NetWork Kansas announces its 2021 board of directors

News Release
For Immediate Release                                                                           

For more information, contact:                 

Steve Radley
[email protected]

Dr. Robert Weems, Jr.

NetWork Kansas Announces 2021 Board of Directors

Statewide leadership group continues furthering the growth of
entrepreneurship and small business throughout Kansas

Wichita, Kansas, — Today, NetWork Kansas announced its 2021 board of directors. Joining the board, Dr. Robert Weems, Jr., the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History at Wichita State University since Fall 2011. Before coming to WSU, he taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Iowa. A native of Chicago, he received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his career, Professor Weems has published and spoken widely in the areas of African American business and economic history.

Weems joins a notable roster of state and local leaders including:

Anthony Dellasega, President, Community National Bank, Frontenac, Board Chair

David O’Dell CPA, CGMA, County Commissioner, McPherson, Vice Chair

Suzan Barnes, Owner, Grand Central Hotel, Cottonwood Falls

Wally Kearns, Former State Director, Small Business Development Centers, Salina

Corey Mohn, Executive Director of the Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS), Shawnee

Clare Gustin, VP of Member Services & External Affairs, Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, Hays

Michele Weigand, Chief Transformation Officer, Department of Energy’s Kansas City National Security Campus operated by Honeywell, Lawrence

“All of our board members bring unique experience and knowledge of entrepreneurs and communities across Kansas,” said Steve Radley, CEO of NetWork Kansas. “Dr. Weems’ unique experience and knowledge of African-American businesses will increase the breadth and depth of our knowledge and we’re thrilled to have him.”

For more information about NetWork Kansas, please visit: or call call 877.521.8600.


About NetWork Kansas:

NetWork Kansas, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to making entrepreneurship a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas.  NetWork Kansas connects aspiring entrepreneurs, emerging and established businesses, to a deep network of business-building and community development resource organizations across the state.  NetWork Kansas is also the home of e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (e2).  e2 provides best practice solutions to entrepreneurial ecosystem building in Kansas and nationally.

NetWork Kansas facilitates the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem within participating communities through the E-Community Partnership. Contributing factors to successful development include availability of financial capital, support by local leadership and development of educational resources. All of these factors combine to increase entrepreneurial activity in participating towns, leading to increased startup activity, business expansion, job creation and more.

For more information about the Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Partnership, visit, or call 877.521.8600.





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