Government Affairs Committee

The Government Affairs Committee is composed of KPhA Members who have an interest in the political issues that involve the Kansas pharmacy practice and profession. It is their mission to advocate on behalf of Kansas pharmacists and patients. If you would like to join the GAC, please email KPhA Executive Director, Aaron Dunkel at aaron@ksrx.org  or call KPhA at 785.228.2327.

PAC/GAC Info Sheet

Governmental Affairs Committee Chairperson, Jody Reel, PharmD, Sabetha, KS

Current KPhA Members on the GAC:

  • Jonalan Smith (KPhA President) - Fairway
  • Emily Prohaska (KPhA President-Elect) - Kansas City
  • Nate Rockers (KPhA Treasurer) - Paola
  • Mike Bellesine (KPhA President 2016) - El Dorado
  • Brian Caswell (KPhA President 2005) - Baxter Springs
  • John Rosa (Student Representative) - Lawrence
  • Dale Masten - Southgate
  • Nicole Ellermeier - Overland Park
  • Dean Benton - Hutchinson
  • Katie Foster - Topeka
  • Heather Reiser - Wichita

KPhA and the GAC want you to know that we are always here as a resource to help you in any situation or to answer any questions you may have. We are here to help explain legislative issues if you are unsure or unaware of an issue that a legislator may ask you about, along with helping you coordinate a meeting with a legislator. Whatever the case may be, don't hesitate to contact us.  

The GAC appreciates any and all support. For questions related to the GAC or if you would like to suggest a legislative proposal/issue, please email info@ksrx.org or call 785.228.2327.

Annual Legislative Day

Every year, the GAC coordinates and hosts a Legislative Day in Topeka at which KPhA members take over the halls at the Kansas Statehouse to discuss issues that the Legislature will consider during the Legislative Session that are of importance to pharmacy. 

During our time at the capitol, we meet with the Governor, Legislators and Staff to build, maintain and grow these important relationships. 

To see pictures from our 2017 and 2016 Legisltive Day, CLICK HERE!

Knowing Your Representatives in Topeka and Washington, D.C.

An excellent way to help the GAC, and pharmacy in general, is to reach out to the legislators and other elected officials that represent you. To find who represents you, click here. Building a relationship and trust with an elected official is important so when a pharmacy related bill comes up, they call you, a pharmacist, to educate them on the bill. Below are some ways to engage with any elected official:

  • Give them a call
  • Put their yard sign in your lawn or place of business
  • Help them put out yard signs across the community
  • Help them put door flyers on homes
  • Walk with them in a parade
  • Host a neighborhood coffee event
  • Invite them to your pharmacy
  • Meet with them at their office

As we say, "A little bit goes a long way."

For tips on talking to your Legislators CLICK HERE

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