Meeting date/time/location are subject to change. Please contact Linda Miner at 316-838-3090 or by email to confirm this information.

The business and affairs of the Kansas Public Telecommunications Service, Inc. (KPTS) is managed under the direction of a Board of Trustees. The Board consists of no fewer than 9 members. The Board elects a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. Trustees serve two, three-year terms and are divided into three classes. If you are interested in serving as a Trustee, please contact Michele Gors.

All KPTS Board of Trustees and Trustee Committee meetings are open to the public.  All meetings are held in the KPTS studio located at 320 W. 21st Street North, Wichita, KS 67203. 

Board of Trustee meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of every month (excluding December) from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Please contact Linda Miner for date/time/location of the annual meeting. 

Visitors will be permitted to attend and observe regular meetings of the KPTS Board of Trustees. Any visitor will be introduced to the Board and will be permitted to address the Board only upon written request to the Chair two weeks prior to the meeting.

Board of Trustees (4th Tuesday of every month)
11:30 to 1:30 – KPTS Studio

July 26, 2016
August 23, 2016
(KPTS held a closed session of the Board of Trustees on August 23, 2016 to consider matters relating personnel.)
September 27, 2016
October 25, 2016
November 22, 2016
No December Meeting (12/27/16)
January 24, 2017
February  28, 2017
March 28, 2017
April 25, 2017
May 23, 2017
June 27, 2017 (annual)

Finance Committee (Meets Quarterly – prior to Board meeting unless otherwise noted)
9:00 to 10:00; KPTS Studio or Conference room

July 21, 2016
August 18, 2016
September 22, 2016
October 20, 2016
November 17, 2016
February 23, 2017
May 18, 2017

Governance Committee (Meets Quarterly – First Tuesday of the Month)
11:30 to 1:00; KPTS Conference room

August 18, 2016
November 1, 2016
March 7, 2017
April 14, 2017

Fundraising & Development Meetings Called as Necessary

Personnel Committee Meetings Called as Necessary

Strategic Planning Task Force Meetings Called as Necessary

Legislative Task Force Meetings Called as Necessary


Current Board members are listed alphabetically.


Brian Adams
Brian is a Vice President, Private Client Advisor and Team Leader for The Commerce Trust Company. He serves as a senior consultant and relationship manager providing clients with personalized objective advice.  Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of Cannon Financial Institute Personal Trust School. Brian has more than ten years’ personal trust administration experience and holds a Certified Trust Financial Advisor designation. He is a recipient of The President’s Volunteer Service Award for his active involvement in several charitable organizations.

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Ted Ayres
Ted D. Ayres currently serves as Vice President and General Counsel for Wichita State University. He became the first in-house counsel for Wichita State University in May of 1996. Ayres earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Central Missouri State College in 1969 and his Juris Doctorate degree in 1972 from the University of Missouri. He began his career in higher education law as counsel for University of Missouri in 1976, and in 1984, became General Counsel for the University of Colorado. In 1986, he became General Counsel to the Kansas Board of Regents. This position expanded when he was also named Director of Governmental Relations in 1992 and served as the chief spokesperson for the Board and the Regents System for five legislative sessions. Ted and his wife, Marcia, have three sons and two grandchildren.

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  Emeritus Member and long-time supporter of KPTS.
Lisa Dodson
Lisa Dodson provides grant writing, conference management, meeting planning and consulting services through her company Dodson Research, Inc. She also serves as the part-time executive director of the Kansas Museum Association. Dodson’s work experience includes serving as the Interim Executive Director for the Kansas African American Museum, Program Director of Business Administration at Tabor College in Wichita, Director of the Southside Education Center for Wichita State University, and public affairs associate for the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs, Wichita State University. She is a candidate for the Ph.D. in higher education at Kansas State University. Her degrees include a B.S. in Business Finance from Kansas State University, M.A. in Economics and a M.Ed. from Wichita State University.

Jacqueline Kelly
Jacqueline is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law and currently serves as an Assistant District Attorney for Sedgwick County.  In 2010 her husband’s military career moved their family from Newport News, Virginia to McConnell Air Force Base. Prior to moving to Kansas, Jacqueline served the Department of Defense as a contracted Project Analyst for emerging technology initiatives in Suffolk, Virginia. During her years as a military spouse in Kansas,  she raised her children, volunteered in the Judge Advocate General Corps Legal office, and served as a Key Spouse supporting other military families during deployments. She was honored to be a nominee for the McConnell Spouse of the Year award in 2013. Her and her family have since made Wichita  home, and she  is passionate about continuing to improve the community though service.



