Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards

By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp

TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today announced numerous appointments to boards and commissions.

“I am proud to announce these Kansans to their respective boards and commissions,” Governor Brownback said. “I am confident that these individuals will utilize their experience and expertise in their respective professions to work to make Kansas even better.”

Kansas Governor’s Mental Health Services Planning Council:
The federal government mandates that all states have a mental health services planning and advisory council. The Governor’s Mental Health Services Planning Council (GMHSPC) fulfills that mandate for Kansas. The GMHSPC is actively involved in planning, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and advising state government regarding Kansas’ mental health services.

Kathy McNett, Great Bend, joined Bright Horizons in 2002 and is currently its Executive Director (volunteer). She also has served on numerous mental health related groups including the Hospital and Home Transformation Task Force and the Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health.

Jane Adams, Topeka, served as the Executive Director of Keys for Networking, Inc from 1994-2011. Adams earned her B.A. in English from Marymount College in Salina, Kansas prior to her M.S. in LD and Behavioral Disorders as well as her Ph.D. in Special Education from Kansas State University.

Lee Flamick, Rush Center, retired after working more than 25 years at Larned State Hospital and Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and Fort Hays State University.

Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention:
The Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention was established 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.

Joseph Viviano, Overland Park, is the founder and administrator of Joe’s Musings, a daily blog, and business manager of JMJ Communications. Viviano is currently working on his bachelor’s of science in accounting, finance and business administration at the University of Kansas.

Brenda Dietrich, Topeka, is currently the superintendent of schools in the Auburn-Washburn School District in Topeka. Dietrich earned her B.S. at Kansas State prior to her M.A. and Ph.D. in educational administration at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

Brandon Johnson, Wichita, is currently a student at Wichita State University. He also serves as a summer job coordinator at Saint Mark United Methodist and a youth services worker at the Salvation Army.

Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services:
The Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services advises and assists state government in matters pertaining to preschool children with (or at risk of) developmental delays/disabilities. The Council serves in this advisory role to the two lead agencies responsible for administering Part C of IDEA (KDHE) and Part B of IDEA (KSDE). The Council is comprised of cabinet secretaries, legislators, and Governor's appointees.

Billie Manderick, Topeka, has 32 years of experience teaching in early childhood education. Manderick is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor degree in elementary education

Kansas State Board of the Healing Arts:
The Kansas Board of Healing Arts consists of 15 members appointed by the governor from a list of nominees. Five shall be practicing medical doctors; three shall be practicing osteopathic doctors; three shall be licensed chiropractors; one shall be a licensed podiatrist and three shall be members of the general public. The board oversees licensing and regulatory functions in accordance with all applicable statutes, rules, and regulations in an open, courteous, and efficient manner.

Anne Hodgdon, Lexena, currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee for KidsTLC in Olathe. She also spent six years on the Johnson County Mental Health Center Governing Board of Directors. Hodgdon attended Johnson County Community College and UCLA in Los Angeles, California.

Kansas Pet Animal Advisory Board:
The Kansas Pet Animal Advisory Board is a ten member board appointed by the governor. The board advises the Kansas livestock commissioner on hiring a director to implement the Kansas pet animal act, reviews the status of the Kansas pet animal act and makes recommendations on changes to the act.

Dr. Denver Marlow, DVM, DACLAM, Manhattan, is the Assistant Vice President for Research & Director for the Comparative Medicine Group at Kansas State University. Marlow has degrees from Kansas State University in Animal Science & Industry and Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Robert Gentry, DVM, MRCVS, Beloit, is a graduate of Kansas State University where he earned his BS and DVM. Gentry is currently working his thesis for his MS graduate program in Epidemiology at Kansas State.

Dr. Laura J. Morland, Girard, has worked for the Girard Animal Hospital for more than 35 years and has worked with kennel clients from all over southeast Kansas for more than 40 years. Morland is a graduate of Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Kansas State Board of Cosmetology:
The mission of the Kansas Board of Cosmetology is to protect the health and safety of the consuming public by licensing qualified individuals and enforcing standards of practice. The members of the Kansas State Board of Cosmetology are appointed by the governor to regulate the practice of the profession of cosmetology in Kansas.

Nicole Jonas-Piper, Topeka, recently returned to Kansas after living in Newport News, Pennsylvania for seven years. Her work experience there included as a substitute teacher for the public school district and interim registrar for the Division of Continuing Studies at Hampton University Aeroscience Center . A graduate of Topeka High School, Jonas-Piper then went on to earn multiple degrees at Saint Leo University.

Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board:
The Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board consists of 11 members: two licensed psychologists, two licensed social workers, one professional counselor, one marriage family therapist, one licensed masters level psychologist, and four members from the general public. All Board members are appointed by the Governor and serve four-year terms.

Dr. Barbara Miller Callahan, Topeka, currently works at Grace Connections Mental Health Services, LLC. She earned degrees from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL and Kansas State University prior to getting her Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from Kansas State and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas.

Kansas Sentencing Commission:
The Kansas Sentencing Commission consists of seventeen statutory members, six of which are appointed by the governor. The commission’s mission is to develop post-implementation monitoring procedures and reporting methods to evaluate guideline sentences; to advise and consult with the secretary of corrections and members of the legislature in developing a mechanism to link guidelines sentence practices with correctional resources and policies and to consult with and advise the legislature with reference to implementation, management, monitoring, maintenance and operations of the sentencing guidelines system.

Pastor Janius Boyd Dotson, Wichita, is the spiritual leader of Saint Mark U.M.C. Dotson attended the University of Texas at Arlington and earned postgraduate degrees from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.

Kansas Advisory Commission on Children with
Special Health Care Needs:
The Kansas Advisory Commission on Children with Special Health Care Needs is a five member board within the Department of Health and Environment. The governor appoints all five members to four year terms.

Richard Martinez, Topeka, is currently a manager of Retirement Plan Services for Security Benefit in Topeka. He is a parent member of the Kansas Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Developmental Services. Martinez earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Washburn University with a major in accounting.

Kansas Propane Education and Research Council:
Kansas Propane Education & Research Council (KanPERC) is designed to enhance propane safety, education, and training for propane consumers and employees; to improve existing propane technology; to increase the efficiency of propane; and to develop other programs to educate the public about the safety, environmental aspects, and uses of propane.

Edward Barrett, Pratt, is currently a branch manager at Hampel Oil Distributors. Barrett has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry. He earned his B.A. from the University of Dallas.

Bradley Thompson, Hutchinson, has worked at Bridgman Oil Co., Inc. since 1989 and has been in the energy industry for more than 35 years. He received his associate’s degree from Cloud Community College in Concordia Kansas.


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