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KANZA Celebrates 54 Years of Service

KANZA Mental Health and Guidance Center, Inc. celebrated its 54th annual meeting October 26th at the Klinefelter Farm and Barn, Hiawatha, Kansas with nearly 90 staff, board and county commissioners, enjoying an excellent meal along with recognizing several staff for years of service.  Department leaders highlighted their department’s accomplishment of the Center’s mission to “Offer Hope for a Healthier Tomorrow.”   Dr. Micaela Wexler, DO, Medical Director, shared some of her life experiences leading to her decision to become a psychiatrist and spoke about the importance of mental health services to experience a healthier life.

The Center recognized Kent Saylor, Nemaha County Board member from both boards, for his 28 years of service.  During his all of his tenure Kent has served as secretary/treasurer and helped found the KANZA Mental Health Foundation that is currently raising funds to renovation the Moser Building in Holton, Kansas as the single site for mental health services in Jackson County. He also serves as president of the Foundation Board.  “It was a wonderful evening and Kent Saylor received a standing ‘O’ for his contributions to KANZA,” shared David Elsbury, CEO.

January 2017


Kanza Mental Health Foundation and Kanza Mental Health and Guidance Center, Inc. received a $15,000 donation on Dec. 21 from Denison State Bank in Holton. Presenting the check that day to CEO David Elsbury were Jim Birkbeck, chairman of the DSB board of directors, and the directors attending their monthly meeting. The donation was given as part of the Foundation’s 2016 fundraising campaign, which is an annual event in its four-county service area and builds on the 2015 campaign to raise funds to support the renovation of the Moser Building located at 510 Kansas Ave. in Holton, which once housed the Holton Community Hospital.

This campaign’s success is inspired by the generous match pledge by an anonymous donor that has promised to match each dollar raised with $2.00 when the goal of $50,000 is reached. Jim Birkbeck and the Bank Board provided their gift to assist Kanza to reach this goal and ultimately help the Kanza Mental Health Foundation raise the $150,000 that is possible this year.

David Elsbury, Kanza’s CEO since 2006, explained to the Board the Center’s plans to renovate the Moser Building to house the Center’s services for Jackson County and to grow the services to better meet the mental health needs of the community. In 2016 Kanza, working with the Jackson County Commission, submitted a community development block grant that will provide nearly 50 % of the renovation costs and is raising funds locally to also support the project.  Kanza has been serving the area since 1963 as its licensed community mental health center providing a wide range of mental health services.