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Staff Directory

Alphabetical by staff first name | Alphabetical by staff last name | Division | Team Name

Kansas State Board of Education

(785) 296-3203

Website

Board District Member Name Title Email Phone
1 Janet Waugh Vice Chair jwaugh@ksde.org (913) 620-5062
2 Melanie Haas   mhaas@ksde.org (816) 226-7728
3 Michelle Dombrosky   mdombrosky@ksde.org (913) 782-1835
4 Ann E. Mah   amah@ksde.org (785) 266-9434 - home
(785) 231-0823 - cell
5 Jean Clifford   jclifford@ksde.org (620) 275-4317
6 Dr. Deena Horst Legislative Liaison dhorst@ksde.org (785) 827-8540 - home
(785) 822-5521 - cell
7 Ben Jones Legislative Liaison bjones@ksde.org (620) 278-6063
8 Betty J. Arnold   barnold@ksde.org (316) 684-7792 - home
(316) 259-1610 - cell
9 Jim Porter Chairman jporter@ksde.org (316) 617-6779
10 Jim McNiece   jmcniece@ksde.org (316) 729-9742 - home
(316) 708 5752 - cell

 

Office of the Commissioner

 Website

 

Dr. Randy Watson Commissioner rwatson@ksde.org (785) 296-3202
Makayla Auldridge Administrative Officer mauldridge@ksde.org (785) 296-3202
Dale M. Dennis Special Assistant ddennis@ksde.org (785) 296-4923

 

 

Communications and Recognition Programs

(785) 296-2551
Website

Denise L. Kahler Director dkahler@ksde.org (785) 296-4876
Ann Marie Bush Communications Specialist abush@ksde.org (785) 296-7921
Taylor Carlson Admin. Specialist tcarlson@ksde.org (785) 296-2551
Cheryl Franklin Graphic Designer Specialist cfranklin@ksde.org (785) 296-4909
Tamla Miller PSA tmiller@ksde.org (785) 296-4950
Mike Welchhans Communications Specialist mwelchhans@ksde.org (785) 296-5223

 

 

Office of General Counsel

 Website

R. Scott Gordon General Counsel sgordon@ksde.org (785) 296-3204
Cheryl Austin Legal Assistant caustin@ksde.org (785) 296-3204
Ron Gish Special Investigator rgish@ksde.org (785) 296-3204

 

 

Human Resources

 (785) 296-7795
Website

Wendy Fritz Director wfritz@ksde.org (785) 296-5363
     Marisa Seele Admin. Spec. mseele@ksde.org (785) 296-7795
Sarah Miles HR Professional II smiles@ksde.org (785) 296-3906

 

 

Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services


Division Website

Dr. S. Craig Neuenswander Deputy Commissioner cneuenswander@ksde.org (785) 296-3871
     Sherry Root Sr. Admin. Asst. sroot@ksde.org (785) 296-3871

 

 

Child Nutrition & Wellness

 (785) 296-2276
Website

Cheryl Johnson, MS, RD, LD Director csjohnson@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
     Sarah Bruschi Sr. Admin. Asst. sbruschi@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Jill Ladd, MPH, RD, LD Assistant Director jladd@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Julie A. Henry, MS Ed. Assistant Director jhenry@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Arleen Anderson, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant aanderson@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Emily Bonilla Child Nutrition Consultant ebonilla@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Karen Campbell Senior Child Nutrition Consultant kcampbell@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Barb Depew, RD, LD Farm to Plate Project Director bdepew@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Angela Dittmer Child Nutrition Consultant adittmer@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Diane Dysart Program Consultant II ddysart@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Diana Floyd, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant dfloyd@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Jeanie Galemore Senior Child Nutrition Consultant jgalemore@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Dessa Gifford Child Nutrition Consultant drgifford@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Hilary Hanvey Child Nutrition Consultant hhanvey@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Kyleen Harris Prof. Dev. Spec., Team Nutriton Program Director kharris@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Laura Hodgson Child Nutrition Consultant, Procurement Specialist lhodgson@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Cindy L. Johnson Professional Dev. Spec. cljohnson@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Dayna Kriley, MS, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant dkriley@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Alicia Newland Child Nutrition Consultant anewland@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Lynette Osner, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant losner@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Pam Rosebaugh PSA prosebaugh@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Rachel Schiferl, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant rschiferl@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Karen Seymour, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant kseymour@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Holly Steinlage, MPH, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant hsteinlage@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Kevin Thomas Program Consultant kthomas@ksde.org (785) 296-4966
Hannah Tillery Child Nutrition Consultant htillery@ksde.org (785) 296-2276

