JAAA Governing Entities

Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging has both a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council.  The Board of Directors is the governing body, appointed to establish policy for the AAA and to develop procedures for carrying out those policies.  The Advisory Council is charged with furthering the agency’s mission of developing and coordinating community based systems of services for all older persons in the planning and service area.  Both are essential components with the Board often relying on the Advisory Councils input and recommendations as part of the decision making process.

The basic differences between boards and advisory councils include:

  • Board sets policy/Advisory Council advises on it;
  • Board hires AAA director/Advisory Council reviews resumes and makes recommendations; and
  • Board supervises AAA director/Advisory Council offers advice and assistance.

Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging’s Board and Advisory Council are comprised of representatives from our planning and service area of Jefferson, Shawnee, and Douglas counties in Kansas.  Representatives are appointed by the various city and county governments in the planning and service area.

The Board of Directors meets monthly on the Second Thursday of the month at 10:00am.  Meeting place rotates between the Shawnee, Jefferson, and Douglas Counties every three months and is listed on the agenda.

The Advisory Council meets monthly on the Second Tuesday of the month at 10:30am.  Meeting place rotates between the Shawnee, Jefferson, and Douglas Counties every three months and is listed on the agenda.

Board of Directors
Douglas County
2 members
Shawnee County
2 members
Jefferson County
3 members
Ernest Dyer

Robert Byers
Secretary
Kevin Garner
Chair

Patty Brown
Gary Fowler

Jo Cross

Susan Warriner
Vice-Chair
City of Lawrence
1 member

City of Topeka
1 member



Larry Hill

John Homlish
Treasurer
Advisory Council Members
Douglas County
2 members
Shawnee County
2 members
Jefferson County
2 members
Janet Ikenberry
Open Seat
Matthew Pettit
Chair
Open Seat
Melinda Harwood
Vice Chair
Cindy Williams
City of Lawrence
1 member
City of Topeka
2 members
Belinda DavisJade Ramsdell
Karel Ramsey
Secretary