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Cabinet Appointees
Official Portrait of Secretary of Administration Jim Clark

Jim Clark, Secretary of Administration

Prior to his service to the state, Jim had been a consultant to the utility industry since his retirement in 2001 as an officer of a Fortune 500 utility company. He spent 23 years in the utility industry in various senior management positions after joining Kansas Gas and Electric in 1978 as manager of internal audit. Jim was in public accounting for seven years specializing in audits and mergers of public companies in the aircraft, manufacturing and franchise industries. Jim also currently serves as a member of the Audit Committee of Delta Dental of Kansas.  Jim is a member of the KSCPA and AICPA. He is currently chairman of the KSCPA Ethics committee and serves on the leadership cabinet. He was a member of Council of the AICPA and served on the AICPA Nominations committee. Jim is a past president of the KSCPA and served on the Members in Industry and Long Range Planning committees as well as the Board of Directors of the KSCPA. He is Past-President and Trustee of the KSCPA Educational Foundation. Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Regis University in 1961 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1966. Jim is married to Mary Ann, his wife of 50+ years and has four children and nine grandchildren. He enjoys golf, collecting Native American artifacts and travel.

 

 

Photo of Pat George, Secretary of Commerce

Pat George, Secretary of Commerce

A true Kansas entrepreneur, Pat George has spent more than 25 years starting and building numerous successful business ventures in Southwest Kansas.  His business experiences range from his family’s automobile dealership to real estate developments to professional sports. Sec. George is Chairman of the Valley Hope Association Board of Directors and President of the Dodge City Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

 

 

Photo of Nick Jordan, Secretary of Revenue

Nick Jordan, Secretary of Revenue

Former state Sen. Nick Jordan brings an extensive list of business and public service experiences to his role as Secretary of Revenue.  Jordan became known as a “go-to guy” for economic development and taxation legislation during his 13 years in the Kansas Senate.  He played a significant role in writing and implementing key economic growth and tax policies, including co-authoring the Kansas Economic Growth Act that created the Kansas Bioscience Authority and the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship.  As a successful business owner, Jordan knows firsthand the impact tax policy made by the Legislature and Governor has on Kansas businesses.

 

 

Photo of Mike King, Secretary of Transportation

Mike King, Secretary of Transportation

Secretary of Transportation Mike King grew up in Hesston where his first construction jobs had him building bridges and pouring concrete street pavement for his uncle’s construction company.  After earning a degree in building construction, King worked ten years for a national construction company building, estimating and managing projects throughout the southern states. The opportunity to purchase his family’s construction business, King Enterprise Group, brought him back to Kansas in 1991.  Under his leadership, the company grew from a small McPherson-area concrete contractor to a premier central Kansas contractor in the oil/gas and industrial marketplace.

 

 

Cabinet Photo of Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey

Jackie McClaskey, Secretary of Agriculture

Jackie McClaskey, a lifelong Kansan with roots deep in agriculture, is dedicated to serving the Kansas agriculture industry and is personally committed to helping develop opportunities to grow the state’s diverse agricultural economy. Prior to coming to the Department of Agriculture, McClaskey served as an assistant dean for the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University for 13 years.

 

 

Photo of Maj. Gen. (KS) Lee Tafanelli, Kansas Adjutant General, Director of Homeland Security and Director of Emergency Management

Maj. Gen. (KS) Lee Tafanelli, Kansas Adjutant General, Director of Kansas Homeland Security and Director of Emergency Management 

Maj. Gen. (KS) Lee Tafanelli has served in the Kanas Army National Guard (KSARNG) for more than 30 years in numerous command and staff assignments, including deployment to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom as a battalion commander.  He also has been directly involved in the Guard's emergency response to natural disasters.  As the adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Tafanelli oversees the activities of the Adjutant General’s Department. This includes providing personnel administration and training guidance for over 7,700 soldiers and airmen in the Kansas Army and Air National Guard. As the director of Kansas Emergency Management, a division of the Department, he is guiding a small professional core of personnel that prepare for and respond to disasters. In addition to the part-time soldiers and airmen, the Department he leads includes about 2,300 full-time State and Federal employees. Additionally, 105 county emergency managers and their staff receive guidance and training through the Department. Major General Tafanelli is also the Director of Homeland Security for Kansas, where he works to ensure security in the state is a top priority. For budgetary and administrative purposes, he is responsible for the Civil Air Patrol.

