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January 18, 2023

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.  – Former Trustee Melody Rayl has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the Board of Trustees at Johnson County Community College. 

During a special meeting Monday, Jan. 9, the board voted to select Rayl to assume Joy Koesten’s seat. Rayl was selected from a pool of seven finalists.

“Trustee Melody Rayl brings a wealth of experience to her second stint on our board. Trustee Rayl's résumé and interview were excellent in competition with the other applicants and finalists who represent the best of the best of Johnson County community leadership,” said Lee Cross, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “I am proud to welcome her back to our board because of her steadfast love and commitment to JCCC, the institutional knowledge she provides, and because of her diverse and unique background that allows her to bring a critical eye in support of all our stakeholders, especially our students.”   

Rayl previously served on the JCCC Board of Trustees from 2008 until 2013 and was chair during part of that time. She is currently a partner at Kansas City law firm Fisher Phillips. Before joining Fisher Phillips, she served 20 years on police forces in Leawood and Overland Park and was an assistant professor of criminal justice at JCCC.

“Trustee Melody Rayl is a great addition to the JCCC Board of Trustees. Her experiences as an alumna, a former faculty member and trustee demonstrate her deep commitment to the success of our students and the College,” said Dr. Andy Bowne, JCCC president. “Her professional skills, knowledge, and experiences – when added to those of our other six trustees – will serve our students, employees and communities well as we strive to achieve the far-reaching mission of JCCC.”

Rayl will take office Jan. 19 to serve the remaining 3 years of the term.