The Heroines

Jan Bush

is honored with a Large Paver from Jo Zakas

Jan Bush's friends and associates recognize her as an energetic, ambitious and entertaining leader who brings out the potential in every person she meets and project she undertakes.

While most little girls were taught to play with dolls, Jan played with the colorful paper samples her dad would bring her from his printing business. Today, Jan still plays with paper, only now she is creating communications and image statements.

Jan is a Wichita, Kansas native who has owned and operated her own marketing firm for fifteen years. Jan is a single parent of two children, graduate of WSU and is currently marketing director for the 22nd Services Squadron at McConnell Air Force Base in addition to her part-time consulting business. Her knowledge and experience often leads her into the role of trainer, teaching others how to market effectively.

Wichita State University,
BFA in Ceramic Arts 1977, Cum Laude
Delta Delta Delta Sorority
Student Government Association
Student Ombudsman
Founding member of the WSU Potters Guild
Freshman Orientation Leader
Model UN
Student Insurance Committee
Art Acquisition Committee

Montana State University, Bozeman, worked in MFA program
The Catholic University in Quito, Ecuador, semester abroad

Ford Motor Company, part of Ford's Quality Care Test Market.
Developed and produced Excel Meat company's employee newsletter.
Other newsletter clients included Cargill Flour, Wescon Manufacturing, Construction Specifications Institute, and Sunshine Rooms.
Developed numerous Mystery Shopper programs for financial institutions, retail establishments, regional malls, and restaurant chains.
Test market monitoring for Dove Facial Products.
Heinemann's Bakeries, Chicago, advising on merchandise presentation, customer service, and promotional planning.
Throughout her career, Bush has helped small businesses define their image through market research, marketing plans, creative development, print production, and employee buy-in.

Southwest Chapter of the Market Research Association.
Newsletter Editor, Southwest Chapter of the Market Research Association.
Volunteer Marketing Consultant for Wichita Art Museum.
River Festival's Old Town Party and Celebrity Egg Toss.
Wichita Chamber of Commerce.

Submitted by Jo Zakas and Jill Docking

September 5, 1998
Mary grew up in the mining town of Jerome, Arizona. In 1987 she moved to Wichita, Kansas. During her time here she lost her 23 year old son to a senseless murder. Upon her leaving Wichita, she helped establish, through the Greater Wichita Community Foundation, an enrichment scholarship program to help "at risk" children in middle school. The Brian David Higby Fund is permanently endowed and the scholarships are awarded each May.

Although Mary has moved from Wichita to Santa Fe, she has left a lasting imprint on the community and the hearts and minds of Wichitans through her media presence and community service.

She is the radio talk show host of Live Line America on Radio America Network.
Other radio positions include:
Station/Program Manager for KNSS in Wichita, Kansas.
Owner and Vice President of FEM-RAY for KKHG in Tucson, Arizona.
Talk Show Host, KNST, Tucson, Arizona.
Program Manager for WOKV in Jacksonville, Florida.

National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts, President, in 1991 and 1992.
National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts, Chair, from 1991-93.
Government Liaison of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.
American Lung Association, Florida and Arizona.
Project Freedom Anti-Drug Coalition.
Parallax Inc, Drug Treatment Center.
YWCA of Wichita.
Charity Classic, St. Joseph Medical Center.
Emerald Ball, St. Joseph Medical Center.
Brian D. Higby Fund, President.
Sedgwick County Comprehensive Plan Committee.

First Place for Large Market Editorial Commentary from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.
First Place for a Public Affairs Program from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Overall Campaign of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.
Congressional Quarterly's Nation's Top Ten Talkmeisters.
Unity 1994 Broadcast Critic by the Radio and Television News Directors Federation.
National Association of Broadcasters "Crystal Award" as an Overall Community Service Radio Programming Finalist, and received a Red Ribbon for Outstanding Community Service to Effect Change in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse.
Quality Improvement Certified by the Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University where she served on the Advisory Board of the Elliott School of Communications after having received their Golden Quill Award for Outstanding Education Reporting.
Outstanding Service Award from the American Heart Association.
Steve Yates Media Award.
Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

Honor yourself first.

Submitted by Georgia Bradford

September 5, 1998