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StaffDivision | Team Name

Accreditation and Design

(785) 296-8012

Name and email  Title Phone
Jay Scott Director (785) 296-8012
Catherine Chmidling, Ph.D. Assistant Director - Educator Preparation (785) 291-3573
Myron Melton Assistant Director (785) 296-8110
Sarah Perryman Coordinator (785) 296-1074
Jake Steel Resident  

 

 

Career, Standards and Assessment Services

 

(785) 296-3142
Website

Name and email  Title Phone
Beth Fultz Interim Director (785) 296-3142
    Vacant Admin. Spec. (785) 296-3142
Dr. David Fernkopf Assistant Director, Curricular Standards, Virtual Schools (785) 296-8447
     Juanita Anderson Sr. Admin. Asst. (785) 296-1978
     Barbara Bahm Sr. Admin. Asst. (785) 291-3538
     Casey Barezinsky Sr. Admin. Asst. (785) 296-2078
Stephanie Alderman-Oler TLC - Science  
Amber Boyington TLC - Mathematics/ELL  
Melissa Brunner TLC - Early Literacy/Dyslexia  
Dr. Laurie J. Curtis Early Literacy/Dyslexia Program Manager  (785) 296-2749
Cherryl Delacruz TLC - Mathematics  
Dr. Tina Ellsworth TLC - HGSS  
Sarah Evans TLC - STEM  
Andy Ewing Education Program Consultant (785) 296-3860
Julie Ewing Coordinator, Assessment (785) 296-4349
Michael Flenthrope TLC  
Todd Flory TLC  
LuAnn Fox TLC - ELA  
Jolene Goodheart-Peterson TLC - Math  
Robert Hamilton TLC - Science  
Hailey Hawkinson TLC - Early Literacy/Dyslexia  
Jessica Hess Sr. Research Analyst (785) 296-3259
Joyce Huser  EPC - Fine Arts (785) 296-4932
Mallory Jacobs TLC - Counseling  
Lee Jones Public Service Executive I, ACT (785) 296-7922
Dr. Robyn Kelso Education Program Consultant - Graduation/DGSR (785) 296-3444
Dr. Stephen King EPC - STEM (785) 296-7285
Pam Lamb PSE I, State FCCLA Advisor (785) 296-2164
Mary Lonker TLC - ELA  
Neil Lundgren TLC - Science  
Nathan McAlister Program Manager - Humanities  
Joann McRell Program Manager, Humanities (785) 296-2144
Kathleen T. Mercer Coordinator - IPS (785) 296-2307
Rose Olmstead TLC  
Regina L. Peszat, Ph.D. TLC - World Languages (785) 296-1891
Jeri Powers TLC  
Kent Reed EPC - Counseling, SECD, Academic/Behavioral and Technical Integration, Juvenile Justice (SB 367) (785) 296-8109
Meg Richard Progam Manager - STEM (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 (785) 296-2221
Xuewen Sheng, Ph.D. Sr. Ed. Research Analyst - Research and Evaluation (785) 368-7435
Guy Shoulders EPC - Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster, FFA State Advisor (785) 296-3956
Kelly Spurgeon, Ph.D. Sr. Ed. Research Analyst (785) 296-4924
Lara Staker TLC  
Hayley A. Steinlage Sr. Ed. Research Analyst (785) 296-6177
Mark Stephenson Coordinator - NAEP (785) 296-4926
Helen Swanson EPC - FACS (785) 296-4912
Amy Walker TLC - HGSS  
Becky Warren PSE I - SkillsUSA State Director (620) 820-9367
Lisa Wicoff TLC - STEM  
Amanda Williams PSA - Pathways helpdesk, KCCMS (785) 296-4908
Mary T. Williams TLC  
Blanche Wulfekoetter TLC - HGSS  

 

 

Child Nutrition & Wellness

 (785) 296-2276
Website

Name and email  Title Phone
Cheryl Johnson, MS, RD, LD Director (785) 296-2276
Karen Campbell Assistant Director (785) 296-2276
Kelly Chanay, MEd, RDN, LD  Assistant Director (785) 296-2276
      Katy Hatch Admin. Spec. (785) 296-2276
Arleen Anderson, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Emily Bonilla Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Eryn Davis, RDN, LD Farm to Plate Coordinator (785) 296-2276
Barb Depew, RD, LD Farm to Plate Project Director (785) 296-2276
Robert Dillman, MS, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Angela Dittmer Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Valerie Donelan, MS, RDN, LD Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Diane Dysart Program Consultant II (785) 296-2276
Diana Floyd, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Jeanie Galemore Senior Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Dessa Gifford Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Hilary Hanvey Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Laura Hodgson Child Nutrition Consultant, Procurement Specialist (785) 296-2276
Dayna Kriley, MS, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Alicia Newland Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Lynette Osner, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Jessica Reece, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Pam Rosebaugh PSA (785) 296-2276
Rachel Schiferl, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Karen Seymour, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Holly Steinlage, MPH, RD, LD Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276
Kevin Thomas Program Consultant (785) 296-4966
Hannah Tillery Child Nutrition Consultant (785) 296-2276

