Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced numerous appointments to boards and commissions.
“I appreciate the willingness of these talented Kansans to use their knowledge and expertise to serve their state and communities,” said Governor Brownback. “I’m confident that these individuals will serve the state with distinction.”
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 Statewide Independent Living Council The mission of the SILCK is to develop a State Plan through external input, which ensures independent living for Kansans; advocate for the accomplishment of the State Plan objectives; monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the plan; and be a statewide catalyst for independent living.
- Timothy Hornik, LMSW, Lawrence, is a social worker who has served in a variety of professional settings, including as a volunteer for the Department of Veterans Affairs and a consultant for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Process. He received his Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Viterbo University and a master’s of social work from the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. Hornik represents an individual with a disability.
- Patrick Jonas, PT, Wichita, is a licensed physical therapist who has served as President and CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Inc., since 2000. He graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. Jonas is a consumer representative.
- Sandra Shire, LMSW, Independence, is the Director of Support Services, Director of Special Populations, and Director of Program Development for Four County Mental Health Center in Independence. She previously served as a Social Worker with the Kansas Department of SRS. She is a graduate of Tabor College and the University of Kansas. Shire is a consumer representative.
- Cindi Unruh, Newton, is the Executive Director of the Independent Living Resource Council in Wichita, and has spent over ten years working in development for non-profit organizations including the American Heart Association, and Kansas Humane Society. Unruh is a consumer representative.
- Dawn Masqua, LMSW, Mayetta, works in Vocational Rehabilitation for Prairie Band Pottawatomie Social Services. She graduated magna cum laude from Washburn University with a Master’s degree in social work. She also earned a certificate in rehabilitation administration from San Diego State University. Masqua is a Tribal/Vocational Rehabilitation representative.
Kansas Board of Barbering This board eliminates all acts performed by the barbers that may cause harm or injury to the public; to insure that only qualified, well-trained barbers and barber instructors are licensed; to insure that all shops and salons are properly operating with barber shop licenses; and to provide information to the barbers concerning all technical, medical, and scientific data that may enhance the protection of the public.
- Larry Ross, Silver Lake, has been in the barbering business for more than 50 years. He owned and operated Capitol City Barber College, and served as an advisor for Advanced Hair Tech College in Kansas City. Ross is a representative of barbers.
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.
- Michael Machen, M.D., Quinter, is a Senior Partner with Bluestem Medical, LLP in Quinter. He is a courtesy staff member at hospitals in Hays, Oakley, and Salina. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Northwest Kansas Trauma Council, and serves on the USD #293 School Board. Machen is a representative of the Northwest Regional Trauma Council.
- Dennis Mauk, EMT, Wichita, is the Deputy Director of Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Service. He has been an EMT Lab Instructor with Cowley County Community College and Butler County Community College. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas. Mauk represents urban ambulance service administrators.
- James Higgins, EMT, Burlington, is the owner of Pharmacies Plus, Inc., and is the EMS Director for Coffey County. He served in the US Navy for 26 years and earned the rank of Command Master Chief. He is a graduate of Allen County Community College. Higgins is a representative of the Emergency Medical Services Association.
- Marvin VanBlaricon, EMT, Salina, is the EMS Director for Clay County. He has worked in Emergency Services for more than 30 years. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine Paramedic Training and the Kansas Certified EMS Instructor training program. VanBlaricon is a representative for rural members of the KS EMS/ENT Association.
- Roy Danks, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., Holton, is a graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City. He was Commissioned in the US Army Reserve in 2007, and was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraq Freedom in 2009 as the Chief of Trauma and Burn Surgery at the 10th Combat Support Hospital with the 44th Medical Command. In 2011, he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a Trauma Surgeon. Danks will be a representative of Osteopathic Medicine.
Kansas State Board of Veterinary Examiners The Board of Veterinary Examiners promotes health, safety, and welfare by examining and licensing applicants for veterinary medicine. They also inspect and register licensed veterinarians.
- Billie Manderick, Topeka, spent 32 years teaching early childhood education at Country Day Pre-School, Shaner Elementary, Randolph Elementary and West Indianola Elementary. She is also a consultant for Emporia State University’s Education Department. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas. Manderick has been appointed as a public member.
- Candace Layton, DVM, MS, DACVS, Baldwin City, is a veterinarian with BluePearl Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Lee’s Summit, MO. She has been an assistant professor for the Department of Clinical Science at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. Layton will represent veterinarians.
Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission
The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) 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.
- Connie McLean, Wichita, has served on the Board of Directors for the Wichita Art Museum, the Advisory Council on Aging and the Wichita Board of Realtors Multi-List Committee. She has received numerous awards for her volunteerism in the community. McLean is a public member out of the 4th Congressional District.
- Mitch Brian, Fairway, is a visiting Assistant Professor in the Communications Studies Department at the University of Missouri Kansas City, where he teaches Screenwriting and Film Studies. He has written numerous feature screenplays and teleplays. Brian is a public member out of the 3rd Congressional District.
