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 2017-2018

Julie Hein – Finance Committee Chair Julie Hein – Finance Committee Chair

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

Joann Knight – 2019 Class Representative Joann Knight – 2019 Class Representative

Graduate, Class of 2019, Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series; Executive Director, Dodge City, Ford County Development Corporation; Main Street Dodge City;  Dodge City Festivals; Community Housing Association of Dodge City;  (more…)

Deb Gozur Lucia – Alumnae Committee Co-Chair Deb Gozur Lucia – Alumnae Committee Co-Chair

Graduate, Class of 2010, Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series; Practice Leader Ingredients and Process Improvement, Global Executive Solutions Group; Vice President, Women Republican United;
Sedgwick County Republican Party Delegate; Former Communications Manager, Kansans for Kobach; Kris Kobach Secretary of State Transition Team; Steering Committee President, Topeka 912 Project; active political volunteer.

Diane Macheers Diane Macheers

Appointed by the Governor as a Trustee for the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame;   Secretary for Johnson County Republican Party; Executive Board Member for The Friends of Cedar Crest; Republican Precinct Committeewoman (five terms), and a graduate of the 2016 class Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series.READ MORE

 Former member Board of Directors and head of the Strategic Planning Committee for Growing Futures (formerly Head Start of Shawnee Mission) and a former member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Works as an integrated marketer for GlynnDevins in Kansas City, MO. Formerly at Zillner, Barkley and American Century Investments.

Alana Roethle – Alumnae Committee Co-Chair Alana Roethle – Alumnae Committee Co-Chair

Secretary, Kansas Republican Party; Precinct Committeewoman; Member, Kansas Lottery Commission; Member, Kansas State Board of Rehabilitation; Data Marketing Consultant;  MBA with experience as director in a hospital system; Johnson County Young Republicans; active volunteer on Republican campaigns.

Sarah Shipman – Class Liaison Sarah Shipman – Class Liaison

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.

Janae Talbott Janae Talbott

Graduate Class of 2014 and Board of Governors, Dwight D. Excellence in Public Service Series; Executive Director, Russell County Eco Devo and CVB; Vice President, Western KS Rural Economic Development Alliance; Past PCID and VP, NWKS Planning and Development; Pioneer Country Development Inc.; Board Member, KS Development Alliance; volunteer for Russell PRIDE, Russell Community Theatre, Trinity Methodist Thrift Store; small business owner.

Devona Troutman Devona Troutman

Former Fundraiser for Maranatha Academy; former President, Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series 2010-2011; Republican volunteer; former Home Owners Association board member; former small business owner - Etcetera clothing; former co-owner of Shoelaces Boutique, Wichita.

Emily Wellman Emily Wellman

District Representative, US Senator Pat Roberts; former Operations Manager, Pat Roberts for Senate; former staff, US Senator Sam Brownback; former Compliance Officer, Central National Bank.

Roberta Tessendorf – Ex-Officio Member Roberta Tessendorf – Ex-Officio Member

Graduate, Class of 2017, Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series; President, Kansas Federation of Republican Women (KFRW); Regional Sales Executive, BeneFLEX HR Resources, Inc.; Board Member, Greater Kansas City Association of Health Underwriters; Kansas Day Club Board Member; Member, NE Johnson County Republican Women; graduate, NAIFA Leadership In Life Institute; organized and chaired Republican events, fundraisers, and candidate forums in Pottawatomie and Johnson Counties.