Ross Hollander is President of Joseph & Hollander LLC law firm, where he practices employment and labor law and civil litigation. He attended Wichita State University and the University of Kansas School of Law. His practice focuses on management employment law and litigation and civil litigation, especially discrimination, wrongful discharge, and employment covenant law. He is an “AV” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer review publication; named in “Best Lawyers in America” in Labor and Employment Law, 2009-2013 Edition; Leading Individual in Employment Law – Litigation, Chambers USA, 2009-2013; named as a “Super Lawyer” in Kansas and Missouri – 2012 in Employment Law; and named “Employment Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America in 2011. He is a Charter Member and former President of the Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court. He was an Adjunct Professor at Friends University Masters Program, teaching Management Labor Relations 2010 – 2012.
Ross also served as the Chair of the Education EDGE Steering Team for USD 259. The EDGE raised over $1.4 million dollars for the benefit of students. He attends First Evangelical Free Church and Iglesia Evangelica Libre Génesis. He has served on the Trustee and Elder Boards, as a children’s Sunday School Teacher, and on various committees at First Church. He has been happily married to Judy Hollander for nearly 32 years.
Kristen Spear is the VP of HR and Facilities for Mid American Credit Union, an organization she has served since 2007. Kristen’s career began in 2002, teaching 5th grade at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs before earning a Master’s Degree from the University of York in York, England. She has lived in Spain, Uganda, England, and visited other countries, which has taught her that people are virtually the same everywhere.
Kristen’s passion is helping people find and have the courage to follow God’s unique plan for their life. She attends Eastminster Church with her husband, volunteers with the Junior League, and adores being mother to her young son and daughter.
Cliff is a retired Project Manager for Spirit Aerospace after 36 years employment with Boeing / Spirit Aerospace. He and his wife Janis have been married for 35 years. They are longtime members at Central Christian Church where Cliff served on the elder board, Central Christian Academy School Committee and leads two weekly Bible studies. He coached youth baseball and basketball for 11 years. He believes HopeNet is an opportunity to minister to people in our community who have experienced brokenness in their lives and are looking for ways to heal from it.
Dr. Timothy Shaver is a Rheumatologist Physician Partner of ARCK. Tim has practiced medicine in Wichita as a specialist in rheumatology since 1994 and attends Eastminster Presbyterian Church, where he teaches and leads music for 5th grade Sunday school class. Personally witnessing brokenness in his medical practice has impressed upon Tim the unmet needs in our community for the healing ministry of HopeNet, and this is among the many reasons the mission of our organization resonates with him.
Member at Large
Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist of Heritage Counseling Center who earned her Masters Degree from Kansas State University in 1996. While Jennifer works part-time as a therapist she is a wife and mother.
Jennifer’s passion is to encourage hope and change within the family system which includes treating large families; addressing life-cycle issues related to launching, empty nesting and aging issues; healing and reparation regarding marital and parent-child conflict; as well as sexual dysfunction and intimacy in marriage. Jennifer relies on her faith to form and shape her approach to clients varying needs. It is her belief that grace and compassion are essential to provide a safe and healing environment for change. Jennifer has completed CORE and Domestic Mediation training and is currently working towards certification as a Christian Sex Therapist.
Founder of HopeNet; Director
Paul was born and raised in India, where his parents served as teachers for 36 years. He completed his pre-med degree at Bethany Nazarene College where he met his wife Carol. Following medical school he moved to Wichita for his Family Practice Residency at Wesley Hospital. Currently he is a Family Practice Physician Partner of Primary Care Associates and he has practiced family medicine in Wichita for nearly 40 years.
In 1991 he was involved in starting HopeNet with a vision to provide a comprehensive network of services to those in our community who were involved in a family crisis. For many of these families and individuals, there seemed to be no choices and no hope. Out of that sense of need, HopeNet was born to become a non-judgmental place of safety, guidance, hope and restoration.
