· District 1 Governor KBA Board of Governors
· Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Compass Minerals International, Inc.
· University of Kansas School of Law
· Bar Admissions: Missouri, 2002; Kansas 2003
Diana serves on the Board of Governors of the Kansas Bar Association. Diana has brought diverse legal, professional and personal experiences to the Board, strengthening KBA’s ability to serve our members. In addition to her leadership and volunteering on the KBA’s Board, Diana has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas City Repertory Theater Corporate Committee, and on the Parent - Teacher Organization Board as Secretary for the Aubrey Bend Middle School in Overland Park, KS. Diana has presented CLEs as volunteer faculty for the Kansas Bar Association, Johnson County Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Women, Influence and Power in Law Conference. In addition to being a leader within the Kansas Bar Association, Diana is a member of the Missouri Bar, Johnson County Bar, American Bar Association, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals; the Association of Corporate Counsel; Association for Women Lawyers of Kansas City; The Central Exchange; National Association of Corporate Directors; and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals.
A top lawyer in the field of corporate governance, Diana serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Compass Minerals, a publicly traded essential minerals company headquartered in Overland Park, KS with operations in Lyons, KS. Beyond leading the legal function, she heads the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative and Sustainability Initiative.
Prior to joining Compass Minerals, Diana held several senior level legal management positions at General Cable Corporation, a Fortune 500 global wire and cable manufacturing company, most recently as Vice President, Strategy and General Counsel, Asia Pacific and Africa, based in Thailand. Diana’s previous experience included corporate counsel and corporate secretary positions at Gardner Denver, Inc. and Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., and private practice at the Kansas City based firm of Levy & Craig, P.C.
Michael T. Crabb
I have lived most of my life in Johnson County. I am an alumnus of Blue Valley High School, Kansas State University, and the University of Kansas School of Law. I lived for short stints in Seattle, WA, Kansas City, MO, and Washington, DC, but always called Kansas home.
I am now a civil litigator with Kuckelman Torline Kirkland in Overland Park. I began my law practice in the general litigation department at Husch Blackwell. I focus on plaintiffs’ litigation, including commercial cases, catastrophic injuries, and insurance coverage / bad faith disputes. What I enjoy most is the personal connection with our clients, from the first meeting to discuss their worrisome legal challenge, all the way through to the celebration of a positive resolution.
My wife and I live in Overland Park with our three children, ages 11, 8, and 6, and a hamster called Nibbles. Our kids attend Blue Valley public schools. In my free time, I enjoy doing projects around the house and working on my vintage motorcycle.
My first interaction with the Kansas Bar Association was during law school as the inaugural recipient of the Case, Moses & Zimmerman scholarship by the Kansas Bar Foundation. Part of the criteria for that scholarship was demonstration of a bona fide intent to practice law in the state of Kansas. I was and I remain steadfastly committed to serve our state and its residents.
I am interested in serving on the Board of Governors because I want to help strengthen the public perception of our profession in a time when it appears to be in decline. As an example, for the first time in Kansas history, there is not one single licensed attorney serving in the Kansas Senate. This follows a national trend where the proportion of lawyer-lawmakers in state legislatures is at historic lows. One interpretation of this phenomenon is that lawyers are increasingly disinterested in serving as legislators. Another interpretation is that voters are increasingly distrustful of lawyers.
Regardless, perhaps now more than ever, our legal community needs strong advocates. There are sure to be many proposals in the coming legislative sessions that will directly impact the interests of the legal profession and its clients. Because we have fewer advocates inside the Statehouse, the KBA’s role will be especially important.
It would be an honor to serve you on the Board of Governors and I ask for your vote.