 

 

Photo of Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Garcia, Ret., Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol

Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Garcia, Ret.-, Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol

A native of Garden City and former Sr. Assistant to the City Manager of Wichita, retired Lt. Colonel Ernie Garcia has dedicated his life to the service of his fellow Kansans and countrymen.  He served 35 years in the United States Marines in active duty and reserve roles - including deployments in Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and CJTF-Haiti.  As Sergeant at Arms for the U.S. Senate, Garcia worked as the senate's chief law enforcement officier, managed overall security for Senate offices and supervised and provided training to 900 U.S. Capitol police officers.  He also collaborated closely with the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, FBI, CIA and Secret Service.  Recognizing his dedication to our country and strong leadership experience, Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Regan and U.S. Senator Bob Dole each selected him to serve in their administrations or on staff.

 

 

Photo of Lana Gordon, Interim Secretary of Labor

Lana Gordon, Secretary of Labor

As a former small business owner, Lana Gordon knows firsthand about the challenges and rewards of running a business.  Prior to joining the Brownback Administration,  Secretary Gordon represented the 52nd Kansas House District for 12 years.  In the Kansas House, she chaired the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee and House Education Budget Committee.

 

 

Photo of Dr. Robert Moser, Secretary of Health and Environment

 Dr. Robert Moser, Secretary of Health and Environment

Dr. Moser spent nine years in private practice before joining the Greeley County Health Services where he served as Medical Chief of Staff and Medical Director.  He has served on numerous committees including the Kansas Primary Care Collaborative Coordinating Committee, the Kansas Legislative Physician Workforce and Accreditation Task Force and the Kansas Rural Commission.

 

 

Photo of Robin Jennison, Secretary of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Robin Jennison, Secretary of Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism

Robin Jennison brings more than 22 years of experience of serving in the Kansas Legislature, influencing state policy on behalf of Kansas interests, and promoting the state’s natural assets to expand outdoor recreations. Elected to represent the 117th House District, Robin quickly rose through the ranks, serving as Assistant Majority leader in his second term, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in his third term; before becoming House Majority Leader in his fourth term and then finally, Speaker of the House. As president of Jennison Government Services he has represented businesses, associations, groups and other entities before the state legislature and regulatory agencies of Kansas. Robin is a well-respected and knowledgeable hunter who anchored the Kansas Outdoors Radio Show for four years and assisted Governor-Elect Sam Brownback with the development of the Governor’s Pheasant Hunt. He has been a partner in the Jennison Ranch located near Healy for more than 33 years.

 

 

Official Photo of Secretary of Aging and Disability Services Kari Bruffett

Kari Bruffet, Acting Secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

Kari Bruffett has extensive experience in health care policy, communications and community outreach. She most recently served as director of the Division of Health Care Finance at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, where she oversaw Medicaid/KanCare, program finance and informatics, and State Employee Health Plan sections. Prior to working at KDHE, Bruffett spent eight years as a Governmental Affairs Liaison at the University of Kansas Hospital, where she coordinated policy analysis and advocacy, represented the hospital, and formed alliances with health care partners. Bruffett received her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism at Fort Hays State University.

 

 

Photo of Raymond Roberts - Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections

Raymond Roberts, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections

Raymond Roberts has a reputation of getting things done effectively and efficiently and working well with correctional stakeholders.  Roberts has managed a variety of correctional facilities, inmate populations and programs during his 35 years of correctional experience.  He began his career at the Mississippi State Penitentiary as a corrections officer in 1975.  Since then he has served as a correctional counselor, staff development coordinator, deputy warden, director of faith-based ministry, warden of 5 correctional facilities and deputy secretary of facility management.  He partnered with two non-profit organizations at the Ellsworth and El Dorado Correctional Facilities to raise funds and construct spiritual life centers at little or no cost to Kansas taxpayers.

 

 

Photo of Phyllis Gilmore, Secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families

Phyllis Gilmore, Secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families

Gilmore is the former Kansas City Metro Region Director for Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS).  Prior to joining SRS, she served as the executive director of the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB), based in Topeka, for more than 11 years. The BSRB licenses and regulates most of the mental health professionals in Kansas. She served as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives from 1994-2000 representing Johnson County. Her private sector experience is primarily within the areas of adoption and health care. Gilmore is a licensed specialist in clinical social work with a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.