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2019 -2020 Executive Committee

Spencer Duncan

Board President 
Capitol Connection

Spencer is President of Capitol Connection, an association management, lobbying and investigative company located in Downtown Topeka. A lifelong Topeka, Spencer is committed to the arts and business development of Topeka and the surrounding area.

Among his civic activities, he serves as President of Topeka West Rotary, is a graduate and past program Chair of Leadership Kansas, serves on the Kansas Expocentre Advisory Board and is a member of St. David’s Episcopal Church.

Spencer is author of “Historic Shawnee County: A History of Topeka & Shawnee County”, holds Journalism and English degrees from the University of Kansas and a Master’s in Business Administration from Baker University. He is a Former writer, designer and editor at the Topeka Capital-Journal, Austin American-Statesman, Rocky Mount Telegram and Emporia Gazette. He has been honored for his writing by the Kansas Press Association and the North Carolina Press Association.

Spencer lives with his wife Barbara, a 3-year-old and four cats. He is also allergic to eggs.

Mike Kiley

Board Vice President 
Security Benefit Corporation

Mike Kiley is the Chief Executive Officer of Security Benefit Corporation, one of our largest local employers. Security Benefit is made up of Security Benefit Life and SE2.

Mike came to Topeka in 2010 with the mandate to revitalize and grow Security Benefit, a 127 year old Topeka institution. While Mike has served as CEO, Security Benefit has grown to more than $38 billion in assets under management, generated over $31 billion in sales, and created hundreds of new jobs in northeast Kansas. During his tenure, Security Benefit has become a leader in multiple segments of the U.S. Retirement market and in the competitive business process outsourcing industry.

Kiley has three decades of management experience in the Insurance, Investments, and Retirement industries. Prior to joining Security Benefit, he served as President and CEO of Van Kampen Investments, a division of Morgan Stanley. At Morgan Stanley, he also served as President and CEO of Morgan Stanley Funds Distributors, head of the U.S. Intermediary Group and as a principal in the Institutional Asset Management Group. Prior to that, Kiley was President of the Travelers Portfolio Group, a division of Citigroup. He held executive positions at AXA and Guardian Life.

Mike recently won Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Heartland Region.

He holds a B.A. from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

His civic involvement is also extensive, having served on the Go Topeka Board of Directors for the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and as past Chairman of the Leadership Giving program for the United Way of Greater Topeka. Kiley also serves on the Board of Directors of HeartShare Human Services of New York. HeartShare assists individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities and provides vital services to children and families.

Kiley holds a B.A. from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Joan Wagnon

Board Secretary 

Joan Wagnon finally retired in 2016. She says she is now an almost full-time volunteer, serving as Finance Chair for the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice board of directors, and President of the Topeka Rotary Foundation Trustees. She also is project director for the Kansas Legislative Oral History Project and volunteers with the YWCA Advocacy Committee.

From October 2, 2015 to July 25, 2016 Joan Wagnon served as Interim CEO of the YWCA of Northeast Kansas. Joan was no stranger to the world of non-profits. She served as executive director of the Topeka YWCA from 1977 to 1993, and of Kansas Families for KIDS from 1995-1997. She left that position to become Mayor of Topeka from 1997-2001.

Some of her recent honors include an Executive Leadership Award from the Martin Luther King Living the Dream Committee in 2017, Sales and Marketing Executives 2016 Executive of the Year award, 2016 Woman of Achievement from Go Topeka, the city’s economic development organization, the Brock Medal of Distinction from the Kansas Democratic Party. She is most proud of being named 2017 Distinguished Alumna of Hendrix College

Zac Broughton

Board Treasurer 
Westar Energy

Zac Broughton is the Manager of Financial Accounting at Westar Energy where he has held various accounting and auditing positions since 2006.Prior to Westar, Zac worked as an accountant at Summers, Spencer and Company, performing accounting and tax services for many local clients.

