KASB is governed by a Board of Directors composed of four elected officers - president, past-president, president-elect and president-elect designee (elected at convention in December) - and 15 regional vice-presidents. The regions include 10 geographic areas and five additional regions representing the five member school districts with the largest full-time equivalent enrollment at the time of regional elections. There are two ex-officio seats on the board. Elections are held at the Delegate Assembly during the KASB Annual Convention.
Frank Henderson, Jr.
Seaman USD 345
Frank Henderson, Jr. serves on the board of directors for the National Association of School Boards as the Western Region Director and is an ex officio member of the KASB Board of Directors.
Frank Henderson’s belief in the importance of public education has brought him all the way from president of his children’s elementary school PTO to his current position on the board of directors for the National School Board Association.
First elected to the Seaman USD 345 board of education in 2007, Henderson served as president of the board in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He soon became involved with KASB by attending seminars and training, eventually serving on the Legislative Committee and as KASB Region 2 vice-president. Henderson graduated with the KASB Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2009.
Henderson was elected president of KASB and served in that capacity from July 2013 to July 2014. After completing that commitment, he was elected in April 2015 as NSBA Western Region representative and now sits on the national association’s board of directors. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Black Council of NSBA.
In 2012 Henderson was appointed to serve on the Education Commission of the States, a national advisory group that tracks policy state by state, interprets research and reports and creates opportunities for state education policymakers to share knowledge and expertise.
“I have always held a strong belief of the importance of education,” Henderson said. “I am thankful for every opportunity that has come my way to support our public schools and expand the dream of an excellent education for every child.”
Henderson calls upon his fellow education advocates to engage in whatever way and whatever level they can.
“We need to be actively involved to provide a true and accurate picture of our public school system and be able to take a stand for all Kansas students, present and future,” he said.
Involvement in KASB is a great way to make a difference, Henderson said.
“I enjoy being a part of `The Voice for Public Education,’ in the state,” Henderson said, referring to KASB’s mission. “I am thrilled how we are able to influence our Legislature as well as work together to serve 286 school districts and close to 450,000 students in Kansas.”
Henderson’s local board service grew out of a desire to continue the good work he saw being done when he volunteered for his children’s school.
“I consider it an honor to serve in this capacity as a school board member,” he said. “Once on the board, I sought reelection because I wanted to continue to work for an improved system to meet the diverse needs of our students. The best aspect of being a local school board member is knowing you make a difference and are helping to shape the future,” Henderson said.
For all his service at the state and national levels, Henderson is most proud of the progress made at the local district level. “My desire is for every child to rise to their God-given potential.”
“We have been able to expand the opportunities for our students with increased use of technology at all levels, including a 1:1 initiative with our secondary students,” he said. “We have added foreign language at the elementary level and created a more individualized support system to address multiple needs of our students.”
Another initiative close to Henderson’s heart is preparing students for success after high school.
“This has included the hiring of college and career advocates to begin working with our students in eighth grade and extending through high school to assist them in course selection with areas of interest and basic career planning,” he said. “Additionally, we added a college and career internship program for our seniors that has provided immeasurable opportunities in career selection as well as college, career and workforce readiness.”
Henderson has served in several leadership roles in the Seaman district, including terms as president and vice president of the board and the board’s governmental relations representative for KASB. He has also been a member of the school site council, technology committee, PTO president and community district advisory council. He is a member and past president of the Sunrise Optimist Club, chair of the Optimist Essay Contest and chair of Kansas District Optimist Oratorical Contest.
“The future of our state and country is dependent on how well we prepare today’s students for the work ahead,” Henderson said.
KASB President-Elect Designee
Shannon Kimball is in her second term on the board of education for Lawrence USD 497 and was appointed to the KASB Board of Directors in July 2016 to fill the unexpired term of Dayna Miller, KASB president-elect.
She was elected to the position of president-elect designee during the December 2017 KASB Delegate Assembly, and will assume the office of president-elect July 1, 2018, and then service as president of KASB during the 2019-2020 school year.
"I was honored to be asked to fill the Region 1 vice-president position," Kimball said. "I believe strongly in the work that KASB does to support school boards across our state, and to advocate for excellence in public schools for all Kansans."
