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LiveWell Director named to KLC's new civic engagement advisory committee

The Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) has named Travis Rickord, Director of LiveWell Northwest Kansas in Colby, and 21 other individuals across Kansas to the organization’s first-ever civic engagement advisory committee.

“To build on our current offerings and expand the impact of our civic engagement efforts, KLC has established a civic engagement advisory committee to help develop, inform and shape our civic engagement initiatives,” said Shaun Rojas, director of civic engagement at the Kansas Leadership Center.

To date, KLC’s civic engagement initiatives include publishing The Journal, a nationally recognized civic leadership magazine, hosting Journal Talks, an ongoing series of community conversations on civic issues; convening Journal launch and discussion events on current events; publishing voter resources (such as Your Local Candidates: In Their Own Words) to help Kansans make informed electoral decisions; and holding forums, programs and events highlighting civic leadership in public service.

“We’re ready to take our civic engagement efforts to the next level with a passionate team of KLC alums who are committed to fostering civic leadership for healthier Kansas communities. We were thrilled with the robust application response, which made for a tough task of choosing between 100 applications. KLC worked hard to select a group that reflects the true diversity of Kansas,” said Rojas.

Introducing the KLC civic engagement advisory committee:

  • Janice Blackmon, American Baptist Churches/Second Baptist Church, Kansas City

  • BobbyBonner, Cimarron Basin Community Corrections, Liberal

  • Shannon Brake, McPherson Public Library, McPherson

  • Misty Bruckner, Public Policy and Management Center, WSU, Wichita

  • Sarah Jane Crespo, KMUW, Wichita

  • Dalton Glasscock, Sedgwick County Republican Party, Wichita

  • Isabel Gutierrez, Parents as Teachers Olathe Schools, Olathe

  • Steven Johnson, Farm/Legislature, Assaria

  • Brandon Kliewer, Kansas State University, Manhattan

  • Britten Kuckelman, WSU Tech, Wichita

  • Allie Medina, City of Garden City, Garden City

  • Matt O’Malley, Live Well Crawford County, Pittsburg

  • Jason Rabe, City of Beloit, Beloit

  • Travis Rickford, LiveWell Northwest Kansas, Ludell

  • Rob Sands, Kansas Army National Guard, Lawrence

  • Jeanette Siemens, Leadership Pratt, Pratt

  • Michelle Cuevas-Stubblefield, Greater Topeka Partnership/Leadership Greater Topeka, Topeka

  • Jackson Swearer, Reno County Health Department, Hutchinson

  • Keith Tatum, Kansas Neurological Institute, Topeka

  • Jim Terrones, Olathe Latino Coalition, Olathe

  • Michelle Vann, Sistahs Can We Talk, Valley Center

  • Paul Wagle, Ascension Via Christi, Wichita

“While leadership training programs are essential to the success of our mission, KLC supplements these programs with civic engagement initiatives to foster a cultural climate in which KLC alumni are positioned in key roles in organizational and civic live in Kansas. We’re looking forward to seeing this committee in action and how that results in a more informed, connected and healthier state,” said Ed O’Malley, president and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center.

Learn more about KLC’s civic engagement advisory committee.

About the Kansas Leadership Center

The Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) is a first-of-its-kind educational organization founded to foster civic leadership for healthier Kansas communities. Its programs and teachings present leadership as an activity available to anyone at any time. KLC offers training for organizations, teams and individuals as well as advanced programs for leadership development practitioners. It provides development grants for civically oriented organizations in Kansas, partners with local community leadership programs and offers customized trainings for the business sector. KLC hosts civic leadership forums and encourages Kansans to take active part in public life for the common good. KLC Press publishes books on leadership and The Journal, a nationally recognized, award-winning civic leadership magazine. Based in Wichita, KLC receives core funding from the Kansas Health Foundation. Learn more at


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