Community Partnerships

The Advisory Board

The Advisory Board has significantly aided the Leadership Institute in its efforts to accomplish its mission through guidance, advocacy and partnership with the Leadership Institute.  The Advisory Board consists of adults in the Topeka Community that help the Leadership Institute set goals in pursuit of its mission and provide feedback, wisdom and expertise to enable the Leadership Institute to maximize its potential.  The Advisory Board receive progress reports from Leadership Institute staff and student leaders and give feedback, suggestions, and help to brainstorm new ideas, solutions to hurdles, or enhancements to existing plans.

Current Advisory Board Members:

William Beteta
Business Development Manager
Schendel Lawn and Landscape

Ron Brown
Director of School Safety
Topeka Public Schools

Rosa Cavazos
Director of Tourism Development
Visit Topeka

Susan Duffy
General Manager
Topeka Metro

Mike Grogan
Owner and President
Grogan Coaching and Consulting Services

Kim Gronniger
Senior Marketing Manager
Security Benefit

Jennifer Kirmse
Vice President of Business Development
Azura Credit Union

Miriam Krehbiel

Mary Pilgram
Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Washburn University

Barbara Stapleton
Vice President of Workforce and Education
Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce

Lyle Thiessen
Trainer and Consultant
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

Bob Trepinski
Jack Hope Design