The Kansas Green Party Council coordinates the efforts of the Kansas Green Party. It is accountable to and gets its authority from the members of the Party. The Council’s meetings are open to all members of the Party, but final decisions rest with the delegates from local chapters. The Kansas Green Party Council serves the following functions:
- The official voice of the Kansas Green Party and may designate spokespeople.
- Sets operating policy for the Kansas Green Party.
- Establishes and oversees committees of the Kansas Green Party.
- Hires the staff of the Kansas Green Party.
- Oversees administration of the Kansas Green Party.
- Elects replacement officers in accordance with Article VI, Sec. 4.
- Calls the annual state meeting.
- Facilitates the electoral efforts of the Kansas Green Party.
- Adopts an annual budget and oversees fundraising.
Co-Chair, Kansas Green Party
Terri (Teresa) Wilke remembers the importance of the first Earth Day and has been increasingly involved with the environmental movement ever since. She was the first woman hired by the State of Kansas in a Farmer II Civil Service Classification, and she worked for the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University for 10 years. She graduated from KSU with an interdisciplinary degree based on a Woman’s Studies and then, graduate from the KU School of Law. She then worked 30 years as a Civil Rights Investigator with the US Government’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Since her retirement in 2018, she has been active at KKFI, 90.1 FM, Kansas City Community Radio. She is a volunteer programmer with EcoRadio KC and with Jaws of Justice, both locally-produced community affairs shows.
Co-Chair, Kansas Green Party
Over the last 39 years, Kent Rowe has served as a refinery operator engineer and safety inspector, a pipeline safety advisor, a drilling platform accident investigator, a wind energy technician and research associate, an industrial hygienist, the Chief of environmental quality services for Sedgwick County, a professor of Aeronautical Science at USAF, Mayor of Longton, Kansas, and a Board member of the Kansas Sierra Club and Society of Alternative Resources. He has testified before committees in the Kansas State Legislature on many occasions and his research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Kent’s experience has given him a working knowledge of several federal statutes, regulations, guidelines, and best practices. Kent has earned a B.A. in Experimental Psychology, an M.A. in Human Factors Engineering, an M.S. in Safety Management and Toxicology, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering. Kent is the only Green ever elected to public office in Kansas. He is currently seeking an appointment to the Kansas Corporation Commission by Governor Laura Kelly.
Treasurer, Kansas Green Party
Paul has been involved in the Kansas Green Party since 1993. Lot of water under the bridge since then. For a number of years, he continued as a National Delegate, as a party of one to keep the party alive. He took over as treasurer when the last treasurer had family issues that needed her attention eight or ten years ago, and continued in that position. It has been good to see others become active in the last five years and the party again become viable.
Secretary, Kansas Green Party
Nick joined the Kansas Green Party in December 2016. He served as Co-Chair for the party from March 2017 until May 2020 when he stepped down to serve as Secretary. He has been the primary manager of the party’s social media accounts since November 2017 and was particularly successful in building up the party’s Twitter account since taking it over. Nick studied political science at Emporia State Unversity and political campaign management at Fort Hays State University. He is a student at the University of Kansas School of Law and currently works as a law clerk at a firm in Overland Park.