Leadership Washburn

Class of 2012-2013

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Phyllis Berry

Phyllis Berry has been a faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies since fall 2004.  She currently serves the department as the Master of Criminal Justice program director. She is very interested in International Studies and serves on the board of directors of the International Center of Topeka (ICT).  In March 2012, she served as the chair of the ICT’s special event to showcase Japan: The Land of the Cherry Blossoms which attracted over 300 participants.  She recently was inducted into the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. This past year, she completed an “English as a Second Language” teacher training course.  Phyllis also serves on the Demand for Change Coalition committee, which was established to study human trafficking in Shawnee County.  She does volunteer work for the Topeka Correctional Facility and serves on the Citizen Review Board for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for Shawnee County. 
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Jane Carpenter

Jane Carpenter is a graduate of Washburn University School of Nursing. She has been a registered nurse for thirty two years. She obtained a Master’s of Science in Nursing and a PhD in Education from the University of Kansas. After graduating from Washburn she worked at St. Francis Health Center. During her time at St. Francis she served as a Patient Care Manager for six years running a 28 bed post-surgical unit with 24 hour accountability. She also served as an 11-7 shift coordinator with administrative responsibilities for the night shift. Jane has been teaching at Washburn University since 1993. She has taught in a number of courses at all levels within the School of Nursing. Areas of teaching responsibilities include adult medical/surgical nursing, pain management and simulation. She has coordinated the Capstone Practicum for a number of years; this course has students working with an assigned preceptor on a variety of units in a number of clinical agencies. She has served as the School of Nursing Assessment Committee chair since 2002. In 2007 she helped implement the comprehensive assessment review product from Assessment Technologies Institute to assist students in preparing for course work and the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.
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Melodie Christal

Melodie Christal has been Washburn University’s Director of Institutional Research for nine years. She serves on various University committees including the Assessment Committee, the Retention Committee, the First-Year Experience Committee, and the Distributed Reporting Task Force. Melodie‘s professional career spans over thirty years, primarily in higher education administration. She previously served as the Director of Planning and Budgeting at the governing board of the State Colleges in Colorado. At the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), she served as Project Director on a major federal grant from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to improve data collection for use in policymaking. Melodie also worked for the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) in a dual role as Director of Administration and Grant Project Director. She is a long-time member of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), serving two terms on the Board of Directors. As Forum Chair, she was responsible for leading and planning the Association’s annual meeting. She later served as Treasurer; has served on various committees in AIR over the years; and currently is the editor of a monthly column in the electronic newsletter, IR in the Know.
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Clark Coco

Clark Coco was recently appointed to the position of Dean for Washburn Institute of Technology.  The past seven years he has served as President of North Central Kansas Technical College, with campuses in Beloit and Hays, Kansas.  While serving as President at NCKTC the college doubled in enrollment and is now considered the second largest technical college in the state behind Wichita Area Technical College.  In 2007, he was selected by the Kansas Association of Technical College to represent this organization as their representative to the Kansas Technical Education Authority. Prior to moving into the position of President at NCKTC, he was the Superintendent of Schools for Unified School District #272, Waconda Schools.  Additional administrative positions have included serving as building principle for Pike Valley Elementary and Junior High School in Courtland, Kansas and as the Director of Education at the Kansas Juvenile Detention Center in Beloit, Kansas. He started his teaching and coaching career in Glasco, Kansas and has coached college basketball at Wayne State College in Wayne Nebraska and Mont Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota. 
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Marsha Carrasco Cooper

Marsha Carrasco Cooper is the Associate Director in the Washburn University Leadership Institute.  She has been a proud Ichabod for over six years serving first as the Assistant Director and Director of Student Activities and Greek Life prior to joining the Leadership Institute team in 2011.  As the Associate Director, Marsha teaches in the Leadership Studies Minor/Certificate programs, coordinates the Institute’s co-curricular programs and advises the Institute’s Student Leadership Council.  Within Washburn, along with serving on several campus-wide programming committees including the Diversity Initiative, Marsha has led the efforts to create an Ally/Safe Zone program.  She participates in Topeka community initiatives including the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment Concealed Revealed Art Auction coordinating committee and the Selection Committee for the “20 Under 40” Young Professionals in Topeka.  Marsha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance from Texas State University and is currently finishing a PhD in Higher Education Administration with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Kansas.
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John Dahlstrand

