Active Age board gets new president and members

By Tammara Fogle | January 5, 2022

Tim Marlar has been elected president of The Active Age’s board of directors. Marlar, of Newton, has served on the board since 2019. He takes over from Mary Corrigan, who remains on the board.

Al Higdon and Tiya Tonn have joined the board. 

Higdon, a long-time Wichita resident, in 1971 co-founded Sullivan Higdon & Sink (now Signal Theory), Kansas’ largest advertising, public relations and marketing firm.

While active with his firm, Al served as chair of the Wichita State National Advisory Council and the University of Kansas President’s Club, as well as board chair of Music Theatre of Wichita, Wichita River Festival and Exploration Place.  He was on the board of the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce, Wichita Community Foundation, Salvation Army and other not-for-profit organizations.

For seven years he was a volunteer driver for the Red Cross, weekly ferrying people in financial need to their doctor and medical appointments.

Al has been married for 64 years to his wife, Judy.  They have three grown children, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Tonn operates her family’s beef ranch in the Flint Hills near Cassoday, Kansas. The oldest of her four children has joined her in managing the day-to-day operations. 

She attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and received her Juris Doctorate from Presidents’ College School of Law. She serves as executive director of the Butler County Historical Society/Kansas Oil Museum and county coordinator of the Butler County Farm Bureau Association.