Leadership Studies
Kansas State University
103 Leadership Studies Building
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-6085
785-532-6542 fax


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Alumni Advisory Committee

Amanda CebulaPresidentYear: 2007 

AmandaCebulaAmanda's Bio

I currently work as the Community Relations Coordinator for Webster University in Ocala, but only until mid-February as my husband is preparing to graduate from the University of Florida and was just offered a job in Wichita allowing us to return to Kansas at the beginning of March.

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Major/Minor(s): Speech Communication (Major), Music & Leadership Studies (Minors)

Where do you live? Gainesville, Florida soon to be Wichita, Kansas

Favorite memory from the School of Leadership Studies? One of my favorite memories was from Culture and Context. We were challenged to do a project on a subculture. The team I was on decided to learn about the gothic subculture. In order to conduct our research we decided to do an ethnographic study and actually dressed up "goth" and ventured out into the Manhattan community. It turned out to be an amazing project for two reasons First, it taught me to really put myself in another's shoes and view life from alternate perspectives and second, it taught me to think outside of the box when working on a project whether that be for school, work, or in general. Creativity is key!

What you are looking forward to the most from this organization? I am really looking forward to helping our alumni reconnect with the School of Leadership Studies and see how much more amazing it has become.

What expectations do you have in regards to the alumni advisory committee (AAC)? My expectations are that we are Committed to our mission and goals, we Communicate clearly and often, and we are Creative and not afraid to think outside of the box.

Anything else you would like to share: I am honored to work with each one of you and can’t wait to get started!

President Duties:

  • Preside over WLFL Alumni Advisory Committee meetings
  • Serve as liaison with the School of Leadership Studies administration
  • Serve as liaison with the Kansas State University Alumni Association
  • Hold Accountable all members of the AAC
Ben FenwickPresident-ElectYear: 2005 

BenFenwickBen's Bio

I am currently a Program Analyst for the Department of Defense in Arlington, Virginia (Washington, DC)

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Major/Minor(s): Political Science (Major), Leadership Studies & History (Minors)

Favorite memory from the School of Leadership Studies? My favorite memory of leadership studies was during either my junior or senior year in which the Leadership Ambassadors created a PLINKO board (sort of like the Price is Right) for the K-State Open House which was a big hit during the entire event.

What you are looking forward to the most from this organization? I’m looking forward to getting this organization off the ground and healthy enough to both contribute back to LSP and to contribute to the university. Also, I would like to ensure that there is better outreach to LSP alumni, especially as the LSP program is over 15 years old and has a large pool of alumni to work with.

What expectations do you have in regards to the alumni advisory committee (AAC)? I don’t necessarily have any great initial expectations other than I hope the group remains connected and has regularly scheduled “meetings” to keep in contact. For our first “meeting” I would be interested in brainstorming initial steps, mission statements, goals, etc. for the first year.

Anything else you would like to share: Very excited to get started! I recognize some of the names on the list, but there are many names I don’t recognize, so I am also excited to meet everyone.

President-Elect Duties:

  • Responsible for the WLFL Alumni Advisory Committee nomination process
  • Preside over WLFL Alumni Advisory Committee meetings in absence of the President
  • Assist AAC members with individual initaiatives as necessary or requested

Membership Chairs

Jill Casten Year: 2002 

jillcastenJill's Bio

I just finished my PhD at Virginia Tech last May and currently I'm working at the American Farm Bureau Federation as their Director of Training and Development.

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Where do you live? Washington, DC

Favorite memory from the School of Leadership Studies? Having class in the "leadership house". It was such a unique and cozy setting to have class in a "living room".

What you are looking forward to the most from this organization? My response is two-fold. First, I am looking forward to connecting with K-Staters and the program that meant so much to me as a student. Second, I want to keep on top of what's happening in leadership education and stay connected to higher education.

What expectations do you have in regards to the alumni advisory committee (AAC)? My expectations are to connect with other alumni and have a chance to bring an outside perspective to the programs at the School of Leadership Studies.

