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

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.


Dr. Helen Van Etten – Ex-Officio Member Dr. Helen Van Etten – Ex-Officio Member

Republican National Committeewoman (2008-present); RNC Budget Committee (2011-2013); Delegate, 2008 Republican National Convention; National Board Member, National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs; President & Founder, Shawnee Co. Pachyderm Club; President, Kansas Federation of Republican Women- Shawnee Chapter; Consultant, Health Care Policy, Kansas SRS-Medicaid Program; At-large Member, READ MORE

Kansas Republican Executive Committee; former Advisory Committee Member, Kan Be Health Committee; Member, American Business Women’s Assoc.– Meadowlark Chapter; Member, New York Speech-Language Assoc.; Member, Taiwan Speech-Language Assoc.; Member, American Speech-Language Assoc., and Kansas Speech-Language Assoc.; Member, Heartland Sertoma Club; Volunteer, Kansas Neurological Institute.