Board of trustees

Ty Lasher

City Manager, City of Bel Aire

President

Ty Lasher is the City Manager for the City of Bel Aire, Kansas. He has spent his entire career in local government. Upon graduation from Mid-America Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Agriculture, Ty started work as a department head for Jefferson County, Kan. After five years, he accepted the same department head position with Reno County, Kan., and served in that capacity for 10 years. While working for Reno County, Ty returned to WSU to earn his graduate degree. Upon receiving his MPA, he became the City Administrator for Cheney until 2007, at which time he became the City Manager of Bel Aire. Ty has served on numerous boards, including the Bel Aire Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way and WSU Hugo Wall School Advisory Board. He is also active in KACM and ICMA. Ty is married to Denise, who is a teacher; they have a son Alex , now a high school senior, and a daughter, Jenna, a freshman in high school. Ty was elected to the KMIT Board of Trustees in October 2014; he also served a two-year term on the Board some years ago, while with the City of Cheney.

Greg DuMars

City Manager, City of Lindsborg

Vice President

Greg DuMars is the City Administrator of Lindsborg, Kansas and has served in that capacity since 1998. During his tenure he has served on the boards of KACM and the executive committees of KMEA and KMU. He currently serves as the Chair of the KMU Advisory Board. In addition, he is on the APPA Legislation & Resolutions Committee. Greg was actively involved in the founding  on the Smoky Valley Community Foundation and has served on several community boards.

Greg is married to his wife Kelly and they have three grown children; Ryan, Michael and Danielle.

Greg was first elected to the KMIT Board in 2017.

Deborah Needleman

Director of HR, City of Fort Scott

Treasurer

Deb is currently employed with the City of Fort Scott as Director of HR and has been employed with the City since July 2015. She holds a Bachelor degree from Baker University in business management with an emphasis in human resources and organizational development. Deb is an HR professional with over 40 years experience in the Group Health Insurance industry of which the first 20 years were spent in managing claim processing operations and the last 20 were in HR.

Deb served on the Kansas State Council of SHRM from 2000-2012 and that tenure included 2 years as the Kansas State Council Director from 2007-2008, all of which was volunteer work. Deb was part of a task group with Kansas SHRM that worked on Work Comp reform and Unemployment reform.

Deb is married to Gaylord Oberst, a farmer in the Fort Scott area. He and his brother have a cow calf operation with 500-600 head of cows. She has a son, William Olson, who lives in Denver, Colorado. Deb also has 2 stepdaughters and their families live in Palm Desert, California. Deb moved to Fort Scott in 1988 from Dallas, Texas. Prior she had lived in Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Washington and Everett, Washington. She had never lived in a small town prior to Fort Scott but fell in love with the town and has never regretted the move.

Deb was first elected to the Board in 2018.

David Dillner

City Manager, City of El Dorado

Immediate Past President

David Dillner presently serves as the City Manager of El Dorado, Kansas. David earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Following his undergraduate studies, David went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Kansas in Public Administration.

David has served the City of Ottawa, Kansas, the City of Winchester, Virginia, and the City of Edgerton, Kansas. He is member of the ICMA and KACM, Rotary International, the Knights of Columbus, and the National Eagle Scout Association. David is married to Jennifer Dillner, who is a Special Education Teacher in Chapman, Kansas. David and Jennifer have three boys, named Thomas, Michael and Ethan. David was first elected to the KMIT Board of Trustees in October 2014.

Randy Frazer

City Administrator, City of Moundridge

For 22 years, Mr. Frazer managed his family’s business which consisted of 2 supermarkets in central Kansas, self-serve storage units, and rental properties. He was elected 2 terms and served eight years on the Moundridge city council. He was elected Mayor and served as Mayor for one day before resigning to accept a city manager’s position in Oklahoma. Randy served as City Manager in Oklahoma for 2 ½ years before the opportunity arose for him to return to Moundridge and serve as City Administrator.

He has a degree in Business Management, is an Oklahoma Municipal League Certified Municipal Official, and is a graduate of the Certified Public Manager’s program from the University of Kansas. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Economic Development Authority, and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Panhandle Economic Development Coalition. He currently serves on the Kansas Municipal Gas Agency executive committee, and Kansas Municipal Utilities gas committee.

Randy was first elected to the KMIT Board in 2014, and served as the 2017/2019 KMIT President.

Janie Cox

City Clerk/Treasurer, City of Haysville

Janie began her career with Haysville during 1985 as a police dispatcher. She was employed by the police department until 1994, when she transferred to the City Clerk’s office as a Data Process Coordinator/Bookkeeper. In 2007, she was promoted to Human Resources/Assistant City Clerk and became City Clerk/Treasurer in 2011. Janie and her husband Jeff enjoy spending time with their two children and four grandchildren in their free time.

