Deanne Korsak is a lifelong resident of Emporia and graduated from Emporia High School (EHS) in 1968. She attended the University of Missouri in St. Louis, where she completed her undergraduate degree, and later she pursued a Master of Education from Kansas State University.
After college, Deanne returned to Emporia and Emporia High, where she has taught gifted students since 1981 and been actively involved in the school. In 1995 she co-founded the EHS Renaissance Program and served as co-chair until 2007. She has also been the student volunteer coordinator for the Postal Service Food Drive since 1998.
Deanne also contributes to her community, holding positions with the Emporia chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, a society for the advancement of women; the United Way and the Fortune Study Club. She has been a member of First United Methodist Church since 1950 and a member of the choir since 1999. She is also a past president of the Women’s City Club.
Deanne first became involved with Newman Regional in 2001 as an Auxiliary member and gift shop volunteer – positions she still holds today. In 2008 she became a member of the Finance committee and joined the Board of Trustees in 2010.
Nancy Wells has worked at KansasLand Bank (formerly named Americus State Bank) for over 27 years. She is currently Vice President and Senior Loan Officer at the Americus branch.
Nancy and her husband, Roger, moved to Americus in 1978. Her past involvement in the community has included being a board member for eight years for North Lyon County School District #251, a board member for ten years of the Lyon County Planning Board, and a member of the Sacred Heart Finance Council for six years. She is currently a member of the Public & Environmental Health Committee for Flint Hills Community Health Center & Lyon County Health Department ,and a member/treasurer of the Americus Days Committee. Before becoming a member for Newman Regional Health, she was a member of the Newman Finance Committee.
Michael Lane, PhD
Dr. Michael Lane is the past president of Emporia State University and is currently a professor in Accounting and Information Systems. Dr. Lane earned a doctorate in accountng from Texas A&M University, a master's degree in accounting from Northeastern University and a bachelor's degree in finance from Lowell Technologocial Institute (now the University of Massachusetts at Lowell).
He is currently a member of the Kansas Park Trust, Steering Committee for the Visitors Center at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas Park Trust. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Business Hall of Fame, the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas and the National Teachers Hall of Fame. Dr. Lane is a member of the Kansas Cavalry, Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Emporia and a graduate of the 2009 Class of Leadership Kansas.
Jim Geitz, MD
Dr. James Geitz is an internal medicine physician at Internal Medicine Associates. He has been on Newman Regional Health's active medical staff since February, 1976. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS and his graduate education at the Kansas University Medical Center School of Medicine in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Geitz completed his residency at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
James Glenn, MD
Dr. James Glenn is a retired orthopedic surgeon who has lived in Emporia since 1973. He was on Newman Regional Health's active medical staff for over 33 years prior to retiring in 2009. Dr. Glenn attended Southwestern College in Winfield, then moved to Houston, where he attended Baylor College of Medicine and graduated in 1966. Following medical school, he served in the Navy for two years as a general medical officer. He then became interested in orthopedic practice and completed his four-year residency at KU before moving to Emporia.
He and his wife Jacqueline have one daughter and two grandchildren.
Art Palafox moved to Emporia from California 16 years ago. He graduated from Emporia State University with BS in Education Health/Physical Education. Art taught three years in USD 501, then started his insurance agency in 2005 with Farmers Insurance Group. He is one of the top life insurance producers in Kansas. He is married to Kathy Palafox, Emporia High School nurse. Art is fluent in Spanish and English and is a veteran in the United States Marine Corps from 1990 to1995.
John F. Kuhn
John F. Kuhn grew up in the Hays area where he attended Thomas Moore Prep School and Fort Hays State College. He and his family came to Emporia from Hutchinson in 1969.
He was the owner/operator of the Burger Chef, Radio Shack, Tandy Leather, and Mr. K’s Bicycles and Exercise Equipment.
John is the past president of Kiwanis in both Emporia and Hutchinson. He is past president of the Kansas Christian Home Board in Newton. He has served as a team captain for the United Way. He was a charter member of the ESU Hornet Club. He is the immediate past president of the Hospital Auxiliaries of Kansas. Currently he is serving on the American Hospital Association Board and the Kansas Hospital Association Board .
John is a strong advocate for hospital volunteers. After retirement nine years ago, he became a Newman Auxiliary volunteer. He continues to be very active with this group.
He and his wife, Carolyn, have four children and four grandchildren.
Karen Brown-Gentz is a lifelong resident of Lyon County and graduated from Olpe High School in 1983. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Emporia State University in 1987 and was a graduate of the 1996 Leadership Emporia Class. She is the Human Resources Manager for Sauder Custom Fabrication, Inc.
Karen is a member of the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce, currently serves on the Local Area V Workforce Investment Board and Emporia Middle School Site Council, and is a lifetime member of the Leadership Emporia Alumni Association. Her prior community involvement includes serving as president of the Emporia High School (EHS) Football Boosters, EHS Site Council member, co-chair of the EHS After-Prom and After-Grad parties, team captain for the United Way of the Flint Hills and Board member for the Leadership Emporia Alumni Association. Karen and her husband, Jeff, reside in Emporia and have two sons.
William O. Barnes
Bill Barnes has been the head of ESU's Center for Business and Economic Development since July 2011. He has also been the director of the university’s MBA program since 2009 and an instructor in the Department of Business Administration and Education since 2001. Bill has 30-plus years of increasing responsibility in business management, serving as a plant manager of the Modine Manufacturing plant in Emporia and as president of Baldwin Kansa Corp.
Barnes earned a bachelor’s degree in management and a master of business administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. He also graduated from U.S. Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1970 until 2001 when he retired with the rank of colonel. Barnes has held numerous positions at Emporia State University including a two-year term as executive director of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame.
In the Emporia community, Barnes has been president of the Emporia Rotary Club, past chairman of the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and past president of United Way of the Flint Hills. Currently, he is treasurer and chairman of the finance committee of the Emporia Community Foundation.