas City, Tennessee and Tijuana), Ronald McDonald House, Harvesters, the Upper room and a three-week service project at the Gillis Home
A favorite LQ activities has been “coving out” with family and friends, golfing, hiking and golf cart rides. Grady also admits to an interest in politics; he loves attending the annual LQ membership meetings.
Grady will be attending the University of Kansas School of Buisiness and living at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house. He plans on studying supply chain management.

Noah Bates
Noah Bates

Noah Bates, son of Raymond and Ev Bates, graduated from St. James Academy, where he was a member of National Society for High School Scholars his junior and senior year. He participated in Freshman Football in 2014, was a JV starting offensive lineman in 2015, Varsity OL in 2016 and 2017, and played Rugby in 2014 and 2015.
Over the last four years, Noah completed over 150 hours of community service with Heartland SPCA (walked dogs and helped care for animals needing homes) Garden Terrace of Overland Park (worked with patients on the Alzheimer’s and dementia floors); Natural Ties of Lawrence (was paired with a developmentally disabled person in the community and weekly attended events with them; and Operation Breakthrough of KCMO (worked in a preschool classroom with 4- and 5-year-olds.
Noah has fond LQ memories of camping with friends and snake hunting when he was younger. At one time he had seven snakes as pets.
In the fall, Noah will begin classes at the University of Kansas, where he has been admitted to the School of Engineering and will decide after taking classes which discipline/degree he will earn.

Reese Greiner
Reese Greiner

Reese Greiner, son of Kelli and Allen Greiner graduated from Olathe Northwest High School in May. He was National Merit Commended Scholar, a Kansas State Scholar, and graduated in the academic top 10 percent of his senior class.
Reese was active in theatre (Executive Thespian Board 2013-2017); National Honor Society President (2016, 2017); Flatline Improvisation Troupe (Captain) and All-State Improv Team (senior). He was a three-time state qualifier in Speech and Debate.
In 2015-2016 Reese was a summer employee at the LQ golf course, where he was a garage worker. During 2016-2017, he worked at Sylas and Maddy’s Ice Cream.

Christy Kentfield
Christy Kentfield

Christy Kentfield, daughter of Amy and Kevin Kentfield, is a recent graduate of Notre Dame de Sion High School, where her favorite activities were Stewardship Club, Student Ambassador and Scream Team. She was on the Second Honor Roll all four years.
She competed in field hockey all four years, lacrosse her freshman and sophomore years and achieved distinction as best player for defensive position.
Christy volunteered at Lake View Village and the Upper Room.
Favorite lake memories include evening boat rides with the family, celebrating the 4th of July, and meeting/creating lifetime friendships with people living at the lake. Your kids may know Christy, as she worked as a nanny.
She will attend The University of Kansas, where she plans to major in strategic journalism and design, visual communication.

Sophie Leonard
Sophie Leonard

Jim Leonard, graduated in May from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, where she was on the 4.0 Honor Roll all fours years and was named a Kansas Honors Scholar, Kansas ACT Scholar, and Presidential Scholar.
As a junior and senior, Sophie was a member of Link Crew (chosen by faculty to lead and mentor freshman to help them acclimate to high school and provide support throughout the school year); National Honor Society 11, 12; and French National Honor Society 12.
She earned community service hours at Shawnee Mission Hospital (volunteer at front desk to help visitors find patients); Newhouse Domestic Violence Shelter in Kansas City (made blankets for children staying in shelter because of family violence); Harvesters (packaged food for the hungry); Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawnee (made rosaries for the sick and elderly); Special Needs Prom, Kansas City, Kansas School District; Johnson County Developmental Supports (performed yard work for house of disabled adults); Lake Quivira Triathlon (set up signs; supervised children of athletes; cleanup).
In 2015 Sophie worked as a volleyball referee for Johnson County Parks & Recreation. In 2016, she worked retail sales for 3&2 Baseball Club in Lenexa.
Favorite LQ activities were Summer rec, Junior golf and swim team.
Sophie will attend the University of Tulsa. She is undecided on a major, but is considering accounting and/or psychology.

Logan Hagan-McAnany
Logan Hagan-McAnany

Logan Hagan-McAnany, son of Tim and Alesia McAnany, graduated from Rockhurst High School.
Throughout high school, he worked at McAnany Construction. During his off hours, he enjoyed spending time with his friends at the beach and on the boats.
Community service included volunteering at The Forum retirement community in Overland Park
Logan will study conservation and park management at K-state.

