Our People

Virginia Freese
Interim CEO/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.

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. Shawn is an adult volunteer in Hiawatha’s Cub Scout pack, and Boy Scout Troop. Shawn is also an Instructor in 4-H Shooting Sports.

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.

 

Kailey Patton
Clinical Director

Kailey Patton, LCMFT, LCAC, has been employed at KANZA since April of 2015. Prior to being Clinical Director, Kailey was a therapist with KANZA for three years providing services to individuals, families, and couples. She became Clinical Director of KANZA in May of 2018.

Kailey obtained her Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Forest Institute in May of 2013. Kailey moved back to Kansas after graduating with her master’s degree, and worked on receiving her clinical license in marriage and family therapy. She has held her clinical license since September of 2016. Kailey has additionally obtained her license in Clinical Addiction Counseling and has held that license since January of 2017.

Kailey’s clinical interests involve trauma-informed care, couple’s therapy, addictions, sexual issues for couples and individuals, and LGBTIAQ topics. Kailey has completed trainings in EMDR Level 1, Gottman style couple’s therapy, and other trauma-informed care trainings.

Outside of work, Kailey’s interests include being involved in her community, reading in her home office or outside on her porch, dancing, learning new hobbies like fishing and Frisbee golf, and spending time with her significant other and her cat. Kailey is a long time resident of the surrounding areas and community, and she decided to build a life and career in her home town.

Simone McDonald
Community Based Services Director (Children)

Simone was appointed as CBS Director in March of 2017