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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF KANSAS GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK

Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards

Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced today recent appointments to boards and commissions.

“I appreciate the time and talents these Kansans are willing to give to continue making Kansas a great state,” said Governor Brownback.

The governor’s office is always looking for qualified, interested Kansans to serve the state on commissions and boards in their areas of expertise.  If you are interested in serving on a commission or board, please visit http://governor.ks.gov/serving-kansans/office-of-appointments.

Board of Directors, Delta Dental Plan of Kansas

The mission is to become Kansas’ first choice for dental benefit programs by delivering flexible and innovative plans that emphasize superior service, value, and cost management.  Delta will maintain a sound financial position while promoting growth and increasing market share.  The Governor has two public member appointments.

·         Bruce Witt, Maize, is being appointed to a four-year term. Mr. Witt earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He currently serves as Director of Government Relations for Via Christi Health, Inc..

Kansas State Technical Professions

The Mission of the Agency is to provide maximum protection of the health, safety, property and welfare of the people of Kansas by assuring that the practice of architecture, engineering, geology, landscape architecture, and land surveying in the state is carried out only by those persons who are proven to be qualified as prescribed by the statutes and rules and regulations of the Board of Technical Professions.

·         David Hoffman, Wichita, is being reappointed to a four-year term. Mr. Hoffman earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Architecture. He currently is the Principal, Senior Vice President and Project Manager/Project Architect at Law/Kingdon, Inc.

·         Larry Graham, Prairie Village, is being reappointed to serve a four-year term. Mr. Graham earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri. He currently serves as the Division Manager of Infrastructure and Design and Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer of Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc.

·         Eric Wimmer, Overland Park, is being reappointed to serve a four-year term. Mr. Wimmer earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Kansas State University. He currently works for HNTB as a Project Architect.

Kansas State Board of Accountancy

The Kansas Board of Accountancy is a regulatory body authorized to carry out the laws and administrative regulations governing CPAs.

·         Michael Marsh, Overland Park, is being appointed to a three-year term. Mr. Marsh earned his real estate and accounting degrees from the University of Hawaii. He currently works as the managing shareholder of Marsh & Company, P.A.

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is focused on the creative industries sector of the Kansas economy. The advisory board is dedicated to measuring, promoting, supporting and expanding the creative industries to grow the state’s economy and create creative industry-related jobs.

·         Kim Dugger Attwater, Wichita, is being appointed to a two-year term. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Friends University. She currently works as the KEYN morning show personality.

Kansas Sentencing Commission

The Kansas Sentencing Commission consists of 17 statutory members, six of which are appointed by the Governor.  The commission’s mission is to develop post-implementation monitoring procedures and reporting methods to evaluate guideline sentences; to advise and consult with the secretary of corrections and members of the legislature in developing a mechanism to link guidelines sentence practices with correctional resources and policies and to consult with and advise the legislature with reference to implementation, management, monitoring, maintenance and operations of the sentencing guidelines system.

·         Jennifer Roth, Lawrence, is being reappointed to a two-year term. Ms. Roth earned a bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas. She currently serves as the Third Judicial District Public Defender.

·         Betsy Gillespie, Olathe, is being reappointed to a two-year term. Ms. Gillespie earned a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She currently works as the Director of the Johnson County Department of Corrections.

·         J. Shawn Elliot, Wichita, is being reappointed to a two-year term. Mr. Elliot earned a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University School of Law. He currently serves as the City Attorney and City Prosecutor for the City of Garden Plain as well as operating his own law practice, Shawn Elliot, Attorney at Law.

·         Junius Dotson, Wichita, is being reappointed to a two-year term. Mr. Dotson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree from Pacific School of Religion. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church.

·         Kevin Berens, Saint Francis, is being reappointed to a two-year term. Mr. Berens earned a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University School of Law. He currently serves as the City Attorney for the City of Bird and as Thomas County Attorney. He also maintains a private law practice, Berens Law Firm Ltd.

Kansas Behavioral Health Services Planning Council

The federal government mandates that all states have a mental health services planning and advisory council. The Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council fulfills that mandate for Kansas. The Council is made up of a cross section of mental health consumers, family members of mental

health consumers, mental health service providers, state agency staff, and private citizens. The Council is actively involved in planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and advising state government regarding Kansas’ mental health services.

