Three of the newest members of Lawrence Central Rotary shared the spotlight in a recent panel interview. All are excited about how Rotary can expand their networks of friendship and opportunity for community service in Lawrence.
Lee Anne Thompson (left) is AVP and Employee Benefit Officer at The Trust Company of Kansas (TCK). Lee Anne grew up in Hayes. After earning a degree in finance at Kansas State, she moved to Wichita to work for TCK for a number of years. She spend eight years as IT manager at another Wichita business before returning to TCK in 2012 at the Lawrence office. Lee Anne serves on the board of the Lawrence Community Orchestra and has been active in the music ministry at her church. She has been a foster parent and has a passion for serving neighbors, clients, friends and others that may be in need. To see her smile, ask her about her dogs. Lee Anne relished the childhood freedom to ride her bike or her horse all over small-town Hayes. A favorite memory is the laughter when her family played card games together.
Gena Dellett (center) grew up in Concordia, KS. Although her father was a dairy farmer, she considered herself more of a town girl. She was active in Rotary programs even during high school and helped to start a Rotoract Club while attending University of Rochester, NY. She was living in Alamosa, CO, when she joined a Rotary club in 2014. Gena moved to Lawrence in recent months with her husband and two young children. Professionally, she specializes in communications and in relationships, working remotely as an account manager for Wanna Pixel, a technology company. Gena tried hot air ballooning while living in Colorado and loves it. She believes that purpose is key to leading a successful life; she values family over career and believes that earning money is a means, not an end.
Leticia Cole (right) has worked with Paul Werner Architects for the past 11 years. Although she lived in Lawrence in grade school, she graduated from high school in Topeka. After earning a degree in Architecture at KU, she spent professional time in Phoenix and in St. Louis before returning to Lawrence. Leticia is a graduate of Leadership Lawrence and serves on the board of Catch-A-Break. She thinks our Club will be a good fit for her as she enjoys doing anything outdoors—biking, yard work, camping. A favorite adventure was a raft trip through the Grand Canyon with her husband.