Staff and Board of Directors

Emporia RDA staff, guided by our Board of Directors policies, serves as a confidential single point of contact for companies considering the Emporia region for a competitive business expansion or location.

The Emporia Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas (RDA) carries out its mission under the policies developed by a seven-member voting board of directors, appointed by the four member organizations City of Emporia, Lyon County, Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and Emporia Enterprises. The City of Emporia and Lyon County appoint two board members each; Emporia Enterprises and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce appoint one board member each. Those six board members then elect a board member at large.

The Board of Directors has seven ex-officio non-voting board members who are Emporia City Manager, Emporia City Attorney, Lyon County Counselor, Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, the Emporia Main Street Director, Emporia State University President, and Flint Hills Technical College President.

OFFICERS

Rob Gilligan

RDA Chair

KASB Government Relations Specialist

Jim Kessler

RDA Vice-Chair

Retired Business Owner

Mark McAnarney

RDA Treasurer

Emporia City Manager

Jeanine McKenna

RDA Secretary

President/CEO Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce

Kent Heermann

CEcD, RDA President

DIRECTORS

Mel Scheller

Retired Business Owner

Rick Tidwell

President, Valu-Net Fiber

Dan Slater

Lyon County Commissioner

Pat Wiederholt

Chairman/CEO, Flint Hills Bank

Jim Shepherd

Retired Business Owner

EX-OFFICIO DIRECTORS

Dr. Allison Garrett

President, Emporia State University

Christine Montgomery

Emporia City Attorney

Marc Goodman

Lyon County Attorney

Casey Woods

Executive Director, Emporia Main Street

Dr. Dean Hollenbeck

President, Flint Hills Technical College

RDA STAFF

Kent Heerman, CEcD : RDA President

Kent Heerman, CEcD

RDA President

kheermann@emporiarda.org
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Robin Nelson : RDA Executive Assistant

Robin Nelson

RDA Executive Assistant

rnelson@emporiarda.org
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