That’s a wrap: KAC staffers look back on their favorite gifts

With 2014 wrapping up, the KAC team would like to end the year by spreading some holiday cheer. This is the time of year for giving and making memories: whether it’s giving your child their favorite game, taking a long awaited family trip or remembering that time your cousin ate a little too much pie. Here, we share our favorite … Read More

Looking back on our school days

Summer’s coming to an end, and that means kids all over Kansas soon will be heading back to school (Parents rejoice!). During a recent meeting, KAC staffers started reminiscing about our younger days and decided to share our most adorable (and in some cases, embarrassing) photos and memories from our school days. Enjoy! Christie Appelhanz, vice president for public affairs … Read More

Honoring long-time board member Becky Holmquist

Long-time KAC board member Becky Holmquist is bringing her service as a board member with Kansas Action for Children to a close. Last Friday, she joined us for the last time. Because we have been privileged to have Becky as a member of the board for more than 16 years, we would like to honor her service and her dedication … Read More

Leadership training provides skills to tackle the tough challenges

By Christie Appelhanz Vice President for Public Affairs That Seth Godin quote about leadership sums it up for me: “How was your day? If your answer was ‘fine,’ then I don’t think you were leading.” I’m lucky enough to have figured out a way to get paid to do something that really matters. But leadership — at any level of … Read More

Remembering Larry J. Kane, 1948-2013

Kansas Action for Children had the pleasure of working with Larry J. Kane for 11 years. On March 24, KAC and Larry’s friends and family came together to remember him. We also unveiled a memorial art piece that hangs in KAC’s conference room. I had the privilege of working closely with Larry Kane from his first day of service as … Read More

Saying a lot with a little

Six words may not seem like a lot, but they have the power to tell a tremendous tale. The “six-word story” began when Earnest Hemmingway was once dared to write a story in just six words. He wrote, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Since then, people have used the six-word story to express quick yet meaningful thoughts. At KAC’s … Read More

Meet the KAC interns

By Sarah Bloxsom and Laura Fagen Sarah Bloxsom, master’s student in social work at Washburn University I am a lifelong Kansas resident. I grew up in rural Douglas County and attended Baldwin City Schools. I was taught strong work ethic and care for community throughout my childhood, however I had little experience with people that were not like me in … Read More

How to play the game

By Shannon Cotsoradis Kansas Action for Children President and CEO After experiencing several personal losses early in 2013 and realizing that a chapter in my life was about to come to an end, I decided to pick up my tennis racquet. Not unlike several of my colleagues, for many years I have struggled to balance motherhood and the demands of … Read More

We are thankful

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! KAC staffers share what they’re thankful for: Christie Appelhanz, vice president for public affairs: I’m thankful to have landed a job at the North Topeka Dairy Queen when I turned 16. It was a family-run business by Lee and Cathy Harrison and their six kids. All I ever really needed to know I learned at the DQ. … Read More

Guest post: Our work to expand Medicaid in Kansas isn’t finished

By Anna Lambertson Executive Director of the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition Disbelief. Anger. Recently, I joined a crowd of 250 people who packed an auditorium to hear a presentation by Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger. Listening quietly at first, the crowd quickly began to mutter in disbelief. Their jaws dropped as they heard the commissioner say that tens of thousands of … Read More