2022 Award Winners
Leadership Through Action
Awarded to Robyn Chadwick
Robyn Chadwick is the president of Ascension Via Christi hospital where she leads with passion and dedication.
During her nine years at Via Christi, Robyn has been a leader, an innovator, and an advocate for the community, with a passion for serving often-overlooked populations including those suffering from mental and behavioral health challenges.
We are delighted to award Robyn with this recognition for her leadership.
Awarded to International Rescue Committee, Wichita
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a humanitarian aid organization founded in 1933 at the suggestion of Albert Einstein and operates in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities. In Wichita, the IRC resettles refugees, supports survivors of human trafficking, provides free and low-cost immigration services, and assists vulnerable families living in Sedgwick County.
IRC volunteers go above and beyond to ensure that newly arrived immigrants can assimilate to their new home-they provide transport, assist with immigration paperwork, teach English, set up homes, and help navigate public transportation, to name just a few.
We are proud to have such an organization based in Wichita and congratulate IRC for leading with humanity and compassion in their critical work.
Light The Way Youth
Awarded to Jose Trejo
22-year-old Newman graduate Jose Trejo embodies grit, grace, and gratitude. As a proud Latino, Wichitan, and social work major, Jose is passionate about giving back to his community.
Jose is the Community Impact Specialist for local non-profit, Empower where he works in the north end of Wichita-a historic rich and vibrant but overlooked and underserved area-helping to reignite its beauty and strength by helping close the digital divide for children and families without access to broadband, assessing community need in the area of workforce development, education and economic development.
These are just a few reasons why Jose is such a deserving recipient of this year's Light The Way Youth Award.
Learn more about all of our award winners over the coming weeks and months.