Sam McAnany
Sam McAnany

Sam McAnany, son of Phil and Barb McAnany, was busy during his high school years, participating for three years in track and field and lettering in cross country for four years. In addition, he was active in Boy Scouts and earned his Eagle Scout ranking. During the summers, he worked for the family business, McAnany Construction.
Like so many Quivira kids before him, Sam loved hanging out at the dock and being with family and friends on the Lake. A great childhood memory was all the fun times he had during Summer Rec.
This fall, Sam heads to K-state, where he’ll study engineering.

0717 rebori ryan bw sizedRyan Rebori, son of Lanette and Frank Rebori, graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest, where he was a member of the National Honors Society 2015-2017, Linked Crew 2015-2016 and Latin Club 2013-2017.
He played Sports Club Soccer 2015-2017; and was a member of the SMNW soccer team 2013-2014; SMNW boys golf team 2014; and SMNW track team – javelin 2015-2017.
He was awarded an academic letter with distinction 2013-2017 and was named an AP Scholar, Kansas Scholar 2016-2017, Sophomore Top 100, 4.0 Honor Roll 2013-2017, delegate to Congress of Future Scientists, Presidential Scholar;, and was awarded Achievements in Writing and a Social Science Award.
Ryan will attend the University of Colorado Boulder and will study aerospace engineering in the honors program.

0717 Rolig Brady bw sizedBrady Rolig, son of Bret and Dee Rolig, graduated from Mill Valley High School, where he was on the A Honor Roll all four years. His senior year he was named a Kansas Scholar and was awarded a Governor’s Achievement Award for Top 1 percent Scholar recognition, as well as a Kansas State High School Activities Association Citizenship Award
Among Brady’s activities in high school were Student Council 9-12, Student Body President 12, Student Body Vice President 11, Broadcast Journalism 10-12, Producer for Mill Valley Television 11-12, Theater 11-12, National Honor Society 11-12, and Spanish National Honor Society 12.
He volunteered at the Relay for Life of Jaguar Nation, an event that raised $78,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Jobs held during high school included working at Hy Vee grocery store and athletic officiating with JOCO Parks and Recreation.
His favorite memories at Lake Quivira include his years in summer rec.
Brady will attend the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he will major in physiology and Spanish, and pursue a path to medical school.

Lucas Scheele
Lucas Scheele

Lucas Jay Scheele, son of Cheryl and Eric Scheele, graduated from St. James Academy.
He participated in debate 9-10, forensics 9-10, football 9, baseball 9-12, and was a varsity letterman for 3 years.
Part-time employment during high school was at Go Lizards Pet Store, Bonner Springs Pizza (delivery), and Between the Lines Club Baseball (umpire).
Ranking at the top of his favorite activities at LQ are hanging out with friends at the dock, wake boarding, snake hunting and late-night cat fishing, while his best memories include participating in swim team and other summer rec classes.
He especially enjoyed showing the kids at the beach his reptile finds from around the lake and his reptile pets. In fact, breeding snakes and lizards is a hobby of Lucas’.
Community service has included volunteering for Quivira Summer Rec and helping with youth ministries at Westside Family Church.
Lucas’ future plans include playing baseball at the collegiate level on a pitching scholarship–and majoring in business.

0717 terril libby bw sizedLibby Terril, daughter of Rochelle and Ryan Terril, graduated from St. Teresa’s Academy, where her academic honors included Honor Student all 8 semesters,2013-17)
Many of Libby’s achievements during high school revolved around the arts. She was president of choir program 2017, president of Rockhurst HS Improv Team 2017, Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role Blue Star Nomination 2017; Kansas City Superstar Semi-Finalist 2017, Varsity Singers, St.Teresa’s Academy Singers 2013-17; roles in Rockhurst and St. Teresa’s Musicals 2013-17. (Libby has participated in over 55 musical productions.)
In addition, she was a member of Spirit Club, Big Sis-stars, Senior Ambassadors and is a Certified Nurse Aid
Libby completed over 135 hours at the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center and 70 hours on a mission trip to San Andres Itzapa, Guatemala.
She lists her favorite LQ activities memories as summer rec, swim team and all the nights in the Gomers’ back yard.
Libby has been awarded a non-resident tuition scholarship at the University of Arkansas to study nursing. She hopes to someday work in pediatric oncology.

