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.
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 www.kansasleadershipcenter.org.