Dana Anderson entered the real estate business as a realtor and developer in Topeka in 1961. In 1966, he affiliated with the Macerich Company and became partner in 1971. Upon moving to California with the company, Anderson became COO of Macerich in 177, a position he would hold for several years. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board.
Anderson currently serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of Golf, an organizations that raises funds to promote and underwrite high school and college golf programs. He previously served on Campaign Kansas, the James Naismith Society, and KU First fundraising committees for the university, and is a long-time member of the Williams Education Fund. He has twice served on the KU Athletic Advisory Board. He is a member of the Business School Board of Advisors. He is also one of the founders of the Salina, Kansas Community Foundation.
Richard (Rick) Berger is President and CEO of Berger Company & Atchison Leather Products Co., a 4th generation leather & textile company founded in Atchison, KS in 1908. Mr. Berger, a native Kansan, received his B.S. in Accounting from Kansas State University and his J.D. from Washburn School of Law.
Mr. Berger currently serves on the Board of Directors of Exchange national Bankshares Holding Co., Exchange National Bank & Trust, Blish-Mize Co., the Great KC YMCA, Pony Express Council of Boy Scouts of America, Atchison hospital Foundation and as an Advisory Board Member of U.S. Alliance Insurance Co. He is a past board member of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce & Industry and a member of the 1983 Leadership Kansas class.Mr. Berger has been an active member of the Atchison community and especially involved with the Atchison Area Chamber of COmmerce, YMCA, Boy Scouts, United Way, Atchison Hospital and Rotary International.
Patti Bossert, CME, CSP, is the founder and President of Key Staffing, in Topeka. Key is a certified woman-owned business specializing in clerical and light industrial temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct-hire staffing. Patti also owns and operates Premier Employment Solutions in Topeka and Key Staffing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Premier’s specialty is recruiting top talent for clients in Topeka and throughout the Midwest. Patti was awarded the 1998 Kansas Woman Owned Business of the Year Award by the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing.
Patti is a native of South Dakota and holds a B.S. in Education from South Dakota State University. She has served on the boards and committees of many local, state, and national organizations including: Kansas Inc. Board, The Kansas Chamber, Rotary International, NFIB Leadership Council, Sales & Marketing Executives International, Society of Human Resource Managers, Heart of American Staffing Services, United Way of Greater Topeka, and the Topeka Chamber of Commerce. She is past Co-Chair of Kansas, Inc. and is a graduate of Leadership Topeka and the 2007 Leadership Kansas Class. Patti is an active member of Rotary, has served as a Topeka South Rotary President and was awarded the “Service Above Self” prestigious award in 2009.
Alfred Botchway, Ph.D.
Alfred Botchway, Ph.D., is Founder and President of Xenometrics. Dr. Botchway has numerous years of experience spanning academic research, a major pharmaceutical company and a contract laboratory. His experience includes extensive research in safety pharmacology and has monitored and conducted numerous studies on behalf of large pharmaceutical companies.
Dr. Botchway has authored scholarly articles (with international circulation), and has been profoundly involved with studies in support of INDs. He has also served as a reviewer for multiple scientific manuscripts for highly esteemed international scientific journals.
In addition to membership of several international scholastic professional scientific organizations, Dr. Botchway is an active member of the Safety Pharmacology Society. Dr. Botchway was awarded his Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Physiology at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, UK.
Mollie H. Carter is CEO and President of Sunflower Bank, a Salina-based bank with 25 locations across Kansas and eight locations in Colorado and Missouri. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School, Ms. Carter is a native Kansan.
Ms. Carter currently serves as a Director of Archer Daniels Midland, Westar Energy and the Kansas Health Foundation. In addition to her business ties, Ms. Carter has been active in her community and State, currently serving on the Greater Salina Community Foundation board and the OCCK Regional Business Advisory board. She also formerly served the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.
