Five Athletic Commission Members appointed by, and serving at the pleasure of the Governor, serve four year terms. Thereafter, new members are appointed or current members serve until their successors are appointed. Should a vacancy occur on the Athletic Commission, the Governor appoints a successor for the remainder of the term. Commission Members include:
|In August of 2014, Adam Roorbach was appointed the fifth Boxing Commissioner for the state of Kansas by Governor Sam Brownback. Roorbach comes to the Kansas Athletic Commission from a career in collegiate athletics, culminated by spending the past five years working at the University of Kansas. After receiving a Master of Science in Sports Administration and Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, Roorbach then earned a Master of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Along with being responsible for the regulation of all combat sports in the state of Kansas, Roorbach is also the leader of the Kansas Athletic Commission. The five commission members are also appointed by the governor and serve a rotating multi-year term.
Since his appointment in 18 months ago, Roorbach has helped regulate over forty combat sports events throughout the state of Kansas, including two nationally televised events with the Bellator promotion. Along with regulating events, Roorbach has also restructured the assignments of referees to ensure two officials at all combat sporting events which has further advanced the mission of the Kansas Athletic Commission which is to ensure fighter safety. Roorbach has also help oversee the development of four new promotional companies within the state of Kansas since his appointment.
While new to the world of combat sports, Roorbach has already engrained himself and the state of Kansas within the Association of Boxing Commissions. Roorbach was appointed to the committee to reconfigure the ABC Boxing Registry by ABC President Mike Mazulli and also serves on the ABC Sponsorship Committee. In addition to Roorbach’s committee appointments, Kansas Athletic Commission Member Sean Wheelock also serves as the head of the ABC MMA Rules and Regulations Committee.
On July 25, 2015, Roorbach married Melinda Young and they reside in Topeka, KS, with their two daughters and twin boys.
|Representative Tom Burroughs Chairman of Kansas City is a member of the Kansas House of Representatives where he has served since 1997. He currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee, Legislative Post Audit Committee, Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and Kansas Inc. Board. Mr. Burroughs holds a degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College and has continued studies at Friends University. Mr. Burroughs retired from Colgate-Palmolive Company after 29 years of service. He has served on numerous boards including American Red Cross and Colgate-Palmolive Employees Credit Union in addition to receiving numerous community services awards from organizations including United Way, March of Dimes and Kansas Families for Education. His term expires June 30, 2018.
|Dr. Paul Brackeen Vice Chairman of Derby has owned Brackeen Chiropractic Rehab and Wellness for over 15 years in Derby, Kansas. He graduated from Rose Hill High School, received his Pre-Med Bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University, and Doctorate in Chiropractic and Acupuncture Certification from Cleveland Chiropractic College Kansas City. Dr Brackeen was named "Young Doctor of the Year" by the Kansas Chiropractic Association. He is a current Kansas Chiropractic Association plus member, American Chiropractic Association member, Foundation 4 Chiropractic Progress member and Cleveland Chiropractic College, Kansas City alumni member. He has served the Kansas Chiropractic Association as a District Director, Vice President and President. At the state level he has served as the Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and ultimately the first centennial State Association President in the nation. He has also served the Kansas Chiropractic Association on the Membership Committee and Convention Committee. He is the Chairman of the Insurance Committee for the Kansas Chiropractic Association. His term expires June 30, 2019.
|Todd Carter of El Dorado began his employment as Head Athletic Trainer at Butler Community College in 1987 and now is Athletic’s Director. A native of South Dakota, Mr. Carter received his B.S. degree from South Dakota State University and his Masters from Indiana State. Mr. Carter has spent time with both the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys at their summer training camps and spent the summers of 1995 and 1996 traveling with the USA Olympic baseball team who captured the bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympic games.
As Athletic Director, Carter oversees the Grizzlies 13 varsity intercollegiate sports as well as over 40 full-time and part-time employees. Mr. Carter is a member of the El Dorado Rotary Club and national honor society’s of Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Phi.
|Sean Wheelock of Shawnee is one of the best known commentators in Mixed Martial Arts, with his broadcasting and media work having taken him to over 25 countries, and dating back to when he was 18 years old. He has called over 2,000 fights on television for Bellator MMA, Pride FC, M1 Global, Affliction, and Titan Fighting Championships. Additionally, he has commentated numerous boxing and kickboxing matches for ESPN, Fox Sports International, and EuroSport. His weekly podcast, “Let’s Get It On”, which he hosts with legendary MMA referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy, ranks among the most popular combat sports programs worldwide. His latest book, “Is This Legal? The Inside Story of the First UFC”, co-written with UFC founder Art Davie, and published by Ascend Books, has been optioned for a feature film by Legacy Entertainment Partners. He began working as a professional boxing referee since 1994, and held licenses in six states, including Kansas. He has trained in numerous combat sports, including Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, Sambo, judo, and submission wrestling. A proud native Kansan, he lives in the Kansas City suburb with his wife Kelly, originally of England, and their young daughters Ellee and Hadlee. His term expires June 30, 2019.
Matthew Bohm M.D. of Auburn graduated from St.Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine followed by a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL. Dr. Bohm practices family medicine in Topeka where he is the Director of Sports Medicine at the Cotton O’Neil Clinic. He is the team physician for Washburn University and the Topeka RoadRunners (NAHL) hockey team. Dr. Bohm is a certified Ringside Physician through the Association of Ringside Physicians. He has provided medical coverage for Bellator MMA, Invicta FC, Titan Fighting Championship, the Ringside World Championships, Kansas Koyotes Professional indoor football team, and the Topeka Scarecrows (CHL) hockey team. He has also been the event physician for the USA Rugby National Championships, NAIA Wrestling Championships, NCAA D2 Volleyball Championships, USA Olympic Wrestling trials, and the WWE. He has served as a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Dr. Bohm is married to Lisa and together they have four children.
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