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Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards

by User Not Found | Aug 13, 2012

Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced Monday numerous appointments to boards and commissions.

“These talented Kansans will use their knowledge and expertise to help make our great state even better,” Gov. Brownback said.  “I appreciate their willingness to serve their state and communities.”

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 Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission

The Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC) coordinate, assist and cooperate with the efforts of State departments, agencies and public and private organizations to serve the needs of Hispanics especially in the areas of culture, education, employment, health, housing, welfare, and recreation.  Members may serve no more than two terms.  No more than four members shall be of the same political party.

  • Felipe Bustillo M.D., Lenexa, served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971 and earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree from Centro Estudiantil, Technologico School of Medicine in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He has worked as a Medical Director for University Clinical Research, Inc. and as President of the Heart of America Research Institute in Mission.


Kansas Propane Education and Research Council

The Kansas Propane Education and Research Council develops programs and projects to enhance consumer and employee safety and training.  The Council also provides research and development to improve existing propane technology; and to increase efficiency of propane use.  KanPerc is also charge with designing any other programs to educate the public about the safety and environmental aspects of propane.

  • Craig Settle, Hillsboro, is the President of Cardie Oil, as well as the Vice-President of Shawmar Oil and Gas Company. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.


Kansas Board of Nursing

The board adopts rules and regulations to carry out the Act and creates standards for professional and practical nursing programs and mental health technician programs.  The board accredits schools and approves courses of study.  The Board examines, licenses, and renews the licenses of duly qualified applicants and conducts hearings upon charges for limitation, suspension, or revocation of a license or approval of professional and practical nursing and mental health technician programs.  Examinations for applicants for registration are given at least twice a year. 

  • JoAnn Klaassen, Olathe, has been a nurse for more than 30 years, and currently serves as a Clinical Instructor at UMKC, as well as the Director for UMKC’s RN-BSN Rural Nurse Initiative. She is also a licensed attorney in Missouri and Kansas, and received her Juris Doctorate from UMKC School of Law.
  • Jeanne Catanzaro, Topeka, is an assistant professor of nursing at Washburn University. She earned her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and is a licensed nurse in Kansas and Missouri.


Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

The Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention was established by the Governor in accordance with K.S.A. 75-7007 and as directed by Section 223(a) (3) of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act ( JJDPA), to determine, advocate for, and promote the best interests of juveniles in Kansas. Reflecting its purpose, the Kansas Advisory Group reviews juvenile justice policy, advises policymakers on issues affecting the juvenile justice system; and strives to keep Kansas in compliance with the federal JJDPA act.  At least 1/5 of the members must be under the age of 24 at the time of appointment.  At least 3 members shall have been or currently be under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system.

  • Nathaniel Davis, Wichita, is a life skills coach for Youth for Christ’s City Life Work Program, where he mentors a caseload of up to 25 at-risk youth. He is a current member of Success in the Middle, a school based mentoring program. He was also given an award by the Kansas Department of Corrections for “Outstanding Service to the Community” in 2011.
  • Harold Flaigle, Wichita, earned his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University in 1974. He has served on the 18th Judicial District in Kansas as well as the Governor’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board. He also served 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserve.
  • Maximilian Mendoza, Kansas City, is an Advertising Sales Representative for Recycled Rockstar Industries in Kansas City, and has attended Metropolitan Community College in Kansas to pursue a degree in Human Services and Social Work.

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.

  • Vernell Jackson, Wichita, retired as the Senior Vice President of Administration for Spirit Aerosystems in 2005, where he was responsible for government affairs, business operations, board relations and general services. Jackson graduated cum laude from Wichita State University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Business Management from Webster University.
  • Thomas Winters, Wichita, served as the Kingman County Interim Economic Development Director. He previously served as a Sedgwick County Commissioner for 16 years, and founded ACI, Inc., a trucking company, and Kansas Fiber Recovery, Inc., a recycling company. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Southwestern College in Business and Economics.

Kansas Dealer Review Board

The Kansas Dealer Review Board confers on matters related to regulations to improve dealer practices, makes suggestions and recommendations for changes in current law relating to vehicle sales, act as a resource for vehicle industry problems, and provide expertise to uncover operating problems created by current law, while balancing problems against the greater public interest.

  • Boyd Johnson, Topeka, is the Chief Financial Officer/Corporate Treasurer of the Briggs Automotive Group, a position he has held since 2006. Johnson graduated from the University of Iowa, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting.

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 incompetant practice, unprofessional conduct, and other proscribed behavior by individuals who have been credentialed to practice in Kansas.

