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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED 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 appreciate the time and talents these Kansans are willing to volunteer to continue to make our state great," 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 State Banking Board

The Kansas Banking Board aims to promote financial stability, safe banking practices, competitiveness and Kansas consumer safety through its duties as a state chartered banking industry. The board consists of nine members, all of whom are appointed by the governor for no more than two, three-year terms. Six of the members are banker members and three are public interest members, with no more than five members being of the same political party.

  • Norman Pishny, Bucyrus, is being appointed to serve a three year term. Mr. Pishny earned two bachelor's degrees at Kansas State University and currently works as an investment adviser and financial planner for Cetera Financial Group in Bucyrus.

Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission

The CILLRW Commission is a cooperative effort of Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana that oversees the management and disposal of low-level radioactive waste. The Kansas Senate has confirmed the governor's reappointment for a four year term.

  • John Mitchell, Lawrence, is being appointed as a member to the Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission. Mr. Mitchell earned his bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Kansas and currently serves as director of the Division of Environment for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Kansas Human Rights Commission

The mission of the Kansas Human Rights Commission is to prevent and eliminate discrimination, assure equal opportunities in all employment relations, eliminate profiling and segregation and assure equal opportunities in all places of public accommodations and in housing. Six of the seven member board are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate for four year terms. No more than four members of the commission can be from the same political party.

  • Marilyn Wilder, Hesston, is being appointed to serve a four year term. Ms. Wilder earned her bachelor's degree at Taylor University and her juris doctorate at Indiana University School of Law. She is currently a partner at Adrian & Pankratz in Newton, and serves as attorney for Newton Medical Center.

Kansas State Board of Indigent Defense Services

The statutory mission of the State Board of Indigents' Defense Services is to provide, supervise and coordinate, in the most efficient and economical manner possible, the constitutionally and statutorily required counsel and related service for each indigent person accused of a felony and for such other indigent persons as prescribed by law. The nine member board is appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the senate. Members are appointed for terms of three years each.

  • Jeffrey Leiker, Kansas City, is being appointed to serve a three year term. Mr. Leiker earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Kansas and received his juris doctorate at Washburn University School of Law. He currently is the sole practitioner of the Leiker law Office in Kansas City.
  • Jamie Rogers, Kansas City, is being appointed to serve a three year term. Ms. Rogers earned her bachelor's and master's degree at Friends University and currently is the director of Economic and Employment Services for the Department for Children and Families.
  • Ronald Wurtz, Topeka, is being appointed to serve a three year term. Mr. Wurtz earned his bachelor's degree and juris doctorate at Washburn University, where he currently teaches.

University of Kansas Hospital Authority

The University of Kansas Hospital Authority is the public oversight body that governs the operations of the hospital at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Membership on the authority includes six individuals who hold university-related positions serving as ex-officio members of the authority, and eight others appointed by the governor. The authority has 19 members, all of who serve four year terms.

  • Deryl Wynn, Kansas City, is being reappointed to a four year term. Mr. Wynn earned two bachelor's degrees at Emporia State University, attended Judge Advocate General School while in the army and earned his juris doctorate at the Washburn School of Law. He currently serves as the attorney for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library and Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
  • Jack Newman Jr., Kansas City, is being appointed to a term of four years. Mr. Newman has held a partner position at KPMG, served as executive vice president for Cerner Corporation and currently operates his own consulting company, Jack Newman Advisory Services.

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