JEDC Roster


Revised:  10/30/15



Joint Economic Development Council


City Appointees:

Leslie Soden

P.O. Box 165, 66044




City Commission Representative

Jon Josserand

931 Missouri, 66044




10/16/12 – 10/31/15 First

(at-large position)

Melinda Henderson

1202 Almira Avenue, 66044




10/16/12 – 10/31/15 First

(at-large position)

County Appointees:

Mike Gaughan

Douglas County

1100 Massachusetts, 66044




County Commission Representative

Rebekah Gaston



09/23/15 – 10/31/18 First

(at-large position)

Scott Criqui

446 Alabama Street, 66044




09/23/15 – 10/31/18 First

 (at-large position)

Chamber Appointees:

Larry McElwain, CEO/President

Lawrence Chamber of Commerce

646 Vermont, Suite 200, 66044






Brad Finkeldei, Board Chair

Stevens & Brand, LLP

900 Massachusetts, Suite 500, 66044





Cal Karlin






Michael Orozco






University of Kansas Appointee:

Tim Caboni

Office of Public Affairs

University of Kansas

Strong Hall, Room 230

1450 Jayhawk Blvd., 66045





University of Kansas Designee


Bioscience & Technology Business Center Appointee:

LaVerne Epp

2029 Becker Drive, 66047




Bioscience and Technology Business Center Designee

Ex-officio members:

Diane Stoddard, Interim City Manager

City of Lawrence

P.O. Box 708, 66044




Craig Weinaug, Administrator

Douglas County

1100 Massachusetts, 66044




Chris Lowe, Administrator

City of Baldwin City

808 8th Street, 66006




Gary Ortiz, City Manager

City of Eudora

4 E. 7th Street, 66025




Bonnie Lowe, COO

Lawrence Chamber of Commerce

646 Vermont St., Suite 200, 66044





CITY LIAISON:      Diane Stoddard, Interim City Manager

                             Phone:  832.3400



MEMBERS:   Twelve members comprising of the following:  President/CEO of Lawrence Chamber, Chair of Lawrence Chamber, City Commissioner, County Commissioner, University of Kansas designee, Executive Chair or designee of the Bioscience and Technology Business Center, two representatives from the business community appointed by the Chamber President, two community members appointed by the City Commission, and two community members appointed by the County Commission.

TERMS:          Three year terms, except when appointed to fill an unexpired term. Members may serve two consecutive full terms.

MEETINGS:   As needed, but not less than on a quarterly basis.




Established by Joint Ordinance No. 8719/Resolution No. 12-34, the purpose of the JEDC is to provide general oversight and vision of the economic development efforts to attract and to retain jobs in Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas.  The duties of the JEDC shall include the approval of budget requests to the Chamber Board, the City Commission, and the County Commission.  The JEDC shall also recommend economic development policies and initiatives to the Chamber Board, the City Commission, and the County Commission as the JEDC determines appropriate.