Helen's Vitae
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Helen Stucky (Risdon, RN-ret) Weaver has a passion for fun and taking humor shots...particularly with her dear friend Dr. Richard Bergen.  She has known him since she was in 6th grade.  His wife, LuAnn was the Middle School Librarian that save Helen's life literally and figuratively when Helen was discouraged by her Christian parent's surprise divorce and her difficulty reading.  Using Helen's love of art, LuAnn was able to get Helen interested in talking and finding books that interested her and tricked Helen into learning to enjoy reading. 

The art of talking and the art of friendship and the art of creating and fixing things are all arts that Helen enjoys.   The more people that can't see how something can be done, the more Helen becomes determined to pull the people together that can show how it can be done. It is a pattern she has repeated over and over.  Nursing was the wholistic way that Helen got to indulge her passion for outdoor adventures, diversity, learning from and with all she meets, and the energizing way that being curious, useful, resourceful and creative recharges her batteries. 

Work history:

  • 2010-present: Wellness Weavers, founder www.wellnessweavers.com 111 S. Kansas Ave, Waterville, KS 66548  785-770-7448 wellnessweavers@gmail.com  
  • Statewide Coordinator for the Kansas Parents As Teachers 7-site teleconference "Feeding Your Child" Event per their grant from the United Health Ministry Fund (successful event though hired only 2.5 months before event. Gratitude Email sent upon request)
  • 1997-2011: Via Christi (formerly: Mercy Regional Medical Center) (PRN Cardiac Rehab Nurse) Manhattan, KS 785-776-3322
  • 1997-2007: USD#384, Randolph-Olsburg Kansas School District (16-hrs/wk) 3 Ram Way, Randoph, KS 66554 785-293-5256
  • 1985-2005: Community Hospital, Onaga and Rural HealthCare Systems, 120 W. 8th St, Onaga as Rural Nurse Generalist & started and staffed Cardiac Rehab 3xwk 1986-2005 then PRN 785-889-4272



Formal educational background:

  • 2013-2016 Humor Academy, all three one-year levels, from the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor 
  • 2010 Drama Therapy 101 Kansas State University Summer Course, Manhattan, KS  
  • 1996 Physical Assessment Course & KanBeHealthy Certificate; Fort Hays State University
  • 1987 East Stroudsburg University of Pennysvania: ACSM Exercise Specialist Weeklong Intensive Workshop
  • 1987 Kansas State University: 3 hr Exercise Physiology Course
  • 1986 Certified as Physical Fitness Specialist at Cooper's Aerobic Center, Dallas, TX  
  • 1979 Washburn University 3-hr graduate course "Wholistic Wellness" , Topeka, KS
  • 1976 Asbury Hospital School of Nursing with a Diploma in Nursing, Salina, KS 
  • 1974 Kansas Wesleyan University graduated with a BA in General Sciences, Salina, KS  
  • 1972: 6-wk Summer School at Universidad de Moncloa, Madrid Spain to study Spanish
  • 1972: Graduated Salina High South, Salina, KS 
  • 1968-71:  Summer school  sessions for 6-wk at the Instituto Technologico de Monterrey, Mexico that included spanish lessons and the folklore dances of Mexico 

Registrations-certifications-special trainings: 


Scholarship awards:

  • 2015 The Knox Family Peace Scholarship from the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor for attendance of the Annual Conference May 27-May 31 and to enter into the final year of Humor Academy and a Level 3 Leadership Project.
  • 2014 The Grapestien Scholarship for Humor and Health from the Association of Applied & Therapeutic Humor resulting in my Level 2 Humor Academy research project, "Does Humor Work 4 You?"
  • 2013 The Enid Schwartz, RN, PhD Humor and Health Scholarship from the Association of Applied & Therapeutic Humor
  • 2011 To attend the Annual Conference of the Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association 
  • 2009  To attend the Kansas Core Public Health Course Wald Center KU School of Med & KDHE 
  • 2009  To attend the KDHE Childcare Health Consultant Course, Topeka, KS 
  • 2007 The Patty Wooten Nurse Scholarship from the Association of Applied & Therapeutic Humor  
  • 1993 Annual Conference Registration to Humor Skills for Health Professionals from the Journal of Nursing Jocularity
  • 1973 & 1974 Eisenhower Scholarship to Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, KS  
  • 1972 George Hefke Language Scholarship, KWU to study in Spain 


Volunteer missions:

