The Chamber Announces 2020 Board of Directors & Officers

by | Dec 10, 2019 | Community-Non-Profits, Doing It Local, Economic Development

The Chamber of Lawrence is pleased to announce its slate of newly elected Board of Directors and Officers for 2020. 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 Michele Hammann, Rick Hird, Tom Karasek and Mike Logan for their previous service on our board.

The following members will serve on the Board for the coming year and will begin their service on January 1, 2020.

Executive Officers
Chair: Mike Orozco, U.S. Bank
Incoming Chair: Kirsten Flory, Colliers International
Treasurer: Derek Kwan, Lied Center of Kansas
Past Chair: Joe Caldwell, Bartlett & West

Government & Community Affairs: *Mark Buhler, CEK Insurance
Communications: *Heath Peterson, KU Alumni Association
Operations: Kristin Eldridge, SNAP Promotions
Leadership Lawrence: Chip Blaser, Douglas County Community Foundation
Economic Development: Matt Gough, Barber Emerson, L.C.
Membership: Bill Schulteis, Cherry Hill Properties
Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Kevin Loos, ICL Performance Products
Workforce: Ron Gaches, Community Volunteer

Board Members
Philip Bradley, Kansas Licensed Beverage Association
Tamara Cash, Educational Consultant
Jana Dawson, Evergy
Sandy Dixon, Plastikon
*Brandon Graham, Jefferson’s Franchise Systems
Russ Johnson, LMH Health
Matt Llewellyn, 23rd Street Brewery
Kevin Markley, Mar Lan Construction
Julie Nagel, Sunflower Genomics, Inc.
Crystal Swearingen, Crystal Clear Realty
*Taylor Yoest, JM Smucker

Ex-Officio Members
Dr. Douglas Girod, University of Kansas
Dr. Dan Wildcat, Haskell Indian Nations University
Dr. Anthony Lewis, Lawrence Public Schools
G.R. Underwood, Bioscience & Technology Business Center

*denotes a new board member

About The Chamber, Lawrence, Kansas
The Chamber of Lawrence, Kansas is a membership organization focused on growth, leadership, and advocacy for the community. The mission of The Chamber is to promote growth and economic prosperity by serving as the leading business advocate, cultivating leadership & facilitating connectivity. Its current strategic plan priorities include strategic economic development, effective advocacy, business engagement, and visionary leadership. Learn more at

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