April Todd To Be May Sterling Connection Lunch Bunch Speaker


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MARYSVILLE -¬ Marysville, KS – This month’s Sterling Connection lunch & learn program will feature April Todd, director of the Pony Express Partnership for Children (PEPC).

The monthly luncheon club for adults 50 and older will be held Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the Community Memorial Healthcare South Plaza Conference Room.

Todd will speak about the mission and purpose of PEPC, a local non-profit, and the group’s commitment to the betterment of local children and families’ lives through education, support, resource & referral, and health education from birth through adulthood.

PEPC provides direct emergency assistance such as rental and utility assistance, helps at-risk families to transition out of homelessness through a unique program providing rental assistance and case management, and also constantly works to break the cycle of poverty by educating families in the areas of budgeting, parenting, and learning to advocate for themselves and their children.

“Since we began this journey with PEPC four years ago, the ripple effect on children and families continues throughout Marshall County and beyond,” Todd said. “Approximately 600 people were served directly in 2017, and we’re looking to significantly increase that number in 2018.”

The Sterling Connection is a complimentary service offered at CMH in partnership through Bryan Health in Lincoln, Neb. Designed as a health and wellness program for people 50 and older, Sterling Connection members enjoy a quarterly magazine, newsletter, and educational and social events.

Sterling Connection members can attend the CMH Lunch Bunch, the hospital’s monthly program series that features a healthy lunch and guest speaker.

The lunch bunch is usually held the first Wednesday of each month from 12-1 p.m. Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m., and costs $5. All Sterling Connection members in the Marshall County area are invited to the monthly luncheon series. Please RSVP by calling 785-562-2311.

To register as a Sterling Connection member, please contact Ashley Kracht, director of public relations/marketing, at the number above, or by emailing ackracht@cmhcare.org. The program is free to participate in.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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