The following board members serve as officers for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Ann Gardner, editorial page editor for the Lawrence Journal-World, received a bachelor's in 1975 in journalism from Kansas University. After working at the Parsons Sun, she returned to Lawrence in 1977 to work for the Lawrence Journal-World, where she has been a reporter and editor. She has been editor of the Journal-World editorial page since 1987. She is a 1988 graduate of Leadership Lawrence and a current member of the Leadership Lawrence board of directors. She also is past president of the Lawrence branch of the American Association of University Women, a member of KU's Mortar Board alumni chapter and a member of the Visiting Nurses Association board of directors.
Vice chair, economic development
Ron Durflinger, president of Durflinger Homes Inc., has been involved in homebuilding since working as a framing carpenter in summer 1974. He's been building full time since 1988. Durflinger has been active in the Lawrence Home Builders Assn. since its formation in 1989 and served as president in 1993 and 1994. He has also served on the city's Stormwater Management Task Force and is on the city's Building Code Board of Appeals, which is involved in adopting guidelines for life safety and construction practices.
Al Hack Jr.
of the board
Al Hack Jr. is the secretary-treasurer of Calvin, Eddy and Kappelman Insurance. Hack, a graduate of Kansas University, has been in the insurance and personal financial consulting business since 1981. He joined Calvin, Eddy and Kappelman in 1989. He has been an active volunteer for United Way, serving as the drive chair in 1991 and president in 1992. Hack has served as chair of the chamber's envoy committee. He is a 1988 Leadership Lawrence graduate and is active on the alumni relations committee of that group. Hack is past president of Sertoma and he currently is serving on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club.
John Immel is a partner at Petefish, Curran, Immel and Heeb, Attorneys. He received both his bachelor's in business administration and a law degree from Kansas University. He joined his law firm in 1973 where he has been active in the general practice of law. He has been a member of the chamber since entering business and has served on various committees and task forces. He is currently active with the government affairs task force. Immel is the president of Lawrence Kiwanis and has served on the boards of several community organizations, including United Way, Lawrence Housing Authority, Lawrence Arts Center and Achievement Place for Girls.
Vice chair, government and community affairs
Cal Karlin, attorney with the law firm of Barber, Emerson, Springer, Zinn & Murray, received a bachelor's degree in political science from Kansas University in 1974 with Phi Beta Kappa honors. In 1977 he received his law degree from KU and was the note and comment editor for the Law Review. Karlin has served on the adjunct faculty of the KU School of Law since 1993. He has served on the board of directors for United Way of Douglas County, Leadership Lawrence, Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. and Lawrence Public Library. Karlin is a coach for the Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. and is active with St. Margaret's Episcopal Church.
Vice chair, operations
Jim Long, assistant provost for facilities planning and management at Kansas University, is a native of Kansas. He has lived and worked in Lawrence since 1983. He serves on the United Way Space Task Force and the board of directors for the University of Kansas Memorial Corp. Long is an active member of the National Association of College Auxiliary Services. Long has served on various committees and boards of several organizations, including the Douglas County Area Health and Services Committee, Chamber of Commerce, United Way and Leadership Lawrence. He is a 1988 graduate and past chairman of the Leadership Lawrence program.
Vice chair, membership and small business
David Longhurst, general manager of Lawrence Riverfront Plaza Factory Outlets, is a native of New Mexico and was in the honors program at the University of New Mexico. David came to Lawrence in 1967 after a tour of
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duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps. He owned House of Usher Printing for 20 years until he sold the business in 1987. Longhurst was on the Lawrence City Commission from 1983 to 1987 and served as mayor for a year, beginning in 1983. He was involved in developing the Lawrence Riverfront Factory Plaza Outlets and has managed the center since it opened in 1990. David is immediate past president of Downtown Lawrence Inc., secretary of Douglas County Historical Society, vice president of Sunset Hills Neighborhood Assn. and is on the advisory boards of Seem-To-Be-Players, Salvation Army and the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Jerry Samp moved to Lawrence to be president of Commerce Bank in Lawrence in 1993. He left that position to join A.G. Edwards in 1998. He is a member of the Lawrence Rotary Club, Douglas County Development Inc. and the Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Task Force. Samp also serves on the boards of directors of the Lawrence Arts Center and Friends of the Lied Center where he is treasurer. He served three years as a member of the Allocation Panel for the United Way and was business chairman during the 1995 annual campaign for United Way. He also served for two and a half years as a member of the advisory board of the Salvation Army in Lawrence.
