Five Voting Members Appointed by the Governor
Cabinet Chair, Mr. Kim Moore
Nonprofit Consultant, Achieve Philanthropy LLC
Ms. LeEtta Felter
Business owner and local school board member
Ms. Terri Rice
Senior Marketing Manager, Cox Business
Dr. Tyler K. Smith, M.D.
General Academic Pediatrician, Fellowship Program Director, Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Ms. DiAnne Owen Graham
President, Graham Advisors, LLC
Kim Moore retired in 2018 after three decades as President of United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. He is currently doing nonprofit consulting through his firm, Achieve Philanthropy LLC. Prior to joining the Fund, he practiced law in Wichita with Foulston Siefkin, where his practice emphasized employee benefits and tax-exempt organizations. He was selected by Ingram’s as one of Fifty Kansans You Should Know in 2018 and received the Samuel J. Crumbine Award from the Kansas Public Health Association in 2017 and the Donald J. Wilson Visionary Award from the Kansas Hospital Association in 2015.
Kim serves on several nonprofit boards including Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, Southwestern College, Child Care Aware (Salina), Hutchinson Community Foundation, and Kansas Hospital Association. He is active in Trinity United Methodist Church, Hutchinson, and serves on the Great Plains Conference (United Methodist Church) Board of Pensions and Health Benefits and Investment Committee. He is a graduate of Southwestern College and Washburn Law School. Kim and his wife Cindy have three adult children and two grandchildren.
LeEtta Felter and husband Jib own truck and equipment dealerships in several states, headquartered in Olathe, Kansas. She resides in Olathe and has lived there since 1994. The Felter family is very involved in the community. Two of their three children currently attend Olathe Public Schools, and their first-born graduated from Olathe East High School in 2013.
Terri Rice is Senior Marketing Manager for Cox Business, the facilities-based provider of voice, video, and data solutions for Cox Communications’ commercial customers. In this role, she leads the local Cox Business marketing team in planning, developing, and executing integrated multi-tactical marketing programs, while developing strategies responsible for commercial business growth. Terri is the recipient of numerous education and civic awards, as well as being recognized professionally. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Master of Business Administration. An active volunteer in both professional and community activities, she serves on various committees, boards, and is heavily involved in nonprofit work, giving back to the community whenever possible. Terri lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband and has one adult daughter and two adult step-children.
Tyler K. Smith-Howells, MD, MPH, FAAP is a board-certified general pediatrician. Her career journey in medicine began by earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology from her “home by the sea,” Hampton University. Her education continued with earning a medical doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, completing pediatric residency training at the University of Maryland Medical Center, completing fellowship training in general academic pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and earning a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Her professional interests include advocacy, diversity and inclusion, health care disparities, under-served communities and populations, mentorship, and physician wellness. With a desire to help the under-served, Dr. Smith worked as a general pediatrician at community health centers in the Greater Baltimore area for over six (6) years providing medical care to children while also teaching medical students and pediatric resident trainees. In her current position, she is assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine and fellowship director for the academic general pediatrics training program at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Dr. Smith has a passion for advocacy and mentorship with participation in numerous initiatives through academic institutions as well as professional and civic organizations. She was a 2018 Mentor of the Year for the 40 Under 40 Society at Hampton University.
Dr. Smith is happily married to her husband James and proud stepmother to Anthony and Arianna. She lives by the Frederick Douglass quote, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
DiAnne Owen Graham is President of Graham Advisors, LLC, a full-service consulting firm specializing in advising and fundraising for political and issue advocacy organizations. DiAnne directs multi-million-dollar national fundraising efforts on behalf of her clients, which have included Governors, U.S. Senators, Attorneys General, national and state political committees, and numerous issue advocacy entities. She has served as a political appointee in President George W. Bush’s administration in various roles with the U.S. Department of State and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at The University of Mississippi. DiAnne currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Foundation for Andover Schools, is President of the Mid-Kansas Rebel Alumni Club, is a Trustee for Historic Wichita Cowtown, Inc., a member of the Belizean Grove, and is active in the children’s ministry at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. She was selected as one of the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awardees in 2017. DiAnne lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband, Chris, and their sons, Owen (7) and Parker (3).
Four Voting Members appointed by Legislative Leadership
Ms. Dinah Sykes
Senator and Senate President appointee
Ms. Shari Weber
Speaker of the House
Dr. Valdenia Winn
Representative, House Minority Leader appointee
Mr. John Wilson
Senate Minority Leader appointee
Senator Dinah Sykes was elected in November 2016 to represent Kansas Senate District 21 which includes all of the city of Lenexa and the Northwest part of Overland Park. Her Senate committee assignments include Commerce, Education, Ethics, Elections, and Local Government and a Joint Committee on Information Technology. Prior to election Dinah enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom who also ran her own business as a personal chef. She is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with minors in Finance and Economics. Prior to having children, she worked in higher education as a development officer. Dinah enjoys being active in her community and has a passion for serving others. She has served as PTA treasurer, PTA President, Alumni Board Member for her alma mater, and is a 2016 Alumni of Leadership Lenexa through the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce.
