Leadership Washburn

Project Team and Facilitators

The Project Team develops and continuously improves all aspects of the program, including program mission and goals, the learning framework, and participant selection. They also serve as Facilitators along with other Leadership Washburn alumni to encourage participant engagement and learning, and satisfactory completion of program requirements.

portrait of shirley dinkelShirley Dinkel

Shirley Dinkel is a Professor of Nursing and is the Director of Student Health Services at Washburn University.  Shirley was a participant in the Leadership Washburn class of 2012-2013. She 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. 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. 

portrait ofmichael gleason

Michael Gleason

Michael Gleason began as the Director of the Leadership Institute in 2012. In this role he oversees the curricular and co-curricular elements of the Institute and teaches courses within the Leadership Studies Minor/Certificate Programs. Prior to coming to Washburn Michael worked at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where his primary role was facilitating mentoring and experiential education programs, as well as advising students and providing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.  In addition to these responsibilities, Michael served as the Director of the High School Leadership Institute, was a Leadership Fellow, taught numerous courses in the Institute for Leadership Education, and served on the Leadership Working Group. He also worked for Camp Adventure™ Child and Youth Services, an international leadership development program for college students.  In this role he coordinated the recruitment and training of students attending colleges and universities across the United States. At Washburn University, Michael serves on the Honors Advisory Board, the Career Services Advisory Board, the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Advisory Group, and the High Impact Community Engagement Practices Committee. He was a participant in the Leadership Washburn class of 2013-2014. He completed his Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt in July of 2014. Within the Topeka Community, he facilitates a session for the United Way non-profit board training and has been involved with the “20 Under 40” selection committee.  Michael earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from Iowa State University. He has a Master of Arts in Education in Post-Secondary Education Student Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, both from the University of Northern Iowa.  His research interests throughout his graduate coursework related to mentoring and leadership development.

marta hautMarta Haut

Marta Haut joined Washburn in February, 2013 as the Assistant Director of Human Resources.  She was part of the Leadership Washburn 2013-2014 class and completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt in December 2013.  Marta is an active member of Staff Council and is currently Project Leader for the Data Management Analysis Staff Development Team. She is a member of national and local chapters of SHRM, ASTD and CUPA-HR.  In her HR role, she assumes accountability for criminal background checks, workers compensation, new employee orientation and staff training/development.  Upon earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Kansas State University, Marta embarked upon a 20-year career in retail management that included executive sales leadership, human resources and facilitation experience.  After serving ten years as a District Sales Manager, she was promoted to Regional Human Resource Director and then to Director of Field Training where she created and implemented leadership development and customer service programs. Prior to joining Washburn, Marta also held roles of Patient Care Coordinator and HR Director for a local physical therapy organization.

john havertyJohn Haverty

John Haverty is the Assistant Director of User Services in Information Technology Services.  In this position, he oversees day-to-day operations, manages the staff and coordinates department support, computer purchases, and installations.  A new responsibility that he started in July 2012 is managing the University telephone system. John has worked at Washburn for the past sixteen years, served as staff council chair for two years, and is currently serving as President of the Washburn Alumni Board of Directors. John has a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Systems from Washburn. He was a member of the inaugural Leadership Washburn program (2011-2012) and served as a Leadership Washburn alumni facilitator in the third class (2013-2014). He also completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt in May 2012. John stays active outside of work by participating in Washburn Alumni events. 

cindy hornbergerCindy Hornberger

Cynthia Hornberger is Special Assistant to the President, Professor in the School of Nursing, and serves on the Leadership Washburn project team. A member of the Washburn University faculty since 1989, Cindy served as the Dean of the School of Nursing from 2000 to 2009. As Assistant to the President, she provides leadership for University Relations, and the Strategic Analysis and Reporting departments. As professor her academic interests include health policy and leadership in complex systems, and international education. She is certified as a Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt. She is active on three community boards, including St. Francis Health, Brewster Place, and the Capital Chapter of the American Red Cross. Previously she served as President of the Kansas Association of Colleges of Nursing, and has received numerous teaching, leadership and service awards. Dr. Hornberger is a Paul Harris Fellow, a 2006 graduate of Leadership Kansas, and a Washburn University Alumni Fellow. Her academic degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, a Master of Science and PhD in Nursing, and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Kansas; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Washburn University.

karl kleinKarl Klein

Karl Klein is the Regional Director for the Washburn University Kansas Small Business Development Center. He began his Washburn career in 2009 consulting out of the Outreach Center located in Manhattan, Kansas, covering Geary, Riley, Pottawatomie and Marshall counties. He as a participant in the Leadership Washburn class of 2013-2014. Before arriving at Washburn he owned and operated hardline retail stores selling and servicing a wide variety of products in western Kansas. During his twenty years of small business ownership Karl served two terms as a member on an owner’s representative council with fifteen individuals to represent the national interests of more than one thousand owners in the United States. After successfully transitioning the stores in 2007 and 2008 he oversaw operations as a District Sales Manager for independently operated Hometown Dealer Stores in Kansas. Karl received his Masters in Liberal Studies in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University, and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University. In his current role he overseas operations of a nine county area serving Kansas entrepreneurs with consulting and training that helps businesses start up and grow. Karl's past service includes the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce Board, Fort Hays State University Leadership Committees, and Hays Optimist Club. He is currently involved with Youth Entrepreneurs, USD 501 Marketing Committee, Kansas River Trails, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Topeka Independent Business Association.