Janie was first elected to the Board in 2018.

Andrew Finzen

City Manager, City of Goodland

Andrew Finzen has served as the City Manager of Goodland, Kansas since his appointment in January, 2017. A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion, South Dakota. Andrew returned to USD for his graduate education, where he earned his Master of Public Administration in 2015. Prior to his time in Goodland, Andrew was the City Manager for the City of Elephant Butte, New Mexico. In addition to his position as a KMIT Trustee, Andrew is a member of the Kansas Association of City/County Management, Rotary International and Kiwanis International.

Andrew was first elected to the Board in 2018.

Hardy Howard

City Administrator, City of WaKeeney

A western Kansas native, I was a bank loan officer prior to being hired as the City Administrator for the City of WaKeeney in 1996 (22+ years) I hold BBA degrees in Management and Finance from Fort Hays State University. Served on numerous local boards and organizations. Currently the Vice President of the Heartland Community Foundation serving Trego, Rooks, and Ellis counties. Past governing body member of the League of Kansas Municipalities. Current President of the Big Creek Gold Course Men’s Association. Married to Dawn, a special education transition advisor with three daughters, Larissa, Aleah, and Jenna.

Hardy was first elected to the Board in 2018.

Kelly McElroy

Assistant City Manager, City of Newton

Kelly McElroy is the Assistant City Manager/Development Director for the City of Newton. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, a Master of Public Administration with emphasis on economic development, and is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) through the university of Kansas. Prior to serving the City of Newton, Kelly served as the Development Director and Zoning Administration for the City of Goddard, the Executive Director of the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP), the Council of Governments for a nine county region in south central Kansas; as the Director of Administrative Services for the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, and as the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Edmond, Oklahoma.

Kelly is a member of ICMA, KACM, ELGL, APA, and KEDA, and serves the KU Public Management Center as a member of the Certified Public Manager Advisory Board. Kelly’s husband Don is also a public servant, working in law enforcement and emergency medicine. Kelly and Don have three children, Cheryl, Brian, and Jameson, and enjoy spending time with their horses at their ranch.

Kelly was first elected to the Board in 2018.

Jonathan Mitchell

City Manager, City of Hoisington

Jonathan Mitchell has served as City Manager in Hoisington, Kansas since early 2009. Prior to that time, he was the City Administrator in Ellsworth, Kansas and served the City of Junction City as an administrative intern as well as grants administrator while he was attending Kansas State University to earn his bachelor’s degree in public relations and master of public administration degree. 

Jonathan is an active member of several statewide boards including the Kansas Association of City/County Management, Kansas Municipal Utilities and the Kansas Municipal Energy Association. Jonathan is a graduate of Kansas State University and is very active in the Hoisington community.

When Jonathan is not working on projects in Hoisington, he is probably working as an EMT in Topeka. Jonathan has two incredible sons, Chance and Wesley.

Jonathan was first elected to the Board in 2018.

Barack Matite

City Manager, Eudora

Barack Matite has been with the City of Eudora since 2012. He started working in the City Manager’s Office as an unpaid intern. In 2013, he was promoted to Assistant to the City Manager then Assistant City Manager. In 2016, Matite was appointed as the City Manager by the Eudora City Commission. Since his appointment, Mr. Matite has worked with the City Commission and his staff to tackle a host of issues including: economic development, neighborhood revitalization, employee development, infrastructure improvements among others. He continues to work with his team to make Eudora the best place to live. Matite has a Bechelor of Arts degree in Global and International Studies and a Master’s in Public Administration from The University of Kansas.

Jeff Morris

VP for Operations and Finance, Coffeyville Community College

Ex-Officio

Jeff Morris has served in local government administration since 19997. He is currently Vice President for Operations and Finance at Coffeyville Community College (since 2012). Prior to that, he served as Finance Director (1997-2003) and City Manager (2003-2012) for the City of Coffeyville. 

Jeff has a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and Marketing from Kansas State University, a Mini Master’s of Public Administration certificate from Wichita State University and is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Kansas. He has served on a number of boards including the Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce, Kansas Municipal Utilities and Kansas Municipal Energy Agency. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Coffeyville Regional Medical Center and is the Secretary/Treasurer for the Kansas Association of Community College Business Officers.

Jeff and his wife Dora have two children; Aaron and Rebekah.

Jeff was appointed to the Board as an ex-officio (non-voting) member in 2018.