Leadership Washburn

Class of 2016-2017

portrait of john burns

John Burns

John Burns is a certified athletic trainer and has been a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology since 2003 and the Director of the Athletic Training Program since 2010. As a part of this appointment, he is clinically active in the supervision of athletic training student experiences, with primary athletic training responsibility being with the Washburn football team. Since taking over the athletic training program, the curriculum has been revitalized and seen the program grow to near-capacity enrollment and seen over 90% of its graduates pass the national certification exam on their first attempt. During the summer, John serves as the Medical Coordinator for the Sunflower State Games where he facilitates first aid and emergency response coverage for many of the higher risk sports and mentor student interns completing leadership projects through the Sunflower State Games. John also serves as the Governmental Affairs Representative for the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society and hold a Governor's appointment to the Athletic Trainers’ Council to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. Through these positions, he advocates for programs and legislation which promote safe play for athletes of all ages. His clinical and professional activities led to him being named the Kansas Athletic Trainer of the Year for 2012. He is currently completing a post-graduate 

portrait of Lynn CressLynn Cress

Lynn Cress came to Washburn in 2008 as a Systems and Network Administrator in ITS and was promoted to Senior Systems Administrator in 2011. In January 2016, he was promoted to Assistant Director, Systems and Networking. He is currently the project manager for various hardware and software initiatives and leads a diverse team of systems and applications administrators. He is also in charge of the server and network environment in Bennett Computer Center. Before coming to Washburn, he was a professor at Flint Hills Technical College teaching computer networking and computer animation. Besides his teaching duties, Lynn provided leadership and advising for students seeking careers in computer technology and he was also involved in documenting program outcomes for HLC accreditation.

portrait of Pam FosterPam Foster

Pam Foster is the Equal Opportunity Director at Washburn. In this capacity she oversees recruitment to ensure that equal opportunity is provided across all applicant pools; investigates and resolves discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, and retaliation complaints based on protected status; and she coordinates activities and with people responsible for Title IX compliance and ADA compliance. If a complaint does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Non-Discrimination Policy, she refers the complainant to the appropriate campus resource for resolution. Pam also provides training related to EO, Title IX, and the ADA. Some of her leadership activities at Washburn include establishing committees and continuing to work with established committees to coordinate ADA compliance and leading a project designed to improve the efficiency of responding to out of service elevators. She is currently working on a procedure manual to guide action(s) taken when an elevator is out of service on campus. Pam has served on various professional and civic organizations, including service on the Board of Directors, and President, of the Area Transportation Agency in Manhattan, Kansas. She has been a Red Cross Volunteer since 2005 and is currently a lead on the Disaster Action Team.

portrait of Eric GrospitchEric Grospitch

Eric Grospitch started with Washburn on July 1st, 2016 as the Vice-President of Student Life. With over nine years at the University of Missouri Kansas City in different roles cumulating in the Assistant Vice Chancellor/Dean of Student Position, Eric was responsible for Student Residential Life, UMKC Student Union & Dining, and Student Veteran Programs. He supervised the Office of Student Involvement, which includes Fraternity and Sorority Life, Activity and Program Council, Student Organizations and accounting, Communiversity, leadership and community service programs, and the LGBTQIA Office. He had the opportunity to lead a number of strategic planning initiatives including the implementation of a division wide customer service student training program, campus safety, diversity education, transportation initiatives, and fraternity/sorority life. He also served as a chief judicial officer and advised Student Government Association and the Student Activity Fee Committee and chaired the Vice Chancellors LGBTQIA committee. Active in NASPA, the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Eric served as the Regional Vice President for NASPA Region IV-West where he was a member of the National Board of Directors. He has presented regionally and nationally on social media in student affairs, men’s role in stopping sexual assault as well as development of professional mentoring programs. He has taught the History of Higher Education at UMKC and been a guest lecturer on residential life, assessment, diversity, professional development, retention, and student engagement.

portrait of Mckinley HarkavyMckinlaye Harkavy

Mckinlaye Harkavy is the Director of New Student Orientation, Enrollment Management. In this capacity she works with various departments across campus to create and execute successful transition programming for incoming students - both new freshman as well as transfer students. Mckinlaye supervises a staff of 24 students who apply via a competitive application process to hold a position as a Summer Orientation Counselor. She works with the Leadership Institute to co-teach the Leadership Development Theory class (LE399) based on the SOC experience. Mckinlaye coordinates Welcome Week programming, with the assistance of Student Life team members and various other campus partners, and volunteers as the faculty advisor and chapter advisory board chairman to Phi Delta Theta. Prior to coming to Washburn, Mckinlaye worked as an academic advisor to undeclared students at the University of Texas at Austin.

