Leadership Greater Topeka, a Greater Topeka Partnership program identifies outstanding leaders from the community and teaches the participants aspects of leadership.

The class of 2018 was selected from over 120 nominations and are:

AJ Patterson

United Way of Greater Topeka

Director of Resource Development

Allyson Wette

Westar Energy, Inc.

Manager, Operations Topeka Division

Alycia Weakland

U.S. Bank

Branch Manager

Andrew Gutierrez

State Farm Ins. – Joe Gutierrez Ins. Agency

Approved Agency Candidate & Multiple Line Representative

Barry Muninger

Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital

Director of Quality & Risk Management

Cameron Juhnke

K.L. Johnson & Assoc.

Wealth Advisor Asst.

Cathy Pacaro

FHLBank Topeka

Market Risk Strategist

Cheryl Bean

Sunflower Foundation


Chad Wilkins

Midland Care Connections, Inc.

VP of Finance/CFO

Dusty Nichols

Shawnee County Dept. of Emergency Management


Enedina Patch

Stormont Vail Health

Program Manager, Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care

Eric Grospitch

Washburn University

Vice President of Student Life

Eve Kendall

Shawnee County Dept. of Corrections

Deputy Director

Hannah Naeger

Heinbach & Larkin, DDS


Jacob Wamego

Prairie Band, LLC


Jacob Wampfler

Faith Lutheran Church

Associate Pastor

Jesse Maddox II

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Human Resource Director

Kellie Dougan

Barlett & West

Human Resource Leader

Kelly Rippel

Oral Health of Kansas, Inc.

Water Access Manager

Leobardo Espinoza

Topeka Public Schools/Topeka High School

College & Career Advocate, Restorative Practices Facilitator

Lyn Rantz

Topeka Collegiate School

Head of School

Maria Kutina 

HTK Architects

Director, Architect

Matt Boddington

Shawnee County Sherrif’s Office

General Counsel

Megan Rahmeier

McPherson Construction, Inc.

Asst. Controller/Director of Community Relations

Mike Eichten

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

Director of Group Sales

Rosa Cavazos

Visit Topeka, Inc.

Director of Tourism Development

Shanae’ Elem

Topeka Justice Unity Ministry Project

Lead Organizer

Sophie Brazington

Shawnee Heights High School


Sydney Houser

Washburn Rural High School


Sylvia Davis

City of Topeka

General Manager

Tammy Brownfield


Director of Finance Operations

Tim Shultz

Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLP


Tom Hagen

Capitol Federal Savings

Marketing Communication Specialist

Tomari Quinn

Topeka Capital-Journal

Editor/Vice President of Audience

Tracy Khounsavanh Killough

Advisors Excel

Learning and Development Specialist

Veronica Byrd

Parents as Teachers

Site Coordinator/Parent Educator