Region 11 Vice-President

KASB is governed by a Board of Directors composed of four elected officers - president, past-president, president-elect and president-elect designee (elected at convention in December) - and 15 regional vice-presidents. The regions include 10 geographic areas and five additional regions representing the five member school districts with the largest full-time equivalent enrollment at the time of regional elections. There are two ex-officio seats on the board. Elections are held at the Delegate Assembly during the KASB Annual Convention.

Lori Blake
SE of Saline USD 306
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Past President
Shannon Kimball
Lawrence USD 497
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President Elect
Brad Bergsma
Goodland USD 352
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Region 1 Vice-President
Jason Winbolt
Spring Hill USD 230
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Region 2 Vice-President
Art Gutierrez
Emporia USD 253
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Region 3 Vice-President
Kevin Cole
Labette County USD 506
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Region 4 Vice-President
Pam Dankenbring
Marysville USD 364
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Region 5 Vice-President
TinaRae Scott
Morris County USD 417
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Region 6 Vice-President
Greg Tice
Renwick USD 267
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Region 7 Vice-President
Daren Holecek
Ellsworth USD 327
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Region 8 Vice-President
Gary Yost
Otis-Bison USD 403
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Region 9 Vice-President
Darla Schmalzried
Dighton USD 482

Region 10 Vice-President
Lara Bors
Garden City USD 457
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Region 11 Vice-President
Mike Seitz
Blue Valley USD 229
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Region 12 Vice-President
Laura Guy
Shawnee Mission USD 512
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Region 13 Vice-President
Valdenia Winn
Kansas City USD 500
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Region 14 Vice-President
Stan Reeser
Wichita USD 259
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Region 15 Vice-President
Joe Beveridge
Olathe USD 233
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Shannon Kimball
Lawrence USD 497
Board of Education

Shannon Kimball, president of the Lawrence USD 497 Board of Education, was elected Sunday as KASB President-Elect-Designee in December of 2019. 

Kimball faced no opposition and was elected unanimously at the KASB Delegate Assembly during the association’s annual convention in Wichita. 

“I will work to support and further KASB’s role as the voice of public education in Kansas. This voice continues to be desperately needed,” Kimball said “to counter the false narrative of failing public schools.” 

She said KASB must continue to be at the forefront of debates over school finance, tax revenue, quality teachers, and the Kansans Can vision of leading the world in the success of each student. 

Kimball, an attorney, grew up in western Kansas and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Kansas. She received her law degree at the University of Michigan Law School and has worked with public schools, first as an attorney in private practice, and then as an education specialist at the Georgia Department of Education. 

She and her husband, Jason, returned to Lawrence to raise their family of three children, all of whom attend Lawrence public schools. 

Kimball’s term as president of KASB will start July 1, 2019. KASB President Elect Patrick Woods, of Topeka USD 501, will serve as KASB President beginning July 1, 2018, taking over for current President Dayna Miller, of Basehor-Linwood USD 458. 

Kimball is a member of the League of Women Voters of Lawrence/Douglas County, and the Kansas, Georgia, and American bar associations. Her local service includes her children’s school PTO, work with the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association and the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, and serving on the board of her neighborhood association. 

KASB is dedicated to serving school districts and improving student success. It is governed by a Board of Directors composed of school board members from throughout Kansas. 

Lori Blake
SE of Saline USD 306
Board of Education

Lori Blake, a member of the Southeast of Saline USD 306 school board, was unanimously elected to the position of KASB President-Elect Designee by the KASB Delegate Assembly on Dec. 2, 2018 during the KASB 2018 Annual Conference in Overland Park, Kansas. She will become KASB President-Elect July 2019, and assume the office of KASB President July 2020.

“It is through much seeking and questioning that has led to this moment in time, taking a risk to seek your approval as the next president-elect of KASB,” Blake said. “It is my time because I feel a responsibility to give back to an organization that has done so much for me over the last 10 years.”

Blake was nominated by Nedra Elbl, president of Salina USD 305, who has known Blake since Blake was a child. She said Blake “fights for fairness, equality and is a voice for the meek.”

In the seconding speech, Gina McGowan, a member of the Ellsworth USD 327 board, said Blake is a great listener and exceptional leader.

Blake has served for 10 years on the school board, including three years as president and is currently vice president. She is also a graduate of KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow program and is serving in her fourth year on the KASB Board of Directors.

Blake is executive director of Child Advocacy and Parenting Services, a non-profit in Salina that collaborates with community and state partners to improve the lives of children and strengthen families. She and her husband have three children and also own a service station.

The president-elect designee serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board of directors until assuming the office of president-elect. The president-elect designee participates in the NSBA Federal Relations Network and NSBA Leadership Conference. Blake’s term as president of KASB will start July 1, 2020.

“We are getting ready to blastoff because ‘Kansans can’ and I want to work together to reach places not yet even imagined,” she said.

Brad Bergsma
Goodland USD 352
Board of Education

Brad Bergsma, a member of the Goodland USD 352 Board of Education, was unanimously elected KASB President-Elect Designee by the KASB Delegate Assembly on Dec. 8 during the KASB 2019 Annual Conference in Overland Park, Kansas. Bergsma took over the office of KASB President-Elect in July 2020, and is serving as KASB President starting July 2021.

Brad Bergsma cites many of the challenges facing rural schools in western Kansas, such as getting and keeping great teachers, providing mental health services for students and more.

But Bergsma, in his fifth year on the Goodland USD 352 school board, acknowledges all Kansas schools face
many of the same challenges.

“I remind people that our small, rural, western Kansas communities, in many ways are almost a thermometer in gauging the wellness of the education system across the state,” he said.

Bergsma said the recent passage of phased-in school funding increases as part of the Gannon lawsuit is welcome after years of state budget strife.

Now schools can better focus on addressing the social and emotional needs of young people, creating career pathways and helping at-risk students.

He said the teacher shortage is getting worse and has expanded into a shortage of administrators too.

