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Wichitan to be director of Kansas Hispanic commission

TOPEKA — Wichitan Shala Perez took over as executive director of the Kansas Hispanic & Latino American Affairs Commission this week.

“All Kansans should have their voice heard in government and the opportunity to be involved. I know Shala has the experience, skills and vision to continue the vital mission of the Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission,” said Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat, in a written statement announcing the appointment.

Perez has served on the commission’s board since 2007 and succeeds Steve Cisneros. The commission promotes the advancement of Hispanics in Kansas.