Boys & Girls Club appoints new COO


Boys & Girls Clubs of Hutchinson has announced that Lindsey Fields will be its new director of operations.

In this position, Fields will oversee the organization’s administrative and operational systems and procedures to support the achievement of club goals.

Fields previously worked with the Boys & Girls Club in Hutchinson for five years and has 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

She replaces Lance Patterson, who became the organization’s chief executive.

“We are delighted to welcome Lindsey back to the Club as the new Chief Operating Officer,” Patterson said. “She will work to ensure a positive Club experience for our families, Vision Leaders and donors. We will work together to achieve our mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

Fields previously served as the club’s resource development coordinator from 2016-2021. Most recently, she was communications manager for the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, a statewide health foundation based in Hutchinson.

In addition to her role with the Boys & Girls Club, Fields serves as chair of the Buhler Public Library Board.

“I hope to follow in the footsteps of Lance Patterson – and Ernest Bradley before him – in creating an atmosphere where every child who walks through our doors can form positive and lasting relationships. The Club is a place where children and teenagers can establish connections with their peers, the Club, the school and the community that will help them become fulfilled adults.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Hutchinson is comprised of two locations that together serve more than 1,000 area youth each year.

Milburn becomes county’s new communications specialist

Sandra Milburn, a longtime photographer at The Hutchinson News, has been named the new communications specialist for Reno County.

Milburn began her role Oct. 17, after Laurie Moody left to become public information officer in Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

Milburn’s responsibilities include keeping Reno County employees and residents informed of county activities via social media platforms. She also coordinates informational and educational communication activities with the media and the community and participates in special projects and community engagement.

Milburn received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Kansas. For nearly 33 years, Milburn was a photojournalist and photo editor at The News.

She lives in Hutchinson with her husband, Bruce. They have a son and a daughter-in-law and a daughter.

“We are thrilled to have Sandra as a member of the team, her years of experience in media and photography will allow us to inform the community of all the great work done by Reno County employees,” said said Randy Partington, county administrator.

Green leaves The News after 29 years

John Green will retire from The Hutchinson News on November 9 after 29 years with the editor.

A Kansas State University journalism and mass communication graduate, Green grew up in Overland Park. After working in weekly and daily newspapers in Oklahoma, he returned to Kansas in 1993 as an editor for The News.

He was promoted to deputy news editor in 1999, then deputy news editor in 2004. He returned to full-time reporting in 2006, primarily covering the courts, city and county government, and business news. .

Green received the Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award in 2016 for his reporting on the Kansas earthquakes and an EPPY from Editor and Publisher for a Wind Power Project in 2017. He also won the Kansas Press Association Lifetime Achievement Awards twice for environmental stories and once each. for the best local deals and timely news.

He was the Pawnee District Scout Leader of the Year in 2014, leading Hutchinson Troop 303, and is a volunteer leader of a local non-profit credit union.

Green and his wife, Catherine, 40, have four children and a grandchild.

KDOT Appoints New District 5 Engineer

Nick Squires has been selected as District Five Engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Squires graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He began his career at KDOT as a college intern before being hired in 2003 at Pratt’s construction office.

In 2004, Squires was promoted to Pratt Area Construction Engineer. From there, he served as District Five’s Construction and Materials Engineer in 2018.

District Five is responsible for construction and maintenance, including snow and ice removal on all 4,949 miles of state highways in an 18-county area that includes: Rush, Pawnee, Edwards, Kiowa, Comanche , Barton, Stafford, Pratt, Barber, Rice, Reno, Kingman, Harper, Harvey, Sedgwick, Sumner, Butler and Cowley Counties.

“This role comes with an entirely different set of challenges than I was used to before, and it was a good time to step in and tackle them,” Squires said. “It will be different, but the good thing is we have a lot of great people in District Five who are fantastic at their jobs. I hope I can continue to help them do what they do best.

Squires has been married to his wife, Shannon, for 19 years, and they have two daughters, Danielle and Erin. He enjoys spending time with his family, working on old cars and working with wood.

Citizens Bank of Kansas selects new manager for Medicine Lodge

MEDICINE LODGE – Shanda Swinehart now heads the Medicine Lodge branch of Citizens Bank, thanks to her 20 years of sales and leadership experience in the insurance and financial services industry.

Shanda is a graduate of Medicine Lodge High School and Hutchinson Community College.

She and her husband, Derrick, live in rural Barber County and have deep roots in Medicine Lodge. Together they own Swinehart Automotive, Inc. — Carquest in Medicine Lodge.

The couple have a daughter, Aubrey. Her husband, Dylan, and their granddaughter, Macyn, reside in Coldwater. Swinehart looks forward to helping the Medicine Lodge community meet its financial needs.


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