“Basically, the pool of employees is shrinking. We try to do our best to grow our own. We have good staff and administrators in Goodland,” he said.

Bergsma is vice president of the Northwest Kansas Technical College. He has coached at many levels, helped institutions across the state (K-20) with curriculum development and technology integration, lived and taught CTE, and been asked to travel across the state and country to share his experiences with other organizations like Leadership Kansas, the Higher Learning Commission and Apple.

Opportunities to Connect

As a member-based association, active participation by you as a member is vital. KASB provides a number of ways to become involved in the Association through its board of directors, special committees and advocacy initiatives. In addition, KASB members are appointed to advisory committees by other state agencies and often asked to provide input and advice on public education-related topics.

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Informed. Involved. In KASB.

We need you! And the best part about it? You and your district/organization will benefit! Here are a few ways to get the most from your KASB membership.

  • Join us for seminars and workshops held throughout the year. Be sure to respond to evaluations to help us continue to improve!
  • Attend Fall Summits and Summer Advocacy Workshops.
  • Participate in New Board Member Training or serve as a mentor.
  • Make sure you are subscribed to KASB publications and emails.
  • Respond to surveys and questionnaires.
  • Don’t miss the KASB Annual Conference in December!
  • Get to know your Regional Vice-President and let them know your interests.
  • Expand your knowledge and involvement in national issues by joining KASB-NSBA’s National Connection.
  • Ask to place KASB information on your local board agenda and discuss during meetings.
  • Volunteer your district to host on-site KASB meetings.
  • Get involved in your KASB Region and network with other board members!
  • Apply for KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow program.
  • Serve as your district’s delegate to the annual Delegate Assembly.
  • Volunteer for one of KASB’s standing committees or governing boards.

KASB currently has two leadership development programs: Leadership for Tomorrow and KASB BOLD (Business Operations Leadership Development). These programs provide board members and district-level administrators with opportunities to enhance leadership skills and gain a greater understanding of the issues that unite us all in a common mission: Success for All Students!


Federal Advocacy

The Association monitors national education issues through its federal relations initiatives. Each year KASB members represent Kansas at the national level through involvement in the National School Boards Association’s advocacy seminar. This includes advocacy training, briefings on national issues and meetings with elected officials in Washington, D.C. The Association may convene a special committee or task force to study national issues and develop recommendations to the Board of Directors.

KASB currently has two standing committees

Nominating Committee

The president of the Association appoints a nominating committee in late spring of each year. The committee includes one member from each KASB region.  The Committee meets for one day during the month of September.

Nominating Committee Duties:

  • Review applications and interview candidates for the office of president-elect designee.
  • Select one or more nominees.
  • Present the Nominating Committee findings at regional meetings held in the fall.
  • Report the nominee(s) to the Delegate Assembly held in conjunction with the annual conference.

Legislative Committee

The president of the Association appoints members to the Legislative Committee in late spring of each year. Committee members serve three-year terms and can serve two consecutive terms in addition to any unexpired term they were appointed to fill.

The Committee includes one member from each KASB region. The immediate past-president serves as chairman of the Committee. The Committee meets two to three times in late summer/early fall and then once during annual conference.

Legislative Committee Duties:

  • Review current legislation relating to KASB policy positions.
  • Review input from the membership regarding legislative issues.
  • Review KASB priority issues and establish legislative priorities.
  • Report to the KASB Delegate Assembly recommended additions and changes to current policy.

KASB Governance Begins with Our Members

Delegate Assembly

Each year membership governing boards selects one voting delegate and at least one alternate to the Association's Delegate Assembly. The Delegate Assembly meets once a year during annual conference. The KASB Constitution also includes provisions for a special meeting of the Delegate Assembly at the call of the president. The Delegate Assembly elects the Association's president-elect designee and discusses and approves legislative priorities for the coming year. The Delegate Assembly can consider amendments to the Association's Constitution.

Board of Directors

The KASB Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association.  The board consists of the president, president-elect, immediate past president and fifteen regional vice-presidents and meets five times per year. Other meetings can be scheduled as needed.

Any current Kansas board of education member in good standing and whose school district is a current member of KASB can file and run for president.

Candidates for the office of president-elect designee should have some prior service to the Association. The KASB Board of Directors encourages any local school board member interested in this leadership opportunity to seek personal involvement in the Association, either through committee work, as a member of the Association’s Federal Relations initiatives or as a regional vice-president.

The window to submit an application for candidacy is open from approximately June through August. Specific deadlines are announced each year in Association publications and can also be found online at

To learn more about the KASB Board of Directors and Regions, click here!

Regional vice-presidents are elected during regional meetings at the KASB annual conference. They serve three-year terms and can serve two consecutive terms in addition to any unexpired term they may be appointed to fill.

Individual school board members can participate in the leadership of the Association without spending significant time in Topeka!

Ad-Hoc Committees

The KASB Board of Directors forms ad hoc committees to initiate studies of special topics. In the past these committees have studied school finance, school efficiency and career-technical education.

Committee meetings/work is determined by the task given to each committee. Typically each committee produces a report back to the board of directors with recommendations for further action or study.

Workers Compensation Fund Board of Trustees

The Workers Compensation Fund, Inc. is governed by a board of trustees appointed by the KASB Board. Members of the Work Comp board must be from districts that are a current subscriber of the fund.

KASB President-Elect Designee

The president-elect-designee serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board of directors until assuming the office of president-elect.

The Kansas Association of School Boards Nominating Committee is charged with the task of presenting to the Delegate Assembly each year one or more qualified candidates for the office of President-Elect Designee of the Association. A Voters Guide, which serves as the KASB Nominating Committee Report, is distributed at the KASB Fall Summits. It is also be mailed prior to annual conference, along with other Delegate Assembly materials, to all board presidents, superintendents and voting delegates.

The election for KASB President-Elect Designee is on Sunday, December 6, 2020, during the annual KASB Delegate Assembly in Overland Park, Kansas.

