In October, SME Topeka honors Vickie Brokke for her dedication and service to the organization. She has been a member since 2013, currently serves on the board of directors and the Member Education and SME Live committees.
Vickie is the President & CEO of Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy and Theatre Club of Topeka. She is responsible for all aspects of the Theatre, Club and the Endowment operations, supervising artistic endeavors, business operations, human resources, facility, as well as fund and volunteer development. For the past five years they’ve managed Helen Hocker Theater for Shawnee County Parks and Recreation.
Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy was founded in 1936. It is the oldest community theatre in Kansas and the oldest continuous dinner theatre in the nation. It operates three stages with over 250 nights of entertainment. The Academy provides year-round theatre education and technical classes for youth and they operate summer camps at two locations.
Vickie looked back on her years and shared, “Since joining the SME Board I’ve grown both professionally and personally thanks to the experience of working alongside other business and community leaders. I’ve learned through shared experiences different management techniques and problem-solving skills”.
She encourages others to join and become involved in the organization.
“It’s easy to talk about SME and the benefits of membership to my colleagues and people I meet in the community. Skill building through our dinner speakers and special events as well as the great networking opportunities are the primary benefits I stress”, said Vickie.
In addition to belonging to SME, Vickie is also a member of Topeka South Rotary, Heartland Visioning, Topeka Chamber of Commerce and is on the planning committee for Leadership Topeka.
Vickie and her husband, Roger, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary earlier this year. They have two sons: Ryan is a KU graduate and works for Westar and Chase is a junior at K-State working on his engineering degree.