·         Sandra Dixon, Lawrence, is being appointed to a four-year term. Ms. Dixon earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She currently serves as the Director of Addiction Services as DCCCA, Inc.

·         Wes Cole, Osawatomie, is being reappointed to a four-year term. Mr. Cole earned a graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of Michigan. He retired from Osawatomie State Hospital after 38 years of service and continues to volunteer there.

Wichita State University Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees at Wichita State University supports the educational undertakings of the University through the management of the University’s endowment and the 1.5 mill levy. The board consists of nine members appointed by the Governor.

·         Cindy Schwan, Wichita, is being reappointed to a three-year term. Ms. Schwan earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Wichita State University. She has served on the Board of Trustees since 2004.

Kansas Credit Union Council

The Kansas Credit Union Council is a seven-member advisory council appointed by the Governor and advises the Kansas Department of Credit Unions on issues and needs of credit unions.

·         Rita Hartman, Atchison, is being appointed to a three-year term. Ms. Hartman is currently the Credit Union Manager at Bradken Credit Union. She currently sits on the Atchison City Commission.

Kansas Workers Compensation and Employment Security Boards Nominating Committee
Established by the 2013 Legislature, this committee replaces the Workers Compensation Administrative Law Judge Nominating and Review Committee and the Workers Compensation Board Nominating Committee. The new committee is comprised of seven members; one member is selected by each of the following groups and then appointed by the Governor: the Kansas Secretary of Labor, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Kansas AFL-CIO, the Kansas State Council of the Society of Human Resource Management, and the Kansas Self Insurers Association.   The Kansas Secretary of Labor must select his or her nominee from an employee organization or a professional employees’ organization. The committee makes nominations pertaining to positions in the Workers Compensation Division, the Workers Compensation Review Board, and the Employment Security Board of Review.

·         Tina Cox, Goddard, is being appointed to a four-year term. Ms. Cox earned a bachelor’s degree from Friends University. She currently works as the Vice President of Risk Management – Self-Insurance Fund for the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association.

Kansas Citizens Utility Ratepayers Board (CURB)

CURB’s mission is to protect the interests of residential and small commercial utility ratepayers in the state of Kansas.  The board is made up of five members appointed by the Governor. There is one member from each congressional district with the fifth member serving as an at-large appointee.  Each member of the board serves a four-year term.

·         Bob Kovar, Osawatomie, is being appointed to a four-year term. Mr. Kovar earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He retired from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration after 27 years of service.

·         Shelta Collins, Gardner, is being appointed to a four-year term. Ms. Collins earned a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from MidAmerica Nazarene University. She currently works as the Director at Open Arms Child Development Center.

·         Brian Weber, Garden City, is being appointed to a four-year term. Mr. Weber earned a bachelor’s degree from Newman University and a master’s degree from Fort Hays State University. He currently is co-owner and operator of Weber Refrigeration and Heating, Inc.

Kansas Board of Pharmacy

The mission of the Kansas Board of Pharmacy is to ensure that all persons and entities conducting business relating to the practice of pharmacy in this state are properly licensed and registered so as to protect the public's health, safety and welfare and to promote the education and understanding of pharmacy related practices.

·         David Schoech, Columbus, is being reappointed to a four-year term. Mr. Schoech earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He works as a pharmacist in South Central Kansas and is the current President of the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy.

·         James Garrelts, Wichita, is being reappointed to a four-year term. Mr. Garrelts earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Texas, San Antonio. He currently works as the Executive Director of Pharmacy at Via Christi Health.

Kansas State Board of Cosmetology

The mission of the Kansas Board of Cosmetology is to protect the health and safety of the consuming public by licensing qualified individuals and enforcing standards of practice. The members of the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology are appointed by the governor to regulate the practice of the profession of cosmetology in Kansas.

·         Christine Burgardt, Garden City, is being appointed to a three-year term. Ms. Burgardt earned a degree from Garden City Community College. She currently is the Owner of Signatures Salon in Garden City.

Kansas Respiratory Care Council

The board shall pass upon the qualifications of all applicants for examination and licensure, provide for all examinations, determine the applicants who successfully pass the examination, duly license such applicants and adopt rules and regulations as may be necessary to administer the provisions of this act. The board shall keep a record of all proceedings under this act and a roster of all individuals licensed under this act. Only an individual may be licensed under this act.

