Alumni Advisory Council
The College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council is a group of business, government, academic and professional leaders who are interested in the vitality of the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University. Its mission is to advise the college on topics identified by the Dean that will strengthen the college's instructional, research and outreach programs; improve its facilities; expand its base of support; and serve its alumni.
Chair Rich Jankovich graduated from K-State in 1979 with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Business. He later received his MBA from the University of Central Missouri, formerly known as Central Missouri State University, where he was also an Assistant Basketball Coach for the 1984 Men’s NCAA Division II National Champions. Rich is the Special Accounts Manager for Purple Wave, Inc. He is a former City Commissioner for the City of Manhattan and served on the RCPD Law Board; City Audit Committee; Flint Hills Regional Council as Vice President; co-chaired the Wildcat Creek Working Group. Rich is a Distinguished Trooper of the First Infantry Division and Fort Riley; serves on the City Audit Committee; the Manhattan High School, Business Department Advisory Board, as Chair; Manhattan Konza Rotary Club, and is a Past President; the Via Christi (Mercy) Regional Foundation Board and is the chair for the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Military Relations Committee. His wife, Caroline, is a retired Child Development Specialist for Early Head Start and they have three children and one granddaughter.
|Having started with a degree in music education from K-State, Chair Elect Susan E. Williams, MD, is a staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic in the Department of Endocrinology. She is a nationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of metabolic-related complications and is one of four experts in metabolic bone disease practicing in the Cleveland Clinic Endocrine Calcium Clinic. Williams earned her master’s degree in food science and nutrition from the University of Rhode Island and then accepted an Air Force direct commission where she completed her dietetic internship and distinguished herself as a practicing clinician. In 2003, she earned her medical degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. While completing residency and fellowship, she began investigating the unique metabolic complications related to bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. Her work lead to her coining the phrase “bariatric osteomalacia,” characterizing reversible bone loss common in this population. She co-authored a book on osteoporosis, published in 2013, a well-recognized reference text published in several languages. Williams holds faculty appointments at two medical schools, and she also serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.|
|Residing in Stockton, California, Bruce Adams retired from IBM after 32 years service as an IBM Client Executive. He joined IBM from the U.S. Army, starting as a Systems Engineer in the Stockton office focused on general business accounts in the Central Valley. Since that time he has held a variety of positions in Northern California. He served on the Western Regional staff in San Francisco, as a Sales Manager in Sacramento, in IBM Global Financing in San Ramon, and many years as an Account Client Executive. In 2001, he completed 31 years of military experience in the Active Army and the Active Army Reserve retiring as a Brigadier General. Bruce earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Kansas State University and is currently serving as a Trustee for the KSU Foundation. He is also an Executive Mentor for the K-State College of Business. He has a Master’s Equivalent in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and is a K-State Army ROTC Wall of Fame member. Bruce is currently active as an IBM participant in the American Corporate Partners (ACP) Mentorship program assisting military veterans transition to civilian life. Bruce is married to Janice Adams (also a KSU Foundation Trustee) and they have two daughters: Heather, a teacher in Brooklyn, New York, and Erika, a high school social worker in Sacramento.|
|Michael Anderson is the Chief Development Officer with Center on Halsted (COH), Chicago’s LGBTQ community center; COH houses a diverse range of programming including: behavioral health counseling, HIV testing & access to care, anti-violence project, theatre and other cultural activities, and a youth housing initiative. With a 25+ year career in fundraising and non-profit administration Michael has provided fundraising counsel to a wide variety of local, state and national non-profits. Prior to his move back to Chicago in 2016, he was the Executive Director of Theta Xi Foundation, the fundraising and scholarship granting organization associated with Theta Xi Fraternity. He continues to support his fraternity on a national level by serving on the Grants & Scholarships Committee of Theta Xi Foundation. Other institutions that have benefitted from his work include: Villa Finale, a National Trust Historic Site in San Antonio, TX; PFLAG, as well as the National AIDS Fund, both based in Washington, DC; and the AIDS Action Committee, Boston, MA. In each of these roles, Anderson worked to raise important funds and community awareness to support the program offerings of each institution. A 1982 graduate of KSU with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Michael is a proud Brother of Theta Xi and credits both the local chapter and KSU with providing him not only the educational skills to be successful, but also creating the personal foundation from which he has chosen to give back to his community.|
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|Dan Biles, a native Kansan, practiced law for 29 years before being nominated and appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court in 2009. Justice Biles graduated in 1974 from Kansas State University with a degree in Journalism and from Washburn University School of Law in 1978. He is the father of three daughters. Justice Biles served five years beginning in 1980 as an Assistant Attorney General, Litigation Division, in the office of Kansas Attorney General Robert T. Stephan. He then worked in private practice for 24 years in Overland Park, Kansas. Prior to practicing law, Justice Biles was a writer for The Associated Press wire service in Topeka, reporting on state governmental affairs. He also was a reporter for the Coffeyville Journal and Ellsworth Reporter. Justice Biles is the past chair of the National Council of State Education Attorneys, which is connected with the National Association of State Boards of Education, Washington, D.C. In 2009, Justice Biles received the state education attorneys' Douglas F. Bates Distinguished Service Award. He also teaches MC466 Law of Mass Communication in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at K-State.|
|Matt Casey graduated from K-State in 2008 with a degree in Economics and a minor in Business. He served as an intern for Senator Pat Roberts in his Washington D.C. office in 2007 and, upon graduating from K-State, worked as a field director for his 2008 US Senate campaign. After the campaign, Matt worked as a lobbyist for six years in the Kansas Statehouse for the firm Gaches, Braden, and Associates. In December of 2014 he started working as the Director of Government Relations for the Kansas Board of Regents. This session will be his 10th year working in the Kansas Statehouse. He and his wife Ella live in Wamego with their son Benjamin.|
