August Newsletter Print

President's Report

It’s time for another program year and I’m looking forward to working with the board of directors, committees and membership as the 2017-2018 AFWA Wichita Chapter President! Thank you to last year’s board of directors and committee members for all the work you did to continue our success in growing the accounting and finance professions and giving back to the community.

First, I would like to invite and encourage all members to join a committee. It really is the best way to get involved in the organization. Please visit for more information. Contact a member of the board if you are interested in joining a committee or if you have any questions.

•Program/Membership: Plan and coordinate the monthly membership meetings and focus on the recruitment and retention of members

•Newsletter/Website: Develop and maintain the chapter website and Facebook, as well as distribute a periodic newsletter to our membership (and to prospective members)

•Public Relations: Increase brand recognition/public awareness and lead our financial literacy program

•Scholarship: Facilitate the scholarship application and selection process, in addition to leading fundraising for the scholarships

•Social: Organize social events (non-CPE) for our membership to promote networking

In addition to the benefits of our local chapter, there are also benefits offered at the national level. Please visit for more information.

•Conferences and events: The National Conference is October 28-30th in Washington D.C. this year. Let a member of the board know if you are interested in attending or for more information.

•CPE: AFWA now offers CPE credit for live participation in their monthly webinars. There are different series you can choose from: Ask the Pro, Savvy Series, and All Things Member. These webinars are free.

•Social networks, publications, discounts and more 

The 2017-2018 Wichita chapter board of directors is looking forward to a great program year. Our annual strategic planning meeting was held on July 12th. We are planning for meeting topics to include workplace safety, financial advising and internal controls. These are in addition to topics we try to cover each year such as accounting, tax, ethics and economic updates. We are also looking forward to some exciting social events such as Trivia Night and a 45th anniversary celebration.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about AFWA.

Thank you!

Rachel Hoopes
AFWA Wichita Chapter President 2017-2018


Rachel Hoopes is an Accounting Controller at INVISTA, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. in Wichita, Kansas. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Emporia State University prior to beginning her career with INVISTA. During her eleven years with INVISTA, Rachel has gained experience in a variety of accounting areas and worked on several large projects, including divestitures and a global system implementation. In addition to her accounting career and position as President for the Wichita chapter of Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, Rachel also serves on the boards of her local Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and Booster Club. Rachel currently resides in Burrton, Kansas with her husband, Tyler, and their three children, McKinsie, Aiden and Braxton.

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Getting to Know our Members

Meet the 2017-2018 Board of Directors

Back row (left to right): Janelle Leak, Trisha Grosch, Lindsey Spiess, Kris Culliton, Shannon Rudisell, Tacy Contreras
Front row (left to right): Susan Barrett, Rachel Hoopes, Kate Grant


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National News

October 28-30, 2017  //  Washington, D.C.  //  The Westin Alexandria

Early Bird Discounts thru August 16 - Click Here to Register


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Calendar of Events


August 15, 2017 - Membership Meeting: Tax Update  Click Here to Register
September 20, 2017 - Workplace Safety
October 17, 2017 - Accounting Update
November 14, 2017 - Financial Advising
January 16, 2018 - Internal Controls
February 20, 2018 - Economic Update
May 15, 2018 - Ethics
June 19, 2018 - Soft Skills
Board of Director Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  All members are welcome.
(Dates subject to change)



AFWA offers webinars throughout the year to hear from inspirational female professionals and build critical competencies for success. Most webinars deliver 1 hour of CPE. All webinars are FREE for AFWA members and just $25 for non-members.

AFWA Members >> login now to register FREE for upcoming webinars (from the Members Portal homepage, select webinars in the sidebar navigation)

Non-Members/Guests >> Select the registration link below. Register for 4 webinars and your 5th will be free!

 All attendees will receive handouts and a recording of the webinar. Check back often for new webinars added. Questions? Contact

All times listed are Eastern

  • 8/17/2017, 8pm – Savvy Series – Conflict Management: Tips for handling it like a boss (1 CPE Personal Development)
  • 9/21/2017, 3pm – Savvy Series – Your Body Says it All: Reading Nonverbal Ques (1 CPE, Communication)
  • 11/30/2017, 8pm – Savvy Series – Hey, I’m Over Here: 7 Tips to stay relevant (1 CPE, Personal Development)
  • 12/14/2017, 3pm – Savvy Series – Keep on Going: 6 Tips for increasing motivation (1 CPE, Personal Development)

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Speaker Information

 August Meeting

S. Rachel Pappy

Partner and Vice President,
Polston Tax Resolution & Accounting
Offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Wichita, Norman, and Edmond


Rachel Pappy has been working in the accounting field since 1999.  She began as an accounting assistant and then became an accountant moving into payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, auditing, tax preparation, budgets, and financial planning before going to law school. She earned her Juris Doctorate at Oklahoma City University School of Law and is currently the Partner and Vice President at Roderick H. Polston, P.C.  where she oversees over 85 employees at 5 offices in 2 states.

The firm’s clients primarily consist of self-employed individuals and business owners who owe back taxes to the IRS and they fights on their behalf to protect their rights and put a reasonable resolution in place for their outstanding taxes. 

Rachel Pappy’s accomplishments are as follows:

  • Featured LIVE on TV every month on Fox 25 providing tax updates and news
  • Best-Selling Author for her contribution to the book “Get in the Game” with Kevin Harrington and Loral Langemeier
  • Recipient of the OCU Law Outstanding Young Alumna Award
  • Featured regularly -Live on the Radio- answering tax questions on News Talk, KOKC 1520 AM
  • Featured on TV – On News 9 answering tax questions
  • Featured on William Shatner’s show “Moving America Forward”
  • Selected two years in a row, 2015 and 2016, by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for the field of Tax Law
  • Graduate of Oklahoma Bar Association’s Elite Leadership Academy
  • Recipient of the “40 Under 40” Award by OKC Biz and Mercedes Benz
  • Recipient of the “Next Under 40” Award by the Norman Transcript and the Norman Chamber
  • Nominated as the Most Outstanding Lawyer of the Year
  • Cover Articles on the front page of the Tulsa Business and Legal News
  • Feature article in OKC Biz magazine
  • Feature article in the Norman Transcript
  • Feature article in Boyd Street Magazine
  • Featured in Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Selected by the IRS to provide a nine-part tax seminar on behalf of the IRS
  • Keynote Speaker for the Accounting and Finance Women’s Alliance Annual Banquet
  • Keynote Speaker for the Giant Partner’s CEO Breakfast
  • Graduate of Master Executives


Rachel Pappy is licensed to practice in Oklahoma State Court, Federal Court, Bankruptcy Court, and United States Tax Court. When she is not at work, Rachel loves spending time with her three children and husband and traveling!

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Committee Requests and Reminders

  • We want your feedback! If you have any ideas for upcoming meetings or a specific topic you would like to have covered in a meeting please let us know. If you know of a speaker or group that would be interested in speaking at one of our meetings, you can also call/email a board member or just write your suggestions down on the meeting evaluation forms – whichever you prefer. We want you to get the most out of your membership in AFWA!


  •  Do you have some personal news to share? A career change announcement?  We'd like to recognize your success!  Please submit anything you would like to include in the next newsletter to by August 31, 2017.


  • Interested in the Mentor Program?  For more information, please contact Janelle at

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Scholarship Information

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Scholarship Fundraiser

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