portrait of Kristine HartKristine Hart

Kris Hart currently serves as the Associate Director of Learning in the Community (LinC): The Center for Community and Civic Engagement at Washburn. Kris also holds a Lecturer position to teach in the Poverty Studies minor and a special WU101 section focused on community. Kris started at Washburn as an AmeriCorps VISTA, then moved into a grant funded position where she oversaw all aspects of implementation and reporting for a national literacy program, then became Washburn's Community Service Coordinator and, finally, moved into the Associate Director position in July 2012. She also served as the Interim Director of LinC for seven months in 2014. These varied positions at Washburn have afforded her the opportunity to explore and grow her leadership skills in several different ways, including managing budgets, supervising employees, and dealing with personnel issues. Working with the Bonner program, a civic leadership and university honor program, Kris mentors the LinC Bonner Scholar students in leadership development. She has also been an active member of the High Impact Community Engagement Practices Initiative at Washburn. Outside of Washburn, she has served on the Board of Directors and was co-chair for one year for the Rape Victim Advocacy Program in Iowa City, and served on the Policy Council for Topeka's Community Action Head Start.

portrait of Charles Havens

Charles Havens

Chaz Havens is a Technical Instructor in the Advanced Systems Technology program at Washburn Tech. He is the senior instructor in the program and serve in a leadership role within the program. Chaz leads the Advisory Committee twice a year to ensure that the program is serving the needs of students and future employers. Chaz is a CTEL fellow where he is researching educational technology. He is the Vice-Chairman of the Staff Council, serves on the Online Education Committee as the representative for the Huntoon Campus, and serves on the curriculum committee on the Huntoon Campus. Chaz also serves in a leadership capacity at his church and with the Boy Scouts of America. 

portrait of Kris HicksKris Hicks

In her position as Sustainability/Energy Manager, Kristine Hicks’ responsibilities include leading the University’s efforts to increase energy and resource conservation. She works closely with the Associate Director of Facilities Services to establish best practices into an ongoing facilities maintenance program. In addition, she reviews energy usage to identify trends in energy consumption and measure the success/challenges in achieving projected energy savings. Most importantly, she function as a liaison between the Facilities Services department and the campus community to identify needs and find satisfactory solutions in a timely fashion. During her previous employment as an Environmental Scientist at KDHE, she managed the State’s recycling and waste reduction grant program with a budget of over a million dollars a year in contracts with city and county governments. Her success was in building dialogue and relationships with waste reduction champions in city and county and regional programs. Kristine was on the initial committee that established the state green team program; represented the EPA Region 7 states of KS, IA, MO, and NE by serving on the recycling task force in the Materials Management Subcommittee of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO); and is currently serving on the Board of the Kansas Organization of Recyclers. Kristine has a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology, and an Associate degree in Applied Science. She is currently working on a Professional Science Master’s degree in Environmental Assessment at Kansas University.

portrait of Rick LejuerneRick Lejuerne

Rick Lejuerne served first as Assistant Director then as Regional Director for the Washburn Small Business Development Center (SBDC) from 2003-2011. In this capacity he provided consulting and educational services for entrepreneurs looking to start a business and small business owners trying to grow or, in some cases, save their business. During this time, he oversaw a small staff of four employees and several independent contractors, and was responsible for a budget of $400,000. The Washburn SBDC always places high in performance metrics - startups, access to capital, seminar attendees - and during Rick’s tenure they were generally referred to as one of the best SBDC's in the state. Rick left Washburn in 2011 on a sabbatical of sorts and contracted with a high growth healthcare startup in Wichita, KS where he was responsible for organizing and implementing accounting systems for a development company building continuing care campuses. During this time, he started Flow Capital LLC which provides business consulting and legal services to entrepreneurs. In 2013, Rick returned to Washburn to help develop the new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at the School of Business. As a lecturer and evangelist for the program, tasked to help direct its growth, the program has had some early successes as well as some challenges. 

