Our 2018 Executive Board members are:
Bill Riphahn, President
Tim Harrington, Vice-President
Kimberly Qualls, Secretary
Paula Hladky, Treasurer
PRESIDENT – Bill Riphahn is the Park Planner for Shawnee County Parks and Recreation. He has been active with KAB many years. Bill grew up on a farm in southwest Kansas and graduated from Sublette High School. He then earned a bachelors degree from Kansas State University in Landscape Architecture. After a working in Pampa, Texas for five years he moved back to Kansas. Bill was the park planner for the City of Topeka for twenty three years. As the park planner he designs many of the park projects, master planning and manages construction. He also has under his wing the operation of Old Prairie Town at Historic Ward-Meade Park. Some of his projects of interest include the Shunga Trail, Soldier Creek Trail, and Landon Trail, moving and renovation of the Church at Old Prairie Town, Gage pool, mini-train depot and tunnel, and the greenhouse in Gage Park; three skateboard parks; and he has designed over thirty playgrounds in various parks.
VICE-PRESIDENT-–Tim Harrington grew up in Kansas City, MO, the 6th of 12 children. He moved to Topeka in 1966, graduating from Topeka West High School, and attended Washburn University. Tim is married with 2 daughters and 3 grand children. He worked in construction for several years and owned his own drywall business. Tim worked in the magazine and paperback book industry for 22+ years.
SECRETARY – Kimberly Qualls is a business professional with over fifteen years experience in marketing, advertising, public relations, sales, management and customer service. Currently, Kimberly works for the Kansas Department of Transportation as a Public Affairs Manager. She is responsible for all public relations and marketing efforts for the northeast Kansas district, including sixteen counties and two metro markets – Topeka and Kansas City. Kimberly received her Bachelor of Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing and Management from Washburn University in 1983. She is currently a member of Washburn Alumni Association, Jayhawk Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Board of Directors and she is a program instructor with Housing & Credit Counseling.
TREASURER – When Paula Hladky retired from the working world, she found a perfect place to use her people skills and talents as a volunteer. She is currently volunteering for Douglas County Emergency Management, Keep America Beautiful, Perry Pride, The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center and on the Outreach Board for Domestic Violence in Jefferson County. She and her husband, Willard Epling, received President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award for their commitment to The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center. Paula lives in Perry, Kansas with her wonderful husband. They spend their free time riding bicycles and cheering on the Jayhawks. Paula has been a Silver Haired Legislature representative for Jefferson County for several years. Willard and Paula are also co-presidents of Perry Senior Citizens providing a monthly luncheon, wellness exams, and socialization for approximately 50 area senior citizens.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Philicia McKee was appointed Executive Director of Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County in August of 2005. She rejoined the local workforce after home schooling her two children for the previous 10 years. Prior to her teaching position, Philicia served as Promotions Manager for WIBW AM/FM radio, was a travel agent for Maupintour Travel and managed the area station of Royal Air, a Midwestern commuter airline. Philicia has also been extremely active in the Topeka/Shawnee County area Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, serving as a leader for over 14 years, earning regional and national leadership recognition. Philicia’s past career and volunteer experiences have uniquely qualified her to lead the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, and she looks forward to continued involvement in Topeka and Shawnee County promoting the earth-friendly practices of the KAB organization.
KAB Committee Chairpersons
Business Committee Jim Robinson, Willard Epling
Communications: Danielle Lang-Shaw, Sherry Clayton
Community Organizations: Steven Grenus, Judy Gatewood
Education: Maggie Kelley, Mary Snyder
Ethnic Diversity: Marlaina Webb, Shirley Kral
Government Committee: Joan Graves, Aaron Grams
IT and Social Media: Mary Snyder, Roger Nixon