KACEE Board of Directors 2019-2021

Michael Hotz - President

Wyandotte High School, Retired

Keri Harris - President-Elect

Franklin County Conservation District

Delia Lister - Secretary 

Pittsburg State University Nature Reach

Sylvia Davis - Treasurer

City of Topeka Utilities, WPC Division

Gina Penzig - Past President

Evergy

Ron Betzen - At Large

Kansas Farm Bureau

Dominick DeRosa - At Large

FL Schlagle High School

Sydney Hale - At Large

Greenbush - The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center

Marcel Harmon - At Large

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Ma'Ko'Quah Abigail Jones - At Large

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation - Division of Planning and Environmental Protection

Melissa Kirkwood - At Large

Sunset Zoo

Ken Perdue - At Large

Affinity Sustainability Partners

Marvin Wade - At Large

USD 383 - Manhattan-Ogden

Robin Blume - Ex Officio 

Kansas Department of Agriculture

Kim Bomberger - Ex Officio

Kansas Forest Service

Janet Waugh - Ex Officio

Kansas State Board of Education

Mike Rader - Ex Officio

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Travis Sieve - Ex Officio

Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Environmental Field Services Watershed Management

Kathleen Waters - Ex Officio

Kansas Department of Health & Environment, Bureau Of Air

Kirk TJ Tjelmeland - Ex Officio

Kansas Water Office

Katie Basiotis - Ex Officio Alternate

Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Environmental Field Services, Watershed Management Section

KACEE STAFF

LAURA DOWNEY

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Executive Director

With a life-long love of nature and a passion for education, Laura found her dream job when she joined the KACEE staff in 1998.  Originally from Michigan, Laura has found her home in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas.  

RACHEL WAHLE

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Kansas Green Schools Coordinator

Rachel joined the KACEE family in 2009 and is the resident 'go-to girl' for Kansas Green Schools. Rachel loves being a mom, being in the outdoors, and inspiring others to make a difference & passing on that passion on to others.  

JOLENE AMTOWER

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Office Manager

Jolene joined KACEE back in 2004 and supports the Staff on their projects.  Originally a western Kansas girl, she now lives in Manhattan with her husband, Kirk. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys going anywhere that involves being out in nature! 

MORGAN BARRETT

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Director of Development

Morgan joined KACEE in December 2019. She lives in rural Douglas County with her husband, she's a prairie fanatic, and she's passionate about treading lightly on Mother Earth!

ASHLYN KITE-HARTWICH

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Director of Educational Programs

Ashlyn joined the KACEE family in 2007.  She loves spending as much time as she can with her children and husband, playing and exploring in the outdoors and taking care of their family farm.

SANDY CHANDLER

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Business Manager

Sandy joined the KACEE organization in 1994 as part-time business manager. She assists with accounting, membership, conferences and award events.

She is retired from Kansas Forest Service and enjoys spending time with her grandkids, outdoors, swimming and teaching them about the environment.

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ADDRESS

2610 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66502-2743

PHONE

785-532-3322

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