John Dahlstrand is the Assistant Dean of Student Success at Washburn University. In his eleven years in higher education, John has worked at three different institutions. Before finding his calling in education, he worked several years in pediatric mental health. As Assistant Dean of Student Success, John is part of a university-wide effort to enhance student success at Washburn. Specifically, he oversees Academic Advising, Academic Testing and Placement, the Academic Success Center, and the First-Year Experience. Prior coming to Washburn, John served as the Director of Student Academic Services at Loyola University Chicago where he oversaw tutoring services, disability services, their “one-stop” student service center, and played an integral in university-wide retention efforts. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and a Master of Arts in Community Counseling and Ph.D. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. 
Floyd Davenport

Floyd Davenport

Floyd Davenport is the Director/Chief Information Officer at Washburn University. He has twenty nine years’ experience supporting the use of information technology to include computer support, training, software and web development, online educational technologies, sustaining core infrastructure and IT management.  His academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Mathematics from Southeast Missouri State University in 1983 and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Texas A&M University in 1987.  Before accepting his current position at Washburn University, he was Information Technology Officer for Iowa State University (ISU) Extension where he was responsible for all aspects of information technology and systems for ISU Extension supporting over 1,000 staff located in over 100 offices across the state of Iowa. He served as Assistant Director, Technology Services, Information Technology and Communication Services (ITCS), College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), University of Illinois where he provided leadership in the identification, implementation, and application of Information Technologies for the educational, research and outreach activities of the College of ACES and University of Illinois Extension.  He was also a Captain in the United States Air Force.  He held a number of positions supporting the technology needs of Space Command and the Military Airlift Command.
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Shirley Dinkel

Shirley Dinkel has been an RN since 1979 after earning a BSN from Marymount College.  In 1990, she earned a MSN from the University of Kansas with an emphasis in Community Health Nursing.  To advance her skills, she completed the Post-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Graceland University in 1997.  In 2005, she completed a PhD from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a primary research interest in cultural competence.  She is nationally certified as a Family and Adult Nurse Practitioner.  Her top three professional passions are care of the medically indigent, teaching, and international nursing.  Today, she is an Associate Professor and Director of Student Health Services at Washburn University.  Over the last ten years, she has taught in the School of Nursing and has served as Lead Nurse Practitioner Faculty.  She has collaborated with international nursing colleagues from Finland, Armenia, Hungary and Northern Ireland.  As a nurse practitioner, Shirley has worked primarily with the medically indigent and with programs addressing health care needs of migrant/seasonal farmworkers.  She is actively involved in numerous professional organizations including the Kansas State Nurses Association.  Within her community she has worked with a variety of service programs.  Currently, she serves as Vice-Chair of the Shawnee County Advocacy Council on Aging and as Board Member of the Washburn Women’s Alliance. 
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Karen Garrison

Karen Garrison holds a split appointment as the Clinical Education Coordinator for Athletic Training Education within the Kinesiology Department and as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in the Athletic Department. With her dual appointment she has opportunities to mentor both athletic training students through their three year program and interact daily with Washburn student-athletes. Karen supervises and mentors Washburn’s graduate assistant athletic trainers as well. As Clinical Education Coordinator, Karen is responsible for leading athletic training clinical preceptors in student mentoring and interaction. Karen is beginning her third year at Washburn after serving as an adjunct in the Kinesiology Department and working in the clinical setting as an athletic trainer in the Topeka area for the previous two years. Karen is a board certified and state licensed athletic trainer who is involved as a leader within her profession at the state level, serving as the Kansas Athletic Trainer’s Society treasurer and on numerous committees. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Washburn in 2005 and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 2008. She is currently the Treasurer for the city of Paxico.
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Jenna Glover

Jenna Glover is a faculty member in the Washburn University Psychology department.  She first became involved in leadership working as a general manager of restaurant for five years during which she completed her Bachelor degree in psychology.  Motivated by her experiences in leadership, she continued her education receiving a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Utah State University.  Currently she runs the Synervation Research Group where she supervises the work of eight graduate and nine undergraduate students.  The goal of the Synervation Research Group is to help foster and develop leadership and collaboration skills in students who are working to develop innovative research methodologies to address critical social issues.  
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Gary Handy

