About the Board

The Topeka Metro Board of Directors is composed of seven council-approved, mayor-appointed citizens.  The Board establishes policy and legislative direction for the agency.  Board members are appointed to four-year terms.

The Board of Directors hold regular monthly meetings in the South meeting room at Quincy Street Station. The Board Committees – Planning Committee and Finance Committee – also meet one day per month.  The meetings are open to the public.

Board Members

Jim Ogle, Chair – Current Term: 09/18/17 – 09/17/21

Mr. Ogle was appointed to his first term in 2011 and is currently serving his third term.  He is the executive director of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA). FFNHA was established by Congress to tell the story of our region’s settlement, the Border War and Civil War here and the enduring struggle for freedom. He has been deeply involved in Topeka’s civic life including serving as chair of the Metropolitan Topeka Planning Organization, the North Topeka Arts District, the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Foundation, the Topeka Civic Theater, and numerous other groups and charities. Jim can be reached at jogle@topekametro.org.

Elsie Eisenbarth – Current Term: 11/13/15 – 06/30/19

Ms. Eisenbarth was appointed to her first term on the Topeka Metro board in November 2012 and is currently serving her second term. Elsie recently retired as vice president, operations support at Westar Energy. She held various financial and operations roles since she joined Westar Energy in 1985. Elsie received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Washburn University. Elsie and her husband, Tom, reside in Topeka and have two grown children. Elsie may be reached at eeisenbarth@topekametro.org.

Beverly Hall – Current Term: 07/11/18 – 07/01/22

Mrs. Hall was appointed to her first term on the Topeka Metro Board in July 2012, and is currently serving her third term. Mrs. Hall is a retiree of AT&T. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from Washburn University and works part-time as a church secretary. She also serves on several community boards and groups. Beverly can be reached at bhall@topekametro.org.

Rodd Miller – Current Term: 07/01/18 – 07/01/22

Mr. Miller was appointed to his first term on the Topeka Metro board in July 2010 and is currently serving his third term. He previously served three years as board chair. Rodd is a Certified Public Accountant with Stifel Nicolaus & Co. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Wichita State University. He has a long and distinguished record of association with numerous community volunteer organizations and was appointed as the employee outreach director of the Kansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), which is a Department of Defense volunteer position. In 2016, Rodd was appointed by Governor Brownback to serve on the Pooled Money Investment Board. Rodd can be reached at rmiller@topekametro.org.

Jim Daniel – Current Term: 07/01/16 – 06/30/20

Mr. Daniel has been a Topeka Metro board member since 2007, and previously served from 1989 to 2000. Jim retired from St. Francis Health Center in 2010 after 24 years as the director of strategic planning and president of Med Care of Kansas, Inc. He was a board member of Downtown Topeka, Inc. for over 10 years, and on the board of MRI of Kansas, Inc. for over 20 years. He continues as a member of the United Way Community Impact Committee for over 15 years. Jim is a lifelong Topekan, attending Topeka schools. He graduated from Washburn University with a Bachelor of Arts, and from Kansas State University with a Masters of Regional and Community Planning. He served in the United States Army Security Agency, stationed in Korea. Jim was a member of the 1985 class of Leadership Greater Topeka with the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce. Jim can be reached at jdaniel@topekametro.org.

Dr. Alan Bearman – Current Term: 10/02/18 – 09/18/21

Dr. Bearman was appointed to the Topeka Metro board in October 2018 and is currently serving his first term. Dr. Bearman is employed by Washburn University as a Professor of History and the Dean of University Libraries & the Center for Student Success and Retention.  He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, Murray State University and Kansas State University.   Dr. Bearman resides in Topeka with his wife and two children.  Dr. Bearman can be reached at abearman@topekametro.org.

Scott Tummons – Current Term: 05/01/18 – 04/30/22

Mr. Tummons was appointed to his first term on the Topeka Metro board in November 2013 and is currently serving his third term. Scott works for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Topeka and is currently in his third term as financial secretary for the United Steelworkers Local 307. He sits on several committees within the Local Union, as well as charitable and political organizations throughout the community. Scott and his wife Kerry reside in Topeka, and have four children that attend school within the Auburn-Washburn School District. Scott can be reached at stummons@topekametro.org.

Board Planning Committee

The Planning Committee focuses on long-term and short-term planning projects for the agency.  Current committee members:

  • Jim Daniel
  • Elsie Eisenbarth
  • Beverly Hall
  • Dr. Alan Bearman

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee focuses on the financial condition of the agency and advises the board as a whole on both capital and operating expenditures.

Current committee members:

  • Elsie Eisenbarth
  • Rodd Miller
  • Scott Tummons