Leadership Washburn

Class of 2014-2015

portrait of shane bartleyShane Bartley

Shane Bartley has been with Washburn Information Technology Services in the role of Webmaster since 2008, where he works to design, develop, maintain, and manage the Washburn University website. He serves on numerous committees such as the Web Advisory Council, Washburn Information Systems Advisory Council, Web Operations Group, Digital Media Task Force, and Social Media Committee, and is a regular contributor to the Web Steering Committee. Shane was elected in May 2014 to be the chair of Washburn Staff Council. Shane was the technical lead project manager for the latest redesign of the Washburn University website and also served on the web steering committee for the Washburn Tech website redesign. Before coming to Washburn, he was technology specialist for Florists' Review, and before that, communications specialist for the League of Kansas Municipalities. Shane has an Associate of Arts in Music Education from Hutchinson Community College, where he was percussion section leader for both years, and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an advertising emphasis from the University of Kansas.

portrait of taruja borker

Taruja Borker

Taruja Borker joined the faculty at Washburn Institute of Technology in 2012 as an Instructor in the Advanced Systems Technology program.  She received her dual Master of Science degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Environmental Engineering from University of Florida. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Washburn University. Taruja teaches courses related to electrical engineering and automation at Washburn Institute of Technology, and was recognized as "Innovative Faculty" at Washburn Tech. She is a Certified Production Technician instructor and has developed curriculum for Mars Chocolate for training their production associates. Prior to joining Washburn, she worked as adjunct faculty for two years teaching Hindi language at University of Florida. She has also worked as a Design Engineer for three years in the manufacturing industry.

portrait of Paul ByrnePaul Byrne

Paul Byrne has been a member of the faculty in the School of Business since 2003. As an Associate Professor in Economics, Paul has taught courses in labor economics and urban economics & public policy in addition to principles and advanced courses in microeconomics. His research interests are in public finance, labor economics and economic development incentives. He has served on the university’s Faculty Senate, Academic Affairs Committee, and Apeiron Committee, and is the current President of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Montana.

portrait of regina cassellRegina Cassell

Regina Cassell began her Washburn career in July of 2000 as the publication specialist for the Washburn Alumni Association, but she accepted a teaching position in the Mass Media department in the fall of 2003. Regina is also the director of Washburn Student Media, a position that oversees the weekly newspaper, website, and Kaw Yearbook. Student Media has received numerous awards, both at the state and national level, and continues to provide an excellent career building opportunities for Washburn students. Regina has been a member of Kansas Collegiate Media since 2003 and has served as second vice president and contest coordinator of that organization. She is also a longtime member of the College Media Association, where she has served on the spring conference planning team. At Washburn, Regina has served on numerous committees including CFC, Apeiron, and Faculty Senate, and spends a great deal of time advising and mentoring students. Regina earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Northwest Missouri State University and her Masters of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas.

portrait of rich connellRich Connell

Rich Connell came to Washburn University in August of 2013 from the University of Minnesota System as the Director of Facilities Services for Washburn University.  Rich has led the effective delivery of facility service programming, over the past two decades, on campuses in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas. He holds the designation of Facility Management Administrator (FMA) from the Building Managers and Owners Association, and also earned the Educational Facility Professional (EFP) designation as granted by APPA.  Additionally, he earned his Masters of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Development from Bellevue University. He is a graduate of Leadership Council Bluffs and understands the importance of the vital role a University plays in the economic and social vitality in the community in which it is located. Rich played an integral role in the successful implementation of the Trane ESCO project, while functioning as the liaison between the Trane Corporation and Washburn University. He is also responsible for meeting and balancing the needs of the campus end users, along with achieving the goals of the ESCO Project.  Rich has been extensively involved in Rotary and Optimist Club activities in the previous communities in which he lived, and is currently involved in the Topeka Beautification Association. 

