People You Should Know


Jessica Rhoten has joined Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball as a staff accountant.

Opal McDermeit has joined BKD as an on-site technology coordinator.

Jennifer Allen, senior tax manager for Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, has earned the Certified Medical Practice Executive credential from the Medical Group Management Association.

Austin Coyan, senior staff accountant at Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, has obtained his license as a certified fraud examiner.


Shae Blevins has joined Greteman Group in the newly created position of digital strategist.

Health Care

Steven Kelly, former president and CEO of Newton Medical Center, has been selected to receive the Kansas Hospital Association’s Charles S. Billings Award.

Kesa Easter, Newton Medical Center patient and family engagement coordinator, has been recognized as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety by the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety.


The Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Foundation has appointed three new members to its board of trustees: Shane Batchelder, Richard Muma and Terri Rice.


Melissa Kelly of Melissa Kelly Imagery earned three General Collection Merits during Professional Photographers of America’s 2017 International Photographic Competition.


Jeff Herndon has been named assistant news director of the broadcast and digital operations of KSNW-TV (NBC) and will serve as weekday early-evening news anchor for the station’s 5 p.m. newscast.


Kate Perkins of Andover Veterinary Clinic received a 2017 Alumni Recognition Award from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association.

Related stories from Wichita Eagle