Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D., today announced the inaugural members of the Kansas Humanitarian Commission. At the request of Governor Sam Brownback, Humanitarian Commission co-chairs Lt. Governor Colyer and Ashleigh Roberts Black, a consultant for the Farm Journal Foundation and board member of the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, have selected 18 commission members.
“The Kansas Humanitarian Commission highlights the significant value of serving others locally, nationally and internationally,” said Governor Brownback. “The Kansans who have agreed to serve on the Commission know personally how rewarding and important humanitarian service is and why we should not only recognize those who are already involved but encourage others to become involved.”
Commission members have diverse backgrounds and serve in numerous ways, from helping local charities to participating in international mission work. Lt. Governor Colyer, who has volunteered with the International Medical Corps for more than 25 years, said he is looking forward to working with Black and the rest of the Commission.
“Kansans have big hearts and represent what is best about America,” Colyer said. “I applaud Governor Brownback for his leadership on this important initiative and am excited about getting to work with this outstanding group of people.”
The mission of the Humanitarian Commission is to empower Kansas citizens and businesses to serve their communities, meet local and global humanitarian needs, and promote a spirit of service. Governor Brownback has asked the Commission to unveil its initial plan sometime in early 2016.
Inaugural Members of the Kansas Humanitarian Commission
Dana and Sue Anderson of Lawrence
Chuck and Susie Grier of Wichita
Gary and Melanie Harshberger of Dodge City
Richard and Karin Henkle of Garden City
George and Jocelyne Laham of Wichita
Dennis and Ann Ross of Wichita
Dan and Donna Thomas of Mission Hills
Dave and Debra Vander Griend of Colwich
Tom and Janie Welsh of Sublette