Giroux named program director 

HESSTON —Jeff Giroux has joined the Hesston Wellness Center, a service of Bluestem Communities, as the new program director.

In this position, Giroux is responsible for helping members achieve their fitness goals through programs and services. He will work with instructors to continue to grow and improve the many group exercise classes at the wellness center.

“(Giroux) is a great addition to our team with his very open and friendly personality.  His knowledge and expertise has allowed us to offer personal training again, including our popular 12-week personalized fitness program. We are always looking for exciting new programs to add,” said Hesston Wellness Center Director Jason Jones.

Giroux, a Minnesota native, completed his undergraduate studies at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in exercise science. Giroux earned a master’s degree in Psychology of Sports and Exercise from Leeds Beckett University in Leeds, England. While in England, he also played semi-professional soccer and coached and worked as the team physio at Richmond International Academy.

Giroux is a certified personal trainer and is in the process of becoming an applied sports psychologist. He will be the assistant men’s soccer coach at Hesston College starting this fall.

For more information about the Hesston Wellness Center, call 620-327-2323, visit, or follow the Hesston Wellness Center on Facebook.


Hostetler joins Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center announced Monday the addition of Karla Hostetler, APRN. Hostetler will begin seeing patients on June 21 at the hospital’s Mid Kansas Family Practice in Hesston.

“We’re pleased to welcome Karla to the clinic,” said Alex Haines, vice president of clinic operations at NMC. “Karla has a passion for helping patients maintain their health while preventing the progression of chronic diseases, which fits right along with our mission of responding to the individual needs of those we serve.”


“After living in Hesston and raising my family here, I’m thrilled to begin working in this community,” said Hostetler. “An important part of family practice is developing relationships with patients. So it’s exciting to have the opportunity to do so in a community that is already so close to me.”


Hostetler received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wichita State University (WSU) and has previously worked as a registered nurse in hospice, home health, intensive care, medical, surgical and case management. Hostetler returned to WSU in 2004 to complete her Master of Science in Nursing and since then has worked as an advanced practice registered nurse in oncology and family medicine in Newton. She is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.



Bunting expands sales team

Bunting Magnetics Co. of Newton recently announced the appointment of two new sales representatives: Carlos J. Chamorro, Jr and Nolan Lamb. Chamorro will manage the sales growth in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and parts of Virginia and West Virginia. Lamb will support customers in Southern California, Southern Nevada (Including Las Vegas) and Arizona.

“I am excited to have these seasoned pros join our sales team,” said Rod Henricks, Director of Sales, Bunting Magnetics Co., who made the announcement. “They have both been proven to be attentive and growth-oriented sales professionals who have many years of sales and technical experience. I am confident our current and new customers will benefit from their skills as they help provide solutions to their processing challenges.”

Both have garnered a decade of territory sales experience in business-to-business manufacturing, including supporting distributors, OEMs and end-users alike. Prior to joining Bunting Magnetics Co., Chamorro was Eastern Regional Sales Manager for CECO Environmental Corporation while Lamb was Key Account Manager for Southco Inc.

Carlos J Chamorro Jr is based in suburban Philadelphia.

Nolan Lamb is based in suburban Los Angeles. 


Church relations position shifts to admissions office


The internal job transitions of two Bethel College employees will affect several offices and departments.


Peter Goerzen, campus pastor and director of church relations, will be half-time instructor of Bible and religion beginning in fall 2017.


Goerzen will remain as campus pastor but is stepping down from the church relations position.


With Goerzen’s change, Andrew Schmidt, assistant director of admissions, will begin a new role as assistant director of admissions for constituency and church relations.


The position will focus on efforts to recruit Mennonite students, as well as to increase Bethel College admissions department visibility with Mennonite congregations and Bethel alumni.


Also in the portfolio will be to organize and facilitate group events on campus, such as departmental camps, game-day events and special visit days; to oversee the Student Ambassador team and the Discovery Adventure Course; and to serve as the admissions counselor for transfer students in nursing (BSN; RN-to-BSN) and from Hesston College.


“Andrew is appreciated and respected by all who work with him,” said Bethel Interim President John Sheriff, “whether that be prospective students, parents, student employees in the Admissions department or colleagues.


“He brings some years of experience and leadership in recruiting to this new role, and is excited about this opportunity. I am confident that Mennonite supporting congregations and their youth will be well served by Andrew in this new position.”


Schmidt, a native of Hesston, is a 2010 graduate of Bethel College and has been working in its Admissions office since March 2014 .