·         Beverly Caley, Green, is being appointed to a three-year term. Ms. Caley earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Kansas State University. She currently works as a teacher at Flint Hills Christian School at Green.

Kansas State Sites Board of Review

The Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review is a group of 11 professionals from various fields that meets quarterly to review and recommend nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and the Register of Historic Kansas Places, and award preservation planning and rehabilitation grants.

·         John Hoopes, Lawrence, is being reappointed to a three-year term. Dr. Hoopes earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a doctorate from Harvard University. He currently works as an Associate Professor and Adjunct Research Associate at the University of Kansas.

Kansas Fire Service Training Commission

The Kansas Fire Service Training Commission provides oversight and guidance for the program and guarantee its continued financial wellbeing.

·         Rick Mosher III, Prairie Village, is being reappointed to a four-year term. Mr. Mosher earned a bachelor’s degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University. He currently works as a firefighter for the City of Olathe and also works as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Johnson County Community College.

Kansas Propane Education and Research Council

Kansas Propane Education & Research Council (KanPERC) is designed to enhance propane safety, education, and training for propane consumers and employees; to improve existing propane technology; to increase the efficiency of propane; and to develop other programs to educate the public about the safety, environmental aspects, and uses of propane.

·         Eric Payne, Wichita, is being appointed to a three-year term. Mr. Payne earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University. He currently works as the Regional Manager of Propane Central.

Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services

The Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services exists, primarily, to ensure that quality out-of-hospital care is available throughout Kansas. This care is based on the optimal utilization of community resources that are consistent with the patient’s needs.  The Emergency Medical Services Board is composed of 13 members.  Nine members are appointed by the governor and the other four are appointed by legislative leadership.

·         Dennis Franks, Chanute, is being appointed to a four-year term. Mr. Franks earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and two master’s degrees, one from Meinder School of Business and another from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. He currently serves as the CEO for Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center.

Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma

The Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma advises the Secretary of Health and Environment on the development and implementation of a statewide trauma system. The ACT is composed of 24 members including representation from physician organizations, the Hospital Association, the State Nurse Association, and EMS organizations.  Members of the committee have significant expertise and commitment to EMS and Trauma Care, and represent both urban and rural interests.

·         Dr. Byron McNeil, Wichita, is being appointed to serve a four-year term. Dr. McNeil earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from Temple University. He is currently the Medical Director for the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center Emergency Department.

Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs

The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs mission is to provide Kansas veterans, their relatives, and other eligible dependents with information, advice, direction, and assistance through the coordination of programs and services.

·         Colonel Michael Neer, Overland Park, is being appointed to a four-year term. Colonel Neer was commissioned a second lieutenant after completing Infantry Officer Training Candidate School. Colonel Neer is now retired from the U.S. Army and is President of the Association of the United States Army.

Board of Adult Care Home Administrators

The Kansas Board of Adult Care Home Administrators is composed of seven members, appointed by the Governor. The Board's objective is to protect the public through the regulation of Adult Care Home Administrators. Through its program the Board examines persons seeking to be licensed as Adult Care Home Administrators; establishes standards for the practice of adult care home administration; and requires adherence to those standards.

·         Steven Hatlestad, Olathe, is being appointed to serve a three-year term. Mr. Hatlestad earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland. He currently works as the Vice President of the Skilled Division of Americare Systems.

Kansas Children’s Cabinet

The 1999 Legislative session created the Kansas Children's Cabinet to oversee the expenditures from the Master Tobacco Settlement.  Five voting members are appointed by the Governor and four are appointed by legislative leadership.

·         Kristina Ames, Olathe, is being appointed to a four-year term. Ms. Ames earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University. She currently works at Walz Tetrick Advertising as an Account Supervisor.

Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards

Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced today recent appointments to boards and commissions.

“I appreciate the time and talents these Kansans are willing to give to continue making Kansas a great state,” said Governor Brownback.

The governor’s office is always looking for qualified, interested Kansans to serve the state on commissions and boards in their areas of expertise.  If you are interested in serving on a commission or board, please visit http://governor.ks.gov/serving-kansans/office-of-appointments.

