The Kansas Board of Regents appointed Helen Van Etten to the Washburn Board of Regents September 14, 2016. She has been a member of the Kansas Board of Regents since her appointment in 2013.
Van Etten is the chief audiologist for the Topeka School District. She is a current member of the Board of Governors for the Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series. Van Etten was elected National Committeewoman for the Kansas Republican Party in January of 2008. She received her bachelor's degree in Education in 1977, a Master of Audiology degree in 1981, and her doctoral degree in Audiology in 2002. She is a National Board Member of the National Federation of the Grand Order of Pachyderm Clubs, and is the founder and current president of the Shawnee County Pachyderm Club.