Member at Large
Betty Arnold was born in Hope, Arkansas but has lived in Wichita, Kansas for the past 40 years. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wichita State University. After her 27 year career with The Department of Labor, she was elected in 2007 to Board of Education. She served two terms as Vice-President and two terms as President of the Board of Education. Betty is committed to equity and accountability for students and continues to be a strong advocate for public education. She retired from the Department of Labor as an Auditor in 2009. She is currently serving as Regional Vice-President on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Association of School Boards, a member of the Council of Great City Schools, an affiliate member of the Wichita branch of the NAACP, a member of the National League of Women Voters and the Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.
She is married to Tommy Arnold and they have six daughters, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Member at Large
Kathy Hammar has been the bookkeeper for Van Horn Promotion and Marketing for over 17 years. She was raised in Wichita and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Business Administration. Kathy and her husband Roy have been married for 23 years and have three sons. They’re members of Eastminster Presbyterian Church and are involved with Young Life and Andover High School, where their youngest still attends.
Kathy states, “I am blessed and honored to work with HopeNet where broken people find hope, restoration, and Christ’s love in action.”
Member at Large
Nikki was raised in Wichita and was thrilled to return to her hometown a few years ago after traveling with her husband during his Air Force career. She has a Bachelor of Communications from Wichita State University and has worked for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and WSU as an events coordinator and marketing director. Nikki was introduced to HopeNet through the demiDocent Society and fell in love with the mission. She feels the community benefits greatly from HopeNet and its mission of coming along side those in need.
She attends Holy Cross Lutheran Church with her husband and son.
Member at Large
Jane is a native of Wichita and a graduate of Kansas State University with a major in Elementary Education. She is married to Bob Knight, former Mayor of Wichita.
Jane has served and impacted the Wichita community in a variety of different ways. She was the Director of American with Disabilities of Kansas, Regional Director of Governor Bill Graves’ Regional Office, Vice President of Site-based Strategies for Kansas Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and she was a founding Board member of Wichita Habitat for Humanity. Other board service include The Lord’s Diner, Women’s Association of Wichita Symphony and Special Arts of Kansas. Currently, Jane is serving her 14th year as a Director on the Federal Home Loan Bank Topeka Board. Jane is passionate about HopeNet because of its opportunity to work with the many who come here feeling hopeless and lost. Transformation takes place as they develop trust and self worth. Lives are changed!
Jane and Bob have 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren.
Member At Large
Bryce Matteson is a native of Billings, Oklahoma and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. As a radio and television reporter, Bryce covered everything from school board meetings to Presidential campaigns over his 20-year career in broadcasting. He won national honors documenting his journey in becoming a private pilot while at Wichita’s CBS affiliate KWCH-TV 12.
Aviation reporting led to business reporting and eventually led to a new career as a Investment Broker. Bryce continues to appear on KWCH-TV with weekly investment education segments and also teaches a quarterly investment class for women at the Sedgwick County Extension Office. In his spare time, Bryce enjoys camping, golfing and rooting for his Oklahoma Sooners. Bryce loves the Lord and loves serving at HopeNet.
Member at Large
John believes in HopeNet. “Our comprehensive services delivered by our highly skilled and trained clinicians provide the tools and strategies for lasting change. We see it happen time after time.”
A former Executive VP & Senior Portfolio Manager of The Commerce Trust Company. John retired after 40 years of trust banking and financial services experience. Prior to joining Commerce, John managed relationship management for a national financial services company and was the chief investment officer for several regional banking companies. He is a former Kansas Bankers Trust Division President. John & his wife Jan have been married 39 years. He is active in his church’s Children’s Ministry.
Member at Large
Mary Ellen Randall was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, attended Oklahoma City University and University of Missouri, St. Louis. Mary Ellen is married to Dr. George Randall. They have made their home in Wichita since 1977.
Mary Ellen has been active in the Wichita community serving as a deacon at Eastminster Presbyterian church where she taught Sunday School for fourteen years. She has served on the boards of Medical Society Auxiliary, Project Beauty, Wichita International Net Set, Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation of Kansas, Inc., and the Wichita Grand Opera. She has served with WJL, is a member of P.E.O. and serves Meals on Wheels. Mary Ellen believes in the mission and goal of HopeNet, Inc. to walk alongside those who have fallen in their life or have met a crisis and need someone to help them navigate the way to a positive change.