Dr. Ryan Karjala, Chair (USD 253) - email
Council position: Technology in Education

Dr. Volora Hanzlicek, Vice-Chair (USD 338) - email
Council position: Superintendent 

List of Members

The Accreditation Advisory Council (AAC) is a critical partner with the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). The AAC provides input and feedback to the KSDE on accreditation documents, procedures, and processes. The Council’s diverse membership advises KSDE on needs, concerns, and issues experienced by educational professionals. Members act as liaisons and advocate for the state’s accreditation system with the groups they represent. The feedback and input received from the AAC informs recommends to, and actions of, the Kansas State Board of Education.


Members of the AAC serve 3-year terms and may serve a maximum of 2 consecutive terms. KSDE is seeking representatives who are actively serving in the following areas:

  • Elementary school teaching staff
  • Middle school teaching staff
  • High school teaching staff (2 positions)
  • Higher education
  • Local board of education

Additionally, the AAC ensures statewide representation by maintaining membership from all 10 State Board of Education regions. If we are lacking representation from any specific state region, this will be a consideration in determining membership.

If you are interested in being considered for AAC membership, please utilize this link to complete a brief application survey.  New members will be selected by Friday, September 1, 2023.

2023-2024 Meeting Dates: 
  • September 18, 2023 (In-Person)
  • November 6, 2023 (Virtual)
  • March 4, 2024 (Virtual) 
  • June 3, 2024 (In-Person)

2022-2023 MEETING DATES:

  • September 19, 2022- Virtual
  • November 7, 2022- Virtual
  • February 6, 2023- Virtual
  • April 3, 2023- Virtual
  • June 5, 2023- Virtual

2021-2022 MEETING DATES:

  • June 13, 2022- Virtual
  • April 4, 2022- Virtual
  • February 7, 2022- Virtual
  • November 11, 2021- Virtual
  • September 13, 2021- Virtual


DEFINITION: Successful Kansas High School Graduate

A SUCCESSFUL KANSAS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE has the  academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, employability skills, and civic engagement to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification, or in the workforce without the need for remediation.”
                                                                                                                                 Adopted by the Kansas State Board of Education, January 2016

Accreditation K-12 Contacts

Director of Accreditation and Design
Jay Scott

Assistant Director 
Myron Melton

West Regional Executive
Amber Miller

Central Regional Executive
Mindy Bruce

East Regional Executive
Jean Rush

Administrative Specialist
Rue Huereca-Retana


Accreditation Email

If you would like to subscribe to the KESA Listserv, simply email your request to accreditation@ksde.org. You can learn about how to use the listserv here!


Are you interested in being considered for membership on the Accreditation Advisory Council? In order to recruit high-quality candidates, we are opening up our nomination form all year! Feel free to use this link to access our digital nomination form. Please do not submit an incomplete form. If you need direct assistance, please email Sarah Perryman (sperryman@ksde.org). 
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