Board of Directors, Delta Dental Plan of Kansas

The mission is to become Kansas’ first choice for dental benefit programs by delivering flexible and innovative plans that emphasize superior service, value, and cost management.  Delta will maintain a sound financial position while promoting growth and increasing market share.  The Governor has two public member appointments.

·         Bruce Witt, Maize, is being appointed to a four year term. Mr. Witt earned a bachelor degree from the University of Kansas. He currently serves as Via Christi Health, Inc.’s Director of Government Relations.

Kansas State Technical Professions

The Mission of the Agency is to provide maximum protection of the health, safety, property and welfare of the people of Kansas by assuring that the practice of architecture, engineering, geology, landscape architecture, and land surveying in the state is carried out only by those persons who are proven to be qualified as prescribed by the statutes and rules and regulations of the Board of Technical Professions.

·         David Hoffman, Wichita, is being reappointed to a four year term. Mr. Hoffman earned a bachelor degree from Iowa State University in Architecture. He currently is the Principal, Senior Vice President and Project Manager/Project Architect at Law/Kingdon, Inc.

·         Larry Graham, Prairie Village, is being reappointed to serve a four year term. Mr. Graham earned a bachelor degree from Kansas State University in Civil Engineering and a master degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri. He currently serves as the Division Manager of Infrastructure and Design and Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer of Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc.

·         Eric Wimmer, Overland Park, is being reappointed to serve a four year term. Mr. Wimmer earned a bachelor degree in Architecture from Kansas State University. He currently works for HNTB as a Project Architect.

Kansas State Board of Accountancy

The Kansas Board of Accountancy is a regulatory body authorized to carry out the laws and administrative regulations governing CPAs.

·         Michael Marsh, Overland Park, is being appointed to a three year term. Mr. Marsh earned his real estate and accounting degrees from the University of Hawaii. He currently works as the managing shareholder of Marsh & Company, P.A.

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is focused on the creative industries sector of the Kansas economy. The advisory board is dedicated to measuring, promoting, supporting and expanding the creative industries to grow the state’s economy and create creative industry-related jobs.

·         Kim Dugger Attwater, Wichita, is being appointed to a two year term. She earned a bachelor degree from Friends University. She currently works as the KEYN morning show personality.

Kansas Sentencing Commission

The Kansas Sentencing Commission consists of seventeen statutory members, six of which are appointed by the governor.  The commission’s mission is to develop post-implementation monitoring procedures and reporting methods to evaluate guideline sentences; to advise and consult with the secretary of corrections and members of the legislature in developing a mechanism to link guidelines sentence practices with correctional resources and policies and to consult with and advise the legislature with reference to implementation, management, monitoring, maintenance and operations of the sentencing guidelines system.

·         Jennifer Roth, Lawrence, is being reappointed to a two year term. Ms. Roth earned a bachelor degree and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas. She currently serves as the Third Judicial District Public Defender.

·         Betsy Gillespie, Olathe, is being reappointed to a two year term. Ms. Gillespie earned a bachelor degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She currently works as the Director of the Johnson County Department of Corrections.

·         J. Shawn Elliot, Wichita, is being reappointed to a two year term. Mr. Elliot earned a bachelor degree from Wichita State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University School of Law. He currently serves as the City Attorney and City Prosecutor for the City of Garden Plain as well as operating his own law practice, Shawn Elliot, Attorney at Law.

·         Junius Dotson, Wichita, is being reappointed to a two year term. Mr. Dotson earned a bachelor degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master degree from Pacific School of Religion. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church.

·         Kevin Berens, Saint Francis, is being reappointed to a two year term. Mr. Berens earned a bachelor degree from Fort Hays State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University School of Law. He currently serves as the City Attorney for the City of Bird and as Thomas County Attorney. He also maintains a private law practice, Berens Law Firm Ltd.

Kansas Behavioral Health Services Planning Council

The federal government mandates that all states have a mental health services planning and advisory council. The Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council fulfills that mandate for Kansas. The Council is made up of a cross section of mental health consumers, family members of mental health consumers, mental health service providers, state agency staff, and private citizens. The Council is actively involved in planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and advising state government regarding Kansas’ mental health services.

