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These Wichitans are ready to answer any and all of your pressing questions about life in Wichita. 

Rachel Murphy

Welcome to Wichita! I'm so happy that you're interested in our sweet community. My name is Rachel Thomas-Murphy and I am the owner and interior designer of Thomas Grey Interiors. I'm a 35-year-old mother of three, avid runner, swimmer and bike rider. I love movies, outdoor activities, community and faith events and, most importantly, food. I grew up near Dallas but moved to Lawrence to attend the University of Kansas. I then followed my soon-to-be-husband to Wichita where we started our family. It's been an incredible place to live, start a family, grow a business and make an impact. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Reach out to me via email.

Ask me about:

  • Biking and hiking trails
  • Running
  • Arts community
  • Neighborhoods

Randa Shaban

Hi! My name is Randa! I am full Lebanese, born & raised in Kansas. My parents immigrated to the U.S. in 1985, so my siblings and I are first generation U.S.-born citizens. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in marketing from Wichita State University then earned my MBA from Baker University just outside of Lawrence, Kansas. I have worked in the financial industry for over six years. Currently, I am a Business Specialist at Meritrust Credit Union assisting local business owners with their deposit & lending needs. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and miniature poodle Murphy, working on my handmade soap business (check me out @soapsbyranda) and exploring this beautiful city that I so proudly call home!

Reach out to me via emailInstagram or LinkedIn.

Ask me about:

  • Finance
  • Restaurants 
  • Shopping
  • Downtown living

Sandip Southekal

Hi! I am Sandip and I am a software engineering manager. I’m based in Wichita, but work remotely for a company in California. I have been working in software for nine years for various early- to late-stage high growth companies. I am fascinated with utilizing technology to build products that people enjoy using. In my spare time, I enjoy tinkering with startup ideas, watching re-runs of Columbo and trying my best to keep my toddler entertained.

Reach out to me via Twitter or LinkedIn

Ask me about:

  • Working remote
  • Careers in tech
  • Westerns
  • Finding the right IPA

Kristen Spear

Although I was born and raised in Wichita, I have had the opportunity to live in many other places such as England, Spain, Africa, Texas and Colorado. I love adventure, travel, good food and drinks, and staying fit so I can enjoy my days with my family. I have had two careers so far — teaching elementary school and human resources — both of which have prepared me to start my own HR consulting company. The entrepreneurial scene in Wichita is vibrant and thriving. I am so thankful to live in this great city!

Reach out to me via email or LinkedIn

Ask me about:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Faith-based communities
  • Low-cost family activities
  • Cooking or locally-sourced food