 

 

Fiscal Auditing

(785) 296-4976
Website

 

Laurel S. Murdie Director lmurdie@ksde.org (785) 296-4976
Nancy Allen Auditor III nallen@ksde.org (785) 296-6230
Kim Burd Audit Manager kburd@ksde.org (785) 296-6058
Ali Cecchini Auditor I acecchini@ksde.org (785) 296-6289
Josh Fairman Auditor I jfairman@ksde.org (785) 296-6254
Jim Fritton Auditor II jfritton@ksde.org (785) 296-6381
Jessica Gomez Auditor I jgomez@ksde.org (785) 296-6329
Joe Haverkamp Auditor I jhaverkamp@ksde.org (785) 296-6206
Matt Hrabe Auditor I mhrabe@ksde.org (785) 296-6204
Jenna Petesch Auditor I jpetesch@ksde.org (785) 296-6364
Jamie Ribordy Auditor III jribordy@ksde.org (785) 296-6310
Janis Taylor Auditor IV jtaylor@ksde.org (785) 296-6221
Jerry Wilson Auditor III jwilson@ksde.org (785) 296-6274

 

 

Fiscal Services and Operations

  (785) 296-3264
Website

John Hess Director jhess@ksde.org (785) 296-4962
Angie Funk Assistant Director afunk@ksde.org (785) 296-3264
Denise Dallman Accountant III ddallman@ksde.org (785) 296-5060
Jamie Merklein Accountant III jmerklein@ksde.org (785) 296-3674
Angela Rosier Accountant IV arosier@ksde.org (785) 296-0784
Jan Williams Public Service Administrator jwilliams@ksde.org (785) 296-3263
Jaycee Winder Accountant III jwinder@ksde.org (785) 296-8933

 