Shari Weber lives in Osage County near the town of Vassar with her husband, Marvin. They have three grown children. She served a decade in the Kansas House of Representatives for the area that stretches from Abilene to Emporia. She and her husband owned Weber Tire Company located in Herington, KS, near their family farm. She also served five years as the president and CEO of Community Bankers Association of Kansas. She enjoys traveling our state, meeting people and sampling the hospitality of communities across Kansas. Currently she is Treasurer of Osage County. Shari attended St. John’s College and Academy in Winfield, KS and Minnesota State University in Moorhead, MN. She worked with legislative colleagues to craft the original legislation that targeted tobacco litigation funds toward children’s programs that meet a litmus test of positive impact. “Making funding decisions based on data driven outcomes is the strength of the Children’s Cabinet,” noted Weber; “and, the gold standard for positive results in early childhood programs.”
Representative Valdenia Winn has served in the Kansas House of Representatives since 2011. She represents the 34th House District, which includes northeastern portions of Wyandotte County. Rep. Winn has worked as a history professor for 36 years at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She serves on the Kansas City Kansas Downtown Shareholders Board, the Strugglers Hill/Roots Neighborhood Association and the Northeast Cooperative Council. She also sponsors an after-school computer learning lab for K-12 students. She serves on the House Education Committee, the House Health and Human Services Committee, the Joint Committee on Economic Development, and is the Ranking Democrat on the House Education Budget Committee. Rep. Winn also serves on the Joint Committee on Legislative Educational Planning.
John Wilson joined Kansas Action for Children in September 2017 and serves as the President and CEO. He spent the previous 10 years working at the intersection of design, public health, and policymaking. John helped build the Alliance for a Healthier Generation into the nation’s leading nonprofit organization focused on children’s health.
As a Kansas State Representative, John worked to redefine the culture of the Legislature to make it more open and collaborative. He is a 2006 graduate of the University of Kansas, where he studied visual communication.
Lee A. Norman, M.D
Secretary, Kansas Department of Health & Environment (Ms. Rachel Sisson, KDHE Designee)
Ms. Laura Howard
Secretary, Department for Children and Families (Ms. Rebekah Gaston, DCF Designee)
Dr. Blake Flanders
President & CEO, Kansas Board of Regents (Dr. Karla Wiscombe, KBOR Designee)
Dr. Randy Watson
Commissioner of Education (Ms. Amanda Petersen, KSDE Designee)
Hon. Lee A. Johnson
Supreme Court Chief Justice (Ms. Amy Raymond, Supreme Courts Designee)
Ms. Hope Cooper
Deputy Secretary, Kansas Department of Corrections, Juvenile Justice Authority
Early Childhood Director
Program Consultant II
Dyogga Adegbore joined the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund in 2004. Dyogga tracks financial activities on grants, contracts, interagency agreements and office funds, also coordinates meeting and travel arrangements. She has worked with agency heads in state government and private industry over 20 years. Most recently, Dyogga worked with the CEOs of the Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas State Fire Marshal, and Kansas State Bank Commissioner offices. She graduated with her Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree from Washburn University of Topeka and AAS degree, Platt College. She has held membership in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) for over ten years.
Amy Meek joined the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund in May 2015. Before joining the Cabinet, she spent six years at Community Action, Inc. in Topeka, first as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator and finally as the Director of Head Start and Early Head Start. She fostered collaborative partnerships with school districts and community entities in order to provide high-quality integrated services to at-risk children and families in Shawnee County. She has experience in program management, grant writing, policy development, and compliance with local, state and federal regulation. She also participated in local and state early childhood leadership groups promoting comprehensive services for children 0-5.
Prior to joining Community Action, Inc., Meek worked as an administrator for a hospital child care center and also worked in the pediatric and orthodontic dental field. She holds a BA in Human Development and Family Life with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from the University of Kansas.
Melissa Rooker was named Executive Director of the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund in February of 2019. Before joining the Cabinet, Melissa served three terms in the Kansas House of Representatives, representing House District 25 between 2012 and 2018. Her work in the legislature focused on children’s issues and public education. Melissa recognized that high quality early childhood interventions led to student success and made funding those programs her priority. She played a lead role in drafting a new school finance formula for K-12 public education that includes an expansion of the preschool at-risk program and full funding for all-day kindergarten.
Prior to running for office, Melissa spent 15 years as a development executive at Clint Eastwood’s Malpaso Productions. She retired in 2001 to raise her kids. Over the years, Melissa served in a variety of leadership positions with local, regional and state PTA in Kansas, and as a legislator served on the Johnson County Education Research Triangle Authority Board, Shawnee Indian Mission Advisory Board and the Kansas Forestry Service Advisory Council.
In 1986, Melissa graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in Art History. She and her husband Tom make their home in Fairway. They have two adult children, and one grandson.