Leadership Washburn

Project Team, Facilitators, and Key Instructors

A host of individuals contribute to the Leadership Washburn program. The core project team develops and continuously improves all aspects of the program; facilitators encourage participant engagement and learning, and satisfactory completion of program requirements; and instructors share their expertise in passion in the sessions.

portrait of james barracloughJames Barraclough

James Barraclough has been at Washburn University since 2008. He serves as the Director of Undergraduate Initiatives within the Center for Student Success where he works closely with the First-Year Experience program and teaches sections of the WU-101 Washburn Experience course. James spent his first six years as a Career Services Specialist where he advised students on all aspects of the career development process and served as a liaison to the Health Care and Education programs on campus. To better meet the needs of Washburn students, James resurrected and revitalized the IS-120 Major and Career Exploration course and has been teaching sections of it for deciding students since 2010. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning and on the Diversity Initiative Committee, the Greek Life Advisory Board, and as the Faculty Advisor for a Greek organization at Washburn. Professionally, he is a member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and has previously been on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Association of Colleges & Employers (KACE). James holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership - College Student Development from Oklahoma State University. James was in the inaugural class of Leadership Washburn (2011-2012) and has regularly contributed to the program as a facilitator and presenter. He completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt program in 2014.

portrait of jane carpenterJane 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. Jane will be assuming the role of Director of the Pre-Licensure Program within the School of Nursing beginning August 2015. Jane was part of the 2012-2013 Leadership Washburn class and completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt program in 2015.

brad clarkBrad Clark

Brad Clark has spent twenty-seven years in the classroom. The past nineteen years have been as an instructor in the Computer Repair and Networking Department at Washburn Tech and prior to that he spent five years as a math and science teacher at Topeka Public School’s Alternative Education Program. Between his time at AEP and his first job as a math teacher at Jefferson West High School, he was a student in the Electrical Engineering program at the University of Kansas and worked as a PC technician and programmer/analyst at firms in Topeka. At Washburn Institute of Technology he has been a leader of the Care Closet Committee, which provides short-term support for students and staff in crisis with the goal to allow them to stay in school and complete their course of training or tasks for their job. He has a master’s degree in Technical Education from Pittsburg State University, and has presented at the Cisco Networking Academy Instructor’s National Conference in San Jose, CA. Brad was in the inaugural class of Leadership Washburn (2011-2012) and has served as a program facilitator. Brad completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt program in 2012.

chris enosChris Enos

Christopher Enos has been a university police officer for fifteen years. Prior to becoming a university police officer, Christopher was a shift supervisor with the Lyon County Jail in Emporia, Kansas.  Graduating from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in 2000, Christopher started his law enforcement career at the Emporia State University Police Department where he served as a Field Training Officer in addition to his duties as a patrol officer.  Christopher joined the Washburn University Police Department in 2005 as a Patrol Sergeant responsible for information technology and reporting compliance while also supervising a shift of officers. After serving eight years as a Sergeant, Christopher was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned the responsibility of overall day to day supervision of all University Police Operations. Christopher is a 2014 graduate of the 258th session of the FBI-National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. In 2009, Christopher completed training at the FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Leadership Institute. Christopher successfully completed the International Mountain Bike Association Police Cyclist Course and is a certified Field Training Officer. Christopher was a member of the inaugural session of Leadership Washburn (2011-2012). 

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 is now in her second year serving as a program facilitator. She completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt in December 2013 and Project Management Essentials in December 2014. Marta is an active member of Staff Council and is currently part of the Data Management & Analysis Project Core 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.

cindy hornbergerCynthia 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 and is currently working on her Lean Six Sigma: Green 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.

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 has served as a program facilitator. Shawn completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt in August 2014. 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 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. He serves on the Leadership Washburn project team and completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt program in 2014. 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.

mary pilgramMary Pilgram

Mary Pilgram is an Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department specializing in organizational communication. Mary was a member of the Leadership Washburn class of 2012-2013. Prior to university teaching, Mary 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, Assessment Liaison, and Internship Coordinator for the Communication Studies Department. Mary completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt training in July 2014. She is a graduate of Leadership Overland Park and holds a B.A. in Communication from William Jewell College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas.

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, College Faculty Council, University Honors Board, Health Benefits Committee, and others and was chair of the Department of Communication until spring of 2013 when she took a visiting professorship at Winona State University. She was recently named as a CTEL Teaching Fellow for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Tracy began her professional leadership role as the Assistant Director of Forensics, and then Director of Forensics at Winona State University in 2000 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. Tracy completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt course in July 2014 and is currently working on her Lean Six Sigma: Green Belt.

mary schumacherMary Schumacher

Mary Schumacher works in the Washburn University Finance Office as the Bursar and oversees the Business Office.  Mary began working in the Business Office in 2008 as an Accountant and 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 of 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 Student One Stop, New Student Orientation, Washburn Institute of Technology Banner Integration, and has served on the United Way Committee.  In the past she provided transition assistance when Washburn Institute of Technology joined Washburn University and has worked to outline instructions and standardize cash handling practices for both campuses.  She was a member of the Leadership Washburn class of 2014-2015. 

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. David participated in the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt program in 2012 and participated in an executive Lean Six Sigma session in 2014. 

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, including professional development programs in Lean Six Sigma. His involvement in leadership and process improvement has led him to provide consultation and support for various University projects, such as the Data Management and Analysis project, and the Quality Improvement initiative for the Higher Learning Commission Accreditation. He has taught for Washburn University and Fresno State University, and has developed and instructed numerous professional development courses. Thomas serves on the Board of Directors for Florence Crittenton Services and for the American Society of Victimology. He has a Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University, a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Washburn University. He has also earned a Lean Six Sigma: Green Belt certificate of completion.

doug von feldtDoug Von Feldt

Doug Von Feldt is consultant with over 20 years of experience leading projects and change initiatives in industries including manufacturing, distribution, education, and retail. He has helped numerous companies implement continuous improvement, project management, and innovation programs. Doug was key to the development of the Center for Operational Excellence at Washburn University where he continues to develop and teach professional development classes, and provide consulting services.  He has authored professional development materials for various programs, and is a contributing author to the book "Next Level Supply Management Excellence: Your Straight to the Bottom Line® Roadmap" (J. Ross Publishing). Doug holds a BA in Computer Information Systems from Washburn University, is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a certified Project Manager (PMP).  He is a senior member of the American Society of Quality and has been Baldrige Performance Excellence Program examiner.

kerry wynnKerry Wynn

Kerry Wynn has been a member of the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2006.  Currently an Associate Professor of History, she specializes in U.S. history, the history of women and gender, and American Indian history.  Kerry participated in the inaugural class of Leadership Washburn (2011-12), and has served on many Washburn University committees and advisory boards, including Faculty Senate, College Faculty Council, Diversity Initiative, the Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Committee, the Master of Liberal Studies Advisory Board, the Board of Student Media, and NONOSO. She is a previous chair of the Diversity Initiative Committee and the current president of the Washburn chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Kerry is also the recipient of grants to support teaching excellence, such as a teaching/learning grant from the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (CTEL), and a Sweet Sabbatical grant.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in History and English from Bradley University, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.