David M. Coleal is the Executive Vice President/General Manager for the Boeing, Military, Regional/Business Jet Programs and Aftermarket, a position he assumed April 2013. He was recently responsible for the Fuselage Segment including Tulsa, Oklahoma and Kinston, North Carolina sites.
Prior to joining Spirit AeroSystems, Mr. Coleal was Vice President and General Manager of Bombardier-Learjet. He joined Bombardier Aerospace in March 2008 and was responsible for all engineering and manufacturing operations, program change management, quality and material logistics for the Learjet family of aircraft, including development of the Lear 70 & 75 and pioneering all-composite Learjet 85 mid-side business jet. Mr. Coleal began his aviation career at Cirrus Design Corporation in October 2001. At Cirrus, he was initially responsible for operations and he assumed positions of increasing responsibility until being named President and Chief Operating Officer in 2005.
Mr. Coleal earned his Masters of Business Administration in Management Science from California State University – Hayward in 1997. He graduated from California State University in Sacramento in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Ivan Crossland, Jr. began working for Crossland Construction Company, Inc. in 1977. He became President in 1992 and is currently the company CEO. Ivan is a Pittsburg State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology in Construction Management.
Ivan currently serves on the Pittsburg State University Board of Trustees as well as the PSU Technology Advisory Board. He is Chairman of the National Center of Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Board of Trustees and the Vice-Chairman on the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. Ivan serves on the Thomas Jefferson Independent Day of School Board of Trustees and is a former member of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Board of Directors.
David Dillion, a University of Kansas graduate holds a B.S in Accounting and Business Administration. His great-grandfather, J.S. Dillon, started a self-service grocery store in Sterling, Kansas, known as Dillons. In 1982 Kroger bought out Dillons and eventually, a member of the fourth generation of the family, David, became the CEO of Kroger. His retirement from Kroger was effective January 1, 2014.
Dillon has been the director of many organizations including Union Pacific Corpration, DIRECTV, Catalyst, Inc., Food Marketing Institute, and an independent Director of Convergys Corporation. He has served as a Trustee of Boy Scouts of America-Dan Beard Council, University of Cincinnati Foundation, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, Urban League of Greater Cincinnati and University of Kansas Endowment. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum.
Kendal Grecian is a 40 year veteran farmer and rancher from Palco in NW Kansas. A graduate from Kansas State University, Kendal specializes in beef cattle as well as a certified seed wheat business. He is an active member of the community and many organizations including Kansas Livestock Association where he recently served as President.
Kendal has been married for 42 years and has three grown, married children as well as eight grandchildren eight years and younger. He enjoys hunting and fishing as well as, his alma mater Kansas State University, sports.
Cliff Illig, Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of Cerner Corporation, focuses on growing and expanding Cerner’s market-oriented business units, key strategic relationships and priority corporate initiatives. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in accounting and business administration.
Under Illig’s leadership, Cerner set a standard for the use of enterprise-wide technology to achieve seamless communication and information sharing throughout the organization. Illig also played a key role in the design of the Cerner Millennium® architecture, which uses advanced technologies to automate the process of managing health along the full continuum of care.
Currently, Illig serves as a member of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Executive Committee of the Heart of America Council of Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he and Cerner Chairman and CEO Neal Patterson, along with others, are co-owners of Kansas City’s Major League Soccer franchise, Sporting KC.
Larry Jones of J O Cattle Company in Holcomb, KS is currently in his second term as a Finney County Commissioner and serves on the KARL Board of Directors.
Jones has served on many committees and boards over the years including: KSU Livestock Meat and Industry Council Board of Directors, President of KLA and KLA Executive Committee and Board of Directors member, Cattle Feeders Council, the Wind Working Group, the Kansas Beef Council Executive Committee, Policy Resolutions Committee, Tax Committee, Kansas Livestock Association PAC and the Country-of-Origin Working Group. He has also served with the National Cattleman’s Beef Association on the Federal Division, Young Cattleman’s Conference, Information Committee, New Products Development & Culinary Institute, Nutrition & Health Committee, and the Tax & Credit Committee.
