Sebelius Appointments Support Kansas Arts

TOPEKA,Kan. - Governor Kathleen Sebelius has made several appointments and reappointments to the Kansas Arts Commission.

“This commission does wonderful work to support the arts in Kansas and I’m so pleased these Kansans have agreed to serve,” said Sebelius.

Joan Cole, Wichita, received a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and currently serves as the president and owner of Cole Consultants, Inc., an employee benefits firm. She previously served as the director of the Health Systems Agency of Southeast Kansas. Cole is a board member for the Arts and Humanities Council; the Midtown Community Resource Center; and the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation. She has been appointed to a three-year term.

Grant Glenn, Lawrence, received his juris doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law and has practiced law in Topeka since 1976. He is active in the Topeka arts community through his support of a variety of programs; including the Native Sons and Daughters high school art competition; the “Homage to the Flint Hills” art exhibition; and the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area fundraising effort. He has been appointed to a three-year term.

Susana Valdovinos, Topeka, received her juris doctorate from Washburn University Law School and her master’s degree from the University of Kansas. She currently serves as the associate director in the Office of Affirmative Action at Kansas State University, having previously worked as an assistant county counselor for Shawnee County. Valdovinos is a member of the Kansas Women Attorneys Association. She has been appointed to a three-year term.

Additionally, the Governor reappointed Lemuel Sheppard of Pittsburg to serve a three-year term on the commission.

The Kansas Arts Commission serves the people of Kansas through grants to organizations and support of artists. Funded through the Kansas Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kansas Arts Commission is committed to finding ways to support and nurture the growth of arts in all Kansas Communities.

In addition to its grant-making, the Kansas Arts Commission offers workshops, seminars and conferences that assist organizations and artists in building capacity, growing audiences and developing the vital business skills necessary to achieve success in the arts in the 21st century.