Kimball said broadening her perspective of the challenges districts face across the state will help her expand her work as a public school advocate. She also plans to apply what she learns to her work within her own school district.
"I look forward to opportunities to share KASB's legislative and policy expertise within my own district and with districts in my region, and to advocate for public schools with the legislature," Kimball said.
As a statewide association, Kimball believes KASB is uniquely positioned to be the voice of districts across the state, both in its legislative advocacy and in the sharing of data with districts and school communities.
"Now more than ever public schools need strong advocates who are empowered with the facts about the successes of and challenges facing Kansas schools. KASB plays a vital role in assisting school districts and other stakeholders to advocate for public education with a powerful, unified voice," Kimball said.
As a native Kansan, Kimball and her husband returned to Kansas following several years out of state to pursue careers. Kimball is an attorney whose work focused on public schools for several years. She is currently raising their two sons and one daughter and focusing her time on volunteer work.
"Foremost among our reasons for coming back home was the desire for our children to have the opportunity to attend excellent public schools,â€ Kimball said.
She volunteered in 2010 to serve as a community member on the Lawrence USD 497 task force formed to study the district's elementary school facilities. After working for over seven months as part of that group to make a recommendation to the board, Kimball decided to run for a board position.
"I wanted to give back to the community through sharing my professional background in school law and policy, as well as to continue working on the many issues raised by the work of the elementary school facility task force," Kimball said.
Seeking a second term in 2015 gave her a way to stay involved as the district implements a $92.5 million 2013 bond issue. The project will transform all 14 of the district's elementary facilities into flexible 21st century learning spaces, Kimball said. A new college and career center to serve the district's two high schools will expand business, community, and higher education partnerships to give students relevant, career-oriented experiences.
Kimball said another major focus of her board service continues to be the district's equity work, with the goal of closing achievement gaps.
"We have made great strides in the past six years, increasing our overall graduation rate to above 90 percent," she said, "while at the same time markedly decreasing the graduation rate gap for our racial and socioeconomic subgroups."
Kimball is a member of the League of Women Voters of Lawrence/Douglas County, and the Kansas, Georgia, and American bar associations. Her local service includes her children's school PTO, work with the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association and the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, and serving on the board of her neighborhood association.
She is currently vice-president of her local board of education.
"I truly love the work I get to do as a local board of education member," Kimball said. "Because I am a parent of young children in the district, I get to see the positive impact of my work reflected in the school experiences of my own children. But the rewards are much more far-reaching than that. The best part of our board meetings is the time that we use to recognize the amazing accomplishments of our students and staff. Those recognitions are an important reminder of why I volunteer to serve on the board."
Published September 2016 Kansas Association of School Boards
Updated January 18, 2018
Wichita USD 259
Region 14 Vice-President
Editor's Note: Stan Reeser's bio is scheduled for publication in the March 2017 "School Board Review" and will be posted here once published.
She points to a focus on positivity, innovation, collaboration and outreach as examples of intentionally shifting the culture, along with the use of technology, character education and strategic abandonment of outdated practices and offerings.“Culture trumps strategy every time,” Zila said, noting that change is a process that takes time, patience and clear vision. “I feel fortunate to have contributed to a very thoughtful and dynamic ten-year strategic plan, embracing and promoting a new culture,” she said. “The district also passed a significant bond issue for capital improvements in recent years.” Through all of the planning, decisions and community concerns, one thing remains a constant for the Shawnee Mission School Board. “We always have our decisions based upon and driven by doing what is best for our kids,” she said. Zila’s involvement with KASB began as a local board member attending trainings and meetings. She soon learned that board members and schools all across the state have more things in common than they have differences. She served on the KASB legislative committee and through joint meetings of that committee and the KASB Board of Directors become interested in the role local board members have within the mission of KASB. “As in most districts, our demographics and the needs of our kids are changing dramatically. We need to work together to support addressing the needs of ALL students. We trust that KASB will lead the way in ensuring that all school districts will have their interests represented,” Zila said. She was appointed by her local board to be its representative on the KASB Board of Directors this year. The KASB constitution provides for individual representation on the board of directors, nominating committee and legislative committee from the five largest school district members by enrollment. These districts are assigned a region number and the local boards appoint their representative to serve on the board of directors. “KASB should be our central rallying force,” Zila said. “It is important that we join together to have a shared and united front to lobby for what is needed to fund education today.” In the past, there have been winners and losers in the funding scenarios, Zila said. “Shawnee Mission School District has been one of the losers since 1992,” she said, “so we are hopeful that words like “adequacy,” “suitable” and “sufficient” can find definitions that are sustainable and fair. My hopes are that in this year’s legislative session, which will be formulating a new school finance plan, we can all come out as winners to adequately meet the needs of all students throughout Kansas.”
