Board of Directors

Operations Board

  • Dane Power, Chairperson
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    Dane Power, Chairperson Edward Jones; Financial Advisor
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2015

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? IndependenceTECH does a wonderful job of creating an environment where clients can live their lives the way they want to live and can be the people they want to be.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    My favorite experience so far has been the grand opening of the Megli Art Gallery at the ALS building.  What a positive thing for the clients, the staff, and the community!

    I am humbled to be able to serve on the board of an organization that creates such a positive experience for its clients and its community. Good things don't happen on their own, and I will do my best to ensure that the legacy continues!
  • Melinda Young, Vice Chairperson
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    Melinda Young, Vice Chairperson Bretz & Young; LLC, Partner
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2015

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? IndependenceIndependence because everyone has something meaningful to contribute to our community.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    Opening the TECH Art Gallery and getting the opportunity to talk to the artists about their creations.

    I am passionate about TECH and its mission because I am committed to fostering a community that welcomes and values the contributions of all people.
  • Bob Capps, Treasurer
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    Bob Capps, Treasurer 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!
  • Laura Dick, Secretary
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    Laura Dick, Secretary 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.
  • 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.
  • Cris Corey, Past Chairperson
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    Cris Corey, Past Chairperson Cris Corey State Farm; Owner/Agent
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    January 2014

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthThere is much to be gained with feeling valued and taking pride in your work and yourself. To be a contributor to your community. To be relevant. So many great things blossom from a sense of self-worth.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    I have enjoyed emceeing the events and working with the clients in that capacity.  Mostly I have enjoyed the Client Recognition Nights I have been able to attend.  As Brenda calls it their Academy Awards.  It’s awesome to see the joy on their faces as they are recognized.

    TECH speaks to my passion of inclusiveness and aligns itself with a few of my favorite adages, "teach a man to fish" and "pick up your fellow man".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cassie Dolen, Board Member
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    Cassie Dolen, Board Member Hutchinson Regional Medical Center; CFO
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2017

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthEvery person is valuable and wants to contribute in some form. TECH provides a means of helping their clients feel valuable through work, connections, and activities.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    My favorite memory so far has been the opportunity to decorate Christmas bulbs for the Gala with some of the clients.  This wasn’t necessarily in the capacity as a Board Member but I really enjoyed that experience.

    The mission of TECH and the clients it services resonates with me personally as my nephew has Cerebral Palsy. He will one day need the types of services that TECH provides so I enjoy learning and being a part of an organization that fills the gap and provides amazing care and services to the clients it serves.
  • Cindy Miller, Board Member
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    Cindy Miller, Board Member 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.
  • Dick Kovarna, Board Member
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    Dick Kovarna, Board Member Kestrel Engineering; Pipeline Integrity Project Coordinator
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2016

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? CreativityI am so impressed by what our clients can accomplish when equipped with the proper tools, training, and support.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    Attending the client recognition banquet

    I enjoy being part of a group focused on empowering our clients to be as successful and independent as possible. It's great to see our clients working and living in our community, living out happy and fulfilling lives.
  • Valerie Brack, Board Member
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    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2016

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self Worth
  • Alex Carvalho, Board Member
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    Alex Carvalho, Board Member Edward Jones; Financial Advisor
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2016

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? ConnectionThe importance of integrating TECH clients into our community cannot be understated. Not only do they benefit from all that Hutchinson has to offer, but also the community benefits from getting to know them, from their unique outlook of life, their unique spirits. We probably have more to gain from a connection with them than the other way around.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    The opening of the Art Studio on Avenue B.  Both viewing the exhibits of the client’s creations, and getting to know the artist made it a great event.

    I chose to serve on this board because I recognize the importance of the work TECH does on behalf of its clients, and I want to support any endeavor that benefits them.

Foundation Board

  • Abby Stockebrand, Chairperson
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    Abby Stockebrand, Chairperson Greater Hutch - An Economic Development Partnership for Reno County; Economic Development Manager
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2013

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? CreativityBefore joining the TECH Foundation Board, I admired from afar the art and talent that the clients displayed. Once a part of the organization, it was amazing to hear the stories of the artists and how art provides fulfillment and a way to share their passion.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    My favorite experience since serving on the TECH Foundation Board was attending the unveiling of the TECH Foundation Legacy Society. This vision had been about a two year process and carried out wonderfully by the talented and dedicated staff of TECH.

    Though I was new to the Hutchinson community, it was easy to see TECH's positive impact to this community. I was excited to be a part of the TECH Foundation Board where we work to grow the endowment to help support the great work by TECH long into the future.
  • Jane Harrison, Vice Chairperson
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    Jane Harrison, Vice Chairperson Retired Farmer and Teacher
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2016

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthI am most interested in the Early Ed side of TECH, especially the self-worth and independence pillars. I wish I could find the time to help with the creativity pillar – perhaps in the future?
    I have a strong Faith, and the quote that I think reflects my attitude about TECH is the one in which Christ says, “IF you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto me.”
  • Cindy Miller, Treasurer/Secretary
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    Cindy Miller, Treasurer/Secretary 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.
  • 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.
  • Curtis Overton, Past Chairperson
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    Curtis Overton, Past Chairperson First National Bank/First Wealth Management; EVP
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2010

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthA major issue in the children of our society today and even more crucial for the clients of TECH to live a fruitful life.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    My favorite experience is the annual Client Recognition Night – the true Academy Awards.

