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Advisory Council Meetings

The Advisory Council meets quarterly to discuss charter and virtual education in the state of Kansas. The meetings are all held at the Kansas State Department of Education in room 117. The meetings typically last 2 hours and run from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. If you would like to attend one of these meetings virtually or in person, please contact David Fernkopf.


2021-2022 Meeting Dates

  • Wednesday, June 2, 2021
  • Wednesday, Sept 29, 2021
  • Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2022
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2022


Meeting Agendas


Materials for Council Meetings


Charter and Virtual Education Advisory Council Members


Council Leadership

Chairman/Facilitator: Gary Lewis - USD 266 Maize

Facilitator: Brooke Blanck - USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden

Facilitator: Jody Siebenmorgen - USD 258 Humboldt

KSDE Coordinator: Dr. David Fernkopf - Kansas State Department of Education

Recorder: Juanita Anderson- Kansas State Department of Education


Council Members

Charter Virtual Education Advisory Council Members as of Spring 2022: 

Blanke, Brooke
USD 383
(MS Admin Rep)

Fernkopf, Dr. David
Seibenmorgen, Jody
USD 258
(Virtual School Rep)

(Technology Rep)


Boothe, Dr. Ben
USD 231 
(HS Admin Rep)

Kelso, Dr. Robyn
Reinecke, Samantha
USD 258
(Special Ed Rep)

(HS Charter)


Cowther, Lisa
USD 305 Salina
(Elementary Rep)

Lewis, Gary
USD 266
(Superintendent Rep)

Young, Amanda
USD 259
(Elementary Admin Rep)

(Business Rep)


Clark, Tammy
USD 331
(HS Staff Rep)

Miller, Leigh
USD 259
(Virtual School Rep)

Zeigler, Christy
USD 512
(Traditional School Rep)

(Early Childhood)


Drier, Amy USD
(Virtual Charter Rep)


Purdy, Joani 
Orion Education
(Service Center Rep)

(Middle School Rep)


(Youth Rep)


Dombrosky, Michelle
KSBOE District 3 
(School Board Rep)

Shook, Erica USD 313
(Parent Rep)

(Elementary Charter Rep)


(Higher Ed Rep)



KSDE Assistant Director
Alternative/Charter/Virtual Schools

David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

CVEAC Chairman
Gary Lewis

CVEAC Facilitator
Brooke Blanck
(785) 587-2100 ext 8703

CVEAC Facilitator
Jody Siebenmorgen
(620) 228-4186

CVEAC Recording Officer
Michelle Irvine
(785) 296-2078

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-4351

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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