First National Bank CEO Keith Hughes announced a pair of recent employee promotions.
Julie Cassavaugh is now executive vice president and manager, First Wealth Management. Cassavaugh joined The First in 2013 as vice president and operations manager before promotions to vice president of support services, and most recently senior vice president and chief operations officer of First Wealth Management.
Before joining the bank, Cassavaugh more than 20 years of Trust experience, including IRA compliance, employee benefits management, and Trust operations.
Cassavaugh earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Northwest Missouri State University, graduating cum laude, and also received a Master of Business Administration from Northwest Missouri State University, graduating magna cum laude.
Shirley Fiffe was promoted to officer, executive assistant. Fiffe joined The First in 1983 as a commercial lending secretary before promotions to executive secretary, and subsequently executive assistant.
Fiffe graduated from Hutchinson Community College with an Associates of Science degree. She and her husband are owners of RE-NU in Downtown Hutchinson.
Central Christian School recognized its Board of Trustees during National Board Appreciation Month.
Trustees give their time, energy, and counsel to Central Christian without pay. They take on the job of promoting the school and making the best decisions they can for its children. By serving in this important role, they lay the foundation for the future and serve by example.
Trustees include Jason West, chairman; Mike Wyatt, vice chairman; Kent Blessing, secretary; and members Kim Bateman, Warren Bontrager, Bob Capps, Jan Clark, John Hagen, Bart Kooiman, Darrel Miller, Dick Oswalt, Lee Pankratz, Dr. Mark Reed and Pam Regehr.
GREAT BEND – Jeremy Lewis, a licensed insurance agent with Panzer Insurance, 1023 Jackson, recently earned the Agribusiness & Farm Insurance Specialist certification.
He completed several in-depth courses to earn the certification, covering everything from the basics of insuring farm equipment to the unique liabilities associated with farming and agribusiness, he said.
Farms and ranches present unique challenges for insurance professionals, Lewis noted.
“There are autos, animals, machinery, irrigation pivots and liability, in addition to one or more residences,” he explained. “It takes knowledge of the industry and the carriers to determine how to cover all these components while ensuring there are no gaps and finding a competitive premium.
In addition to farming, Lewis focuses on other large and small businesses, hard-to-place risks, home, auto and Medicare supplements.
The International Risk Management Institute offers the AFIS certification and other continuing education. It is a nationally recognized insurance education institute.
SALINA – Inspection Services LLC, doing business as HouseMaster Home Inspections of Central Kansas, hired Darla Phelps of Brookville as a full-time home inspector.
She will be available for inspections by spring 2019, following months of intensive professional training, the passage of the necessary exams for licensure and certification, plus job shadowing and assisting owner-inspector Brian McCullough.
In addition to successfully studying and passing the National Institute of Building Inspectors curriculum during the fall, near the end of 2018 Phelps took and passed the National Home Inspector Examination given by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors.
The NHIE tests a home inspector’s knowledge of conducting a thorough home inspection, as well as testing for skills in client relations, communications and report writing.
She is listed on the NHIE qualified inspector database at http://nationalhomeinspectorexam.org/inspector-database/.
HouseMaster Home Inspections serves clients throughout Central Kansas with a specific focus on Saline, McPherson, Reno and Harvey counties, and the cities of Salina, Lindsborg, McPherson, Hutchinson, Hesston and Newton.
Phelps previously worked as Community Forum Administrator, assisting with managing and monitoring online community forums for Forum Foundry. Before that, she worked for Apria Healthcare for about 12 years, first in customer service for seven years and then as branch manager for locations in Salina, Hays and Colby.
Phelps holds an Associate of Science degree in Agri-Business from Cloud County Community College, Concordia, and a Bachelor of Science in Agri-Business from Fort Hays State University, Hays.
McPHERSON — Women in the central Kansas area now have a local doula available to provide support and guidance throughout pregnancy. Judy Shaw is a certified doula based out of McPherson and offers her services throughout the area.
A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience. Doulas don’t replace midwives, doctors or spouses, but instead act as a source of knowledge, energy, and emotional support during throughout the entire birth process.
“I’m there to talk, answer questions and help with a birth plan,” Shaw stated. “I can suggest certain exercise and diets. A doula is helpful whether a mom has a lot of support or no support. It’s just thrilling that you can be of service to women because a lot of people don’t even know it’s there.”
Shaw makes herself available to clients by phone to respond to questions or address any concerns that might arise during the course of the pregnancy. During actual labor, she provides encouragement and offers guidance on positions and movements to help speed up the process. For more information, visit http://judyshawdoula.com.
RCB Bank welcomed Curtis Overton as the new vice president, senior wealth advisor for RCB Bank Trust in Hutchinson.
Overton specializes in wealth management and is a Certified Trust Financial Advisor and Certified Public Accountant. Over the last 17 years, he has created a niche in providing guidance in estate planning with tax strategies after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and attending Cannon Trust School and ABA Graduate Trust School.
Overton is active in the community through his past and present service on various community boards locally and in the Kansas City area, including TECH, United Way and YMCA and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is also the past president of the Kansas Bankers Association Trust Division and served as a Kansas Bankers Association board of director.
Overton was born and raised in southwest Missouri. He paid his own way through college in Springfield which established his strong work ethic. The first 25 years of his career were spent in north-central Missouri and Kansas City.
In his free time Overton enjoys golf, travel and spending time with his grandsons. He takes an annual trip with longtime friends to golf and attends professional baseball or college football games in stadiums they have not visited. He resides in Hutchinson with his wife Karen, an instructional support teacher in Hutchinson schools. They celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary in March. They have two daughters and three grandsons.