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Career, Standards and Assessment Services

Suite 653
(785) 296-3142
Website

Scott Smith Director sesmith@ksde.org (785) 296-3142
David Fernkopf Assistant Director dfernkopf@ksde.org (785) 296-8447
Beth Fultz Assistant Director bfultz@ksde.org (785) 296-2325
Stacy L. Smith Assistant Director - I.P.S.  C.T.E. slsmith@ksde.org (785) 296-4351
Tierney Kirtdoll Administrative Specialist tkirtdoll@ksde.org (785) 296-3142
Juanita Anderson Senior Administrative Assistant janderson@ksde.org (785) 296-1978
Barbara Bahm Senior Administrative Assistant bbahm@ksde.org (785) 291-3538
Kelli Byrne Senior Administrative Assistant kbyrne@ksde.org (785) 296-3784
Gwen Kramer Senior Administrative Assistant gkramer@ksde.org (785) 296-2078
Amanda Williams Senior Administrative Assistant awilliams@ksde.org (785) 296-0979
       
Natalie D. Clark Education Program Consultant - Business ndclark@ksde.org (785) 296-4916
Wendy Coates Education Program Consultant wcoates@ksde.org (785) 296-3860
Kurt Dillon Agriculture Education Program Consultant Kansas FFA Advisor kdillon@ksde.org (785) 296-3956
Melissa Fast Education Program Consultant - Math/Assessment mfast@ksde.org (785) 296-3486
Angie Feyh Research Analyst I afeyh@ksde.org (785) 296-4908
Don Gifford Ed. Program Consultant - History/Government, Social Studies dgifford@ksde.org (785) 296-3892
Cynthia F. Hadicke Education Program Consultant – Elementary chadicke@ksde.org (785) 296-2749
Joyce Huser Education Program Consultant - Fine Arts jhuser@ksde.org (785) 296-4932
Lee Jones Assessment Coordinator ljones@ksde.org (785) 296-4349
Stephen King Education Program Consultant - Media and Technology sking@ksde.org (785) 296-7285
Pam Lamb State FCCLA Advisor plamb@ksde.org (785) 296-2164
Nancy Lister Grant Administrator-Enhanced Learning Maps EAG nlister@ksde.org (785) 296-7922
Kyle Lord Senior Research Analyst klord@ksde.org (785) 296-3259
Jennifer Marlatt Senior Administrative Assistant jmarlatt@ksde.org (785) 296-7782
Joann McRell Education Program Consultant - English Language Arts jmcrell@ksde.org (785) 296-2144
Kathleen T. Mercer Coordinator - Individual Plans of Study ktmercer@ksde.org (785) 296-2307
Kimberly Muff Education Program Consultant
Literacy Network of Kansas (LiNK) – Striving Readers Program
kmuff@ksde.org (785) 296-7779
Regina L. Peszat, Ph.D. Education Program Consultant - World Languages rpeszat@ksde.org (785) 296-1891
Mike Pounds Education Program Consultant - HS Graduation/School Redesign mpounds@ksde.org (785) 296-3444
Nicole Primm Education Program Consultant nprimm@ksde.org (785) 296-5060
Gayla Randel, CFCS Education Program Consultant - Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) grandel@ksde.org (785) 296-4912
Kent Reed Education Program Consultant - Counseling kreed@ksde.org (785) 296-8109
Kris Shaw C3 Technical Assistance Liaison kshaw@ksde.org (785) 296-1893
Kelly Spurgeon, Ph.D. Senior Research Analyst kspurgeon@ksde.org (785) 296-4924
Mark Stephenson National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Coordinator mstephenson@ksde.org (785) 296-4926
Mark Thompson, Ph.D. Education Program Consultant - Health and Physical Education mathompson@ksde.org (785) 296-6823
Becky Warren Public Service Executive I - SkillsUSA bwarren@ksde.org (620) 820-9367

