Topeka’s Top 20 Under 40: Niki Maloney
Stormont Vail Health
She serves as a cultural ambassador for Stormont Vail, public information officer for the Emergency Management and Safety Committee and is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Marketing. Niki is a Lunch Buddy through The Bridge of Topeka’s mentoring program. She is passionate about creating an environment for the 96,000 unchurched and dechurched people in our community to learn and grow in their faith.
“Remember that leadership is not a position of authority, it is action. Leaders are always prepared to do the hard work, whether they are leading by title or leading from the middle of the group. Leaders set their eyes on what is unseen, on the changesor differences they envision for the future.”
What do you hope your legacy will be?
Years from now, I hope that people look backon my life and say “Niki was a woman exuberant in her faith, who loved others, and who usedher passion for communication to inspire and motivate those around her.” My faith shapes the way I live, the words I say and the actions that I take. I want my life to reflect the love and grace I have been shown and I want to inspire others to show love, mercy and grace as well.
Who are your heroes?
My greatest hero is my granddad. Education was important to him but due to life circumstances he had to drop out of school and work. He worked hard, raised his family, and encouraged his children and grandchildren to get an education. As a Kansas farmer, life wasn’t always easy, but he relied on his faith in God and a strong work ethic to support his family. At the age of 75, Granddad got his GED. During his graduation ceremony he smiled in a way I had never seen before. I understood in that moment the importance and blessing of education.
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