Meet the Panelists for the Ready to Run Webinar on May 19

Meet the Panelists for the Ready to Run Webinar on May 19

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Tracee Adams serves as president, founder and chief strategist at Hawthorn Capital LLC, an investment and wealth management firm located in Wichita. Ms. Adams has several years of experience in the financial services industry, including as a financial advisor for 4 years at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. She also worked at New York Life Insurance Co. for 2 years as a producer, while simultaneously working as a financial advisor for NYLIFE Securities – a subsidiary of this organization – for a year. Ms. Adams is actively involved in her community. She currently serves on several nonprofit trustee and governance boards, and public boards of trustees, including for the Urban League of Kansas, Junior League of Wichita and pubic fiduciary of the Wichita Police Fire Pension Fund and Joint Investment Committee, and A Director of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in pre-law/sociology from the University of Maryland.



Raised in Kansas, Shawn Rizza knows the value that is often overlooked here in the middle of the map. Service is a core principal of our region and one that guides his connection to his home in Atchison. Shawn was elected to the Atchison City Commission in 2017, and in 2019 was elected as Mayor. Prior to that he served for several years on the Parks and Forestry Board, advocating for safer and more dynamic places for families to enjoy. While on the City Commission Shawn continues to be very active in the community.

He serves on the Site Council for the elementary school as well as the district as a whole, volunteers for the YMCA, Live Well Live Atchison, The Recreation Commission, First Christian Church, International Forest of Friendship, Healthy Homes, The League of Kansas Municipalitie s, and is a founding board member of Project Atchison, a local nonprofit that does volunteer projects around the community to enhance the lives of its residents.

Shawn lives in Atchison with his wife Pam who is a Sports Medicine Doctor at Atchison Hospital and serves on the School Board. Together, they have two daughters, Kate (10), and Harper (4). They have been blessed to have the means that allows Shawn to be a stay at home dad for Harper, while Kate attends USD 409. Prior to staying at home to raise his daughters, Shawn managed garden centers and continues to garden for pleasure as well as helping with the landscapes of local churches and nonprofits. Atchison has proved to be the perfect place for Shawn and Pam to raise their daughters with the right mix of small town benefits with big city opportunities. Shawn is honored to continue working on behalf of Atchison families, advocating for a safe and healthy community for people of all ages. Shawn is honored to continue working on behalf of Atchison families, advocating for a safe and healthy community for people of all ages.


Sherri L. Wattenbarger is a past chair of the board of directors of the Women’s Foundation, having served on the board from 2010-2018. Prior to serving as chair of the board, Sherri twice chaired the annual event committee and served on both the membership andthe grants committees. In 2019, Governor Laura Kelly appointed Sherri as a public member to the board of
directors of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which regulates the licensing and discipline of 14 categories of health care professions in

Kansas. Sherri also currently chairs the board of the local Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program (C.A.R.E.), a program that educates

young people credit. She serves on the advisory boards for the Association for Women Lawyers
(AWL) Foundation Connections Program and the Women in the Law committee, the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Midwestern

Bankruptcy Institute, the Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar Association, and the UMKC Athletic Foundation. Sherri is a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, which she joined through the highly competitive Attorney General’s Honors Program in 1994. She served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division in Washington, D.C., before joining the U.S. Trustee’s Office in Kansas

City in 1997. She is a past recipient of the Roser Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy Law from the Missouri Bar; the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Distinguished Counselor award; the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Community Service; UMKC Law Foundation’s Pro Bono/Public Service Award; a Women’s Justice Award for Public Service by Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly; and the Woman of the Year Award by the AWL. Sherri graduated first in her class from the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Law in 1993.