Child Nutrition & Wellness

Suite 251
(785) 296-2276
Website

Cheryl Johnson, MS,    RD, LD Director csjohnson@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Jill Ladd, MPH, RD, LD Assistant Director jladd@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Julie A. Henry Assistant Director jhenry@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Sarah Bruschi Senior Administrative Assistant sbruschi@ksde.org (785) 296-7877
Cheri Berggren Administrative Specialist cberggren@ksde.org (785) 296-1865
Carlene Eberspacher Administrative Specialist ceberspacher@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Michelle Irvine Senior Administrative Assistant mirvine@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
       
Arleen Anderson, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant aanderson@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Meg Boggs Body Venture Manager mboggs@ksde.org (785) 291-3605
Emily Brinkman, RD, LD Registered Dietitian ebrinkman@ksde.org (785) 368-8039
Karen Campbell Child Nutrition Consultant kcampbell@ksde.org (913) 728-2328
Barb Depew, RD, LD Farm to Plate Project Director bdepew@ksde.org (785) 296-0062
Angela Dittmer Child Nutrition Consultant adittmer@ksde.org (785) 348-5852
Diane Dysart Program Consultant II ddysart@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Carlene Eberspacher Administrative Officer ceberspacher@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Diana Floyd, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant dfloyd@ksde.org (785) 258-2045
Jeanie Galemore Child Nutrition Consultant jgalemore@ksde.org (620) 367-4650
Dessa Gifford Child Nutrition Consultant drgifford@ksde.org (785) 296-4970
Hilary Hanvey Child Nutrition Consultant hhanvey@ksde.org (620) 622-4620
Laura Hodgson Child Nutrition Consultant lhodgson@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Sean R. Hoffman Training Specialist - Child Nutrition Consultant shoffman@ksde.org (785) 296-4966
Cindy L. Johnson Professional Development Specialist cljohnson@ksde.org (785) 296-8172
Judith A. Neely, MPH, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant jneely@ksde.org (620) 251-4032
Lynette Osner, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant losner@ksde.org (620) 456-3133
Linnea Rieger, MS Team Nutrition Project Director lrieger@ksde.org (785) 296-0012
Pam Rosebaugh Public Service Administrator prosebaugh@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Rachel Schiferl, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant rschiferl@ksde.org 785) 462-2312
Karen Seymour Team Nutrition Project Director kseymour@ksde.org (785) 296-1473
Holly Steinlage Child Nutrition Consultant hsteinlage@ksde.org (785) 296-2276
Hannah Tillery Child Nutrition Consultant htillery@ksde.org (785) 296-7881
Tara Witthuhn Child Nutrition Consultant twitthuhn@ksde.org (785) 798-2128

Communications and Recognition Programs

Suite 102
(785) 296-2551
Website

Denise L. Kahler Director dkahler@ksde.org (785) 296-4876
Sherry Bukovatz Administrative Specialist sbukovatz@ksde.org (785) 296-2551
Tamla Miller Administrative Specialist tmiller@ksde.org (785) 296-4950
       
Ann Marie Bush Communications Specialist abush@ksde.org (785) 296-7921
Cheryl Franklin Graphic Designer Specialist cfranklin@ksde.org (785) 296-4909
Amanda Manville Communications Specialist amanville@ksde.org (785) 296-5223

Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services

Suite 354
(785) 296-3871
Division Website

Dale M. Dennis    Deputy Commissioner ddennis@ksde.org (785) 296-3871
Tamara Milligan Senior Administrative Specialist tmilligan@ksde.org (785) 296-3871

Division of Learning Services

Suite 656
(785) 296-2303
Website

Brad Neuenswander Deputy Commissioner bradn@ksde.org (785) 296-2303
Theresa Cote Senior Administrative Specialist tcote@ksde.org (785) 296-2303
       
