About the Board

The Johnson County Education Research Triangle Authority is a unique partnership among Johnson County, Kansas, 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, Kansas, 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.


Kevin Honomichl portrait

Kevin Honomichl

Kevin Honomichl

DeSoto City Council, Member
Honomichl was appointed by Kansas State University.


Commissioner Jeff Meyers

Jeff Meyers

Jeff Meyers

Johnson County Commissioner, Second District
Meyers was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.


Laura Smith-Everett portrait

Laura Smith-Everett

Laura Smith-Everett

Johnson County Community College, Trustee
Smith-Everett was appointed by the Board of Johnson County Community College.


Dinah Sykes

Dinah Sykes

Dinah Sykes

Kansas State Senator
Sykes was appointed by the University of Kansas.


Brandon Woodard

Brandon Woodard

Brandon Woodard

Kansas State Representative 
Woodard was appointed by the Kansas Governor's office.