• Mark A. Ruelle

    Chairman of the Board of Directors
    Mr. Ruelle is Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Ruelle served as a member of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer, of Westar Energy prior to the merger with Great Plains Energy that resulted in the formation of Evergy. Mr. Ruelle was also previously Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Westar Energy, and had held other financial, strategic planning, and corporate development positions with Westar Energy. Mr. Ruelle also served as President, and also as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, of Nevada Power Company. He is on the Board of Directors of Stormont-Vail Health Care and various charitable and civic organizations. Mr. Ruelle received both a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts degree in economics from the University of North Dakota.
  • Terry Bassham

    Mr. Bassham is a member of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer, of Evergy. Mr. Bassham was Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Great Plains Energy and KCP&L prior to the merger with Westar Energy that resulted in the formation of Evergy. Previously, Mr. Bassham served in various capacities at Great Plains Energy and KCP&L including as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Finance & Strategic Development, Chief Financial Officer, and KCP&L’s Executive Vice President of Utility Operations. Before joining KCP&L, Mr. Bassham was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Administrative Officer for El Paso Electric Company (EPE) in Texas, where he oversaw the financial, treasury, regulatory, and administrative functions. He joined EPE as General Counsel with responsibility for legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, and corporate governance.

    Mr. Bassham serves on several Boards of Directors, including Commerce Bancshares Inc., Electric Power Research Institute, and various charitable and civic organizations. Mr. Bassham holds a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas-Arlington and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Mollie Hale Carter

    Ms. Carter is Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Sunflower Bank and Chairman of the Board of Directors of FirstSun Capital Bancorp (formerly Sunflower Financial). She serves as President of Star A, Inc. She previously served as Senior Investment Officer at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company and served as assistant to the president/assistant consultant for Agribusiness Associates. She is on the Board of Directors for Kansas Health Foundation, FirstSun Capital Bankcorp, Sunflower Bank, and the Heartland Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Carter is a graduate of Dartmouth College, receiving her bachelor of arts degree in economics. She obtained her master of business administration from Harvard Business School.
  • Charles Q. Chandler IV

    Lead Independent Director
    Mr. Chandler is Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of INTRUST Bank, N.A. in Wichita, Kansas. Previously, Mr. Chandler served as President and member of the Board of Directors of INTRUST Financial Corporation. He serves as President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas Society for Children with Challenges and on numerous other Boards of Directors, including Wesley Medical Center, Kansas State University Foundation, Navigators, Fidelity State Bank and Trust, and First Bank of Newton. He is a Wesley Medical Center Trustee. Mr. Chandler graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor of business administration degree and obtained his master of business administration in finance from Northwestern University.
  • Gary D. Forsee

    Mr. Forsee served as President of the four-campus University of Missouri System. He previously served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Sprint Nextel Corporation, and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Sprint Corporation. He serves on the Board of Directors of Ingersoll-Rand Public Limited Company, DST Systems, Inc., University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation, and various charitable and civic organizations. Mr. Forsee was previously Lead Independent Director of Great Plains Energy and KCP&L prior to the merger with Westar Energy that resulted in the formation of Evergy. Mr. Forsee received his bachelor of science in engineering and an honorary engineering and doctorate from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (f/k/a University of Missouri-Rolla).
  • Scott D. Grimes

    Mr. Grimes is a member of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder of Cardlytics, Inc., an international technology company that has pioneered card-linked marketing. Mr. Grimes previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Payments, and Vice President, Strategy at Capital One Financial Corporation. He served as Principal at Canaan Partners and Principal at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Grimes received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Union College and a master of business administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
  • Richard L. Hawley

    Mr. Hawley served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nicor Inc. and Nicor Gas, a northern Illinois natural gas company. He was Chief Financial Officer of Puget Energy, Inc. and was a partner with Coopers & Lybrand. He also served on the Board of Directors of Fisher Communications, Inc. Mr. Hawley received his bachelor of arts in business administration from the University of Washington.
  • Thomas D. Hyde