portrait of donna drogeDonna Droge

Donna Droge is in her third year as Outcomes Assessment Coordinator at Washburn Institute of Technology.  Donna assists all technical program instructors in developing assessment plans; reviews current student learning tools; and is currently developing and implementing a continuous program improvement cycle at Washburn Institute of Technology.  Serving on the Washburn University Assessment Team and Higher Learning Commission committee enables Donna to deliver pertinent, up-to-date information to the technical campus regarding the University’s accreditation process.  Donna’s leadership responsibilities include: managing the assessment, curriculum, and processes of the program review committees; delivering professional development for D2L, the University learning management system; developing and implementing a mentoring partnership for new instructors, as well as on-going professional development opportunities in “best practices”; and coordinating Washburn Tech’s involvement in the annual Boy Scout Merit Badge event.  Prior to Washburn, her leadership experience was in the areas of professional development, education, corporate business consulting/sales, Kansas state-wide leadership teams, and presenting in all 50 United States. She was a member of the first Kansas Math Standards and Assessment Team and has earned awards and recognition for her contributions in education, business, professional organizations and her community. Donna received a Bachelor of Education degree at Washburn, her Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Kansas State University and 65 additional graduate hours in communication, federal regulations, assessment, math and science. Donna is a proud Ichabod, member of the WU Alumni Association, and supports the WU Foundation.

portrait of angela duncanAngela Duncan

Angela D. Duncan is the Director of the Student Service Center at Washburn University. She first came to the university in July 2013 as the Assistant Director of Admissions where she oversaw transfer recruitment and admissions processing. Angela fully transitioned into her new position in July 2014. In this role, she is charged with fully implementing the plans to create a one-stop location where students can get assistance with admissions, financial aid, student records/registration, and student accounts. Prior to her time at Washburn, Angela spent ten years working in higher education where she gained experience in admissions, academic advising, Greek life, and residence life. She also co-facilitated an undergraduate leadership development course for two years at the University of Louisville. Angela earned a Ph.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services with an emphasis in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville. She has a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northern Kentucky University. 

portrait of lauren edelmanLauren Edelman

Lauren Edelman joined Washburn University in January 2014 as the Associate Director of the Leadership Institute. In this position, she instructs LE100: Exploring Leadership Concepts, serves as the advisor for the Student Leadership Council and supports both academic and co-curricular endeavors of the Leadership Institute. Prior to coming to Washburn, Lauren worked at Kansas State University as the Assistant Coordinator of the institution’s first-year experience program, managing enrollment for learning communities and first-year seminar courses focused on engaging college students in an interactive and energetic learning environment. In addition, she managed a mentoring program that matched first-year students with faculty, staff, and graduate students on campus for a one-on-one mentoring experience.  Lauren earned a Bachelor of Arts from Washburn University in Mass Media with minors in English and Leadership Studies and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) with a Master of Arts in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Student Affairs. Currently, Lauren is affiliated with the Association of Leadership Educators and International Leadership Association professional organizations.

portrait of marc friedMarc Fried

Marc Fried recently joined Washburn University as University Counsel in the President’s office.  This position has Marc serving on the Executive Staff to the President, the University Behavioral Assessment Team, and the Faculty Handbook Committee. Prior to coming to Washburn, Marc served as General Counsel for St. Louis Community College where he was on the Chancellor’s Leadership Team, served on the team directing reorganization of the Human Resources Department, and as a presenter to several classes of the College’s leadership training program.  Earlier in his career, Marc served on the 23rd Judicial Circuit Roundtable, led the implementation of the Jefferson County Municipal Court and served on the team that established the Jefferson County Drug Court.  Marc was a member of Leadership St. Louis’s 30th class and served on various boards, as well as chairperson for several of the boards including the Lions Club of Kirkwood and Eliot Unitarian Chapel, where he helped effect the change from program committee governance to policy governance. Marc has performed numerous trainings for the Missouri Bar, the Missouri Public Defender System and the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina, among others.  Marc has also served as Municipal Judge for two municipalities in St. Louis County and as adjunct instructor for Lindenwood University, St. Louis Community College and Jefferson College.

