WICHITA, Kan.—Heartspring has added two new board members to its Board of Trustees, Kristen Aberle of Westar Energy and Jay Voncannon of Koch Industries.
“We are very excited to welcome these two individuals to our board,” Heartspring President and CEO David Stupay said. “We believe that Kristen and Jay share our values and will help us in our mission to change the lives of children with special needs and their families.”
Aberle has been a business manager at Westar Energy since the spring of 2015. She has a history of community involvement. She has given her time as a board member with the Red Cross and as a volunteer with Girl Scouts of America and Junior Achievement of Kansas. She says that Heartspring’s mission drove her to join the board.
“Heartspring provides so many important services to children and families,” Aberle said. “I feel honored to serve on the board of such a valuable organization.”
Voncannon is the managing director at Koch Industries. He’s held that position for the past six years and has been an employee of Koch Industries for more than eight years. Voncannon says he joined the board to give back to the community in a meaningful way.
Voncannon and Aberle increase the Heartspring Board of Trustees to 17 people. Phil Garrison, director of Baird, is the board chair, Mike Flores, assistant director of the school of accountancy at Wichita State University, is the vice chair and Roger Zellers, retired, is the secretary and treasurer. Brenda Koehring, retired, is the past board chair. Other board members include Tami Bradley, Linda Buchanan, Deborah Cape, John Engels, Durrel Kelley, Julie Prater, John E. Rapp, Chistopher Shank, Monte Shaw, F. Robert Smith and Michelle Sullivan.
Heartspring creates hope and opportunity that changes the lives of children with special needs and their families. The residential school, outpatient pediatric services and Autism Services programs aim to help children of all ages succeed by gaining the skills necessary for a more independent lifestyle. More information at www.heartspring.org.