Gary Handy is the Assistant Director of Student Activities and Greek Life at Washburn University.  He began his work at Washburn in August 2011. Prior to his time at Washburn he served as the Program Advisor for Greek Life at the University of Texas at San Antonio for three years. In 2008, Gary graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Master’s in Higher Education Administration and concurrently served as the Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Gary is also a former high school math teacher previously serving in the Shawnee Mission School District and earning a Bachelor degree from Emporia State University 2004.  As the Assistant Director of Student Activities and Greek Life, he mentors students on all aspects of campus involvement and directly advises the Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Greek Council, Order of Omega, and is the general advisor to all aspects of Greek Life at Washburn University.  He serves on the Welcome Week and Homecoming Committees, and the annual Washburn Toys for Tots campaign.  Professionally, he is a member of the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA) and for the last two years has serves as a member of the Membership, Marketing, and Recruitment Team for the Association.
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Susie Hoffmann

Susie Hoffmann became Director of the Washburn Alumni Association in February 2000.  She graduated from Washburn in 1987 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.  For nearly ten years she was regional assistant to U.S. Senator Bob Dole where she was the lead staff member for the Senator’s constituent services and casework for more than three-quarters of the state of Kansas.  Before coming to Washburn, she worked several years assisting with the lobbying efforts of numerous statewide associations.  Susie currently serves as the Washburn designee on the Visit Topeka, Inc. board of directors, chairs the bylaws committee and serves on the nominating committee.  Susie is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and was a presenter at a regional conference.  She completed Washburn's B.E.S.T. training class in 2001.  Susie is an alumna member of Delta Gamma Fraternity where she has served as president, vice president programming, vice president correspondence and nominating committee chairman; she is currently vice president of finance.  She has also served as an adviser to the collegiate chapter and has chaired the advisory team.  Susie currently serves as Panhellenic adviser.  Delta Gamma has honored Susie three times with the Marti Goebel Award.  She was selected Alumna of the Year in 1993.  The national fraternity honored her with the Cable Award in 2003.  In 2010, the Topeka Alumnae Panhellenic Council honored Susie as Woman of the Year. 
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Angie Hurla

Angie Hurla has been the Assistant Registrar for Washburn University since July 2011 and has been employed in the University Registrar Office for thirteen years.  Previously she was employed in the Registration and Records Office at University of Nebraska-Lincoln for four years.  At both universities, she was an integral part of the conversion of data and implementation of a new student information system.  At UNL, Angie was involved in switching a paper and pencil process for classroom scheduling to an electronic process, as well as the conversion of student records.  She also provided training sessions for faculty and staff on how to use the new system.  At Washburn University, Angie served on multiple implementation teams for the conversion of over 2 million student records from the AS400 system to Banner.  Angie earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  
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Adrianne Johnson

Adrianne Johnson, Merchandise Manager of the Washburn Bookstore, began her career in the college bookstore industry at Varney’s- Kansas State University in 1999 in customer service.  She served as the Art and Supply Buyer’s Assistant at K-State Union Bookstore before joining the staff at Washburn in 2002. Adrianne began at Washburn as the Clothing and Gift Buyer. Over the years she has added the duties of supervising the Mulvane Gift Shop. She was promoted to the position of Merchandise Manager in 2009, overseeing clothing, gifts, supplies and technology products. Along with her classified staff, Adrianne supervises a student staff that can vary from two to six employees. Adrianne and her husband, Brian, opened Johnson Upholstery & Furniture Service in 2009. She handles the merchandising, marketing and bookkeeping for the business. Her professional development includes the Aspire and B.E.S.T classes, attendance at annual ICBA (Independent College bookstore Association), NACS (National Association of college Stores), MSA (Museum Stores Association), and MSACS (Mid-States Association of College Stores) where she has served as Secretary, on the Board and has presented at annual conference on several occasions.
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Chris Leach

