KACEE Board of Directors 2021-2023

Keri Harris – President 

Franklin County Conservation District


Delia Lister - President Elect

Pittsburg State University Nature Reach


Sydney Becker – Secretary

Greenbush - The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center


Sylvia Davis – Treasurer

City of Topeka Utilities, WPC Division


Michael Hotz – Past President 

Wyandotte High School - Retired


Ron Betzen – At Large

Kansas Farm Bureau


Dominick DeRosa – At Large

FL Schlagle High School


John Gallagher – At Large

Dillion Nature Center


Marcel Harmon – At Large



Ma’Ko’Quah Abigail Jones – At Large

Melissa Kirkwood – At Large

Sunset Zoo


Mandy Kern – At Large

Kansas Wetlands Education Center


Marvin Wade – At Large

USD 383 - Manhattan - Ogden

Angela Anderson - Ex-Officio

Kansas Water Office

Katie Basiotis - Ex-Officio

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Bureau of Environmental Field Services 

Watershed Management Section 


Robin Blume – Ex-Officio 

Kansas Department of Agriculture


Kim Bomberger - Ex-Officio

Kansas Forest Service


Melanie Haas – Ex-Officio

Kansas State Board of Education 


Mike Rader – Ex-Officio

Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism


Lyndzee Rhine –Ex-Officio Alternate 

Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism


Meg Richard – Ex-Officio

Kansas State Department of Education

Travis Sieve - 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



Laura Downey

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.  

Ashlyn Kite-Hartwich

Director of Educational Program



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.

Leonore Enfield

Director of Outreach & 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!

Sandy Chandler

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.

Rachel Wahle

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.  

Morgan Barrett

Director of Development & Partnerships



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

Jolene Amtower

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!