Ruth Ann Messner
Ruth Ann is a graduate of WSU with a BA in Journalism and Master studies in English Literature. She enjoyed several years as a member of The Voices of Choral Arts. Ruth Ann was named city/state-wide coordinator for the National Health Screening Council in coordination with the American Red Cross and a local media sponsor. She then became a writer/owner/publisher of The Wichitan Magazine, and an adjunct English instructor at Butler Community College. Currently owner/manager of the 96-unit Cloudridge Apartment complex in Andover, KS, she is an active participant in WSU Music Associates as well as a member of several civic/social organizations and an avid supporter of the arts.


Karen Norton
Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, Karen Norton moved to Wichita after graduating from Kansas State University.  She taught for two years in USD 259, three years at Wichita Collegiate School, and in 1980, she was one of the first employees of The Independent School, where she became Head of School for 26 years.  Since retiring in 2006, she has written several books, traveled extensively, actively participated in the Rotary Club of East Wichita, and served on the Vestry at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.  Karen is married to Don Norton, and they have two children, Kenneth and Diana.




Michael J. Norton
Mr. Norton is a trial lawyer who litigates a variety of cases, including intellectual property disputes, contract disputes and torts, in federal and state court. Mr. Norton has successfully litigated disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, construction, products liability, franchises, trusts and many other areas. In 2010, he was recognized by his peers as a Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer Rising Star ® in the areas of General Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Business Litigation (Law & Politics and KC Magazine), and was also listed in 2008 and 2009. His professional memberships, affiliations and honors include the American, Kansas and Wichita Bar Associations, the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute.



Jay Prater
American Meteorological Society’s Award for Broadcast Meteorology, presented January 20, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. Managing Meteorologist Jay Prater joined the KAKEland WeatherPlex in January 2004. Jay was designated as the first Certified Broadcast Meteorologist™ by the American Meteorological Society® in Kansas, and the fourth worldwide. He was awarded CBM™ certificate number 4, even though he was the first to take and pass the CBM™ exam. Before being superseded by the CBM™, Jay was awarded both Television and Radio Seals of Approval from the American Meteorological Society®. Today, he also maintains both Television and Radio Seals of Approval from the National Weather Association.



Marilyn Schmidt
Marilyn recently retired from 36 years with the Newton Public Library as a supervisor of Adult Services. She especially enjoyed the daily connection with a cross-section of the Newton community and the opportunity to start some long-term outreach programs this position afforded her. Other opportunities for community involvement through Board memberships have included Newton Community Theatre, Harvey County Historical Museum and Archives, Warkentin House, church board and Bethel College Women’s Association as well as membership in various clubs and organizations. Her interest in the arts has extended to yearly theater trips to New York City with her supportive husband Howard and active attendance in area events. In 2011, Marilyn was honored as a Newton Woman of the Year.



Perry E. Winter
Perry is a portfolio manager for The Commerce Trust Company. Upon gaining a thorough understanding of a client’s needs and goals as well as assessing the client’s entire financial situation, he works with our investment research team to construct a portfolio to help clients achieve their long-term goals. Perry comprehensively represents our research- and goals-based investment process, starting with the initial assessment and creation of an investment objective to ongoing evaluation and adjustments based on changing market and life circumstances. With a deep knowledge of the market and experience in investment management, he serves clients with thoughtful leadership, insight and consulting services. Perry has more than 30 years of trust investment banking and financial services experience, with the past 28 years devoted to portfolio management. He received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Kansas State University in 1980 and earned the designation of Certified Public Accountant in 1982. He completed the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ program in 1990. Perry has served as a member of the Salvation Army of Hutchinson Advisory Board and is a past board member of Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce.

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Liz Workman
Liz Workman has built her professional career in both non-profit and for-profit leadership positions. Liz joined the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland in July, 2013, as its Chief Executive Officer.  Prior to this, she served as Executive Director of the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation. During her tenure at the foundation, she successfully led the organization through a critical period of growth in both asset size and community grant making, proactively partnering with two boards to further the organization’s mission.

In addition to her professional career, Liz has served on many boards and community volunteer groups, including the boards of the Friends of the Beach Museum of Art, the Manhattan Arts Center, and Sister Cities International Fort Worth.  She is a Rotarian and member of the Rotary Club of Wichita and looks forward to becoming involved with other local non-profit organizations. Liz is fluent in Spanish and is an accomplished photographer.  She is also an avid reader and enjoys hiking, gardening and travel.


Tom Zwemke
1972 Graduate of Wichita State, ten years in broadcast both radio and TV, Tom recently completed a 30 year marketing career with the Cessna Aircraft Co. Since then Tom has started his own company TZ Productions producing award winning video productions for national clients and recently received his tenth major Telly Award. In all Tom has received over 25 major awards from around the world during his 35 year marketing career including an Emmy nomination. Tom is a Vietnam veteran with service in both the US Navy and USCGR. Tom has served on the Board on three different occasions and has had a relationship with KPTS dating back to 1970.

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