Governor Kelly Announces
Administration Appointments

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced 12 appointments and 11 reappointments to the following state boards and commissions.

State Board of Cosmetology
Purpose: The board is charged with regulation of the profession of cosmetology and its educational institutions.

  • Ben Foster, Executive Director

Early Childhood Transition Task Force
Purpose: The task force is charged with reviewing Kansas’ early childhood care and education system and developing a roadmap for creating a cabinet-level agency dedicated to supporting our youngest Kansans.

  • Molly Baumgardner, Louisburg

Citizen’s Utility Ratepayers Board
Purpose: To provide efficient and effective legal and technical representation for residential and small commercial utility ratepayers and to ensure that utilities are allowed to charge only just and reasonable rates to Kansans. 

  • Danya Burks, Wichita (reappointment)
  • Mary Treaster, Pretty Prairie (reappointment)

Purpose: To oversee and coordinate all employment and training programs and activities and to become a world-class workforce development/employment system.  The Board provides information to the Governor, Legislature, public and private agencies, and the public on matters pertaining to employment and training programs, services, and facilities.

  • Brian Threadgold, Topeka

Senate-Confirmed Appointments
*The following appointments were approved by the Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee on July 19.

  • Craig Heideman, Pooled Money Investment Board
  • Colonel Nicholas Jaskolski, Brigadier General – Kansas National Guard
  • Alysia Johnston, Kansas Board of Regents
  • Neelima Parasker, Kansas Board of Regents
  • Dawn McClure, Employment Security Board of Review
  • Pam Pierce, Employment Security Board of Review
  • Calvin Reed, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation
  • Vicki Ryan, Kansas Lottery Commission
  • Erik Smith, Superintendent – Kansas Highway Patrol
  • Michelle Ewert, State Board of Indigent’s Defense Services (reappointment)
  • Joni Franklin, Public Employee Relations Board (reappointment)
  • Keely Schneider, Public Employee Relations Board (reappointment)
  • Elizabeth King, University of Kansas Hospital Authority (reappointment)
  • Catherine Moyer, Kansas Lottery Commission (reappointment)
  • Ed Trimmer, Kansas Lottery Commission (reappointment)
  • Jon Small, Kansas Development Finance Authority (reappointment)
  • Brad Stratton, KPERS Board of Trustees (reappointment)
  • Larry Turnquist, Racing and Gaming Commission (reappointment)