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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Lawrence residents named to state commissions

August 30, 2013

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Gov. Sam Brownback has named three Lawrence residents to various state boards and commissions.

Jennifer Roth, an attorney who currently serves as the Third Judicial District Public Defender, was named to the Kansas Sentencing Commission.

That 17-member panel advises the Kansas Legislature and Department of Corrections on sentencing guidelines. It also forecasts adult and juvenile prison populations and tries to determine the impact of proposed legislation on the prison population.

Roth earned her bachelor's and law degrees from Kansas University. She will serve a two-year term.

Sandra Dixon, director of addiction services at DCCCA, Inc., was named to the Behavioral Health Services Planning Council.

Housed within the Department for Aging and Disability Services, its main job is to plan, monitor, evaluate and advise state agencies regarding mental health services. Federal law requires all states to have such a council, and that more than half of its membership include individuals or family members of people with severe mental illness or emotional disturbances. The panel also includes mental health service providers and private citizens.

Dixon earned a bachelor's degree at KU and a master's degree at the University of North Carolina, Chappel Hill. She will serve a four-year term on the council.

John Hoopes, a KU professor of indigenous studies, was reappointed to another term on to the state Historic Sites Board of Review.

That board is part of the Kansas Historical Society. It recommends nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and the Register of Historic Kansas Places. It also awards preservation planning and rehabilitation grants.

Hoopes earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a doctorate from Harvard University. He was named to another four-year term.

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