- David Lindstrom, Overland Park, currently serves on the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners and is a member of DML Properties LLC. The ex-Kansas City Chiefs defensive end majored in education and graduated from Boston University in 1976. After his football career, Lindstrom was a registered NASD Broker and commercial real estate associate in Kansas City. He then spent 23 years as a franchisee of four Burger King restaurants in the Kansas City area. Lindstrom is a public member out of the 3rd Congressional District.
- Linda Browning-Weis, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, PMN, Manhattan, is the Supervising Broker-Owner of Weis Real Estate Company, and owns franchise territory in Dickinson, Geary, Pottawatomie, Riley and Saline Counties. Prior to her real estate career, Weis was an associate professor of music at Manhattan Christian College. Browning-Weis is a public member out of the 1st Congressional District.
Kansas Works State Board The Kansas Works State Board oversees and coordinates all employment and training programs, and serves as a workforce development and employment system.
- Richard Taylor, El Dorado, is a certified instructor of plumbing and pipefitting. He has served on Kansas State Building Trades Council for 5 years, and he is the business manager for Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 441. Taylor is a representative of Labor.
- Todd Newkirk, Lebo, is an International Representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, where his duties include dispute resolution, contract negotiations and training program oversight. He is a graduate of Kaw Valley Technical College and the National Academy for Nuclear Training. Newkirk is a representative of Labor.
Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts
The mission of the Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts is to ensure that licensees perform their professional services in a manner providing maximum protection of the health, safety and welfare for the people of Kansas. It also informs the public of the laws and options available to them when dealing with the funeral profession.
- William Cozine, J.D., Wichita, is the Owner and Chairman of Broadway Mortuary, Inc., where he has served in ownership and operations since 1963, and the Founder, Co-owner, and Managing Member of Kensington Gardens, LLC. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Wichita State University, his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University Law School, and his Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. Cozine represents morticians.
- Randy Duncan, Brookville, is an authorized dealer for Kaeser and Blair Company, Inc., where he sells advertising specialties and campaign products. Duncan is the Republican Party Chair for the 1st Congressional District. He also served on the Highway Task Force under Governor Mike Hayden and the Kansas Travel and Tourism Commission under Governor Bill Graves. Duncan is appointed as a public member.
Physician Assistant Council
The Physician Assistant Council advises the State Board of Healing Arts regarding issues involving physicians assistants
- Jay Wedel, PA-C, Hesston, is a Certified Physician Assistant at Mid-Kansas Family Practice. He is also a Board Member of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts and an ALS Provider/Instructor with the City of Hesston EMS. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Goshen College, a Bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies from Wichita State University, and his Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. Wedel is being re-appointed to a three year term to represent Physician Assistants.
Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission Responsible for recommending qualified individuals for appointment to the Kansas Supreme Court and the Kansas Court of Appeals. The Commission only meets when there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court or the Kansas Court of Appeals.
- Robert Hayworth, Stillwell, has more than 26 years of experience as an employee benefits professional. He currently leads the health and welfare, worksite marketing, executive benefits and retirement plan practices of Lockton. Hayworth received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University. Hayworth is appointed as a public member for the 3rd Congressional District.
Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
The purpose of the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts is the regulation of eleven healthcare professions and to ensure that these healthcare professionals meet and maintain certain qualifications in order to protect the public from incompetent practice, unprofessional conduct, and other proscribed behavior by individuals who have been credentialed to practice in Kansas.
- Robin Durrett, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., Great Bend, operates a General Surgery practice in Hoisington. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of Health Sciences. He completed his General Surgery residency at Park Lane Medical Center/University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. Durrett is being appointed to represent Osteopathic Medicine.
Kansas Animal Health Board
The Kansas Animal Health Board acts as an advisory board to the Livestock Commission.
- Lyman Nuss, Dorrance, owns and operates Rusty Acres, Inc., a family farm and ranch. He earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from Kansas State University. Nuss also serves on the Trichomoniasis Working Group for the Kansas Department of Agriculture Animal Health Division. Nuss is being appointed as a beef cattle industry representative.
- Wade Taylor, DVM, Oakley, is a managing partner of Production Animal Consultation, LLC. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University, and a GPVEC Beef Cattle Certificate from the University of Nebraska. He also attended the Pharmacia & UpJohn Animal Health Consultant MBA Program. Taylor is being appointed to represent the field of veterinarian medicine.
North Central Kansas Library System The purpose of NCKL is to provide, through a system of cooperating libraries, improved library service to all citizens in the North Central Kansas Area. The System Board consists of one representative elected by the Trustees of each participating library and one representative from each county appointed by the Governor to represent territory not within the district of any participating library, but within the tax district of the System. Counties represented are Riley, Clay, Marion, Marshall, Dickinson, Morris, Chase, and Washington. Each representative is limited to a four year term.
- Carolyn Kirtley, Clay Center, was the librarian for USD #379 in Clay Center for 36 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in elementary education from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and a Master of Science from Kansas State University. Kirtley will represent Clay County.
Kansas Pet Animal Advisory Board
The Kansas Pet Animal Advisory Board is a ten member board that advises the Animal Health Commissioner on matters relating to the Kansas Pet Animal Act.
