Leadership

Board of Directors 2015

KNPS Governance

KNPS is led by a Board of Directors and Officers that are governed by our Bylaws. The Board of Directors meets four times a year. Often board meetings are associated with outings to locations across Kansas.

KNPS also holds an annual membership meeting in the fall, which is linked with our Annual Wildflower Weekend (AWW).

KNPS members are invited to attend both board meetings and the board meeting outings.

Minutes are maintained for board and membership meetings.

Committees

The society has standing, action, and ad hoc committees that help expedite our business. Members are encouraged to serve on committees.

Standing Committees include the following:

  • Budget/Finance (administrative)
  • Executive (administrative)
  • Membership (administrative)
  • Nomination
  • AWW (action)
  • Awards (action)
  • Public Policy (ad hoc)
  • Education (administrative)
  • Printed Newsletter (action)
  • Plant Resources and Stewardship (action)
  • Website, Events, Publicity & Outreach (action)

Sponsorship

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, the Kansas Wildflower Society (KWS), which became the Kansas Native Plant Society, was sponsored by the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka.

From 1992 to 1993 sponsorship moved from the Mulvane to the R.L. McGregor Herbarium at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The R.L. McGregor Herbarium serves as the archive for KWS/KNPS files, holding all of the past minutes, newsletters, and official documents. It also provides a point of contact for the public and provides basic administrative functions for the organization.

KNPS Board of Directors

The Board of Directors serves as the governing body of the KNPS. The offices of President, President Elect, Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer are elected from the Board. There are no term limits to service on the board.

Requirements and Expectations

An individual who serves on the Board:

  • Is a current members of KNPS
  •  Is a resident of Kansas
  • Actively promotes the goals of the society
  • Serves on one or more KNPS committees 
  • Serves a 3 year term

Attendance at board meetings is strongly encouraged..

Board Nominations

Nominations are made by the Nominations Committee and board members’ terms are approved at the Annual Meeting. If you would like to be considered for serving on the KNPS Board of Directors, contact us.

Global caption text

KNPS Current Board Members

NameCityOfficeStart DateServiceTerm
Earl AllenManhattan, KSTreasurerSept 200615 years2018 - 2021
Rondi AndersonFt. Scott, KSSept 20156 years2018 - 2021
Shirley BraunlichLawrence, KSSept 200021 years2018 - 2021
Nadine ChamplinSabetha, KSSept 20129 years2018 - 2021
Krista DahlingerMulvane, KSPresidentSept 200417 years2019 - 2022
Mickey DelfelderTopeka, KSSecretarySept 200912 years2018 - 2021
Craig FreemanLawrence, KSSept 198833 years2018 - 2021
Brad GuhrNewton, KSPast PresidentSept 200120 years2019 - 2022
Lorna Harder Hesston, KSSept 20165 years2019 - 2022
Mike HaddockManhattan, KS Sept 200714 years2019 - 2022
Michael HeffronReece, KS Sept 200120 years2019 - 2022
Karen HummelManhattan, KS Sept 20165 years2017 - 2020
Michael KayeTopeka, KS Sept 20165 years2019 - 2022
Brian MartinHesston, KS Sept 20156 years2018 - 2021
Patti Ragsdale Tonganoxie, KS Sept 20192 years2019 - 2022
Cynthia Rhodes Whitewater, KS Sept 20147 years2017 - 2020
Matthew Richter McPherson, KS Sept 20129 years2018 - 2021
Dee Scherich McPherson, KS Sept 200417 years2019 - 2022
Phyllis Scherich McPherson, KS Sept 200417 years2019 - 2022
Paul Showalter Shawnee, KS Sept 20174 years2017 - 2020
Pam Tennison-Rindt Maple Hill, KS Sept 20183 years2018 - 2021
Anthony Zukoff Holcomb, KS President-ElectSept 20147 years2017 - 2020

KWS/KNPS Past Presidents

The following have served as President of the Kansas Wildflower Society (1979 – 2004), and the Kansas Native Plant Society (2004 – present).

  • 2020-21- Krista Dahlinger
  • 2019-20- Brad Guhr
  • 2016-18- Phyllis Sherich
  • 2014-15 – Michael Haddock
  • 2012-13 – Mickey Delfelder
  • 2010-11 – Craig Freeman
  • 2008-09 – Michael Heffron
  • 2006-07 – Jeff Hansen
  • 2004-05 – Valerie Wright
  • 2003- Dwight Platt
  • 2001-02 – Lorna Harder
  • 1999-01 – Dwight Platt
  • 1997-99 – Carroll Morgenson
  • 1996 – Ralph Brooks
  • 1995-96 – Stephen Timme
  • 1993-94 – Ralph Brooks
  • 1992 – Jack Walstrom
  • 1990-91 – Rachel Snyder
  • 1988-89 – Sheldon Cohen
  • 1986-87 – Ted Barkley
  • 1984-85 – Howard Reynolds
  • 1983 – Roger Coleman
  • 1981-82 – Ross Johnson
  • 1979-80 – Mary Jo McClure

KNPS Board Meetings Across Kansas