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Board of Advisors

The Business and Transactional Law Center benefits from the experience, insight, and expertise of its Board of Advisors. The Board consists of successful business and transactional law experts and nationally-known business leaders. Board members help shape the direction of the Center and regularly share their expertise with students in Center programs.

Photograph: Terry Joe Anderson.Terry Joe Anderson, '64

Senior Corporate Counsel (retired)
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Los Angeles, California

Photograph: Mert Buckley.Mert F. Buckley, '77

Adam Jones Law Firm
Wichita, Kansas

Mr. Buckley has negotiated and closed transactions for clients acquiring, selling, or leasing many types of properties, including office, multi-family, industrial and retail properties. His experience ranges from hotels, shopping centers, medical offices, wind farms and churches to doughnut shops, office buildings, and a country club and golf course. Learn more.

Photograph: William 'Bill' Bunten.William 'Bill' Bunten, '56

Mr. Bunten was President of INTRUST Bank, N.A (formerly The First National Bank) of Wichita from 1982 until his retirement in 1996. His previous banking positions were as Executive Vice-President of United Central Bank, Des Moines (1979-1982); Merchants National Bank as President from (1967-1979); and Vice President of National Bank of Detroit (1957-1967).

Photograph: Frank Caro.Frank A. Caro, '83

Shareholder
Polsinelli PC
Kansas City, Missouri

Mr. Caro has been representing clients in the electric, gas, and telecommunications industries for more than 25 years, assisting in structuring complex business, regulatory and legislative solutions. He also represents clients before the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Kansas Corporation Commission on various matters involving certification proceedings, mergers and acquisitions, rate tariff applications, generic rulemaking proceedings and complaints. Learn more.

Photograph: David Fenley.David A. Fenley, '79

Partner
Husch Blackwell LLP
Kansas City, Missouri

As a member of the Husch Blackwell's Real Estate, Development & Construction industry team, Mr. Fenley has guided developers, lending institutions, and governmental agencies in the design, implementation, and financing of high-profile private and public projects in the metropolitan Kansas City area. Learn more.

Photograph: Natalie Haag.Natalie G. Haag, '85

Executive Vice President-General Counsel
Capitol Federal Bank
Topeka, Kansas

Ms. Haag has also served as Associate General Counsel/Director of Governmental Affairs for the Security Benefit Corporation and as General Counsel to the Governor of the State of Kansas. Learn more.

Photograph: Paul Hoferer.Paul Hoferer, '75

Vice President and General Counsel (retired)
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
Fort Worth, Texas

In addition to supervising in-house counsel and the General Claims Department at BNSF, Mr. Hoferer was responsible for nearly 3,000 lawsuits handled by over 100 law firms throughout the United States and Canada. Learn more.

Photograph: Deena Hyson Bailey.Deena Hyson Bailey, '97

Senior Employment & Labor Attorney
Cargill, Incorporated
Wichita, Kansas

Ms. Bailey advises clients on a variety of issues, including immigration compliance, wage and hour, discrimination and harassment, investigations, FMLA, ADAAA, OFCCP audits, and legislative priorities.

Photograph: Michael J. Manning.Michael J. Manning, '69

Photograph: David Martin.David K. Martin, Esq, '84

Senior Vice President of Special Projects
Contract Land Staff, LLC
Midland, Texas

Photograph: Marcos Mendoza.Marcos Antonio Mendoza, '89

Assistant Director for Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Texas Association of School Boards, Inc.
Austin, Texas

Mr. Mendoza specializes in insurance contract interpretation and legal risk analysis for governmental entities. He began his career at State Farm Insurance in claim management and legal roles, and later moved into the private practice before joining Texas Association of School Boards. His article, "Reinsurance as Governance: Governmental Risk Management Pools as a Case Study in the Governance Role Played by Reinsurance Institutions," 21 Connecticut Insurance Law Journal 53 (2015) is cited extensively in a 2017 Harvard Law Review article. Mr. Mendoza also contributes to Corporate Counsel's "From the Experts" column and he is a Scholar in Residence and adjunct Lecturer in Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law's Insurance Law Center. Learn more.

Photograph: Suneetra Nickle.Suneetra N. Mickle, '06

Director of Government Relations
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Topeka, Kansas

Ms. Mickle coordinates activities with elected officials and regulatory agencies at state and federal levels.

Photograph: William 'Ed' Nichols.William "Ed" Nichols, '72

Photograph: Frank Ross.Frank J. Ross, Jr., '78

Business Department Chair
Polsinelli PC
Kansas City, Missouri

Mr. Ross has dedicated his professional career to representing a diverse mix of organizations, ranging from some of the nation's largest corporations to closely-held and family-owned enterprises. He has led the growth of the Polsinelli Business Department from 30 attorneys in 1998 to more than 375 professionals now. Learn more.

Photograph: Theodore Roth.Theodore D. Roth, '76

President and Head of Investment Banking
ROTH Capital Partners, LLC
San Diego, California
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Photograph: Teri Wood.Teri Wilford Wood, '78

Associate General Counsel
Internation Business Machines (IBM) Corporation
Bronxville, New York

Ms. Wood has built high performance global teams of employment, labor, immigration, ERISA, pension, and executive compensation lawyers to deliver critical and creative solutions to business and human resources problems worldwide while meeting compliance, data privacy and corporate governance concerns. Learn more.

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