Board of Directors

Operations Board

  • Matt Bretz, Chairperson
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    Matt Bretz, Chairperson Bretz Personal Injury Law; Owner
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2019

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? IndependenceI am going to cheat on this and pick two pillars as my favorites. Independence and self-worth are my favorite TECH Pillars, and I really think that both of these Pillars go together. Through independence many of those we serve develop self-worth. Learning how to use RCAT, or how to work at a job, or how to paint something which can be sold all promote independence and in turn provide self-worth.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    My favorite time with TECH is the annual Client Service Awards ceremony.

    • I look forward to again being involved with the many wonderful and dedicated people who make TECH what it is. The TECH team is so caring and dedicated, and does a remarkable job in providing services to those in need. It will be an honor to work with them.
  • Bob Capps, Past Chairperson
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    Bob Capps, Past Chairperson CSR, Inc; President
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2017

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? IndependenceMy favorite TECH pillar is "Independence" simply because of the independence and dignity the TECH organization makes possible for so many of their clients
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    My favorite memory of TECH is the first Client Christmas party I attended with Michelle. This was 3 years before I joined the BOD but I will never forget the smiling faces and joy in the room. It embodied the true meaning of Christmas and left me with an impression I will never forget.

    My wife, Michelle, was my influence to join this board. TECH is a cause very near and dear to her heart and "giving back" is an everyday passion for her. I guess it was contagious!
  • Cindy Miller, Vice-Chairperson
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    Cindy Miller, Vice-Chairperson Home Instead Senior Care; Co-Owner
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    Operations from 2011-2016, served as Chairperson during that term Foundation 2016 to present Returned to Operations 2018

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? CreativityTECH has made a lot of progress with new programs encouraging creativity in their clients. I have seen this beautiful direct correlation between creativity and self-worth. It is so fun to watch this process take place.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    I have so many. The opening of the Art Gallery and receiving the President’s Award definitely top the list.

    I am called to serve my community. If I have the ability to do something that will make a difference, I should do it. TECH has a special place in my heart. It is a wonderful organization.
  • Brenda Maxey, President/CEO
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    Brenda Maxey, President/CEO TECH, Inc.; President/CEO
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    1999, Joined the Organization in 1988

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthWe each have our own gifts and abilities that are unique to us and make us who we are. Everyone has something to offer that can be appreciated by others, whether it is the people we serve, the staff, the board members, volunteers or community members. I love seeing people grow, and not only appreciate the gifts and talents of others, but also recognizing their own gifts and talents.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    I have so many memories and experiences of serving on the board it is hard to narrow it down to one!  However, the thing the impresses me over and over again with the TECH Board is the thoughtful discussion and dialogue that takes place whenever there is a tough decision that must be made.  The TECH Board has never lost sight of the Mission of the organization and what is best for the people we serve.

    I am passionate about TECH and the people we serve because TECH is mission driven organization. TECH strives to assure every person has the opportunity to live a full life, however each individual may choose to define a full life. TECH supports people to live, work and play in our community, to be a part of the community and not just live in the community. TECH is passion.
  • David Cox, Secretary
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    David Cox, Secretary The Bradbury Group, CEO and President
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    January 2020

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthTECH is an organization built to serve those in our community living with disabilities. Everyone is created in God's image and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Self-Worth is amplified by being able to work and engage with others. The work TECH does to advance this opportunity for those with disabilities is why I volunteered when asked to serve on the board.
  • Jason Hatch, Treasurer
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    Jason Hatch, Treasurer Main Street Dental; Dentist
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2020

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthAll of God's children are of infinite worth. TECH is a tremendous organization which, among other things, provides a positive environment and growth opportunities to those it serves. As each of us understand our value and worth, everything changes. We are blessed to have TECH in our community. TECH's mission and values are inspiring to me and this organization asks the best of all those involved. Being asked to join TECH is an honor and I look forward to contributing in any way I can.
    When I initially joined the TECH Board I was given a tour to see the many opportunities and programs TECH offers their clients. What a blessing to be part of an organization that does so much good. Whether clients were working in the warehouse, painting in the art studio, or simply interacting with others, they seemed happy. I was truly impressed.
  • MaryAnn Altvater, Board Member
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    MaryAnn Altvater, Board Member Retired Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed for 30 Years
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2022

