I would like to introduce you to my 2019 All Star Team
My team is made up of amazing people who live and work in Topeka! They are sure to add some fun and knoweledge to The Topeka Newsletter!
Samantha Griffin - Entrepreneur/Mom
My “F”ing life. Stories from a house who provides homes.
Author: Samantha Griffin
Bio: Samantha Griffin is a freelance vlogger who specializes in Health and Wellness, Fostering, and Adoption. Native to a small town in Niwot, Colorado Samantha found herself in Topeka Kansas when their family decided to follow God’s request for the move. Samantha has worked for the City of Topeka but left the City to continue her entrepreneurial work and advocation for the foster care system here in Kansas. Her hope is that as you read these stories, they warm your heart, make you laugh, but most of all, speak to you about what you can do in your town to provide hope, health, and happiness for a child in need.
Health Tips for all the TOP fit’rs & Sit’rs
Author: Samantha Griffin
Bio: Samantha Griffin is a freelance vlogger who specializes in Health and Wellness, Fostering, and Adoption. Native to a small town in Niwot, Colorado Samantha found herself in Topeka Kansas when their family decided to follow God’s request for the move from Tulsa, Oklahoma where she received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sport Science. Samantha has worked in the health and wellness field for over 16 years, most recently as the Program Manager for the City of Topeka. Retired from the regular 9-5, Samantha now continues to provides many resources about health, happiness, love for athletes and coach potatoes alike.
Annette Billings - Author/Writer
"In a Flash" - By Annette Hope Billings
Annette Hope Billings is a Topeka ArtsConnect Arty award-winning poet dubbed by her fans as "Maya of the Midwest." Her body of work includes poetry, short stories and plays. A nurse for decades before becoming a full-time writer, her deep penchant for caring comes through clearly in her writing. Her previous books include "A Net Full of Hope" (2015) and her recently published, "Descants for a Daughter." Her work has also been included in several anthologies of poetry and short stories. Website: http://anetfullofhope.com/Facebook.com/anetfullofhopeTwitter: @annettebilling3Amazon: tinyurl.com/anfohbookYouTube: tinyurl.com/anfohvideos
Chris Schultz - President Tinkham Veale Creative and Founding Partner - Schultz Management, LLC
Chris was born and raised in Topeka. He is a graduate of Shawnee Heights High School and he attended Washburn University where he earned his B.A. in Theatre. In May of 2002, he opened Field Of Greens restaurant in Downtown Topeka. It wasn’t long before his family started getting even more involved in the company, which was the catalyst that grew his dream to include the opening of The Break Room and The Gourmet Cabaret Theater. Chris and his family were recently honored by Topeka Civic Theatre when they were presented with the prestigious Waldo B. Heywood award. In 2011, The Jayhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts named Chris as one of the 20 Under 40 business leaders in Topeka. Chris is the creator of GabLocal.TV and serves as the President & Executive Producer of its parent company, Tinkham Veale Creative.
Chelsea Ellis - Graphic Designer/Artist
Chelsea Howe is an award winning comic strip artist whose work has been published on a collegiate level. Her work has earned her first place in comics in 2013, second for online comic content in 2014, first place in illustrations in 2015, and second in infographics in 2016 at the Kansas Collegiate Media Conference. She was also the 150th Washburn University Yearbook editor-in-chief which took silver at state in 2016 and also won her the Most Outstanding Student Media Award for her hard work and dedication during Washburn's 2015 Mass Media Banquet. Her graphic design talents know no bounds, from designing play/musical posters and programs for well known local establishments, a jazz concert series and an award winning director, to the posters advertising local Topeka fundraisers, such as the 2014 Downtown Adventure Race Topeka. Her vast versatility extends to privately commissioned local business logos, short notice clip art and page layout for the award winning Washburn Review and Bod Magazine, and graphic assets for the local TV show Talk About Topeka. Her work has also been featured in juried shows at the Mulvane Art Museum.
In 2016, for the beginning of TPACs 25th Anniversary season, she won their public logo competition amongst all other entries and is excited to see all the new shows with her reward of season tickets.
When she's not working on graphic work she can be found exercising, sewing, foam armor crafting, playing Destiny, or catching up on her shows on Netflix. http://manualjump.wixsite.com/portfolio/about-me
The View From my NOTO Studio
Local Artist, Owner: Studio 831 (NOTO)
Barbara Waterman-Peters Barbara Waterman-Peters, (BFA, Washburn University, MFA, Kansas State University, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Washburn University) whose award-winning work is in museum, corporate and private collections, is represented by several galleries. She was a founding member of the Collective Art Gallery (1987-2014) and is a charter member of Circle of 7. She has shown regionally, nationally and internationally in over 250 solo, invitational and juried exhibitions.
Waterman-Peters taught at Washburn and Kansas State Universities as well as Lassen Community College in California. Currently, she writes about art and artists for TOPEKA, LAWRENCE and KANSAS! Magazines. She also writes an “Artist of the Month” online for TOPEKA Magazine.
She has received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement from the State of Kansas and the Monroe Award from the Washburn University Alumni Association. In 2011 she was awarded the ARTY for Distinguished Visual Artist from ARTSConnect in Topeka.
For many years, Waterman-Peters has been the staff artist for the Andrew and Georgia Neese Gray Theater at Washburn University.
She served on the Quality of Life team for Heartland Visioning part of which then became the original NOTO Board. In addition, she served as co-chair of the CREATe group, another facet of HV. In 2010 she became the first Core Artist in NOTO, founding STUDIO 831.
Keith Van Sickle
Keith the Critic
I began my career as a film critic nearly 25 years ago, inspired by my first viewing of Star Wars in 1977 at the old Sunset Drive in Lawrence, KS. I continue to wonder how Annie Hall beat Star Wars for best picture that year and demand a re-count!
I got into radio by giving reviews on WIBW radio in Topeka. Later came here to Country Legends 106.9 as not only a film critic, but also Promotions Director and the Morning Show Producer.
Joining forces with Randy Guzman, we created the television show “The Aisle Seat”. The show was very successful and aired on KTWU. We not only discussed movies but also local entertainment and held celebrity interviews. Some of the biggest names I got to interview were: Tom Cruise, Billy Bob Thorton, Will Farrell, and Dakota Fanning.
I’m a certified Batman fanatic, die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, and a true blue KU Jayhawk supporter! In 2005 I started creating the “Slash & Bash Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival” with movie screenings and special guest appearances.
I suffered a series of strokes in February 2010 and a lingering viral infection that landed me in the hospital and several weeks in intensive care, almost costing me my life. After months of recovery at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, I regained my ability to speak and write.
I heard on Saturday of the passing of Adam West. His Batman has been my favorite character all of my life. I got to interview him for Country Legends 106.9 and it was one of the highlights of my career. It was a pleasure and he was kind, down to Earth, and an unequaled family man. He knew of the impact of his work on society and never let his fans down. He will be sorely missed. Thanks Adam for all of the pleasure you have brought to the world.
I will add my stars to the page, as I meet with them! Check back to see who will be helping make this newsletter come alive!