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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.

Alumni Advisory Council 

ConnellChair Joe Connell is a retired Air Force Colonel who received his BS in Recreation Administration from K-State in 1980. Joe received his Air Force commission through K-State’s AFROTC Detachment 270 and spent 25 years in service to our nation in space and missile operations, legislative affairs, and acquisition program management. Following his retirement, he worked in the aerospace and defense industry, most recently as a corporate vice president for space systems in Washington, DC. Joe is currently a senior management advisor to industry for Space and Missile Programs. He holds an MPA from Golden Gate University, and MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He is a graduate of the Air Force Air Command and Staff College where he received the Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award, Air War College, and Naval War College. Joe and his wife Lori, a registered nurse, currently reside in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

JankovichChair Elect 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 currently is the Senior Vice President, Market President for Sunflower Bank in Manhattan and Junction. 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 elect 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.

Bruce AdamsResiding 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 andersonMichael 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.
judge bilesDan 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.
matt caseyMatt 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.
CateRichard Cate is currently a Visiting Scholar at Boston University and INSERM (Paris). From 1983 through 2005, he was at Biogen, one of the first biotechnology companies established in the US. While at Biogen (now called Biogen Idec), he headed a number of groups including Molecular Genetics and Gene Discovery and directed projects in oncology and autoimmune, renal, and neurodegenerative disease. Richard obtained his BA in chemistry from Hofstra University (1975) and his Ph.D in biochemistry from KSU (1979), and did a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Walter Gilbert, a Nobel Laureate at Harvard University.
CowellJulie Fletcher Cowell is District Magistrate Judge in Pawnee County, Kansas, a 1983 graduate of K-State and and a 1986 graduate of Washburn University School of Law. She also acts as chancellor to the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas. Julie and her husband have 2 school-aged children, and she has a stepson who attends Ole Miss.

DenningDale P. Denning is a board certified General Surgeon who has been practicing in Lawrence, KS since 1989. He currently is the director of the Lawrence Vein Center and is a diplomat in the American Board of Phlebology. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Phlebology. He earned his BS in pre-medical science from KSU in 1978 and his MD from the University of Kansas in 1982. He is currently the President of the Kansas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Sunflower PHO in Lawrence. He has three children who have all attended KSU.

dunlapDr. 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.

GriffithKaren Griffith received her B.S. from K-State in 1968 and her M.P.A. and J.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1977 and 1983, respectively. She was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in Albuquerque, NM. A high light of her legal career was her service as the lead DOE attorney for the environmental impact statement and permitting processes leading to the opening of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation's only nuclear waste repository, in salt beds near Carlsbad, NM. Karen spent the last nine years of her career as the DOE attorney on-site at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque. She is now retired.

HallJerry Hall graduated from K-State in 1986 before attending Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN, where he received the MD degree in 1990. He then completed a residency in anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic followed by a fellowship in Pain Management at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. Jerry's professional career has included both academic and private practice of anesthesiology and pain management in Virginia. Florida, Kansas, Missouri and Colorado, receiving accolades as a Top Doc in pain management. Jerry shifted his career focus in 2004 to analgesic drug development, joining Eli Lilly & Company to help develop Cymbalta for pain management. For the past seven years, Jerry has worked for Abbott Labs (now AbbVie) developing novel analgesic compounds, metabolic compounds and medicines for women's health. Avocational interests include continued participation in the classical music world, both as a listener and performer, reading, playing tennis and travel, especially back to Manhattan and Kansas City to visit friends and family.

lee handkeLee Handke is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nebraska Health Network, an accountable care organization in Omaha, NE. Dr. Handke received a Bachelor of Life Science from Kansas State University in 1993. In 1999, he graduated with distinction from the  University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Following graduation, he completed a pharmacy residency in managed care pharmacy at Walgreens Health Initiatives in Deerfield, Illinois. Handke graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2005. Handke was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans by the Omaha Jaycees, and was awarded the Early Career Achievement Award by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is a graduate of Leadership Omaha Class 30 and the Institute for Career Advancement Need’s FOCUS program for executive leadership.

LarsenPeter 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.

LeightonCindy Leighton graduated from K-State in 1986 with degrees in History, Anthropology and Spanish. While at K-State she became a Truman Scholar, which allowed her to continue her studies at University of Arizona where she received a Master's in Anthropology. After many years working and volunteering in a broad variety of social services, Cindy began teaching at Sumner Academy in Kansas City, KS. Sumner is a public, college prep high school serving a very diverse and low-income student body. Cindy is also the proud mother of four children.

Deanna MarkleyDeanna 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.

Ed MarkleyAfter 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.

kurt mayKurt May graduated Phi Beta Kappa from K-State in 1983, with his B.A. degree in History before entering law school and completing his J.D. degree at Brigham Young University in 1987. Kurt began a career as a state public defender in 1988, serving as an Assistant Public Defender for Sedgwick County, Wichita, Kansas, until 1991. He began work as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in 1991 in San Antonio, Texas, and continues that work to the present. Kurt is now the Senior Litigator for the Western District of Texas, Office of the Federal Public Defender, representing clients in complex federal cases and providing training and direction for a fifty attorney district. He will be serving as Detail Democratic Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee 2015-2016. He is a frequent presenter at numerous San Antonio Federal Bar Association training seminars. He was recognized in 2008, with the Outstanding Assistant Federal Defender Award, by the National Association of Federal Defenders.

meachamFrank 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.

 Bert Oettmeier

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. 

Anne OtteAnne Otte is a recently retired music educator, living in Herington since 1980. Anne earned a B.A. in English and Journalism from K-State in 1973, a B.M.E. in Music Education from K-State in 1996, and a M.M.E. from the University of Kansas in 2006. She taught middle and high school choir, general music, and piano classes in Herington schools. She also directed annual high school and middle school musicals. At present she teaches private piano and voice, serves as a part-time church organist and choir director, and volunteers in a variety of causes.

Lynn OtteLynn Otte is a dentist in private practice since 1980 in Herington, KS. Lynn earned a B.S. degree from K-State in wildlife and fisheries biology in 1973, an M.S. degree in the same from the University of Arizona in 1975, and a D.D.S. degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1979. Lynn has been active in the Herington community, serving as president of the Herington Chamber of Commerce, and as secretary of the Herington Economic Development Committee. He is presently a member of the Herington City Housing Board. An active church member, he sings regularly with the church choir. He is married to Anne Otte, and the couple has three grown children, one of whom is a K-State graduate while another is currently a K-State student in geology.

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ann tiaoAnn 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.
david watersDavid E. Waters was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from K-State in 1999 with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Modern Languages (Spanish). He then received his juris doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law, and is currently an attorney with the national law firm of Lathrop & Gage LLP, in Kansas City, Missouri, and Overland Park, Kansas, specializing in business, transactional, planning and zoning, health care, and real estate development matters, municipal and public law, construction/architecture projects, start-up ventures. In 2015, he received the College of Arts & Sciences Young Alumni Award.  In 2016, David was elected to the City Council for Westwood, Kansas, after having previously served for many years on Westwood’s Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Johnson County, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce, and was recently elected to its Executive Committee.  David volunteers with several other board and committees, including the Kansas City Startup Foundation and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Council.  He and his wife, Mandy, have two sons.

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sue williams, m.d.Having started with a degree in music education from K-State, 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.

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