After 11 ½ years as second-in-command of the administrative services department, Niki Buesing is leaving the Great Plains Conference.
Buesing, assistant treasurer and controller, will leave the conference in mid-November to become the chief financial officer for Nemaha Valley Community Hospital in Seneca. The position is contracted through Topeka-based Stormont-Vail Health, and Buesing said she will commute and maintain her current residence in Topeka.
“I want everybody to know I love my job here at the conference,” Buesing said. “I was not looking for a job, I was not doing a search. This just showed up, and I decided to throw my name at it and see what happened.
“It’s a really, really neat opportunity, and I just couldn’t pass it up,” she added.
Her last day with the conference will be Nov. 12.
Buesing said the biggest accomplishment during her time in the position was the successful consolidation of the former Kansas East, Kansas West and Nebraska conferences into the Great Plains Conference in 2014.
“That was a really big one,” she said. “From the finance side of things, after nine months we kind of had our feet back under us. We were one of the conferences that was able to get ourselves right after the merger well before any of the other conferences did before any of their mergers.”
Scott Brewer, conference treasurer and director of administrative services, said Buesing has “tremendous knowledge of the operations of the conference” and was invaluable in the transition from his predecessor, the Rev. Gary Beach.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever worked with anyone who works as hard as Niki,” Brewer said. “She has always put in a tremendous number of hours and committed a lot of hours, including her off-hours, supporting the day-to-day and making sure stuff got done.
“She’s always been a good colleague. She lets me know when I had it wrong, she lets me know when I had it right, and everywhere in between,” he added. “It’s going to be hard to see her go.”
Buesing was hired as controller and was named as assistant treasurer in April 2018.
A classified ad for a new controller is on the Great Plains Conference website. Brewer said he is looking for someone with accounting expertise and experience, who is ready, willing and able to be a good staff leader and supervisor.
Buesing worked as a commercial credit analyst at a bank and as a public accountant before joining the former Kansas East Conference.
More than anything, Buesing said, she’ll miss her co-workers in administrative services.
“What am I going to do without all of these people? I love the people that I work with. I love the staff out there,” she said from her office. “We’re just a bunch of nerdy, accountant-y people, but I’m gonna miss them and be sad we’re not going to be working together anymore.”
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