Information Technology

 (785) 296-7931
Website

Kathi Grossenbacher Director kgrossenbacher@ksde.org (785) 296-7931
Kyle Lord Assistant Director klord@ksde.org (785) 296-6155
Todd Lowe Assistant Director  tlowe@ksde.org (785) 296-7115
     Anna Stallbaumer Admin. Spec. astallbaumer@ksde.org (785) 296-6829
Christine Armstrong System Software Staff Consultant carmstrong@ksde.org (785) 296-5711
Trey Austin App. Dev. taustin@ksde.org (785) 296-1203
Josh Bailey Database Admin. jbailey@ksde.org (785) 296-0758
Tammy Blaess App. Dev. II tblaess@ksde.org (785) 296-2316
Sharon Bloom Information Systems Manager sbloom@ksde.org (785) 296-3915
Julie V. Cook Project Manager/Data Compliance Officer jvcook@ksde.org (785) 296-3300
Tristen Cook Tech. Support Consultant tcook@ksde.org (785) 296-8392
Jennifer E. Cook-Miller Project Manager jecook@ksde.org (785) 296-7943
Denise Davis QA Tech. ddavis@ksde.org (785) 368-7192
Eric Dehner Tech. Support Consultant II edehner@ksde.org (785) 296-4961
Chris Edwards System Software Staff Consultant cedwards@ksde.org (785) 296-1222
Timothy Enneking Enterprise Security Specialist tenneking@ksde.org (785) 296-0950
Parker Erikson Webmaster perikson@ksde.org (785) 296-4958
Angie Feyh QA Technician afeyh@ksde.org (785) 296-4908
Kevin Fross Enterprise Support Specialist kfross@ksde.org (785) 291-3622
Jennifer Hayes Requirements Analyst jhayes@ksde.org (785) 296-6331
Andrew Higgins Tech. Support Consultant II ahiggins@ksde.org (785) 296-6766
Greg Hiszczynskyj Database Administrator ghiszczynskyj@ksde.org (785) 296-4928
Brian Hosey Enterprise Support Specialist bhosey@ksde.org (785) 296-3709
Jason Howe App. Dev. jhowe@ksde.org (785) 296-3544
Mike Jordan Requirements Analyst mjordan@ksde.org (785) 296-1970
Daniel Kalas App. Dev. dkalas@ksde.org (785) 296-7778
Shuming Li App. Dev. II sli@ksde.org (785) 296-7976
Stuart Lillie System Software Staff Consultant slillie@ksde.org (785) 368-7127
Bob Mather App. Dev. II bmather@ksde.org (785) 296-2317
Richard Matteson Project Manager rmatteson@ksde.org (785) 291-3534
Karen McClintock Tech. Supp. Tech. II kmcclintock@ksde.org (785) 291-0599
Christopher Ortega Sr Trainer cortega@ksde.org (785) 296-6829
Sarah Palubinski Project Manager - KIDS spalubinski@ksde.org (785) 296-3575
Dina Patel App. Dev. II dpatel@ksde.org (785) 296-6143
Matt Preston App. Dev. II mpreston@ksde.org (785) 291-3679
Michael Reb App. Dev. Supervisor mreb@ksde.org (785) 296-5125
Donna Reinert App. Dev. III dreinert@ksde.org (785) 296-1208
Melanie Scott Trainer mscott@ksde.org (785) 291-3514
Suzie Sebring Information Systems Manager ssebring@ksde.org (785) 296-4036
Jennifer S. Shaffer Information Systems Manager jshaffer@ksde.org (785) 296-5240
Tom Tosh Data Coordinator ttosh@ksde.org (785) 296-5039
Philip Watkins Tech. Supp. Tech. II pwatkins@ksde.org (785) 296-5229
Nathan Weedin Tech. Supp. Tech. nweedin@ksde.org (785) 296-5084
Kelley Wiley Project Manager kwiley@ksde.org (785) 296-5069
Charlotte Zeller Project Manager czeller@ksde.org (785) 291-3312
Raymond Zwiener Enterprise Solutions Architect rzwiener@ksde.org (785) 296-2226

 

School Finance


(785) 296-3872
Website

Dale Brungardt Director dbrungardt@ksde.org (785) 296-3872
Sara Barnes Assistant Director sbarnes@ksde.org (785) 296-3872
     Katie Albright Admin. Spec. kalbright@ksde.org (785) 296-3872
     Annette Blevins Sr. Admin. Asst.

ablevins@ksde.org

(785) 296-3551
Jennifer L. Barger PSA II jbarger@ksde.org (785) 296-4965
John Calvert Head School Safety Specialist - Kansas Safe and Secure Schools Unit jcalvert@ksde.org (785) 296-7056
Keith Dreiling Head School Bus Safety Specialist - School Bus Safety Unit

kdreiling@ksde.org

(785) 296-4567
Jim Green School Safety Specialist - Kansas Safe and Secure Schools Unit jgreen@ksde.org (785) 296-4946
Rose Ireland PSA II rireland@ksde.org (785) 296-4973
Nicole K. Norwood PSA II nnorwood@ksde.org (785) 296-2243
Melissa Ostermeyer School Bus Safety Assistant Specialist - School Bus Safety Unit mostermeyer@ksde.org (785) 296-5659
Dennis Tate School Bus Safety Assistant Specialist - School Bus Safety Unit dtate@ksde.org (785) 296-4545
Christie Wyckoff PSA I cwyckoff@ksde.org (785) 296-6321

