A Winfield native, Lara now lives in Arkansas City with her husband. Her three sons also live nearby so she gets to spoil her grandchildren on a regular basis. She graduated from Southwestern college Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Development with a minor in Business Management. She is also a graduate of the Cowley County Leadership program sponsored by the Ark City and Winfield Chamber of Commerce.
At the age of 14, Lara became a volunteer for formerly CCDS and then became an employee under the CETA program. During the 1980-81 school year, Lara was placed at CCDS as a secretary through WHS’s Office Education Program. She continued in that position after graduation until 1991. At that time, she was promoted to Administrative Assistant, then in 1993, as Director of Human Resources and as CEO in July, 2008.
Having a family member with developmental disabilities, Lara has gained insight to the importance and achievement of choice, preference, and independence for individuals with DD. At CCDS, she has served as Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee, Case Record Review and the Board of Directors’ Personnel/Service committee.
Lara is also involved with a number of civic organizations. She served on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas City Day Care from 1992-1993. She is associated with the Kansas Association for Retarded Citizens, Cowley County Safe Homes, Society for Human Resource Managers, Business Professional Women, Ark City Rotary, Reach Preschool, and in 2003 served as a Chairman for the Ark City Chamber of Commerce.
Linda began her position at Twin Rivers (formerly CCDS) in 1985, as an Accounting Clerk and worked that position until 1987. She then left for other job opportunities and returned to CCDS in 1991, as an Accounting Clerk and has been with this agency since that time. During her 30 year tenure she has fulfilled positions of Accounting Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Interim Director of Business Services and from 2006 to present she has been the Chief Operating Officer.
Linda completed her Associates Degree from Cowley College in 1991, and her Bachelor’s Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in 2007, at Southwestern College. Linda has also served on the Finance Committee for Interhab, an advocate agency for individuals with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities in the State of Kansas.
Linda believes that good health, choice and independence is very important to the quality of life for the consumers of this agency.
Linda is a Winfield native. She grew up in Winfield and chose to raise her two children (Jacob & Taylor) in Winfield as well.
Tami completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an Accounting major in 1984 and her Master of Science In Management in 1995.
She served as CFO at CCDS from 1987 until 1993. After working as an Accounting Manager and Programmer for Total Petroleum from 1993 to 1995, Tami returned to CCDS as CFO for the next nine years. During this time, she served on the Board of Director’s Finance Committee and served as Chairperson for the Case Record Review Committee. She also worked with the Finance Committee for Interhab, a state-wide resource network for Kansans with disabilities. In the evenings she was an adjunct accounting instructor for Cowley County Community College. Tami became CFO for Creative Community Living in 2004 and returned a final time as CFO for Twin Rivers in 2018.
Tami also worked with HUD properties and is a COS (Certified Occupancy Specialist) and a CPO (Certified Professional of Occupancy)
Gina, an Arkansas City native began working at Twin Rivers in 1995 as the receptionist and was promoted to her current position as Human Resource Manager in 1998. In addition to Human Resources she also serves as the first contact for screen printing customers as well as the graphic designer.