Our People

David Elsbury
Chief Executive Officer

David has served as CEO of the agency since August 2006 and has been employed by Kanza since 1982. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from William Jewell College in 1979 and his Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Emporia State University in 1982. He is licensed as a Masters Level Psychologist. During his employment he has filled a number of roles at Kanza, including psychotherapist, Director of Partial Hospital Services, Emergency Services and Intake Coordinator, and Director of Outpatient Services. In addition, he has served as a past member of the LMLP Advisory Committee to the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board, served as first president and founding member of the Kansas Association for Masters in Psychology, as past Board member for the North American Association of Masters in Psychology, and is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas. David served on the Mental Health Credentialing Committee between 1996 and 2000 contributing to the state passing legislation for the licensure of persons practicing with a masters degree in psychology.

David’s clinical interests included the treatment of attention deficit disorders, psycho-diagnostics, treatment of affective and anxiety disorders as well as family therapy. Today he finds the work of leading KANZA a full time, satisfying profession. Outside of his work, David is a long time resident of Hiawatha, Kansas and enjoys his family, church and playing the guitar.

Virginia Freese
Director of Business Operations

Virginia has been with Kanza Mental Health since September 1983 and is currently the Director of Business Operations. Virginia began her tenure at Kanza as a receptionist and when the opportunity arose, she became the Director of Business Operations in 1987. She is in charge of the financial operations of the Center as well as supervising multiple staff members in the following departments, information technology, receptionists, medical records, office manager, finance, and janitors.

Virginia and her husband Bob have lived in Hiawatha since 1983 where they raised their family. They enjoy spending time with their daughters and son-in-law whenever possible. Virginia is involved in Church and enjoys playing golf whenever possible along with spending time with friends.

Margi Ross
Clinical Director

Margi Ross BSN, LCP has been an employee of KANZA MHGC since 1986. Margi provided Mental Health Education in the community and the schools as a Prevention Specialist and provided therapy mainly in Nemaha County.

She became Clinical Director in August 2011.

Margi obtained her RN from Bryan Memorial School of Nursing, Lincoln, NE in 1975, her BSN with a minor in Psychology from Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD in 1980 and her Masters in Counseling Psychology with certification in Human Behavior Analysis from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1983. She graduated Magna cum Laude with both her bachelors and masters degrees.

Margi worked as an emergency room nurse at Bryan Memorial Hospital, Lincoln, Ne and at Lundberg Memorial Hospital in Creighton, NE. She was the Admissions Nurse for the Men’s Security Unit in Lincoln Ne that served the most violent and mentally ill men for the state. She was a co facilitator of group therapy for the sex offenders of the state while in that position and had the opportunity to study under Dr Albert Ellis and Drs. Masters and Johnson. Margi was a Professor of Psychiatric Nursing for RN students in Lincoln NE for 5 years. While in that position, she integrated human sexuality concepts throughout the Nursing School curriculum and developed a senior level Bioethics course as well as teaching psychiatric nursing.

Margi’s clinical interests are in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Level 2 Certified EMDR treatment, grief and trauma therapy.

Margi has made her home in Sabetha Kansas with her husband Dr Allan Ross since 1985. They enjoy spending time with their children and their families, camping, travelling, and involvement in their church. Her other interests include golfing, reading, theatre, art and history museums, Irish and Chicago Blues music, and her poodles.

Shawn James
Information Technology Manager

Shawn has been employed as the Manager of Information Technology, by Kanza since October of 2010. Shawn oversees the Centers electronic resources and participates on the Center’s Executive Leadership Team.

Shawn obtained his Associates of Applied Science in Information Systems, from Education America (Topeka Technical College) in 2000. Shawn has been involved in Information technology in the Mental Health field since 2001.

Shawn’s interests include spending time with family and friends and he is an adult volunteer in Hiawatha’s Cub Scout pack, and Boy Scout Troop.

Lisa Zakutansky
Community Support Services Director (Adults)

Lisa has been with Kanza since August 2008 and was appointed as the CSS Director in September 2013. Lisa oversees the Community Support Services for Adults , which provides several types and levels of services including case management, psycho-social rehabilitation services, attendant care, and crisis intervention services. Lisa earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Phoenix in 2008. Lisa started her career with Kanza as a Certified Peer Specialist and has been serving the adult targeted population with their recovery of mental illness through her own life experiences of living with a psychiatric diagnosis for over 12 years. Lisa has also filled a number of roles at Kanza, including Adult Case Manager & Special Services Adult Case Manager.

Lisa’s interests included helping others achieve their recovery goals and live the life that they want regardless of their psychiatric diagnosis. She enjoys working with individuals and assisting them with developing and learning how to live a fulfilling independent life within their communities. Outside of work Lisa enjoys watching Nascar, Pro and College football, and spending time with family and friends.