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthSelf-worth for the people we serve seems to be the start for improvement in their life. The other pillars will follow after we help them achieve that.
    There are so many people that fall into cracks in our society. We can make a difference by helping fill those cracks.
  • Gabe Goering, Board Member
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    Gabe Goering, Board Member Midway Motors; Managing Partner
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2021

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? ConnectionI grew up one block away from one of our current tech clients. She is an awesome person that will always bring a smile to my face. I have vivid memories of her cheering on the high school team and watched the entire community embrace and care for her. Without a doubt the connections she made in the community continues to impact many lives.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    TECH events make serving on the board a lot of fun. My favorite memory of TECH was the unveiling of Rainbow Lion. Having Bob and Ann Bush present the masterpiece to the community was the moment I knew I wanted to support TECH.

    TECH is a model organization for community partnership, one that we are all lucky to have the opportunity to support.
  • Shane Katz, Board Member
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    Shane Katz, Board Member Advanced Physical Therapy; Regional Director/Partner
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2022

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? IndependenceAs a physical therapist, I work to help my patients restore function and independence. I quickly gravitated towards this pillar because this is part of what I do and seeing how Tech provides opportunities to promote independence for their clients resonates with me.
    I am humbled and honored to be part of Tech and to help carry on its mission. I have been impressed with this organization since I moved to this community and look forward to contributing in any way that I can.
  • Betty Schaffter, Board Member
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    Betty Schaffter, Board Member Retired from First National Bank Hutchinson (Senior Vice-President)
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2017

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthThe clients of TECH live their lives with productivity from early childhood till the end of life. They are allowed to use all the pillars of independence, creativity, connection and self-worth that are important to TECH and the people we serve. When I look at the passion of the staff here, they truly motive our clients to the fullest.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    My husband, Mike and I were active volunteers for TECH before I came on the board. We loved being a part of an organization so vital to the community. As a board member, I remember the opening of the Art Gallery in the Wiley Building.  I was so impressed with the work of our clients and how proud they were to display their work in such a wonderful venue.  Talk about a TECH pillar, the opportunity of creativity and self-worth is over the top!

    First, I was honored to be asked to serve on the board. I want to do my part to make sure TECH is supported by our community. I personally know from having a nephew with disabilities in a town where the services TECH provides are not available, how hard it can be on a family. I want to continue to educate others on how TECH can be of help.
  • Denny Stoecklein, Board Member
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    Denny Stoecklein, Board Member Hutchinson Community College, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2022

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthIt's been so inspiring to see the positive impact TECH has on the lives of so many. We go to church with a young man who has benefited greatly from TECH and it's a treat to have him a part of the usher team I serve on.
    I believe we should all explore ways in our lives as to how we can "pay it forward". Having had the opportunity to interact with some of the amazing team members and clients, I was excited and honored to be asked to serve TECH as a board member.
  • Angie Wiehl, Board Member
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    Angie Wiehl, Board Member Members Mortgage Services; Accounting Manager
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2017

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthIndependence is the pillar that stands out the most for me. It is an important trait that parents teach to all of their children. But, it is even more important and more difficult to try to teach Independence to a child or adult with special needs. TECH provides opportunities for independence for their clients, which benefits both the client and the families.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    I am constantly amazed by the people who work at TECH. Their passion, generosity and desire to make a difference in the lives of others is something I have loved witnessing and being a part of.  So, my greatest experience is just getting to work alongside of so many wonderful people who have a passion for the clients they serve.

    I am constantly amazed by the people who work at TECH. Their passion, generosity and desire to make a difference in the lives of others is something I have loved witnessing and being a part of. So, my greatest experience is just getting to work alongside of so many wonderful people who have a passion for the clients they serve.
  • Mitch Williams, Board Member
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    Mitch Williams, Board Member ProValue Insurance; President/CEO
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2022

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? IndependenceI think in large measure, our independence drives our self worth. I was taught an important principle over the past year by a good friend of ProValue, Jeremy Poincenot, Speaker and Coach. It is the principle of interdependence. While each of us strive for independence, our ability to achieve this status is reliant on assistance from others throughout our lives. TECH seems to understand both principles extremely well and I look forward to both helping and learning while serving this great organization.
    It is an honor to be asked to join the effort that TECH is making to help others and make a difference. My family and I moved here 10 years ago and immediately recognized that we were in a great community. It is the good work and humble service by organizations like TECH that make the difference in our community.

