After the April 2, 2013 election there are some new faces and some old ones in Lake Lotawana government.
David Welsh was elected mayor. Welsh grew up in the college town of Gambier, Ohio, the son of a theology professor/minister father and a community volunteer/Department of Education employee mother. The family spent many summers at Lake Superior on Madeline Island and Spooner Lake in Wisconsin. He has an affinity for the lake community lifestyle.
After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Welsh served four years in the U.S. Navy. Following his service he spent 36 years at three public broadcasting TV stations in production, programming and digital conversion roles, retiring from KCPT/Ch19 in Kansas City in 2004.
He and wife Maggie have a blended family of three children and four grandchildren, all who live out of state. His hobbies are photography, walking his dog and reading. He has volunteered for the Lake Lotawana community in various ways: serving on the West Branch Sni-A-Bar Creek Watershed Consortium as its secretary, attending organizational meetings of the Lake’s Emergency Management committee and qualifying as a Red Cross volunteer. He has served four years as a Lake Lotawana’s Ward 1 Alderman, Mayor Pro-Temp for two years and acting as the police department’s interim supervisor in 2011.
Rita Aholt, the newly elected Alderwoman for Ward 1 at Lake Lotawana, is only the second woman to be sworn in to the Board of Alders.
Aholt is a homemaker and community volunteer. She maintains Mason’s "Secret Garden." She served as a Girl Scout leader and was chosen as an initial member of Mason’s Character Education program. She served from 2006-2010 and helped promote the building of Path of Good Character in the Secret Garden, the American flag mosaic in the school entry after 9/11, and the World Peace art project at Mason.
In 2010, Aholt was awarded the Missouri PTA Lifetime Membership Award.
She volunteered as pick up boat at Ski Club practice and Lotawana Day and was in charge of fundraising for three years.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University. She held leadership positions at Children’s Mercy NICU and St. Luke’s NICU.
She then worked at Johnson County Pediatrics while and after obtaining her Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Kansas. Board Certified in Maternal and Child Nursing, Aholt worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Humana for eight years. She also served as a clinical preceptor for the Nursing program at the University of Missouri while at Humana.
She was employed at Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center and later Blue Mills Pediatrics in Independence before retiring in 2004.
Aholt and her husband Jim have been Lake Lotawana residents for thirty three years.
Their three adult children, Regina Cooley, Katie Prideaux and James Aholt also serve the community as a family physician, third grade teacher at Mason, and packing specialist at REKO. James is also proud to be a Lake Lotawana Optimist.
Aholt enjoys reading, gardening and chauffeuring James to and from work, bowling, basketball, social club and dances.
Her sweetest joy is every minute with her extraordinary grandchildren, Zyza, Adeline, Taylor and Kaden.
Scott Miles was elected to his third term as Ward II Lake Lotawana City Alderman.
Alderman Miles was born and raised near Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. After working fulltime for a few years, he returned to the University of Iowa, and received his Masters in Business Administration.
He has lived in Lake Lotawana since November 2007 with his two daughters and wife Jennifer.
Miles works for DEG Digital, a digital marketing firm based in Overland Park, Kansas.