One recent project gave high school students a chance to collaborate with others by turning an idea into a sellable product.“The entrepreneur class researched and designed bread cutting boards, then the woods class made the boards and the entrepreneur class successfully marketed the boards,” Yost said. “It was a great learning tool for all the students.” Otis-Bison students are very successful in many areas, Yost said. “We have had both boys and girl state champions in weightlifting, and that program has done much to build students pride and confidence in their abilities to improve,” he said. The community and board take particular care when it comes to their facilities. “We have upgraded our facilities every year, new windows, new bleachers, etc. Visitors comment on how nice our buildings look even though they are not new,” Yost said. “Our staff takes great pride in making our buildings look great.” As a local farmer, Yost is closely tied to the community. In the past he has served as choir director and vice-president of the men’s club for his local church and a board member for Farm Bureau. His local board service has included a term as vice-president, governmental relations chair and membership of the board’s negotiations team. Yost’s service on the KASB Board means he can continue to bring new ideas and ways to improve back to his home district. “I learn so much by having the opportunity to interact with students, staff, patrons and other board members from all over the state and nation,” he said. Published September 2016 Kansas Association of School Boards
Blake remains active in numerous church and community initiatives with a particular focus on children’s well being. As her own children entered school, she became more involved in the Southeast of Saline district.One volunteer role included chairing the district’s strategic planning project. When she was approached in late 2008 to apply to fill an unexpired term on the local board, she liked the idea of being involved in implementing the recommendations. She was then elected in 2009, and re-elected in 2013. “For me it’s important that we continue the traditions of excellence for our students that we are known for,” she said. Blake is proud that the district continues to maintain high quality staff with very little turnover, even in these turbulent times. Other points of pride include the district’s one-to-one technology access for all grade levels, and a K-6 initiative giving every student the chance to learn to play the piano. Among many other innovations, the district continues to be a leader in reducing system-wide energy consumption, thanks to a project that began as a student-led initiative in 2009. She credits much of the district’s success to a student-focused board of education. “We’ve developed a systemic approach to addressing the annual needs of the district,” she said. “Our board comes from very diverse perspectives, but we have a shared vision of what’s best for kids.” Published August 2016 Kansas Association of School Boards
His own family background made running for the school board an obvious choice.“I also wanted to have a deeper involvement in the board since both my parents were teachers and were leaders in their respective districts,” he said. Herrman takes great pride in what the community accomplished with its 2008 bond issue. Because of his longevity on both the board and in the community, he has been there through it all. “The best part? Beginning, executing and completing a $100 million bond issue that improved 12 buildings and gave us a first-class high school,” he said. Among the many other successes he lists for the Manhattan-Ogden school district is the work being done to reduce the achievement gap, particularly with the district’s minority students. “We were (and still are) the only district to have appointed a district diversity coordinator,” he said. “We’ve improved and created great trust between board members and teachers, he said. “We have a high level of mutual respect between the teachers and the school board.” Herrman serves in various leadership roles on both the board and in the community, including serving on the Fort Hays State University Academic Advisory Board for the College of Business. And he clearly enjoys the opportunity to support the students in his own district. “One of the most satisfying things I get to experience every year is high school graduation. Few things in life are better than seeing the enthusiasm and the energy of the young minds that the district has developed and is now sending out into the world to make a difference,” he said. He is equally enthused about the start of the whole process. “I love Kindergarten round up. The fresh faces and excitement are always a thrill to see,” Herrman said. Published August 2016 Kansas Association of School Boards
Gail Billman was first elected to the Labette County USD 506 school board in July 2011. She and her husband both have “deep family histories” of attending and graduating from Labette County Schools, she said.
