Dr. Bridget Bransteitter, D.O. | Doctor
I am a physician, board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. I specialize in Infectious Diseases, and have been practicing medicine at Centerpoint Medical Center for the last 12 years. I also serve as the hospital epidemiologist for Centerpoint Medical Center. This past year has been filled with many challenges. I am grateful to the entire hospital staff for their teamwork and dedication to patient care through this difficult year. I also am grateful for all the support we have received from the surrounding community as we work to keep everyone healthy and safe.
Douglas Short | Fire Chief, City of Independence Missouri
I began working for City of Independence in 2012 and has been the Fire Chief the last 3 years. I have been in Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services over 32 years. While family is always first, I have always enjoyed and focused on community service for much of my life.
This last year has been probably one of the most difficult and challenging in my career. Most emergencies only last minutes to hours, but this one has been ongoing for over a year now. With the City of Independence, not only am I the Fire Chief, I serve as the Emergency Management Director for the City of Independence. Serving as one of the Incident Commanders of our City Emergency Operations, we have daily had to constantly examine the effects of the COVID emergency and prepare efforts to serve and protect our citizens. My goal as a member of the Command team is to guide and help our team, that includes Emergency Operations Staff, City Staff, and many other community members to solve and find solutions for the community in dealing with the affects of the disaster. I am here today not to be recognized personally, but to represent all those, who throughout this disaster, have stepped up to continue to not only do their normal jobs, but to serve the best interest of the community. Their volunteering efforts and love for the community should never be disregarded or forgotten. Finally, a special thanks should go out to all our families and loved ones that have supported us with this endeavor over this last year as well.
Dr. Kelly Skinner | Nurse
Dr. Skinner a board certified family nurse practitioner with a doctorate in nursing practice and leadership. She has worked in the field of infectious disease for the past 16 years and was born and raised in Independence, MO. Many of the patients that she has the honor to care for in this community are friends, neighbors, or relatives. It has been a year of sadness and success for all of us as we have worked through a crisis that many only imagined existed in movies. Through it all we have worked united to help the community that we serve as if every patient were family.
Todd Feagans | Police Officer
Officer Todd Feagans grew up always knowing he wanted to be a police officer. He has 27 total years in law enforcement with the last 23 years serving with the Lee's Summit Police Department. His career has included roles in bike patrol, 12 years as a field training officer, and 8 years as a member of the SWAT team. This past year policing has evolved because of multiple outside challenges such as Covid, mental health awareness, and community tension. This has led to more community policing, checking in on residents and connecting more with them personally. He is proud to represent all of the men and women in blue throughout the Kansas City area. He has been married to Teresa for 25 years and they have two children Clara and Garrett!
Nick Duncan | Delivery Professional
My name is Nick Duncan, and I’ve worked for the United States Postal Service for 17 years. My job has changed a lot over the years, but none more than it did in 2020. With a lot of people shifting to working at home, and virtual school, that in turn created a lot more online shopping. The thing I’ve noticed the most is a lot of people have started ordering food, cleaning supplies, medicine, and other essential items online. I take pride in being able to deliver them in a timely manner.
Kendra Osborne | Health Care Professional
My Name is Kendra Osborne - I'm an xray/ct tech for HCA and Sano Orthopedics. At the hospital we xray and scan several covid pts everyday with more severe symptoms to ensure proper treatment and recovery. This past year has been difficult for everyone and with many hardships. I am proud to work for two companies that work incredibly hard to make each other and our patients feel at their best even through unprecedented times.
Ron Smart | Custodian Hero
Ron Smart is the Head Custodian at Cable Dahmer Arena. “Ronnie” keeps the house in order. The floors shine, the trash is never over flowing and all supplies are stocked and inventoried. Ronnie has worked in the venue industry for more than 30 years. He started working at Kemper Arena and Bartle Hall for the City of Kansas City more than 30 years ago. Ronnie has been keeping Cable Dahmer Arena in ship shape since 2012. During the pandemic, Ronnie has made sure the CDC approved disinfectant products, sprayers and other PPE equipment are maintained for the Arena and Community ice.
Gamaliel Felix | Hospital Personnel
Gamaliel Felix, has spent the last 5 years working as an Operating Engineer at Centerpoint Medical Center. Felix and his coworkers are responsible for the important behind-the-scenes work ensuring that crucial life support systems like mechanical, electrical, and medical gas remain operational, keeping staff, patients, and visitors safe.
Lloyd Andersen | Food Services
Lloyd has been a Chick-fil-A Operator for over 30 years, opening the Independence location in 2008. We feel so fortunate to be able to serve great food to the community both inside and outside of the restaurant.
Thank you so much to those who have supported us during this crazy year. We look forward to seeing you again soon!