Nominating Procedures

The KASB president appoints a nominating committee in late summer of each year. The committee is comprised of one representative from each of the KASB 15 regions. The committee typically meets in Topeka and is charged with the responsibility of interviewing and reporting one or more nominees to the delegate assembly, held in conjunction with the annual convention, for the election of the president-elect designee. 

2020 Nominating Commitee

Region 1
Rachele Zade
De Soto USD 232

Region 2
Julie Dandreo
Ottawa USD 290

Region 3
Wes Smith
Woodson USD 366

Region 4
Eric Gerstner
Vermillion USD 380

Region 5
Lance Patterson
Hutchinson USD 308

Region 6
Paige Crum
Haysville USD 261

Region 7
Kevin Milner
Republic Co USD 109

Region 8
Ki Gamble, Chair
Kiowa County USD 422

Region 9
Kristina Lemman
Colby USD 315

Region 10
Dan Patterson
Lakin USD 215

Region 11
Tom Mitchell
Blue Valley USD 229

Region 12
Sara Goodburn
Shawnee Mission USD 512

Region 13
Janey Humphries
Kansas City USD 500

Region 14
Julie Hedrick
Wichita USD 259

Region 15
Brian Geary
Olathe USD 233

Frank Henderson, Jr.
Seaman USD 345
Board of Education

Frank S. Henderson, Jr. serves on the KASB Board of Directors as an ex officio member. He is a past president of the KASB and has also served on the KASB Board of Directors and the KASB Legislative Committee for several years.

He is currently in his thirteenth year and Immediate Past-President on the Seaman USD 345 Board of Education in Topeka, Kansas. Additionally, Henderson completed a term on the Board of Directors of the Kansas State High School Activities Association. He was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Education and has also served as a commissioner on the Education Commission of the States.

In March 2020 Henderson  elected as Secretary-Treasurer of the National School Board Association, (NSBA) while serving in his second term as a Western Region Director for NSBA and as President of the National School Board Action Center. (NSBAC) He also served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Black Council of NSBA

Henderson worked in Kansas State Social Services and the Criminal Justice System for over twenty-five years, providing services to those in poverty, the mentally ill, as well as victims and offenders.  Henderson was appointed as Chairman of the Kansas Parole Board, of which he served for four years.  He also served in the Office of the Attorney General for seventeen years as the Executive Director of the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board, holding the offices of President of the Kansas Organization for Victim Assistance, and the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Washburn University and a Master’s Degree from Kansas State University.  He and his wife, Lorraine have two adult children, Ashley and Frank III.

Region 15 Vice-President

Joe Beveridge
Olathe USD 233 Board of Education

How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member?

As of January 2020, I am starting my second four-year term on the Olathe School Board. I have been serving as vice president since July of 2019. When my wife and I were expecting our first child, we moved from Chicago, Illinois to Olathe, Kansas, and one of the main reasons was our admiration for the school district. I ran for school board as someone who felt the district did so many things well and I wanted to support the district as we help students prepare for their future.

What do you do outside of being a board member?

My wife, Jill, and I have three children in the school district and we spend much of our time with them and their activities. I also own an environmental consulting company, Solid Ground Environmental, which provides environmental consulting services to local and regional banks and developers.

What experiences or skills do you bring to the table that will help improve your local school district?

I love public policy and budgets. My favorite time of year is budget time as we get deep dives into our finances at the school district. Politics is a passion of mine and I follow events in Topeka and Washington D.C. closely and how decisions made can and will affect our school district.

What is the top goal you have this year for your local board and what would you like to focus on as a member of the KASB Board of Directors?

I am most excited about our dual language immersion program Olathe will be starting up in the fall of 2020 at two of our elementary schools. I would like to see this program succeed and grow so that every child in our school district has the opportunity to learn two languages during their primary education. As a KASB Board member, I would like to continue to focus on legislative issues, making sure we do not slip backwards on state funding and continue to share our stories of success with Kansas legislators.

When you were growing up, who was an adult you looked up to and why?

The easy and best answer is my parents; I wouldn’t be where I am without them. But I’d also like to say as I get older I so appreciate my Grandpa Ed. Like so many in his generation, he worked hard, didn’t need any accolades, never complained, and he always had a smile on his face every time I saw him.

Who was your favorite teacher or school staff member and why?

My favorite teacher was Mr. Osborne, my high school biology teacher. He is the reason I graduated with a degree in biology at KU. He made biology interesting and always kept us on our toes with his sense of humor.

If you had a chance to speak to your 18-year-old self, what would you say?

Find books you like and read more. As an adult, I love to read, but I didn’t know that at the time because I didn’t take time to figure out what types of books and subjects I like. Now I’m playing catch-up on all the books I should have read in high school and college.

What is a saying or quote that you live by?

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.

Region 14 Vice-President

Stan Reeser
Wichita USD 259

Recently, Stan Reeser, a member of the Wichita USD 259 school board, visited with a group of students at Wichita South High School where they talked about the challenges they overcame to graduate.

Reeser said the discussion with the students left him inspired — not only because of their stories but because of the efforts of their teachers.

“It really reinforced to me how much these teachers do for us,” said Reeser. “One thing we always forget is that these educators, they just can’t only be proficient in their subject. They wear so many hats to get these kids to succeed.”

He said teachers help prepare students from challenging backgrounds while also helping the high achieving students and all the students in between.

Reeser, who works in logistics and supplies for Via Christi Health, and his wife Miscy graduated from Wichita public schools and their three daughters also attended and graduated from USD 259.

Reeser has served in the Parent Teachers Association, site councils and on the Wichita City Council. When a position opened up on the school board, he applied and was selected in October and then was appointed by the board to the KASB Board of Directors.

He said he is going to focus on helping institute individual plans of study for all students, improving the district’s graduation rate and developing alternative education programs.

He said he believes the diversity of the state’s largest school district helps prepare students for the workplace, which is full of competing points of view and people from varied backgrounds.

“Our diversity is a positive strength,” he said.

