2017 Committees

Below is a list of committee members and the function/purpose of each committee.

Awards Committee

The Awards/Recognition Committee is responsible for the oversight and implementation of various awards presented on behalf of the Association. This includes the refinement and development of policies governing various awards. Currently this committee oversees the following awards: Buford Watson Award, Virgil Basgall Scholarship Award, Fabulous Flops Award, Innovations Award, Career Achievement Award, and Public Service Award.

Name Email
Cherise Tieben, Chair
Becky Berger
Courtney Christensen
Jason Gage
Lou Leone
Kiel Mangus
Michael Ort
Michael Schrage

Conference Planning Committee

The Conference/Education Committee is responsible for organizing and coordinating the various conferences and membership education seminars sponsored by the Association. Since many educational opportunities are conveyed to Association members through the Internet, this Committee has also been assigned the responsibility to oversee the Association's emerging web page. Conferences and educational opportunities under current development include:

  • KACM Mid-Winter Seminar
  • KACM Spring Conference
  • KACM Fall Conference
  • ICMA University Seminar
Name Email
Don Cawby, Chair
Brooke Carroll
Courtney Christensen
Danielle Dulin
Jennifer Lee
Kyler Ludwig
Gary Meagher
Keith Moody
Michael Ort
Don Osenbaugh
Randall Partington
Kristine Polian
Kathy Sexton
Austin St. John
Diane Stoddard
Michael Webb

Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee is responsible for the promotion of high ethical standards among Association members. Specific committee responsibilities include the following:

  • Investigate and provide whatever background information is required of ICMA regarding ethics violations allegedly committed by KACM members.
  • Recommend and support programs on ethics at KACM and other local government conferences.
  • Prepare and maintain a model code of ethics that can be adopted by local City/County governments.
Name Email
Brooke Carroll
Greg DuMars
Andrew Finzen
Jason Gage
Timothy Johnson
William Johnson
Lou Leone
Jennifer McCausland
Gary Meagher
Keith Moody
Don Osenbaugh
Aaron Otto
Michael Schrage

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of a strong support network among Association members. Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • The development and implementation of a plan to recruit new members and retain existing members to the Association.
  • Develop and foster a program to assist the Association members who are in "transition."
Name Email
Jonathan Mitchell, Chair
Becky Berger
Danielle Dulin
Zahra Ehtisham
Andrew Finzen
Lou Leone
Kiel Mangus
Keith Moody
Michael Ort
Aaron Otto
Kristine Polian
Susan Sherman
Phillip Smith-Hanes
Austin St. John
Anthony Swartzendruber
Cherise Tieben
Michael Webb
Jay Wieland
Jeremy Willmoth

Mentoring Committee

The Mentoring Committee is responsible for developing and implementing a program for Kansas local government professionals that encourage the exchange of ideas and advice between professionals at all stages of their career. In addition, the committee will work to develop meaningful professional development for our members centered on mentoring, coaching and networking.

Name Email
Susan Sherman, Chair
Timothy Johnson
William Johnson
Lou Leone
Kyler Ludwig
Aaron Otto
Larry Paine
Diane Stoddard
Jay Wieland

100th Anniversary 2017 Committee

The 100th Anniversary Committee is responsible for developing a program for KACM's 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2017.

Name Email
John (Trey) Cocking, III, Chair
J. Eric Wade, Chair
Becky Berger
Zahra Ehtisham
Larry Paine