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2020 -2021 Executive Committee

Joan Wagnon

Board President 

Joan Wagnon finally retired in 2016. She says she is now an almost full-time volunteer, serving as Finance Chair for the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice board of directors, and President of the Topeka Rotary Foundation Trustees. She also is project director for the Kansas Legislative Oral History Project and volunteers with the YWCA Advocacy Committee.

From October 2, 2015 to July 25, 2016 Joan Wagnon served as Interim CEO of the YWCA of Northeast Kansas. Joan was no stranger to the world of non-profits. She served as executive director of the Topeka YWCA from 1977 to 1993, and of Kansas Families for KIDS from 1995-1997. She left that position to become Mayor of Topeka from 1997-2001.

Some of her recent honors include an Executive Leadership Award from the Martin Luther King Living the Dream Committee in 2017, Sales and Marketing Executives 2016 Executive of the Year award, 2016 Woman of Achievement from Go Topeka, the city’s economic development organization, the Brock Medal of Distinction from the Kansas Democratic Party. She is most proud of being named 2017 Distinguished Alumna of Hendrix College

Jeff Parker

Board Vice-President 
Midwest Health, Inc.

Jeff is currently Chief Information Officer for Midwest Health in Topeka, and was formerly an executive with Custom Wood Products, and a partner with Mize Houser & Company. He is a CPA, with an extensive background in technology, manufacturing, construction, retail, hospitality, and health care.

In his spare time, this Washburn graduate and native Topekan enjoys golf, landscaping, writing music, and managing the Topeka Jazz Workshop website. He is known amongst friends and family for being an accomplished cook and foodie. Jeff lives north of Topeka with his wife, Shelly, and they have four grown children, Meghann, Jordan, Tanner, and Taylor.

Lisa Brown

Board Secretary 
Foulston Siefkin, LLP

A native of Andover, Kansas, Lisa Brown graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language and Literature and moved to Topeka to attend Washburn University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor Degree in 2012. Lisa has been in private legal practice in Topeka since her graduation from law school, joining Foulston Siefkin, LLP in 2018. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Washburn University School of Law in the fall, teaching Pre-trial Advocacy Civil.

In 2017, Lisa was named one of the Jayhawk Area Council’s Top 20 Under 40 for her involvement and leadership in the Topeka community. She was also a member of the Leadership Greater Topeka class of 2017 and continues to serve on the Leadership Greater Topeka Advisory Board. In addition to serving TPAC, Lisa serves on the Board and the Topeka Community Leadership and Development Council of the Kansas Children’s Service League.

Passionate about the arts and the Topeka community, Lisa has been honored to serve on the Board of TPAC since 2017. When she isn’t working or attending a show at TPAC, you can probably find her supporting a local Topeka restaurant or trying out new craft beer. Lisa also enjoys spending time with her fiancée, Ashley, and their cats Roz and Toes.

Zac Broughton

Board Treasurer 

Zac Broughton is the Manager of Financial Accounting at Evergy where he has held various accounting and auditing positions since 2006.Prior to Westar, Zac worked as an accountant at Summers, Spencer and Company, performing accounting and tax services for many local clients.

Zac is a native of Topeka, KS and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Washburn University of Topeka. Zac is also a certified public accountant in the state of Kansas. When not at work, Zac enjoys assisting with his children’s activities and riding his motorcycle.In his youth, Zac performed at TPAC numerous times and still has an appreciation for the performing arts.

Barbara Ebert

Board At-Large 
Barbara's Conservatory of Dance

Barbara Ebert founded Barbara’s Conservatory of Dance in 1973. This well-established
dance studio now has approximately 500 students, coming from 18 towns and cities
in Kansas. She has also been employed to teach beginning and intermediate ballet
classes at Washburn University of Topeka and for both Cair Paravel Latin School and
the Topeka Latin School.

Barbara became Artistic Director of Ballet Midwest, Inc. at its inception in 1977.
During the company’s first forty years, she choreographed and staged
“Nutcracker Ballet”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Giselle”, “Midsummer
Night’s Dream”, “Coppélia”, “Swan Lake”, “Graduation Ball”, “Cinderella”, “La Fille
Mal Gardee”, “Firebird”, “Les Sylphides”, “Pas de Quatre”, “Symphony in C”, “Billy the
Kid”, “Les Patineurs”, and “Cake Walk”, as well as fifty-six repertory pieces. Since
retiring as Artistic Director in June of 2017, she serves as Artistic Director
Emeritus for Ballet Midwest, Inc.