Zac is a native of Topeka, KS and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Washburn University of Topeka. Zac is also a certified public accountant in the state of Kansas. When not at work, Zac enjoys assisting with his children’s activities and riding his motorcycle.In his youth, Zac performed at TPAC numerous times and still has an appreciation for the performing arts.

Widge Yager

Board At-Large 
Community Volunteer

Widge Yager provides a background in teaching, coaching , dance, theatre and trained volunteerism. Widge obtained a B.A. degree in Education from Washburn University with minors in coaching and dance. Widge received volunteer training through the Topeka Jr. League. She was a member for 13 years chairing numerous committees, serving on the board and Co-Chairing the Next-To-New Sale.

Barbara Ebert

Board At-Large 
Barbara's Conservatory of Dance

Barbara Ebert founded Barbara’s Conservatory of Dance in 1973. This well-established
dance studio now has approximately 500 students, coming from 18 towns and cities
in Kansas. She has also been employed to teach beginning and intermediate ballet
classes at Washburn University of Topeka and for both Cair Paravel Latin School and
the Topeka Latin School.

Barbara became Artistic Director of Ballet Midwest, Inc. at its inception in 1977.
During the company’s first forty years, she choreographed and staged
“Nutcracker Ballet”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Giselle”, “Midsummer
Night’s Dream”, “Coppélia”, “Swan Lake”, “Graduation Ball”, “Cinderella”, “La Fille
Mal Gardee”, “Firebird”, “Les Sylphides”, “Pas de Quatre”, “Symphony in C”, “Billy the
Kid”, “Les Patineurs”, and “Cake Walk”, as well as fifty-six repertory pieces. Since
retiring as Artistic Director in June of 2017, she serves as Artistic Director
Emeritus for Ballet Midwest, Inc.

Barbara currently volunteers daily at Presbyterian Manor and continues to teach
at Barbara’s Conservatory of Dance two days a week. In 2016, she was
recognized by Go Topeka in their Annual Woman of Influence Award as the
Outstanding Entrepreneur. At her retirement, the City of Topeka recognized her as
an outstanding role model. In recognition of her outreach, devotion, and enrichment
of the City of Topeka, they announced June 24th, 2017 as Barbara Ebert Day.

2019-2020 Trustees

Lisa Brown

Foulston Siefkin, LLP

A native of Andover, Kansas, Lisa Brown graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Languages and Literature and moved to Topeka to attend Washburn University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor Degree in 2012. Ms. Brown has been in private practice in Topeka since her graduation from law school, joining Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer, LLP in 2015, before changing firms to Foulston Siefkin in 2018. Ms. Brown also recently served as an adjunct professor at Washburn University School of Law, teaching Pre-trial Advocacy Civil. Her professional memberships include the Sam A. Crow American Inn of Court, the Topeka and Kansas Bar Associations, the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka, and the Kansas Women Attorneys Association. She received the Horizon Award from the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel in 2016 and was a member of the Leadership Greater Topeka class of 2017. In addition to serving TPAC, Ms. Brown’s civic involvement includes the Civitan Club of Topeka, the Board of Directors of Let’s Help, Inc., and the Community Leadership and Development Council for the Kansas Children’s Service League.

Mary Cuevas

Mary Cuevas

Born and raised in Topeka, Mary is retired from the State of Kansas. She worked for several state agencies in the field of Human Resources as an EEO Officer and Investigator. The state agencies include: Kansas Commission on Civil Rights; Kansas Department of Transportation; Kansas Department of Workers Compensation; Kansas Department of Administration and Kansas Department of Revenue. Mary's community involvement: Co-Founder of MANA de Topeka Chapter; Co-Founder of Amigos of the Marlo Cuevas - Balandran Activity Center; Treasurer of La Colonia Board; Past Board Member of the YWCA, Community Bank Advisory Board and a Board Member of El Centro Topeka. Mary's husband is Emilio; son Ignacio; daughter Michelle Cuevas-Stubblefield (Chris); daughter Marlo Cuevas-Balandran (Thomas); grandchildren Elesia and Tyler Stubblefield.

