James Franko is the Vice President and Policy Director at Kansas Policy Institute. In this role he is responsible for much of the organization's outreach, policy analysis, and communications efforts. James brings experience from across the free-market movement including time on Capitol Hill and with the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas based think tank. While on Capitol Hill, he handled a variety of policy issues and spent time as a staff member within the Kansas delegation. James has published opinion pieces in such places as The DailyCaller and the Washington Times as well as policy briefs while working for the National Center for Policy Analysis. A Kansas native and Wildcat, James was raised in Stilwell and graduated from Kansas State University in 2005. At K-State, James received his Bachelor of Business Administration while dual majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship and earning a minor in economics. E-mail James Franko here.
Patrick Parkes is Kansas Policy Institute's Fiscal Policy Analyst. He will focus on maintaining KPI's transparency portal, KansasOpenGov.Org, as well as researching tax and fiscal policy in the Sunflower State. Patrick holds both a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Political Science/Civic Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He co-authored a joint graduate thesis with his Civic Leadership Program cohort focused on the systemic factors influencing higher education affordability and accessibility in the United States. In addition to his fiscal policy research, his interests and projects have centered primarily on the U.S. Disability Rights Movement and the phenomenon of civic engagement more broadly. Patrick hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan. E-mail Patrick Parkes here.Jeff Romine is a Development Assistant in the Wichita office of Kansas Policy Institute. In this role he assists with KPI’s fundraising efforts, and supports the daily operations of the Wichita Office. Jeff attended Fort Hays State University where he studied Political Science. Prior to joining Kansas Policy Institute, Jeff worked extensively in the private security industry for including for corporations and government. A Wichita native, Jeff invests his time – along with that of his wife and children – improving the community in which they live. E-mail Jeff Romine here.
Erica Sucher is Kansas Policy Institute's Development Director. In this role, she is responsible for expanding the base of funding available to support KPI's mission of limiting government, expanding personal liberty, and advocating for economic freedom. Erica is a graduate of Friends University in Wichita where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Prior to joining KPI, she worked extensively in accounting and finance in the private sector. This included time in the corporate operations of Office Depot and INVISTA. Most recently, Erica reported directly to the CFO of DTYdirect, a high-end home goods retailer based in Wichita. E-mail Erica Sucher here.Dave Trabert is President of Kansas Policy Institute. He is a frequent speaker to business, legislative and civic groups and also does research and writes on fiscal policy and education issues. His published work includes "A Five-Year Budget Plan for the State of Kansas," “Student-Focused Funding Solutions for Public Education,” “Removing Barriers to Better Public Education,” “A Historical Perspective of State Aid, Tuition and Spending for State Universities in Kansas” and “Volume III: Analysis of K-12 Spending in Kansas,” a primer on K-12 finance.Trabert regularly testifies before Kansas House and Senate committees on state budget, tax and education issues and was an appointed member of the Kansas K-12 Student Achievement and Efficiency Commission. He serves on the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force and co-chairs the Education Finance Joint Working Group for the American Legislative Exchange Council. Trabert is also a member of the Speakers Bureau at The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.His commentaries have been published by The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, The Washington Times and The Daily Caller. His guest editorials have also been published in many Kansas newspapers, including the Wichita Eagle, Topeka Capital-Journal, Hays Daily News, Kansas City Star, Hutchinson News, Manhattan Free Press, Tonganoxie Mirror and the Sabetha Herald.
He graduated cum laude from West Liberty State College with a degree in Business Administration. E-mail Dave Trabert here.
Beth Wasko is the Administrative Assistant at Kansas Policy Institute. She is responsible for daily operations in the Overland Park office. She also assists in the maintenance of KPI's website and publishes KPI's newsletters and other electronic communications. Born and raised in Overland Park, Beth graduated from K-State with a degree in marketing. Prior to joining KPI, she worked at American Century Investments for 15 years and as a freelance proofreader and editor. Beth enjoys spending time with her husband and five children, and is active in her church community and her childrens' schools. E-mail Beth Wasko here.
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