Chris Leach has been the Director of Finance for Washburn University since 2002, and was Director of Budget Planning & Analysis from 2001 to 2002.  He leads the Business Office, payroll, accounts payable, general accounting and grants accounting offices.  In his first leadership role at Washburn, in fiscal years 2002 and 2003, Chris served as the Banner Finance implementation team leader and led the successful conversion to a new external reporting format. Other significant accomplishments in his time at Washburn include guiding the Finance Office in absorbing the additional workload resulting from the Washburn Tech affiliation with minimal impact, reducing staffing via targeted technology-enabled operating efficiencies, and increasing the office's capability and efficiency via position upgrades.  Chris has served on several University committees, including the Program Review Committee (2002-present), Policies, Regulations and Procedures Committee (2006-present), Accreditation Steering Committee, and IT Strategic Planning Task Force. He has served on boards and committees of several non-profit and K-12 related organizations.  He is currently a member of the NACUBO Accounting Principles Council. Previous work experience includes serving as assistant vice-president and director of strategic planning and analysis with Security Benefit Group; and audit senior manager with Deloitte.  He obtained both his Bachelor of Professional Accountancy and Master of Professional Accountancy degrees from Mississippi State University.  Chris is a certified public accountant in Mississippi (licensed) and Ohio (inactive).
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Pam Manning

Pam Manning has been an Instructor of Graphics Technology at Washburn Tech for three years. For fifteen years previous to accepting the position at Washburn Tech, she worked at home as a freelance graphic designer. Prior to that she worked in the printing industry, both as a designer and a sales representative, while pursuing a degree at Washburn University. After many years of working fulltime and attending school part-time, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1990.
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Mary Pilgram

Mary Pilgram came to Washburn in 2007 and is an Associate Professor in the Communication Department specializing in organizational communication. Prior to university teaching, she spent over twenty years in the public and private sectors as a training and development and assessment professional in the areas of leadership and management development. This experience includes more than twenty years of progressive leadership positions. She is the former Co-Chair of the Training and Development Division of the National Communication Association. Leadership positions at Washburn include: Leadership Institute Board Member, Faculty Senator, Search Committee Chair, and Internship Coordinator for the Communication Department. Mary is a graduate of Leadership Overland Park. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from William Jewell College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas.
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Janel Rutherford

Janel Rutherford is the Assistant Director of Business Services at Washburn. The Business Services department includes Dining Services, Bookstore, Ichabod Service Center, Memorial Union, Purchasing, Risk Management and Safety, University Mail and Printing Services, and Inventory Management. Janel began her Washburn career with seven years in Dining Services first as the Assistant Director, and then the Director position. Janel’s current role began with the opening of the Living Learning Center.  She served on the planning committee for the Living Learning Center project and project coordinator for the One-Card Campus plan that evolved into the iCard for the campus.  She has presented at campus card conferences, attended national conferences for Food Service, Campus Cards, Auxiliary Services, Purchasing, and Bookstore, chaired search committees, and participated in Union program scheduling.  Washburn awarded Janel an Outstanding Service Award in 2006 and choose her to attend the B.E.S.T training in 2001. Janel is an Ichabod alumnus with a Master’s in Business Administration. She volunteers in her children’s school, coordinating social and fundraising events and co-coordinator of a parent taught art appreciation program for the kindergarten thru 5th grade classes.
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Susie Pryor

Susie Pryor began her career at Washburn in 2004 as a consultant with the Washburn Small Business Development. She joined the faculty of the School of Business in 2006, where she is an Assistant Professor of marketing. Her recent leadership roles at Washburn include assessment coordinator for the School of Business and faculty advisor to Washburn's chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma. She also serves on the school's curriculum committee and assessment task force and the university's assessment and graduate committees. Before entering academia, Susie opened several retail stores in downtown Lawrence, Kansas, including Brits, Purveyors of British Goods, Au Marche, a European grocery, and Blue Dandelion, a children's boutique. She currently owns Tallgrass Communication in Lawrence. Susie serves on the regional board of Youth Entrepreneurs Kansas, the State of Kansas Wine Council, as president of the Eudora, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce, and on the editorial review board of the Journal of Small Business Management. She has a Bachelor of Art in Business Administration, a Master of Business Administration, and a PhD in Business with an emphasis in Marketing.
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Shaun Schmidt

