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Published on February 25, 2016

Winners of the 2016 Elizabeth Watkins Award, which was presented by the LMH Endowment Association at its annual meeting in January 2016, are, from left: Martin Moore of the Bob Moore Family; Jason Edmonds, Don Duncan and Steve Edmonds of Edmonds Duncan Registered Advisors; Doug Gaumer of Intrust Bank; Margie Brummett of LMH Print Shop; Gene Meyer, LMH president and CEO; Faye Jones; Drs. Rich Galbraith, Leana Guerin and Michael Thompson of LMH Pathology; Carol and Sherry Schaub; Tandy Reussner; and Kurt von Achen.


Elizabeth Watkins Award Winners

The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association annually recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations for their contributions of time, talent and treasure. The winners are announced in January at the LMH Endowment Association's annual meeting.

Here are the 2016 Watkins Award recipients:

Businesses and Organizations

Assists Foundation

The Assists Foundation was established by Coach Bill Self and his wife, Cindy. This fundraising organization assists a variety of organizations throughout Kansas dedicated to serving youth. This foundation helps these organizations by improving the community and enhancing healthy lifestyles. Assists has partnered LMHEA since 2006 with an emphasis in Oncology — supporting The LMH Breast Center, LMH Oncology Unit, and Mario’s Closet.

Edmonds Duncan

Edmonds Duncan Registered Advisors was founded by Steve Edmonds, Jason Edmonds and Don Duncan in 2013, but their service to LMHEA extends back more than 20 years. In addition to professionally advising on the management of LMHEA’s investment portfolio, Steve, Jason and Don have each served in numerous volunteer capacities including capital campaigns, feasibility studies, planning and fund raising committees, sponsoring and participating in the Penny Jones tournament and the Hearts of Gold Ball. Steve, Jason and Don each feels strongly that serving LMH is one of the best ways their efforts and resources can benefit the entire community.

Intrust Bank

The largest independent bank headquartered in Kansas, Intrust Bank has been providing personal and business banking products and services since 1876. Since 2000, they have underwritten LMHEA educational seminars and allocated dollars in support of Senior Services. Additionally, they have contributed toward the cardiac and oncology service lines and the Special Care Nursery. Intrust is also an active sponsor for our special events, especially Hearts of Gold, the Penny Jones Golf Tournament and Rock the Block-Kick Cancer.

LMH Pathology

The College of American Pathologists accredited lab is open 24 hours a day and 365 days per year to serve patients and medical staff. Pathologists are physicians that facilitate the utilization of medical laboratory services to assess and monitor diseases and normal health status of patients. A major component of their work is to determine the diagnosis of tissue or cells removed from patients, to determine if they are benign or malignant, to determine if additional treatment is necessary. They are also generous and continuous supporters of LMH Endowment Association with Hearts of Gold Ball, Catch a Break program, Stepping out Against Breast Cancer/Rock the Block–Kick Cancer events, Special Care Nursery campaign, Mario’s Closet and the Capital Expansion Campaign. Lab services are under the direction of Leana Guerin, MD, Rich Galbraith, MD, and Michael Thompson, MD.


LMH Associates

Margaret "Margie" Brummett

Margie Brummett, who has worked at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for nearly 35 years, is key to the success of the Endowment Association. In the LMH print shop, Brummett prints thousands of pieces for the Endowment Association each year, from the program that you’re now reading to mulligan tickets for the Penny Jones Open golf tournament. Margie, who pronounces her name with a hard "g," moved to Lawrence with her family when she was 2. She wanted to study photography at Lawrence High School, but that meant taking visual communications classes, which also included drafting and printing. After graduation, she continued studying printing at a technical school in Topeka before joining the LMH staff. Printing now is her vocation, and photography is her avocation. She also enjoys traveling. And she spends a lot of her spare time caring for her mother, Reathyl Brummett, who is retired from LMH and is a former volunteer.

Gene Meyer

Meyer has served as president and chief executive officer of Lawrence Memorial Hospital since 1997. Meyer has been an active contributor to many professional, civic and community organizations, serving as an ambassador for LMH in a variety of leadership roles, including for the Lawrence Noon Rotary Club, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, University of Kansas Chancellor Search Committee and Lawrence Community Health Improvement Partnership. In 2015, the Kansas Hospital Association presented him the Charles S. Billings Award, which recognizes distinguished service and outstanding contributions to the field of health care in Kansas. He is a past board chairman of the Kansas Hospital Association, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas Award for Excellence Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company (KaMMCO) and Commerce Bank, on the Advisory Board for Hall Center for the Humanities, and on the Baker University Board of Trustees.


Kurt von Achen

Kurt von Achen, an architect, is president of Kenneth O. von Achen Chartered Architects. He volunteers on the Eudora planning commission and Lawrence and Douglas County’s Joint Economic Development Council. von Achen has served as a board member on United Way Fund of Douglas County and is a charter member of the Eudora Chamber of Commerce; serving on the board in 1994-1997. He served on the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association finance committee and later on the LMHEA Board of Directors from 2007-2015 and served as secretary in 2010, treasurer in 2011, vice president in 2012 and president in 2013. He and his wife, Pennie, have two daughters, Megan and Kate. In his free time he enjoys farming and collecting carpenter tools and drafting tools.

