Each year outstanding Republican women throughout Kansas will have the opportunity to learn more about the political process from leaders across the state, national Republican Party officials, and elected Republicans serving in our nation's Capitol.
Barbara Doebele Donovan graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Science from Kansas State University and an MBA from Rockhurst College with Magna Cum Laude distinction. Barbara serves on Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority's Board of Directors. Barbara managed international and domestic purchasing for Hallmark Cards. She owns Target Marketing & Consulting. She is also an agricultural landowner engaged in family farming.
Joy Eakins is the founder of Cornerstone Data, Inc., a technology firm winner of the 2015 Small Business Award from the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce. She served a term on the Wichita School Board. Joy worked with Kansas legislators on education issues, funding, and testified in support of moving local elections to the fall. Joy is a mentor with Youth Horizons and currently tutors as many as 20 students per week in the Wichita Public schools.
Melynda Harbour is the Court Services Officer for the State of Kansas, Secretary of the Leavenworth GOP, and a precinct committeewoman. She is Campaign Manager for Neelly for the 42nd, Treasurer for Raney for County Commissioner, and Board Secretary for the Alliance Against Family Violence. Melynda is the former Campaign Manager for Willie Dove for the 38th, former Campaign Manager for Bixby for County Commissioner, and Campaign Staff for Todd Thompson County Attorney.
Linda Highland is a State and District delegate; Wabaunsee County Party Chair; precinct committeewoman; County Chair for several statewide campaigns; Legislative Spouses Organization Member; and member of the Kansas River Committee for Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. She graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education and a M.S. in Family Economics. Linda has worked in the food service industry at KSU including teaching and researching. She founded Highland House, a food company supplying baking mixes with “Nutrition with Flavor from the Past.” Linda was advisor and former Legislative Liaison for Concerned Women for America of Kansas; member of Kansans for Life and Lutherans for Life; Johnson County Extension Service 4-H PDC and Board; Wabaunsee County Extension Service Economic Development PDC and Council.
DeAnn Hill owns a small CPA practice in Southeast Kansas, DeAnn Auman Hill, C.P.A. and since 2013 she serves as the C.F.O. for the State of Kansas. DeAnn is active in the CPA profession, serving on many state and national boards. She is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and holds a CPA, PFS and CGMA professional licenses. She enjoys public speaking, mentoring, and public service.
Susan Humphries is a Representative in the Kansas legislature. She graduated from the University of Denver, College of Law and joined the Kansas Bar in 2014. She primarily practices adoption law with a small firm in Wichita. She has been active as a volunteer in many non-profits, church, and school.
Elyse Appenfeller graduated from Manhattan Christian College with a BS in Management and a minor in Christian Ethics. Elyse and her daughter reside in Wamego. She currently works for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. She is the Co-Chair for the Pottawatomie County Republican Committee and serves as a Sunday School teacher at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church.
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.
Emily Coatney graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Business Management. She currently works for Black & Veatch in their Human Resources department. Emily is in the Young Advisory Board for KVC, a non-profit organization supporting the Kansas foster care system. In her free time she enjoys baking, yoga, outdoor activities and spending time with her family.
Jean Ann Cusick graduated from Wichita State University. She taught Theatre and English Literature in both private and public schools as a Parent Involvement Worker for schools with at risk children. She has been interested in politics from a young age ever since she helped her father address postcards to help President Eisenhower get elected. She believes the Republican Party and conservative beliefs can Make America Greater than ever! She is excited to go on this journey with the Eisenhower Series!