·         Sandra Dixon, Lawrence, is being appointed to a four year term. Ms. Dixon earned a bachelor degree from the University of Kansas and a master degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She currently serves as the Director of Addiction Services as DCCCA, Inc.

·         Wes Cole, Osawatomie, is being reappointed to a four year term. Mr. Cole earned a graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of Michigan. He retired from Osawatomie State Hospital after 38 years of service and continues to volunteer there.

Wichita State University Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees at Wichita State University supports the educational undertakings of the university through the management of the University’s endowment and the 1.5 mill levy. The board consists of nine members appointed by the governor.

·         Cindy Schwan, Wichita, is being reappointed to a three year term. Ms. Schwan earned a bachelor and master degree from Wichita State University. She has served on the Board of Trustees since 2004.

Kansas Credit Union Council

The Kansas Credit Union Council is a seven-member advisory council appointed by the Governor and advises the Kansas Department of Credit Unions on issues and needs of credit unions.

·         Rita Hartman, Atchison, is being appointed to a three year term. Ms. Hartman is currently the Credit Union Manager at Bradken Credit Union. She currently sits on the Atchison City Commission.

Kansas Workers Compensation and Employment Security Boards Nominating Committee
Established by the 2013 Legislature, this committee replaces the Workers Compensation Administrative Law Judge Nominating and Review Committee and the Workers Compensation Board Nominating Committee. The new committee is comprised of seven members, one member is selected by each of the following groups and then appointed by the Governor: the Kansas Secretary of Labor, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Kansas AFL-CIO, the Kansas State Council of the Society of Human Resource Management, and the Kansas Self Insurers Association.   The Kansas Secretary of Labor must select his or her nominee from an employee organization or a professional employees’ organization. The committee makes nominations pertaining to positions in the Workers Compensation Division, the Workers Compensation Review Board, and the Employment Security Board of Review.

·         Tina Cox, Goddard, is being appointed to a four year term. Ms. Cox earned a bachelor degree from Friends University. She currently works as the Vice President of Risk Management – Self-Insurance Fund for the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association.

Kansas Citizens Utility Ratepayers Board (CURB)

CURB’s mission is to protect the interests of residential and small commercial utility ratepayers in the state of Kansas.  The board is made up of five members appointed by the Governor. There is one member from each congressional district with the fifth member serving as an at-large appointee.  Each member of the board serves a four-year term.

·         Bob Kovar, Osawatomie, is being appointed to a four year term. Mr. Kovar earned a bachelor degree from the University of Kansas. He retired from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration after 27 years of service.

·         Shelta Collins, Gardner, is being appointed to a four year term. Ms. Collins earned a bachelor and two master degrees from MidAmerica Nazarene University. She currently works as the Director at Open Arms Child Development Center.

·         Brian Weber, Garden City, is being appointed to a four year term. Mr. Weber earned a bachelor degree from Newman University and a master degree from Fort Hays State University. He currently is co-owner and operator of Weber Refrigeration and Heating, Inc.

Kansas Board of Pharmacy

The mission of the Kansas Board of Pharmacy is to ensure that all persons and entities conducting business relating to the practice of pharmacy in this state are properly licensed and registered so as to protect the public's health, safety and welfare and to promote the education and understanding of pharmacy related practices.

·         David Schoech, Columbus, is being reappointed to a four year term. Mr. Schoech earned a bachelor degree from the University of Kansas. He works as a pharmacist in South Central Kansas and is the current President of the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy.

·         James Garrelts, Wichita, is being reappointed to a four year term. Mr. Garrelts earned a bachelor degree from the University of Kansas and a Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Texas, San Antonio. He currently works as the Executive Director of Pharmacy at Via Christi Health.

Kansas State Board of Cosmetology

The mission of the Kansas Board of Cosmetology is to protect the health and safety of the consuming public by licensing qualified individuals and enforcing standards of practice. The members of the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology are appointed by the governor to regulate the practice of the profession of cosmetology in Kansas.

·         Christine Burgardt, Garden City, is being appointed to a three year term. Ms. Burgardt earned a degree from Garden City Community College. She currently is the Owner of Signatures Salon in Garden City.

