Our Team

Dedicated Professionals Who Care

TECH is about people -- both those we serve and the team itself. We are passionate about your personal well-being, and do everything possible to help them succeed. By combining our unique backgrounds and experience, the TECH team promotes the independence, creativity, and self worth of every client.

  • Brenda Maxey
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    Brenda Maxey President
    Year started at tech inc:

    1988

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthEvery person has the ability and talent necessary to become a contributing member of our community. When more people have a feeling of self worth and accomplishment, then it creates a strong community.
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    • Enjoys the theater and live entertainment
    • Loves biking, hiking, and working out
    • Wine tasting enthusiast
    • Began career as a direct support professional in 1985
    My favorite thing about TECH is the opportunity to help people grow, create, connect and become more independent -- both the people we serve and our staff!
  • Kevin Hess
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    Kevin Hess Vice President of Business and Finance
    Year started at tech inc:

    2018

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? ConnectionWillingness to share, to contribute, to 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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    • Enjoys fishing and hunting
    • Loves spending time with family
    • Bleeds Purple – Go Wildcats!
    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.
  • TECH-inc-hutchinson-ks-team-aurie-wornkey Aurie Wornkey
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    Aurie Wornkey Vice President of Support and Services
    Year started at tech inc:

    1987

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? ConnectionWe all have connections that give us independence, creativity, and self worth. It is this connection that brings us together and strengthens our relationships.
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    • Plays computer mystery games with Don
    • Loves animals, pets, and volunteering
    • Listens to Christian, Christmas, and ‘80s music
    • Zip-lined at the fair
    • Rode in a hot air balloon in the mountains of New Mexico
    I love my relationships with all our TECH clients!
  • Aly Spradling
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    Aly Spradling Director of Human Resources
    Year started at tech inc:

    2016

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? ConnectionRelationships provide an individual a support system: someone to celebrate with, someone to provide a hand when you’ve had a tough day, and someone to simply be yourself around.
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    • Enjoys Chip and JoAnna home renovation projects
    • Has 2 golden retriever pups: Hank Jr and Loretta Lynn
    • Has lots of purple in her office – Go Wildcats!
    • Hosts themed dinner parties for family and friends
    • Self proclaimed Junk Gypsy. . . .likes to make the old, new again
    I love the team approach at TECH. By utilizing a variety of employee talents, ideas, and experiences, our clients truly receive the best of the best.
  • Sharri King
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    Sharri King Director of Marketing and Development
    Year started at tech inc:

    2020

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? ConnectionI believe connection is at the very core of everything we do, it is our essence. Sharing in any moment brings us together as we become a part of something greater than ourselves. Making a positive impact on someone’s day, even in the smallest way, is a connection that has the power to change someone’s life.
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    • She stays very busy with her husband and kiddos, usually shuffling between competitive sports. When they aren’t on a field, court, or diamond, the contender spirit is kept alive with cards and other fun games.
    • If ever she’s given the gift of a free moment, you can presumably find her taking in live music as it’s one of her most adored avocations.
    • This born and raised Kansas girl has an affinity for new experiences and destinations. Longing for any opportunity to travel, just say the word and she will meet you at the airport in five minutes flat (yes, she travels light).
    • With a passion for our great country, Sharri is proud to have served in the U.S. Air Force. While patriotism will forever hold a very special place in her heart, any rendition of The National Anthem is likely to bring a tear to her eye.
    The culture at TECH is part of what makes it such a great organization. It’s an honor and privilege to be part of an incredible team that celebrates diversity, bands together in a mission, and is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Tony Railsback
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    Tony Railsback Maintenance Manager
    Year started at tech inc:

    2000

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? CreativityI enjoy seeing clients expressing their creativity in art and work.
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    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • ATV’s
    I love seeing clients learning and trying to be more independent
  • Cara Conaway
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    Cara Conaway Director of Residential Servies
    Year started at tech inc:

