Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced today recent appointments to boards and commissions.
“The contributions of these Kansans are a part of what really makes the state of Kansas great. I’m thankful for the time and expertise they give.” 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.
Agricultural Remediation Board
The KARB administers the Kansas Agricultural Remediation Fund and the remediation reimbursement program. The board serves the purpose of reimbursing responsible, eligible parties for remediation costs and comprises seven members: five of whom are appointed by the governor, all of whom serve four year terms. The Kansas Senate must confirm the governor’s appointees and no more than three voting members can be of the same political party.
- Laura Pearl, Saint Mary’s, is being reappointed to a four year term. Ms. Pearl currently serves as a business partner for MJ’s Coffee House & Gifts in Saint Mary’s, as well as an Office Administrator for J.B. Pearl Sales & Service, Inc. in St. Mary’s.
Kansas Advisory Committee for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The committee provides advice and counsel to the secretary and the staff of SRS on issues that improve opportunities for employment and independent living of Kansans who are blind or visually impaired. The committee includes at least 14 governor-appointed members.
- Michael Monteferrante, Wichita, is being appointed to serve at the pleasure of the governor as a member of the Kansas Advisory Committee for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Mr. Monteferrante earned his bachelor’s degree at Boise State University and currently serves as the president and CEO of Envision, Inc. in Wichita.
Kansas State Fair Board
The Kansas State Fair Board aims to ensure that the annual state fair is presented in a comprehensive format and satisfies the needs and desires of people from all walks of Kansas life. The board has thirteen members who serve three year terms. Nine members are appointed by the governor.
- Angie Clark, Garden City, is being re-appointed to a three year term. Ms. Clark earned her bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University and currently serves as director of the Finney County Fairgrounds in Garden City.
Kansas Advisory Commission on Children with Special Health Care Needs
The KACCSHCN consults and advises the Secretary of Health and Environment on matters relating to children with special health care needs. The commission is within the Department of Health and Environment and comprises five members, all of whom are appointed by the governor to four year terms.
- Debra Whited Burnham, Eudora, is being reappointed to a four year term. Ms. Whited-Burnham earned her bachelor’s degree at Fort Hays State University and her master’s degree at Baker University. She currently supervises the contracting unit of the Sunflower State Health Plan, a division of Centene Corporation.
Kansas Advisory Council on Aging
The ACA is a statutorily created body, representing different geographical, social and ethnic groups, with at least half its members being 60 years of age or older. The council provides advocacy for the aging in the Kansas Department on Aging, the Governor's Office, and other public, private, state and local agencies concerning aging issues. The governor appoints 11 out of 15 members; all members serve three year terms.
- Carlton McNair, Overland Park, is being reappointed to serve a three year term. Mr. McNair earned his bachelor’s degree from Park University and his master’s degree from University of Missouri at Kansas City. He served as an elementary school principal for many years; his most recent position was with the AARP at EPA Region VII in Kansas City, KS.
Central Kansas Library System
The CKLS helps member libraries extend library service to the unserved and improves library service where it already exists. The board supports library services in 17 counties and comprises 54 members. 16 members are appointed by the governor; the remaining members are appointed by local public library boards.
- J. Basil Dannebohm, Ellinwood, is being appointed to serve a four year term. Mr. Dannebohm earned his bachelor’s degree at Newman University. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas and the Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities
The KCDD supports people of all ages with developmental disabilities so they have the opportunity to make choices regarding both their participation in society, and their quality of life. The council is federally funded and includes at least 18 governor appointed members who serve for terms of three years.
- Nancy Johnson, Topeka, is being appointed to serve a three year term. Ms. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree at Wichita State University and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. She currently volunteers as president of the Kansas Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns
KCDC provides policy recommendations to the state of Kansas on changes to laws, regulations and programs that affect people with disabilities. The commission provides information to the public on employment, school, home, play/community, youth issues and disability history. The governor appoints the 30 commission members to terms of three years.
- Rosalee Cooper, Topeka, is being appointed to serve a three year term. Ms. Cooper earned a bachelor’s degree at Friends University and currently works as executive director for the Kansas Association of Centers of Independent Living.
Kansas State Fair Board
The Kansas State Fair Board aims to ensure that the annual Kansas State Fair is presented in a comprehensive format and satisfies the needs and desires of people from all walks of life. The board has thirteen members who serve three year terms. Nine members are appointed by the governor.
- Jeffrey Deeds, Goodland, is being reappointed to serve a three year term. Mr. Deeds has been a member of the Kansas State Fair Board for ten years, is a former chairman of the Kansas Sunflower Commission and serves on the Groundwater management District #4 Board of Directors. He currently operates a diversified grain farm in northwest Kansas.
Kansas Occupational Therapist Council
The Occupational Therapy Council reviews all applicants for examination and licensure, determines the applicants who successfully pass the examination, licenses applicants and adopts rules and regulations. Five members are appointed to three year terms; three members are appointed by the governor.
- LaDessa Forrest, Wichita, is being appointed to serve a three year term. Ms. Forrest earned her bachelor’s degree at Newman University and her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals. She currently works as a therapist with Aeigis Therapies.
Kansas State Rehabilitation Council
The Kansas Rehabilitation Council works in partnership with Kansans with disabilities to achieve their goals for employment and independence. The council contains at least 11 members appointed by the governor. A majority of the members of the council must be persons with disabilities.
- Margo Chediak, Topeka, is being appointed to serve a three year term. Ms. Chediak earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and is a member of both the Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She currently works as a physician assistant for Topeka Neurology.
- Carrie Greenwood, Topeka, is being appointed to serve a three year term. Ms. Greenwood earned her associate’s degree at Washburn University and majored in Graphics and Printing Technology at the Kaw Area Technical School. She currently works as the program coordinator at the Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy and volunteers as the state coordinator for Ms. Wheelchair Kansas.
Solid Waste Grants Advisory Committee
The Solid Waste Grants Advisory Committee reviews competitive grant applications and establishes project priority lists for the fiscal year based upon the availability of funds. The committee has eight members, seven of whom are appointed by the governor. All serve two year terms.
- Delores Walton, Shawnee Mission, is being appointed to serve a two year term. Ms. Walton served in the U.S. Army for nine years and is a member of the Kansas Organization of Recyclers. She currently works as a major account manager at Deffenbaugh recycling company in Kansas City.