Kansas Respiratory Care Council

The board shall pass upon the qualifications of all applicants for examination and licensure, provide for all examinations, determine the applicants who successfully pass the examination, duly license such applicants and adopt rules and regulations as may be necessary to administer the provisions of this act. The board shall keep a record of all proceedings under this act and a roster of all individuals licensed under this act. Only an individual may be licensed under this act.

·         Beverly Caley, Green, is being appointed to a three year term. Ms. Caley earned a bachelor degree from the University of Kansas and earned both a bachelor and master degree from Kansas State University. She currently works as a teacher at Flint Hills Christian School at Green.

Kansas State Sites Board of Review

The Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review is a group of 11 professionals from various fields that meets quarterly to review and recommend nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and the Register of Historic Kansas Places, and award preservation planning and rehabilitation grants.

·         John Hoopes, Lawrence, is being reappointed to a three year term. Dr. Hoopes earned a bachelor degree from Yale University and a doctorate from Harvard University. He currently works as an Associate Professor and Adjunct Research Associate at the University of Kansas.

Kansas Fire Service Training Commission

The Kansas Fire Service Training Commission provides oversight and guidance for the program and guarantee its continued financial wellbeing.

·         Rick Mosher III, Prairie Village, is being reappointed to a four year term. Mr. Mosher earned a bachelor degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University. He currently works as a firefighter for the City of Olathe and also works as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Johnson County Community College.

Kansas Propane Education and Research Council

Kansas Propane Education & Research Council (KanPERC) is designed to enhance propane safety, education, and training for propane consumers and employees; to improve existing propane technology; to increase the efficiency of propane; and to develop other programs to educate the public about the safety, environmental aspects, and uses of propane.

·         Eric Payne, Wichita, is being appointed to a three year term. Mr. Payne earned a bachelor degree from Kansas State University. He currently works as the Regional Manager of Propane Central.

Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services

The Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services exists, primarily, to ensure that quality out-of-hospital care is available throughout Kansas. This care is based on the optimal utilization of community resources that are consistent with the patient’s needs.  The Emergency Medical Services Board is composed of 13 members.  Nine members are appointed by the governor and the other four are appointed by legislative leadership.

·         Dennis Franks, Chanute, is being appointed to a four year term. Mr. Franks earned a bachelor degree from Oklahoma State University and two master degrees, one from Meinder School of Business and another from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. He currently serves as the CEO for Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center.

Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma

The Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma advises the Secretary of Health and Environment on the development and implementation of a statewide trauma system. The ACT is composed of 24 members including representation from physician organizations, the Hospital Association, the State Nurse Association, and EMS organizations.  Members of the committee have significant expertise and commitment to EMS and Trauma Care, and represent both urban and rural interests.

·         Dr. Byron McNeil, Wichita, is being appointed to serve a four year term. Dr. McNeil earned a bachelor and doctorate from Temple University. He is currently the Medical Director for the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center Emergency Department.

Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs

The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs mission is to provide Kansas veterans, their relatives, and other eligible dependents with information, advice, direction, and assistance through the coordination of programs and services.

·         Colonel Michael Neer, Overland Park, is being appointed to a four year term. Colonel Neer was commissioned a second lieutenant after completing Infantry Officer Training Candidate School. Colonel Neer is now retired from the U.S. Army and is President of the Association of the United States Army.

Board of Adult Care Home Administrators

The Kansas Board of Adult Care Home Administrators is composed of seven members, appointed by the Governor. The Board's objective is to protect the public through the regulation of Adult Care Home Administrators. Through its program the Board examines persons seeking to be licensed as Adult Care Home Administrators; establishes standards for the practice of adult care home administration; and requires adherence to those standards.

·         Steven Hatlestad, Olathe, is being appointed to serve a three year term. Mr. Hatlestad earned a bachelor degree from University of Maryland. He currently works as the Vice President of the Skilled Division of Americare Systems.

Kansas Children’s Cabinet

The 1999 Legislative session created the Kansas Children's Cabinet to oversee the expenditures from the Master Tobacco Settlement.  Five voting members are appointed by the Governor and four are appointed by legislative leadership.

·         Kristina Ames, Olathe, is being appointed to a four year term. Ms. Ames earned her bachelor degree from Texas Tech University. She currently works at Walz Tetrick Advertising as an Account Supervisor.

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