Patricia G. Koehler was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and grew up in Wichita, Kansas. Koehler attended Kansas State University and Wichita State University, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish. In 1996 she completed a mini MBA at Wichita State University.
For 10 years, Patricia served as General Manager for J.R. Custom Metal Products, Inc. where she was responsible for managing purchasing, finance, sales contracting and administrating commercial and government contracts. In August 1995, Patricia became President and CEO of J.R. Custom Metal Products, Inc. Currently she oversees and helps in the development of strategic planning, labor growth and, in 1998, managed a multi-million dollar expansion.
Under Patricia’s leadership, the company has become ISO Certified, won the 2011 Small Business of the Year Award through the Wichita Chamber of Commerce and was presented the Small Business Award for Supplier of Excellence by Siemens Energy on June 16, 2011. Patricia is an active member of the following organizations, serving as: Chairperson for the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Board Member for Wichita Independent Business Association and Finance Committee Member for the Church of the Holy Spirit.
Jim W. Lewis is the owner of Lewis Automotive Group. The automotive group includes five dealerships throughout western Kansas. Mr. Lewis started his first dealership at the age of 21 in Dodge City, KS.
The Lewis Automotive Group dealerships are members of the Dodge City, Garden City and Hays Area Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Lewis has served on Toyota’s National Dealer council since 2009. In1997, Mr. Lewis founded “The Alley”, a community teen center located in Dodge City.
David Murfin is President of Murfin Drilling Company, Inc. and Chairman and CEO of Murfin, Inc., both of Wichita, KS. Murfin, Inc. owns extensive real estate holdings, 10 radio stations and Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc.
David graduated from Kansas State University with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and business. He also served as President of Student Union Activities (SUA). Currently, David serves on the National Petroleum Council, is Chairman of the National Stripper Well Association, Chairman of the Kansas Chamber, and is a member of the Board of Directors of American State Bancshares, Inc., and Goodwill Industries of Kansas, Inc. David is also a member of the Kansas University School of Business Board of Advisors and a Trustee for the Kansas University Endowment board.
Steve Ortiz is the Tribal Chairman for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, a position he assumed in 2007. Ortiz is a graduate of Washburn University, earning a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree. His experience includes 22 years management experience in the corporate worlds of IBM, Kansas Power & Light and Hallmark Cards, Inc. and eight years as Secretary for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Ortiz has also worked as a Tribal Representative on Indian affairs and Tribal Development at the State and National levels and with the PBP Gaming Commission to fulfill their mission.
Ortiz has served on many boards and committees over the years, including: President of the Three Tribes Health Board, Chairman and Secretary of the PBPN Health Board Compacted Tribe, Vice-Chairman and member of the Oklahoma City Inter-Tribal Health Board, Chairman and Secretary of the PBPN Housing Board, Chairman and Secretary of the PBP Utility Corporation, member of the National Indian Gaming Commission Task Force on Health and Safety in Indian Casinos, PBPN Alternate Delegate to the National Indian Gaming Association, PBPN Alternate Delegate to the National Congress of American Indians and the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency Local Government Advisory Committee.
Following his graduation from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in government and law, Mr. O’Shaughnessy was engaged in the practice of law in Minnesota.
Mr. O’ Shaughnessy has been active in the oil and gas business over his business career, starting in 1976 with his family’s Lario Oil and Gas Company, where he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. He later formed the Globe Resources Group, a private venture firm whose subsidiaries provided seismic acquisition and processing, well servicing and rehabilitation services and submersible pump works in Russia during the 1990’s. In 2002, Mr. O’Shaughnessy co-founded GEOPARK Holdings, a South American E&P company with operations in Chile, Columbia, Brazil and Argentina. In 2010, he founded Lario Logistics, a U.S. midstream company which owns and operates the Bakken Oil Express.
