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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED JANUARY 30, 2014 BY THE OFFICE OF KANSAS GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK

Governor Brownback Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards

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

“I am grateful for Kansans like these who volunteer their time and talents 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.

Kansas African American Affairs Commission

The Kansas African American Affairs Commission consists of seven members: three appointed by the Governor, one by the Senate President, one by the Senate Minority Leader, one by the Speaker of the House, and one by the House Minority Leader. Each congressional district must be represented and no more than four members shall be of the same political party.

  • Daphne Maxwell, Junction City, is being appointed to serve a three year term. Ms. Maxwell earned an associate and a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and currently works in Legal Administration for the office of U.S. Army Staff Judge Advocate in Fort Riley.

Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council

The membership of the Governor's Behavioral Health Services Planning Council consists of adult consumers with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), youth consumers with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), family members of mental health consumers, mental health service providers, state agency staff and private citizens. Federal law 102-321 describes the mandatory composition of the Council and requires that 51% of the members must be "other than providers," i.e. 51% of the members are consumers or family members of consumers.

  • Dr. Michael Leeson, M.D., Ph.D., Lawrence, is being reappointed to serve a four year term. He earned a Doctor of Medicine and a Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology from the University of Kansas, School of Medicine. Dr. Leeson is currently a psychiatrist for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

State Building Advisory Commission

The State Building Advisory Commission is attached to the Department of Administration and is comprised of seven members, with the Secretary of Administration serving both as a member and the chairperson of the commission.

  • Carrie Rezac, Leawood, is being appointed for a four year term. She earned her bachelor of architecture from Kansas State University. Ms. Rezac is currently a Business Development Manager for The Weitz Company and serves on the Leawood City Council.

Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides advocacy, information, referral, sign language interpreter registration, coordination of interpreting services and the Kansas Quality Assurance Screening for certification of sign language interpreters. The Board consists of 17 members, 12 of who are appointed by the Governor to serve three-year terms.

  • Suzanne Dennis, Olathe, is being appointed to serve the remainder of an unexpired term. She earned a master of social work from the UMKC and a bachelor of arts in criminology from Gallaudet University. Ms. Dennis is currently the State Coordinator of Mental Health Services for the Deaf in the Johnson County Mental Health Center.

Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission

The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission (GEC) is charged with administering, interpreting and enforcing the Campaign Finance Act and laws relating to conflict of interests, financial disclosure and the regulation of lobbying.

  • James Ward, Lawrence, is being reappointed to serve a two year term. Mr. Ward earned a Juris Doctorate at the University of Kansas School of Law and currently works as Assistant County Attorney in the Franklin County Attorney’s Office.

Kansas Guardianship Program Board of Directors

The Kansas Guardianship Program is a partnership involving the state of Kansas and its citizen volunteers to assist adults legally determined to be unable to manage for themselves. The Board oversees the Guardianship Program’s operations and reports annually to the Governor and the Legislature.

  • Paul Kallman, Scandia, is being appointed to serve a four year term. Mr. Scandia is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Astra Bank and oversees bank operations in seven branches. He is also a member of the Scandia City Council.

Kansas State Board of the Healing Arts

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts consists of 15 members appointed by the governor from a list of nominees. Five shall be practicing medical doctors; three shall be practicing osteopathic doctors; three shall be licensed chiropractors; one shall be a licensed podiatrist and three shall be members of the general public. The board oversees licensing and regulatory functions in accordance with all applicable statutes, rules, and regulations in an open, courteous and efficient manner.

  • Dr. Michael Beezley, M.D., F.A.C.S., Lenexa, is being reappointed to serve a four year term. Dr. Beezley graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and attended medical school at the University of Kansas, where he currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery. He is a vascular surgeon and currently works at Vascular Surgery Associates.
  • Dr. Douglas Milfeld, M.D., F.A.C.S., Wichita, is being appointed to serve the remainder of an unexpired term. He earned a Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Milfeld is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Kansas-Wichita, a surgeon at the Kansas Heart Hospital and a consultant at the Western Plains Medical Complex.

Kansas Information Technology Executive Council

The 17-member Information Technology Executive Council is responsible for approval and maintenance of all information technology policies, IT project management procedures, statewide technical architecture and the state's strategic information management plan.

  • Michael Mayta, Wichita, is being appointed to serve an eighteen month term. Mr. Mayta is currently the Chief Information Officer for the City of Wichita, where he attends to 18 City departments. Mr. Mayta earned two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from Wichita State University.
  • Crysta Torson, Dighton, is being appointed to serve an eighteen month term. Ms. Torson is currently a County Clerk and Election Officer for Lane County and also manages the Lane County Transportation Bus Grant. She attended the National College of Business in South Dakota.

Kansas Physician Assistant Council

The Kansas Physician Assistant Council advises the Kansas Board of Healing Arts in carrying out the provisions of the Physician assistant licensure act.

  • Kimberly Dansel, PA-C, Weskan, is being reappointed to serve a three year term. Ms. Dansel earned a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University and a Masters of Physician Assistant at Wichita State University. She currently works as a physician’s assistant at Greeley County Health Services.

Kansas State Use Law Committee

The State Use Law Committee advises the Director of Purchases on issues surrounding the purchase of products and services provided by blind or disabled persons. The committee consists of nine members.

  • Mieke Ellwood, Salina, is being appointed to serve a two year term. Ms. Ellwood earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and currently works as Regional Manager for OCCK, Inc.

Kansas State Rehabilitation Council

The Kansas Rehabilitation Council works in partnership with Kansans with disabilities to achieve their goals for employment and independence.

  • Chris Testorff, Yates Center, is being appointed to serve a three year term. Mr. Testorff has been a long-standing advocate for disabled individuals and currently works as an Administrative Assistant at Oh Yeah, Inc.

Governor’s Council on Travel and Tourism

The Governor’s Council on Travel and Tourism advises the Department of Commerce in the development and implementation of the state's tourism, marketing and business development. The Council provides information for preparing the Division of Travel and Tourism’s annual budget, as well as reviews tourism-related issues and current state policies and programs.

  • Susan Barnes, Cottonwood Falls, is being reappointed for a three year term. Ms. Barnes is the Owner and General Manager of The Grand Central Hotel, LCC, as well as President of the Cottonwood Falls Retail Merchants Association.
  • Sheila Lampe, Piqua, is being reappointed for a three year term. Ms. Lampe is the current Executive Director of the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce, where she assists 13 counties in Southeast Kansas with legislative issues.

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.

  • James L. Mullin II, Lenexa, is being appointed for a four year term. Mr. Mullin II is the current broker and owner of Generations Real Estate, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors for CrossFirst Bank. He has a bachelor of fine arts in speech communication from Emporia State University.

Kansas Water Authority

The Kansas Water Authority is statutorily within and a part of the Kansas Water Office. It is a Governor-appointed board that represents diverse water use, interest groups and state natural resource agency leaders. The KWA advises the Governor, Legislature and the Director of the Kansas Water Office on water policy issues. It is also responsible for approving water storage sales, the Kansas Water Plan, federal contracts, regulations and legislation proposed by the Kansas Water Office.

  • Toby Wobker, Osawatomie, is being reappointed to serve a four year term. Mr. Wobker is currently a manager at the Pottawatomie Creek Watershed Joint District #90 and serves on the Board of Directors for the State Association of Kansas Watersheds.

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