Concannon receives National Alliance of Mental Illness Award for Legislative Excellence


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Kansas Rep. Susan Concannon, Beloit, recently received the 2018 National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Kansas Award for Legislative Excellence at the NAMI Annual Conference held at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.

The NAMI Kansas is the statewide organization dedicated to providing programs of education, support and advocacy to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their families and friends. The organization, which began in 1988, celebrated their 30th Anniversary.

Concannon was nominated by Amy Campbell of the Kansas Mental Health Coalition.

“I am so honored to be recognized in this manner,” said Concannon. “The mentally ill, their families, and health providers suffered greatly under the Brownback tax plan. The work to restore funding is an uphill battle, but there are many of us who see this as a priority and plan to continue our work next session.”

Retired NAMI Executive Director Rick Cagan, who presented the award, commended Concannon for her work in this years Legislative Session in restoring funding for mental health, improving KanCare coverage for smoking cessation and for her efforts to expand Medicaid.

Concannon is running against Libertarian Bryan Bombardier, Concordia for the Kansas House of Representatives 107th District ballot in the Nov. 6, 2018 Mitchell County General Election.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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