    1998

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthMy grandmother taught me the importance of accepting yourself. Only then can you help others find the good in themselves.
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    • Enjoys gardening, decorating, and traveling
    • Expresses herself through photography and playing the cello
    • Loves spending time with her children and 3 grandchildren
    • Grandmother was biggest influence in life
    I love watching those we serve at TECH grow and succeed in even the smallest of ways. It’s rewarding to know that you somehow played a role in that process.
  • TECH-inc-hutchinson-ks-team-angela-woodworth Angela Penner
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    Angela Penner Director of Residential Services
    Year started at tech inc:

    2005

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? ConnectionBuilding relationships with others and connecting to the community is crucial to leading a fulfilled life.
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    • Loves watching her children participate in sports and other activities
    • Enjoys reading
    • Jigsaw and word puzzle expert
    I enjoy working with so many unique people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. I learn something new every day!
  • TECH-inc-hutchinson-ks-team-patty-clark Patty Clark
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    Patty Clark Staff Trainer
    Year started at tech inc:

    1983/1998

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? CreativityI want our lives to be more than paying bills. I want to see color where color should be, and hear silence when silence is necessary. I want those we serve and work with to challenge themselves to be a source of joy, support and inspiration to themselves and others. That takes creativity. It’s challenging, frustrating and pushes us to the limit, but it’s also worth it.
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    • Enjoys cooking
    • Fan of bar-room blues and rockabilly music
    • Likes Pinterest
    • LOVES a Tulsa restaurant called Kilkenny’s
    • Enjoys fall weather and beautiful red maple leaves
    • Sings as a soprano
    I love the feeling when a client or staff member hits their stride, overcomes a barrier, or has an ‘ah-ha!’ moment.
  • TECH-inc-hutchinson-ks-team-dorinda-simmon Dorinda Simmons
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    Dorinda Simmons Director of ALS/Special Projects
    Year started at tech inc:

    1996

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? CreativityIt’s a way to encourage self-expressionism for our clients and it helps all of us to look at things from a different perspective (something that I find very refreshing)
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    • Enjoys nature and animals
    • Loves Christian music
    • Has donated her hair on two or three occasions to help make wigs for people who’ve lost their hair due to cancer treatment.
    I enjoy working for TECH…it’s a good place to be. I appreciate the values instilled in our services designed to help each person served to be as independent as possible and to enjoy life in every aspect possible
  • TECH-inc-hutchinson-ks-team-billie-redd Billie Redd
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    Billie Redd Manager of Work Services
    Year started at tech inc:

    2005

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthTo me, if we have independence we have creativity, self-worth, and connection. It's much easier to be connected with the feeling of independence.
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    • Loves History
    • Is a picker/junker. Likes to make old things new again
    • Loves fireworks/practical jokes
    • Love the outdoors
    Our clients…I love being with our clients. I learn something new every day…every single day! They tech me about perspective every day, laughing I really learned how to laugh at myself and not take things so serious
  • TECH-inc-hutchinson-ks-team-chara-kemerling Chara Kemerling
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    Chara Kemerling Service Coordinator
    Year started at tech inc:

    2008

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? CreativityI think creativity is what drives people and I enjoy thinking outside the box. I also enjoy watching the people we serve develop their own artistic abilities
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    • Enjoys cooking
    • Loves to travel to new places
    • History/archaeology buff
  • Kathy Meyer
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    Kathy Meyer Manager of Administrative Services
    Year started at tech inc:

    2016

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? Self WorthI love to watch the amazing transformation when individuals begin to realize their self-worth.
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    • I love to read!
    • I love to spend time with my family and four grand kids
    • I participate on worship team at church
    • K-LOVE is my favorite radio station
    "I am honored to serve at TECH! Being able to learn and grow each day because of the amazing TECH team and clients is truly a blessing."
  • Cheryl Vannaman
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    Cheryl Vannaman Director of Health Services
    Year started at tech inc:

    2016

    Which one of TECH’s Four Pillars means the most to you and why? ConnectionAssociating, networking, mentoring are important avenues in building relationships with clients to aid them gain confidence, achieve goals and maximize their independence.
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    • My favorite haircut for summer is a head shave.
    • I enjoy flower gardening and conversing with my four cats, Hadassah Rose, Adi’, Mona Mae and Liza Jane.
    I enjoy TECH, the mission, the clients, their families and those I am privileged to work with. There’s an atmosphere of positive energy and expectation at TECH.