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Capper appeals to former newspaper editor as next president and CEO

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Capper Foundation has chosen Zach Ahrens as the next President and CEO of the Topeka-based nonprofit.

According to a press release, the Capper Foundation says Ahrens was selected after a nationwide search by the board of directors. He will officially take up his duties on January 17, 2022.

“Zach brings his passion, experience and in-depth knowledge of the healthcare industry, strategic planning, financial management, fundraising, marketing, legislative advocacy and many other skills to her new role at the Capper Foundation, ”said Judith Kooser MD, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Capper Foundation. “We are delighted that Zach is joining us in continuing to provide high quality services to families with disabilities in our communities. “

Ahrens is 41 years old. He served on the Board of Directors of Capper from 2016 to 2017 and is the former Chairman and Editor of Topeka Capital-Journal, the former Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Midland Care Connection, Inc., and most recently the Chief of the Operations Officer of Midland Care.

“I am very happy to join the Capper Foundation,” said Ahrens. “I am honored to have the opportunity to support and develop Capper’s rich heritage who believes in people and an environment where they can develop to their full potential. I look forward to meeting the staff, volunteers, donors, community partners, and the individuals and families served by the Capper Foundation.

Capper’s current President and CEO Jim Leiker announced his retirement over the summer. Its last day will be January 16, 2022.

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