Mike Scott, as external affairs manager, is the liaison between Southwestern Bell Telephone and its customers, and he serves as the company's chief media spokesperson in the area. Scott joined the telephone company in 1985 as public relations manager in Topeka. In 1987 he was named the community relations manager in Garden City, and in 1991 was appointed external affairs manager in Lawrence. A Hays native, Scott is a 1976 journalism graduate of Kansas State University. He is a 1992 graduate of Leadership Lawrence and a 1994 graduate of Leadership Kansas. Scott serves on the boards of directors for the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, Association for K-10 Corridor Development, Douglas County Development Inc. and Junior Achievement, and is a trustee for First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence.
The following are new board members:
Scot Buxton, vice president of Charlton Manley Inc., is a 1974 graduate of Kansas University. He received his degree from the School of Education and taught in the Lawrence school system for 10 years. Buxton has been with Charlton Manley since 1984, specializing in group benefits. He received the Accredited Advisor in Insurance designation in 1985 and his National Association of Securities Dealers license in 1986. Buxton has served on the boards of directors of the Lawrence Arts Center, The Shelter, Lawrence Schools Foundation and Downtown Lawrence Inc. He is a 1986 graduate of Leadership Lawrence and served many years as an ambassador for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Bob Frederick, Kansas University athletics director, received a bachelor's degree in chemistry, a master's degree in education and a doctorate of education from KU. He is a recent recipient of the Gordon R. Alley Partnership Award from KU's Center for Research in Learning. Frederick is the past chair of the Division I Men's Basketball Committee and serves as a member of the Committee on Basketball Issues, the Select Team Committee for USA Basketball and the NCAA Special Television Committee. He is past president of the Friends of the Lied Series and serves on the boards of directors for Sunflower State Games, Kansas Special Olympic and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Frederick also chairs the Kansas Safe Kids Cycle Smart Program.
Gunda Hiebert, co-owner of The Bay Leaf, received a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in Ohio and a master's degree from Yale University in Connecticut. She has lived in Lawrence for the past 26 years and has co-owned The Bay Leaf since it opened in 1975. Hiebert is a member of the boards of directors for Downtown Lawrence Inc. and The Lied Center of Kansas. She is a past president of the Lawrence Chamber Players.
Mike McGrew, vice chairman of Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate, received a degree in business administration in 1983 from Kansas University. He started his career in real estate in 1982 and has since achieved the designations of Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager and Certified Residential Specialist. McGrew has been very active in the Kansas Association of Realtors and is currently serving as president. He was named Realtor of the Year in 1995 from the Lawrence Board of Realtors and has been a Million Dollar Club member since 1985. McGrew has served on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society, Boys and Girls Club, Junior Achievement, Kansas International, Wakarusa Valley Development Inc., Kansas Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. He is a 1986 graduate of Leadership Lawrence.
Roger Morningstar, president of Sport 2 Sport, earned a liberal arts degree from Kansas University where he played basketball for the Jayhawks and was a member of two Big 8 championship teams. In June 1975, the Boston Celtics drafted him. After playing basketball in Europe, he joined the corporate world with Converse Inc. and spent 20 years in various sales and marketing capacities. He reached the position of vice president of sports marketing where his major responsibilities dealt with endorsement contracts for professional athletes, associations and other celebrities. Morningstar is co-host of a weekly sports interview radio show called Sport 2 Sport, which is syndicated on 16 stations across Kansas. He is president of the Sport 2 Sport Foundation and serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Sports Officials and Lawrence Sports Corp.
Miles Schnaer, owner of Crown Automotive Inc., is a Kansas City native who graduated from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor's degree in biology. After serving in the U.S. Army, he began his career in the automotive business in 1971 and bought his first Chevrolet dealership in 1979 in Decatur, Ill. He owned several dealerships in Decatur and Olathe before coming to Lawrence in 1994. Schnaer has been active with the American Cancer Society, YMCA, various auto dealers associations and advisory boards, and he serves on the boards of directors of Cottonwood Foundation, Kansas Special Olympics, Kansas City Walk of Stars and UMB Bank.
Sandra Shaw, chief executive officer of Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center Inc., received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire. She also earned a master's degree and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Kansas University and a master's of business administration from Rockhurst College. She has been with Bert Nash since 1971. She has served on the boards of directors for Bert Nash, Building Independence Inc., Alternative Residential Alternatives and Mental Health Consortium Inc. where she is currently the president of the governing board of directors. Shaw is a member of Children's Advisory Commission, Watchdog Committee on Improving Child Protection Services, KIDS Steering Committee, Community Health Improvement Project Leadership Group, Housing Advisory Council, Douglas County AIDS Project, School Health Advisory Committee and Rotary International.
