Fabulous Female Friday - Hannah Luetke-Stahlman

Fabulous Female Friday celebrates the extraordinary, ordinary, powerful, passionate and fabulous female!

Happy International Women’s Day! I can’t think of a better day to feature Hannah Luetke-Stahlman! She is smart, she is committed to so many causes that make the world a better place, she is dedicated to improving end-of-life care and creating a space to discuss death and aging, and she’s an awesome mom, wonderful friend and all-around fabulous female!


Let’s get to know her a little better…

Q&A with Hannah

Tell me about your family.

I have a 3 year old son, Tripp, an amazing partner, Rick, and a rescue dog, Tarzan. My dad lives about 2 minutes down the road from us and my mom is in Seattle (we love visiting her in the summer!). I have three sisters who live with their families in Lawrence, KS; Denton, TX and Tucson, AZ. 

Tell me about what you do at Cerner and why you love it. Hannah is a Senior Strategist in Population Health 

I've been at Cerner for about 5 1/2 years and have always been in Population Health strategy. Shortly after starting, I had a really wonderful executive, Dr. Hugh Ryan, who assigned me the project of developing a technology solution for Palliative Care clinicians. Despite knowing little about Cerner solutions or the Palliative Care field, I leaned in to the challenge and immediately fell in love. For those unfamiliar with the specialty, Palliative Care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Palliative Care throughout the continuum of illness involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs while facilitating patient autonomy, access to information and choice. It is appropriate at any age, at any stage of a serious illness and you can receive curative treatment alongside it. The solution I designed with my team identifies patients who could benefit from Palliative Care services with an electronic algorithm running in the background and then provides clinicians with a variety of tools and analytics to help them care for these patients and their families. Internally, I do a lot of education and advocacy within Cerner to promote the importance of Palliative Care and patient-centered care, as well as external education to the healthcare industry, stakeholders and clients on Cerner's strategy and solutions. I really love what I do because of all the incredible people I get to work with. I'm a connector and truly enjoy hearing people's stories - and believe me, when it comes to healthcare, everyone has one. Knowing that the innovations I help create can directly impact the lives of my family and my friends' families is what keeps me going. 

Tell me about your fellowship and how it ties in to your work.

This past year I was selected as a 2018-2019 Health & Aging Policy Fellow. This program provides a unique opportunity for professionals in health and aging to gain the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans. It's a 12-month program that began in October with a 6-week orientation in Washington DC, at which time we interviewed with different congressional offices, committees and executive branch federal agencies. We are then placed with one of them for the remainder of our fellowship year to support them on their policy priorities related to health and/or aging issues. I am excited to announce I recently accepted a placement offer with Congresswoman Sharice Davids who represents the Third Congressional District of Kansas and my hometown of Olathe, KS. I am extremely fortunate to have a very supportive and creative Vice President who approved my unconventional idea of applying to the fellowship program and agreed to have it be a portion of my job responsibilities and role for the year. Upon completion of the program, I will have a better understanding of our country's policy-making process and know how to advocate for my field, as well as patients and families, at a local, state and national level. 

If you had a magic wand and could fix one issue in your field, what would it be?

If I had a magic wand, I would create a culture and society that embraced and celebrated death more. It's a funny thing, we all know it's going to happen to us and the ones we love - many of us have already experienced a loss that has profoundly impacted our lives forever - but we don't talk about it. Do you know what your loved ones wishes are at the end of life? Do you know what yours are? Have you communicated them to anyone or documented them in any way? In healthcare, we focus on preventative medicine and curative treatment at every cost and rarely take a look at how it is impacting the quality of life and care that patients receive. With my magic wand, I would want to normalize the conversation around death and dying in an effort to help us all live our lives here on earth to the absolute fullest. 

For fun: 

Favorite TV show: The Office, we've probably watched the entire series at least 10 times 

Favorite Podcast: Oprah's Super Soul Sunday 

Favorite Restaurant in KC or anywhere: You can't take the BBQ out of the Kansas City girl - Q39 for sure! 

