Parks and Rec

promotes three

Manhattan Parks and Recreation has promoted three employees to new positions within the department.

Sydni Baker has been promoted from aquatic coordinator to aquatics specialist. Baker has served in several aquatics roles since 2015, most recently coordinating all aquatics programs and operations.

Her new responsibilities will include directing daily aquatics operations and 200-plus seasonal waterpark staff to ensure safe and enjoyable swimming experiences at Manhattan’s three waterparks. She will also oversee the operations of the ice rink during the winter season.

Janelle Fritzon has been promoted from customer service specialist for the City of Manhattan to operations officer for parks and recreation.

Fritzson has been with the city since 2013. Fritzon is responsible for the leadership and management of daily operations and initiatives for the department.

Her duties will include developing, implementing, and enforcing policies and procedures that improve and lead the department, including daily standard operating procedures, seasonal hiring and functioning as a liaison to the community and other divisions of the city.

Cody Kramer has been promoted to horticulture supervisor after serving nearly 11 years as the horticulturist.

He is a graduate of Kansas State University in park management and conservation and worked in the private sector before coming to the city in 2008.

Kramer will lead the horticulture section in maintaining all municipal landscaping and providing enhancements and beautification to the community. Key areas will include prescribing horticulture development and management practices, supervision of pesticide use for vegetation management, and turf/ornamental plant health.

Two join G&A

Real Estate

Stacie Danzer and Julia Stone have joined G&A Real Estate.

Both are members of the Flint Hills, state and national realtors associations.

Danzer and her husband, Ken, moved from their farm in Iowa to the Manhattan area in January 2013 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

She graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Des Moines Area Community College with an associate degree in nursing in 2010.

She has been a realtor in Manhattan for the past three years. She also worked for a title company and has 13 years of banking experience.

Stone is originally from California. Her husband, Ken, joined the Army in 1995 and moved their family to Fort Hood, Texas.

While in Texas, she began her career in real estate, getting her license from Central Texas College in 2000. Stone has sold hundreds of homes throughout her career.

The military brought her family to Fort Riley in 2016.

Both Danzer and Stone have military relocation professional certifications.

Frontier Property moves to new office

Frontier Property Management, Frontier Construction and its affiliated companies — Aztec Self-Storage, Midwest Lawn Care and New Wave Cleaners — moved to 709A Pecan Circle on Feb. 1.

Frontier Construction recently completed the extensive remodel of the new office space.

An open house and Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 14.

Local organizations receive grants

Two Manhattan organizations received Adolescent Immunization Innovation grants.

The Immunize Kansas Coalition gave the grants to honor Stonecreek Family Physicians and the Riley County Health Department as outstanding private practice and outstanding local health department, respectively.

A total of four Kansas organizations received $5,000 grants for working to improve adolescent immunization rates throughout 2018.

Stonecreek Family Physicians, under the leadership of Melissa Rosso, conducted an immunization rate improvement project called #HotShot.

The project proactively identified patients who would need a school sports physical. Clinic staff then reached out to these patients to schedule needed immunizations at the same time.

Riley County Health Department implemented several strategies to achieve immunization rate improvement for adolescent patients for human papillomavirus (HPV), meningitis and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis).

Strategies included staff training on best practices, standing orders for recommended immunizations and asking for signed refusals.

The department also partnered with schools to send parents information on the recommendations for HPV and meningitis vaccinations.

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