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MATC is governed by a nine-member board with representatives from Clay, Geary, Pottawatomie and Riley Counties and one at-large member. Board members serve a four year term with approximately one-half of the seats being reappointed every two years. Reappointment of the members is accomplished by means of a sub-committee interview process.

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Tracy Geisler
Executive Assistant/Resource Development Coordinator
Board of Directors Clerk

Riley County

Therese Adams



Broker/owner of Coldwell Banker Realty Group One, with husband, Kelly Adams. Licensed Realtor since 1995. Currently serve on the Manhattan Association of Realtors Board of Directors. Hold real estate designations of ABR (Accredited buyers representative) CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) and GRI (Graduate Real Estate Institute). Also currently serve on the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Have a marketing degree from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, MN. Grew up in North Dakota and have been in Manhattan, KS for 20 years now. Have two sons, Nicholas & Kevin.

Randall Anderes

Vice Chair

David Fritchen

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David Fritchen received his B.S. in Construction Science (1971) from Kansas State University and M.S. in Civil Engineering (1977) from University of Washington. He joined the K-State engineering faculty in 1993, after a 21 year career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps and Seabees, retiring as a Commander. He earned the academic rank of Professor and was promoted to head of the Department of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science in 1998. Under his leadership both academic programs in the Department grew by more than 30 percent. He proudly carried the distinction as the John W. & Dorothy M. Burke, Architectural Engineering Chair (2001-2012) in the College of Engineering. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Outstanding Department head and was recognized as outstanding instructor, adviser, and mentor by KSU Mortar Board, the National senior honor society and he is the recipient of numerous other teaching, advising and service awards from student professional organizations and industry. He served on numerous College, University and State committees and was appointed by the governor to serve on the NBAF Oversight Committee and was also appointed by the Senate President to serve as a member of the Capital Restoration Commission for the State House renovation project. In January 2013 Prof. Fritchen stepped down as department head to serve as the College of Engineering project coordinator for the new $40 million Phase IV building addition to the engineering complex. David retired as Emeritus Professor in October 2015 after 22 years of dedicated and professional service to Kansas State University. He and his wife, Kay, reside in Manhattan. They have two grown sons Scott and Steven that also live in Manhattan.

John Pagen

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John Pagen is the Vice President of Economic Development for the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber in 2004 John was the Materials Manager at Transportation Design & Manufacturing. He has lived in Manhattan since 1997. John is originally from Michigan, with a Bachelor degree in Business from Michigan State University and an Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. After graduation he worked at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn as a financial analyst at their corporate training facility. It was there that he met his wife, Amy, also a Ford employee. She earned her Ph.D. at Kansas State, and as they would come back to the area they realized this would be a great place to live. Amy was hired at K-State, and John followed and was able to work at Transportation Design & Manufacturing. Together they have one son; John Doyle. John knows first-hand the appeal of Manhattan, and why so many people enjoy calling it home. He looks forward to working with Manhattan Area Technical College and helping the economy of Manhattan continue to diversify, so all people who want to stay in town can find good jobs.

Pottawatomie County

Marla Brandon

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Marla is the Senior Accountant for K-State Athletics in Manhattan, KS. She is also an adjunct instructor at Highland Community College and a past adjunct instructor at Kansas State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from Friends University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Baker University. She is a former member of several civic organizations and has served as a member on a strategic planning committee for USD 320.

Geary County

Irma O'Dell

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Dr. Irma O’Dell currently serves as Associate Professor, in the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University were she teaches leadership classes and coordinates assessment. Previously she worked as a Research Associate Professor/Principle Evaluator for the Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation at Kansas State University. Prior to coming to Kansas State University, she was Curriculum Coordinator/Associate Professor in the Department of Health Education and Recreation at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Early in her career, she knew her passion was to teach and work in higher education. She has served others as a leader in programming and taught leadership classes for more than twenty years.


Dr. O’Dell received her Bachelor of Science degree from George Williams College in Downers Grove, Illinois, her Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She has published over 30 articles in various academic journals and made over 35 presentations at state, national and international conferences.

L.J. Baker

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Lawrence “LJ” Baker Jr. is a retired military officer with extensive experience leading diverse groups, as well as tremendous skill in facilitating partnership activities with military and civilian organizations. He now calls Junction City home after culminating an exceptional career spanning 25 years. LJ possesses a demonstrated record of developing highly functional teams and working to ensure continuous process improvement through detailed programs. During his career he also developed applied knowledge in coordinating and planning with local, state, national, and international leaders to achieve successful ends. His passion for service continues after retirement as he actively seeks opportunities for youth mentorship, community planning, and educational support. He is an active member of the Georgia Military College Alumni Board, and also holds life memberships with multiple organizations to include, the National Infantry Association, the Society of the 1st Infantry Division, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.

LJ’s wife Clarinda “CJ” is a career educator who currently serves as a staff member of the Early Childhood Program in USD 475. The Bakers are strong believers in the positive impacts afforded through life-long education and are very proud of their four (4) college-age young adults. Their oldest daughter resides in Georgia desires to serve as a Social Worker, their son attends K-State in Manhattan, and their twin daughters excel as exceptional student-athletes at the University of Kansas.  

Clay County

Wendy Luttman

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Wendy King-Luttman, is Vice President of Mortgage Lending with KS StateBank in Junction City.   She has been with KS StateBank for over 9 yrs. and has over 17 yrs. of banking experience in the Junction City/Manhattan area.  Wendy currently serves on the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce; United Way of Junction City, Geary County board of directors and continues to serve and volunteers in other civic and community organizations.   Wendy attended Cloud County Community College and Fort Hays State University. She is alumni of Flint Hills Regional Leadership and current chair of Crossroad of Leadership for Junction City Area Chamber.         


Wendy is married to her husband Gary Luttman, who owns and operates a diversified farming operation south of Wakefield, Ks.  She and Gary have six (6) daughters and ten (10) grandchildren.   They enjoy spending time with family and friends.  

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