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Kathleen HenaoClassy Cat Coordinatorkhenao@ksu.edu 

Kathleen Henao

Kathleen assumed her duties as the Classy Cat Coordinator January 2000 after spending eleven years as the director of the Golden Gale Dance Team and a FACS instructor at Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville, Kansas. Henao also served as head cheerleading coach for four years and tennis coach for five years. Her dance teams have been recipients of numerous awards and have participated in many distinguished performances. Henao has coached several All-Americans. She has had many dance members who have or are currently dancing at prestigious Division I, Division II, and Community Colleges. Henao a native of Topeka, KS.

Education

B.S. Apparel Design, Kansas State University, 1981
Family Consumer Science, Washburn University

Christina QuigleyAssistant Classy Cat Coordinatorchristinabeth@hotmail.com 

Christina Quigley

A native of Hays, KS, Christina danced competitively for 15 years with Jackie Cramer’s Vision Dance Team and performed as a member of the Classy Cats from 2005 – 2008. In addition to her duties as the Assistant Classy Cat Coordinator, Quigley is a Teacher at KSU’s Hoeflin Stone House Early Childhood Education Center and a graduate student in Political Science. In 2014, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children (KAEYC). As an active advocate for Early Childhood Education, she serves as the Public Policy Chairperson for the Heartland Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC), the local affiliate chapter of KAEYC.

Christina lives in Manhattan with her two dogs, Richard and Henry.

Education

B.S. Marketing, Kansas State University, 2008
B.S. Early Childhood Education, Kansas State University, 2014
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Kansas State University, 2016 (expected)

Shannon Meis Twirling Coordinatorsmeis@family.kscoxmail.com 

Shannon Meis

Shannon was raised in Dodge City, KS and currently resides in Salina with her husband Kris and two children, Lauren and Logan, where she is the Instructor/Coach and Owner of Shannon's Stars Athletic Twirling Club. Shannon's credentials include numerous local, state, regional, and national advanced level awards. She has produced feature twirlers for three universities, including K-State. Shannon performed as the K-State Feature Twirler from 1985-89 and is currently a licensed National Baton Twirling Association judge.

Education

B.S. Education, Kansas State University,1989
M.S. Curriculum & Instruction with Library Media Specialist, 1994

Spencer SmithColor Guard Coordinatorspence5@k-state.edu 

Spencer Smith

Originally from, Overland Park, Spencer will be beginning her fourth year with The Pride. Currently she is finishing up her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences and hopes to continue her education by pursing a DVM at the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine. Spencer has been involved with color guard for eight years and is excited to be joining the KSUMB Staff.

Alex WimmerGraduate Assistantamwimmer@k-state.edu 

Alex Wimmer

Alex Wimmer is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Kansas State University and is a Graduate Assistant for the Kansas State University Bands. He assists with all concert and athletic ensembles, undergraduate conducting courses, and Percussion Ensemble II.

Originally from Gretna, Nebraska, Alex received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2007 and received his Master of Music degree in Education with an emphasis in Wind Conducting from Kansas State University in 2014. Alex was the Director of Bands at Gretna High School and the Assistant Director of Bands at Gretna Middle School from 2007-2012. Under his direction his concert, jazz, and marching bands received consistent superior ratings. He was a recipient of the Jack R. Snider Young Band Director Award in 2011 and served on the Nebraska Music Educators Association Leadership Academy from 2011-2012.

His professional affiliations include the Kansas Music Educators Association, the Kansas Bandmasters Association, the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the Percussive Arts Society, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Alex enjoys spending his free time with his wife Anna and his daughter Addison.

Education

B.M. Music Education with emphasis in K-12 Education, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2007
M.M. Education with an emphasis in Wind Conducting, Kansas State University, 2014

Daniel HaddadGraduate Assistanthaddad@ksu.edu 

Chris Johnson

Daniel is originally from Seattle, WA where he received his B.A. / B.M. from the University of Washington in Percussion Performance and Music Education, and his M.A. from Florida Atlantic University with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education. While at the University of Washington Dan was a member of the marching band, wind ensemble and percussion ensemble in addition to playing with the Seattle Blue Thunder Drumline. While in Florida, he was a graduate assistant in charge of the drumline for the Fighting Owls Marching Band in addition to being a conducting associate for the wind ensemble and symphonic band. He also helped start and direct the FAU Percussion Ensemble. After graduation Dan spent 7 years as the Director of Bands at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas Nevada where his groups travelled and performed at a high level throughout the western United States including a trip to the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

Dan is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Kansas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association and a Vic Firth Educational Team Member.

Education

B.A. / B.M. Percussion Performance and Music Education, University of Washington
M.A. Emphasis in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education, Florida Atlantic University

Alex CookGraduate Assistantaacook@k-state.edu 

Emily Jones

Alex is a 2012 graduate of Kansas State University and holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education. Upon graduation Alex accepted a job with Jayhawk-Linn schools in Mound City, KS, where he served as the 5th through 12th grade band and choir director for two years. He is an active member in the National Association for Music Education, KMEA, and is a member of both Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternities.

Education

B.M.E. Music Education, Kansas State University, 2012

 Rachel VillarealeGraduate Assistantrmvilla@ksu.edu 

Alex Cook

Rachel graduated summa cum laude from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. At IUP, she was a member of various ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and was a section leader and member of "The Legend", IUP's Marching Band. Rachel is an initiated member of Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity, and has held memberships in the International Double Reed Society and Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association.

Education

B.S. Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2014

Jack DonovanGraduate Assistantdonvanjm@ksu.edu 

Donovan

Jack Donovan has been appointed as the graduate assistant in percussion for the 2015-16 academic year. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Jack has been a member of many concert bands, orchestras, marching bands and drum and bugle corps.  He received his B.M. from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in Percussion Performance under Dr. Jeff Crowell.  At UWEC he played with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band and Marching Band and was also a member of the UWEC Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and Phi Mu Alpha.  Outside of the University, Jack performed with the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra.  In 2012 and 2013, Jack marched with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps where he played bass drum. Before his summers with the Scouts, Jack marched with Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 for their Championship season.  He has also been a member of the Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline and the Minnesota Vikings Skol Line.  In the summer of 2014 Jack was a member of a percussion quartet from UWEC invited to perform and participate at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  Jack was also a member of the UWEC Percussion Ensemble for their performance at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, IN.

Jack has taught at many different high school drumlines and marching bands in the Chippewa Valley area. He was the Percussion Caption Head and Battery Arranger at the Menomonie High School Indoor Drum Line in Menomonie, WI and for the Chippewa Falls High School Marching Cardinals in Chippewa Falls, WI. He was also the Bass Technician for The Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps.

Education

B.M. Percussion Performance, University Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2015