In addition to his oil and gas activities, Mr. O’Shaughnessy is also engaged in investments in banking, wealth management, desktop software, computer and network security and green cleaning technology.
Over the past 25 years, Mr. O’Shaughnessy has also served on several non-profit boards, including the I.A O’Shaughnessy Family Foundation, Wichita Collegiate School, Institute for Humane Studies, The East West Institute and the Bill of Rights Institute. He is a member of the Intercontinental Chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and World President Organization (WPO).
Upon graduation from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BA in Accounting, Page began his professional career with Price Waterhouse. In 1981, he left public accounting and began his career in internal auditing at Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He joined Saint Louis University to head up their medical center internal audit function in 1986, the same year he completed his MBA. Page rejoined Jewish Hospital in 1990 as the Director of Audit Services. In 1996, he left BJC as Corporate Director of Audit Services and joined the University of Kansas Hospital as Vice President for Organizational Improvement. Page later became the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer and in July 2007, he was selected by The University of Kansas Hospital Authority Board to be President and CEO.
Page serves on the Board of Directors for the University HealthSystem Consortium, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Kansas Hospital Association. He is President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Healthcare Council & Missouri Hospital Association’s District 2. Page holds a courtesy assistant professor appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
Jerome (Jerry) Reilly, a 1966 graduate of the University of Kansas, is the Chairman of The Reilly Holding Company. He currently serves as the President of Reilly Homes, Inc., Yllier Lake Estates, Inc. R&R Builders, inc., and The 27 Committee.
Reilly also sits on the Board of Directors for Exchange National Bank, Exchange Bankshares Holding Company and Blish-Mize Company. He is an active member of the University of Kansas Chancellors club, University of Kansas Williams fund and The 27 Committee.
Charles (Charlie) Tetrick of Fairway, KS, is President and CEO of Walz Tetrick Advertising in Mission, where he as been at the helm for more than two decades. The branding, advertising and communications agency does business in most states, as well as some international work. Under Charlie's leadership, Walz Tetrick has successfully navigated many changes, growing from a small shop with a few employees to a full-service agency with eight-figure revenues employing nearly 30 people.
In 2011, Charlie helped found the Kansas Entrepreneur Coalition. This organization is a direct link between Kansas entrepreneurs and elected state officials. In addition, Charlie was chairman of the Kansas City Chamber's Centurions Leadership Program, he serves on the board of the American Royal and maintains a VP role on the executive committee for the Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts. Charlie has been a Kansas City Ad club officer, is currently on the board of governors for the Kansas City Council of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and has provided marketing counsel to the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washing, D.D., for various drug initiatives.
Bob Wheeler retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive Company in 2009.
Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 1964, Wheeler joined Colgate and served in positions of increasing responsibility in the U.S. Sales Division. In 1977 he was promoted to Vice President of Sales for Pangburn, Inc., a subsidiary of Riviana Foods, then a Colgate specialty marketing company.
In 1981, Mr. Wheeler was promoted to President of Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Under his leadership, Hill’s established global leadership in the specialty pet food market. Mr. Wheeler was named Colgate Vice President in 1987, and was elected a Corporate Officer in 1992. He was promoted to Chairman and CEO of Hill’s in 1996.
Mr. Wheeler has been an active member of the Topeka, Kansas community. He served as a member of Security Benefit Group of Companies; he is the Vice Chairman of Stormont-Vail Health Services Corporation, past Chairman of the Pet Food Institute and Lead Director of the Collective Brands Board. Mr. Wheeler is former Vice Chairman of the Development Council of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and received the AdAstra Award from the State Chamber of Commerce in 2006. He was the Founder and President of the Topeka Zoological Foundation and Executive Board Member and Treasurer for the Jayhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He is also a past board member of the Topeka United Way. Wheeler is a two time Paul Harris Fellow and was honored as the Governor’s Citizen of Distriction in 2000. In 2010 the KC Animal Health Corridor honored him with their Iron Paw award.