Membership Duties:

  • Responsible for activities that engage in the recruitment of graduates of the School of Leadership Studies
  • Responsible for activities that engage in the retention of current members
  • Conduct a yearly survey to gather input from members on the benefits and needs as related to WLFLvidual initaiatives as necessary or requested
Karen Bryant Year: 2002 


Karen
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Bio

I currently work as the  Student Services Specialist at Manhattan Area Technical College.

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Major/Minor(s): Family Studies Human Services (Major), Leadership Studies (Minors)

Favorite memory from the School of Leadership Studies? Great faculty and classes.

What you are looking forward to the most from this organization?Networking, Events with fellow alums.

What expectations do you have in regards to the alumni advisory committee (AAC)? Networking and continuing to support faculty and staff of this amazing program.

Membership Duties:

  • Responsible for activities that engage in the recruitment of graduates of the School of Leadership Studies
  • Responsible for activities that engage in the retention of current members
  • Conduct a yearly survey to gather input from members on the benefits and needs as related to WLFLvidual initaiatives as necessary or requested

Student Liaisons

Lyndsay Bruns Year: 2011 

lyndsaybrunsLyndsay's Bio

I currently work at the American Cancer Society in Kansas City. I am a Community Manager in the Income Development department. I work with six communities in Kansas and Missouri, and oversee volunteer committees to help coordinate and plan Relay For Life events.

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Major/Minor(s): Business Administration-Marketing Leadership Studies- Focus in Nonprofit Leadership

Where do you live? At home while I pay off my loans and save up for my own house!

Favorite memory from the School of Leadership Studies? Having the opportunity to learn leadership skills through hands on experience. I enjoyed being a part of student groups, committees, and an employee at HandsOn Kansas State. These experiences helped me prepare for the real world, make an impact, and meet lots of amazing people!

What you are looking forward to the most from this organization? Staying connected to Leadership Studies students, alumni, and employees! is over 15 years old and has a large pool of alumni to work with.

What expectations do you have in regards to the alumni advisory committee (AAC)? I hope to create a stronger network for alumni and the current students. As a recent graduate I would love to interact with current students, and show them how helpful the School of Leadership Studies minor is after college.

Student Liaison's Duties:

  • Serve as the WLFL connection to the classroom
  • Collaborate with School of Leadership Studies faculty on curriculum development as is relevant to alumni input from the working world
  • Serve as the WLFL connection to the ambassador program
Keith Kennedy Year: 2011 

keithkennedyKeith's Bio

I have been an intern in Talent Development at Sprint in Overland Park, KS since June 2011. I am there until April unless they decide to hire me full time.

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Major/Minor(s): Mass Communications: Emphasis Public Relations; Environmental Sciences Minor in Leadership Studies.

Where do you live? Lenexa, KS

Favorite memory from the School of Leadership Studies? It is difficult to select just one memory. My service trip to St. Jude Children's research Hospital changed my life. However, I think my time as a class leader and President of the ambassadors made me realize I enjoy helping people succeed. Whether it is succeeding in school or succeeding in one's own personal goals. Watching the leadership concepts come to life in those roles is something I will never forget. I was on a education event at a high school and had them working on a group exercise in which one person had a picture and had to describe to the others in the group how to draw what they saw. Many issues came up and it was great to have the tools to help them see the issues and how to resolve them. After the session I was freaking out in the car about how awesome it was to see the issues we talk about in class arise and how to work through them.

What you are looking forward to the most from this organization? The ability to connect alumni together. We have such strong group of alumni that has gone untapped for so long. It will also be great to start an organization and work with people to make it the best that it can be.

What expectations do you have in regards to the alumni advisory committee (AAC)? I don't really have many expectations. That is how it goes when you are starting something new.

Anything else you would like to share: I am thrilled to part of this group and can't wait to see the WLFL group grow and make an impact.

Student Liaison's Duties:

  • Serve as the WLFL connection to the classroom
  • Collaborate with School of Leadership Studies faculty on curriculum development as is relevant to alumni input from the working world
  • Serve as the WLFL connection to the ambassador program
Aaron Otto Year: 1998 

AaronOttoAaron's Bio

I currently work as the City Administrator of Roeland Park, Kansas

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Major/Minor(s): Political Science, Minors: Leadership Studies and Business Administration

Favorite memory from the School of Leadership Studies? How it all came together that first year in 1997. I am very grateful it came together when it did so I could try to fit in all of the requirements before graduating in 1998.