He is enthusiastic about the Kansas State Board of Education’s vision to lead the world in the success of every student and focusing on the whole student and helping students discover their passion.

He said it is important to acknowledge when schools make mistakes, but he said education advocates also must stress the positives of K-12 education because there are special interests that constantly try to badmouth public schools.

“You don’t want to gloss over the mistakes and challenges but the positive so outweighs the negatives,” he said of schools, adding that public education “truly is the foundation” of the United States.

He said school funding suffered during the Great Recession and then when Kansas cut taxes, it suffered more. Meanwhile, opponents of public education bashed teachers and schools.

“They have taken it on the chin for over a decade. I’m hoping we are turning the corner and see the folly of that and see the importance of public education,” he said.

Published May 2018 KASB School Board Reivew

Region 13 Vice-President

Valdenia Winn
Kansas City USD 500

Dr. Valdenia C. Winn (Persley) is a member of USD 500 Board of Education, the 34th District Kansas State House of Representative, a Kansas City Kansas Community College history professor and a community volunteer.

In April 2015, Dr. Winn was elected to the USD 500 Board of Education, Kansas City, Kansas for a four-year term. Dr. Winn works tirelessly to promote, support and strengthen K-12 education for all students. Furthermore, she is also committed to helping the Administration, faculty and staff navigate the Kansas School finance formula.

Since earning her PhD in History and International Relations from the University of Kansas in 1993, Dr. Winn has been involved in the Greater Kansas City community serving on numerous community neighborhood associations and until recently coordinated an after-school computer/tutorial lab for K-12 students residing in northeast Kansas City, Kansas. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus.

Dr. Winn has been a Professor of history at Kansas City Kansas Community College for over four decades. Her specialty is Twentieth-Century United States History and African American History.

In 1999, she received the prestigious Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Study Abroad Award sponsored by the United States Department of Education. As director of 16 secondary education/university faculty, she led the curriculum development team as they conducted research for six weeks at the universities in Dakar, Senegal and St. Louis, Senegal (West Africa). Upon return to Kansas City, each member presented workshops throughout the Kansas City metro area and developed curriculum that infused concepts of West African history and culture into the core curriculum in their respective disciplines.

Currently, Representative Winn is completing her 10th term in the Kansas House of Representatives, serving the citizens of the 34th District, Kansas City, Kansas. Rep. Winn serves as Assistant Minority Leader of the House Democrats, the Ranking Democrat on K-12 Education Budget Committee, a member of the Capital Preservation Committee; and a member of the Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund. One of her legislative successes was securing the passage of SB 54. SB 54 (2011 session) commissioned a mural commemorating Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, et al. for the walls of the newly remodeled Kansas State Capital. The House leadership objected, and the bill was stalled. It was only because of Rep. Winn’s tenacity and knowledge of House rules that SB 54 passed the House and was later signed into law. When appointed as chairperson of the Capital Preservation Committee by then Governor Mark Parkinson, Rep. Winn became the first African American female member of the Minority Party (Democrat) to serve as chairperson of a Legislative Committee. While no longer the chairperson, Rep. Winn still serves as a member of the Capital Preservation Committee. Since May 2018 the mural commemorating Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, et al is showcased on the 3rd floor of the Kansas State Capital.

In 2017, Rep. Winn, along with a fellow representative, designed curriculum for a Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Summer Seminar, held at Washburn University. Focused on “teaching the trainer,” 2019 marked the second year that the Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Seminar was offered to K-12 teachers of Kansas. The Seminar is sanctioned by the Kansas State Board of Education as well as the Kansas State Department of Education. Upon completion of the seminar the participants will be certified to facilitate training of other K-12 teachers in culturally relevant pedagogy.

In her spare time, Valdenia and her husband Keith Persley enjoy sporting events and traveling throughout the United States and internationally.

(Taken from

Region 12 Vice President

Laura Guy
Shawnee Mission USD 512 Board of Education

How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member? I have served for two years. I decided to run because I’ve always been a big supporter of public education. My mom was a teacher and I taught third-grade for several years myself. My kids received outstanding educations in the Shawnee Mission School District and now that they’re grown, I wanted to give back to the community that has given so much to us.

What do you do outside of being a board member?
I am an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination and I am the founding pastor of Living Water Christian Church in Parkville, Mo. I also volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in Overland Park.

What experiences or skills do you bring to the table that will help improve your local school district? I have been a teacher, so I understand some of the challenges of teaching a classroom of students with varying abilities and experiences. In my church work, I meet regularly with my church council to make decisions about finances, facilities and future plans.

What is the top goal you have this year for your local board and what would you like to focus on as a member of the KASB Board of Directors?
For my local school board, I want us to drill down on the achievement gap and diagnose what’s causing it and what are effective ways other districts are addressing it and seeing real results. This is part of our strategic plan for the next five years. For KASB, I’d like to see us expand our offerings for workshops and round-table conversations where school board members can learn from experts and from each other.

When you were growing up, who was an adult you looked up to and why? My mom was a public school teacher in Des Moines who originally taught home economics to teenage mothers in a separate school run by the Salvation Army (although she was employed by the local school district). This is how they used to handle teenage pregnancy – send the girls away. Later, when that was no longer the practice, mom taught in the first alternative high school in the district. I admired her commitment to teach the students who didn’t fit into the mold of the typical student.

Who was your favorite teacher or school staff member and why? My elementary principal, Udell Cason. I was bused to a mostly black school and there were many moments when I felt left out, but Mr. Cason always made me feel welcome. These were the years when busing was a hot topic that caused a lot of anger. By participating in the voluntary busing program, students like me were trying to dismantle injustice in our own small way. Mr. Cason understood that and did whatever he could to make my five years at Logan Elementary happy ones for me.

If you had a chance to speak to your 18-year-old self, what would you say? Slow down. I wanted a career and family as soon as possible and that left little time for things like travel and meeting new people.

