Reagan McCloud has been appointed manager of government relations Kansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. effective August 1. McCloud’s responsibilities include state and federal legislative advocacy and promoting member engagement in local initiatives. McCloud is a native of the Newton area, where his family farms and ranches. He received his BA from Tabor College and graduated from Washburn University Law School in the spring of 2022, where he was active in the Washburn Agricultural Law Society. McCloud was an intern at a lobbying firm during the last Kansas legislative sessions. KEC is the service organization in Kansas for 26 electric distribution cooperatives and three generation and transmission cooperatives. Headquartered in Topeka, KEC represents the interests and provides necessary services and programs to electric cooperatives serving member/customers throughout the state.
TFI announced Melissa Briggs is the new Chief Administrative Officer. Briggs has served TFI for eight years in a variety of positions and has extensive experience in clinical and therapeutic services as well as comprehensive management experience. Prior to serving as CAO, Briggs was senior vice president of clinical and assessment services. She previously served as executive director and vice president of residential and clinical services for Pathway Family Services, an agency of TFI. Briggs will be responsible for managing TFI’s administrative departments. Briggs earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pittsburgh State University, as well as a master’s degree in community counseling from Pittsburgh State University. She also holds a doctorate in counseling, education and supervision from Kansas State University.
Stormont Vail Health announced that Casey Weil, MD, has joined his medical team and will practice as an orthopedic surgeon at Cotton O’Neil Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, 2660 SW 3rd St., in Topeka. Weil is an adult reconstructive orthopedic surgeon who specializes in complex primary total knee and total hip cases. He is trained to treat complex joint revisions of the knee and hip, whether the circumstance is an abnormality, infection, injury, revision or replacement where the knee or hip has been in place for too long. Weil joins Stormont Weil after completing his residency at Wright State University, where he completed more than 700 cases as an orthopedic surgery resident. Weil received his medical degree from the University of Utah after attending Weber State University for a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science and a minor in chemistry.
Topeka’s Mission Creek Camp and Recreation Center announced the hiring of the Topeka native Joe Hodgson. Hodgson has nearly 20 years of experience with the Topeka YMCA, most recently serving as the Southwest Branch Executive Director as well as the Executive Director of Operations. He began his work with the YMCA in July 2004 as the Health and Wellness Director, with several promotions over the years. Hodgson also serves as co-chair of Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods. Since 2008, Joe has helped engage the community in the coalition’s work, which includes passing a comprehensive street policy resolution for Topeka, as well as a bikeway master plan. And Hodgson is the lead pastor and worship leader at Imago Dei Church, which is part of the Kansas District of the Wesleyan Church. Hodgson earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Kansas State University in 2000.
Stormont Vail Health announced that Freddie Cooper, MD, has joined his medical team and will practice as a primary care physician specializing in outpatient internal medicine at 901 Garfield Ave. in Topeka. Cooper has spent time all over the world and credits his origins to who he is today. He was born in Mumbai, India, where he completed most of his education before moving to the US for his residency. He moved to Florida for his internal medicine residency and also spent time at several hospitals in North Carolina, Ohio and Georgia working in specialty units. “I got the best of both cultures and it fits my personality today,” Cooper said. “My parents are my number one inspiration who still live in India. What inspires me is seeing them work so hard and make all the sacrifices they did to be a doctor.” Cooper attended Seth SG Medical College in Mumbai before going to Memorial Healthcare System in Florida for his residency.
The Board of Trustees of the Kansas Public Employees’ Retirement System unanimously re-elected James P. Zakura, of Overland Park, to serve as chairman for fiscal year 2023. He has served on the KPERS board since 2018 with his appointment by Governor Jeff Collier in January 2021. Governor Laura Kelly reappointed Zakura to the KPERS board for a second four-year term term. The KPERS Board is responsible for overseeing the trust’s investments, adopting actuarial assumptions, and hiring and monitoring the executive director and outside service providers, including investment managers and consultants. Zakoura is a native of Osawatomie and now lives in Overland Park, where he is a member of the law firm of Foulston Siefkin LLP.
The Board of Trustees of the Kansas Public Employees’ Retirement System Chairman James P. Zakura of Overland Park has been reappointed as trustee Ron Johnson, of Seneca, to serve as vice chairman for fiscal year 2023. Johnson has been on the KPERS board since 2019 with his appointment by Kansas Chairman Ron Rickman. Johnson retired as president and CEO of Community National Bank in Seneca after 18 years of service. He is a past president of the Kansas Bankers Association and Bankers Bank of Kansas. Johnson served as chairman of Nemaha Valley Community Hospital and is a trustee of the Seneca Housing Authority. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from North Dakota State University and completed post-graduate work at the University of Colorado Graduate School of Banking.
John H. Huttonmanaging partner of a Topeka law firm Henson, Hutton, Mudrick, Gragson, & Vogelsberg, LLP, was honored to be selected by his peers for inclusion in the 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America© 2023 in the areas of real estate law, construction law, banking and finance law, and commercial litigation. Hutton received his BA and JD from the University of Kansas.
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