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 founder of Kristen Spear Consulting and has made a name for herself as an HR innovator. She understands how business goals and HR management go hand in hand, helping companies with complex issues like compliance and creating healthy company culture. She lives in Wichita with her husband and children.
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
A Wichita native, Brian Gensch is Vice President of AGH Wealth Management and leads the firm’s private wealth management team in constructing personal investment portfolios for their clients. In addition, Brian oversees the firm’s comprehensive wealth planning services, where he works closely with families in shaping their financial goals, their value systems and their legacy. In particular Brian has experience with closely-held businesses as they transition ownership. Brian is a CFP® Professional and holds a Masters in Family Financial Planning. Brian has over a decade of investment and planning experience.
Brian is also extensively invested in his church, where he is on the Diaconate Board and multiple church committees. Brian is a musician who has been leading music at his church for almost 20 year, the latter half with his beautiful wife, Karis. Brian and Karis have three young daughters who fill their hearts with joy and keep them humble.
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
Cindy Hanning worked for over 30 years as a Speech and Language Pathologist in both public and private schools, rehabilitation hospitals and senior care facilities. She was raised in Wichita and received a Masters of Arts degree from Wichita State University in Speech and Language Pathology. She has been married to her college sweetheart Bryan for over 40 years. She loves spending time with her family, traveling with Bryan, reading and serving as the wedding coordinator for Heartland Community Church.
She appreciates how HopeNet provides access to those who lack resources, providing mental health care to those who need it most.
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
Bill leads investment strategy for INTRUST Bank, emphasizing goal-based client solutions, portfolio construction using multifactor risk analysis, and tax-aware portfolio optimization. Prior to joining INTRUST, Bill served as director of managed account services at SunGard Advisor Technologies and Folio Dynamix. In this role, he consulted with and delivered investment solutions to wealth and retirement firms across the nation. Bill has authored The Smart Financial Advisor and numerous industry articles, and he is a frequent speaker on investment strategies and industry innovation. Bill serves on the ABA Wealth Management & Trust board as well as several fintech and asset management advisory boards. Bill holds an MBA from the University of Kansas, is a CFA Charterholder, and has more than 20 years of investment-related experience.
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
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.