 

Division of Learning Services

(785) 296-2303
Website

Scott E. Smith Interim Deputy Commissioner sesmith@ksde.org (785) 296-2303
     Pat Bone Sr Admin. Spec. pbone@ksde.org (785) 296-2303
Dr. Tammy Mitchell, EdD Elementary School Redesign Specialist tmitchell@ksde.org (785) 296-4623
Sarah D. Perryman School Redesign Coordinator sperryman@ksde.org (785) 296-1074
Jay Scott Secondary School Redesign Specialist jscott@ksde.org (785) 296-6818

 

 

Career, Standards and Assessment Services

 (785) 296-3142
Website

Scott E. Smith Director sesmith@ksde.org (785) 296-3142
     Tierney Kirtdoll Admin. Spec. tkirtdoll@ksde.org  (785) 296-3142
Dr. David Fernkopf Assistant Director, Curricular Standards, Virtual Schools dfernkopf@ksde.org (785) 296-8447
Beth Fultz Assistant Director, Assessment, Postsecondary bfultz@ksde.org (785) 296-2325
     Juanita Anderson Sr. Admin. Asst. janderson@ksde.org (785) 296-1978
Stacy L. Smith Assistant Director, CTE, IPS  slsmith@ksde.org (785) 296-4351
     Barbara Bahm Sr. Admin. Asst. bbahm@ksde.org (785) 291-3538
       
Dr. Laurie J. Curtis Early Literacy/Dyslexia Program Manager  lcurtis@ksde.org (785) 296-2749
Andy Ewing Education Program Consultant aewing@ksde.org  
Julie Ewing Coordinator, Assessment jewing@ksde.org (785) 296-4349
Jessica Hess Sr. Research Analyst jhess@ksde.org (785) 296-3259
Joyce Huser  EPC - Fine Arts jhuser@ksde.org (785) 296-4932
Lee Jones Public Service Executive I, ACT ljones@ksde.org (785) 296-7922
Dr. Robyn Kelso Education Program Consultant - Graduation/DGSR rkelso@ksde.org  (785) 296-3444
Stephen King EPC - STEM sking@ksde.org (785) 296-7285
Pam Lamb PSE I, State FCCLA Advisor plamb@ksde.org (785) 296-2164
Nathan McAlister Program Manager - Humanities nmcalister@ksde.org  
Joann McRell Program Manager, Humanities jmcrell@ksde.org (785) 296-2144
Kathleen T. Mercer Coordinator - IPS ktmercer@ksde.org (785) 296-2307
Nikkolas Nelson EPC - Arts/AV Communications Career Cluster, Information Technology Career Cluster nikkn@ksde.org (785) 296-7285
Regina L. Peszat, Ph.D. EPC - World Languages, Visiting International Teachers Program rpeszat@ksde.org (785) 296-1891
Kent Reed EPC - Counseling, SECD, Academic/Behavioral and Technical Integration, Juvenile Justice (SB 367) kreed@ksde.org (785) 296-8109
Meg Richard Progam Manager - STEM mrichard@ksde.org (785) 296-8108
Crystal Roberts EPC - Architecture and Construction Career Cluster, Engineering Career Cluster, Manufacturing Career Cluster, Law, Public Safety and Security Career Cluster, Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster    
Xuewen Sheng, Ph.D. Sr. Ed. Research Analyst - Research and Evaluation xsheng@ksde.org (785) 368-7435
Guy Shoulders EPC - Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster, FFA State Advisor gshoulders@ksde.org (785) 296-3956
Kelly Spurgeon, Ph.D. Sr.Ed. Research Analyst kspurgeon@ksde.org (785) 296-4924
Hayley A. Steinlage Sr. Ed. Research Analyst hasteinlage@ksde.org (785) 296-6177
Mark Stephenson Coordinator - NAEP mstephenson@ksde.org (785) 296-4926
Helen Swanson EPC - FACS hswanson@ksde.org (785) 296-4912
Mark Thompson, Ph.D. EPC - Health and PE mathompson@ksde.org (785) 296-6823
Becky Warren PSE I - SkillsUSA State Director bwarren@ksde.org (620) 820-9367
Amanda Williams PSA - Pathways helpdesk, KCCMS awilliams@ksde.org (785) 296-4908

