Current Board of Governors

The members of the Eisenhower Board of Governors are responsible for the Series' nomination and application process, administration, curriculum, social events and alumni relations. The group meets four times a year to plan Series sessions, always striving to incorporate suggestions from recent class participants in order to keep the curriculum and events fresh, informative and relevant to the changing economic and political landscape.

Our deepest appreciation is directed to the women who have served on the Board of Governors in the past. Please click here for those who have paved the way for our current success.

Eisenhower Series Board of Governors 2019-2020

Amanda Adkins – Founder and Co-Chair of the Board Amanda Adkins – Founder and Co-Chair of the Board

Vice President - Population Health, Cerner Corporation 2004-present; Chair, Kansas Republican Party 2009-2013; Founder, Systems of Care Initiative, Inc. 2019 - present; Chair, State of Kansas Children's Cabinet 2011-2018; Board Executive Committee, Kansas Chamber of Commerce 2005-present; former Campaign Manager, Brownback for U.S. Senate 2003-2004; former Professional Staff, House Rules Committee 2002; former Legislative Director, Cong. David Dreier 2002; former Int. Executive Director & Political Director, GOPAC; former professional staff, U.S. House & Rules Committee; former Military Legislative Assistant. Awarded top 45 Republican women under 45 by the Republican Security Council 2012. Awarded top 40 business leaders under 40  by Ingram’s business magazine.

Kari Bruffett – Founder and Co-Chair of the Board Kari Bruffett – Founder and Co-Chair of the Board

Director of Policy at the Kansas Health Institute; former Secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services; former Director of the Division of Health Care Finance and former Assistant Secretary for Policy & External Affairs, Kansas Department of Health & Environment; former Government Affairs Liaison, University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS; former Executive Director, Kansas Republican Party; former community relations manager, Koch Industries; former Legislative Director, Congressman Jerry Moran; former staff, US Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker; former reporter.

Marisel Walston – President Marisel Walston – President

Graduate, Class of 2013 and Class Representative, Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series; Chair, Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission; Commissioner, Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission; Precinct Committeewoman; campaign volunteer; Past President of the Kansas City Paralegal Association; Member, Heartland Paralegal Association; Paralegal, Kiewit Corporation in Lenexa, Kansas.

Sarah Shipman – Vice President Sarah Shipman – Vice President

Graduated Class of 2011, Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series; Kansas Secretary of Administration, confirmed February 17, 2015. Former Chief Counsel, Deputy Secretary and Deputy Director for Leasing and Real Estate for Kansas Department of Administration; Former VP and Counsel for Silver Lake Bank in Topeka; adjunct faculty member at the Washburn University School of Law; Associate General Counsel for MRV, Inc.

Julie Hein – Interim Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair Julie Hein – Interim Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

Lobbyist, Hein Governmental Consulting; former American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Private Sector Co-Chair,  Kansas; over 22 years involvement in politics.

Jennifer Seeber – Secretary Jennifer Seeber – Secretary

Past President, Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series, 2016-2017; Former E-Rate Program Manager at Sprint/Embarq Corporation; actively involved in the DeSoto, Kansas school district (USD 232) and a member of various district task forces.

Tory Marie Arnberger Tory Marie Arnberger

Tory Marie is the State Representative for the 112th District which consists of Great Bend and Hoisington and currently is the youngest State Representative in Kansas. Arnberger graduated with a degree in Business Education from Fort Hays State University in 2016 and works for her family business, Pryor Automatic Fire Sprinkler, as the Human Resources Director. Tory Marie is a board member for Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador for Hoisington Chamber of Commerce, Advisor for FHSU's Delta Zeta chapter, and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.

Amy Bankston – Representative Class of 2019 Amy Bankston – Representative Class of 2019

Amy Bankston graduated from Texas Christian University.   Amy and her husband own a photography business. She enjoys working with her husband and developing relationships with their customers. Politics became important to her when a close friend was elected to the Kansas State legislature. She loved being behind the scenes, networking and helping constituents connect with their representatives.


Kim Borchers Kim Borchers

Director of Executive Leadership Development at the Foundation for Government Accountability; Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Appointments for Governor Sam Brownback; Chair, Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas; Board Member for Capitol Preservation Committee, Chair, State Party Resolutions Committee; Chair, Kansans for Common Sense Policy; Grassroots Board Member, AFP; Strategic Grassroots Coordinator, Brownback for Governor.

Renee Erickson Renee Erickson

Renee is a Kansas legislator and holds Bachelor Degrees in Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University, Business Education from Wichita State University and a Master’s Degree in Family Life Education and Consultation from Kansas State University. Renee has been a high school teacher, data and assessment leader, head of instructional technology and school administrator. She served on her local board of education for 8 years and is also active in church and community activities. She and her husband, Roger, have been married 29 years and have two children: Andrew and Emily, and one grandchild, Paisley.