Barbara currently volunteers daily at Presbyterian Manor and continues to teach
at Barbara’s Conservatory of Dance two days a week. In 2016, she was
recognized by Go Topeka with their Annual Woman of Influence Award as the
Outstanding Entrepreneur. At her retirement, the City of Topeka recognized her as
an outstanding role model. In recognition of her outreach, devotion, and enrichment
of the City of Topeka, 24th, 2017 was declared "Barbara Ebert Day".

Christopher Stemler

Board At-Large 
Mutual of Omaha

Christopher Stemler is the Regional Sales Director for Mutual of Omaha - Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. With Chris’s help, advisors are able to prospect and close more business. He focuses on providing customized solutions to meet the needs of the client while utilizing his experience to help bring on new plans. When Chris is part of the finalist presentation with a client, the opportunity to close the deal increases significantly. Prior to joining Mutual of Omaha, he was a Regional Wholesaler with Security Benefit. His previous position as a Sales
Manager with AT&T provided valuable experience using a consultative sales approach.
Christopher earned his Bachelor of Science and Organizational Leadership degree from Fort Hays State University, Fort Hays, Kansas and holds his series 6 and 63 licenses.

Christopher lives in Topeka, Kansas and is a native of Canada.

2020-2021 Trustees

Mary Cuevas

Born and raised in Topeka, Mary is retired from the State of Kansas. She worked for several state agencies in the field of Human Resources as an EEO Officer and Investigator. The state agencies include: Kansas Commission on Civil Rights; Kansas Department of Transportation; Kansas Department of Workers Compensation; Kansas Department of Administration and Kansas Department of Revenue. Mary's community involvement: Co-Founder of MANA de Topeka Chapter; Co-Founder of Amigos of the Marlo Cuevas - Balandran Activity Center; Treasurer of La Colonia Board; Past Board Member of the YWCA, Community Bank Advisory Board and a Board Member of El Centro Topeka. Mary's husband is Emilio; son Ignacio; daughter Michelle Cuevas-Stubblefield (Chris); daughter Marlo Cuevas-Balandran (Thomas); grandchildren Elesia and Tyler Stubblefield.

Jennifer Goetz

Azura Credit Union
Multi Media Coordinator

Jennifer Goetz is a graduate of the University of Kansas, Baker University's MBA program and is certified in social media and business writing. She has been a multimedia specialist at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas for over ten years and is mother to her daughter, Jillian Goetz. Jennifer serves on the marketing board for ARTSConnect, the board of Kansas Ballet Academy, the American Advertising Federation board, the Jayhawk Theatre Marketing Team and regularly freelances in design, photography and social media for local, upwardly mobile businesses. Jennifer excels at networking, communication, design and fundraising and completed a volunteer Event Director position for Kansas Children's Discovery Center that succeeded in raising over $58,000 to benefit the science museum. Jennifer is committed to Topeka and the state of Kansas and is always seeking opportunities for community betterment and personal growth.

Roger McKinley

Kendall Construction
Project Manager/Estimator

Roger was born and raised in Topeka graduating from Topeka High School. He has been in the construction industry for over 40 years. He began his career as a residential carpenter and eventually started his own finish carpentry business. Roger has been involved as a project manager/estimator on many commercial projects over the years.

Roger spent time coaching his son's baseball teams, served on the USD337 School Board and was a firefighter/EMT for the Mayetta Fire Department.After moving back to Topeka in 2011 he has enjoyed golfing, woodcarving, volunteering with the Topeka North Outreach and spending time with family and friends. Roger and his wife Joy reside North of Topeka and have 2 adult sons.

Ray Moran

Stormont Vail Health

Originally from Leavenworth, Ray now considers Topeka home since moving here in 1966. He spent 20+ years with Payless Shoe Source in Supply Chain, Distribution Allocation & Planning and IT. He works as a Performance Excellence Specialist for Stormont Vail Health.

Ray is married to Stephanie and they have two girls that are going into their Freshman and Junior years at Washburn Rural High School. As a family, they enjoy live theater and concerts and attending K-State Football Games.

David Mountain

Security Benefit

David Mountain is a Business Systems Analyst for the Investments Department at Security Benefit.

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"To foster the performing arts through excellence in programming by providing for the advancement, promotion, presentation, and development of the arts to meet the diverse cultural and educational needs of our community."
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