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 Victor A. Hogstrom.

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 25, 2017
August 22, 2017
September 26, 2017
October 24, 2017
November 28, 2017
No December Meeting (12/26/17)
January 23, 2018
February 27, 2018
March 27, 2018
April 24, 2018
May 22, 2018
June 26, 2018 (annual)

Finance Committee (Meets Quarterly – prior to Board meeting unless otherwise noted) 9:00 to 10:00; KPTS Studio or Conference room
July 20, 2017
October 19, 2017
February 22, 2018
May 17, 2018

Governance Committee (Meets Quarterly – First Tuesday of the Month) 11:30 to 1:00; KPTS Conference room
August 8, 2017
November 14, 2017
March 16, 2018
June 12, 2018

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

Brian Adams 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.

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.

Jon Callen is a Emeritus Member and long-time supporter of KPTS.

Barry Gaston is president and owner of Gaston Marketing, a company which produces radio and TV commercials for clients nationwide. Before Gaston Marketing, he was involved in radio broadcasting as a manager and owner of several radio stations, including KFH in Wichita and WREN in Topeka. Except for 10 years spent running radio properties in Pennsylvania and Ohio, Barry has lived in Wichita all his life. For a decade, he produced and broadcast a jazz radio show on KMUW, Wichita’s NPR station. Barry has served on boards including The Kansas Association of Broadcasters, Alzheimer’s Association of South Central Kansas and the Health Care Data Governing Board for the State of Kansas. Barry is a Wichita State University graduate and an avid view of KPTS.

Jacqueline Kelly 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.

Jim McCann is a native of Brockton, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of American Cooperative School in Monrovia, Liberia, and Seoul Foreign School, an International Baccalaureate School in Seoul, Korea. He attended Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and Wichita State University College of Fine Arts, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. He also holds diplomas from The French Wines Institute and the American Wine Institute, and spent several years in the wine business before beginning his media career with KZSN Radio Wichita in 1988.

Since that time, he has served as account executive at several Wichita radio stations, and as Sales Manager for KQAM and 104.5 FM radio. He now operates Jiminy Advertising, a full service advertising agency. He is also Media Director for WonderfulWichita Digital Billboard Advertising, creates graphic designs for LED Billboards, and markets several independently owned digital billboards. An avid performing musician, he has released 6 albums and CDs, and served on the board of The Kansas Music Hall of Fame, and as founder and past president of The Kansas Music Heritage Center.

He is currently studying Spanish.

Ruth Ann Messner 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 Nortonwasborn and raised in Albuquerque, NM, she 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.

Jay Praterreceived the American Meteorological Society’s Award for Broadcast Meteorology, January 20, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. He became Managing Meteorologist at 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 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.

Denny Senseney is the founder of Senseney Music, a Wichita retail music business he operated from 1978-2008. He retired and sold the business in 1978. Denny earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Music Education from Wichita State University and taught instrumental music in the public schools of Oxford and Wellington, Kansas from 1969-78. Denny has served on the Wichita State University Board of Trustees, as President of the National Association of School Music Dealers, the Retail Print Music Dealers Association, and for two terms as Director of NAMM – The International Music Products Industry Association.

He and his wife, Erlene, reside in Wichita and have two adult children: Todd (wife Melinda) and Abby.

Denise Curry Sherman serves as Director Organizational Partnerships and Center for Corporate Learning for Southwestern College. This is a culmination of her interests: leadership, lifelong learning and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Southwestern College, Denise served in a higher education capacity centered on workforce talent development and training. Her previous entrepreneurial experience includes owning three companies. Denise is a staunch promoter of higher education and has taught at the college level for over a decade. Over the years, she has invested in her own education and as a result, holds a Masters in Organizational Development. Denise shares her leadership experience by serving on several nonprofit boards. It is her belief that you should assist both individuals and organizations to reach their highest potential.

Rachel Wetta is a partner at Foulston Siefkin, LLP. She is a trial lawyer who represents clients in a variety of litigation matters in both state and federal court. As member of the firm’s General Litigation practice group, her regular practice areas include insurance defense, contract disputes, creditors’ rights, torts, and employment litigation. Ms. Wetta has also represented clients in front of various regulatory agencies, including the Farm Service Agency and Kansas Board of Nursing. She is an active member of the state and local bars, as well as the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel.

Perry E. Winter 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.