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The Chamber Announces 2018 Board of Directors & Officers

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Chamber of Lawrence is pleased to announce its slate of newly elected Board of Directors and Officers for 2018. 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 Cal Karlin, Beth Easter, Kevin O’Malley, Joe Pedley, and Nikki White for their previous service on our board.

Starting in 2018, The Chamber will have two new officer positions, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Workforce. The following members will serve on the Board for the coming year and officially begin service on January 1, 2018.


Executive Officers
Chair: Michele Hammann, SS&C Solutions
Incoming Chair: Joe Caldwell, Barlett & West
Treasurer: Mike Orozco, U.S. Bank
Past Chair: Jason Edmonds, Edmonds Duncan Registered Investment Advisors

Government & Community Affairs: Kristin Eldridge, Snap Promotions
Communications: *Jana Dawson, Westar Energy
Operations: Rick Hird, Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird
Leadership Lawrence: Kevin Loos, ICL Performance Products
Economic Development: Kirsten Flory, Colliers International
Membership: Crystal Swearingen, Keller Williams Real Estate
Innovation & Entrepreneurship: *Julie Nagel, KU Innovation & Collaboration
Workforce: Sandy Dixon, Plastikon & Tim Stultz, Highland Construction, Inc.

Board Members
Chip Blaser, Douglas County Community Foundation
Philip Bradley, Kansas Licensed Beverage Association
Tamara Cash
*Ron Gaches
*Russ Johnson, Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Tom Karasek, CEK Insurance
*Derek Kwan, Lied Center of Kansas
*Matt Llewellyn, 23rd Street Brewery
Mike Logan, Abe & Jake’s Landing/The Granada/Lucia
Vickie Randel
Bill Schulteis, Cherry Hill Properties

Ex-Officio Members
Dr. Douglas Girod, University of Kansas
Venida Chenault, Haskell Indian Nations University
Steve Prue, Haskell Indian Nations University
Anna Stubblefield, 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.

The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. The university's mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. The KU News Service is the central public relations office for the Lawrence campus.

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