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Beth Tankersley-Bankhead PhD

Executive Director
B.S. in Elementary Education from University of Central Missouri
M.S. in Guidance and Counseling, with an emphasis in College Student Personnel from Eastern Illinois University
PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, with an emphasis in Higher and Continuing Education from University of Missouri-Columbia



Maria Chaurand

Part-time Administrative Assistant
B.A. in Psychology from Rockhurst University



Camry Ivory

Student Support Services Coordinator
B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish from University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A. in Higher Education/Higher Education Administration from University of Missouri-Kansas City



Dustin Wightman

I.T. Systems and User Support Coordinator
ABA in Business Administration from University of Kansas


Karen Collins

Executive Assistant
B.A. in Management from Webster University
M.A. in Management and Leadership from Webster University



Amy Polen

Part-time Philanthropy Assistant
B.S. in Organizational Communications from University of Kansas


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Michael Fitkin

I.T. Systems and User Support Coordinator
A.A. in Financial Services Management from Johnson & Wales University
Certificate in Application Development from Centriq



Valerie Salazar

Program Manager and Schools and Community Outreach Coordinator
B.A. in Communication Studies and Spanish from Texas Christian University