Tammy Mitchell 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

Early Childhood

Suite 620
(785) 296-6602
Website

Amanda Petersen Director apetersen@ksde.org (785) 296-6602
Beccy Strohm Administrative Specialist bstrohm@ksde.org (785) 296-6602
       
Jordan Christian Public Service Executive II jchristian@ksde.org (785) 296-3953
Natalie J. McClane Education Program Consultant nmcclane@ksde.org (785) 296-5081
Nis Wilbur Education Program Consultant nwilbur@ksde.org (785) 296-4964

Fiscal Auditing

Suite 251
(785) 296-4976
Website

Laurel S. Murdie Director lmurdie@ksde.org (785) 296-4976
Makayla Auldridge Administrative Specialist mauldridge@ksde.org (785) 296-4976
       
Dan Barlett Auditor I dbarlett@ksde.org (785) 296-4976
Gwyndolyn Birk Auditor I gbirk@ksde.org (785) 296-4976
Kim Burd Auditor IV kburd@ksde.org (785) 296-4976
Ali Cecchini Auditor I acecchini@ksde.org (785) 296-4976
Jim Fritton Auditor II jfritton@ksde.org (785) 296-4976
Patty Herrman Auditor III pherrman@ksde.org (785) 296-4976
Rick Moen Auditor II rmoen@ksde.org (785) 296-4976
Jamie Ribordy Auditor I jribordy@ksde.org (785) 296-4976
Stephanie Schlesener Auditor II sschlesener@ksde.org (785) 296-4976
Janis Taylor Auditor III jtaylor@ksde.org (785) 296-4976
Jerry Wilson Auditor III jwilson@ksde.org (785) 296-4976

Fiscal Services and Operations

Suite 307
(785) 296-3264
Website

Stephanie Smith Director ssmith@ksde.org (785) 296-4923
Deb Smith Public Service Administrator dsmith@ksde.org (785) 296-3263
       
Denise Dallman Accountant II ddallman@ksde.org (785) 296-3263
Angie Funk Coordinator afunk@ksde.org (785) 296-3264
Eric W. Liggett Accountant I eliggett@ksde.org (785) 296-0976
Ashton Martin Accountant amartin@ksde.org (785) 296-8933
Tim Mears General Maintenance Repair Tech I tmears@ksde.org (785) 296-3152
Tina A. Niehaus Accountant III tniehaus@ksde.org (785) 296-3962
Angela Rosier Accountant IV arosier@ksde.org (785) 296-0784

Human Resources

Suite 102
(785) 296-7795
Website

Wendy Fritz Director wfritz@ksde.org (785) 296-5363
Candi Brown Administrative Specialist cbrown@ksde.org (785) 296-7795
Kim Mick Human Resources Professional II kmick@ksde.org (785) 296-3906

Information Technology

Suite 351
(785) 296-7931
Website

Kathi Grossenbacher Director kgrossenbacher@ksde.org (785) 296-2317
Dan Ubel Assistant Director dubel@ksde.org (785) 291-3312
Charlotte Zeller Administrative Specialist czeller@ksde.org (785) 296-7931
Jan Williams Senior Administrative Assistant jwilliams@ksde.org (785) 296-6829
       
