ABOUT GO TOPEKA
Functions and Staff
GO Topeka staff
Doug joined Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce in 2001 after serving as President of the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce, President of San Angelo, Texas Chamber of Commerce, President of Duncanville, Texas Chamber of Commerce. Doug also served as the Executive Vice President for the Beatrice, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and the Community Affairs Manager and Membership Director, for the Waterloo, Iowa Chamber of Commerce.
Doug graduated with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1981; He is also a Graduate of Institute for Organizational Management sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Graduate of Academy for Advanced Organizational Management at Notre Dame University; Graduate of the Basic Economic Development Institute produced by the American Economic Development Council; Graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership, a corporate leadership program in Greensboro, NC; National Security Forum, selected to participate by the Department of Defense at the 1997 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama.
During his career, Doug has received the following recognitions for his accomplishments: Top Forty in Commercial Real Estate, Midwest Real Estate News (2011), Chairman’s Leadership Award from American Chamber of Commerce Executives (2004); Chamber Executive of the Year (1996), Chamber of Commerce Executives Association of West Texas; Recipient of CCE (Certified Chamber Executive) designation; Honorary Lifetime Membership, Duncanville, Texas, Chamber of Commerce, 1992; Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives for the most outstanding service to the Chamber of Commerce Profession. Doug also received the 2001 Economic Development Deal of the Year for the location of GE Power Systems while at Pensacola, Florida.
Doug has been married to Rebecca Kinsinger for 32 years and has two sons, Adam, sixteen and Alex, thirteen.
Dawn Wright joined GO Topeka in January, 2011 after serving as President/CEO of Topeka Home Builders Association for several years. Previously, Dawn has served as the Executive Director for Topeka City of Character, and was the Office Manager and Director of Sales for Campbell Enterprises in Rossville, KS.
During her 20-year career, Dawn has been actively engaged in the field of marketing, customer service and sales, advocacy, legislative affairs, administration and event management. Dawn has been extremely active in the community, serving in the following roles: Planning Commissioner for city of Topeka, Topeka City of Character Council, Cornerstone Housing Board of Directors, Safe Streets of Topeka-Business sector Chair, Kansas State University Family Resource Council, USD 501 District Citizens Advisory Board, McCarter Elementary PTO Treasurer and Fundraising Manager.
Dawn is a graduate of Friends University with a Master’s of Business Administration and undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership.
Dawn’s career experience, community involvement, and education have uniquely positioned her to be the ideal person to build relationships with prospective companies and site consultants, and to tell the world what a great place Topeka is to do business!
In her spare time, Dawn enjoys reading, traveling, antiquing, and spending time with her twin teenage daughters.
Jo joined the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce (GTCC)/GO Topeka in late 2002 after serving multiple roles at local utility companies 15 years prior to joining GTCC. Her previous role at Westar Energy is where her passion for economic development began in the early 1990’s. Jo’s business experience began early in her life by handling her father’s bookkeeping for his construction firm. In her early 20’s Jo joined her mother’s chain of stores located in Topeka and Emporia, KS as a buyer/manager for one of the Topeka locations. Since joining the GTCC/GO Topeka, she has served in the areas of new business attraction, existing business assistance, and workforce development. She was successful in the recruitment of Home Depot Rapid Deployment Center, employing 300. Jo is passionate about Topeka which has been her home her entire life.
Along with Jo’s combined 11 years of economic development experience, she’s also a graduate of Friends University with a Bachelors degree in Organization Management and Leadership in 2000. She’s successfully completed the first of three testing components for her certification in economic development through IEDC. Jo has served in multiple positions on the board of directors for Family Service and Guidance Center (FSGC) and currently serves as secretary for the foundation board for FSGC.
When away from the office, Jo enjoys time with her husband Tom and her two children, Terra and Cody. She enjoy summers at their lake house in the Ozarks, and enjoys travelling to warm places, riding their jet skis, playing golf, and trying to finish landscaping projects at their home.
Cyndi Hermocillo-Legg comes following years of experience working with TRIO and GEAR UP Federal Programs at Kansas State University and Wichita State University. She also co-owned and operated a Sears Authorized Dealer Store in Southwest Kansas that sold for a profit.
Her past experience as a co-owner and operator of a small business, Regional Coordinator, Project Coordinator and Educational Specialist has allowed her to gain diverse experience in educational advisement, small business, corporate, university, unified public schools, and government sectors on a variety of initiatives. She continues to demonstrate a true commitment of servicing her community and utilizes her skill sets to advance others. Hermocillo-Legg was selected to the 2009-2010, 40 under 40 Rising Stars of the Chamber World by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. In 2010, Cyndi was named to the first 20 under 40 class of Topeka Professionals selected by the Jayhawk Area Council for Shawnee County. She has been successful in developing the Topeka Shawnee County First Opportunity Fund that was certified through the US Treasury in 2010, the design and implementation of USD 501’s high school advanced industrial robotics program in 2011 and continues to grow the EMBD Program that has serviced over 4,200 entrepreneurs since 2009 and received national press. She currently serves on the NE Youth Entrepreneurs Operating Council, Shawnee County YWCA Board of Directors, USD 501 Business/Marketing Development Committee, the Kansas Hispanic & Latino Affairs Commission as a business technical advisor and Prodigy Soccer Club as a volunteer.
Molly Howey joined the Go Topeka team in June 2011 as the Research Manager. During her first year with GO Topeka, Molly served as the project manager for multiple GO Topeka endeavors and was promoted to Marketing and Business Development Manager in August 2012. Previously, she spent several years serving many roles in her career with Kid Stuff Marketing in Topeka. Her educational background is focused in writing and publishing and she received her B.A. from Washburn University in May 2008.
In her free time Molly enjoys spending time with her husband John and their three children. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, swimming and going to sporting events.
Andrea Bailey joined GO Topeka in January 2012. Prior to GO Topeka, Andrea was an Executive Assistant for Protection One, Inc. in their corporate headquarters. She attended Washburn Institute of Technology and graduated with a certificate in Office Technology in 1996.
Mary Ann Anderson
Mary Ann Anderson is a lifelong Kansan who enjoys meeting people and working for the Chamber.
Mary Ann received a B.S. in Home Economics with Liberal Arts from Kansas State University in 1978. She has lived in Topeka for 26 years and raised her family here. Her husband Phil works for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. They have three grown children, Becky, Luke and Joe.
In her spare time she enjoys flower gardening, jazzercise, walking, reading and sewing. She helps make quilts at her church that are donated to local area helping agencies.
Mikki Burcher joined the GO Topeka team in November of 2012. Before working with GO Topeka, Mikki held a variety of positions during many years with Hy-Vee, including cash accountability and customer service. Her educational background includes two Bachelor’s degrees from Washburn University and graduate level study at the University of Kansas. Her areas of emphasis include public relations, advertising, marketing, communications, and creative writing.
Erin Mohwinkle joined Chamber staff in September, 2011 after serving as Communications Coordinator with Heartland Visioning. Prior to Visioning, Erin held various roles in communications, marketing and advertising with Aviva Life & Annuity.