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KACEE Board of Directors 2023-2025

Delia Lister - President 

Pittsburg State University Nature Reach

Marcel Harmon – President Elect



Sydney Becker – Secretary

Greenbush - The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center


Dominick DeRosa – Treasurer

Kansas City Kansas Public Schools


Keri Harris – Past President 

Franklin County Conservation District

Sylvia Davis – At Large

City of Topeka Utilities


John Gallagher – At Large

Dillion Nature Center

Mandy Kern – At Large

Kansas Wetlands Education Center

Melissa Kirkwood – At Large

Sunset Zoo


Daphne Mayes – At Large

Emporia State University - PAROC



Marvin Wade – At Large

USD 383 - Manhattan - Ogden - Retired


Angela Anderson - Ex-Officio

Kansas Water Office


Robin Dolby – Ex-Officio 

Kansas Department of Agriculture

Melanie Haas – Ex-Officio

Kansas State Board of Education 

Stephen King - Ex-Officio Alternate

Kansas State Department of Education

Jamie Madden - Ex-Officio

Kansas Forest Service


Mike Rader – Ex-Officio

Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks


Lyndzee Rhine –Ex-Officio Alternate 

Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks


Meg Richard – Ex-Officio

Kansas State Department of Education

Jessica Ruiz - Ex-Officio

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Bureau of Waste Management

Sydney Stout - Ex-Officio

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Bureau of Environmental Field Services 

Watershed Management Section 


Kathleen Waters – Ex-Officio

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Bureau of Air


Contact Staff


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.  


Director of Educational


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.


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! 


Director of Kansas
Green Schools

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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.  


Director of Outreach and Student Engagement


Leonore joined the KACEE staff in 2022 to head up the Kansas WILD Program and the KACEE AmeriCorps Program. Leonore is a former teacher from Lyons, Kansas, where she lives with her husband. She is a mother and grandmother!


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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