protrait of Jewel MakdaJewel Makda

Jewel Makda began her affiliation with Washburn in the fall of 1999 as a student and graduated from Washburn with a Bachelor of Arts in computer science in 2003. Upon graduation, she was hired at Mabee Library as a Web Developer and served as IT support along with supporting the staff at the Curriculum Resources Center. In January of 2006, she accepted a System Administrator position at the Law School and for the last decade she has served the IT needs of the law school community. While working at the Law School she earned a Masters in Technology Education from Washburn in 2009. Jewel served as a mentor to the Muslim Student Association on campus when it was active from 2004-2008. Throughout her time at Washburn she has volunteered annually for the Faculty Staff Annual Giving Campaign videos and have served on several committees. She began teaching in the fall of 2014 a one credit hour course for the Kinesiology Department and she has presented at several national conferences on specific IT topics. Jewel serves as a leader among the Islamic Center of Topeka community by serving as Secretary on the Shura Committee, and has helped organize large fundraisers open to the public. She has also been an active member with the Topeka Association of the Deaf for more than fifteen years.

portrait of Tracy MatthewsTracy Matthews

Tracy Matthews is a Lecturer in the Department of Allied Health, School of Applied Studies. She has taught a wide range of traditional and non-traditional students in both seated and distance learning environments across a variety of topics. While working on her doctorate she taught history courses for several colleges and universities. After attaining her doctorate she began to teach educational theory, curriculum, instructional methods, and technology integration to post-professional doctoral students in career and technical health care fields. Tracy has administrative experience in academic and healthcare organizations. Most recently, she directed a team of professionals within Classroom Operations at an online university with the chief responsibility of integrating a new Learning Management System (LMS); a primary responsibility of this team was the conceptualization, integration, and implementation of policy relevant to a new, proprietary LMS in accordance with Higher Learning Commission accreditation guidelines. While working in the healthcare industry she was responsible for the remote oversight of 30 outpatient surgical facilities. Both of these positions required the development and execution of training for professionals with a broad range of experience and ability in their respective positions. 

portrait of Linda MerillatLinda Merillat

Linda Merillat is a Lecturer and Instructional Designer for the School of Nursing. As a transformational change agent within the School, Linda facilitates and leads the faculty and staff in effective use of technology and continuous improvement in the areas of teaching and learning. She chairs the Faculty Enrichment committee and have successfully led the implementation of Lean Six Sigma projects, including a current projects to deploy mobile devices with undergraduates. Linda’s experience and skills represent a union between technology, education, and interaction design. In the course of her 30 year career she has played many different roles: programmer, systems analyst, business analyst, interaction designer, program manager, project manager, director, consultant, trainer, educator, instructional designer, researcher, author, and entrepreneur. Linda was a 1997 member of the Leadership Greater Topeka. 

portrait of Christine RhoadsChristine Rhoads

As a Senior Administrative Assistant in the College of Arts and Sciences, Christine is responsible for processing new adjuncts and creating contracts for all adjuncts in the nineteen departments that make up the College of Arts and Sciences. Christine also gathers information from each of the departments during schedule creation to ensure accuracy and accessibility by students. As a Data Bod, Christine is a resource to others to help them find data or request a report. She also serve as a guide to other administrative assistants, especially those new to Washburn or to the College of Arts and Sciences, on the use of Banner and making appropriate connections to other resources. 

portrait of Monique RobbinsMonique Robbins

Monique Robins is the Administrative Assistant for the Department of Modern Languages, as well as a graduate student in Washburn’s MLS program. While she hopes to obtain a job at Washburn with increased responsibility, her favorite aspect of her job in Modern Languages is that it provides her with direct contact with students in a way that does not make her an obvious authority figure, but still creates opportunities for informal leadership and mentoring. Before coming to Washburn, she owned and managed a comic store in Topeka. Beyond being an enjoyable occupation, in practice it also gave her the opportunity to encourage children to read, to help them find balance between responsibilities and play, and to create an environment where she and her employees could model healthy social behaviors, such as promoting diversity and diffusing bullying when it occurred. Furthermore, as the store owner, Monique had a more formal leadership role with her employees, typically high school students who had never before worked for a paycheck and who needed coaching in the most basic of retail skills.