Faye Jones

Faye O. Jones says she came to fully understand Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s importance in 1978, after she married Dr. H.P. "Penny" Jones, who she met on a Flying Jayhawker trip to Europe. And she came to fully understand Elizabeth M. Watkins’ importance to our community when Jones was financial secretary at First Presbyterian Church. She saw first-hand the effects of a gift Watkins had made to the church. Jones studied mathematics at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and she was listed in "Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges" for 1938-39. In 1966, she was the first woman in Kansas and the ninth woman worldwide to receive Beta Sigma Phi’s Award of Distinction. Jones, 97, enjoys playing bridge and traveling, and she was an avid bowler and golfer. Even though she doesn’t golf these days, she attends the Penny Jones Open golf tournament each September and takes great joy in watching her son, David Olmsted, a grandson, Pete Olmsted, and other family members play in the event, which benefits LMH Endowment Association.

Tandy Reussner

Tandy Reussner grew up in Kansas and has a bachelor’s and doctorate of musical arts in organ performance from the University of Kansas, and a master’s of music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. In 1986-1987, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study organ in Freiburg, Germany. From there, she began a successful concert career that has spanned more than three decades, performing in Europe and across the United States. Reussner has won several national organ competitions, authored a book, and composed and transcribed numerous organ and choral pieces. She currently serves as co-organist at First Christian Church in Lawrence. She and her family (husband Lee Reussner, MD, and daughters Liesel and Hannah) have given a free Christmas concert to the Lawrence community for 19 years as a way to raise money for some of their favorite organizations and charities. The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association has been one of the beneficiaries in recent years.

The Bob Moore Family

Bob Moore began building homes in 1951, and later formed the real estate development company known as Advanco. Beside him all the way was his wife, Marna, who, sadly, passed away in October 2015. Today, Advanco continues to do great things, with the Moores’ son Martin, daughter, Melonie Sullivan, and son-in law, Walter Sullivan, involved in the continued success of the company. But in addition to building literally thousands of homes and apartment units, the Moore family has built a reputation for community involvement and for quietly helping others, including Bob Moore’s service as an LMH trustee from 1979-1987, his work with the Chamber of Commerce. Marty Moore has served on the library’s board of trustees, and the boards of the Chamber, The Shelter, and the Lawrence Schools Foundation. To this day, the Moore family works behind the scenes, making Lawrence a better community and making people’s lives better.

Carol and Sherry Schaub

Despite great personal losses (two of their four daughters died at young ages), Sherry and Carol Schaub have lived a life of helping others. They first became familiar with Lawrence in the early 1980s, when The Quaker Oats Company assigned Sherry to oversee construction of their new plant, then serve as plant manager. During the eight years they were here, Carol volunteered in the LMH Emergency Department and served on the LMHEA Board of Directors. Sherry’s senior-management career with Quaker took them away from Lawrence, but they returned in 1999 after retirement. They have been active for more than 40 years with Kids Alive International, an organization that rescues children who are at severe risk in 14 third-world countries. Sherry served as the group’s board chairman for 20 years. Both have made numerous international mission trips for Kids Alive, and also for The Christian Medical and Dental Association. As Carol says in regard to passing on their legacy of international field work: "It impacts your life. You can’t describe it. You have to experience it."

2015 Recipients

Individual Award – Mary Jane Grinter, Dick Orchard M.D., Jackie Shmallberg, Bill Coil, Chris Barteldes and Kathleen Hall

Business Award – Dale Willey Automotive, Sandbar/Sandbar Subs, Sigma Nu Fraternity and Lawrence Emergency Medicine Associates

Employee Award – Kelly Hilmes and Greg Windholz

2014 Recipients

Business Award – Cork & Barrel (Jon and Alicia Smiley), and Ellena Honda (John & Cathy Ellena)

Individual Award – Lorna Allen, Reaumur Donnally, Nancy Ezell, and Dick and Kaki Raney

Employee Award – Janice Seymour

2013 Recipients

Individuals: Mark Gonzales, Jim and Bonnie Schwartzburg

Businesses: O’Malley Beverage, the Write Design

Employee: Becki Carl Stutz

2012 Recipients

Individuals: Beverly Smith Billings, Dianna Nelson

Businesses: Byrnes Pharmacy, Criticare

Employee: Lew Nolan

2011 Recipients

Individuals: Dr. Phillip and Phoebe Godwin, Donna Osness

Businesses: Stan and Lois Zaremba and Scott and Darby Zaremba/Zarco, Byron Springer/Barber Emerson

Employee: Allyson Leland

2010 Recipients

Individuals: William Dann, Connie Sollars

Businesses: Lawrence Plastic Surgery, Bill and Marlene Penny/Penny’s Concrete

Employee: Betty Moles

2009 Recipients

Individuals: Don Johnston, Ron and Dorothy McGregor                 

Businesses: Commerce Bank, John Gladman Photography

Employee: Karin Feltman

2008 Recipients

Individuals: Ross and Marianna Beach, Joanne Hurst

Businesses: Miles Schnaer/ Crown Automotive, Dave Bach/Das Autohaus

2007 Recipients

Individuals: Bea Carlson, Jan McCullough

Businesses: Huxtable and Associates, The World Company