KASB Leadership for Tomorrow 2019 class graduates

KASB’s Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2019 recently completed its year with programming around self-reflection, school redesign and continuous improvement, and skillfully leading important work in their school districts.  

The Leadership for Tomorrow program gives board members, superintendents and administrators opportunities to study change theories and strategies, participate in leadership skill training and expand understanding of education key issues through onsite visits and presentations. Through five two-day sessions, the class visited local schools in Beloit, North Ottawa, Coffeyville, Neodesha, Lakin, Garden City, and Manhattan and participated in class discussions on issues and challenges facing Kansas education.  

Keith Griffin, Seaman USD 345 board of education, said visiting schools and getting to know his classmates were just two of many reasons the experience was beneficial. 

“Last Spring I didn’t know anyone in the class, and now not only have I have gained some good friends, but my resources as a board member are greater than they were before,” he said. 

This is the 15th KASB Leadership for Tomorrow Graduating Class. To date the program has had 275 graduates, of which 134 were Board of Education Members, 137 were District Administrators and four were KASB Staff Members.  The class was honored at a graduation lunch Dec. 7 in Wichita atKASB’s 2019 Annual Conference, and also recognized during the annual conference closing general session. 

First Row L-R Raquel Greer, Mulvane USD 263 Assistant Superintendent; Miranda Dinkel, Fredonia USD 484 Board of Education; Amy Hoover, Washington County USD 108 Elementary School Principal; Samrie Devin, Lawrence USD 497 Director of Human Resources; Jannette Luthi, Madison-Virgil USD 386 Board of Education; Dr. Micky Painter, Pittsburg USD 250 Board of Education.

Second Row L-R Dorsey Burgess, South Haven USD 509 Superintendent; Jill Lachenmayr, Andover USD 385 Assistant Superintendent; Tracy Springer, Jayhawk USD 346 Board of Education; Dr. Kellen Adams, Chanute USD 413 Superintendent; Carrie Sowers, Atchison USD 409 Board of Education; Tammy Thomasson, Paola USD 368 Assistant Superintendent; Dr. Stephanie McNemar, Colby USD 315 High School Principal; Jurdene Coleman, Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Board of Education; Troy Keiswetter, Concordia USD 333 High School Principal; Matt Ward, Augusta USD 402 Superintendent.

Back Row L-R Dan Patterson, Lakin USD 215 Board of Education; Dane Baxa, Goddard USD 265 Director of Community Relations; Luke Sobba, KASB Staff Attorney; Roger Stumpf, Southeast of Saline USD 306 Superintendent; Troy Damman, Erie Galesburg USD 101 Superintendent; Steve Blankenship, Pratt USD 382 High School Principal; Keith Griffin, Seaman USD 345 Board of Education; Dr. Mark Schmidt, Blue Valley USD 229 Assistant Superintendent.

Not Pictured: Julie Dandreo, Ottawa USD 290 Board of Education; Max Heinrichs, Durham-Hillsboro-Lehigh USD 410 Superintendent.

Nominations are now open for the Leadership for Tomorrow Class of 2020. Got to kasb.org/LFT  for details. 


By Carol Pitts cpitts@kasb.org 



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