Volunteer Recognition

Meet Our Team

Volunteers are the heart of the KanCare Ombudsman program. In 2017 our volunteers were able to assist over 3,600 Kansans with questions ranging from where to send a medicaid application, to the reason a consumer's services may have changed. The work our volunteers do is invaluable to the KanCare Ombudsman, and we would like to recognize them all for their unique view and dedication to the our mission to help break the cycle of poverty through improving the quality of life and access to services for Medicaid eligible Kansans.

Volunteer Biographies

  • Kelsey was born and raised on a farm in Berryton, KS. After graduating high school, she found herself in Wichita to pursue her bachelors in psychology at Wichita State University. During her college career, she became involved with various projects at the Community Engagement Institute, leading her to take a position as the KanCare Ombudsman’s AmeriCorps VISTA after graduating in December 2017. She has been a member of the Ombudsman team since February of 2018. In her free time Kelsey enjoys attending music festivals, traveling to new places, volunteering in the community, and scrapbooking.

  • Carol was born in Brooklyn, New York. She lived on the East Coast until attending college in Illinois and graduating with a nursing degree. Carol met her husband while in college, and his job brought them to Kansas City. Her husband then attended medical school at the University of Kansas, which led to their move to Wichita. Carol raised her 4 girls, returning to seminary school approximately 20 years later to become a pastor. After retirement, Carol became a volunteer with the Ombudsman, and has been since November 2015. Her hobbies include reading and knitting; making preemie hats she shares with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wesley Medical Center. Carol loves to travel, and she also enjoys gardening. 

  • Ericka joined the KanCare Ombudsman's office in August 2018. She serves as the KanCare Ombudsman Project Coordinator in an effort to help break the cycle of poverty by improving the quality of life and access to services for Medicaid-eligible Kansans. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Wichita State University in 2016, and her Master's in Sociology in 2018. Previously, Ericka worked at the Sedgwick County Developmental Disabilities Organization where she handled reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation. She is passionate about empowering disenfranchised people and ensuring public policy is effectively serving all consumers. Ericka enjoys playing with her cat, Catspian, and watching movies.

Volunteer of the Month

By helping KanCare members, our volunteers are making a difference in the lives of people who need answers to questions, who need a listening ear, and who need a resource. Thanks to them, an answer is readily available with a friendly voice and someone who wants to help. Thank you for your commitment to supporting KanCare members in resolving problems regarding services, coverage, access and rights. We appreciate you!

Carol's Headshot

Carol was born in Brooklyn, New York. She lived on the East Coast until attending college in Illinois. Carol met her husband while in College. They were to later move to Kansas where her husband attended medical school at the University of Kansas. Carol graduated with a nursing degree working until her second daughter was born. Carol raised her 4 girls, returning to seminary school approximately 20 years later and became a pastor. Her hobbies include reading and knitting; making preemie hats she shares with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Wesley Medical Center. Carol loves to travel, she enjoys gardening at home, as well as her church. She shared that her church has a community garden and vegetables are shared with local food banks. Carol has been a Ombudsman Volunteer since November 2015.

Volunteer Benchmarks

One Year

 

Two Years

    2 Volunteers - Olathe Office

Three Years

2 Volunteers - Wichita office

Four Years

Five or More Years