0717 welch mollie bw sizedMolly Cameron Welch, daughter of Stacey and Blake Welch, graduated in May from Maranatha Christian Academy, where her achievements included National Honors Society vice president, Yearbook (editor senior year), Student Council officer and ambassador all four years of high school. She was National Honors Society vice president and Kansas State Scholar 2017.
Molly was captain of the tennis team 12, basketball captain 12, state swim team 2015- 2017 (interleague champions 2016) and cheerleading.
Jobs held during high school included working at By B! Boutique as a sales/pricing associate, summer rec teacher/swim instructor, LQ Catfish swim coach and as a CNA at Village Shalom in the rehabilitation center.
A memorable community service project was a 2016 mission trip to Managua, Nicaragua, to a place called Project Hope. She went with her church and built homes in a small village.
Always with her will be LQ memories of growing up participating in summer rec and having the privilege to teach it, Bachelorette watching parties at the Gomers, playing “MOVIES” on the grey dock with the LQ crew and the 4th of July festivities every year.
Molly will attend Baylor University in Waco, Texas, to study nursing. She plans to become a nurse anesthetist.

 

Quivira in Verse By Jeanne Jones

Advice to the 2017 Graduates from My Dog

1. Begin each day with a full-body stretch.
2. Set your own pace.
3. Be nice to kids.
4. Find a good path and stick to it, but don’t be afraid to take side trips.
5. Be loyal.
6. Shake off drips.
7. Listen more than you talk.
8. Ask for help when you need it.
9. Show your love.
10. Go on a wild goose chase every once in a while.
11. If there’s a pool, swim in it; if there’s a stream, wade in it; if there’s a lake, jump in it.
12. Wear yourself out doing something fun, and then take a nap.

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A Summary of the June 27 Board Meeting

