Two honored by WBJ


Two women with Newton ties were recently honored by the Wichita Business Journal as "leaders and entrepreneurs who are moving Wichita business forward."

Vallerie Gleason, president and CEO of Newton Medical Center, was honored for her work at the medical center. In addition to leading NMC, she teaches at Southwestern College, Baker University and Friends University while also lecturing at Wichita State. 

Laura Ice, a Newton native and the daughter of Ted and Sue Ice, was honored for her work at Textron Financial Corp. In addition to working with Textron for 20 years, she is a member of the Kansas Women Attorney's Association, Wichita Women Attorneys Association, Wichita Bar Association, Music Theater Wichita and is involved with Girl Scouts. 

Both were part of a group of about 20 women honored by the publication. 


Newton names new finance director


Donna Pickman has been named the City of Newton’s new finance director.


For the past nine years, Pickman has served as finance director in Colorado City, Colorado, a small suburb of Pueblo.


She previously worked as city finance director in Colby and spent 10 years in financial services as a bank officer in Goodland. She also worked for an accounting firm in Colby, where her duties included handling annual audits of four cities and 10 school districts.


“We are excited to have Donna join our team,” City Manager Bob Myers said. “Her extensive experience with public finance will be a great asset, and she comes very highly recommended by her previous employers.”


Pickman and her husband will be relocating to Newton in the coming weeks, and she will start work with the City on July 24. She will take the reins from Assistant Finance Director Lisa Marshall, who has been serving as interim finance director since July 2016.


Bunting names new CFO

Bunting® Magnetics Co. of Newton announced Monday the appointment of Bill Wagner to the company’s executive leadership team as the Chief Financial Officer. Wagner brings two decades of experience to Bunting Magnetics, including an extensive background in accounting and finance in the manufacturing sector.

Wagner will oversee financial reporting, budgets, accounting and human resources for all Bunting Magnetics divisions: Bunting Magnetics Co. (Newton); Bunting’s Magnet Materials Division, including its e-commerce site (Elk Grove Village, Illinois); Magnet Applications, Inc. (DuBois, Pennsylvania); and Bunting Magnetics Europe (Berkhamsted, England, including the company’s recent acquisition of Master Magnets Ltd. in Redditch, England).

“Bill will be an invaluable asset and contributor to our exceptional management team,” said Bob Bunting, President & CEO, who made the announcement. “He brings the financial management and background Bunting Magnetics needs as we continue to advance the global growth, profitability and strategic acquisitions of our company.”

Based in Newton, Wagner draws on over twenty years of experience in accounting, budgeting, forecasting and analysis. Most recently, he was Chief Financial Officer at Physicians Development Group/Axiom Healthcare, a developer/operator of world-class senior healthcare facilities. His experience also reaches into manufacturing as the Assistant Corporate Controller for Spirit Aerosystems, a manufacturer of aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. There, Bill managed all accounting functions for the Wichita site as well as consolidations for the entire company including its worldwide locations.


Mirror opens new facility

TOPEKA — Mirror, Inc. added a new location at 1401 SW Topeka Blvd. in Topeka, opening July 17. 

The new location will facilitate a number of treatment services:

• Adult Outpatient Treatment including Group, Family and Individual Counseling, Intensive Outpatient Treatment, Outpatient Treatment and After Care

 • Juvenile Outpatient Treatment including Groups and Individual Counseling

• DUI Assessments

• SB123 Assessments

• Other Substance Use Assessments for those with and without health insurance

• Juvenile Substance Use Assessments

• Alcohol and Drug Information School (ADIS) Classes

• EAP Partnerships

Other possible services include smoking cessation programs, problem gambling services, a women’s group for dual diagnosis of PTSD & substance use disorder, anger management classes and assessments, batterer’s intervention classes and domestic violence assessments, professional trainings and workshops, parenting classes and commercial UA’s.

Opened 1972, Mirror's corporate offices are in Newton. The organization is the provider of substance abuse prevention, the largest single provider of programs for drug offenders in the state of Kansas. 


Blue Cross awards grants

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation donated $694,080.69 to 271 health-related, non-profit organizations during 2016, allowing those organizations to make strides in improving the health of the Kansans they serve.

Among the awards was a $25,000 award for the Kansas Learning Center for Health in Halstead.  

The BCBSKS Foundation was incorporated in 2005 to promote the good health of Kansans who live in its 103-county service area (all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte). Through its giving, the BCBSKS Foundation focuses on key health issues that impact the lives of many Kansans. The dollars were given to the 271 organizations to support a variety of programs and initiatives that promote health improvement, improve access to
health care, provide health education, encourage healthy behaviors or develop prevention initiatives.

"Kansans have a long tradition of working together to improve their communities, and we are proud to be part of that tradition by funding programs that improve access to care and promote health improvement," said Marlou Wegener, chief operating officer of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. "Investing now in the health and well-being of the communities where our members and employees live and work will result in healthier generations of future Kansans, of this I am certain."