What you are looking forward to the most from this organization?Opportunity to serve and connect with the newer generations of graduates of the nationally recognized program.

What expectations do you have in regards to the alumni advisory committee (AAC)? Start off slow and build something sustainable.

Student Liaison's Duties:

  • Serve as the WLFL connection to the classroom
  • Collaborate with School of Leadership Studies faculty on curriculum development as is relevant to alumni input from the working world
  • Serve as the WLFL connection to the ambassador program

Communication Chairs

Kerry Priest Year: 2002 

KerryPriestKerry's Bio

I will be teaching Intro to Leadership Concepts at SLS. I also help coordinate a leadership development retreat in the spring known as the Wildcat Leadership Challenge.

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Major/Minor(s): Agricultural Education/Leadership

Where do you live? Manhattan, KS

Favorite memory from the School of Leadership Studies? I really enjoyed being a class leader for the freshman as a senior Blue Key member!

What you are looking forward to the most from this organization? I am excited to reconnect with friends and alumni.

What expectations do you have in regards to the alumni advisory committee (AAC)? In my current position working in Higher Education, I am learning about the very important role that Alumni play in supporting leadership programs - both financially and relationally. I think this committee is creating a very strong model to do that.

Communication Duties:

  • Record minutes at all WLFL AAC Meetings
  • Send newsletter or some form of communication to members on a bi-annual basis
  • Monitor involvement with social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, etc.)
  • Monitor and update the web page
  • Oversee the PB works discussion forum
Salena Strate Year: 2009 

Salena Salena's Bio

I work for the Nerland Agency as a Production Manager. The Nerland Agency is Alaska's largest advertising firm and represents clients in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

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Major/Minor(s): Mass Communications with a Minor in Leadership Studies

Where do you live? Anchorage, Alaska

Favorite memory from the School of Leadership Studies? Attending any of Todd's classes.

What you are looking forward to the most from this organization? Living in Alaska, you find yourself disconnected from all the wonderful achievements going on at K-State. I'm looking to connect back with K-State and the Leadership Studies school. I hope to get the word out about what Leadership Studies is doing both in the classroom and alumni too. During school, I worked for the Alumni Association and this organization does a wonderful job across the platform of telling amazing stories about K-State. Hopefully we can connect with this group to make our communications strategy stronger.

What expectations do you have in regards to the alumni advisory committee (AAC)? Create a strategic communications plan targeted to all LS alumni. Raise financial support for LS students. Invite current LS alumni to start social interactions with LS students.

Anything else you would like to share: This weekend, a group of friends and I cross country skied on top of a frozen lake and cross over a glacier. As the saying goes - "only in Alaska" if anyone wants to come and visit let me know!

Communication Duties:

  • Record minutes at all WLFL AAC Meetings
  • Send newsletter or some form of communication to members on a bi-annual basis
  • Monitor involvement with social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, etc.)
  • Monitor and update the web page
  • Oversee the PB works discussion forum

Development Chair

Ryan Collett Year: 2007 

Ryan CollettRyan's Bio

Recently moved back to Kansas City and working for Cerner Corporation as a Client Executive (sales department for new client development). The previous 4 years I lived in Memphis, TN and worked as the Director of Expansion for the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity (PIKE).

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Major/Minor(s): Major in Kinesiology, Major in Nutrition, Minor in Leadership Studies

Where do you live? Kansas City, MO

Favorite memory from the School of Leadership Studies? Taking a class “fieldtrip” to Coco Bolos and discussing leadership over sangrias.

What you are looking forward to the most from this organization?Strengthening the network and realizing the potential that the School of Leadership alumni and students have to offer.

What expectations do you have in regards to the alumni advisory committee (AAC)? Efficient communication, and individual and group accountability.

Anything else you would like to share: I look forward to meeting and re-connecting with each of you.

