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September 2, 2016

Young Professionals of Wichita Announces Group Mentoring Protégés

Press Release

Meg Foreman - YPW Program & Marketing Manager

Wichita, Kan. – Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) announces 30 young professionals that were chosen to participate in the first class of the Group Mentoring Program. The program provides connections to key leaders who can be professional mentors and strengthens YPs’ professional connections with a small group of like-minded individuals.

YP protégés were chosen from various industries and were selected based on their YPW involvement, community involvement, response to essays and fit with mentors’ experience. YP protégés will be led by two co-mentors. The program includes a kick-off event on September 13 at the National Center for Aviation Training, four mentoring sessions and a program closing event.

YP Protégés include:

  • Hector Biarnes, Textron Aviation Inc.
  • Diana Carbajal, Wichita State University
  • Lauren Clary, Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A.
  • Lai-L Daugherty, Butler Community College
  • Sundee Dunn, INTRUST Bank
  • Kate Flavin, Sedgwick County
  • Meg Foreman, Jajo, Inc.
  • Sam Foreman, Klenda Austerman LLC
  • Dhaval Ganatra, Textron Aviation Inc.
  • Jennifer Jones, Emprise Bank
  • Miranda Konowitz, Textron Aviation Inc.
  • Jade Martin, Klenda Austerman LLC
  • Thomas McDonald, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.
  • Branden McLaughlin, CrossFirst Bank
  • Jordan Page, SJCF Architecture
  • Thea Pajunen, Apples & Arrows
  • Destiny Pello, Emprise Bank
  • Alyssa Peppiatt, BKD, LLP
  • Portia Portugal, Dress for Success Wichita
  • Quinn Robertson, Koch Industries
  • Dorian Soto, Westar Energy
  • Dustin Thiry, Bombardier Learjet
  • Dallas Walker, Northwestern Mutual
  • Jacob Wayman, e2e Accelerator, Inc.
  • Alex Weber, Westar Energy
  • Melissa Welty, Textron Aviation Inc.
  • Daniel White, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.
  • Zach Wiggins, Martin Pringle
  • Rachel Williams, Spirit AeroSystems
  • Shea Zuckerman, Wichita State University

Group Mentors include:

  • Tammy Allen, AGH | VP of Marketing
  • AJ Boleski, INTRUST Bank Arena | General Manager
  • Gloria Farha Flentje, Spirit Aerosystems (retired) | Senior VP & General Counsel
  • Wink Hartman, Hartman Oil | Founder
  • Ben Hutton, Hutton Construction | President
  • Jerry Jones, Slawson Companies | VP of Commercial Development
  • Chris Kibler, INTRUST Bank Arena | CFO
  • Jeff Longwell, City of Wichita | Mayor
  • Sheree Utash, WATC | President
  • Lyndy Wells, INTRUST Bank | Public Affairs Director

For more information on Young Professionals of Wichita visit Find more information about the Group Mentoring Program at

About YPW:
An initiative of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, YPW’s mission is to attract, engage and retain diverse young talent to effect positive change for a brighter future. With a membership of more than 2,900, YPW’s number one aspiration is brain gain for Wichita by facilitating professional and social connections, encouraging leadership development and building community pride.


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