- Sharon Munk, Hoxie, is the City Clerk of Menlo. She is a licensed Pet Animal Breeder with the USDA and the State of Kansas. She was appointed by Governor Mike Hayden to the Pet Animal Act Advisory Board. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the American Professional Pet Distributors, Inc. Munk is a licensed animal distributor representative.
- Lorilee Thomas, Whiting, is the owner of Puppies Extraordinaire, LLC, and acts as a liaison between retailers and professional breeders. She also owns Royale Kennel, Inc., and manages a staff of 11 employees. Thomas is a licensed animal breeder representative.
- Larry Snyder, DVM, Topeka, earned his degree in Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. He and his wife Jeanine have bred and shown AKC Yorkshire Terriers nationally for 15 years. He is a member of AVMA, KVMA, AHVMA and licensed to practice in Kansas, Colorado and California. Snyder is appointed as a public member.
Kansas Behavioral Sciences and Regulatory Board The mission is to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare from unlawful or unprofessional practitioners who fall under the board’s jurisdiction. To this end, the agency has defined the statutory credentialing qualifications by establishing, through rules and regulations, minimal educational and experiential requirements that applicants seeking credentialing in each of the regulated groups must satisfy before the board grants the applicable credential. The board has defined statutorily prohibited conduct through rules and regulations and has defined those acts which constitute unprofessional or incompetent practice.
- Kathryn Herzog, Wichita, earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Texas. She has served as the CEO of Delaware Hospice, as VP of the Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, TX, as Director of the Cancer Treatment Programs at Humana Hospital in Houston, TX, and is currently the co-owner of a small business in Wichita. Herzog is appointed as a public member.
Kansas Dealer Review Board
The Kansas Dealer Review Board works to improve vehicle dealer practices, makes suggestions and recommendations for changes in current law relating to vehicle sales, acts as a resource for vehicle industry problems and provides expertise to uncover operating problems created by current law, while balancing problems against the greater public interest.
- Danny Zeck, Leavenworth, has worked in the automobile retail industry for 29 years. Until 2009, he was the owner and operator of Danny Zeck Ford in Leavenworth. He has been the recipient of the Ford Motor Company President’s Award and the Quality Dealer Award. Zeck is appointed as a public member.
Kansas State Fair Board:
The Kansas State Fair Board is a 13 member board appointed by the Governor that acts as the showcase of Kansas agriculture, commerce and industry. It provides education, entertainment and presents a comprehensive format for the state fair.
- Jennifer Mueller, Newton, is the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Newton Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. She was previously an advertising sales representative for the Newton Kansan newspaper. She also serves on the Kansas Health Foundation Committee. Mueller is a representative of the travel industry.
Kansas Abstracters Board of Examiners The Abstractors Board of Examiners licenses abstractors to protect the public in land transactions.
- Jerilyn Stull, McCracken, is the owner of LaCrosse Abstract and Title, LLC. She is an executive committee member of the Kansas Land Title Association. Stull represents Abstracters in a county with a population of less than 9,000.
- Roger Hannaford, Marion, is President of Hannaford Abstract and Title Company, for whom he has worked for more than 35 years. He earned a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University. Hannaford represents Abstracters in a county with a population of 9,000 – 17,000.
- Steven Kimball, Manhattan, works for the Pottawatomie County Abstract Company. He is a past President and Executive Secretary of the Kansas Land Title Association. He is the current chairman of the Kansas Abstracters Board of Examiners, and is being re-appointed to a three year term. Kimball represents Abstracters in a county with a population exceeding 17,000.
Kansas Home Inspectors Registration Board The purpose of this Board is to promote consumer protection, ensure professional competency, and ensure the presence of a viable home inspection industry in the state.
- Kris Munsch, Hays, is the operations manager for Lockhart Geophysical, and a faculty member of Fort Hays State University in the Construction Management program. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Technology Studies and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Fort Hays State University. Munsch represents Home Inspectors.
Capitol Preservation Committee The Capitol Preservation Committee is charged with reviewing and approving renovation proposals for the state capitol in addition to developing plans for a mural in the state commemorating the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
- Peggy Palmer, Augusta, is a Butler County Commissioner. She served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1997-2001, and in the Kansas Senate from 2005-2009. In the Legislature, she was the chair of the Joint Committee on Arts and Culture and was Vice Chair of the House Tourism Committee. Palmer is a public member.
Kansas Physical Therapy Advisory Council The Physical Therapy Advisory Council advises the State Board of Healing Arts on examination and registration of physical therapists.
- Ric Baird, PT, DPT, ATC, Silver Lake, is a physical therapist with Interactive Physical Therapy and Wellness Center in Topeka. He earned a Master’s degree in physical therapy in 1994 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010 from Des Moines University. Baird is a representative of Physical Therapists.
Wichita State University Board of Trustees The Wichita State University Board of Trustees manages property, estate and funds given, transferred and pledged to the University.
- Eric Engstrom, J.D., Wichita, is a Senior Member of the law firm of Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, LLC in Wichita. He was a Captain in the US Army Reserve and served in Vietnam, where he earned a Bronze Star. He earned a Master’s degree in Modern European History from Wichita State University, and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School. Engstrom is a public member.