Gubernatorial appointments

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Gov. Laura Kelly announced three new appointments today. Here they are:

Board of Healing Arts

Molly Black of Shawnee was appointed to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. Black is currently the orthopedic trauma director at the Overland Park Medical Center.

Black previously practiced orthopedic trauma and anterior hip arthroplasty at the Midwest Orthopedic Center.

She has served as an assistant professor of orthopedic trauma at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Black graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2001. She completed the Duke University Trauma Fellowship in 2007.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Kim Steves of Topeka was reappointed to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a state liaison officer. Steves is the director of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Radiation Control Program.

The state liaison officer is the primary contact between the state and the commission. The officer informs the governor and other state agencies about issues under the NRC’s jurisdiction, and to provide the NRC with state information on nuclear safety, security and environmental issues.

Western Invasive Species Council

Chris Steffen of Emporia was appointed to the Western Invasive Species Council.

Steffen currently works as the aquatic nuisance species coordinator for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Steffen previously worked was the environmental associate for the wildlife department. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s in animal ecology.

The council coordinates between existing state invasive species councils on regional biosecurity and invasive species control efforts, and works to identify and address potential challenges across state lines.