Foundation Board

  • Laura Meyer-Dick, Chairperson
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    Laura Meyer-Dick, Chairperson Nation, Inc & First National Travel Agency; President
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2015

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? ConnectionI believe there is nothing more important in life than building, developing and strengthening relationships. Strong Relationships have a positive impact on every aspect of life.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    Being part of the new design of the TECH Gala, my mother helped start the original TECH Holiday Tree Auction many years ago so it meant a lot to be part of the reinvigorating of this event.

    I love the mission of TECH, the way it helps people with special needs live a full and engaging life despite their challenges.
  • Cindy Miller, Past Chairperson
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    Cindy Miller, Past Chairperson Home Instead Senior Care; Co-Owner
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2017

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? CreativityTECH has made a lot of progress with new programs encouraging creativity in their clients. I have seen this beautiful direct correlation between creativity and self-worth. It is so fun to watch this process take place.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    I have so many. The opening of the Art Gallery and receiving the President’s Award definitely top the list.

    I am called to serve my community. If I have the ability to do something that will make a difference, I should do it. TECH has a special place in my heart. It is a wonderful organization.
  • Dale Snell, Vice-Chairperson
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    Dale Snell, Vice-Chairperson Prairie Hills Financial Group, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial; Financial Advisor | Managing Partner
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2018

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthI believe everyone, regardless of their individual limitations, or life's challenges, is capable of being productive through meaningful work and engaging activities. And through this productivity, each individual can experience the joy of creating, making, or providing something that is valuable to others.
    I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the TECH Foundation Board. TECH provides a wonderful service for so many in our local community, and truly makes the Hutchinson area a better place to live, work, and raise a family. I am privileged to play a very small part in the continued success of TECH and its mission.
  • Brenda Maxey, President/CEO
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    Brenda Maxey, President/CEO TECH, Inc.; President/CEO
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    1999, Joined the organization in 1988

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthWe each have our own gifts and abilities that are unique to us and make us who we are. Everyone has something to offer that can be appreciated by others, whether it is the people we serve, the staff, the board members, volunteers or community members. I love seeing people grow, and not only appreciate the gifts and talents of others, but also recognizing their own gifts and talents.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    I have so many memories and experiences of serving on the board it is hard to narrow it down to one!  However, the thing the impresses me over and over again with the TECH Board is the thoughtful discussion and dialogue that takes place whenever there is a tough decision that must be made.  The TECH Board has never lost sight of the Mission of the organization and what is best for the people we serve.

    I am passionate about TECH and the people we serve because TECH is mission driven organization. TECH strives to assure every person has the opportunity to live a full life, however each individual may choose to define a full life. TECH supports people to live, work and play in our community, to be a part of the community and not just live in the community. TECH is passion.
  • David Cox, Secretary/Treasurer
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    David Cox, Secretary/Treasurer The Bradbury Group | CEO and President
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2022

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthTECH is an organization built to serve those in our community living with disabilities. Everyone is created in God's image and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Self-Worth is amplified by being able to work and engage with others. The work TECH does to advance this opportunity for those with disabilities is why I volunteered when asked to serve on the board.
  • Bob Capps, Board Member
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    Bob Capps, Board Member CSR, Inc | Retired CEO
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2022

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? IndependenceMy favorite TECH pillar is "Independence" simply because of the independence and dignity the TECH organization makes possible for so many of their clients
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    My favorite memory of TECH is the first Client Christmas party I attended with Michelle. This was 3 years before I joined the BOD but I will never forget the smiling faces and joy in the room. It embodied the true meaning of Christmas and left me with an impression I will never forget.

    My wife, Michelle, was my influence to join this board. TECH is a cause very near and dear to her heart and "giving back" is an everyday passion for her. I guess it was contagious!