Shaun E. Schmidt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry.  He completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Florida Southern College and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry both at the University of South Florida.  His research focus is in Coordination Chemistry, specifically on the synthesis of novel nitrogen containing molecules for attachment to various metal ions.  His teaching centers on the first year course for science majors, Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II, as well as various upper division courses including Inorganic Chemistry, Seminar and Undergraduate Chemical Research.  His service activities include Chair of the Apeiron Organizing Committee, Academic Affairs of the Faculty Senate, Faculty Information Technology Advisory Committee, and Treasurer for both the Kansas Academy of Science and Campus Ministry at Washburn University (Ichtus). 
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Debi Schrock

Debi Schrock has been the Managing Director of Administration of the Washburn Law Clinic since July 1998. She oversees the operation of the Law Clinic, instructs student-interns regarding the processes of the clinic, hires and trains student workers and supervises the Law Clinic’s support staff. Prior to joining Washburn she was employed as a legal assistant in law firms located in Topeka and Kansas City. She served on the Electronic Filing Committee under the direction of the Supreme Court of Kansas from 2009 to 2011, attended B.E.S.T. Training provided by Washburn in 2008, and was recognized for her participation in the Standdown For Homeless Veterans in 2004. Debi has held several volunteer leadership positions in PTO and PEO. She received an Associate Degree in Legal Assistant from Washburn University in 1988.
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Randall Scott

Randall Scott joined the Washburn University Foundation in 1998 as Director of Development, Corporations and Foundations.  He currently serves as Vice President of Operations for the Foundation. As a member of the senior management team, he is responsible for designing and implementing strategies and processes to ensure the Foundation’s objectives and operating requirements are met. He leads a team of fourteen staff members specializing in donor relations and stewardship, communications and marketing, annual giving and information technology. Before joining the Foundation, he spent eleven years in banking and four years as owner and operator of a retail shoe store. Randall is active in his church currently serving on the Endowment and Capital Campaign committees and recently as Clerk of Session. Past volunteer experiences include the Topeka South Rotary Club, Charter President of the Manhattan Konza Rotary Club, board member of the Topeka YMCA, Loaned Executive for the United Way and several other local non-profit agencies. Randall earned his Master of Business Administration from Washburn University in 2005 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University.
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Jamie Shehi

Jamie is a two-time Ichabod alumna, earning both a Bachelor degree in psychology and Masters degree in clinical psychology from Washburn University.   She is a licensed Licensed Master’s Level Psychologist (LMLP) in the state of Kansas.  After graduating with her master’s degree, she worked for three years as a unit therapist at Mercy Regional Health Center’s inpatient Behavioral Health Unit in Manhattan, KS.   She began working for Counseling Services at Washburn University in August 2008.  During that time, she has successfully supervised two master’s level psychology student interns, helped develop and supervise the Performance Enhancement group with the Women’s Soccer team, and has been a part of several committees, including search committees, medical withdraw committees, and planning committees within Student Life.  Jamie is a member of Kansas Association of Master’s Level Psychologists.   
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Maria Stover

Maria Stover is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mass Media where she teaches new media, visual communications and media theory classes. She came to Washburn in 2003 after receiving her doctoral degree in Mass Communication and Media Arts from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Maria has been the recipient of grants and awards from the American Press Institute, the National Association of Television Program Executives and the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. She has also been previously involved in USAID projects on the empowerment of women. At Washburn, she has served on the College Faculty Council, the Faculty Senate, the Master of Liberal Arts committee and most recently as chair of the Creative and Performing Arts division. For the past six years, she has been the chair of the Board of Student Media and adviser for the honorary chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
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Tom Stuart

Tom Stuart currently serves in the position of Assistant Director of Financial Aid.  His primary responsibilities include overseeing institutional scholarships and the Federal Direct Loan program, working with ISS to implement Banner upgrades and serves as the primary liaison to the School of Law.   Prior to joining Washburn, he served as the Scholarship Coordinator at Truman State University.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration – Management and Marketing, a Masters in Education – Enrollment Management, and is currently completing an Ed.D. in Education – Higher Education Leadership and Management.  Tom has been with Washburn University since March 2011.