Commissioners

Overview

The Commission is composed of 30 members - 15 appointed by the Governor of Kansas and 15 ex officio members by virtue of their position within Kansas state government. Ex officio members may appoint a designee to represent them at the KCDC meetings.
Of the appointed members, preference is given for Kansans representing each of the following categories:

  • Industry
  • Labor
  • Community-based independent living programs
  • Rehabilitation programs
  • Education programs
  • Disability or rehabilitation research programs
  • Private, nonprofit organizations serving Kansans with disabilities
  • At least eight appointed members must be Kansans with disabilities. Appointed members serve for a term of three years.

Appointed Members

  • Vacant, 2017
  • Vacant, 2017
  • Dr. Stephen Miller, Parsons, 2017
  • Rick Shellenbarger, Valley Center, 2017
  • Frank Chappell, Wichita, 2017
  • Diane Woodard, Shawnee, 2018
  • George Beard, Kansas City, 2018
  • Grady Landrum, Wichita, 2018
  • Shanti Ramcharan, Emporia, 2018
  • Don Woodard, Auburn, 2018
  • Bob Cantin, Olathe, 2019
  • Brian Ellefson, Overland Park, 2019
  • Ranita Wilks, Lawrence, 2019
  • Marilyn Bittenbender, Lawrence, 2019
  • Dean Hollenbeck, 2018

Ex Officio members (and their designees)

  • Secretary, Department of Administration – Sarah Shipman (Anthony Fadale)
  • Secretary, Department on Aging and Disability Services – Tim Keck (Craig Kaberline)
  • Secretary, Department of Commerce –George Hanson (Susan Weidenbach)
  • Secretary, Department of Health and Environment – Susan Mosier (Heather Smith)
  • Secretary, Department of Labor – Lana Gorden (Brad Burke)
  • Secretary, Department of Children and Families – Phyllis Gilmore (Elizabeth Van Vleck)
  • Secretary, Department of Transportation –  (Mike  Spadafore)
  • Commissioner, Disability and Behavioral Health Policy, Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services – Brandt Haehn
  • Director, Kansas Rehabilitation Services – Michael Donnelly (Jill Bronaugh)
  • Director of Student Support Services, Department of Education – Colleen Riley (Wendy Coats)
  • Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities – Dawn Wilson, Chair (Craig Knutson)
  • Senate President – Susan Wagle (Vacant)
  • Senate Minority Leader – Anthony Hensley (Jason Barrett)
  • Speaker, House of Representatives – Ron Ryckman, Jr. (Chuch Weber)
  • Minority Leader, House of Representatives – Jim Ward (Vacant)