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The Commissioners



                                                           

CHRISTAL WATSON, Chair, Industry

HAROLD SCHORN, II, Vice Chair, Attorney 

NATE SPRIGGS, Industry
JILL GEREN, Real Estate
MICHAEL KANE,  Labor
ALICIA SANCHEZ, At Large

LAUREL SEARLES,  Labor

The Commission meets monthly at various locations throughout the state. Commission meetings are open to the public. The location for these meetings, unless otherwise noted, is the Commission's main office in Topeka. Attendance by teleconference or Microsoft TEAMS is available. The meeting schedule and location is subject to change. Commission meetings are open to the public and conducted in accordance with the Kansas Open Meetings Act.  Requests for reasonable accommodations by persons with disabilities should be submitted to the Commission office no later than 72 hours in advance of a Commission meeting. Individuals interested in attending may obtain more information by contacting the Commission's main office.

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Christal Watson , Chair

Christal Watson was appointed to the Kansas Human Rights Commission in September 2020 by Governor Laura Kelly.  Governor Kelly designated Ms. Watson as Chair of the Commission on January 22, 2021.  Chair Watson is a native of Kansas City, Kansas.  She is the Executive Director of the Kansas City, Kansas School Foundation for Excellence. She previously served as the deputy chief of staff for Mayor Alvey of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas and the chief executive officer of the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Chair Watson serves on the Kansas City Star Racial and Equity Advisory Board and was selected to participate in the Civil Council of Greater Kansas City, Leaders of Tomorrow.  Her background has emphasized small business development and human relations.  Chair Watson represents Industry and her term expires January 15, 2024.

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Nate Spriggs

Commissioner Spriggs, of Bel Aire, Kansas, was appointed to the Kansas Human Rights Commission in May 2021 by Governor Laura Kelly.  Commissioner Spriggs is employed by Koch. Commissioner Spriggs represents Industry and his term ends January 15, 2025.

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Michael Kane

Commissioner Michael Kane, of Kansas City, Kansas, was appointed to the Kansas Human Rights Commission by Governor Sam Brownback in July 2013. Commissioner Kane retired from the UAW/GM after 35 years of service.  He now works for the Construction and General Laborers' Local Union 1290, in Public Affairs.  He currently serves as the 5th District Representative to the Unified Government Board of Commissioners, a position he has held since 2005. Commissioner Kane has been re-appointed and his term ends January 15, 2025.

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Harold F. Schorn, II, Vice Chair


Commissioner Harold Schorn, II, of Newton, Kansas, was appointed to the Commission by Governor Sam Brownback in March 2016.  Commissioner Schorn works as a court trustee for the 9th Kansas District Court to enforce child support payments.  He majored in Math and Philosophy at Benedictine College, prior to graduating from Washburn University School of Law.  Commissioner Schorn is a Big Brother and works with a local homeless shelter. Commissioner Schorns appointment expires January 15, 2022.

 

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Laurel Searles 


Commissioner Laurel Searles, of Topeka, Kansas, was appointed to the Kansas Human Rights Commission by Governor Laura Kelly in February 2020. Commissioner Searles is employed by the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration. Commissioner Searles represents Labor and her appointment expires January 15, 2023.

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Alicia Sanchez

Commissioner Alicia Sanchez, of Wichita, Kansas was appointed to the Kansas Human Rights Commission by Governor Laura Kelly in May 2021. Commissioner Sanchez is the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Wichita State University.  Commissioner Sanchez is the At Large appointment with a term ending January 15, 2025.

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Jill Geren


Commissioner Jill Geren, of Wichita, Kansas, was appointed to the Kansas Human Rights Commission by Governor Laura Kelly in October 2021. Commissioner Geren represents Real Estate, and is a realtor with Keller Williams Hometown Partners, LLC, and an attorney. Commissioner Geren's appointment will be forwarded to the full Senate in January 2022, and her term will end on January 15, 2023.

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Kansas Human Rights Commission

900 SW Jackson, Suite 568-South  Landon Office Building  Topeka, KS 66612-2818
phone: 785-296-3206  fax: 785-296-0589    http://www.khrc.net
business hours are from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday