"I alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across
the waters to create many ripples"
- Mother Teresa
CURRENT SENT STAFF
Nikki Ramirez-Jennings - Executive Director
Nikki loves to do life with others and is appreciative of any opportunity that allows her to love, gather and elevate others in our Topeka community. Nikki is a firm believer of leading with love and logic. Her ability to lead with grace makes her a beloved member of the Topeka Community as well as a wife and mother to her four kids and two fur babies. You can find Nikki at church, serving in the community or in the bleachers cheering on her favorite athletes, her children. Nikki’s favorite thing to do is curl up with a good book. She is currently reading, Tattoos on the Heart, the Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyles.
Tricia Sublet - Mental Health Specialist
For Tricia and her family, Hi-Crest is home. It’s not just where their house is, but it’s a community of friends with whom they share life and consider family. A helper at heart, compassionate and creative, Tricia loves watching others achieve their goals and finding hope in healing. She considers it a pleasure and an honor to be able to walk alongside others on their journey to finding new hope in a new life. She is able to see this in her work with clients, at home with her kids, and in her time serving at her church.
Jay Rice - Construction Foreman
Jay’s favorite thing about the Hi-Crest neighborhood is its people. His hope for the community is to see its residents’ dreams come true. A defining moment for him was when he learned that helping people is not a 9 to 5 job, it’s about loving people and being present in their lives. As Jay puts it, “Helping people is a project; people are NOT projects.”
Kasey McCarty- SENT Prep Academy, Assistant Center Director/ Lead Teacher
THE SENT BOARD
Johnathan Sublet – Chairman
Johnathan functions as the Lead Pastor for the Hi-Crest campus of Fellowship Bible Church. He is married to Tricia and together they have three wonderful kids. Johnathan is a Texas native who is new to hunting but an avid fan of sports.
Dr. Beryl New- Vice Chair
Dr. Beryl New is Director of Certified Personnel and Equity for Topeka Public Schools. She is also the co-chair of the district’s Equity Council, which closely examines the ways in which race impacts student success. She has served as an educator for thirty years in teaching and school leadership. A resident of Topeka since the age of nine, she is also a member of Faith Temple Church - Topeka, where she has taught Sunday School for nearly forty years.
Sara Hoyer - Treasurer
Sara was born and raised in Topeka. She currently serves as Director of Business & Finance and Board Clerk for the Shawnee Heights School District. Sara earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Washburn University and a Certificate of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. Her twenty-year career in budgeting and accounting has centered on the human (disability) services and educational sectors of government. She volunteered in various capacities at her local church home since 1998 and loves to serve people. She currently attends Fellowship Bible Church – Hi Crest, in community with other people who have a heart to serve. Outside of work and ministry, she spends her time with her two sons, RJ and Elijas, who are her two greatest gifts. Spending part of her childhood in Hi-Crest gives her a passion for the SENT mission. In her role at SENT and in community, she hopes to teach her sons that with God, all things are possible.
Sheena Ward - Board Member
Sheena Ward serves as President for the Board of Directors of Breakthrough House, Inc, which is a nonprofit supporting mental health recovery in Topeka. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Washburn University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. Sheena has worked in public service as a Budget Analyst with the Kansas Division of the Budget since 2007.
Dana Revels - Board Member
Dana has a passion for real estate and enjoys having the opportunity to help others along their path to homeownership. Having recently obtained her real estate license, every day she is seeking out the next home or encouraging one through the process and finds the work very rewarding. For the residents of Hi-Crest, Dana hopes to encourage new skill sets to inspire others to achieve their dreams. “Everyone must know that it’s okay to dream and those dreams are attainable.”
Linessa Frazier - Board Member
Originally from South Carolina, one of the things Linessa loves about Hi-Crest is how the entire community stands fearlessly against challenges and recognizes an opportunity to embrace and effect change. That hope, she says, “can’t be manufactured.” This is fitting as she considers spring to be her favorite season; a season of rebirth and something the Hi-Crest community has been striving towards.
Daphne Lauber - Board Member
Christine Caplinger - Board Member
Christine shared that she got involved in SENT after speaking with Johnathan Sublet and TJ Lorsen in order to help improve areas of Topeka that are potential shiny diamonds, helping our city stand out. She wanted to offer her time to help improve her hometown and to make Topeka and areas like Hi-Crest that are frequently overlooked be something that Topekans can be proud of. Christine's favorite thing about Hi-Crest is the growth and community that comes together to witness the result of their hard work. She hopes that Hi-Crest becomes a place that people WANT to move to and that they feel proud of. Christine plans to be a part of the SENT mission by "getting her hands dirty," so to speak. She will provide her time, business, and legal knowledge to help SENT use our resources effectively. When she isn't volunteering with SENT, Christine serves as an Attorney with Smith Law Firm and is a member of the Kansas Bar.
Tricia McCourt - Board Member
Kristin Miller - Board Member
Tre'Jor Hopkins- Board Member
Qiana Anthony- Board Member
We’d like to welcome our newest board member, Qiana Anthony, who is serving as our Board Treasurer. Qiana decided to get involved with SENT because she can see that our organization brings value to people’s lives and that is something she wants to be a part of! She loves the people here and having previously lived in Hi-Crest, she knows the real sense of social connection among our neighbors. Her biggest dream for Hi-Crest? “To see economic growth and education for the residents.” By joining the board of directors, Qiana is hoping to learn more and find ways to be helpful while sharing her financial knowledge. Currently, Qiana serves as the Senior Branch Sales Member at CoreFirst Bank & Trust, and has worked in the finance industry for 16 years. She’s also a part of Leadership Greater Topeka. Two words that describe Qiana are strength and discipline. She’s known for her gratitude, being thankful for all that God has blessed her. Qiana’s favorite local restaurant is Soulfire Food Company – especially their mac and cheese!