Involved in her community
Joan Padgett stayed plenty busy growing up in northeast Kansas. She's finding that the same is true in adulthood.
But where Padgett's activities earlier in life revolved around her - pageants, 4-H, dance and the like growing up in Huron - these days they predominantly are tied to her children's lives.
Padgett, the human resources officer at Citizens National Bank, is a member of the Site Council at Lansing Middle School, she's coached her daughter's soccer team and organized a fifth-grade graduation ceremony for her son's class, and she's on the board of Lansing Community Library.
"Being a parent of children : I want to be actively involved, not only for them, but also to be exposed to what is going on in the community (to find out) what can we do to make education or sports activities or any other type of family-type activities better for the community and the families involved," she said.
Padgett also is a member of the Leavenworth-Lansing Women's Chamber of Commerce, where she heads the beautification committee.
Her husband, Brad, is a member of the family that owns Citizens National, which gives Joan Padgett another reason to be active in organizations.
"Being a part of a family who owns a business within a community, that's really one of our focuses: To become actively involved in the communities in which we have businesses," she said.
Name: Joan Padgett
Address: 191 Canyon View Drive
Occupation: Human resources officer, Citizens National Bank
Graduate of: Kansas State University
Family: Husband, Brad; son, Preston; daughter, Paige
How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here: Moved here in 1998 to become involved in my husband's family business, the Citizens National Bank
What do you like most about Lansing: It's small-town atmosphere. It's got a close, family feel. It's close to the big city, but it's not in the big city.
What do you do for fun: Shop, work in the yard, attend my children's activities and vacation at Disney World.
What would surprise people about you? I'm not a KU graduate but am a huge KU fan! I was a KSU Pridette/cheerleader member. I was a platform artist in hair (a hairstylist) for 10 years. And I began competing in pageants in fourth grade and loved it.
What's the best advice you ever received? Believe in yourself. Work hard for your goals. You can achieve anything you set your mind to.
What organizations or clubs to you belong to: Lansing Middle School Site Council; Lansing Community Library board; Leavenworth-Lansing Chamber of Commerce and the Women's Chamber; Leavenworth Education Foundation.