Drummond appointed to fill JCCC board vacancy

Robert Drummond has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the board of trustees at Johnson County Community College.

Drummond, Olathe, president/CEO of Kids TLC and a former JCCC trustee from 2009 to 2013, will complete the term of Melody Rayl, who resigned from the board in July. The term expires June 30, 2017.

The trustees interviewed four candidates, selected from among 13 applicants for the board seat, at a special meeting Oct. 1. The other candidates who were interviewed were:

  • Karin Brownlee, Olathe, independent contractor
  • Michael Lally, Overland Park, vice president, Olsson Associates
  • Steven Wolf, Prairie Village, CEO, Wolf Properties, LLC

The candidates each had five minutes to present themselves to the board, and the trustees had 15 minutes to ask each candidate questions.

Drummond will join the board at the next regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 17.


Olathe’s ‘Santa Claus’ dead at 81

Marvin 'Doc' Wollen dead at 81. Family photo

Marvin ‘Doc’ Wollen dead at 81. Family photo

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Much of the following information was provided by Wollen’s daughter, Cathy Maxwell.)

Long-time optometrist, community activist, community Santa Claus, and for years the voice of the Johnson County Old Settlers Parade, Marvin “Doc” Wollen, died peacefully at his home this morning, Tuesday, Sept. 10.

He was 81.

According to his daughter, Cathy Maxwell, funeral services will be Monday, Sept 16, 2013 at Grace United Methodist Church. Visitation is scheduled for 9 a.m. with services starting at 10:30. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. in Garnett.

Wollen will be most remembered by thousands of children for his role as Santa Claus.  He was talked into being the “right jolly old elf” for the first time by his oldest daughter’s kindergarten teacher.  The suit and the part was a natural fit for him and he continued to entertain Olathe School District children as well as appearing at numerous charity and community events as Santa for a total of forty-nine years.  He is also known for his support of local football teams with his infamous watermelon feeds during summer practices.  Continue reading

JCCC Trustee Melody Rayl resigns

Saying she wanted to focus her attention on her family and career, Melody Rayl, Olathe, who has been a Johnson County Community College Trustee since 2008, has submitted her resignation, according to an announcement by the college.

The trustees will consider her resignation at their regular monthly meeting on Aug. 15.

Rayl was chair of the board in 2012-2013 and over the years served on the board’s human resources and audit committees and as the liaison to the JCCC Foundation and the collegial steering committee.

“It has been my absolute privilege to have had the opportunity to serve as a trustee for my beloved JCCC for nearly five years,” she said in the release. “However, my service to JCCC, and to the community at large, particularly during my tenure as chair of the board over the past year, has had a significant impact on the work-life balance I strive to maintain. Continue reading

MNU President’s Honors raises record $425,000

The MNU President's Honors event raised $425,000. Photo furnished by Heather Attig

The MNU President’s Honors event raised $425,000. Photo furnished by Heather Attig

Just more than 500 people attended the MidAmerica Nazarene University President’s Honors last Friday night, April 12, and after the final bite of dessert had been taken and the final bid had been accepted, a record total of $425,000 had been raised for student scholarships.

“It was a very good night,” said MNU spokesperson April Hansen, director of development for annual programs. “Going into the event, we had raised more than $315,000 in sponsorships and ticket sales, so we raised $110,000 that night through the (silent and live) auctions.”

Highlighting the event was the honoring of Dr. Ray and Elaine Cook, Wichita, with MNU’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Ray Cook, who died last fall, was a long-time chair for MNU’s Board of Trustees. The Cooks also have been significant donors to the university, Hansen said. MNU’s Cook Center is named in their honor because of their financial support to the university.

After raising $303,000 in last year’s debut event, MNU set a goal to raise $350,00o this year.

Some 90 items were up for bid in the silent auction and some of the high-bid items in the live auction were Some high-end items in the live auction included a signed Thomas Kinkade print valued at $15,000 and a two-day hunting trip at the Flint Hills Lodge, a private hunting club in southeast Kansas.

Candidates for JCCC Trustees

On the ballot for the April 2 election will be the names of six people vying to get four spots for Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees.

They all are four-year terms.

They are:

Jerry Cook (Incumbent)
Overland Park

Lee Cross
Overland Park

Robert K. Drummond (Incumbent)

L. Rayl (Incumbent)

Richard L. Schroder

Stephanie Sharp (Incumbent)


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