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.

The Finance Committee meetings are scheduled quarterly from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
July 22, 2014
November 25, 2014

April 28, 2015
May 26, 2015
June 23, 2015

The Governance Committee are scheduled quarterly from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
September 16, 3014
December 2, 2014
- Cancelled
March 3, 2015
June 2, 2015

Fundraising and Personnel Committee meetings are scheduled as necessary.

Board of Trustee meetings are scheduled monthly. The board meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
July 22, 2014
August 26, 2014
September 23, 2014

October 28, 2014
November 25, 2014
No December Meeting
January 27, 2015
February 24, 2015
March 24, 2015 - Cancelled
April 28, 2015
May 26, 2015
June 23, 2015

Current Board members are listed alphabetically.

         AdamsBrian.jpgBrian Adams
Brian is an Assistant Vice President and Personal Trust Administrator for The Commerce Trust Company.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of The Cannon Financial Institute Personal Trust School.  Brian has extensive personal trust administration experience and holds a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation.  As a recipient of The President’s Volunteer Service Award he also takes the time to give back to the Wichita community through 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.

 Mcaddell.jpg Mitch Caddell

Mitch is a manager of tax development services for BKD’s Wichita office. He focuses on the  management of state and local tax disputes, reviewing corporate state tax positions, implementing compliance systems and developing proactive strategies to reduce overall SALT costs for clients. Mitch also has experience in corporate licensing, income and franchise, sales and use, excise, employment and withholding and real estate taxes as well as nexus reviews Mitch is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA). He is a graduate of Wichita State University with an MBA in accounting and a minor in mathematics.

 JonCallen13_14.jpg  Jon Callen
  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.

Phillip Garrison
Phil Garrison is a First Vice President-Investments for Wells Fargo Advisors since 2001. He is a graduate of Kansas State University. In 2008, Phil was named one of the Wichita Business Journals 40 Under 40 Business Leaders in Wichita. He has been an active supporter of the arts in the Wichita community and is a supporter of public television. Phil and his wife, Sara, have two boys Cooper, 6, and Brecken, 2.



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.


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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.

TomZewmke13_14.jpgTom 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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