The Chamber Announces 2019 Board of Directors & Officers

by | Jan 10, 2019 | Doing It Local, Professional Services

Lawrence, Kan. – The Chamber of Lawrence is pleased to announce its slate of newly elected Board of Directors and Officers for 2019. Comprised of professional and inspirational volunteer leaders from across the Lawrence community, the Board of Directors represents a wide range of industries and expertise that will be a great asset to help guide The Chamber and its staff as it moves forward while focusing on leadership, advocacy, and growth.

The Chamber would like to thank Jason Edmonds, Tim Stultz, and Vickie Randel for their previous service on our board.

The following members will serve on the Board for the coming year and officially began service on January 1, 2019.

Executive Officers
Chair: Joe Caldwell, Barlett & West
Incoming Chair: Mike Orozco, U.S. Bank
Treasurer: Kirsten Flory Colliers International
Past Chair: Michele Hammann, SS&C Solutions

Government & Community Affairs: *Matt Gough, Barber Emerson, LC
Communications: Derek Kwan, Lied Center of Kansas
Operations: Bill Schulteis, Cherry Hill Properties
Leadership Lawrence: Kevin Loos, ICL Performance Products
Economic Development: Jana Dawson, Westar Energy
Membership: Kristin Eldridge, SNAP Promotions
Innovation & Entrepreneurship: G.R. Underwood, Bioscience & Technology Business Center
Workforce: Sandy Dixon, Plastikon

Board Members
Chip Blaser, Douglas County Community Foundation
Philip Bradley, Kansas Licensed Beverage Association
Tamara Cash
Ron Gaches
Rick Hird, Petefish, Immel, Hird, Johnson, Heeb, Liebold & Sloan, LLP
Russ Johnson, Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Tom Karasek, CEK Insurance
Matt Llewellyn, 23rd Street Brewery
Mike Logan, Abe & Jake’s Landing/The Granada/Lucia
*Kevin Markley, Mar Lan Construction
Julie Nagel, Digital Nanogenetics LLC
Crystal Swearingen, Crystal Clear Realty & Crystal’s Spot

Ex-Officio Members
Dr. Douglas Girod, University of Kansas
Venida Chenault, Haskell Indian Nations University
Dr. Anthony Lewis, Lawrence Public Schools
GR Underwood, Bioscience & Technology Business Center

*denotes a new board member

About The Chamber, Lawrence, Kansas
The Chamber, Lawrence, Kansas, is a non-for-profit organization that promotes the economic vitality of Lawrence and Douglas County. The Chamber represents the interests of our members and the Lawrence & Douglas County business community by facilitating strategic partnerships for the benefit of our community, educating the community on the benefits of economic development, advocating for local and regional competitive economic viability, and promoting civic leadership and community engagement.


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