|Dr. John Dunlap is a native of southwest Kansas who graduated from Kansas State in 1973. He completed his MD, Internal Medicine Residency and General Medicine Fellowship with emphasis in cardiology and nephrology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He has maintained a solo internal medicine practice in Leawood since 1980 and is currently practicing in the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model outside both insurance and Medicare programs. He is frequently mentioned in top medical and business journals for outstanding practice. He has been married for 43 years to fellow K-Stater Anne Graf. They have two daughters who are graduates of K-State and a son who is a practicing attorney with a degree from Harvard Law. Dunlap is the previous board chair of National Kidney Foundation of Kansas and Western Missouri. |
|Peter E. Larsen DDS, FACS, Powell, Ohio, is the Larry J. Peterson Endowed Professor and chair of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Anesthesiology at The Ohio State University. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1983 and completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Oklahoma. Following residency in 1987, he joined the faculty at The Ohio State University. Since 1998, he has been the chair of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He currently holds the Larry J. Peterson Endowed Professorship and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Larsen has been involved in state and national service, most recently serving as the president of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He and his wife, Patty, have three children. Larsen graduated from K-State in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in pre-dentistry. |
|Deanna Markley is a Physical Therapist that received her Bachelor of Arts from K-State and her physical therapy degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has been a P.T. in acute care hospitals, home health, and guest lecturer and served on the interviewing committee for incoming physical therapy students at Rockhurst University. She has been in the outpatient department at Mid America Rehabilitation Hospital for 24 years. Primarily working with neuro involved patients, specializing in Multiple Sclerosis, Deanna has been certified in NDT and PNF. She has been a long time supporter of the Mid American Chapter of the MS Society. She presently serves as the chair of the Chapter Programs Committee and is a member of the Kansas Government Relations Committee. Deanna lobbies for the MS Society at the state level and has traveled to Washington DC to advocate for federal policy priorities for the MS patient. She has received many awards over the years including the Mid-America Chapter’s Healthcare Professional of the year in 2009, honored at the MS Society Mid-American Chapter Dinner of Champions, and was inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2010. She has also received recognition for exemplary service at Mid America Rehabilitation Hospital. Deanna has recently become a member of the board for the MS Achievement Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center.|
|After receiving a degree in Physical Education from K-State, Ed Markley began a career with Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. Areas of responsibility included manufacturing management, product buyer, resident purchasing manager in Cali, Colombia, and various advanced managerial positions in Hallmark’s corporate purchasing. After 21 years with Hallmark, Ed left to begin a product develop and import business and soon merged it with Discovery Concepts Inc, where is continues to serve as the Operation’s officer and Senior Vice President. Ed has led the Kansas City Purchasing Managers Association as President and was recognized as the International Purchasing Person of the Year by the National Association of Purchasing Managers. He currently is a member of the board at Lake Quivira Country Club and serves on a variety of committees.|
|Frank Meacham has served as a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Wichita, KS since 2000. In his role as a financial advisor, he has received designation as an Accredited Asset Management Specialist through the College for Financial Planning. A lifelong native of Newton, KS, Meacham graduated from Kansas State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Corrective Administration. He currently sits on the board of directors as Chairman of the Capital Campaign for Safehope—a domestic violence and sexual assault task force serving Harvey, Marion and McPherson counties—as well as the Board of the Church Council for Trinity Heights United Methodist Church. Frank and his wife of 37 years, Sue, have one daughter and two granddaughters.|
Dr. Bert W. Oettmeier, Jr. graduated from Kansas State University in 1974 (College of Arts and Sciences) while playing football (defensive end) for the Wildcats. Upon graduation from UMKC School of Dentistry in 1978, he practiced general dentistry in Leawood, KS. full-time for 37 years, and part-time for the 3 years immediately following the sale of his practice in 2015. During his professional career, he has held many leadership positions: he is a past president of the Kansas Dental Association, past chair of the American Dental Association Council on Dental Benefit Programs, past chair of the American Dental Association Code Revision Committee, past president of the American College of Dentists (10 years on its board), past chair of the UMKC School for Dentistry Foundation (Rinehart Foundation), and also served 2 years on the UMKC Board of Trustees. Recognition awards received include the Kansas Dental Association “Henry M. Klenda Outstanding Service Award”, the Kansas Dental Association “Dentist of the Year Award”, and most recently the “2015 UMKC Alumni Achievement Award-School of Dentistry”. Bert and his wife Pam have 4 children (3 Wildcats, 1 Jayhawk). Their oldest son Bret has also served Kansas State University in the past as a member of Asset Management Committee for the KSU Foundation, a member of the Finance Advisory Board for the Department of Finance, and was a Founding member of the Executive Mentorship Program at K-State.
|Ann Tiao, Ph.D., is a Manhattan native who graduated from K-State in 1991 with a B.A. in Statistics. She is currently the Interim Chief Student Affairs Officer for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania where she has also taught for almost two decades. Ann has worked in numerous fields including high tech, engineering, statistics, and higher education, typically focusing on building new teams, programs, or systems utilizing data driven research to foster continuing improvement. Her career started at Intel Corporation, working in the largest cleanroom environment in the world at the time, following her graduation in 1994 for an M.S. in Statistics at Texas A&M University. After going back to get a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania, Ann has worked several administrator positions in higher education with her most recent appointment as the Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Education for the College of Education at Rowan University. Ann has a long record of service at the university, community, and national levels. Her current volunteer project is an effort to save a K-8 Friends school in Burlington County, NJ. She currently serves as a member of multiple boards, is an executive committee member of the James Brister Society at Penn, and is a member of the Kansas State University Foundation’s Board of Trustees.|