Museum board names interim director

The board of directors has appointed a retired educator and museum administrator to be the interim director of Kauffman Museum at Bethel College.

Linda Rostine Schmitt, Hutchinson, begins Jan. 2, 2018, and will continue until a new director is named. Annette LeZotte served as Kauffman Museum director for three years before resigning this past October.

“The Kauffman Museum has a stellar reputation in the museum community, and I’m thrilled to be chosen as its interim director,” Schmitt said. “I very much look forward to working with the board, staff and Bethel College community in the coming months.”

Schmitt retired in 2015 as executive director of the Reno County Historical Society, where she served for nine years.

In that position, Schmitt oversaw both the Reno County Historical Museum and the Kansas Underground Salt Museum, including leading the 2012 re-branding campaign of the latter, now called Strataca.

Schmitt is a graduate of Hutchinson Community College and the University of Kansas, where she received a B.S. in social studies education. She studied at the University of Denver and completed a master’s degree in education in student personnel and guidance from Wichita State University. She also has a certificate in nonprofit management from WSU.

Schmitt has served as executive director of Visions of Hope Inc., Reno County’s Court-Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, program; as the student and family support specialist and crisis team coordinator for Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas, or ESSDACK; and as a teacher, recruiter and trainer for Promise for All Cyber School based in Baltimore, in addition to her position with the Reno County Historical Society.

Since LeZotte’s departure at the end of October, long-time Kauffman Museum Curator of Education Andi Schmidt Andres has been providing guidance for staff and program coordination as transition operations manager.


Higher education

Bethel names new VP for student life


Bethel College Interim President John Sheriff has announced the appointment of Samuel C. Haynes, Claremont, California, as vice president for student life and dean of students.

“We are extremely fortunate, and very pleased, to have Samuel Haynes join our administrative staff,” said Sheriff. “His knowledge and experience in the student life area are extensive, and he is excited about the opportunity to partner with faculty and staff in helping every Bethel student experience all the dimensions of the wonderful education Bethel has to offer them.”

“Bethel is an amazing college,” Haynes said. “I am so excited to join the Bethel team as its new VP for student life in spring [semester] 2018! I will partner with all members of the community to continue Bethel’s legacy of being a place where all can ‘seek, serve and grow.’”

Haynes will begin in the position in January. Current Student Life staff and administrative cabinet members have been covering the VPSL duties since Aaron Austin’s resignation in August.

Haynes comes to Bethel with more than 23 years’ experience in the areas of student life and student affairs, including 16 years in an assistant or associate dean position at Amherst College in Massachusetts, 2000-08; Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, 2008-11; and, most recently, Scripps College in Claremont.

From Oct. 2013 through Aug. 2014, Haynes served as acting dean of students at Scripps College following the unexpected death of the dean.

As associate dean of campus life at Scripps, Aug. 2014-Aug. 2017, Haynes was the chief administrator responsible for the supervision and direction of two offices, Student Activities (with oversight of New Student Orientation) and Residential Life.



Staff hired for Prairie View Inpatient Services Program

Prairie View welcomed two staff members to serve in its inpatient services program: Cindy Welton, BSN, RN, and Vince Tafolla, MSW

A clinical nurse leader with more than 40 years of experience in healthcare, including 29 years of nursing experience in critical care and psychiatry, Welton will serve as director of inpatient services. Tafolla will serve as unit manager.

“We are excited to have Cindy and Vince join our Prairie View team. They bring a wealth of management experience to our inpatient services, and an enthusiasm and passion for treating those with behavioral health issues,” says Gary Fast, MD, Prairie View’s medical director.

Welton completed her associate’s degree in nursing from Dodge City Community College and later returned to complete her bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from the Tabor College School of Nursing in Wichita. She worked as a staff nurse and charge nurse at Halstead Hospital, and charge nurse/team leader at Via Christi Hospitals. She then joined the Wesley Medical Center staff and served as staff nurse before becoming house supervisor, providing clinical oversight of a 508-bed facility.

“As nurses, we have the opportunity to provide a gentle and healing hand to those entrusted in our care,” says Welton. “My nursing experience and leadership skills align nicely with overseeing the inpatient services, and my dedication to serving will help me drive the standard of care at Prairie View.

Tafolla earned his bachelor of social work degree and his master’s of social work from Wichita State University. He worked for Comcare and Sumner Mental Health Center before serving as program director for Generations at Newton Medical Center.

At Prairie View, he is responsible for providing leadership and 24-hour oversight to the inpatient hospital, Addictions Treatment Center and Turning Point, a psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescents 10 to 17 years of age. He will ensure seamless, quality, family-centered care throughout the health-illness continuum.

“I am humbled to be part of Prairie View, with its long history of providing quality, compassionate care to the residents of Harvey, Marion, McPherson and surrounding counties,” says Tafolla. “Working in other organizations with leaders in the mental health field will allow me to educate our staff in leading-edge interventions for those with mental health disorders requiring inpatient stabilization.”