The Emily Taylor Center staff works in conjunction with the Center's Advisory Board. The Center could not carry out its important mission without the assistance and support of our devoted Advisory Board members. Below is a listing of this year's Advisory Board members. Many of the women that serve on the Board have been honored by the Center either as Hall of Fame members or Women of Distinction. To learn more about those that have been honored simply click on the woman's name.
Advisory Board President
Executive Vice President Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, KVC Health Systems, Inc.
Rita Homes-Bobo serves as the Executive Vice President of Diversity Equity and Inclusion for KVC Health Systems, Inc. She also volunteers with the Second Chance Program for formerly incarcerated individuals and serves on the KU Dean's School of Business Advisory Board and the Kansas City Crime Commission.
Advisory Board Vice President
Director of Advancement & Instructor, University Honors Program - University of Kansas
Kelly Sartorius is a historian of gender in higher education, and her work includes Deans of Women and the Feminist Movement: Emily Taylor’s Activism (Palgrave, 2014) who has also had a career in higher education advancement. Her current work revolves around the development of college women’s citizenship skills through the turn of the 20th century feminist work of deans of women and female faculty.
Associate Professor, KU Public Affairs & Administration
Shannon Portillo, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs & Administration at KU. Her research and teaching focus on social equity and how social identities - including gender, race/ethnicity, age, etc. - shape experiences in public organizations. She is currently working on a project exploring the integration of women into combat forces in the Army. To date she has done work in a broad array of organizations including the military, problem-solving courts, probation, restorative justice programs, administrative hearings, policing, higher education, and city management.
Advisory Board Past President
Retired Senior Vice President, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Gloria Farha Flentje is an attorney. She retired from her position as a Senior Vice President at Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. She spends her time volunteering for law-related activities in the Wichita and Kansas Bar Association and she is actively involved in a number of community organizations including Music Theatre Wichita, Girl Scouts of the Golden Plains and United Way of the Plains.
David J. Brown, L.C.
Managing Attorney, The Law Offices of David J. Brown, LC
Diana Carlin, Ph.D.
Retired Associate Vice President for Graduate Education & International Initiatives, Saint Louis University
Retired Managing Director, Standard & Poors
Christie Garton, Esq.
Founder & CEO, 1,000 Dreams Fund
Jennifer Hamer, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity, University of Kansas
Chelsi Hayden, Esq.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Chelsi is active in the community; she serves on the board of the Kansas Land Trust, is a former board member for The Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence, and is a founding member of Kansans Advancing Women.
The Honorable Karen Humphreys
Retired U.S. Magistrate Judge
HR Coordinator, Futures Unlimited Inc.
BA University of Kansas
MSIR Loyola University of Chicago
Member of the first Commission on the Status of Women board
Kellyann Jones-Jamtgaard, Ph.D.
Career Academies Liaison, PREP-KC
Kellyann currently serves as the Career Academies Liaison for PREP-KC, a nonprofit dedicated to improving college and career preparation for Kansas City's urban students. She is enthusiastic about making science more accessible for students. Kellyann completed her Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from the University of Kansas Medical Center and has a BS in Biology and Spanish from Duke University. Kellyann serves as a commissioner on the Kansas City Health Commission, a group tasked with improving public health in Kansas City, and co-chairs the Birth Outcomes subcommittee. Kellyann was also a 2017 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy fellow at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine where she was assigned to the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.
Susana Mariscal, Ph.D.
Senior Research Assistant, KU School of Social Welfare
Dr. E. Susana Mariscal is a senior research assistant at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. She is currently the co-PI of a 5-year Children’s Bureau’s Regional Partnership Grant- Kansas Serves Substance Affected Families, assessing the efficacy of the Strengthening Families Program Birth- to-Three. As a Fulbright scholar, her career has focused on the prevention of family violence and the promotion of resilience, particularly among Latinxs. She received her MSW and Ph.D. degrees from KU.
Jessica St. Clair-Stong
Jean Shepherd, Esq.
Retired District Judge, Douglas County
BS from the University of Kansas (1968)
JD from the University of Kansas (1977)
Michael Wade Smith
Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor - University of Kansas
Barbara Ballard, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Dole Institute of Politics
Nicolas Syrett, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas
Program Coordinator, Office of Multicultural Affairs, University of Kansas
Kathy Rose-Mockry, Ph.D.
Director, Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, University of Kansas
Beverly Smith Billings
Joanne Collins (Founding Member)
Nancy Hiebert (Founding Member)
Mary Turkington (Founding Member)
Student Body President
Student Body President Mady Womack is a senior studying Economics with minors in Mathematics and Business. Womack’s priorities in office include reforming the University's sexual assault reporting process, partnering with Uber to create a better SafeRide program, expanding the Summer Venture program, and working to make the Student Senate more equitable and inclusive. Prior to being elected Student Body President, Womack served as the Student Senate Government Relations Director and advocated for affirmative consent policies and increased funding for higher education.
President, Commission on the Status of Women/ SURGE
President, Natl. Pan-Hellenic Council
Director of Risk Management, Panhellenic Representative