 

 

Communications and Recognition Programs

(785) 296-4950
Website

Name and email  Title Phone
Denise L. Kahler Director (785) 296-4876
Ann Marie Bush Communications Specialist (785) 296-7921
Cheryl Franklin Graphic Designer Specialist (785) 296-4909
Tamla Miller PSA (785) 296-4950

 

 

Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services


Division Website

Name and email  Title Phone
Dr. S. Craig Neuenswander Deputy Commissioner (785) 296-3871
     Sherry Root Sr. Admin. Asst. (785) 296-3871

 

 

Division of Learning Services

(785) 296-2303
Website

Name and email  Title Phone
Dr. Ben Proctor Deputy Commissioner (785) 296-2303
     Pat Bone Sr. Admin. Spec. (785) 296-2303

 

 

Early Childhood

(785) 296-6602

Name and email  Title Phone
Amanda Petersen Director (785) 296-6602
     Beccy Strohm Admin. Spec. (785) 296-6602
Natalie J. McClane EPC (785) 296-5081
Julie Rand EPC (785) 296-1944
Lisa Williams Kansas Parents as Teachers Consultant (785) 296-4964

 

Fiscal Auditing

(785) 296-4976
Website

Name and email  Title Phone
Laurel S. Murdie Director (785) 296-4976
     Peggy Hill Administrative Specialist (785) 296-4976
Nancy Allen Auditor III (785) 296-6230
Kim Burd Audit Manager (785) 296-6058
Ali Cecchini Auditor I (785) 296-6289
Josh Fairman Auditor I (785) 296-6254
Mandi Gilchrist Auditor I (785) 296-6381
Jessica Gomez Auditor I (785) 296-6329
Jenna Haag Auditor I (785) 296-6364
Joe Haverkamp Auditor I (785) 296-6206
Jamie Ribordy Auditor III (785) 296-6310
Janis Taylor Auditor IV (785) 296-6221
Jerry Wilson Auditor III (785) 296-6274

 

 

Fiscal Services and Operations

  (785) 296-3264
Website

Name and email  Title Phone
John Hess Director (785) 296-4962
Angie Funk Assistant Director (785) 296-3264
Denise Dallman Accountant III (785) 296-5060
Patricia Henson Accountant (785) 296-8933
Aubrey Keesee Accountant  
Jamie Merklein Accountant III (785) 296-3674
Angela Rosier Accountant IV (785) 296-0784
Sierra Stanley Accountant (785) 296-0976
Jan Williams Public Service Administrator (785) 296-3263

 

Human Resources

 (785) 296-7795
Website

Name and email  Title Phone
Wendy Fritz Director (785) 296-5363
     Marisa Seele Admin. Spec. (785) 296-7795
Sarah Miles HR Professional II (785) 296-3906

 

 