What is a saying or quote that you live by? Brene Brown introduced me to this wonderful quote by Theodore Roosevelt:
“It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the person who is in the arena. Whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly … who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly … ”

Region 11 Vice-President

Mike Seitz
Blue Valley USD 229 Board of Education

As a member of the Blue Valley USD 229 school board, Mike Seitz says he is thankful the district has a community of parents and students “who recognize the value of public education.”

And Seitz says he is thankful to serve in various public service roles — the school board, Johnson County Mental Health Center and Baker University Board of Trustees — that allow him to help others.

A retired businessman, Seitz says his role as a school board member is to make sure every child in the district has the opportunity to receive an excellent education. He and his wife Debra have four children who graduated from Blue Valley schools.

“My primary role is to ensure the students get the best education possible and are poised for success in the future. If any school board member is looking at one group of students or another, they are not doing justice to the entire district.”

“We are trying to make sure any decisions we make are inclusive of all students. Long-term, the board can provide the strategy and vision that represents the wants and needs of the community that sets a tone going forward,” he said.

And Seitz said he also wants to ensure taxpayers are getting the best value for their taxes.

“I think public education has to take stock of itself and recognize we have an obligation to prove the value of the investment we are making,” he said. “We have to stop whining about not having enough money and start talking about the outcomes. We need to beat our chest about how good we really are,” he said.

Seitz said he likes the direction public education has taken in Kansas — reducing the emphasis on testing, focusing on individual student success and turning attention to the social, emotional and mental health needs of students.

“I give credit to all of our educators who do that. I think we are moving toward a holistic perspective of students,” he said.

He adds the Legislature “has begun to understand the needs of education better than they ever had.”

If he had any advice for policymakers in Topeka, it would be to continue focusing on mental health, increase funding for special education and “not pit education against other services.”


Published in the August 2018 KASB School Board Review

Region 10 Vice-President

Lara Bors
Garden City USD 457

Lara Bors’ reasons for first seeking a seat on her local board of education came from a commitment to community service and an even greater commitment to education.

“My son, who was going to start kindergarten the next school year, asked why I was doing it and I explained to him that I wanted to make sure he had the same or better educational opportunities that I had,” she said.

Bors is a product of the Shawnee Mission School District. A political science degree from Truman State University and a law degree from Washburn University led her to a nine-year stint as an Assistant Finney County Attorney before going in to private practice. That same year, four positions were open on the Garden City School Board.

Once elected, Bors gained appreciation for her fellow board members.

“We have a vast array of backgrounds on our board and while we may not always agree, we reach decisions very thoughtfully and stand by them after the vote of the board,” she said.

Garden City USD 457’s new high school – a recent Blue Ribbon School winner - and the district’s early childhood education center are just two of many points of pride for Bors. She is also a proponent of expanding technology.

“We have a 1:1 initiative in our High School and are transitioning more technology to our lower grades. I am also extremely proud of our alternative center,” she said. “We have a bricks and mortar alternative school for students, a virtual academy and a therapeutic school for kids of all ages that need mental health services along with their education.”

Her list of favorite things about being a board member can get long, she said. She starts off with high school graduation, but then quickly begins listing other things.

​“I love being able to have an impact on students. The best thing may be seeing the kids come to their school presentations at our board meetings. Recently we had a school come and talk about their "maker space.”  The teacher said that two of the kids were really in charge of the robot coding portion of the day,” Bors said.

The fact that the two students were girls was, in a word, “awesome,” Bors said.

Bors said the students asked the board for iPads, and when one of her fellow board members asked for a show of hands on who would like them, all the students raised their hands, except for the two students who had been involved in coding the robots. So Bors asked the two girls what they wanted.

“'Better robots,' they responded. That was just too cute,” Bors said.

Bors accepted the role as KASB Region 10 vice-presented for one simple reason: she was asked to do it!

“I believe in KASB and the role that it provides local school boards. Having a voice in [KASB] I believe will be beneficial. With all that is going on at the state level, we need to make sure there is a unifying voice for school boards.  We have a wide variety of needs in all of the school districts and having an organization that can put it all together is critical,” she said.

She also values the opportunity to interact with other board members across the state.

“Sometimes we all get into a rut or a box and it's good to hear what others are doing so we can continue to be creative for our students,” she said.

No matter what role she has – at the local or state level – Bors is dedicated to providing opportunities for students.

“I hope that I make the right decisions,” she said. “I hope that the decisions we make are positive ones for our kids.”

In addition to her work with the school district, Bors serves in a variety of leadership roles within Finney County and her profession. She is on the board for the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, serving as the presenting sponsor for the Chamber’s annual teacher of the year event, the “Crystal Apple Awards.” She also assists in coaching the youth baseball team for the Garden City Recreation Commission and serves on the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board for the Kansas 25th Judicial District.


Published May 2017 Kansas Association of school Boards

Region 9 Vice-President

Darla Schmalzried Dighton USD 482

Region 8 Vice-President

Gary Yost
Otis-Bison USD 403 Board of Education

When he retired in 2005 after 40 years in the classroom, a local board member – who was also a friend – asked Gary Yost if he would consider running for his seat on the board.

I love kids and have always wanted all children to do the best that they are capable of achieving,” he said. “I thought that I could provide insight from the other side of the desk.”

One area of interest for Yost is in finding ways to pay teachers more by cutting costs at the district level.

“I am always looking for ways to make our district more efficient. If we can cut transportation, heating and electric costs we will have more money for staff wages. I know how hard most teachers work to see that their students do their best, and we all know that our teachers are way underpaid,” he said.

His service on the KASB Board of Directors in 2011 began in a similar way: he was asked to consider serving, this time by then-KASB President Frank Henderson, Jr.

“I was appointed to finish out an unexpired term, and at the end of that term I ran to fill the seat,” Yost said.

He appreciates KASB’s focus on leading the conversation in Kansas about issues relating to public schools, and the Association’s commitment to accuracy.

“KASB is the one source that gives the facts which allows others to make decisions based on facts not agendas,” he said.

