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Sebelius Appoints Five to Encourage Volunteerism in Kansas

To promote community service, Governor Kathleen Sebelius has made five appointments to the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC).

“This commission provides support to local volunteer programs across the state,” Sebelius said. “I encourage Kansans to use Kansas Volunteer Commission resources to find new ways to get involved in their communities.”

Thomas Bishop, Holton, attended the University of Akron/Wayne College and Eastern Oregon State College. He currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of Homestead Affordable Housing, Inc, an organization he established in 1998. Bishop has been appointed to a three-year term.

Brenda Bowers, Abilene, is a licensed nurse practitioner in Kansas and Massachusetts. She currently serves as an Abilene city commissioner and as the volunteer coordinator and grant writer for the Abilene Public Library. Bowers previously served as the community development clerk for the City of Abilene. She has been appointed to a three-year term.

Rodney Buchele, Garden City, received his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. He works for Kansas State University Research and Extension as the southwest area extension specialist in 4-H Youth Development and Volunteer Development. Buchele has been appointed to fill an unexpired term ending in 2009.

Gary Emry, Fort Scott, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix. He currently serves as city administrator for Girard, having previously served as the president and chief executive officer for the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Emry has been appointed to a three-year term.

William Swinney, Topeka, received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University. He currently serves as a career and academic advisor for Allen County Community College and is working to establish a K-16 Civic Learning Advisory Group. Swinney has been appointed to fill an unexpired term ending in 2010.

The Kansas Volunteer Commission serves to promote and develop volunteerism throughout Kansas by providing resources to local service organizations, including grant funding, training and support.

As a governor appointed organization, the KVC endeavors to uphold the value of service and volunteering to all citizens of the state in order to effectively address community needs, respond to disasters and inspire a commitment to community service among Kansans.

Kansans interested in volunteering in their communities are encouraged to visit for more information.

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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