 

 

Early Childhood

(785) 296-6602

Amanda Petersen Director apetersen@ksde.org (785) 296-6602
     Beccy Strohm Admin. Spec. bstrohm@ksde.org (785) 296-6602
Kristy Cotton State ICC Consultant kcotton@ksde.org (785) 296-3953
Natalie J. McClane EPC nmcclane@ksde.org (785) 296-5081
Julie Rand EPC jrand@ksde.org (785) 296-1944
Lisa Williams Kansas Parents as Teachers Consultant lwilliams@ksde.org (785) 296-4964

 

Special Education and Title Services


(800) 203-9462 (Kansas Residents Only)
(785) 291-3097

Website

Bert Moore Director bmoore@ksde.org (785) 291-3097
     Kayla Love Admin. Specialist klove@ksde.org (785) 291-3097
Doug Boline Assistant Director dboline@ksde.org (785) 296-2600
     Josie McClendon Sr. Admin. Asst. jmcclendon@ksde.org (785) 296-7454
Brian Dempsey Assistant Director bdempsey@ksde.org (785) 296-6518
Kerry Haag Assistant Director khaag@ksde.org (785) 296-4952
Tate Toedman Assistant Director ttoedman@ksde.org (785) 296-6714
     Alysha Nichols Sr. Admin. Asst. anichols@ksde.org (785) 296-6066
Dean Zajic State and Federal Programs Coordinator dzajic@ksde.org (785) 296-2425
     Renee Brant Admin. Spec. rbrant@ksde.org (785) 296-7077
Evelyn V. Alden Research Analyst I ealden@ksde.org (785) 296-3868
Shanna Bigler Mental Health EPC sbigler@ksde.org (785) 296-4941
Nicole Clark Program Consultant II nclark@ksde.org (785) 296-4925
Wendy Coates EPC wcoates@ksde.org (785) 296-3860
Lori Creason PSE lcreason@ksde.org (785) 296-6886
Heather Gould EPC hgould@ksde.org (785) 296-8965
Tiffany Hester EPC thester@ksde.org (785) 296-7262
Pat Hill EPC phill@ksde.org (785) 296-3137
Trevor Huffman PSE thuffman@ksde.org (785) 296-3743
Christine Macy EPC cmacy@ksde.org (785) 296-3287
Karen Maddox PSA kmaddox@ksde.org (785) 291-3098
Stacie Martin EPC smartin@ksde.org (785) 296-6855
Kimberly Muff EPC kmuff@ksde.org (785) 296-7779
Stacey Noll Data Coordinator sfarrar@ksde.org (785) 296-3129
Angela Rice PSE arice@ksde.org (785) 296-1785
Cary Rogers EPC crogers@ksde.org (785) 296-0916
Maureen Ruhlman EPC mruhlman@ksde.org (785) 296-1101
Jean Rush EPC jrush@ksde.org (785) 296-7884 
Amy Rzadczynski EPC arzadczynski@ksde.org (785) 296-6035
Kelly Steele EPC ksteele@ksde.org (785) 296-2050
Mason Vosburgh SPED Data Manager mvosburgh@ksde.org (785) 296-4945
Mark Ward, J.D. Attorney mward@ksde.org (785) 296-0920
Christy Weiler Coordinator cweiler@ksde.org (785) 296-1712
Ryan Weir Coordinator rweir@ksde.org (785) 296-7260

 

 

