Leadership Washburn

Project Team, Facilitators, and Key Instructors

A host of individuals contributes 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. The individuals contributing to the 2016-2017 Leadership Washburn include:

portrait of marc friedMarc Fried

Marc Fried has served as University Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Regents since 2014. He is a member of the President’s Executive Staff and serves or has served on a number of committees, including the University Behavioral Assessment Team, the Faculty Handbook Committee and committees to write/re-write the Non-discrimination policy and the concealed weapons on campus policy.  Marc was a member of the 2014-15 Leadership Washburn class and completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt in November 2014. He has made presentations on Title IX at the Washburn University School of Law and on “I’ve Got Issues” television program on KTWU.  He also appeared on a panel addressing concealed weapons on campus at the Mulvane Art Museum. Marc coordinated meetings among the Kansas public university general counsel to address policy concerns about concealed weapons on campus.  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, served on the team that established the Jefferson County Drug Court and led the District Defenders Committee for the Missouri Public Defender System.  He was a member of Leadership St. Louis’s 30th class and served on various boards, as well as chairperson on several boards including Eliot Unitarian Chapel, where he helped effect the change from program committee governance to policy governance.  Marc 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. He is currently a member of the Capital City Chorus and Sertoma. Marc received his Juris Doctorate from Washington University and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas.

portrait ofmichael gleason

Michael Gleason

Michael Gleason began as the Director of the Leadership Institute in 2013. In this role, he oversees the curricular and co-curricular elements of the Institute and teaches courses within the Leadership Studies Minor/Certificate Programs.  He also works with the Fink and Farley Visiting Professorships. 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 and has served as an alumni facilitator in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Leadership Washburn programs. 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 has remained engaged every year by serving as a program facilitator and the LW Alumni core committee. She completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt in December 2013 and Project Management Essentials in December 2014. Marta volunteers her time to assist with student leadership activities, serve on hiring committees and advisory boards.  She has been involved from the beginning phases of a recently awarded grant from U.S. Department of Justice “Creating a Culture of Consent at Washburn University: Confronting Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus” project. Marta served on the Core Project Team of the Data Management & Analysis (DMA) Initiative which brought improvement to the collection, management, and everyday use of data for operational and strategic decision making to the university. Recently promoted to Associate Director of Human Resources, Marta assumes accountability for staff training and development, employee relations, new employee orientation, criminal background checks and workers compensation. Upon earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Kansas State University, Marta embarked upon a 20-year career in executive sales leadership where she found her passion for human resources, employee relations and professional coaching/development. She created and implemented leadership development, customer service and supportive software rollout programs. Prior to joining Washburn, Marta worked as HR Director for a local physical therapy organization. She is a member of national and local chapters of the Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM) and College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

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).

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.

portrait of janel rutherfordJanel Rutherford

Janel Rutherford is the Director of Business and Auxiliary Services at Washburn. The department includes Dining Services, Ichabod Shop, Ichabod Service Center, Memorial Union, University Mail and Printing Services, and management of the Pepsi contract. Janel began her Washburn career with seven years in Dining Services first as the Assistant Director, and then the Director position. Janel became the Asst. Director of Business Services 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 recently served on the building committee for Lincoln Hall and Lincoln Dining. She has presented at campus card conferences, attended national conferences for Food Service, Campus Cards, Auxiliary Services, Purchasing, and Bookstore, chaired search committees and the campus United Way campaign, served on University committees, and participated in Union program scheduling. Washburn awarded Janel an Outstanding Service Award in 2006, choose her to attend the B.E.S.T training in 2001 and Leadership Washburn in 2012-13. She earned the CASP (Certified Auxiliary Service Professional) designation from the National Association of College Auxiliary Services organization. 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.

portrait of james schnoebelenJim Schnoebelen

James (Jim) Schnoebelen is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies and was a member of the 2014-2015 class of Leadership Washburn. He is currently Secretary of Faculty Senate, the Humanities Division representative on the College Committee on Promotion and Tenure (CCPT), the Faculty Senate representative on the Graduate Council, and a member Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory (WAGS) Committee. He also serves Washburn as a pre-law advisor and former coordinator of Washburn’s Pre-Law Camp and “Great Plains” Regional Mock Trial Tournament. He was Assistant Director Forensics at Washburn from 2001 to 2008 and went on serve as Director of the Undergraduate Mock Trial team from 2008 to 2016. His scholarship focuses on the U.S. presidency, particularly the ways in which political communication represents and reinforces the gendered nature of human communication and our notions of executive leadership. He has degrees in Speech Communication (B.S. in 1999 and M.A. in 2001) from Central Missouri State University and Communication Studies (Ph.D. in 2010, emphases in Political Communication and Rhetoric) from the University of Kansas. 

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 eleven counties in northeast Kansas. David 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 is a member of the MidAmerican Business Deans Association (President, 2013), Junior Achievement of Kansas (Chairman, 2009-100), Sales and Marketing Executives of Topeka (President, 2012-13), the Kansas Business Hall of Fame, and the Washburn Catholic Campus Center.  He 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.

doug von feldtDoug Von Feldt

Doug Von Feldt is a 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 for Quality and has been Baldrige Performance Excellence Program examiner.

portrait of brenda whiteBrenda White

Brenda White is the Assistant Director of Instructional Services at Washburn University in the Information Technology Services department.  She provides leadership and vision for the areas of Web development, Online Course Support, Multimedia Production, Video/Web Conferencing, Mediated Classroom Support, Instructional Design, and the campus surveillance system.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science degree in Educational Technology from Kansas State University.  Brenda has been a Washburn University employee since 1983 and has served on a variety of campus committees and grants including Online Education, IT Strategic Planning, Web Advisory, Faculty IT Advisory Council, Digitally Accessible Resources for Teaching (DART), Staff Council, and the Benefits Committee.  In 2006, Brenda received an Administrative Outstanding Service Award from Washburn University for her contributions.  She has also collaborated with C-TEL Director, Margaret Wood on the design and implementation of the first Active Learning Classroom at Washburn in 2015.  Brenda completed the Lean Six Sigma: Yellow Belt in July of 2014 and received a Certificate of Teaching and Learning from C-TEL for 2015-2016. She is a member of CCUMC-Consortium for College and University Media Centers; currently serving as secretary of the Board of Directors.  She will begin her second term as secretary of CCUMC in July 2016 and has also served on the election committee, awards committee, and as moderator for conference sessions.  She is also a member of Colleague to Colleague - (C2C) an organization for members in Kansas and Missouri interested in sharing their expertise in instructional technology, online instruction, and distance education and KCREACHE-The Kansas City Regional Access Consortium for Higher Education.  She was a Leadership Washburn (2011-2012) participant in 2013-2014.   

portrait of gwen wilsonGwen Wilson

Gwen Wilson joined Washburn in March 2012 as the Health Sciences Librarian. She was part of the Leadership Washburn 2013-2014 class.  Gwen is the liaison librarian for the School of Nursing, Allied Health, Social Work, Human Services, and Kinesiology Departments. She also teaches a health section of the Library Research Strategies course, the Information Literacy for the Health Professional course and the information literacy section in the First Year Experience courses. At Washburn University, Gwen is an active member of the Interprofessional Education Council (IPEC) and serves as a member of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Advisory Board. Prior to coming to Washburn, she served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Newman Division of Nursing Library where she hired, trained, and supervised student workers. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Resource Studies and a Masters in Library Science from Emporia State University. In 2015, she became a member of the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). Her research interests are focused on the role information literacy has in Evidence-Based Practice and the challenge of reporting meaningful metrics in relation to research impact.