Axel Araujo Database Administrator aaraujo@ksde.org (785) 296-3418
Christine Armstrong System Software Staff Consultant carmstrong@ksde.org (785) 296-5711
Sharon Bloom Quality Assurance Technician sbloom@ksde.org (785) 296-3915
Jenna Cook Project Manager jecook@ksde.org (785) 296-7943
Julie V. Cook Project Manager/Data Compliance Officer jvcook@ksde.org (785) 296-3300
Denise Davis Quality Assurance Technician ddavis@ksde.org (785) 368-7192
Eric Dehner Technology Support Consultant edehner@ksde.org (785) 296-4961
Brett Dietz Project Manager bdietz@ksde.org (785) 291-3574
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 Applications Developer perikson@ksde.org (785) 296-4958
Kevin Fross Enterprise Support Specialist kfross@ksde.org (785) 291-3622
Jennifer Hayes Requirements Analyst jhayes@ksde.org (785) 296-6331
Andrew Higgins Technology 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
Mike Jordan Requirements Analyst mjordan@ksde.org (785) 296-1970
Shuming Li Applications Developer II sli@ksde.org (785) 296-7976
Stuart Lillie System Software Staff Consultant slillie@ksde.org (785) 368-7127
Todd Lowe Information Systems Manager tlowe@ksde.org (785) 296-7115
Bob Mather Applications Developer II bmather@ksde.org (785) 296-2317
Richard Matteson Project Manager rmatteson@ksde.org (785) 291-3534
Karen McClintock Technology Support Technician II kmcclintock@ksde.org (785) 291-0599
Tammy R. McFadden Applications Developer II tmcfadden@ksde.org (785) 296-2316
Drew Mechnig  Applications Developer  dmechnig@ksde.org (785) 296-1203 
Christopher Ortega Senior Trainer cortega@ksde.org (785) 296-6829
Sarah Palubinski Training Coordinator/State E-Rate Coordinator spalubinski@ksde.org (785) 296-3575
Dina Patel Applications Developer II dpatel@ksde.org (785) 296-6143
Matt Preston Applications Developer II mpreston@ksde.org (785) 291-3679
John Price Project Manager/KIDS Supervisor jprice@ksde.org (785) 296-6155
Michael Reb Applicatons Development Supervisor mreb@ksde.org (785) 296-5125
Donna Reinert Applications Developer III dreinert@ksde.org (785) 296-1208
Melanie Scott Trainer mscott@ksde.org (785) 291-3514
Suzie Sebring Project Manager Supervisor ssebring@ksde.org (785) 296-4036
Shivani Shrivastava Database Administrator sshrivastava@ksde.org (785) 296-7778
Zach Smith Systems Software Staff Consultant zsmith@ksde.org (785) 296-5080
Tom Tosh Data Coordinator ttosh@ksde.org (785) 296-5039
Philip Watkins Technology Support Technician II pwatkins@ksde.org (785) 296-5229
Nathan Weedin Technology Support Technician nweedin@ksde.org (785) 296-5084
Kelley Wiley Project Manager kwiley@ksde.org (785) 296-5069
Raymond Zwiener Enterprise Solutions Architect rzwiener@ksde.org (785) 296-2226

Kansas State Board of Education

Suite 600
(785) 296-3203
Website

Kathy Busch, Chairman District 8 kbusch@ksde.org (316) 682-5718
Janet Waugh, Vice Chair District 1 jwaugh@ksde.org (913) 620-5062
Peggy L. Hill Executive Secretary plhill@ksde.org (785) 296-3203
       
Steve Roberts District 2 sroberts@ksde.org (913) 302-8185
Michelle Dombrosky District 3 mdombrosky@ksde.org (913) 782-1835
Ann E. Mah District 4

amah@ksde.org

(785) 266-9434 (home)
(785) 231-0823 (cell)
Jean Clifford District 5 jclifford@ksde.org (620) 275-4317
Deena Horst District 6 dhorst@ksde.org (785) 827-8540 (home)
(785) 822-5521 (cell)
Ben Jones District 7 bjones@ksde.org (620) 278-6063
Jim Porter District 9  jporter@ksde.org (316) 617-6779
Jim McNiece District 10 jmcniece@ksde.org (316) 729-9742 (home)
(316) 708 5752 (cell)

Kansas Volunteer Commission

Suite 105
(785) 368-7436
Website

Jessica Noble Executive Director jnoble@ksde.org (785) 296-3163
Jamie Crispin Deputy Director jcrispin@ksde.org (785) 296-5712
       
Amanda Noll Financial Officer anoll@ksde.org (785) 368-6207
Destinee Parker Kansas AmeriCorps Director dparker@ksde.org (785) 368-6211