Development Duties:

  • Primary efforts focus on fund development for the School of Leadership Studies
  • Develop and implement a fundraising campaign tailored to School of Leadership Studies alumni
  • Work closely with the School of Leadership Studies and the Kansas State University Foundation

Leadership Development Chairs

Lori Kniffin Year: 2009 

Lori KniffinLori's Bio

I am currently working at the School of Leadership Studies. In a Master's program at K-State: College Student Development.

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Major/Minor(s): Major: Biology Secondary Major: Natural Resources and Environmental Science Minor: Leadership

Where do you live? Manhattan, KS

Favorite memory from the School of Leadership Studies? Being an Academy Coach for the First Tee. We were all tired and stressed and at times the event was not running so smoothly. We all did the best adapting to the situation and having fun while we did it. We ended up with a new lobster language and our favorite saying started by Todd Wells, "Oh well."

What you are looking forward to the most from this organization? I am looking forward to connecting alumni back to the feeling they had when being around Leadership Studies in college. I am so lucky to get to work at SLS every day, and I know many people miss being in this environment. I also want to provide the opportunity for people to continue to learn new leadership theories.

What expectations do you have in regards to the alumni advisory committee (AAC)? I do not have any particular expectations for AAC. The only thing I expect is that all of our great ideas on how to connect as a group of alumni will come directly from the alumni. I look forward to seeing what that looks like over the next few years.!

Leadership Development Duties:

  • Oversee Mentor Program
  • Develop and implement professional development opportunities for WLFL members
  • Create and maintain networking opportunities for alumni to alumni, alumni to staff/faculty, and alumni to student connections
Dawn Lindsley Year: 2002 

Dawn LindsleyAmanda's Bio

I just finished my M.S. in Educational Administration and am working towards and Ed.S. in the same area.

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Major/Minor(s): B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences Education, Leadership Studies minor

Where do you live? Waubansee, KS

Favorite memory from the School of Leadership Studies? Discussions in Dr. Shoop's classes

What you are looking forward to the most from this organization? Giving back, working with leadership development and students, making a difference in the lives of others

What expectations do you have in regards to the alumni advisory committee (AAC)? Nothing really specific... people having an open mind, being creative, helping the leadership studies move further forward in a positive direction

Leadership Development Duties:

  • Oversee Mentor Program
  • Develop and implement professional development opportunities for WLFL members
  • Create and maintain networking opportunities for alumni to alumni, alumni to staff/faculty, and alumni to student connections
Becky Sullivan Year: 2011 

Becky SullivanAmanda's Bio

I currently work as the Kansas Department of Agriculture Education and Event Coordinator, as well as state Trademark Program Director

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Major/Minor(s): Agricultural Communications and Journalism, Leadership minor

Where do you live? Topeka, KS

Favorite memory from the School of Leadership Studies? Without a doubt, teaching a small group in the Intro to Leadership course my Jr. year - I still keep in touch with some of my students. We had a very tight-knit group of architecture students who absolutely ate up the leadership theories, techniques for personal vision and more.

What you are looking forward to the most from this organization? I absolutely love working with students, and one of my passions is to cultivate young leaders to be prepared when they enter the workforce. I believe very much in mentoring and "passing it on" to those generations to come - which I am excited we will get to play a key role in for current leadership minor students.

What expectations do you have in regards to the alumni advisory committee (AAC)? That we create a plan for the entire year: BIG picture what our purpose is, the needs we are here to serve, and how we will do this. I am a big promoter of creating the process of change or influence we desire before creating an event. Events are there as supplements to launch a process of change and impact, however we must know what that vision is first. Also, I expect to get to know some of the current leadership students and be involved with helping them on their journey of development in college.

Anything else you would like to share: Being innovative and creative with education is something I absolutely love and strive to do with the many roles I play. Besides my full-time job with the KS Dept. of Agriculture I also work part-time for the National FFA Organization as a leadership conference and curriculum consultant - this is more of play time for me rather than work. :-) I hope to incorporate my past experiences and knowledge to contribute to this group, as well as continue to develop personally from the other members of the advisory board. Pumped to start working with everyone!

Leadership Development Duties:

  • Oversee Mentor Program
  • Develop and implement professional development opportunities for WLFL members
  • Create and maintain networking opportunities for alumni to alumni, alumni to staff/faculty, and alumni to student connection