Joining the KASB Board of Directors brought Yost a chance to continue learning and at the same time an opportunity to continue teaching, though in a slightly different way.

“It has given me much more insight about education issues that other schools face. We all have much in common as well as some great differences,” he said. “I hope that they have also learned about some of the pluses as well as the minuses of small schools.”

Yost is quick to add, “We think there are many more pluses than minuses, however.”

Otis-Bision USD has 223 students and is more central Kansas than Western Kansas, Yost said.

“We have been very advanced in our use of technology for many years,” Yost said, “Our tech coordinator is a past student and keeps us on the cutting edge. We have had one to one laptops with all students for several years, and we have a robotics class that the kids really love.”

One recent project gave high school students a chance to collaborate with others by turning an idea into a sellable product.

“The entrepreneur class researched and designed bread cutting boards, then the woods class made the boards and the entrepreneur class successfully marketed the boards,” Yost said. “It was a great learning tool for all the students.”

Otis-Bison students are very successful in many areas, Yost said.

“We have had both boys and girl state champions in weightlifting, and that program has done much to build students pride and confidence in their abilities to improve,” he said.

The community and board take particular care when it comes to their facilities.

“We have upgraded our facilities every year, new windows, new bleachers, etc. Visitors comment on how nice our buildings look even though they are not new,” Yost said. “Our staff takes great pride in making our buildings look great.”

As a local farmer, Yost is closely tied to the community. In the past he has served as choir director and vice-president of the men’s club for his local church and a board member for Farm Bureau. His local board service has included a term as vice-president, governmental relations chair and membership of the board’s negotiations team.

Yost’s service on the KASB Board means he can continue to bring new ideas and ways to improve back to his home district.

“I learn so much by having the opportunity to interact with students, staff, patrons and other board members from all over the state and nation,” he said.

Published September 2016 Kansas Association of School Boards

Region 7 Vice-President

Darin Holecek
Ellsworth USD 327
Board of Education

Darin Holecek is in his first three-year term as KASB Region 7 vice-president. He was elected at the December 2, Region 7 Regional Meeting. He represents 26 unified school boards in 11 counties.

Holecek has been on the Ellsworth board more than 10 years. He became a board member because he wanted to become more educated on how the school system operates, be involved in public service, and most importantly be involved in local youth and their opportunities for a successful future.

Daren has been employed with the Kansas Department of Corrections for 22 years. He is part of Pheasants Forever (promoting youth and the outdoors); is the local USBC Bowling Association Manager; likes to hunt and fish, enjoys sporting events; concerts; kids and family activities.

Holecek's top goal as a local board is to ensure all staff have the resources and training to be the most effective for all students in the district. He brings experience working as a team member with boards and Multi-Disciplinary Teams at job with KDOC; knowledge of public safety and security concerns to his local board and the KASB Board of Directors.

Published February 2019 Kansas Association of School Boards

Region 6 Vice-President

Greg Tice
Renwick USD 267 Board of Education

How long have you been a school board member? Six years

Why did you decide to become a board member? The importance of being involved and helping civically was instilled in me by my father. I thought I could provide a good perspective since I am an architect and my wife is a teacher.

What do you do outside of being a board member? In addition to being a school board member, I am a partner in a 25-person architecture firm. I have been a baseball coach for the past 17 years. I also like to stay active by working out and climbing 14er (14,000-foot) mountains in Colorado. I have climbed six so far.

Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? My parents were great role models. My father was very active as a community leader (Mayor, Hospital Board, School Board, etc.). My mother worked full time and always did so much at home. My father was good at math and my mom was good at the arts. That is probably why I chose a profession, architecture, that allowed me to do both.

Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Nunally – A college social geography teacher at KU. He taught me to get out of my comfort zone. At the beginning of the semester he said, “Give me a photo and your name. At the end of the semester I am going to look at your picture and decide the value you brought to the class and that will determine your grade.” I scheduled a meeting with him midway through the semester and asked him how I was doing. He said “I would give you a ‘C’. I can tell you are paying attention, but you haven’t contributed much. You don’t have to say something every class, especially if it doesn’t add value, but you do need to add value.” I went on to get an ‘A’. I was always a good ‘book’ student, but he taught me more than that. I wouldn’t be where I am without the lessons I learned from him.

What experience do you bring to the table that will improve your local school district? As an architect, I have been involved in several school bond projects. I understand school facilities and the role they play in education. My wife is a teacher which has given me insight into education for over 20 years. My role as a business owner has also helped me provide insight into how education needs to guide our students to be college and career ready.

As a board member, what is the top goal you have this year? The top goal I have for this year is security for our schools. We have made several small steps over the past few years but I want to make sure we have done everything we can to provide a safe environment for our students and staff.

What is a saying or quote that you live by? “If you always do what you have already done, you will always get what you already have.” A second one is “What is the most important play? The next one.”

Region 5 Vice-President

TinaRae Scott
Morris County USD 417 Board of Educaiton

TinaRae Scott was interested in politics and governance from a young age and remembers as a sixth-grader traveling to Manhattan to a political event featuring President Ronald Reagan. The crowds prevented her from seeing the president, but Scott saw U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum and State Treasurer Joan Finney. Watching those two women in high levels of government made a big impression on Scott.  

Now Scott, a member of the Morris County USD 417 board, takes over as the Region 5 representative on the KASB Board of Directors. She fills the unexpired term of Lori Blake, who is now KASB President-Elect.  

Scott plans to run for a full term as the Region 5 representative at KASB’s Annual Conference in December. KASB’s Region 5 covers much of central Kansas, including Chase, Harvey, Marion, McPherson, Morris, Reno, Rice and Saline counties. 

In her new position on the KASB board, Scott said, “I would really just like to be available and accessible to all the districts in the region. I’m really excited to be an ear and open door and voice for those districts and most importantly our kids.” 

From a childhood interest in politics, Scott developed a sense of wanting to work locally to help her community.  