Information Technology

 (785) 296-7931
Website

Name and email  Title Phone
Kathi Grossenbacher Director (785) 296-7931
     Jennifer Marlatt Admin. Spec. (785) 296-7931
Kyle Lord Assistant Director (785) 296-6155
Todd Lowe Assistant Director  (785) 296-7115
Jennifer S. Shaffer Assistant Director  (785) 296-5240
     Anna Stallbaumer Admin. Spec. (785) 296-6829
Christine Armstrong System Software Staff Consultant (785) 296-5711
Trey Austin App. Dev. (785) 296-1203
Josh Bailey Database Admin. (785) 296-0758
Tammy Blaess App. Dev. II (785) 296-2316
Sharon Bloom Information Systems Manager (785) 296-3915
Julie V. Cook Information Systems Manager (785) 296-3300
Tristen Cook Tech. Support Consultant (785) 296-8392
Jennifer E. Cook-Miller Project Manager (785) 296-7943
Denise Davis QA Tech. (785) 368-7192
Eric Dehner Tech. Support Consultant II (785) 296-4961
Chris Edwards System Software Staff Consultant (785) 296-1222
Timothy Enneking Enterprise Security Specialist (785) 296-0950
Angie Feyh QA Technician (785) 296-4908
Kevin Fross Enterprise Support Specialist (785) 291-3622
Jennifer Hayes Requirements Analyst (785) 296-6331
Andrew Higgins Tech. Support Consultant II (785) 296-6766
Greg Hiszczynskyj Database Administrator (785) 296-4928
Brian Hosey Enterprise Support Specialist (785) 296-3709
Jason Howe Webmaster (785) 296-3544
Mike Jordan Requirements Analyst (785) 296-1970
Daniel Kalas App. Dev. (785) 296-7778
Shuming Li App. Dev. II (785) 296-7976
Stuart Lillie System Software Staff Consultant (785) 368-7127
Bob Mather App. Dev. II (785) 296-2317
Richard Matteson Project Manager (785) 291-3534
Karen McClintock Tech. Supp. Tech. II (785) 291-0599
Christopher Ortega Sr Trainer (785) 296-6829
Dina Patel App. Dev. II (785) 296-6143
Ian Preston Sr. Admin. Asst. (785) 296-0574
Matt Preston App. Dev. II (785) 291-3679
Michael Reb App. Dev. Supervisor (785) 296-5125
Donna Reinert App. Dev. III (785) 296-1208
Freddy Richter QA Technician (785) 296-8438
Melanie Scott Trainer (785) 291-3514
Tom Tosh Data Coordinator (785) 296-5039
Philip Watkins Tech. Supp. Tech. II (785) 296-5229
Nathan Weedin Tech. Supp. Tech. (785) 296-5084
Kelley Wiley Project Manager (785) 296-5069
Benjamin Wolf IT App. Dev. (785) 296-4958
Charlotte Zeller Project Manager (785) 291-3312
Raymond Zwiener Enterprise Solutions Architect (785) 296-2226

 

 

Kansas State Board of Education

(785) 296-3203

Website

Board District Member Name Title Phone
1 Danny Zeck   (913) 683-1836
2 Melanie Haas Chairman (816) 226-7728
3 Michelle Dombrosky   (913) 782-1835
4 Ann E. Mah Legislative Liaison (785) 266-9434 - home
(785) 231-0823 - cell
5 Cathy Hopkins   (913) 634-0445 
6 Dr. Deena Horst Legislative Liaison (785) 827-8540 - home
(785) 822-5521 - cell
7 Dennis Hershberger   (620) 931-7459
8 Betty J. Arnold   (316) 684-7792 - home
(316) 259-1610 - cell
9 Jim Porter Vice Chair (316) 617-6779
10 Jim McNiece   (316) 729-9742 - home
(316) 708 5752 - cell
  Barbara Hughes Executive Secretary (785) 296-3203

 

Kansas Volunteer Commission

(785) 368-7436

Website

Name and email  Title Phone
Dr. Jessica Dorsey Executive Director (785) 296-3163
     Elaine Rodriguez Administrative Specialist (785) 368-7436
Kay Emerson AmeriCorps Kansas Coordinator (785) 368-6232
Tierney Kirtdoll Mentor Kansas Coordinator (785) 368-6211
Haley Matherly Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (785) 296-5712
Amanda Noll Financial Officer (785) 368-6207
Sarah Palubinski School and Community Partnership Coordinator (785) 296-7801

 

 

Office of General Counsel

(785) 296-3204

 Website

 

Name and email  Title Phone
R. Scott Gordon General Counsel (785) 296-3204
     Cheryl Austin Legal Assistant (785) 296-3204
Ron Gish Special Investigator (785) 296-3204

 

 

Office of the Commissioner

(785) 296-3202

 Website

Name and email  Title Phone
Dr. Randy Watson Commissioner (785) 296-3202
   Makayla Auldridge Administrative Officer (785) 296-3202
Dale M. Dennis Special Assistant (785) 296-4923

 

 