portrait of Connie GibbonsConnie Gibbons

Connie Gibbons has been at Washburn University since June 2013 as the Director of the Mulvane Art Museum. In this role she oversees the development of exhibitions, collections, and educational programs at the Museum. In just a little over one year, Connie has completed a strategic plan for the Museum and developed new programs that encourage partnerships with other Washburn departments and engage faculty and students in exploring contemporary issues through the arts. Prior to coming to Washburn Connie was the Executive Director for the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming where she oversaw exhibitions, collections, programs, fundraising, and operations.   Connie has worked on several projects for building new museums and she served as the founding director for the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Mississippi. There she facilitated the construction of the museum along with the research, development, and fabrication of exhibitions and multi-media presentations.  During the last 25 years, Connie has curated and organized more than one hundred exhibitions that explore contemporary and vernacular art and music. Connie earned a MFA in Art with an emphasis in photography and art history from Texas Tech University. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Drury University.  

portrait of bob handleyBob Handley

Bob Handley joined Washburn University’s Strategic Analysis & Reporting office as a Research Analyst in 2013.  In his role as a Research Analyst, he collects, cleans, and analyzes data for use by internal and external policymakers, and serves on several university committees.  He also teaches a section of WU 101.  Prior to joining Washburn, Bob taught in the University of Denver’s Media, Film, and Journalism Studies department, published original academic research related to the vulnerability and resiliency of journalistic meta-narratives, and won several research awards.  Bob earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Arts in Mass Media and Communication from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Texas at Austin.

portrait of jo huntJo Hunt

Jo Hunt joined Washburn in 2010 as the Associate Dean for Administration at the Law School. She directs and oversees all non-academic and non-library functions. The Law School administrative functions include Alumni Services, Admissions, Marketing, Professional Development, Centers, Continuing Legal Education, Clinic, Faculty Support, Finance, Human Resources, and Facilities. Jo is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She is a Certified Public Accountant and started her career at two local CPA firms. Jo worked at Westar Energy for many years where she held a variety of positions including Director of Accounting Services, Director of Internal Audit, Vice President of Information Technology, and Vice President of Risk Management.

portrait of debbie isaacsonDebbie Isaacson

Debbie Isaacson has been a faculty member in the School of Nursing since 1998.  Her current teaching areas include Fundamentals of Nursing and Quality and Safety for Nurses.  She served on Faculty Senate for two consecutive terms and was active on the Academic Affairs committee of the faculty senate.  She has chaired and participated in several School of Nursing committees including curriculum, honors, and assessment.  Her clinical background is in the areas of pediatrics and school nursing.  She keeps her nursing skills current by being the charge nurse at a residential summer camp in Michigan each summer.  Debbie earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.  She has a Master’s in Education from the University of Kansas. Her current research involves partnering with universities from Finland and Scotland titled "Enhancing Quality Learning Outcomes". This project evaluates the delivery and assessment of quality in nursing education across continents.  She is also working on a project titled "Mid-Curricular Validation of Student Competency Development by the use of Simulation".  This research will provide valuable information regarding skill development and assessment for a new curriculum model in nursing education.

portrait of susan maendeleSusan Maendele

Susan Maendele has over 30 year of experience as a professional nurse. Her career began at Stormont Vail taking care of patients with post-surgical needs, where she quickly assumed increasing managerial responsibilities, including the oversight of approximately 30 staff members. She was appointed to the position of the Redesign Care Coordinator where she had more responsibility for education. Susan received her BSN degree from St. Mary’s of the Plains and her MSN, with focus on leadership and management, from Washburn University. She has held board positions in the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society. She assumed a leadership role shortly after arriving at the Washburn University School of Nursing including service on the leadership team that led the major curriculum changes in the pre-licensure BSN program, chair of the School of Nursing Alumni Relations committee, and lead in planning the events for the 40th anniversary of the School of Nursing. Susan is active in many School of Nursing committees, including assessment, undergraduate education, faculty assembly, and clinical utilization. She also serves on various University committees. 

