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Board of Directors

TECH, Hutchinson, KS

Dedicated Community Members Who Care

The TECH Board of Directors includes a TECH Operations team and a TECH Foundation team. Each is comprised of community members, including some TECH employees and other accomplished professionals, who are dedicated to furthering the mission of TECH.

TECH Operations

Matt Bretz Chairperson

Matt Bretz

Chairperson
“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 they do a remarkable job in providing services to those in need. It will be an honor to work with them.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Operations Board Since:

    2019

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Independence and Self-Worth, because those pillars go together. Through independence, many of those we serve develop self-worth. Learning how to use Reno County Area Transit (RCAT), work at a job or paint something that can be sold promotes independence and, in turn, creates self-worth.

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    Fun Facts:

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

Bob Capps Past-Chairperson

Bob Capps

Past-Chairperson
“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!”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Operations Board Since:

    2017

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Independence, because of the independence and dignity the TECH organization makes possible for so many of their clients.

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    Fun Facts:

    My favorite memory of TECH is the first client Christmas party I attended with Michelle. This was three years before I joined the Board of Directors, 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.

Kevin Hess President/CEO

Kevin Hess

President/CEO
“I like working at TECH because of the mission, diversification, the challenges of my position and the people. It is a place people share a culture of kindness, diversity and integrity.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Operations Board Since:

    2018

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Connection, because the willingness to share, contribute and help each other is an important facet of lasting relationships. Perhaps the most important thing you ever do in life is build and maintain long-term, happy, healthy, fulfilling relationships with other people.

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    Fun Facts:
    • Enjoys fishing and hunting
    • Loves spending time with family
    • Bleeds purple (go Wildcats!)
Cindy Miller Vice-Chairperson

Cindy Miller

Vice-Chairperson
“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.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Operations Board Since:

    2011-2016, 2018-Present

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Creativity, because TECH 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.

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    Fun Facts:

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

David Cox Secretary

David Cox

Secretary
  • serving since
    On the TECH Operations Board Since:

    2020

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Self-Worth, because TECH 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

Jason Hatch

Treasurer
“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.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Operations Board Since:

    2020

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Self-Worth, because all of God’s children are of infinite worth. TECH is a tremendous organization that, among other things, provides a positive environment and growth opportunities to those it serves. As each of us understands 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.

MaryAnn Altvater Board Member

MaryAnn Altvater

Board Member
“here are so many people that fall into cracks in our society. We can make a difference by helping fill those cracks.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Operations Board Since:

    2022

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Self-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.

Gabe Goering Board Member

Gabe Goering

Board Member
“TECH is a model organization for community partnership, one that we are all lucky to have the opportunity to support.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Operations Board Since:

    2021

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Self-Worth, because I 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 watching the entire community embrace and care for her. Without a doubt, the connections she made in the community continue to impact many lives.

Shane Katz Board Member

Shane Katz

Board Member
“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.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Operations Board Since:

    2022

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    As 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.

Betty Schaffter Board Member

Betty Schaffter

Board Member
“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.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Operations Board Since:

    2017

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Self-Worth, because the 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 motivate our clients to the fullest.

Denny Stoecklein Board Member

Denny Stoecklein

Board Member
“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.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Operations Board Since:

    2022

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    It’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.

Angie Wiehl Board Member

Angie Wiehl

Board Member
“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 so many wonderful people who have a passion for the clients they serve.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Operations Board Since:

    2017

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Independence 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.

Mitch Williams Board Member

Mitch Williams

Board Member
“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.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Operations Board Since:

    2022

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    I 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.

TECH Foundation

Laura Meyer-Dick Chairperson

Laura Meyer-Dick

Chairperson
“I love the mission of TECH— the way it helps people with special needs live a full and engaging life despite their challenges.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Foundation Board Since:

    2015

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Connection, because I 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.

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    Fun Facts:

    I enjoyed 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.

Cindy Miller Past-Chairperson

Cindy Miller

Past-Chairperson
“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.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Foundation Board Since:

    2011-2016, 2018-Present

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Creativity, because TECH 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.

  • fun facts icon
    Fun Facts:

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

Kevin Hess President/CEO

Kevin Hess

President/CEO
“I like working at TECH because of the mission, diversification, the challenges of my position and the people. It is a place people share a culture of kindness, diversity and integrity.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Foundation Board Since:

    2018

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Connection, because the willingness to share, contribute and help each other is an important facet of lasting relationships. Perhaps the most important thing you ever do in life is build and maintain long-term, happy, healthy, fulfilling relationships with other people.

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    Fun Facts:
    • Enjoys fishing and hunting
    • Loves spending time with family
    • Bleeds purple (go Wildcats!)
Dale Snell Vice-Chairperson

Dale Snell

Vice-Chairperson
“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.”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Foundation Board Since:

    2018

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Self-Worth, because I believe everyone, regardless of their individual limitations or life 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.

David Cox Secretary/Treasurer

David Cox

Secretary/Treasurer
  • serving since
    On the TECH Foundation Board Since:

    2020

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Self-Worth, because TECH 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

Bob Capps

Board Member
“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!”
  • serving since
    On the TECH Foundation Board Since:

    2017

  • Pillar
    Favorite TECH Pillar:

    Independence, because of the independence and dignity the TECH organization makes possible for so many of their clients.

  • fun facts icon
    Fun Facts:

    My favorite memory of TECH is the first client Christmas party I attended with Michelle. This was three years before I joined the Board of Directors, 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.