School Finance


(785) 296-3872
Website

Name and email  Title Phone
Dale Brungardt Director (785) 296-3872
     Katie Albright Admin. Spec. (785) 296-3872
Sara McCullah Assistant Director (785) 296-3872
Jennifer L. Barger PSA II (785) 296-4965
Angie Brungardt PSA  
John Calvert Head School Safety Specialist - Kansas Safe and Secure Schools Unit (785) 296-7056
Keith Dreiling Head School Bus Safety Specialist - School Bus Safety Unit (785) 296-4567
     Annette Blevins Sr. Admin. Asst. - School Bus Safety Unit (785) 296-3551
Jim Green School Safety Specialist - Kansas Safe and Secure Schools Unit (785) 296-4946
Rose Ireland PSA II (785) 296-4973
Nicole K. Norwood PSA II (785) 296-2243
Melissa Ostermeyer School Bus Safety Assistant Specialist - School Bus Safety Unit (785) 296-5659
Dennis Tate School Bus Safety Assistant Specialist - School Bus Safety Unit (785) 296-4545
Christie Wyckoff PSA I (785) 296-6321

 

Special Education and Title Services


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

Website

Name and email  Title Phone
Bert Moore Director (785) 296-4949
     Kayla Love Administration Specialist (785) 291-3097
       
Doug Boline Assistant Director (785) 296-2600
     Gail Tripp Senior Administration Assistant (785) 296-2267
Heather Gould Education Program Consultant (785) 296-8965
Stacey Noll Data Coordinator (785) 296-3129
Janis Olds Education Program Consultant (785) 296-4906
Jean Rush Coordinator (785) 296-7884
     
Brian Dempsey Assistant Director (785) 296-5522
     Sarah Reed Administration Specialist (785) 296-4602
Dr. Christa Grimwood, Ed.D. Education Program Consultant - Dispute Resolution Coordinator (785) 296-7262
Stacie Martin Education Program Consultant (785) 296-6855
Josie McClendon Education Program Consultant (785) 296-5608
Ashley Niedzwiecki Attorney (785) 296-6518
Amy Rzadczynski Education Program Consultant (785) 296-6035
Mark Ward, J.D. Attorney (785) 296-0920
     
Kerry Haag Assistant Director (785) 296-4952
Trish Backman Coordinator (785) 296-6937
Shanna Hailey Mental Health Education Program Consultant (785) 296-4941
Lisa Karney Education Program Consultant (785) 296-6765
Nathan Morrissey Public Service Administrator (785) 291-3098
Mason Vosburgh Special Education Data Manager (785) 296-4945
     
Tate Toedman Assistant Director (785) 296-6714
     Alysha Nichols Senior Administration Assistant (785) 296-6066
Nicole Clark Program Consultant II (785) 296-4925
Pat Hill Education Program Consultant (785) 296-3137
Cary Rogers Education Program Consultant (785) 296-0916
Kelly Steele Education Program Consultant (785) 296-2050
Maureen Tabasko Education Program Consultant (785) 296-1101
Roxanne Zillinger Education Program Consultant (785) 296-7260
     
Dean Zajic Assistant Director (785) 296-2425
     Sami Reed Administration Specialist (785) 296-7454
Evelyn V. Alden Research Analyst I (785) 296-3868
Renee Brant Public Service Executive (785) 296-7077
Lori Creason Public Service Executive (785) 296-6886
 Gabrielle Hull Public Service Executive (785) 296-8362
Christine Macy Education Program Consultant (785) 296-3287
Angela Rice Public Service Executive (785) 296-1785
Christy Weiler Coordinator (785) 296-1712

 

 

Teacher Licensure

(785) 296-2288
Website

Name and email  Title Phone
Shane Carter Director (785) 296-2289
     Connie Comstock Admin. Asst. - Licensure (785) 296-2733
     Tanae Olson Admin. Spec. (785) 296-5114
Jessica Apodaca PSA II (785) 296-0952
Leslie Bruton Coordinator (785) 296-8011
Christa J. Chesmore EPC (785) 296-1105
Cindy Coleman PSA (785) 296-4935
Brea Cudney-Christian EPC (785) 296-6712
Joel Gillaspie, PhD Coordinator (785) 296-4351
Ed Kalas EPC - KESA (785) 296-2198
Luke McClurg PSA (785) 296-5138
Joe Midgley Licensure Operations Coordinator (785) 291-3371
Nikkolas Nelson EPC (785) 296-2280
Diana Stephan Licensure Coordinator (785) 296-3379
Myra Stithem PSA (785) 296-3835
Ann Yates EPC (785) 296-5140

 

 

 

Directory questions:

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

Mailing Address:

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Topeka, Kansas 66612-1212

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Abbreviations

AD
Accreditation and Design Team

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

SPED or SpED
Special Education

Sr.
Senior

SSSU
Safe and Secure Schools Unit

STEM
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Tech.
Technology or Technician

TL
Teacher Licensure Team

TLC
Teacher Leader Consultant

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