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Project Wichita is a community engagement process to discover the community's vision for Wichita and the region in the next 10 years. Wichita State University's Public Policy and Management Center will facilitate the engagement process with a series of surveys, focus groups and interviews. As a result of the survey process, an action plan will be created to identify strategic steps for the future of our home.

 
 

Project Wichita Co-Chairs

 
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Aaron Bastian

President of Fidelity Bank

Aaron joined Oklahoma Fidelity Bank as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer in 2007, becoming the fourth-generation Bastian to work in the family business. In July 2012, Aaron was named Executive Vice President and appointed to serve as an advisory director on the Fidelity Bank Board. The Oklahoma division achieved improved results under his leadership, including record profitability in the Oklahoma City market. In 2015, Aaron assumed the role of President of Fidelity Bank.

Aaron’s educational and professional background makes him well-suited to leadership at Fidelity. Aaron is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. He attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, graduating first in his class. Aaron began his banking career as a Credit Analyst with IBC Bank. He obtained the title of Assistant Vice President in Commercial Lending, managing a $30 million commercial loan portfolio, in fewer than three years at IBC.

Outside of Fidelity, Aaron serves as a Wichita Rotarian, treasurer of the e2e Accelerator and member of the Wichita Rotary Charitable Fund, Greater Wichita Partnership, Leadership Wichita and Visit Wichita boards. He lives in Wichita with his wife, Michelle, and sons, Brooks and Everett.

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Debbie Gann

Vice President, Corporate Communications & Administration of Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.

Debbie Gann became Vice President, Corporate Communications & Administration for Spirit AeroSystems in April 2007. In this role, she has global responsibility for a wide range of functions including Communications and Public Relations, Government Relations, Community Relations, Board Relations, Security and Fire, Food Services and Photo and Graphic Services.

Gann has more than 30 years of communications experience, having served in a variety of leadership roles with Boeing Commercial Airplanes-Wichita Division and its successor company, Spirit AeroSystems. Gann was heavily involved in standing up Spirit’s corporate communications and community relations functions in addition to branding the new company when Spirit was created in 2005. She also led the company’s crisis communications team as it responded to a 2012 tornado that caused substantial damage to Spirit’s Wichita, Kansas, facility and surrounding areas.

Before beginning her career in aerospace, Gann was a television news reporter in both Joplin, Mo., and Wichita, Kan. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Texas.

Gann is heavily involved in the Wichita community. She currently serves on board of the Sedgwick County Zoo, the executive committee of the Greater Wichita Partnership, is a founding member of the Wichita Aero Club and represents the aviation sector as vice chair of the Governor’s Kansas Post Technical Education Authority. Gann is a past chair of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce and has also served on the boards of Wichita Festivals, Inter Faith Ministries and Music Theatre of Wichita.

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Scott Schwindaman

President & CEO of Lubrication Engineers, Inc.

Scott Schwindaman has been president and CEO at Lubrication Engineers since 2007, having started as a laboratory technician in 1981 while he was still in college and working his way up through the ranks. Today, he oversees a company that has more than 100 employees in the U.S. and a large network of independent consultants and distributors who sell LE products and services worldwide.

Since 1951, Lubrication Engineers has manufactured and distributed high-performance lubricants made of highly refined base oils and proprietary additives. To complement its lubricants, LE offers a full line of lubrication reliability products and services. LE’s domestic facilities include a manufacturing facility, laboratory, warehouse and office in Wichita, Kan.; a sales and technical support office in Fort Worth, Texas; and warehouses in Knoxville, Tenn., and Las Vegas, Nev.

Throughout his time at the company, Scott’s hard work and initiative have propelled him from his original lab position to research assistant, R&D manager, quality control manager, assistant plant manager, plant operations manager, plant manager and executive vice president.

He also serves as vice president of Alpha BioSystems, Inc., a small upstart company that manufactures all-natural, nontoxic products for improving soil health and yielding stronger crops and vegetation.

Scott recently finished his term as the 2017 chairman of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. He founded and is a board member of the Chamber’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. He is on the executive board of the Greater Wichita Partnership and was instrumental in the formation of two Wichita business initiatives: the Entrepreneurial Task Force and the e2e Accelerator / Incubator. He is on the executive board of Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA), serving as treasurer; and is a member of Society of Automative Engineers (SAE) and Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE).

Scott has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Wichita State University and has completed master’s level business courses at WSU in addition to other executive business training. He and his wife, Janet, have three grown children and seven grandchildren. Scott and his family raise, train and breed horses at their Cowskin Creek Clydesdale Farm in Goddard, Kan.

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Juston White

Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of South Central Kansas

Juston White is a proven executive who champions positive outcomes for youth. Since 2014, White has served as the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas. During his tenure, he regained business traction and boosted its budget to more than $1.5 million. A strong believer in collaboration, White’s ability to engage investors and supporters led to enhanced after-school and summer-based programming, stronger corporate partnerships and increased the Club’s capacity to serve a growing number of youth in need.

Prior to joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas, White held the Region-5 coordinator position for Wichita State University’s Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP. Previous to that, White was the director of Youthville’s residential psychiatric treatment facility.

Before transferring to Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, White enjoyed playing collegiate basketball at Wichita State University.

Ever-involved in his community, White is a member of the Sunflower Foundation Advocacy Fellowship Class of 2018, serves as a board member for the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County, participates with the Custody to Transition Citizen Review Panel for the Kansas Department for Children and Families and is a member of Wichita Urban Professionals. He is a “Hero” with Real Men Real Heroes and is a Big Brother with Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters. Furthermore, White is an alumnus of Advance Kansas, a diversity and inclusion leadership development program, has served on the Wichita Police Department’s Captain Assessment Citizen Review Board and is proud to be an Honorary Commander of the 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron of McConnell Air Force Base.

White has earned a number of accolades because of his strong leadership including the Greater Wichita Ministerial League’s Presidents Award, the Wichita NAACP Civic Award, Wichita Public Schools’ Golden Apple Award and was named 40 Under 40 by his alma mater