Governor Announces Appointments

By: Posted by Melissa Brunner
By: Posted by Melissa Brunner

The following is from Gov. Sam Brownback's Office:

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced Wednesday numerous appointments to boards and commissions.

“I appreciate the willingness of these Kansans to give of their time, energy, and talent. With their help, we will make our great state even better,” Governor Brownback said.

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 Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The mission of the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is to advocate for and facilitate equal access to quality, coordinated, and comprehensive services that enhance the quality of life for Kansans who are deaf and hard of hearing. The Governor make appointments from the following different sectors: six members who are deaf or hard of hearing, speech language pathologists, psychologists, nurses, teachers, rehabilitation counselors or social workers, clinical audiologists, otolaryngologists, and a public member.

· Dr. Pamela Sue Fish, Olathe, is being appointed to a three year term to represent speech language pathologists. She is a speech and language pathologist with the Kansas School for the Deaf, where she has worked since 2006. She earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Central Missouri. She has also been a Professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology, and is a Clinical Audiologist.

Wichita State University Board of Trustees
The Wichita State University Board of Trustees supports the educational undertakings of the university through the management of the University’s endowment and the mill levy.

· David Coleal, Wichita, has been appointed to his first one-year term. Coleal is currently the Vice President and General Manager of the Fuselage Segment of Spirit AeroSystems. Prior to working at Spirit AeroSystems David was Vice President and General Manager of Bombardier-Learjet. He also serves on several boards including the Wichita Aero Club.

Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs
The Commission on Veterans Affairs mission is to provide Kansas veterans, their relatives, and other eligible dependents with information, advice, direction, and assistance through the coordination of programs and services. The Governor appoints veterans who have been honorably discharged with the following guidelines: one member must be chosen from each congressional district and one statewide, no more than three members can be from the same political party, and not more than two members can represent the same veterans organization.

· Charles Meyers, Concordia, currently serves as the Executive Director of NCK Veterans Service Center, Inc., a non-profit organization serving the veteran community. Meyers is active in his American Legion Post and the District Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Committee. He is a former Marine Staff Sergeant and served as an Air Traffic Controller.

Kansas Veterans Claims Assistance Advisory Board
The mission of the Veterans Claim Assistance Advisory Board is to improve the coordination of veterans benefits counseling in Kansas, maximize the effective and efficient use of tax-payer dollars and to ensure that every veteran is served and receives claims counseling and assistance. The Governor makes appointments from the VFW and the American Legion.

· Bradford W. Stauffer, Holton, is being appointed to represent the VFW for a three year term and serves as the Post Service Officer for the VFW. He served in the 130th Field Artillery Brigade in the Kansas Army National Guard, and was the senior non-commissioned officer in charge of a tactical operations center for brigade. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Disabled Veterans of America.

Kansas Respiratory Care Council
The Respiratory Care Council conducts examinations and registrations of applicants in the field of respiratory therapy. The Governor appoints respiratory therapists and public members from different geographical areas across the state.

· Dan Conyers, M.S., R.R.T., R.C.P., Kansas City, is being reappointed to a three year term to represent respiratory therapists. He graduated from the Respiratory Therapy Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1977 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Kansas. He is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with the National Board for Respiratory Care, and an Instructor of Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support with the American Heart Association.

· Stan Munsch, R.R.T., Hays, is being appointed to a three year term to represent respiratory therapists. Munsch graduated with a degree in Respiratory Therapy from the Respiratory Therapy Institute in Miami, Florida, after serving in the US Army Medical Corps in Vietnam in 1968. He also received the Kansas Respiratory Care Professional of the Year in 1990.

· Steven Ades R.R.T., El Dorado, is being appointed to a three year term to represent respiratory therapists. Ades graduated from Wichita State University in 1984 with his Associate’s Degree of Science in Respiratory Therapy, and in 1990 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science. He is an instructor of Basic Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation- Hospital Based and currently works as the Director of Respiratory Care at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.

Kansas Advisory Committee on Trauma
The goal of the Advisory Committee on Trauma is to advise the Secretary of Health and Environment on development and implementation of a statewide trauma system. The Governor appoints from the following entities: members licensed to practice medicine and surgery, osteopathic doctor, representatives of hospitals, nurses, representatives of EMS, administrators of ambulance services, and a representative from each regional trauma council.

· Darlene Whitlock, Silver Lake, is a trauma nurse who is being reappointed to a four year term. Darlene is a Certified Emergency Medical Technician, a nationally Certified Emergency Nurse and has become a Trauma Nurse Core Course Faculty Instructor. She also organized and moderates annually the Trauma Nursing Summit for Kansas. Whitlock will represent trauma nurses.

Kansas Solid Waste Grants Advisory Committee
The Solid Waste Grants Advisory Committee administers grants to cities, counties, schools and other entities for the purpose of implementing solid waste management plans. The Governor appoints members from regional solid waste management entities, representatives of counties, representatives Kansas, representatives of waste tire generators or handlers, and a public member.

· James Triplett, Ph.D., Pittsburg, is being reappointed to a two year term. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Kansas in 1976, after receiving both his Master’s degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Kansas State College of Pittsburg. Triplett is currently a biology professor at Pittsburg State University.

Kansas Pet Animal Advisory Board
The Kansas Pet Animal Advisory Board reviews the status of the Kansas Pet Animal Act and makes recommendations on changes to the act as well as rules and regulations for the act. The Governor appoints from several different areas in the animal industry.

· Maureen Cummins, Auburn, is currently a language arts teacher at Topeka West High School. She also serves as the Director of Operations for Second Chance Animal Refuge Society. Cummins was named as one of the 2010 YWCA Women of Excellence.

Kansas Advisory Council on Aging
The Kansas Advisory Council on Aging serves as the advisory committee as required by the federal Older Americans Act, and have the duty to review and comment upon various activities of KDADS.

· Mary Warren, Pittsburg, is being appointed to her first three-year term. Warren received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Pittsburg State University and her Master’s Degree from Kansas State University. She is currently the Executive Director of the University of Kansas Medical Center, Area Health Education Centers.

Kansas Real Estate Appraisal Board
The Real Estate Appraisal Board regulates Real Estate Appraiser’s licenses, provides access to appraisers’ education resources, and informs appraisers of industry news.

Kris Munsch, Hays, is the operations manager for Lockhart Geophysical, and a faculty member of Fort Hays State University in the Construction Management program. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Technology Studies and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Fort Hays State University. Munsch is being appointed as a public member.


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