Steel & Pipe Supply
Dennis Mullin is the Chairman of Steel & Pipe Supply, one of the largest steel service centers in the nation. He was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents by former Governor Sam Brownback in 2015. Mullin earned his bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University in 1970 and graduated as the Outstanding Senior Man. He is a member of the Advisory Counsel for the College of Business Administration at KSU, KSU Foundation Trustee Emeritus, and board member for the KS State Bank of Manhattan.
Delta Dental of Kansas
Jennifer Bauer is the General Counsel for Delta Dental of Kansas. She has been with DDKS since 2015. She provides direction, guidance, and assistance on legal matters to the company, educates management on legal changes, and works with outside legal counsel as needed. Bauer also oversees the administration of all insurance contracts.
Triple Crown Realty Trust
Tim is President of TCRT, Inc, a Wichita KS based Real Estate Investment Trust which owns industrial properties in Middle America. Tim has extensive experience in both starting and owning his own businesses, and serving as a senior executive at a publicly traded company. He holds a Bachelors from Friends University and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Tiffany Anderson
Topeka Public Schools
Dr. Tiffany Anderson is the first African American female superintendent of Topeka Public Schools and she has been a public school educator for 28 years, with the majority of that time as superintendent. In addition to her role as superintendent, Dr. Anderson advises Kansas officials on postsecondary policies and on equity policies and legislation. Dr. Anderson earned her undergraduate degree, and later her doctorate, from Saint Louis University in 2001.
Rep. Barbara Ballard
Representative Ballard has represented the 44th district in the Kansas House of Representatives since 1993. She has a BMeED (1967) from Webster College, and an MS (1976) and PhD (1980) from KSU. Ballard has been with KU since 1980 and has served in many roles during her tenure including Dean of Students. Since 2004 she has served as Associate Director of Civic Engagement & Outreach at the Dole Institute of Politics. Ballard is also the Chair of the Democratic Caucus and is the first African-American to serve on Leadership.
Shane grew up in the small western Kansas town of Leoti, working farm and ranch labor while a high school and college student. He was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents by Governor Sam Brownback in 2013 and has served as a member of many other boards, including the Board of Trustees for Dodge City Community College and the Board of Governors for the University of Kansas School of Law. Shane received his bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University and a law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Kansas Department of Commerce
Mike Beene currently serves as the Director of Employment Services for the Kansas Department of Commerce, Workforce Services. His duties include oversight of all federal workforce programs and grants, in addition to the 23 workforce centers located across the state. Beene received a Master’s degree in Education from Kansas State University and prior to his career with the Department of Commerce, he was an educator and administrator in both secondary and postsecondary institutions in Kansas.
Sen. Rick Billinger
Bio coming soon!
Alan Cobb is the President and CEO of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, of which he was named in 2017. Prior to the Kansas Chamber, Cobb most notably served as the Deputy State Director during Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign. His focus areas include healthcare, insurance, business and tax legislation. A native of Wichita, Cobb earned his bachelor’s degree at WSU. He then went on to the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a master’s in Governmental Affairs, before returning to Kansas to receive a J.D. from Washburn.
U.S. Senator Roger Marshall
Bio coming soon!
James Echols retired from the Kansas Department for Children and Families on June 30, 2017, after serving as Manager, Provider Services, Program Director, HOPE Mentoring, and Assistant Director, Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, respectively. In 2017, he became the Chief Executive Officer of Renaissance Management and Training Solutions, LLP, a public relations firm specializing in business and human relations staff development, consulting and training, based in Kansas City, KS, with operations in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska & Oklahoma.
Former Lt. Governor
Troy Findley, former Lt. Governor of Kansas, boasts extensive experience within Kansas Government. He served eight years in the Kansas House of Representatives before being hired as the Legislative Liaison for Governor Kathleen Sebelius. Governor Sebelius later named him as Chief of Staff, where he continued under Governor Parkinson until his appointment as Lt. Governor in 2009. Since 2011, Findley has worked at the Summit Strategies Group, a governmental relations and affairs firm in Topeka.
Erin Kobler has been Senior Corporate Counsel for Cerner Corporation since March 2018. She previously served as Assistant General Counsel for Hallmark Cards and had been with the company since 2010. Kobler has worked as Senior Counsel to many prestigious area firms and corporations. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from KU and her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the UMKC School of Law in 2003.
Landoll-Smith is a Marysville High School and Kansas State University graduate. Married, with 2 boys in rural Kansas. Landoll-Smith serves on a variety of local, state, and national boards and has a passion for common sense education of today’s youth.
Kevin Like is Vice President of Strategic Accounts for Archer Daniels Midland, a Fortune 100 company. Kevin has worked with ADM for 33 years of which most of his time has been involved with ADM’s Grain Milling Business most recently serving as it’s President over the U.S., Canadian and Caribbean Businesses. He has served on several company and industry boards. Kevin has a Master’s of Business Administration Degree from Millikin University and graduated with honors from South Dakota State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Economics and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Agricultural Business/Agribusiness Operations.
Department of the Army
Daphne Maxwell currently serves with the Department of the Army, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Legal Administrative Support. She is a servant-leader who has served as president, BOE of Geary County, a trustee for Geary Community Hospital and board member for United Way. Daphne is a graduate of Kansas State University, Leadership Kansas, Flint Hills Regional and Crossroads of Leadership. She is an ordained elder, a Minister of Music and a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority Inc. She and husband, Marvin, retired Army, reside in Junction City.
LTC Trent Miller
Lt. Col. Trent Miller commands the 1st Battalion 235th Regiment of the Kansas Army National Guard. He also serves as Deputy G1 of the Joint Forces Headquarters Land Component. Miller's awards and decorations include Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, and the NATO Medal, among many others. He received his bachelor's degree from Pittsburg State University.
Mike O’Neal of O’Neal Consulting has decades of legal and government expertise. Prior to forming his own consulting firm, he was President & CEO of the Kansas Chamber after serving 28 years in the Kansas House of Representatives and two terms as Speaker of the House. O’Neal earned his bachelor's from KU and continued there to obtain his J.D. degree. Honors include being named to Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who Among Emerging American Leaders, among many other awards.
Jamie Stafford is Risk Manager at Key Staffing where she oversees loss prevention programs, manages employee benefits and unemployment costs, and provides HR consulting services. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Washburn University and is a Certified Staffing Professional. Jamie is a Topeka South Rotary member and has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for her leadership of Sole Mates. She is a Leadership Greater Topeka graduate and one of Topeka’s ‘Top 20 Under 40’ honorees. As a mother and employer, high-quality child care and education is a priority for Jamie; she is a proud board member of both Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas and Jobs for America’s Graduates – Kansas.
Andrew Wiens currently serves as the Vice President of Government Relations for the Wichita Chamber of Commerce. Prior to serving as the Chief Policy Officer under Governors Sam Brownback and Jeff Colyer, he was Senior Advisor and Director of Legislative Affairs for the Department for Children and Families. Wiens has a bachelor's in Business Management from Tabor College and a master’s in Business Administration from Washburn University.