    Mr. Hyde served as Executive Vice President, Legal, Compliance, Ethics and Corporate Secretary of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Wal-Mart), an international retail store operator. Mr. Hyde previously served as Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs and Corporate Secretary of Wal-Mart, and as Executive Vice President, Senior General Counsel of Wal-Mart. Mr. Hyde serves as a Trustee of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation. Mr. Hyde received his bachelor of arts in English from the University of Kansas, his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and holds a master of business administration in Finance from the University of Kansas.
  • B. Anthony Isaac

    Mr. Isaac was Senior Vice President and Head of Select Service Strategy and Development at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He served as President of LodgeWorks, a Wichita, Kansas-based hotel management and development company. Before helping found LodgeWorks, Mr. Isaac served as President of the All-Suites Division of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. He held the position of President of Summerfield Hotel Corp. prior to Summerfield’s merger with Patriot American Hospitality/Wyndham International. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Corepoint Lodging. Mr. Isaac holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master of business administration from Harvard University.
  • Sandra A.J. Lawrence

    Ms. Lawrence is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Children’s Mercy Hospital. Previously, she was the Chief Financial Officer of Midwest Research Institute. Before becoming Chief Financial Officer of Midwest Research Institute, she served as Director of its Center for Regional Development. She served as interim Chief Executive Officer for Frontier Medical Research, and was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Packaging Solutions. She held various management positions at Gateway, Inc. in San Diego and Kansas City. She was President of Stern Brothers & Co. She is on the Board of Directors of the Heartland Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Hall Family Foundation, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Women Corporate Directors, Kansas Metropolitan Business and Healthcare Coalition, and the Midwest Cancer Alliance Partners. Ms. Lawrence is a graduate of Vassar College, receiving her bachelor of arts in psychology. She also received a master of arts in architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master of business administration from Harvard Business School.
  • Ann D. Murtlow

    Ms. Murtlow is a member of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Central Indiana. Previously, she served as Principal of AM Consulting LLC. She served as Vice President and Group Manager of AES Corporation and served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Indianapolis Power & Light Company and IPALCO Enterprises. Ms. Murtlow currently serves on the Board of Directors of United Way of Central Indiana, First Internet Bancorp and its subsidiary, First Internet Bank, and Wabash National Corporation. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Herff Jones, and AEGIS Insurance Services, Inc. Ms. Murtlow received her bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Lehigh University.
  • Sandra J. Price

    Ms. Price is the former Senior Vice President, Human Resources of Sprint Corporation. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President Designee for the Human Resources, Communications, and Brand Management functions of the Sprint Local Telephone Division and a variety of other human resource roles. Prior to Sprint, she was a principal in the Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, Kansas, and in the Jenks Public School District, Tulsa, Oklahoma. She currently serves as co-chair of KC Rising. Ms. Price is a member of the Board of Directors of the Heartland Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Price received her bachelor of arts in special education from Oral Roberts University and a master of arts in education and administration from the University of Tulsa.
  • John J. Sherman

    Mr. Sherman is Vice Chairman of the Cleveland Indians Baseball Club and a Director of Crestwood Equity GP LLC (formerly known as Inergy GP, LLC). He was a Director of Crestwood Midstream GP LLC (formerly known as NRGM GP, LLC) prior to this entity merging with Crestwood Equity GP, LLC. He formerly served as the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Director of NRGM GP, LLC, general partner of Inergy Midstream, L.P. He also served as Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Inergy GP, LLC (the general partner of Inergy, L.P.) and served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Inergy Holdings GP, LLC. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation, and various charitable and civic organizations. Mr. Sherman received his degree from Ottawa University.
  • S. Carl Soderstrom Jr.

    Mr. Soderstrom was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for ArvinMeritor and held various positions at ArvinMeritor. Mr. Soderstrom previously held executive/management positions at Rockwell International, General Electric Company and Emerson Electric. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Lydall Inc., and was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of FreightCar America Inc. Mr. Soderstrom graduated from Duke University, and holds a bachelor of science in engineering with majors in mechanical engineering and economics. He received his master of business administration from the University of Michigan.
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