A cadre of generous supporters have agreed to serve on the Steering Committee for Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas. This group will guide the campaign over its duration.
Committee members include:
David Booth, of Austin, Texas. Booth is CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors. He earned two degrees at KU, a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s in business. He also has an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Joe and Jean Brandmeyer, formerly of the Kansas City area, now of El Paso, Texas. They are the founders and former owners of Enturia.
Linda Zarda Cook, of Naples, Fla. Cook is a retired executive of Royal Dutch Shell’s global Natural Gas and Power division in the Netherlands. She earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering at KU.
Tom and Jill Docking, of Wichita. Tom Docking, a partner in the Wichita law firm of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy, earned three degrees at KU — a bachelor’s in economics and political science in 1976 and a law degree and a master’s of business administration in 1980. Jill Docking received her bachelor’s degree in history at KU in 1978 and her master’s of business administration in 1984. She works as a financial adviser. The two serve as campaign co-chairs.
Ed and Helen Healy, of Eastborough. Ed Healy is an attorney in the Wichita law firm of Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson and Kitch. He earned two degrees at KU, a law degree and an MBA. Helen Healy earned an MBA from KU.
Jay Howard, of Austin, Texas, is president of JDH Investments and chair of the KU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Howard earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at KU and a law degree from the University of Texas.
Drue Jennings, of Prairie Village, is senior counsel with the law firm Polsinelli Shughart PC in Kansas City, Mo. He earned two degrees from KU, a bachelor’s in education and a law degree. He is chair of the Board of Trustees of KU Endowment.
Brian and Buffy King, of Leawood. Brian King is affiliated with Frontier Wealth Management in Kansas City, Mo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history at KU. Buffy King is a civic leader. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from KU.
Joe and Susan Morris, of Leawood. Joe Morris is former chairman of the Capital Corp. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at KU. Susan Morris is a civic leader.
Mark and Stacy Parkinson, of Potomac, Md. Former Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson earned his law degree from KU in 1984. He is president and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. Stacy Parkinson is an attorney who earned three degrees at KU — bachelor’s degrees in economics and psychology in 1981 and a law degree in 1984. The two serve as campaign co-chairs.
Charles and Anne Rhoades, of Mission Hills. Charles Rhoades is a physician and president of Dickson-Diveley Midwest Orthopaedic Clinic. He earned two degrees at KU, a bachelor’s of general studies and a medical degree. Anne Rhoades attended nursing school at KU and is a civic leader.
Linda Ellis Sims, of Independence, Mo., is an executive with ExxonMobil Corp. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at KU.
Michael Shinn, of Highland Heights, Ohio, is a certified financial planner and owner of Shinn Financial Services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering at KU and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Kurt and Sue Watson, of Andover. Kurt Watson is president and chief operating officer of IMA Financial Group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from KU in 1975. Sue Watson earned a bachelor’s degree in education from KU in 1975. The two serve as campaign chairs.
Tom Wiggans, of Olathe, is chair of Excaliard Pharmaceuticals. He earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at KU and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Forrest and Sally Hoglund, of Dallas, are honorary members of the steering committee. Forrest Hoglund is owner of Hoglund Interests. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at KU and was chair of KU First, the previous comprehensive campaign. Sally Hoglund earned a bachelor’s in political science at KU.