Office of the Commissioner

Suite 600

(785) 296-3202
Website

Dr. Randy Watson Commissioner rwatson@ksde.org (785) 296-3202
Penny Rice Administrative Officer price@ksde.org (785) 296-3202

Office of General Counsel

Suite 102
(785) 296-3204
Website

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

Research and Evaluation

Suite 653
(785) 296-3142
Website

Scott Smith Director sesmith@ksde.org (785) 296-3142
Tierney Kirtdoll Administrative Specialist tkirtdoll@ksde.org (785) 296-3142
       
Xuewen Sheng, Ph.D. Senior Education Research Analyst xsheng@ksde.org (785) 368-7435
Linda Wisner Grant Fiscal Officer lwisner@ksde.org (785) 296-3637

School Bus Safety Unit

Suite 356
(785) 296-3551
Website

Keith Dreiling State Director kdreiling@ksde.org (785) 296-4567
Dennis Tate Assistant State Director dtate@ksde.org (785) 296-4545
Annette Blevins Senior Administrative Assistant ablevins@ksde.org (785) 296-3551
Melissa Ostermeyer Training Coordinator mostermeyer@ksde.org (785) 296-5659

School Finance

Suite 356
(785) 296-3872
Website

Craig Neuenswander Director cneuenswander@ksde.org (785) 296-3872
Sherry Root Administrative Specialist sroot@ksde.org (785) 296-3872
       
Jennifer L. Barger Public Service Administrator II jbarger@ksde.org (785) 296-4965
Sara Barnes Coordinator sbarnes@ksde.org (785) 296-4972
John Calvert School Safety Specialist jcalvert@ksde.org (785) 296-7056
Rose Ireland Public Service Administrator II rireland@ksde.org (785) 296-4973
Susan McMahan School Safety Specialist smcmahan@ksde.org (785) 296-4946
Nicole K. Norwood Public Service Administrator II nnorwood@ksde.org (785) 296-2243
Christie Wyckoff Public Service Administrator I cwyckoff@ksde.org (785) 296-6321

Special Education and Title Services

Suite 620
(800) 203-9462 (Kansas Residents Only)
(785) 296-7454
Website

Bert Moore Director bmoore@ksde.org (785) 291-3097
Doug Boline Assistant Director dboline@ksde.org (785) 296-2600
Kerry Haag Assistant Director - SECD khaag@ksde.org (785) 296-4952
Laura N. Jurgensen, JD Assistant Director ljurgensen@ksde.org (785) 296-5522
Tate Toedman Assistant Director ttoedman@ksde.org (785) 296-6714
Pat Bone Senior Administrative Specialist pbone@ksde.org (785) 291-3097
Tammy Lutze Senior Administrative Assistant tlutze@ksde.org (785) 296-6066
Amy D. Martin Senior Administrative Assistant  admartin@ksde.org  
       
Evelyn V. Alden Research Analyst I ealden@ksde.org (785) 296-3868
Rachel Beech Education Program Consultant rbeech@ksde.org (785) 296-8965
Nicole Clark Program Consultant II nclark@ksde.org (785) 296-4925
Brian Dempsey Attorney bdempsey@ksde.org (785) 296-6518
Julie Ewing Education Program Consultant jewing@ksde.org (785) 296-4906
Tiffany Hester Education Program Consultant thester@ksde.org (785) 296-7454
Pat Hill Education Program Consultant phill@ksde.org (785) 296-3137
Joan Houghton, Ed. D. Education Program Consultant jhoughton@ksde.org (785) 296-2515
Chelle Kemper Education Program Consultant ckemper@ksde.org (620) 846-2542
Christine Macy Education Program Consultant cmacy@ksde.org (785) 296-3287
Karen Maddox Public Service Administrator kmaddox@ksde.org (785) 291-3098
Stacie Martin Education Program Consultant smartin@ksde.org (785) 296-6855
Myron Melton Education Program Consultant mmelton@ksde.org (785) 296-4941
Stacey Noll Data Coordinator sfarrar@ksde.org (785) 296-3129
Cary Rogers Education Program Consultant crogers@ksde.org (785) 296-0916
Maureen Ruhlman Education Program Consultant mruhlman@ksde.org (785) 296-1101
Kelly Steele Education Program Consultant ksteele@ksde.org (785) 296-2050
Melissa Valenza Education Program Consultant mvalenza@ksde.org (785) 296-6035 
Mason Vosburgh Special Education Data Manager mvosburgh@ksde.org (785) 296-4945
Mark Ward, J.D. Attorney mward@ksde.org (785) 296-0920
Christy Weiler Public Service Administrator II cweiler@ksde.org (785) 296-1712
Ryan Weir Data Coordinator rweir@ksde.org (785) 296-7260
Dean Zajic Coordinator dzajic@ksde.org (785) 296-2425