  • Garold Minns, M.D., Bel Aire, is a Professor of Medicine, a Program Director of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. He earned his Medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and performed his residency requirements at the University of Kansas-Wichita campus. Minns is being re-appointed for a four year term.
  • David Laha, DPM, FACFAS, Overland Park, has practiced podiatric medicine and surgery in the Kansas City area since 1985. He earned his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine, and completed his surgical residency program at the Hayward Vespers Hospital in California.

Kansas State Board of Accountancy

The public's need for accounting services of a high quality gave rise to the designation "Certified Public Accountant (CPA)" as a means of identifying those accountants who have met certain minimum state qualifications in higher education, ability, and public accounting experience. The Kansas Board of Accountancy is a regulatory body authorized to carry out the laws and administrative regulations governing CPAs.  The Kansas State Board of Accountancy is a disciplinary board.   Membership on the board includes five licensed CPA’s who are in active practice and two public members. 

  • John Helms, CPA, Topeka, has 35 years of experience in public accounting, primarily related to the healthcare industry. He is currently in the Audit Department of Wendling, Noe, Nelson and Johnson LLC. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University.  
  • T.C. Anderson, Topeka, is a retired teacher. He served as the Executive Director of the Kansas Society of Public Accountants for 28 years. He taught English, Journalism, and Speech at Topeka West High. Anderson earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Washburn University.

Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission

The mission of the Wildlife and Parks Commission is to conserve and enhance Kansas wildlife and provide the public with opportunities for use and appreciation of Kansas’ natural resources.  The Governor selects the chair.

  • Roger MarshallM.D., Great Bend, operates an Obstetrics and Gynecology private practice in Great Bend, as well as serving as the Chairman of the Great Bend Regional Hospital Maternal and Child Health Service. He also served in the U.S. Army reserves from 1984-1991.

Kansas Turnpike Authority Board Kansas Turnpike Authority makes repairs and upgrades on a consistent basis in order to keep the roadway in a sound and safe condition. Those investments are funded through tolls and proceeds from revenue bond issues. The Kansas Turnpike Authority acts through a board of five members, one of whom is elected chairman by the other members. Two members are appointed by the Governor of Kansas for four-year terms, two members serve by reason of their legislative positions - one is Chairman of the Kansas Senate Committee on Transportation and the other is a member of the House Transportation Committee, appointed by the Speaker of the House. The fifth member is the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation. The latter three serve as members of the Authority for the duration of their state terms.

  • Mark Hutton, Wichita, is the CEO of Hutton Construction Company, which he founded in 1992. He has spent more than 35 years in the construction industry after graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in Construction Management. Hutton also serves on the Kansas State University Board of Trustees, as well as the Associated General Contractors of American National Board of Directors.


Kansas Real Estate Commission The Kansas Real Estate Commission licenses and regulates realtors. The Commission consists of five members appointed by the Governor: one from each of the four congressional districts and one member at large.  The law provides that at least three members shall have been real estate brokers for five years and at least one member shall have never engaged in business as a real estate broker and shall not be so engaged while serving on the Commission.  Each member is appointed for a four-year term.  The Commission appoints a director who is responsible for employing and directing the agency staff and implementing policies set by the Commission.

  • Shirley Cook, Topeka, is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She currently serves with the Kansas Guardianship Program, as a court appointed volunteer guardian for four handicapped individuals. She earned a Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree from Washburn University, and a Master’s of Social Work Degree from the University of Kansas. Cook will serve on the commission as a public member.

Kansas Board of Examiners in Optometry

Four members are selected from a list of four or more names for each appointment, submitted by the Kansas Optometric Association, or its successor.  Those four appointees must have been engaged in the actual practice of optometry in the State of Kansas continuously for five years and is a resident thereof.  One member must be representative of the general public.  No member may be appointed for more than three successive three-year terms.

  • Douglas Ayre, OD, Pawnee Rock, is a private practice optometrist with offices in Great Bend and Larned. He earned his Doctorate of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and is the current president of the Kansas Board of Examiners in Optometry. Ayre is being re-appointed to a three year term.

Education Commission of the States

The purpose of the Education Commission of the States is to collect, correlate, analyze, and interpret data and information concerning educational needs and resources in the state of Kansas.

  • Frank Henderson, Topeka, has served on the State of Kansas Parole Board from 1987 to 1991, and served as chairman and vice chairman. He was most recently in the Office of the Attorney General as the executive director of the Crime Victims Compensation Board. In addition, Henderson also is a board member for the Topeka Rescue Mission.

REACH Healthcare Foundation

The REACH Healthcare Foundation is focused on increasing access to health care for vulnerable individuals.  The Foundation focuses its funding in three areas: safety-net health services, oral health, and mental health.

