Colleagues gathered in the LSI/Parsons Research Conference Room May 21 to celebrate Years of Service accumulated by staff to the University of Kansas.
This year Sharon Morton and Phoebe Rinkel, M.S., were (or will be) rewarded with their 10-year pins and souvenir programs presented by emcee, Peggy Gentry.
Sharon Morton was asked what brought her to LSI/Parsons. She said that the company she worked for 26 years changed owners and replaced essential staff. She bought herself a gold watch, took a few days off and worked for a year at the Parsons Chamber of Commerce. She heard about a position with a new durable medical equipment reuse program that Assistive Technology for Kansans was ready to launch and, as they say, the rest is history. She has nurtured the ATK-KEE Reuse Program into a well-respected, nationally recognized program for ATK.
Phoebe Rinkel, KITS Technical Assistance Coordinator, is based in Lawrence and provides consultation statewide as well as intensive technical assistance and training to school districts and special education cooperatives building their capacity to provide effective services to preschoolers with disabilities and their families. Phoebe will receive her pin during the KITS retreat in August.
Receiving their 25-year pins and commemorative pen and Jayhawk engraved case were Tony Grady, A.S., Dave Lindeman, Ph.D., Kate Saunders, Ph.D., and Dean Williams, Ph.D.
Twenty-five years ago, Tony Grady said he had a decision to make: pursue a job at the local grocery or to follow a family tradition and begin a career at the LSI at Parsons. Successfully employed, he has immersed himself in all things "computer" as a Systems Specialist. We say he chose well.
Dave Lindeman is now the Director of the LSI at Parsons, a Senior Scientist and the Director or Co-director of nationally recognized projects. However, twenty-five years ago, he seriously considered following his passion to be a rodeo cowboy and once a year, revisits his rodeo dream by volunteering his expertise to the participants in the annual, regional PSH&TC Sunbelt Rodeo. Dave will receive his gifts during the August KITS retreat.
Kate Saunders arrived in Parsons 25 years ago to work with Joe Spradlin. She said his reputation and work were the reason she came… and stayed on to run his program and then bought his house. Now she is a Senior Scientist, Institute for Life Span Studies, a Courtesy Professor, Applied Behavioral Science, the Director or Co-director of nationally recognized projects and a Fellow, but that's another story.
Dean Williams said "I came to Parsons after Kate." And twenty-five years later he is a Senior Scientist, has lectured in Italy, Australia, Ireland, Norway as well as the U.S. and his research and analytical findings have been published in more than 40 publications, books, and scientific and applied journals.
Thanks to the Reception Committee and Congratulations to the Honorees!