Wed. Dec 13th, 2023

Retiring & Hiring

Laurie Pigg will be retiring from ERC Resource & Referral, Inc., which operates locally as Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas, on Sept. 17. Pigg joined the agency — then named Everywoman’s Resource Center — on Nov. 16, 1981. Pigg said her greatest passion has always originated from helping people, and she has enjoyed her years working with clients, volunteers and staff. In retirement, Pigg plans to spend her time volunteering and enjoying her animals. A retirement celebration for Pigg will be held on Sept. 17. For details, contact 785-357-5171.

Marisa Bayless, deputy special counsel to Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice

Marisa Bayless was recently hired to serve as deputy special counsel to Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Marla Luckert. The deputy special counsel helps plan and organize the judicial branch legislative program, executes special projects and programs, and performs legal research and writes memoranda on special topics. She will work with Shawn Jurgensen, who is special counsel to the chief justice. Bayless, a Wichita native, was previously a research analyst for the Kansas Legislative Research Department. She graduated from Wichita State University magna cum laude and the University of Kansas School of Law. Bayless has also worked as a legal and policy associate for the Colorado Charter School Institute and as a policy analyst for the Colorado Senate President.

Appointments & Promotions

Nicki Flanagan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

Nicki Flanagan was recently promoted to vice president of human resources and administrative services at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. In that role, she is responsible for all aspects of human resources, including talent acquisition; total rewards; employee relations; diversity, equity and inclusion; HR projects; HR information systems; and corporate health and wellness initiatives. In addition, she oversees corporate procurement, vendor management and facilities management for all owned and leased properties, including security and maintenance. Flanagan also has executive oversight of the company’s workforce and leadership development program. Flanagan joined BCBSKS in 2016 and was promoted to director of human resources in 2017. In 2018, Flanagan was recognized by The Wichita Business Journal as an honoree for the HR Professionals Award. She volunteers her time locally with Junior Achievement, the Seaman Booster Club and the Elmont Elementary Site Council. A Lawrence native, Flanagan holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management, with a minor in business administration, from Kansas State University. She now lives in Topeka with her husband, Blake, and their children, Jackson, Noah and Mackenzie.

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