  • Jennifer Rhodus, Shawnee Mission, is the national sales director for Montage Investments/Tortoise Capital Advisors. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Avila University in Kansas City. She also holds a certificate in financial planning from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Kansas Volunteer Commission

The Kansas Volunteer Commission prepares a national service plan for the state.  They ensure outreach to diverse community-based agencies.  The Commission administers certain grant programs.  Board members come from several different categories:  youth education, seniors, local government, labor, business, youth 18-25, and a national service program representative.  Board members are also to be diverse with respect to race, ethnicity, age, gender, etc.

  • Rebecca Wallick, Overland Park, earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She has more than 15 years of experience in the agriculture industry with Farmland-Atwood Company and the Lansing Trade Group, LLC.

Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs

The mission of the Commission on Veterans Affairs is to afford veterans, their relatives, and dependents information, advice, direction, and assistance through the coordination of state and federal programs and services in the fields of education, health, vocational guidance, and placement.  In addition, they also operate the Kansas Soldiers’ Home, Kansas Veterans Home, and Kansas Veterans Cemetery System.  Board Members will represent people who have served in the armed forces.  1 person from each Congressional District will be appointed with the fifth member be at-large.  No more than two members shall represent the same veteran’s organization.  No more than three members shall be of the same political party.  The Governor selects the chair.

  • Jim Buterbaugh, Winfield, is a graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, and a veteran of the United State Navy, where he served aboard the U.S.S. H.J. Ellison. Since 1977, he has been the co-owner of Buterbaugh & Handlin Insurance and Real Estate. He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion.


Kansas State Board of Cosmetology

This Kansas State Board of Cosmetology is charged with the regulation of the profession of cosmetology and its educational institutions.  The purpose of this regulation is to protect the health and safety of the general public as well as that of the licensees. This includes tanning and tattoo facilities.  No more than four members shall be of the same political party.

  • Carrie Vogel, Topeka, is a Master Hairstylist at His & Hers Salon and Day Spa. She has 15 years of experience in Cosmetology and earned her cosmetology license through the American Academy of Hair Design.

Kansas Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations

The Kansas Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations (KACIR) engages in a continuous study of the services provided by the various levels of government within the state. By monitoring a wide range of governmental relations, the Council helps to promote cooperation and efficiency within government; thereby helping the leaders in Kansas work together more efficiently to help promote cooperation and efficiency within government.

  • Keith Olsen, Horton, attended Highland Community College and farms corn, soybeans, brome and alfalfa hay in Brown county. He serves on the Brown County Commission as well as the Frontier Farm Credit nominating committee.

Kansas State Board of Technical Professions

The State Board of Technical Professions registers and licenses engineers, architects, surveyors, and landscape architects.  The board is composed of four engineers, two land surveyors, three architects, one landscape architect, one geologist, and two public members.  Engineers, land surveyors, and architects must have practiced for at least eight years.  Board members are limited to serving three terms.

  • Timothy Sloan, Manhattan, is a professional land-surveyor with more than 30 years of experience, and President of SMH Consultants. He also served as an instructor for Kansas State University in Salina.
  • Wendy Ornelas, Manhattan, is the Associate Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University. She is also partner and business manager of Condia + Ornelas Architects. She earned a Masters of Architecture from Oklahoma State University.
  • Steven Brosemer, Emporia, has been a professional land surveyor for 32 years. He is currently employed by GeoTech, Inc. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education from Wichita State University. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Society of Land Surveyors for numerous years.
  • Larry Graham, Prairie Village, graduated from Kansas State University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He is the senior stockholder at Shafer, Kline and Warren, Inc. and serves as the Division Manager of Infrastructure and Design, and Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer for the company.
  • Eric Wimmer, Overland Park, is a project architect with HNTB in Kansas City. His clients primarily include higher education institutions and municipalities. Wimmer earned a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Kansas State University in 2001.
  • Robert Henthorne, Valley Falls, is the chief geologist for the Kansas Department of Transportation, a position in which he supervises all aspects of the Geology section and its 29 employees. Henthorne earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas.
  • Maurice Bowersox, Olathe, has more than 30 years of experience in civil engineering design, project management and engineering leadership. He began his career with Wilson & Company after graduating from Kansas State University with an M.S. in Civil Engineering. He served as City Manager for the City of Hesston from 1982 to 1985.
  • George Barbee, Topeka, has spent more than 30 years in association management and public affairs. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Gaches, Braden, Barbee & Associates and Director of Client Development of CAS Construction. Mr. Barbee is being re-appointed to a four year term.
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