Favorite Place to shop: I'm pretty hooked on my Le Tote subscription, but when in DC love checking out The Outrage

Any fun trips on the horizon? Really looking forward to the Canadian Parliament Exchange program we're doing in May as part of the fellowship program. Never expected to check out Ottawa, Canada! 

Told you she was smart!!! Thanks for playing along, Hannah! The world is a better place with you in it :)


Fearless Female Friday - women who are killing it!

Meet Amy Thurston

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Amy Thurston is one cool chick! She’s funny, kind, strong, determined and an uber talented interior designer! You may have seen her work on her instagram feed Amy’s Instagram or her website www.amy-thurston.com, and if you haven’t you should check it out.

Here are some examples of her amazing designs. Photos by me…

Let’s get to know her a little better:

Q & A with Amy Thurston

Tell me about your family…

My husband Curtis and I have two kids, 7 and 9, and they both surprise me every day with their funny charm and curiosity. My husband and I have been together 17 years,  married 11. We travelled extensively prior to settling down which is a great way to get to know someone. We have two mutts, Winston and Milo.

When and how did you get started in interior design?

I have memories of rearranging my rooms as young as junior high, and I painted a bookshelf rainbow colors once, which strikes me as funny now because I arrange books as rainbows all the time. I started Amy Thurston Interiors and Creative Direction six years ago as a way to work from home and pursue my passion for interior design.

How would you describe your style?

I appreciate elements of so many styles. I try to incorporate the comfort that comes from traditional interiors with the lines of modern interiors. For me it’s about  merging those uniquely in each project.  That helps me achieve my ultimate goals of not repeating looks in people’s homes and staying curious and fresh.

What is a dream project for you?

I like projects that present new challenges and get out of my comfort zone. We just completed a project with a full atrium and designing that was HEAVEN. It helped to have amazing clients who just went with it, and allowed the ideas to flow.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Getting to know people and their stories, then translating that into their home.

Any tips for quick, simple interior design upgrades people can do on their own?

Paint and lighting work wonders to change things up, and finish it off with framed art.  

Favorite home stores, websites, paint colors, brands etc?

I shop everywhere, high and low and old and new. The West Bottoms or antique shops  for good pieces with character. Online  Chairish  and 1stDibs are gold mines. Coveted Home and Golden & Pine both offer great furniture lines as well as staying current. Spruce, right around the corner is so handy for a quick refresh vase or pillow.  West Elm has some great pieces to work in and accessorize with, plus their customer service is so good. We’re so lucky here in KC!
Farrow and Ball have my favorite paint decks, and Benjamin Moore has my foundation colors. 

What are some signature Amy Thurston design elements?

I love styling book shelves, incorporating texture, rich colors in dining rooms and layering.

What is your contact info: email: amy@amy-thurston.com, instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amytkc/

Anything that is important to you that I forgot to ask?

Don’t rush paint color selection and have fun!!

Thanks for playing along Amy - keep on killing it!

I love headshots!

My love for headshots started in high school. I was a photographer for my high school yearbook and my favorite assignment was headshots. I loved getting people to laugh and capturing their real smile. I guess some things never change, because headshots are still one of my favorite things to shoot! 

I know that it can be stressful even thinking about getting updated headshots, but I promise to make it quick, easy and fun! You can come to my awesome studio in the Crossroads District or we can pick a location that is convenient for you and your busy schedule. It usually only takes about 30 minutes, and you can bring multiple outfits if you'd like.

Call, text or email me to set up your session. I have discounted rates for groups of 2 or more.


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Now that I have some time to sit and think, I decided its time to reflect on 2017... 

It was a big year for me professionally! After 8 great years with Peep Toe Photography, I decided to make the leap launching my own business. I was nervous... would I still have clients, would I miss being in a partnership, how would I run my own business? Thankfully, I didn't let the fear stop me because it ended up being my best year yet! 

I am so lucky to have such amazing, loyal clients who keep coming back to me and send their friends to me, too! Thank you! Looking forward to lots of fun shoots in 2018!!

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