Teacher Licensure and Accreditation

(785) 296-2288
Website

Mischel Miller Director mmiller@ksde.org (785) 296-8010
Shane Carter Assistant Director scarter@ksde.org (785) 296-2289
Jessica Dorsey Assistant Director - Kansas Volunteer Commission jnoble@ksde.org (785) 296-3163
     Christa J. Chesmore Admin. Asst. cchesmore@ksde.org (785) 296-1105
     Cindy Coleman Admin. Asst. ccoleman@ksde.org (785) 296-4935
     Connie Comstock Admin. Asst. - Licensure ccomstock@ksde.org (785) 296-2733
     Andrea Pagan Admin. Spec. apagan@ksde.org (785) 296-8012
     Elaine Rodriguez Admin. Spec. - Kansas Volunteer Commission erodriguez@ksde.org (785) 368-7436
Jessica Apodaca PSA japodaca@ksde.org (785) 296-0952
Leslie Bruton Coordinator lbruton@ksde.org (785) 296-8011
Catherine Chmidling, Ph.D. EPC – Higher Education cchmidling@ksde.org (785) 291-3573
Brea Cudney-Christian EPC bcudneychristian@ksde.org (785) 296-6712
Kay Emerson AmeriCorps Director - Kansas Volunteer Commission kemerson@ksde.org (785) 368-6232
John Girodat EPC jgirodat@ksde.org (785) 368-7356
Ed Kalas EPC - KESA ekalas@ksde.org (785) 296-2198
Luke McClurg PSA lmcclurg@ksde.org (785) 296-5138
Myron Melton KESA Coordinator mmelton@ksde.org (785) 296-8110
Joe Midgley EPC jmidgley@ksde.org (785) 291-3374
Amanda Noll Financial Officer - Kansas Volunteer Commission anoll@ksde.org (785) 368-6207
Paula Smith Mentor Kansas Director - Kansas Volunteer Commission psmith@ksde.org (785) 368-6211
Diana Stephan Licensure Coordinator dstephan@ksde.org (785) 296-2280
Ann Yates EPC ayates@ksde.org (785) 296-5140

 

 

 

Directory questions:

Phone: (785) 296-3201
Fax: (785) 296-7933

Mailing Address:

KSDE
900 S.W. Jackson Street, Suite 102
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1212

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Abbreviations

Admin.
Administrative

CACFP
Child and Adult Care Food Program

CC
Career Cluster

CNC
Child Nutrition Consultant

CNW
Child Nutrition and Wellness

CRP
Communications and Recognition Programs

Coord.
Coordinator

CSAS
Career, Standards and Assessment Services

CTE
Career and Technical Education 

DLS
Division of Learning Services

EAG
Enhanced Assessment Grant

EC
Early Childhood

Ed.
Education

ELA
English Language Arts

ELL
English Language Learners

EPC
Education Program Consultant

ESL
English as a Second Language

FA
Fiscal Auditing

FACS
Family and Consumer Sciences

FAS
Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services

FCCLA
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

FCS
Family and Consumer Sciences

FFA
Future Farmers of America

FSO
Fiscal Services and Operations

GC
Office of General Counsel

HGSS
History, Government and Social Studies

HR
Human Resources

ICC 
Interagency Coordinating Council

IPS
Individual Plan of Study

IT
Information Technology

KEEP
Kansas Educator Evaluation Protocol

KCCMS
Kansas Course Codes Management System

KESA
Kansas Education Systems Accreditation

KIDS
Kansas Individual Data on Students

KSBE
Kansas State Board of Education

LiNK
Literacy Network of Kansas - Striving Readers Program

NAEP
National Assessment of Education Progress 

OC
Office of the Commissioner

PE
Physical Education

PSA
Public Service Administrator

PSE
Public Service Executive

QA
Quality Assurance

RE
Research and Evaluation

SBSU
School Bus Safety Unit

SECD
Social-Emotional and Character Development

SETS
Special Education and Title Services

SF
School Finance

Spec.
Specialist

Sr.
Senior

SSSU
Safe and Secure Schools Unit

STEM
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Tech.
Technology or Technician

TLA
Teacher Licensure and Accreditation

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