That led to a long stint as president of the Parent Teacher Organization at her oldest daughter’s school in Morris County USD 417. Scott was then recruited to lead a volunteer effort to pass a school bond election. The issue was approved in 2008 — the first successful bond election for USD 417 after several earlier attempts had gone down in defeat. 

On the heels of that victory, Scott ran for school board, but lost by a mere nine votes. She waited patiently, while also getting appointed to spearhead a drive to pass a city sales tax for an aquatic center, and then ran again for school board. This time she won and is now in her sixth year on the board, fourth as vice president.  

As an advocate for schools, Scott said she wants to work to ensure rural areas have access to high speed broadband, saying that is crucial to economic development. With high speed broadband, she said, “People can live and work here regardless of whether their jobs are in Wichita or Kansas City. If you’re running the family farm or local pharmacy, you have to have access to technology that can connect you to the rest of the world.” 

She also wants adequate funding of special education and making sure schools have enough mental health providers. “Your mind and your mental health are just as important as your physical health,” she said. 

Scott and her husband Lancer have three daughters; the oldest is starting college this fall on a powerlifting scholarship; the middle daughter is in eighth-grade and the youngest will start first-grade. Scott works as assistant director of SOS Crisis Services, a not-for-profit that helps victims of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. Her family also works a farm and ranch and owns a livestock trucking company. 

Scott said she is optimistic about the future of public education in Kansas. The recent decision by the Kansas Supreme Court to approve the Legislature’s school finance fix in the long running Gannon lawsuit was welcome, she said. “I hope we have this funding issue behind us and we can focus on the kids and make our education system in Kansas the leader in the nation, so people will want to educate their kids here.” 

Published August 2019 KASB School Board Review

KASB Region 4 Vice-President

Pam Dankenbring
Marysville USD 364 USD Board of Education

How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member?

I have served on the USD 364 School Board for two years and have filled the position of president for six months. I serve as our governmental relations person and on the finance and negotiations committees.

What do you do outside of being a board member?

I am a district administrator for Kansas Farm Bureau, the largest grassroots agricultural advocacy organization in the state. In that position, I serve as a direct liaison to the 10 county Farm Bureaus in the organization’s 5th District as well as working on various projects and activities at the state level. I have two adult children and a Westie named Stella. In my spare time, I love to read personal growth books, listen to podcasts, and garden in the summer.

What experiences or skills do you bring to the table that will help improve your local school district?

I consider myself a lifelong learner so in that capacity I am always willing to broaden my skill set and knowledge base. The last 15 years have allowed me to hone skills in conflict resolution, personnel management, fiscal responsibility and budgeting, consensus building, along with volunteer management. These skills are all valuable in assisting the BOE as we work to make a positive impact on the District and make decisions in the best interests of the students.

What is the top goal you have this year for your local board and what would you like to focus on as a member of the KASB Board of Directors?

USD 364 is currently in a search for a new superintendent and also in the beginning stages of construction on a new agricultural/technical skills complex. My goal is to help lead the district to positive completions of both those tasks. My focus at the KASB Board level is to continue the tradition of KASB being the go-to source for information and education for our member districts in whatever form that looks like as we move into the future.

Who was your favorite teacher or school staff member and why?

My favorite teacher was my high school biology teacher, Mr. Dave Sampson. He connected with the students, had high expectations for us in the classroom, but was extremely humorous and allowed us to be kids too. He made all the students feel included, welcomed, and important.

If you had a chance to speak to your 18-year-old self, what would you say?

I would tell my 18-year-old self that all the things that were so important in high school become so much less important as you spread your wings and follow your adult life path. High school does not define who you are or who you will become.

What is a saying or quote that you live by?

“Your journey is not the same as mine, and my journey is not yours, but if you meet me on a certain path, may we encourage each other.”

Region 3 Vice-President

Kevin Cole Labette County USD 506 School Board Member

Kevin Cole was elected to the Region 3 Vice President's position at the December 2 Region 3 Regional Meeting.

Cole has been a member of the Labette County USD 506 school board for three years. He has served as vice president for two years. He is also a three-year board member of the SEK Interlocal, serving as vice president.

Cole decided to become a board member as he comes from a family of educators. My wife, her mother and father are lifelong educators. I appreciated their commitment to impacting lives positively in their daily interactions. All educators change and mold the lives of the students they teach. Educators need advocates for the work they perform and I wanted to be a leader to bring value to their careers.

Kevin is  a Regional Sales Manager for Ozarks Coca-Cola Company, 23 years in management and operations. He is married with two children. Cole enjoys spending time with family, working cattle, landscaping, attending sports events. He also enjoys participating in, leading policy and committee processes.

Twenty-three years in a management role has allowed me to grow professionally. I have years of management, organization, fiscal management, conflict resolution training that I have been able to use to support administration. These skills have helped the board and administration impact the district positively.

With twenty-three years in a management role, Kevin says "it has allowed me to grow professionally. I have years of management, organization, fiscal management, conflict resolution training that I have been able to use to support administration. These skills have helped the board and administration impact the district positively." As a local board member his goal is to continue to add value to the district leadership, professionals and staff. To create a positive culture that all employees are engaged and have a sense of ownership in the position they hold and to create an environment of transparency for taxpayers and constituents.

Published February 2019 Kansas Association of School Boards

Region 2 Vice-President


Art Guiterrez
Emporia USD 253 Board of Education

For Art Gutierrez, serving on the Emporia USD 253 school board has been a good fit. 

Gutierrez was recently elected to the KASB Board of Directors as the Region 2 Vice President. As head of Systems and Technical Services and an associate professor at Emporia State University, Gutierrez’s knowledge and experience with technology makes him a great advocate as the school district improves student achievement through the use of advanced technologies.

“That’s something I know about and can contribute to,” Gutierrez said. “At the college level, we are having these same discussions about student readiness and strategies we can employ to help students be successful and I was already thinking about those things, so I thought I could have a voice.”

As a lifelong Emporian, Gutierrez also serves as an example. He grew up in a low-income Hispanic family and says that serving on the school board shows students from similar circumstances that they can succeed.

