About the Board

The Johnson County Education Research Triangle Authority is a unique partnership among Johnson County, the University of Kansas and Kansas State University to create economic stimulus and a higher quality of life in the county.

While the Kansas Board of Regents maintains constitutional authority over the universities, a seven-member board, composed of elected officials from Johnson County, has been appointed to ensure that the use of public funds complies with state and local law. The board oversees funding, conducts annual independent audits and produces year-end reports. Each member is appointed to a four-year term, and each member may serve two terms.

Board Members:

Carl Gerlach

 

Carl Gerlach, Chair
Mayor of Overland Park

Gerlach was appointed by Kansas State University.

Jason Osterhaus

Jason Osterhaus
Johnson County Commissioner, Fourth District

Osterhaus was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.

David A. Linstrom

David A. Lindstrom
Johnson County Community College

Lindstrom was appointed by the Board of Johnson County Community College.

Michael Copeland

Michael Copeland
Mayor of Olathe

Copeland was appointed by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Melissa Rook

Melissa Rooker
Kansas State Senator

Rooker was appointed by the University of Kansas.

Peggy Dunn

Peggy Dunn
Mayor of Leawood

Dunn was appointed by the University of Kansas.

Julia Lynn

Julia Lynn
Kansas State Senator

Lynn was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback.