About the Board
The Topeka Metro Board of Directors is composed of seven council-approved, mayor-appointed citizens. The Board establishes policy and legislative direction for the agency. Board members are appointed to four-year terms.
The Board of Directors hold regular monthly meetings in the South meeting room at Quincy Street Station. The Board Committees – Planning Committee and Finance Committee – also meet one day per month. The meetings are open to the public.
Dr. Bearman was appointed to the Topeka Metro board in October 2018 and is currently serving his first term. Dr. Bearman is employed by Washburn University as a Professor of History and the Dean of University Libraries & the Center for Student Success and Retention. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, Murray State University and Kansas State University. Dr. Bearman resides in Topeka with his wife and two children. Dr. Bearman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Miller was appointed to his first term on the Topeka Metro board in July 2010 and is currently serving his third term. He previously served three years as board chair. Rodd is a Certified Public Accountant with Stifel Nicolaus & Co. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Wichita State University. He has a long and distinguished record of association with numerous community volunteer organizations and was appointed as the employee outreach director of the Kansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), which is a Department of Defense volunteer position. In 2016, Rodd was appointed by Governor Brownback to serve on the Pooled Money Investment Board. Rodd can be reached at email@example.com.
Mrs. Hall was appointed to her first term on the Topeka Metro Board in July 2012, and is currently serving her third term. Mrs. Hall is a retiree of AT&T. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from Washburn University and works part-time as a church secretary. She also serves on several community boards and groups. Beverly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph Ledbetter – Current Term: 10/21/19 – 09/16/23
Mr. Ledbetter was appointed to the Topeka Metro board in October 2019 and is currently serving his first term. Joseph is an attorney and owns his own law practice, the Ledbetter Law Office. He is a United States Marine Corps veteran and a graduate of Washburn University with a Bachelor of Political Science with minors in business and banking studies; Kansas University with a Master of Public Administration, and Washburn School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. Joseph has served on many boards and committees in the Topeka community, including past president of the Hi-Crest NIA, board member of Momentum 2022, and is currently serving on the Washburn Tech East Advisory Board and the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. He has three grown sons. Joseph can be reached at email@example.com.
Candis Meerpohl - Current Term: 09/13/22 - 09/13/26
Ms. Meerpohl was appointed to the Topeka Metro board in September 2022 and serving her first term. Candis is the director of the Shawnee County Extension office. Previously, she was the 4-H Youth development agent in Shawnee County for 9 years. She earned a Bachelor's degree from The University of Kansas in Journalism and a Master's degree in Adult Learning and Leadership from Kansas State University. Candis has served previously on the Topeka 20 under 40 board and Communities in Schools board for Northeast Kansas. She has two sons that attend Topeka Public Schools and are active in sports and 4-H. Candis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fátima Pérez-Luthi - Current Term: 10/11/22 - 10/11/26
Fátima is a financial coach and founder of The Grind Coaching & Consulting. Previously, she was a mortgage advisor with Envista Credit Union, where she built her career for eight years in the financial industry. Fátima migrated to Topeka when she was two, and has grown to call Topeka home for the last two decades. She sits on several committees within Forge Young Professionals and currently on her second term and serving as chair, as well as other charitable and political organizations throughout the community. Fátima is a 2019 Alumni of Latino Leadership Collaborative of Kansas and holds other leadership certifications through YWCA. In 2022, she was an honoree and recipient for the Small Business Award, Woman of Excellence 2022 and honoree of NEXTGEN Under 30. Fátima enjoys volunteering and giving back to her community that she grew up in, and helping others prosper. She is proud to have her family live, work and play in our community. Fatima can be reached at email@example.com.
Board Meeting Minutes
You can find links to Topeka Metro board meeting minutes and reports in each of the years listed. If you have questions or are interested in further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.