  • Helping those I can, when I can, how I can, where ever a need is seen that I can do something about...
  • 2011-present: Wellness Weavers health promotion pilot project: volunteers helping with community gardens and improving at-risk historic buildings receive safe, drug and alcohol-free places to stay, and assistance with links to weave support network & access to wholistic health promotion.
  • 2012: Children's Disaster Services Wildfire Recovery Center in Wilford, Oklahoma
  • 2007: United Methodist Earthquake Recovery Team to Chincha, Pera  
  • 2005-6:  Team leader for three United Methodist Katrina Disaster Response Teams to Bay St. Louis, MS
  • 2001-5:  Coordinated wholistic health into the United Methodists' East Annual Conferences at Baker University, Baldwin City, KS  
  • 1995 Volunteered at Gesunheit Institute for a weekend
  • 1996 Delivered supplies to Patch Adams as the Tooth Fairy to take to Russia
  • 1980's care and feeding of volunteer firefighters trying to put out on the Blue Rapids City Square.  
  • 1978 VIM trip to Albuquerque, NM to work on an innercity school and visit a Native American Reservation
  • 1976 Deliver clothes to Red Bird Mission, in Kentucky during travels to check out Frontier Nursing Service


Grants obtained for hospital-school- or church health promotion projects:

  • Coordinated School Health Grants 1 & 2 for USD #397 from Kansas Dept of Education  
  • Healthy Congregations in Action Grant for the Jerusalem Road Parish Churches from the United Heath Ministry Fund
  • Physical Focus Pilot Project for Blue Valley Middle School Lifetime Fitness Teacher Training, Curriculum, and Equipment from Kansas Health Foundation
  • Faith Community Nurse-School Nurse training and equipment from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund
  • American Heart Association grants for bike ergometer and for cardiac dysrhythmia simulator for Community Hospital, Onaga and EMS 
  • Treasure Chest for Healthy Hearts Preschool Health Edutainment Kit from the American Heart Association for the Small Wonders Discovery Center and Community Hospital, Onaga



Presentation highlights:

  • May 29, 2015 "Does Humor Work 4 You?" a report of a year long Level 2 Humor Academy research project at the Annual Conference of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor in Philadelphia, PA
  • February -March 2013 Community Health ministry joint venture with the Siempre Salud diabetes project in Chincha, Peru
  • March- April 2012 "Chronic Conditions Self-Management Classes", the Stanford University 6-wk series held at the Kansas Street Settlement House in Waterville, KS
  • Fall 2010  "Chronic Conditions Self-Management Classes", the Stanford University 6-wk series held at Presbyterian Church in Marysville, Kansas
  • 2010 Produced and debuted at the Waterville Opera House a stage-production of "AE" (Amelia Earhart), originally created as a radio production by Dr. Rix Shanline, Manhattan, KS
  • 2009  The Role of Faith Communities in Emergency Preparedness and Response for KDHE Statewide meeting in Topeka, KS  
  • 2009  Planned, coordinated and provided healthy meal & snacks for an interagency event involving representation from City Council, KSU, KSU-Riley County Extension Agent, UMC Disaster Response, the Jersualem Road Parish Healthy Congregations in Action, local school systems and co-facilitated with a trained Kansas Leadership Center facilitator in Leonardville, Kansas as my capstone project for completion of the Kansas Core Public Health Program: The role of Churches in Disaster Preparedness & Response 
  • 2006 Demonstration of the Coordinated School Health USD#397 website and orientation to the interagency Health Skills Fair for the USD #397 Blue Valley School District 
  • 1995 Traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia and presented a breakout session on "Humor to Facilitate Communication", provided a Tooth Fairy presentation to 5th graders on oral health, and provided interactive mime clowning as "Astra" during the 50th Anniversary celebration of the end of World War II


Info still in need of organization...  Please understand my dilemma for the need to get info posted on the website and time enough to continue my other work.  Thanks for your patience and compasssion, ~Helen

{Numerous presentation variations of "Humor for the Health of It!" for Extension programs, Women's Church club programs, Senior Expo events & centers in Salina, Hillsboro, Centralia, Onaga, Hiawatha 1993-2011} 

  • 2009 Certified Child Care Health Consultant; capstone project included placing website resource links for parents and childcare providers on the Childcare Center's website.
  • 2009 Child Disaster Services Training via the Church of the Brethren
  • 2010 Coordinated the statewide Kansas Interactive Distance Learning event, "Feeding Relationships: An Introduction into the Possibilities" for the Kansas Parents as Teachers Association.
  • January 2011: Attended the Brian Tracy Business Mastery Seminar, San Diego, CA and also participated in the Homeless Point in Time Count in San Diego
  • March 2011: Made a contract with the first person to test the Wellness Weavers Health and Wellness Cooperative system and that person was off public assistance and employed and buying his own home by September 2012.
  • December 2013 Exploratory study of the Incas in the Sacred Valley of Peru and visit to introduce a Certified Diabetes Educator to the Peruvian-American Medical Society in Chincha, Peru
  • Obtain over 30 hours of continuing education workshops every one to two years with an emphasis on any aspect of wholistic health
  • Current memberships include: the Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association, the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor, The Ninety-nines, Women in Aviation International, EAA, and AOPA  to build her knowledge base and allows networking to learn from the best mentors
  • Service and Education come up as Helen's main gifts with the Spiritual Gifts Inventory
  • My mixed Fruits of the Spirit continue to ripen... Galatians 5:22
  • Q:  What is so special about Waterville, Kansas that makes it the best place for the Wellness Weavers home place?  
  • Q: Work history

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