“In large part the many successes we continue to see are due to the long history of local board of education support and advocacy,” Billman said. “I am proud to now carry on with that tradition.”
After being tapped to serve on the KASB Nominating Committee, Billman said she decided to seek a more active role in the Association. She was elected to the KASB Board of Directors as Region 3 vice-president in 2012, and re-elected to her second three-year term in 2015. She is a 2015 graduate of KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow program.
“KASB is the go-to organization for local board support,” she said. “The positive, collaborative focus of regional meetings and annual conference empowers board members to join together and learn.”
Those opportunities help board members make better decisions at the local level, she said.
“Our students deserve folks working for them, and I am honored to be an elected official given the trust to do this,” Billman said. “We must also continue to advocate for local control, and work together through organizational assistance from KASB.”
“As Kansas board members, we learned from others how we can better advocate for our students. I was especially blessed this June to take my 15-year old daughter to DC with me,” Billman said. “She attended meetings with us on Capitol Hill and advocated from a student’s perspective.”
Billman encourages local board members to look beyond the boundaries of their own districts to gain perspective and ideas.
“You gain a lot of ideas when you come together with like-minded people who are supportive of all students in Kansas,” she said. “Through my KASB experiences, I have also made some life-long friendships,” she said.
Billman’s other community interests include church mission work and serving as a task force member for the Kansas Speech Language Hearing Association. Her local board service grew out of an interest in doing what she could to provide a future for her area of the state.
“I wanted to serve my community and help support our school district,” she said.
Now in her second term, she sees the progress the district has made through teamwork and collaboration.“We now have a well-focused team and have common goals that support the students’ successes,” she said.
Published August 2016 Kansas Association of School Boards
Jason Winbolt Spring Hills USD 230 Board of Education Region 1 Vice-President
Editor's Note: Jason's bio is scheduled for the February 2018 "School Board Review" and will be posted here once published.
KASB membership is represented by 15 regional vice-presidents. Representation is based on 10 geographical regions and an additional five are members of the five largest school districts in Kansas. Elections are held during regional meetings at the annual convention in December.
Ten of the regions are designated by county:
- Region 1-Counties Atchison, Doniphan, Douglas, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte
- Region 2- Counties Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Greenwood, Linn, Lyon, Miami, Osage, Shawnee and Wabaunsee
- Region 3- Counties Allen, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Crawford, Elk, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson
- Region 4- Counties Brown, Clay, Dickinson, Geary, Jackson, Marshall, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Riley and Washington
- Region 5- Counties Chase, Harvey, Marion, McPherson, Morris, Reno, Rice and Saline
- Region 6- Counties Butler, Cowley, Sedgwick and Sumner
- Region 7- Counties Cloud, Ellis, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Rooks, Republic, Russell and Smith
- Region 8- Counties Barber, Barton, Comanche, Edwards, Harper, Kingman, Kiowa, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush and Stafford
- Region 9- Counties Cheyenne, Decatur, Gove, Graham, Greeley, Lane, Logan, Norton, Rawlins, Scott, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas, Trego, Wallace and Wichita
- Region 10- Counties Clark, Finney, Ford, Grant, Gray, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Meade, Morton, Seward, Stanton and Stevens
Five regions are by district:
Five additional regions – Regions 11-15 – are comprised of the five member school districts with the greatest full time equivalent student population at time of regional elections. The member districts represented by Regions 11-15 are not included in Regions 1-10.
Each year there are members of the KASB Board of Directors up for election or re-election due to completing a 3-year team or an appointment to that position. The KASB Constitution provides for a 3-member Regional Nominating Committee convened in the region where an election is to take place. The committee's responsibility is to provide the Association with the names of board members interested in serving in this position.
Elections will be held for KASB Regions 1, 8, and 9 this year on Dec. 3, 2017 during the annual Delegate Assembly.
Candidates must be current members of KASB member-boards of education. Please contact a member of y0ur region's nominating committee to indicate your interest in running for a regional vice-president position.
Regional Nominating Committee Members
- Rochelle Zade, USD 232 DeSoto
- Shelley Stevens, USD 458 Basehor-Linwood
- Marcel Harmon, USD 497 Lawrence