portrait of coletta mayerColetta Mayer

Coletta Meyer joined Washburn in January 2013 as the Employee Wellness Coordinator.  As coordinator, she administers health education programs, challenges, and events for all Washburn employees. Coletta works one-on-one with employees to provide fitness assessments, exercise prescriptions, nutritional advice, and wellness consultation services. She plans and manages wellness events annually including the Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, the Wellness Fair, and the Faculty and Staff Golf Outing and Socials. Coletta provides wellness challenges 32 weeks out of the year to encourage employees to engage in healthy behaviors.  She administers the Employee Wellness 3-Tiered program and offers onsite health screenings for all benefits-eligible employees.  Before coming to Washburn, Coletta was the Fitness Center Supervisor/Employee Wellness Coordinator at Carl Sandburg College.  In this position, she advertised, promoted, and sponsored wellness events and opportunities for students and employees.  Coletta spent eight years in the United States Army Reserves and was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.  She achieved the rank of sergeant and completed her military career in 2005 to promote health and wellness in the community.  Coletta received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master of Science in Health Science from Western Illinois University.  She currently holds her Personal Fitness Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor Certifications and is a Certified Lay Responder First Aid/CPR/AED instructor for the American Red Cross.

portrait of marc routsongMarc Routsong

Marc Routsong is the Online Education Support Coordinator in Information Technology Services – Instructional Services. He is currently the system administrator for Washburn’s learning management system, Desire2Learn, as he was for its predecessor, ANGEL. In this capacity, Marc ensures the continuous day-to-day operations of the learning management system and coordinates integrations with other Washburn systems. As coordinator, he also supervises Online Education Support, the department that provides training and technical support for faculty, staff, and students for both Washburn University and Washburn Tech. Prior to Washburn, Marc was a lead reader for A.C.T. in Iowa City grading MCAT and CUNY written tests. Additionally, he was part of a team that constructed a JAVA compiler for visually impaired computer science students and participated in discussions regarding accessibility on the college campus. Marc received a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell College in Art and Philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Winona State University. He first came to Washburn in fall of 2008.

portrait of bassima schbleyBassima Schbley

Bassima Schbley is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work where she has been teaching since 2003. Bassima joined the Social Work Department after serving as a visiting assistant professor of Social Work at Wichita State University. She currently serves as a member of the Governor's Executive Committee on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. A graduate of the Gerontology program at Wichita State University, Bassima also earned an MSW from Newman University. Additionally, she earned a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Utah. Bassima helped spearhead GoZones!, an after-school program for children living in at-risk neighborhoods in Wichita. She also served as the AmeriCorps*VISTA Supervisor at Communities In Schools of Wichita/Sedgwick County, an organization that connects students with community resources in order to help students successfully learn and prepare for life. From 2008 to 2012, she served as an officer in a United States Army Reserve Medical Unit. Bassima has authored two books, No More Lies and Women and Civil Rights, as well as several academic articles in various journals.

portrait of james schnoebelenJames Schnoebelen

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, James Schnoebelen has been a full-time employee at Washburn since 2001. He is also the Director of the undergraduate Mock Trial team and serves as a Pre-Law adviser. James currently serves on the College Faculty Council, Faculty Senate, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Committee. He serves as faculty advisor for the Mock Trial club and the newly formed Student Communication Club. His research is focused on the ways in which contemporary political communication represents and reinforces the gendered nature of human communication, specifically focusing on the US presidency. He has degrees in Speech Communication (B.S. and M.A.) from Central Missouri State University and in Communication Studies (Ph.D.) (emphases in Political Communication and Rhetoric) from the University of Kansas.

portrait of mary schumacherMary Schumacher

Mary Schumacher has worked in the Washburn University Business Office since 2008.  Originally hired as the Business Office Accountant, she moved into the Bursar position in 2013.  She holds a BBA in Accounting from Washburn University, a degree earned as a non-traditional student while attending evening classes for eleven years.  She was named Outstanding Accounting Student and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1997.  Prior to working at Washburn, Mary worked for public accounting firms and small businesses as a Staff Accountant. While at Washburn, she has been involved with teams for the one-stop Student Service Center, New Student Orientation, Washburn Tech Banner Integration, and has served on the United Way Committee.  She is currently overseeing the Business Office role in the transition to the Student Service Center, as well as monitoring and testing various changes and upgrades in the University’s online payment service via TouchNet.  In the past she provided transition assistance when Washburn Tech joined Washburn University and has worked to outline instructions and standard Business Office practices on both campuses. Mary also worked with Student Services to determine a Yellow Ribbon policy for students who receive Post-911 GI Bill assistance, and established a process for receiving and recording all Chapter 33 payments.   

