Board of Directors
Dan Watkins, Chair
Dan Watkins is an attorney in private practice in Lawrence, serving an array of regional and national clients. Before his private practice, Watkins served in Kansas government for nearly ten years, as chief of the Criminal Division in the Attorney General's Office, as chief counsel at the Kansas Department of Transportation, and as chief of staff to the Governor.
In recent years, he has served as chair of the Kansas Development Finance Authority and the Kansas Bioscience Authority. He currently serves as co-chair of Economic Lifelines, a non-profit transportation advocacy coalition, and as a board member of the Mid America MS Society. Watkins has also served as chair of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Lied Center and the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center.
Watkins earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City and a law degree from the University of Kansas. He and his wife, Phyllis, are the proud parents of four grown sons.
Jill Quigley, Vice Chair/Secretary
Jill Quigley served as a member of Kansas House of Representatives from 2008 through 2010. Before serving in the Kansas Legislature, Quigley, a nurse for more than 35 years, worked at a safety net clinic in Kansas City, Kansas. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Michigan.
Currently, Quigley serves on the boards of Oral Health Kansas, Delta Dental Foundation, the Giving Grove, United Community Services, and the Rotary Club of Johnson County. A longtime member of the missions committee, she now serves on the peace and justice committee of her church. Quigley has been married to her husband, Jim, since 1975. They have three children.
John Vratil, Treasurer
Overland Park, Kansas
John Vratil is a former vice president of the Kansas Senate, where he served from 1998 to 2013. He is the general counsel for Blue Valley Unified School District and is active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Bar Foundation, Kansas Bar Association, National Conference of Bar Presidents, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, Shawnee Mission Medical Center Foundation and Johnson County Community College Foundation.
Vratil has been honored for outstanding leadership to his community and state with numerous awards and recognitions. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and University of Kansas School of Law. Vratil and his wife, Teresa, have four children.
Ryan Wright, Executive Director
Ryan Wright leads the Kansas Values Institute and Kansans for Fair Courts, which brings together policy and opinion leaders to advocate and educate around issues like funding public schools, building safe roads and protecting the Kansas Court System. The Institute also seeks responsible tax policy that does not disproportionally impact hardworking, low and middle income Kansans.
Before launching KVI, Wright worked for Kansas Action for Children and led the Kansas Coalition for School Readiness, where he expanded access to quality, early education programs and helped shape health and economic policy on behalf of the 700,000 children of Kansas.
Wright has been engaged in aspects of electoral politics for more than 15 years. He also has served as legislative director for the Kansas Speaker of the House, as special assistant for communications for the Kansas State Treasurer, and as press secretary for then-Congressman Jerry Moran in Washington, D.C. He earned a B.S. in political science from Kansas State University.