    I volunteered to serve TECH as soon as I moved here in 2010. Karen has experience as a teacher in Special Needs and our grandson, Collin, has autism. We are both passionate about serving any way we can for God's special people.
  • Melinda Young, Board Member
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    Melinda Young, Board Member Bretz & Young, LLC; Partner
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2015

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? IndependenceIndependence because everyone has something meaningful to contribute to our community.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    Opening the TECH Art Gallery and getting the opportunity to talk to the artists about their creations.

    I am passionate about TECH and its mission because I am committed to fostering a community that welcomes and values the contributions of all people.
  • Annie Fee, Board Member
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    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2018

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthEvery person should feel they have great self-worth, but many do not believe they do. TECH strives to make sure that everyone they touch knows their self-worth and continually helps them to make it grow.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    I definitely enjoyed our HOPS beer making trip to El Dorado. It was a fun and educational day.

    I was honored to be asked to serve on the TECH Foundation Board because I’ve witnessed first hand all the good they do and I want to be a part of that.
  • Cris Corey, Board Member
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    Cris Corey, Board Member Cris Corey State Farm; Owner/Agent
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2017

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthThere is much to be gained with feeling valued and taking pride in your work and yourself. To be a contributor to your community. To be relevant. So many great things blossom from a sense of self-worth.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    I have enjoyed emceeing the events and working with the clients in that capacity.  Mostly I have enjoyed the Client Recognition Nights I have been able to attend.  As Brenda calls it their Academy Awards.  It’s awesome to see the joy on their faces as they are recognized.

    TECH speaks to my passion of inclusiveness and aligns itself with a few of my favorite adages, "teach a man to fish" and "pick up your fellow man".
  • Dale Snell, Board Member
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    Dale Snell, Board Member 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.
  • Dianne Kovarna, Board Member
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    Dianne Kovarna, Board Member Hutchinson Pizza Ranch; Co-Owner
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2013

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthLiving a quality life and enjoying every day is more important than how much money you make or what title you have.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    My favorite experience at TECH  is Client Recognition Night. I get so excited to see everyone and be apart of celebrating their achievements and I always cry!

    TECH has helped create a community that empowers people with physical and developmental disabilities to live, play and work here. I want to be an active part in continuing to grow this origination as it teaches and strengthens our community. Favorite part of my day is walking into a business I own and seeing a person with a disability enjoying their job and making a difference!
  • Jami Woodyard, Board Member
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    Jami Woodyard, Board Member Hutchinson Recreation Commission; Program Coordinator for Adaptive and Enrichment
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2018

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthBeing able to help individuals have more self-worth is invaluable. With being able to help the clients have more self-worth Tech is helping lower depression rates among clients, building mental strength in clients and giving clients the confidence to reach their full potential.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    By far my favorite experience and memory both are from client recognition night. I do not think there is a way to put into words how unbelievably amazing that night is. The pure joy shown on their faces as they are giving their awards along with their amazing speeches.

    Being a part of change and growth in a community where inclusion for all those with disabilities is happening, where the dis is being removed and leaving ability for their clients; this is something that is strong in my heart and we should always strive to be on the side of making great change for those who are facing challenges.
  • Jeff Brewer, Board Member
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    Jeff Brewer, Board Member Luminous Neon, Inc; Senior Account Manager
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2011-2017 TECH Operations Board; 2017 TECH Foundation Board

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? IndependenceIndependence because I have been a member of the Hutchinson Chapter of AMBUCS for 33 years and our slogan is "Creating independence and mobility for people with disabilities". Being able to live our lives as self-reliant individuals is a cornerstone for everyone.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    The awards ceremony that is held each year for the clients to recognize and celebrate their achievements.

    I joined AMBUCS 33 years ago as a way to meet other business people and expand my network. With all of the AmTrykes, assistive devices, wheelchairs, and scholarships our club has given away, I feel I have developed a passion for people with disabilities. Serving on the TECH operations and foundation boards is another way I feel I can help those people with disabilities. Our AMBUC club, through our fund raising efforts, has been able to provide funds to TECH to help in its efforts to supply services to their clients for many years.
  • Pat Fallon, Board Member
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    Pat Fallon, Board Member Central Bank and Trust Co.; President
    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    2014

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? IndependenceI have always admired the dedication TECH has to create independence for clients that allow them to live and work on their own.
    What has been your favorite memory so far, serving on the TECH board?

    I sincerely enjoy the annual employee recognition banquet each year that honors the TECH staff and their dedication to clients.

    I have always admired TECH for its untiring dedication to Hutchinson clients and their families.
  • Maurice Cummings, Board Member
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    When did you join the TECH, Inc. Board?:

    Lifetime Honorary Member

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self Worth