portrait of Shannon SchwaeblerShannon Schwaebler

Shannon Schwaebler is the Assistant Director of Student Activities and Greek Life. In this position, her primary role is to advise the Campus Activities Board and Bod Squad. Within her first year at Washburn she has challenged the CAB and Bod Squad directors to think outside of the box and remain relevant with their programming. On top of advising these two organizations, Shannon works on various initiatives through the office, such as the Who's Who Awards, SOAR Awards, Greek Week, and the Greek Awards Reception. In addition, she manages the SAGL social media accounts which are used to put pertinent information out to campus. Starting in the fall, she will teach a section of WU101 for incoming students. Shannon serves on the National Association for Campus Activities planning committee as their Volunteer Development Coordinator and the National Association for Student Personnel Administration Region IV-W board as the New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community Chair. As chair of the regional NPGS KC her role is to connect and engage new professionals and graduate students in the region to different resources. As the Regional NACA Volunteer Development Coordinator she facilitates the regional volunteer process and work to engage volunteers at the regional conference.

portrait of Ali SetayeshAli Setayesh

Ali Setayesh has spent the past 15 years as an instructor in the Computer Repair and Networking Department at Washburn Institute of Technology and prior to that he spent 3 years as a lab supervisor at Washburn University chemistry lab and Information Technology Services. Since 1999 he has been managing partner of a technology support company that serves small to mid-size companies in Topeka and surrounding. At Washburn Institute of Technology he has been member of many committees such as Curriculum Design, New Instructors Orientation, National Technical Honor Society and Safety and Facility Development. He has a master’s degree in Technical Education from Pittsburg State University, a master degree in Information Networking and telecommunication from Fort Hays State University, a BS/MS in chemistry and environmental science from SIUE. He is a Cisco Networking Academy Instructor and member of the Microsoft IT Academy.

portrait of Barbara ScofieldBarbara Scofield

Barbara Scofield is a professor of accounting completing her third year teaching at Washburn University and her 30th year teaching at the university level. Prior to Washburn, Barbara held faculty appointments at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, the University of Dallas, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Florida, and Midland College, a two-year community college in Midland, Texas.  She was Chair of Graduate Business Studies and accounting program head at University of Dallas. Barbara is active in many professional, university, and community organizations and activities, including service on the editorial board of “Today’s CPA,” published by Texas Society of CPAs, and “Issues in Accounting Education,” the premier accounting education journal of the American Accounting Association (AAA). She is an at-large faculty senator, graduate accounting internship coordinator, coordinator for Managerial Accounting, and she sponsors the student chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). In professional organizations, she served as the chapter president of the Permian Basin chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants and as program chair for the AAA Southwest Regional Meeting. She volunteers during tax seasons with AARP Tax Aide at Avondale East. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from SUNY Albany, an MBA from Texas Christian University, and a PhD in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. She is licensed in Texas as a Certified Public Accountant.

portrait of Cherry SteffenCherry Steffen

Cherry Steffen moved to Topeka in June of 2015 to accept the position of chair for the Department of Education at Washburn. As chair, she has worked to energize the department and to begin the process of redesigning the education program to reflect the new standards, new accreditation body, and the demands of 21st Century teaching and learning. As of this time, the program framework has been rewritten and the department is in the process of determining the direction for the courses and requirements. As part of this process, Cherry has developed relationships with the surrounding school districts as well as individual schools and faculty/administration and revived the advisory board for the department. One of the main areas of Cherry’s focus at Washburn is a plan to advance STEM education and outreach. In this capacity, she has developed a vision for STEM education at Washburn University and, as part of that plan, is facilitating a group of STEM faculty from the university that is currently designing both middle and elementary school STEM programs of study. In addition, the department is collaborating with Washburn Tech to develop a program for STEM educators in the career and technical education fields. Prior to joining the faculty at Washburn University, Cherry served in several leadership roles for the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University including assistant chair, undergraduate coordinator and field placement coordinator.

portrait of Israel WassersteinIsrael Wasserstein

Israel Wasserstein is a Lecturer in the English Department, College of Arts and Sciences. Israel teaches a wide range of courses for the English Department, including composition, literature and creative writing, at all levels from EN 101 to graduate courses, and advise English majors. Some of his many leadership experiences include administering two reading series (works-in-progress and visiting writers) and co-coordinating a conference (both as a graduate student), serving as a member of the Freshman Composition and Advanced Composition committees, serving as a thesis director in MLS program and a WTO director, guest editing an issue of North Dakota Quarterly, co-coordinating the William Stafford celebration at Washburn, serving as co-managing editor of Woodley Press, serving as a reader for the Written Communication USLO Assessment, a table leader for the Critical Thinking USLO assessment,  and coordinating the Written Communication USLO assessment. Israel has earned a Certificate of Teaching and Learning from C-TEL.