Board of Directors

Keith Marshall, President Kansas Air National Guard
Keith Marshall spent over 12 years in law enforcement as a patrol officer, detective, assistant police chief, and federal air marshal. He regularly worked child abuse cases and came to greatly appreciate and respect the work of child advocates across the spectrum of services. Keith has served in the Air Force and Air National Guard for 13 years, where he now works full time. He recently completed an internship at the Hudson Institute's Center for Political-Military Analysis, and is finishing his Master's Degree in History from Pittsburg State University researching the history of American foreign and defense policy. Keith is a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and is active in the National Guard Association, Company Grade Officers' Council, Military Officers Association of America, and Young Professionals of Wichita. His recent volunteer experience includes Habitat for Humanity, the Kansas Humane Society, and Children's of Alabama Hospital. Since he is no longer involved in law enforcement, he looks forward to continuing to work for children through the CACSC.
Kathy Melhorn, Vice PresidentPhysician, KU School of Medicine
Jeff Mullen, Treasurer Dondlinger and Sons Construction Co.
Jeff Mullen serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Dondlinger and Sons Construction Co., Inc. In addition to his role at Dondlinger, Jeff has held numerous positions with non-profits and is currently in adjunct professor at a local university. Jeff graduated with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and Accounting and a Master's degree in Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Kansas and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Jeff believes that the CACSC provides a valuable and necessary role within the community in ensuring that the most precious and vulnerable members of society are protected and represented.
Sister Janet Rowley, Secretary Via Christi Health
Sister Janet Rowley is a Certified Chaplain serving with Via Christi Health at St Francis and St Teresa Hospitals. After completing a Bachelor's degree from what is now Newman University she taught for twelve years in elementary schools in Kansas and Oklahoma. A Master's degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University and training as a chaplain with the Baptist Hospital System in San Antonio initiated thirty years of ministry in several roles that involved accompanying men and women through significant life events. Two significant experiences that motivate her service on the CACSC board included meeting a young nursing student whose life continued to be negatively affected by an incident of abuse years earlier, and being a chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital during the early development of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team services in the 1990s. A member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, she is also influenced by 180 years of attention to improving the lives of women and children.
Marc Bennett Office of the 18th Judicial District Attorney
Marc Bennett is the newly elected District Attorney, 18th Judicial District Sedgwick County, Kansas. Marc has been a prosecutor in Kansas since 1995. Prior to his election, Marc was the Deputy District Attorney in charge of Trial Division II, devoted to the prosecution of sex crimes, human trafficking, domestic violence, and elder abuse. He remains the Sex Crimes Section Chief for the Kansas County and District Attorney's Association as well as a member of the Board of Directors. He is an appointee to the Kansas Prosecutor's Grievance and Ethics Committee. Marc has made presentations to the Kansas Legislature; the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina; the FBI annual C.O.D.I.S. symposium in Washington DC (Fall 2006); the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center; the Mid-States Homicide Investigator's Association (regarding Sexual Homicide, 2007), Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, Texas (2010); the Attorney General's Crimes Against Children Conference, Cheyenne, Wyoming (2011), The Crimes Against Children Conference, "Protect Our Children," Wichita, Kansas (2011); The 2012 Human Trafficking Conference, Wichita; Marc is a member of the board of directors of the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC); the Sedgwick County Child Advocacy Center; a member of the Kansas Attorney General's Human Trafficking Advisory Board (HTAB), and a faculty member of Finding Words Kansas.
Nikki BeyrleWesley Medical Center
Scott Bixler WoodSpring Suites
Scott Bixler is a licensed architect in multiple states and the Sr. Vice President of Development with Value Place LLC. Scott was in private practice for over 17 years in Enid, Oklahoma and 14 years with PepsiCo/Pizza Hut/YUM Brands as Vice President of Architecture. Scott, most recently, was a principal with WDM Architects here in Wichita. While at WDM Scott became closely associated with the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County. Along with numerous CACSC board and staff members, Scott has traveled regionally to CAC organizations in Houston, Dallas, Plano, Ft. Worth, Kansas City and Omaha. He was Principal in charge of developing numerous concept strategies for a future proposed CAC location here in Wichita. Trying to develop the architecture for the appropriate child-focused facility has been extremely rewarding. Understanding the dynamics that face these children day to day has been more than eye opening and has helped Scott in developing a vision and the passion around providing an effective facility while making it truly, child-focused.
Carl Brewer Former Mayor, City of Wichita
Cynthia CrossCox Business
Brian GaddisUSI Insurance Services
Tripp Owings Wesley Children's at HCA
Tripp Owings was recently appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Wesley Medical Center's planned children's hospital. Tripp moved from his previous role as Wesley's Vice President of Pediatric Operations to this newly created position. His new role will have him leading the building and operation of the children's hospital. Tripp has a background in operations, project management, strategic planning, and finance. We are very excited to have Tripp as a part of our Board.
Michael Ramsey Bokeh Development LLC
Michael Ramsey is the managing partner of Bokeh Development, LLC, which during the past few years has focused its investment energy on Downtown Wichita and specializes in the rehabilitation of distressed and blighted buildings. He is also a certified physician assistant who devoted many years to the practice of orthopedic surgery. Michael feels that a trained multidisciplinary team is the only way to handle child abuse and that the most efficient way for communication and care of the children is to house the team under one roof.
Jessica Suhr Ortega Law Offices
Jessica Suhr is a staff attorney at Kansas Legal Services, a non-profit law firm dedicated to representing low income Kansans. She received a BA in psychology from University San Diego and her Juris Doctor from University Kansas. She is an active member of the Junior League of Wichita and previously served on the Board of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Through her employment and volunteer work in the community, she has seen the need for the Child Advocacy Center and is excited to be a member of this Board of Directors.
Juston White Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas
Juston White's passion for children and their success is displayed through his work proudly serving as Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas. As the top executive, Juston is responsible for managing the strategic planning and operation of the Clubs in support of its mission. White previously served as Region-5 coordinator for Wichita State's Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP program, and prior to that served as the assistant campus director for Youthville's psychiatric residential treatment facility. A facility where evidenced-based programs were used to serve children who have experienced severe trauma. Juston is a Wichita native and a former member of the Wichita State Men's Basketball team. Go Shocks!
Vonda Wilson, CPAM & L CPA's
Vonda is a certified public accountant with over 30 years' experience in public accounting. After working in various jobs for three years in Topeka upon graduating from Emporia State University, she then moved to Wichita and joined the firm of Peterson, Peterson and Goss in 1980 and has been there since. She has been a Principal of the firm since 2003 and has worked with a variety of clients over the years providing both audit and tax services. Vonda is a member of the AICPA, KSCPA, American Society of Women Accountants, Petroleum Accountants Society of Kansas, and Wichita Estate Planning Council. Vonda became a board member in May 2012 and immediately took an active role in providing accounting expertise to the executive assistant who maintains the accounting records for CACSC and also assisting with the monthly financial presentation to the board. Vonda is excited to be a part of an organization whose primary role is advocating for the welfare of children.