Jennifer Goetz

Azura Credit Union
Multi Media Coordinator

Jennifer Goetz is a graduate of the University of Kansas, Baker University's MBA program and is certified in social media and business writing. She has been a multimedia specialist at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas for over ten years and is mother to her daughter, Jillian Goetz. Jennifer serves on the marketing board for ARTSConnect, the board of Kansas Ballet Academy, the American Advertising Federation board, the Jayhawk Theatre Marketing Team and regularly freelances in design, photography and social media for local, upwardly mobile businesses. Jennifer excels at networking, communication, design and fundraising and completed a volunteer Event Director position for Kansas Children's Discovery Center that succeeded in raising over $58,000 to benefit the science museum. Jennifer is committed to Topeka and the state of Kansas and is always seeking opportunities for community betterment and personal growth.

David Mountain

Security Benefit

David Mountain is a Business Systems Analyst for the Investments Department at Security Benefit.

Jeff Parker

Midwest Health, Inc.

Jeff is currently Chief Information Officer for Midwest Health in Topeka, and was formerly an executive with Custom Wood Products, and a partner with Mize Houser & Company. He is a CPA, with an extensive background in technology, manufacturing, construction, retail, hospitality, and health care.

In his spare time, this Washburn graduate and native Topekan enjoys golf, landscaping, writing music, and managing the Topeka Jazz Workshop website. He is known amongst friends and family for being an accomplished cook and foodie. Jeff lives north of Topeka with his wife, Shelly, and they have four grown children, Meghann, Jordan, Tanner, and Taylor.

Alexander Smirnov

Kansas Ballet

Alexander Smirnov is the artistic director of the Kansas Ballet. Alexander has dedicated his life to the pursuit of excellence in the field of ballet and considers it a privilege to be able to share his experience, knowledge and passion with the next generation of artists and athletes.

In addition to his international career as a performing artist, Alexander is also a highly sought after master class teacher. He has been a guest instructor at several summer intensives around the country and enjoys passing his extensive knowledge on to students as well as professional dancers.

Kansas Ballet strives to enrich our community through the art of Classical Ballet. Since its founding in 2013, the non-profit Company has provided more than 75 free ballet performances and events in our community.

Edie Smith

Capper Foundation

Smith transplanted to Topeka after graduating Pittsburg State University with degrees in Printing Management and Business Administration, and has called Topeka home ever since. Some have tagged her as a “bridge builder” for the community. Serving as Director of Marketing and Membership for Downtown Topeka, Inc., Smith engaged the downtown community and the entire city of Topeka, designing and organizing over thirty community events, nurturing a volunteer support base, facilitating the downtown redevelopment project for Kansas Avenue and creating cooperating partnerships with local governmental offices. Keeping ties to the accomplishments of downtown, Smith continues to serve on the Downtown Topeka Foundation as Executive Secretary. She and her husband, Stephen, also own and operate Stephen Smith Images and Stephen Smith Gallery, and enjoy living in a downtown loft above their businesses. Her current position is serving as Vice President of Development for Capper Foundation, a local non-profit that provides high quality, medically based therapy for infants and children with disabilities, and provides residential and day services for adults with disabilities. Two children and five grandchildren round out their family. Smith serves the TPAC Board of Trustees as an appointee of former Mayor Wolgast and is delighted to share her passion for the arts and skills of marketing and business to further the mission of TPAC

Interested in learning more?

Are you interested in learning more about helping TPAC fulfill it's mission through becoming a board member? Email the Board of Trustees at executivedirector@tpactix.org.

TPAC Mission

"To foster the performing arts through excellence in programming by providing for the advancement, promotion, presentation, and development of the arts to meet the diverse cultural and educational needs of our community."
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