Leadership –

Shawn TassetSHAWN TASSET
President
Ford County Commissioner

Shawn Tasset has served as President of KNRC, since the fall of 2014. In December 2013, he was appointed to complete the term of the resigning First District Commissioner of Ford County. Shawn was elected to serve a four-year term beginning January 2015 in that position.

Following graduating from Spearville High School, Shawn served for five years in the U.S. Navy, after which he moved to Greeley, CO.

Shawn and his wife Kelly have been married for 22 years. In 1996, they returned to Spearville to make a home and raise their family. He and Kelly, along with their four children, Lane, Madison, Trace and Quentin, continue to reside in Spearville.  Shawn is the President of Tasset Family Farms, Inc. and is joined by his brother, Allen and cousin, Dana Howerton, as partners in this fourth generation family farm and ranch.

Shawn says that he realizes the scope of his responsibility toward the folks he represents, and while he is not (as yet) a seasoned commissioner, he does understand the importance of service in general and servanthood in particular, and that responsibility accompanies and plays a part in his life decisions.

Jim RiceJIM RICE
Vice President
Seward County Commissioner

Serving as KNRC’s Vice President, Jim Rice has many years of experience in county government and the issues concerning local government operations.  His first experience with local government began in the early 1970s, when he was asked to serve as a member of the Seward County Fair Board. In 1980 he began his first term as a Seward County Commissioner and served two terms, retiring in 1988. His interest in local government continued as he served on several other boards prior to moving to Colorado, where he and his wife Carolyn owned and operated the Cactus Patch, in Frisco, CO.  Jim held the position as Manager of the Boulder County Fair & Rodeo in Longmont, CO from 1998 thru 2002. He returned to Seward County in 2004. In 2008, he was again elected to serve as a Seward County Commissioner and continues in that capacity.

Jim has been active at the state level and on many occasions has testified before legislative committees in Topeka on a variety of issues.  Jim takes particular interest in the activities of KNRC as it works with member counties to protect the rights of private property owners and the natural resource base of the member counties.

Jim points out that no other organization is doing what KNRC is doing and asks, “If not KNRC, then who?” Jim reminds us that in its short existence, KNRC has become an important regional source of information, taking positions in support of local government and the established rural way of life. KNRC has the ability to take a stand and provide the documentation to back it up.

He loves politics and encourages all to become involved, especially the younger generation, posing the question, “If an individual can make a difference, imagine what a group of individuals can do?” He concludes, “Don’t rely on someone else to voice your opinion.”

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TERESA HARDER
Treasurer
Morton County Commissioner

Teresa Harder is a charter member of the KNRC Steering Committee and Treasurer of the Coalition. She has served at the local and state level in numerous positions over the years, including: 20 years on the USD 218/City of Elkhart Recreation Commission, four years on the Point Rock Golf Course Board, City of Elkhart Planning Commission and eight years on the Kansas State Board of Nursing. She has been serving in her current position as a Morton County Commissioner since 2009.

Teresa graduated from Elkhart High School, then attended Hutchinson Community College and Seward County Community College. For 32 years, she worked as a Staff Nurse in the Morton County Health System — now retired and since 1997, has also worked as the administrative assistant in her husband Ted’s land surveying business. They have been married for 45 years with two children and three grandchildren. She is a member Elkhart United Methodist Church.

In her rare spare time, she enjoys golf and spending quality time in the mountains of New Mexico.

Her favorite verse:

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5)

4_Marsha_EwyMARSHA EWY
Steering Committee Member
Hodgeman County Commissioner

Marsha Ewy serves as a member of the KNRC Steering Committee and has been a Hodgeman County Commissioner for 19 years. She has been a registered nurse for 35 years — working 26 of those years at Hodgeman County Health Center and O’Shea Memorial Clinic in Jetmore. For the last ten years, Marsha has taught at Dodge City Community College.

Growing up on her family’s farm, as one of six children, she has been married to her husband, John, for 41 years. They have five grown children, who along with their spouses, she says, “inspire them every day with their strong work ethic and sense of duty.” They have also given Marsha and John eight grandchildren ranging from toddler to college age.

She and John enjoy working with and serving others and are active in the United Methodist Church in Jetmore. Beginning in 2013, John is serving the 117th District as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives.

5_Vic_Bielser_12_21_15VIC BIELSER
Steering Committee Member
Sheridan County Commissioner

Vic Bielser has served on the KNRC Steering Committee since January 2015 and as a Sheridan County Commissioner since 2010. He is currently in his second term.

Vic is the third of seven children and is a born and bred “farm boy.” As a life-long resident of Sheridan County, he graduated from Hoxie High School and has been married to his high school sweetheart, Paula, for 46 years. Paula served Sheridan County for many years as the County Clerk and just recently retired. They have a daughter Michele, who with her husband, Jeff, also live in Hoxie.

Vic worked as a diesel mechanic from 1973 until 1992 for Hoxie Implement. In 1992, after twenty years as a mechanic, he decided to follow his lifelong dream of farming and raising cattle — he continues to enjoy running his farm and ranch.

Vic also served one term on the USD 412 school board and is a member of the United Methodist Church.

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