Archive for Friday, April 10, 1992


April 10, 1992


David Evans, vice president of Gould Evans Associates, P.A., has taken over the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's top leadership position, chair of the board of directors.

Other officers heading the major divisions of the chamber for the 1992-93 year are Gary Sollars, chair-elect; Smitty Belcher, vice chair of economic development; Dan Watkins, vice chair of community affairs; David Ambler, vice chair of operations; and Jane Bateman, vice chair of membership.

SOLLARS IS executive vice president of Charlton Manley Insurance.

A 1971 graduate of Baker University, he held underwriting and marketing positions with the Hartford Insurance Co. in Kansas City before joining Charlton Manley in 1977.

He received the chartered property casualty underwriter designation in 1978 and the accredited adviser in insurance designation in 1985. He has taught insurance courses at Kansas University.

Sollars is active in community and industry activities, serving on the boards of directors for the University National Bank of Lawrence, Baker University, Cottonwood Foundation, and the Independent Insurance Agents of Kansas, serving as president for the 1987-88 year.

Currently he serves as the Kansas State national director, serving on the Independent Insurance Agents of America board of state national directors. He is past chair of the boards of the Kansas Insurance Education Foundation and Plymouth Congregational Church.

He and his wife, Connie, have two children.

BELCHER IS president and owner of Huxtable and Associates Inc., a mechanical and electrical contractor.

He served a five-year pipefitter apprenticeship in Toledo, Ohio, and received an MBA from the University of Toledo. He and his wife, Donna, have lived in Lawrence for about nine years.

He has served as the chair of the District Friends of Scouting Fund Drive, treasurer of Vote Yes for Roads, and is a member of the Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education and the Douglas County Development Board.

His professional organizations include serving as chair of the National Pipefitter Apprenticeship Committee and serving on the advisory board for LINC Service Contractors.

WATKINS, AN attorney, graduated from Kansas University's law school in May 1975. He received a bachelor of science in mathematics in 1969 from St. Mary of the Plains College.

He began his local law practice in 1984, having served as chief counsel and special assistant to the secretary of transportation for the state of Kansas from 1980 to 1984.

He also has served as chief administrative assistant to the governor of Kansas from 1979-80, and assistant attorney general, chief of the criminal division for the state from 1975 to 1978. He was a VISTA volunteer and project supervisor in Broward County, Fla., from 1969 to 1972.

Watkins has been involved in numerous community activities, including serving as chair of the board of directors for Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and chair of the transportation committee for the chamber from 1985-88. He was chair of the Task Force for Local Support of the South Lawrence Trafficway and Eastern Parkway, with the chamber, for 1990-91. He is a member of the Union Pacific Depot Management Board, the St. John School Development Committee, and the Kansas Bar Assn.

He and his wife, Phyllis Meitl Watkins, have four children.

AMBLER IS vice chancellor for student affairs at KU. He received three degrees from Indiana University a bachelor's in business administration in 1959, a master's in political science and public administration in 1961, and a doctorate in educational administration in 1966.

Before joining the KU administrative staff in 1977, he served two other universities as a staff member in their student services program. At Indiana University, he was a member of the dean of students staff and worked with educational programs in the residence halls. In 1966, he was appointed to the student services staff at Kent State University in Ohio, where he served as dean of men, associate dean of students, assistant vice president and vice president for educational and student services.

At KU, he has been responsible for a comprehensive student services program including student housing, health services, the unions, admissions, student records, financial aid, placement, counseling, student activities, minority affairs, foreign student services and other programs. He is an associate professor in the counseling psychology department, where he works with graduate students interested in careers in higher education.

He is active in many national professional organizations and with civic, philanthropic and cultural organizations locally.

In 1983, the KU Student Senate awarded him the Higher Education Distinguished Service Award and in 1987 he was the first recipient of the CLASS (Citation for Leadership and Achievement in Student Services) Award, established by the senior class to honor staff members of the student affairs division. That year, he also received the Robert H. Shaffer Distinguished Alumni Award at Indiana University.

He and his wife, Mary Kate Harris, have two daughters.

BATEMAN, PRESIDENT of Jane Bateman Inc., has owned the custom window and furniture business since 1977.

She received two degrees from Iowa State University a bachelor of arts in interior design in 1974 and a bachelor of science in home economics education in 1971.

Among her activities, she serves as chair-elect of Leadership Lawrence and is president of the Lawrence Community Theater board of directors. She is chair of the St. Lawrence Catholic Student Center budget committee and also is involved with the Rotary Club of Lawrence, Soroptimist Club of Lawrence and Lawrence Women's Network. She is a 1989 graduate of Leadership Lawrence.

Bateman has lived in Lawrence since 1974. She has two children.

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