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

Clare Gustin – Curriculum Chair Clare Gustin – Curriculum Chair

Member Services & External Affairs, Sunflower Electric Co-op; developed & taught 21st Century Leadership program; Member, Thomas More Prep—Marian Catholic High School.

Leah Howell, Communications Chair Leah Howell, Communications Chair

Campaign Manager for her husband, Commissioner Jim Howell; precinct committeewoman; Alternate Delegate to KSGOP; active volunteer, Republican Party.

Sherriene Jones-Sontag Sherriene Jones-Sontag

Kansas Chamber of Commerce; former Director of Communications/Press Secretary, Governor Sam Brownback; Owner, Ad Astra Media Solutions; former broadcast journalist.

Deb Gozur Lucia – Class Liaison and Alumnae Committee Co-Chair Deb Gozur Lucia – Class Liaison and 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.

Susan Metsker Susan Metsker

Susan is a graduate of the Eisenhower Series Class of 2008. Her publicly elected service began in 1992 in the Shawnee Mission School District; first elected to the SMSD Advisory Board, then to the SMSD Board of Education where she served 12 years. Susan has served 14 years as a Republican Precinct Committee Woman and as a delegate to the state Republican Party. She is the co=founder of Starlight Republican Women, a KFRW club in Johnson County. Susan served on the staff of Cong. Kevin Yoder (KS03) as District Representative. She has an undergraduate degree in Public Administration and an MPA from KU. Susan was appointed to the Johnson County Advisory Committee on Housing and Community Development. She has volunteered with the KC Down Syndrome Guild, Habitat for Humanity, and is active in her church. Susan has over 20 years of non-profit development work. A person of deep faith, she is passionate about people, loves to garden, enjoy a good cup of coffee and great conversation, a good book, and the Kansas City Symphony. However, her greatest love is doing life with her husband since 1975. They have three married children and four grands.

Sally Nelson – Marketing Chair Sally Nelson – Marketing Chair

Sally grew up in the family farm now housing a seventh generation of Nelson's, Long Island, Phillips County.  She attended Kansas State University and obtained a B.S. in Life Sciences.  She was named a MortarBoard scholastic society officer and was a member of Alpha Xi Delta social sorority.  Sally earned a M.S. graduate degree from University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1986.  Sally's career includes medical and telecommunications sales, marketing, project management in Kansas City, Wichita and Dallas, TX.  She is a licensed real estate broker with Nichols, Prairie Village office. "Top Rookie", 2005.  Sally was named Johnson County Republican Party "Precinct Committee Woman of the Year" awarded 2016. She serves as Fairway Ward 1 Precinct 1 committeewoman since 2015 and she is a 25 year resident of Fairway.

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.

Paula Landoll-Smith – Communications Co-Chair Paula Landoll-Smith – Communications Co-Chair

Paula Landoll-Smith, Marketing Director for Landoll Corporation, resides in Marysville Kansas with her husband Kerry (Cujo) and two boys (Patrick and Peyton).  Paula is a graduate of Kansas State University in Business Management.  When not working or attending an event for her boys, Paula coordinates the Junior Achievement Program of Marysville, is a leader for Sundflower 4H Club,  is the Children and All Parish Choir Director at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, and serves on many state and local level boards.


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.