Chuck Warner, president of Mercantile Bank-Lawrence, earned a degree in business administration from Kansas
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University and a law degree from KU's School of Law. He joined the bank in 1988 and managed the trust department until he became president of the bank in 1998. His activities in the community include serving as chair of Douglas County Senior Services, past president of the Cottonwood foundation Inc. and the Lawrence Rotary Club. Also, he is treasurer of the Lawrence Public Library Foundation and serves on the boards of the Friends of the Lied Center, the Helen Foresman Spencer Art Museum and Douglas County Development Inc.
Here is a list of board members whose terms are continuing.
Barbara Ballard, associate vice chancellor for student affairs at Kansas University, received a bachelor's degree in music education from Webster College, a master's degree in counseling and guidance and a doctorate in counseling and student personnel services from Kansas State University. She has been with KU since August 1980. She was the director of the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center until 1998. She is also an assistant professor in the department of counseling psychology. She was elected to the Lawrence school board in 1985 retired in 1993. She was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1992 and currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee.
Dr. Steven Bruner
Dr. Steven C. Bruner, of Lawrence Family Care, received a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and a medical degree from Kansas University. Bruner and his family moved to Lawrence in 1976. He was a founding partner of the Lawrence Family Practice Center. He recently left that organization to form Lawrence Family Care in affiliation with Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He has served in the departments of family practice and OB-Gyn and on the steering committee for the development of Community Health Plans of Kansas. He maintains membership in the Kansas and Douglas County medical societies, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives. Most recently Bruner has served on the CVB Tourism Committee and spearheaded the development of "Lawrence: Free State Fortress," a video dramatization of the early history of Lawrence.
Ann Evans has been executive director of the Lawrence Arts Center since 1975 when the center was founded. She has served on the peer review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts Local and Challenge Grant Programs, Nebraska Arts Council and Kansas Arts Commission. She was a member of the first graduating class of Leadership Lawrence and now serves as a trustee. Evans has a bachelor's degree in education from Kansas University.
Sidney A. Garrett
Sidney Garrett, president and chief operating officer of Brown Cargo Van Inc., received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a bachelor's degree in education from Kansas University. Upon graduation, she worked as a mathematics and English teacher at Eudora High School. After working in the accounting field for 10 years, Sidney became a certified public accountant in Texas and Kansas. She has served as president and CEO of Brown Cargo Van Inc. since 1986.
Kelvin Heck is a commercial sales and leasing associate at Stephens Real Estate. He is a lifelong resident of Lawrence/Douglas County and a graduate of Kansas University. Following a career in agriculture and rural real estate, he joined the sales staff at Stephens Real Estate to specialize in commercial real estate where he has achieved the professional designation of CCIM.
Karmen Huyser, manager of Lawrence's Hallmark Card plant, joined Hallmark in 1970 and has held a number of positions, including section manager, Kansas City night manager, Topeka plant personnel manager, Kansas City production control manager, Kansas City plant manager, director of manufacturing engineering and director of international operations.
Ted Juneau, principal of Central Junior High School, is a native of Herington. He earned a bachelor's degree from Fort Hays State University and a master's degree from Kansas University. He moved to Lawrence in 1981 to join the faculty at Lawrence High School as a social studies teacher and boy's basketball coach. He became assistant principal at LHS in 1989 and principal at Central Junior High in 1994. He was honored as the Kansas Basketball Coach of the Year in 1982-83.
Carl Locke Jr.
Carl E. Locke Jr. has been dean of engineering and director of the Center for Research Inc. at Kansas University since January 1986. Before joining KU, he was at the University of Oklahoma for 13 years. He has been active in ASEE through the Engineering Deans Council for a number of years and presently represents the council on the Licensure Task Force organized by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Locke received a bachelor's degree in 1958, his master's degree in 1960 and a doctorate in 1972, all in chemical engineering from the University of Texas.
Phyllis Wertzberger McAdoo
Phyllis Wertzberger McAdoo, owner of Gibson Pharmacy, is a Lawrence native. She attended Lawrence High School and graduated from Kansas University with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy. She lived for 20 years in Wichita, where she worked as a relief pharmacist and full-time staff pharmacist. She was also the owner of an antique business named Discoveries and a women's accessory business, Discoveries II. In 1988 she returned to Lawrence and soon after purchased Gibson Pharmacy.
Jere McElhaney, owner of McElhaney Fence Builders, was born and raised in Lawrence. He graduated from Kansas University Medical Center's paramedic school and worked as a paramedic for Douglas County. He is a volunteer for the Wakarusa Township Fire Department.
Evelyn Wolfe, owner of Halcyon House bed and breakfast in Lawrence, holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Oklahoma, a bachelor's degree from Washburn University and a master's degree from Kansas University.