Teacher Licensure and Accreditation

Suite 106

(785) 296-2288
Website

Mischel Miller Director mmiller@ksde.org (785) 296-8010
Susan Helbert Assistant Director shelbert@ksde.org (785) 296-2289
Jeannette Nobo Assistant Director - Accreditation, Educator Evaluation and Professional Development jnobo@ksde.org (785) 296-4948
Christa J. Chesmore Administrative Assistant cchesmore@ksde.org (785) 296-8012
Shirley Coffman Administrative Assistant - Licensure scoffman@ksde.org (785) 296-0952
Cindy Coleman Administrative Assistant ccoleman@ksde.org (785) 296-4935
Connie Comstock Administrative Assistant - Licensure ccomstock@ksde.org (785) 296-2733
Seretha Potts Administrative Assistant spotts@ksde.org (785) 296-5114
       
David Barnes Education Program Consultant dbarnes@ksde.org (785) 368-7356
Lynn Bechtel Education Program Consultant lbechtel@ksde.org (785) 296-8110
Shane Carter Coordinator scarter@ksde.org (785) 296-8011
Catherine Chmidling, Ph.D. Education Program Consultant – Higher Education cchmidling@ksde.org (785) 291-3573
Robyn Meinholdt Public Service Administator - Drivers Education rmeinholdt@ksde.org (785) 296-3379
Nikkolas Nelson Licensure Consultant nnelson@ksde.org (785) 291-3371
Diana Stephan Licensure Coordinator dstephan@ksde.org (785) 296-2280
Lori Thompson Education Program Consultant lthompson@ksde.org (785) 296-3835
Ann Yates Education Program Consultant ayates@ksde.org (785) 296-5140
Leah Zeller Administrative Specialist lzeller@ksde.org (785) 296-8012
Directory questions:
(785) 296-3201

 

Mailing Address:

Kansas State Department of Education
Landon State Office Building
900 S.W. Jackson Street, Suite 102
Topeka, Kansas 66612

Abbreviations

CACFP
Child and Adult Care Food Program

CNW
Child Nutrition and Wellness

CRP
Communications and Recognition Programs

CSAS
Career, Standards and Assessment Services

CTE
Career and Technical Education 

DLS
Division of Learning Services

EAG
Enhanced Assessment Grant

ECSET
Early Childhood, Special Education and Title Services

ELA
English Language Arts

ELL
English Language Learners

EPC
Education Program Consultant

ESL
English as a Second Language

FA
Fiscal Auditing

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

HR
Human Resources

IPS
Individual Plan of Study

IT
Information Technology

KEEP
Kansas Educator Evaluation Protocol

KESA
Kansas Education Systems Accreditation

KSBE
Kansas State Board of Education

KVC
Kansas Volunteer Commission

OC
Office of the Commissioner

RE
Research and Evaluation

SBSU
School Bus Safety Unit

SECD
Social-Emotional and Character Development

SF
School Finance

TLA
Teacher Licensure and Accreditation

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