Meet the new board members

Three new members joined the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Foundation Board for 2018.
Mike Schwanke, Ryan Liess and Mike Denton all started their new positions in April.
Schwanke is a managing anchor for KWCH Channel 12, where he is in his 18th year. He has enjoyed his career.
“Mainly the people I meet,” he said of what he likes most about it. “I emcee so many events, I enjoy telling stories and helping folks.”
Through his career, he has been involved with the YMCA, Heartspring, Miss Kansas organization and United Way, among many others.
He started getting involved with the Foundation when he emceed a recent Gala for them, where he also got to know Locke. In addition, his wife worked at SBA as a physician assistant.
“I love the small-town hospital feel and love to see it succeed,” he said. “I have a lot to learn (about the Foundation) and want to help continue its success.”
They have their family physician with Dr. Cathy Cooper, often seeing Russ McCaig, PA. Schwanke said he has a lot of confidence in the hospital, causing him to choose SBA when he had shoulder surgery last year.
“I knew the kind of care I would get here,” he said.
Schwanke, who lives in Wichita now, grew up in northwest Kansas. He and his wife, Tenille, have two daughters, Jorja, 11, and Jayda, 9.
Liess is President of Intrust Bank in El Dorado, a position he took in August of last year after having worked with Intrust for 16 years. He started working at the Intrust in downtown Wichita and came to El Dorado eight years ago.
Liess was encouraged to enter banking because his dad was a banker. He also enjoys the people and the culture.
He is now looking forward to joining the Foundation Board.
“I am interested in helping in the community. The Hospital is an important partner in the community and I feel the Foundation is a big part of that,” Liess said.
His primary goal is to help grow the Foundation.
Liess and his wife, Heather, who is a counselor in the Wichita schools, live in El Dorado with their two children, Evan, 13, and Brynn, 10.
He also is involved with Rotary Club, the JDRF organization and El Dorado Inc. In his spare time, he keeps busy with his kids’ activities.
Denton is a Reliability Engineer at HollyFrontier Refinery in El Dorado, where he has worked for four years.
Denton grew up in Kansas City and graduated from Atchison High School, then attended Kansas State University. During his college, Denton had an internship at HollyFrontier in 2009. After graduating, he went to work at Illinois Corn Processing in 2014, then returned to El Dorado four years ago.
“The company (HollyFrontier) was much larger,” he said. “There is more opportunity for growth and the opportunity to get into refining was important.”
During his time in El Dorado, Denton has gotten involved in several aspects of the community. His wife, Molly, is the CVB Director for the City of El Dorado, so he volunteers with a lot of the events in which she is involved. He also is a board member for the El Dorado YMCA Board of Directors and a member of the Engagement Team at the YMCA. In addition, Denton coached little league soccer for a year.
Denton met Chase Locke, Foundation Director, through the YMCA Board, and they began talking about the Foundation Board.
Denton thought it was a good fit for him and agreed to join the board.
“I can bring a different viewpoint that I think will be good for the board as a whole,” he said. “I just want to bring something positive to the board and be an active member.”
Denton and his wife both use the services at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital and their son, Owen, was born here two years ago. They live in Augusta and also have a dog, Willie.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending a lot of time with his family and friends.
“I am excited to have these three new board members and the experience and perspectives they will bring to the Foundation Board,” Locke said. “We have a good board going into 2018 and I look forward to what they will be able to accomplish.”