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Business Briefcase (Dec. 22, 2013)

Tisa Mason, vice president for student affairs at Fort Hays State University, was presented earlier this month with the Robert A. Shaffer Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. The award recognizes Mason for her involvement with several professional associations. She serves on the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values board and also is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She served as the Sigma Kappa Foundation executive director from 1994 to 2004. Mason also has been active in LeaderShape Institute Inc., the American Society of Executives and the Fraternity Executives Association.

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Acting Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey has announced Jake Worcester has been hired as an assistant secretary. Worcester, a native of Hill City, has a diverse business background and is a skilled relationship builder with a solid understanding of agriculture. Worcester is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural economics. He was active in student government, serving as KSU student body president. He has close ties to agriculture, having worked on his family farm as a youngster and was an active member of 4-H, FFA and served as a State FFA officer. Most recently he worked as vice president for Peak Solutions USA, a leadership and management consulting firm with specializations in agriculture and manufacturing industries. He also served as the first full-time executive director for the Kansas FFA Foundation and the director of development for the K-State School of Leadership Studies. Worcester and his wife, Hilary, live in Fort Collins, Colo., and will be moving to Manhattan.

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Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball is pleased to announce the opening of their WaKeeney office. Local resident Susan Day will be managing the office. Day, a WaKeeney native and certified public accountant with Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball, previously worked in the Hays location for 14 years. The office also announced the addition of Cyndi Waldman, who will be providing full-service payroll, bookkeeping and reporting services. Waldman comes to the firm with 20 years of experience and is a certified QuickBooks Pro adviser.

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Jessica Albers, RN, has earned Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Adult/Adolescent certification from the Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification. A nurse who earns the credential of SANE-A demonstrates the highest standards of forensic and professional commitment to providing quality care for victims and perpetrators of sexual assault. Forensic nurses provide specialized care for patients who are victims or perpetrators of trauma. They use a combined knowledge of health care, the legal system and expertise in forensic science to collect evidence, provide medical testimony and consults with legal authorities. Albers has been an employee at HaysMed as a SANE nurse since 2010.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced recent appointments to boards and commissions. Charles Peckham, Atwood, is being reappointed to a two-year term on the Solid Waste Grants Advisory Committee. Peckham earned a bachelor's degree from Washburn University, a master's degree from Ohio State University, and a law degree from University of Kansas School of Law. He is a partner at Brown, Creighton and Peckham. Bette James, Hoxie, was reappointed to serve a four-year term on the Northwest Kansas Library System. James earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Fort Hays State University. She works as a copy editor for Imaging Notes and LBx Journal.

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