Shown above are mentors at the ‘Step up for SPEEA’ event in November. Front row from left: Debbie Logsdon, Rhonda
Greer, Daryl Doshier, Brenda Reiling, Pat Clough, Nancy Frazier. Back from left: Rod Steadham, Donna Le-hane, Joe Newberry, Mark Gayer, Joe Abbott, Earl Carter, Denny Lewis, Bill Hartig and Matthew Joyce. Not
shown but participating as a mentor - Aaron Kitterman. The first SPEEA mentoring circle is scheduled for Jan. 14 following the SPEEA 101 class.
New mentoring program
a ‘two-way’ street
WICHITA – Mark Gayer recalls a time at work when he had one of those ‘pretty frazzled’ moments and called
his mentor. After that call, Gayer felt more calm
and ready to make his own decision about what
was ‘frazzling’ him.
“It was nice to know someone I could call,” said
Gayer, Midwest Council chair.
Gayer is now one of 16 mentors in a new SPEEA
Wichita program for members who want to
become more active. They hold their first mentoring circle meeting Jan. 14 at the SPEEA
Gayer, who works in the Investment Recovery
Group at Spirit AeroSystems, knows he’ll gain
from the mentoring experience as well.
“I surely expect to get something out of this,
too,” he said, noting the new activists will bring
their perspective and experience. “I can learn
from them as well – it’s a two-way street.”
Gayer describes one of his mentors as a lifelong
friend. Now retired, the former mid-level manager still keeps in touch. “He keeps me grounded,”
He encourages others to take part – either as
mentors or as protégés. “If you haven’t tried it,
at least see if it’s a fit,” he said.
“You might be pleasantly surprised how far this
can apply,” he added, “both personally and professionally.”
To find out more about the mentoring program
or to participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step up in Wichita
Council Rep drives SPEEA Night
to support community
WICHITA – Of all the volunteer jobs held by Joe Abbott, he’s probably never been more thanked for his
duties than at the Special Olympics in Wichita,
where he would officially start the swim races.
He shared how every one of those swimmers told
him thank you, and one even said “you helped
me win,” which makes Abbott chuckle.
It’s just one of many reasons why Abbott welcomes the opportunity to help with The Arc,
a non-profit in Wichita that works with families and individuals living with intellectual and
His wife, Sue, is a case manager who works with
Want to learn
about 25 to 30 clients. He knows many who
have been helped by
The Arc, including a
former SPEEA mem-
ber who was named
The Arc ‘Mother of
Sharing his expe-
riences with The
Arc and the Special
Olympics at the ‘Step
up for SPEEA’ event,
he recruited about 20 activists to join him for
SPEEA Night at the Lights on St. Paul, a holiday
light display that drew at least 100 more cars on
SPEEA’s night than the same night last year. The
volunteers collected donations at the exit to the
By Maria Nelson
Ed Wells Partnership SEEA Co-Director
This year, the Ed Wells Partnership will offer several Boeing Education Network (BEN) presentations specifically on the
topic of composites at Boeing.
BEN events are scheduled during lunchtime, so
no management approval is required to participate, and you can view the presentations from
your desktop at work. What could be easier?
The presentations occur from 11 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. and are scheduled on the third or fourth
Thursday of every other month beginning Jan. 22.
The schedule includes:
• Jan. 22 - Composites Manufacturing
• March 19 - Commercial Airplane
Composite Fuselage Barrel Technology
• May 21 - Crash Simulation and Impact
Behavior of Composites
• July 23 - Efficient Composite Manufacturing
• Sept. 17 - Composite Cryotank
Technologies and Demonstration
• Nov. 19 - Nondestructive Inspection of
The dates and titles are subject to change.
Additional titles may be added to the series.
Watch the Ed Wells Partnership bi-weekly
email for the links to view the BENs. These
presentations are recorded and are available
on-demand later to view at your convenience.
You can also go to our website on the Boeing
Midwest SPEEA members and families help out at the Lights on St. Paul.
light display and handed out candy canes.
“It appears that everyone knows about the lights,
so they volunteered,” Abbott said.