Retirement and hiring
AARP recently announced that Glenda DuBoise was chosen to serve as the new Kansas State Director. She will oversee the operations of the Kansas office, which includes a team of four full-time employees and an eight-person volunteer advisory executive board. They work on behalf of Kansans aged 50 and over, including nearly 300,000 AARP members statewide. DuBoise succeeds Maren Turner, who held the position for over 20 years. DuBoise brings to the position extensive experience in executive and organizational leadership, management, business administration, community collaboration, systems consulting and advocacy at the local, state and federal levels. Prior to joining AARP, she worked in large and small businesses and nonprofit organizations across Kansas and beyond. She recently served as the Executive Director of the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice. DuBoise also has a deep connection to AARP, serving as the Volunteer Past President of AARP Kansas. DuBoise is a leader in Topeka and Shawnee County and has won several awards. She graduated from Washburn University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Communication Arts with a major in Journalism and Public Relations. She also holds an MA in Organizational Management and Human Relations from Baker University. DuBoise is a Certified Kaufman Coach / Facilitator and holds a Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida. His first day as AARP Kansas State Director was October 4.
Envista Credit Union recently announced that Terry wright joined the company as Vice President of Mortgage Services at Topeka. Wright has over 32 years of banking experience. Prior to working for Envista, Wright was president of GNBank’s mortgage division. Throughout his banking career, Wright has actively served on numerous boards and committees including Race Against Breast Cancer, Meals on Wheels, Safe Street, Stormont Vail Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Topeka. He also chaired the Greater Topeka Chamber’s Topeka Shawnee County First Opportunity Fund, a micro-lending program for minority and disadvantaged businesses, and served on the board of the Grand Topeka Chamber of Commerce, on the board of the GO Topeka Foundation and the FHLBank MPF Advisory Board. .
Paul Hugues was recently chosen to serve as Assistant Secretary for Business Development at the Kansas Department of Commerce. Hughes will lead efforts to stimulate the growth of existing businesses in Kansas and recruit new businesses in the state, under the oversight of the department’s business, community and international development divisions. A resident of Prairie Village, Hughes was previously Executive Vice President of the Arizona Commerce Authority, where he oversaw the Arizona Business Development team in the areas of Workforce Development, Commercial Attraction , international trade and rural markets. He also has significant experience with startups, as he has developed early stage companies into high growth listed companies. Hughes holds an MBA from Arizona State University and a certificate from the Entrepreneurial Development Program from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He is also a US Marine Corps veteran. Hughes succeeds Bill Murphy, who recently accepted the position of President and CEO of the Ardmore, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce.