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Prairie View Announces New Board Members

A Prairie View News Release

Newton, Kan. (July 13, 2016) – Attracted to the mission of transforming lives by bringing hope and healing through mental health services, two local residents, Christine Crouse-Dick and John Waltner, have recently agreed to serve on the Prairie View Board of Directors.

“Prairie View is extremely fortunate to have a group of very dedicated governing board members who provide strong leadership in the high-level, big-picture and long-range work of the organization.  Their volunteer service combines broad expertise and personal attributes that honor the traditions of the past while shaping the future of Prairie View’s programs and services.  Board members represent the counties we serve, our Mennonite founders, along with diverse professional skills and knowledge to culminate as a diverse and well-rounded governing body.” Jessie Kaye, president and CEO of Prairie View.

Christine Crouse-Dick, professor of communication arts at Bethel College, has lived in Kansas since the age of four when her family moved to Belleville. She earned degrees in communication and biblical/religious studies from Tabor College in 1995 and a master’s of communication degree from Wichita State University in 2002. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Kansas. She studies media, particularly the use of religious and political rhetoric.

Her husband, Christopher, teaches literary studies at Tabor College. Their son, Johann, is causing them “to try to figure out how to truly make the world a better place.”

John Waltner has served as Harvey County Administrator since late 2009.  For eight years prior to that, he worked as Special Projects

Director for Harvey County.  He also served as Mayor of Hesston for a 25-year span, where he and his wife, Mary Jane, raised two daughters.

During that time, John worked with the Regional Area Economic Partnership (REAP), serving as chair of the REAP legislative committee and later as chair of the REAP board of directors.  He has also worked closely with Visioneering Wichita to develop and promote the Unified Legislative Agenda.

John holds a B.A. in history from Bethel College (1968), an M.A. in history from the University of Kansas (1971) as well as a M.Ed. and teacher certification from Wichita State University (1976) and has taught at the elementary, secondary and college levels.

The new board members join the current roster: Greg Lindholm, chair; Le Roy Weddle, chair-elect; Randy Pankratz, Secretary; Robert Wall; treasurer; Cecil Lilliston, executive committee member at large; Dee Donatelli-Reber, Willis Heck, Roger Hofer, Linda Ogden, and Brenda Thompson.

Prairie View is accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. In 2014 Prairie View was recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

To learn more about Prairie View or to schedule an appointment with a mental health professional, phone 800-992-6292. For more information, see

Prairie View, Inc., a faith-based behavioral health services provider, offers treatment and psychiatric services for all ages as well as consultations for businesses and organizations. In addition to our main campus in Newton with outpatient offices, psychiatric hospital, residential treatment for adolescents, and the Addictions Treatment Center, Prairie View serves patients in Hillsboro, McPherson and at two locations in Wichita. To support Prairie View’s mission to transform lives, call 800-992-6292 or see