portrait of angela duncanShawn Leisinger

Shawn Leisinger currently serves as the Executive Director of the Centers for Excellence at Washburn University School of Law where he coaches the American Bar Association Client Counseling and Negotiation competition teams, teaches the Interviewing and Counseling course in an adjunct capacity, and serves as the Director the Externship Program. He was a participant of the Leadership Washburn class of 2013-2014 and also completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt in August 2013. Prior to coming on board full time in 2010, he served as an adjunct coach and professor at Washburn for seven years and has over a decade of experience as a governmental lawyer for state and local governmental entities. He has served as Assistant General Counsel with the Oil and Gas Conservation Division of the Kansas Corporation Commission and as an Assistant Shawnee County Counselor. Shawn is actively engaged in non-profit work and community service, regularly teaches a course on the legal issues of non-profit board management for those interested in serving on non-profit boards in partnership with our regional United Way organization, serves on the Continuing Legal Education committee of the Kansas Bar Association, and provides pro bono legal work for the Helping Hands Humane Society.  He currently serves as Incoming Chairman of the Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy as well.  Shawn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Wichita State University (1993) and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law (1999).

tim petersonTim Peterson

Tim Peterson is the Dean of Graduate Programs and Academic Outreach and is responsible for the coordination of the University’s noncredit professional development programs, the off-campus and online academic programs, and the summer sessions. Tim serves on the Leadership Washburn project team. Prior to arriving at Washburn in 1998, Tim served as the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for the Kansas Board of Regents, the Director of the Kansas Regents Network, the Dean of Extended Learning at Montgomery College in Maryland, and in similar positions at several other institutions since 1978.  He has also served as an adjunct instructor for the Washburn University School of Applied Studies and for Kansas State University, and was a member of the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library Board of Trustees from 1996-2007.  Tim earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Science from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master’s of Education in Adult Education from Texas A&M University, an Ed.S. in Higher Education from the George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of Maryland.

tracy routsonTracy Routsong

Tracy Routsong is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies, Chair of the Institutional Review Board, and was a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Washburn (2011-2012). She has served on a variety of University committees, including Faculty Senate, University Honors Board, Health Benefits Committee, and others. Tracy chaired the Department of Communication until spring of 2013 when she took a visiting professorship at Winona State University. Tracy began her professional leadership role as the Assistant Director of Forensics, and then Director of Forensics at Winona State University where she also was the Test-Out Director for the department. Her Master of Arts in Organizational Communication specialized in crisis communication specifically examining the rhetoric of leaders dealing with organizational crises. She received her Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication specializing in health and family. Outside of academia, she has had several occasions to demonstrate leadership, such as coaching soccer and basketball. Other opportunities for leadership have been found through activities within the school system including recruiting and scheduling volunteers, leading students in Yearbook design, coordinating the annual Book Fair, and co-directing and choreographing several drama productions.

david sollarsDavid Sollars

David Sollars is a member of the Leadership Washburn project team. He joined Washburn University as Dean, School of Business and Professor of Economics in 2003. He is responsible for leading the School’s undergraduate and masters programs, which earned AACSB-International accreditation in 2006. In addition, the School provides the Washburn University Kansas Small Business Development Center (WUKSBDC), serving nine counties in northeast Kansas. A past Salvatori Fellow with the Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C., David has also served as President of the Academy of Economics and Finance (AEF), an academic organization of more than 300 professors and professionals. He is also a member of the American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, and other professional organizations. He formerly served as Associate Dean, School of Business, Auburn University Montgomery in Alabama.  While on the faculty he received the AUM School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award, and was later named an AUM Distinguished Teaching Professor, the highest teaching honor at the university.  He was included in Montgomery Advertiser’s “Leading 40 Under 40” list in 2001. He serves on the boards of the MidAmerican Business Deans Association (President, 2013), Junior Achievement of Kansas (Chairman, 2009-10), Sales and Marketing Executives of Topeka (President, 2012-13), the Kansas Business Hall of Fame, and is a past board member and treasurer of the Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka and past board member for the Stormont Vail Foundation. He was a member of the 2004 Leadership Greater Topeka class, and 2007 Leadership Kansas class.  David holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and a Master’s of Arts in Economics from Ohio University and the Ph.D. in Economics from Florida State University.

thomas underwoodThomas Underwood

Thomas Underwood is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and Academic Outreach where a primary focus is the development and implementation of high-level professional development programs. In this capacity, he directs the Leadership Washburn program and the programs and initiatives associated with the Center for Organizational Excellence in partnership with the School of Business and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce/Go Topeka. His involvement leadership and process improvement has led him to provide consultation and support to various University projects, such as the Data Management and Analysis project and the Quality Improvement initiative for the Higher Learning Commission Accreditation. Shortly after his employment at Washburn in 1994, he worked with faculty from various disciplines to develop programs related to crime victim issues which eventually led to the establishment of the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies (JCVVS), a consortium program between Washburn University, Fresno State University, and the University of New Haven. He has taught as an adjunct instructor for Washburn University and Fresno State University, and has developed and instructed numerous professional development courses. Thomas has a Doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Washburn University.