President Sestak opened the meeting by having Geary Goss introduce the new Lake Quivira Security Manager, Frank Watson. He then invited attending members to share comments or ask questions. Leanna Walters discussed a delay in this month’s publication of the Quiviran due to the Fourth of July holiday. She also inquired about the Special Board Meeting held around one week ago. President Sestak explained this was simply a working session to help the new General Manager and Board Members understand the various initiatives that each of the committees is working on and that no business was conducted.
General Manager’s Report
Mr. Goss thanked the Board members for adjusting their committee meeting schedules so he would be able to attend them each month. He mentioned the biggest item he is focusing on is the structure, processes and systems we have in place. With several recent leadership transitions, the lack of these has become evident. It is important the residents, the members and the staff have a true understanding of Lake Quivira and how it functions.
Marketing Committee
Ms. Bowker informed the Board the committee will be working with Safety & Security on a guest pass program. She also mentioned the testing of the new member orientation guide and research on the use of electronic voting. Ms. Bowker provided the new member count for the year; five new Country Club Members and four new Social Members. Mr. Braun inquired about the Legacy Program, and Ms. Bowker stated we are still working on the program. He also asked for clarification on the guest pass program. Ms. Bowker explained this program would be for a prospective homebuyer who wants to see Lake Quivira prior to contacting a realtor.
Finance Committee
Mr. Wilson stated the committee met, but did not have a quorum. He made several motions. The first motion was to approve Geary Goss and Vickie Lahey as the 401(k) administrators. The second motion was to approve Geary Goss, Jeff Eldridge, Steve Sestak, Tim Wilson, and Vickie Lahey as authorized signatories on the bank accounts. Mr. Wilson mentioned signatories are in a specific order with Ms. Lahey being last to segregate control. Mr. Eldridge is to be listed as a signatory because he is a department head who is at Lake Quivira more often than anyone else and more accessible. Mr. Wilson spoke about the issue of running around trying to get dual signatures on checks. He proposed a third motion that checks for operating purchases of $15,000 or greater would need dual signatures from the list provided previously, and checks for capital purchases of $5,000 or greater would also need dual signatures. Moving forward, Mr. Goss explained the process of putting better systems in place for purchase orders and department heads coding invoices. New processes are needed to assure timely payments of invoices and better cash management. All motions approved unanimously.
Mr. Wilson stated the committee has met with Mr. Goss and Ms. Lahey with regards to establishing the timeline for the 2018 budget process. The process will kick off next month. Mr. Wilson also indicated the April and May financials should be ready by July 10.
Golf Committee
Mr. Markley alerted the Board the committee voted last month to shut down the water feature on Hole #15 for the rest of the year aside from a few exceptions. He informed the Board we are allocated 52 million gallons of water for golf course usage as determined by acreage and past usage. After continuous attempts to plug the leaks, the leakage continues and the committee believes it would be more prudent to conserve the water. Mr. Wilson continued by saying we would be subject to fines should we use more than our allocated amount of water, which will likely occur if we continue refilling. The committee is currently getting bids on the cost of a dry creek bed and will bring cost information to the Board. Mr. Braun spoke about his concern that, since projects are often completed at one time yet money is raised throughout the year, there is the risk that cash could be tied up in one committee’s project, thereby not allowing another committee’s project to be funded. It was noted once the new processes spoken about in Finance Committee report are in place, there should be better cash management practices.
Lake & Residential Committee
Mr. Nelson reported the rule approved last month to prohibit the use of any used floatation material for floating dock construction was published in the June issue of The Quiviran, and no feedback was received. Mr. Nelson said the Lake and Residential Committee made a slight modification to the rule and asked for Board approval. Discussions on the topic followed, and Mr. Nelson made a motion to approve the amended rule. Motion was approved unanimously; “All floatation material used for floating dock construction or refurbishment must be constructed of encapsulated foam or high density polyethylene (HDPE) and be purchased new, not previously used in any body of water, and placed in a two (2) week quarantine period as outlined in the Quivira, Inc. Rules and Regulations Related to Lake Usage.”
Mr. Nelson informed the Board the annual zebra mussel testing will be conducted this week. The biologist will survey the entire lake, along with the two silt ponds.
Mr. Nelson then spoke about the Infrastructure Review Report that was recently completed. The next step is to have Olsson & Associates review the report and prepare recommendations, verify cost estimates and establish a timeline for road and storm water improvements. The goal is to present their findings to the Board in August.
Mr. Nelson brought up the topic of clean-up after storms. He stated it is every homeowner’s responsibility to clean up their yard area and dispose of the debris properly. However, this is not always done properly or in a timely manner. Lake Maintenance currently provides the service of picking up yard debris the first Monday of every month. However, there are times when this debris is set by the roads for several weeks prior to that date. This topic will be discussed at the next committee meeting and some guidelines will be prepared.
Restrictions Committee
Mr. Braun made a motion to accept the setback on the Johnson’s house as accepted by the Restrictions Committee. Mr. Albers seconded the motion. Motion approved unanimously.
Mr. Braun presented the committee’s recommendation on the proposed impact fee for residential construction. Ms. Bowker made a motion that effective January 1, 2018, an impact fee will be assessed upon approval and before the issuance of a building or demolition permit. The fee will be based upon 2 percent of the expected construction or demolition cost as disclosed on the permit application. Shortfalls of the fee, based on final cost of the project, will be collected upon completion. A refund may be issued in the case of project cancellation. The fee will be collected for the sole purpose of road/drainage improvements. Motion approved unanimously. This motion will be published for member notice in The Quiviran.
Mr. Braun informed the Board the committee is planning on discussing several topics; limitations on the duration of projects, new safety rules for outdoor fireplaces and fire pits and rules for dumpsters and portable toilets. They also plan to discuss the increase in applications for outbuildings and a potential new requirement of a water drainage study.
Safety & Security Committee
Ms. Walker stated the new ABDI gate access control system is close to being operational and ready for rollout to the membership. Some members have already started using the new system, and the guards have been trained.
Ms. Walker stated Mr. Nelson has graciously offered to do boat patrol over the Fourth of July weekend and holiday. During the Safety & Security meeting, it was suggested someone accompany Mr. Nelson during some of the time. Ms. Walker will be sending an e-mail to the committee and Board, asking for volunteers.
Ms. Walker made two motions. The first motion was to establish a no wake zone at 5 p.m. on July 4 and a 700-foot barrier off the dam. The second motion was to close traffic on the dam on July 4 shortly following the conclusion of the parade. Both motions passed unanimously.
House Committee
Ms. Boling spoke about the recent member meetings conducted regarding the redesign of the lake level of the Clubhouse; approximately 100 members attended. The architects are planning to present design concepts in approximately six weeks.
Tennis Committee
Ms. Walker mentioned the committee is considering whether to recommend the annual resurfacing of two courts (over three years) rather than wait until 2019 to have all resurfaced at one time, as had been previously discussed.
Associate Member Committee
Mr. Markley made a motion to disband the committee and review in a year whether it should be brought back. A concerted effort will be made to ensure proper Associate Member representation on each of the other committees. Motion passed unanimously.
Strategic Planning Committee
President Sestak announced two updates; approval from the Quivira Foundation to fund an initial master planning effort for the Front Entrance and the deadline for responses to the member survey is Friday, June 20. More than 300 responses have been received.
New Business
President Sestak announced the admission of a new committee member, Patty Mack, (Safety & Security).