“I wanted to serve as a role model for those students,” he said.

Gutierrez said there needs to be more diversity among teachers and administrators in the district, which is about 45 percent Hispanic and where 60 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Putting together a more diverse school district staff is a huge challenge, Gutierrez said.

“Everyone agrees that is a great idea, but we have a hard time making progress on that goal. We have to grow our own,” he said.

And like any other parent with children in school, Gutierrez wanted to become more involved in district policies. He has two daughters, one in sixth grade and one in eighth grade.

“That was a big impetus to get involved. A lot of parents are nervous about middle school,” he said.

Gutierrez was elected to the school board in 2015 and is a graduate of the KASB Leadership for Tomorrow class of 2016-17.

He has a master’s degree in Library Science and bachelor’s degree in comput
er information systems.

At ESU, he teaches classes on research skills, information technology and information literacy, in addition to serving on numerous committees. He also serves on many community committees.

He said the community is an enthusiastic supporter of the public schools. “There is always some organization giving a grant to the school district,” he said.

Currently, he says state funding and school security are two major issues for the district.

He agrees with the Kansans Can vision of leading the world in student success, but says it will require additional funding.

“We have lofty goals with Kansans Can; we have to fully fund it now. I see a lot of push back and that is why we have to advocate for public education,” he said.

Published April 2018 KASB School Board Review

Region 1 Vice-President

Jason Winbolt
Spring Hill USD 230

Jason Winbolt, a member of the Spring Hill USD 230 school board, is an enthusiastic supporter of the Kansans Can school redesign project and says perhaps the effort to make dramatic changes in the delivery of education is not going fast enough.

“I think that it’s time for a paradigm shift in education,” said Winbolt. “Maybe we don’t teach the same subjects we did 10 years ago. The world has changed so much for those future jobs,” he said.

Winbolt was recently elected to the KASB board of directors. He is the Region 1 vice president.

Winbolt was first elected to the Spring Hill school board in 2013 and re-elected last year. He and his wife have two daughters in Spring Hill schools.

Spring Hill is a fast-growing school district in Johnson and Miami counties that experienced a 10-percent increase in enrollment from last year.

The main focus of the district is to accommodate all that growth. In 2016, voters approved an $85 million bond issue, which included building a new elementary school and new middle school. The district is starting to consider another bond issue in a couple of years for another elementary school.

People are moving to the district because of its small-town feel and the excellent teachers, Winbolt said.

But the block grant funding system for two years hurt the district by essentially freezing its state revenue levels for two years.

“We’re going to continue to grow and we need support from our Legislature to make sure that they understand this area is growing,” he said.

Spring Hill joined the “Gemini” project to redesign two of its schools to match the State Board of Education’s outcomes of improving early learning, career and college planning and post-secondary success.

As a data analyst, Winbolt says it may sound strange for him to say, but he believes the state should look at changing some of the course requirements, such as algebra and geometry, to graduate. He said maybe a more general math class could be used.

“I think we need to start questioning. It’s time to push the envelope even more,” he said.

Published March 2018 Kansas Association of School Boards

KASB membership is represented by 15 regional vice-presidents. Representation is based on 10 geographical regions and an additional five are members of the five largest school districts in Kansas. Elections are held during regional meetings at the annual convention in December.

Ten of the regions are designated by county:

  • Region 1-Counties Atchison, Doniphan, Douglas, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte
  • Region 2- Counties Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Greenwood, Linn, Lyon, Miami, Osage, Shawnee and Wabaunsee
  • Region 3- Counties Allen, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Crawford, Elk, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson
  • Region 4- Counties Brown, Clay, Dickinson, Geary, Jackson, Marshall, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Riley and Washington
  • Region 5- Counties Chase, Harvey, Marion, McPherson, Morris, Reno, Rice and Saline
  • Region 6- Counties Butler, Cowley, Sedgwick and Sumner
  • Region 7- Counties Cloud, Ellis, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Rooks, Republic, Russell and Smith
  • Region 8- Counties Barber, Barton, Comanche, Edwards, Harper, Kingman, Kiowa, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush and Stafford
  • Region 9- Counties Cheyenne, Decatur, Gove, Graham, Greeley, Lane, Logan, Norton, Rawlins, Scott, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas, Trego, Wallace and Wichita
  • Region 10- Counties Clark, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Meade, Morton, Seward, Stanton and Stevens

Five regions are by district:

Five additional regions – Regions 11-15 – are comprised of the five member school districts with the greatest full time equivalent student population at time of regional elections. The member districts represented by Regions 11-15 are not included in Regions 1-10.

Regional Elections

Each year there are members of the KASB Board of Directors up for election or re-election due to completing a three-year team or an appointment to that position. The KASB Constitution provides for a three-member Regional Nominating Committee convened in the region where an election is to take place. The committee's responsibility is to provide the Association with the names of board members interested in serving in this position.

Regional Vice-President Elections will be held for KASB Regions 4, 5, 6, and 10 on Sunday, December, 8, 2019 during the annual Delegate Assembly.

Any interested current school board member whose organization is a member of KASB should contact a member of their Regional Nominating Committee (see below) to submit their name as a candidate for that Regional Vice President’s position.  These nominations are due by November 26, 2019.

Regional vice-presidents serve a three-year term as a member of the KASB Board of Directors. Members are eligible to serve two consecutive terms on the board. The Board meets five times a year at the KASB office in Topeka.

Region 4 counties:  Brown, Clay, Dickinson, Geary, Jackson, Marshall, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Riley and Washington.

Nominating Committee Members:

Region 5 counties:  Chase, Harvey, Marion, McPherson, Morris, Reno, Rice and Saline.

Nominating Committee Members:

Region 6 counties:  Butler, Cowley, Sedgwick and Sumner.

Nominating Committee Members:

Region 10 counties:  Clark, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Meade, Morton, Seward, Stanton and Stevens.

Nominating Committee Members:

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