portrait of cindy turkCindy Turk

Cindy Turk, Professor of Psychology, was appointed Chair of the Department of Psychology in 2013. She joined the faculty of Washburn University in 2005.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist with clinical and research interests that focus on understanding and treating the anxiety disorders. She has over sixty professional publications and ninety conference presentations. She served as the Clinic Director of the Psychological Services Center at Washburn University for six years, and she is currently Director of Washburn University’s Anxiety Clinic.  She has previously served as the Director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Center at La Salle University and as the Associate Director of the Adult Anxiety Clinic at Temple University.  She is currently serving a two year term as Kansas State Representative to the Southwestern Psychological Association.  She is an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, currently serving on the Program Committee and on the Awards Committee.  She is on the editorial board for three professional journals and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for eighteen additional professional journals. She also serves on the site council for Royal Valley Elementary School.

portrait of angela valdiviaAngela Valdivia

Angela Valdivia is a Senior Administrative Assistant with Student Activities and Greek Life and has been with Washburn since 2000.  Angela maintains all student organizations, provides training to organizations on campus for events, budgetary work, coordinates and implements many special events for the office and guides students and organizations through their time at Washburn.  Angela is currently member of the Washburn Data Bods. She is also an active member of Go Red for Women Committee, MANA de Topeka, Coordinator of the Hermanitas Program of MANA de Topeka a Board member of Community Action Inc., Co-Founder & Program Director of Leadership Empowerment and Development (LEAD) Program and Coordinator/Member of Las Comadres de Topeka.  Angela received her Bachelor of Social Work in 2006 at Washburn and is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Topeka.  This year Angela received Outstanding Faulty/Staff Leadership Award at Washburn University from the Leadership Institute.

protrait of valerie m. b. vandersluisValerie M. B. VanDerSluis

Valerie M.B. VanDerSluis began her public television career with KTWU, the PBS affiliate licensed by Washburn University in Topeka, KS, in August 2002.  In her current position as Director of Programming, Content, and Social Media for KTWU, Val is in charge of creating the program schedules for KTWUHD, KTWU MHz Worldview, KTWU Enhance, and KTWU Mobile; and licenses local, regional, and national content for inclusion within KTWU program schedules.  Acting on behalf of KTWU, and independent producers in Kansas and around the nation, Val is busy producing and distributing films and series’, regionally and nationally, to PBS and other public television distribution agencies, including the Emmy Award-winning series, “Theater of the Mind”. While serving in the Programming and Content role for KTWU, Val is also in charge of monitoring and maintaining all social media activities for KTWU, with the ultimate goal of communicating and promoting station programming, events, and activities in a creative manner to increase visibility, interaction, and followers for KTWU social media sites. Val is a graduate of Leadership Greater Topeka 2008; a professional fellow participant in the Making News: Broadcast Journalism for Non-News Executives management seminar in March 2008; a graduate of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Management Development Seminar for Television Executives (August 2008); and a graduate of the PBS Leadership Development Program (2009).  

portrait of kelley weberKelley Weber

Kelley Weber is the Business Liaison and Cataloging Librarian at Mabee Library.  She came to Washburn in 2005 as a part-time reference and instruction librarian, became the (full-time) Business Liaison in 2008 and the Cataloging Librarian in 2012.  She leads the Library Operations staff on major projects involving the collection. She teaches information literacy in several First Year Experience courses (WU101) as well as research strategies for classes in the School of Business. She is currently a member of the Faculty Development Committee and the Faculty Development Grant Committee, and has also served on the Assessment Committee, Faculty Senate, and Faculty Affairs Committee in recent years. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS) which serves public, academic and school libraries in 11 northeast Kansas counties.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College in 1984, her Master of Business Administration in 1989 from the University of South Florida, and her Master in Library Science from the University of Washington in 1996.