About, Contact & Privacy

715 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66612 - 785.232.8271 - www.knea.org

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Our Mission, Vision & Core Values

Our Mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members, Kansans, and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.  

Our Vision is a great public school for every student.

Our Core Values:

  • Equal Opportunity:  We believe public education is the gateway to opportunity.  All students have the human and civil right to a quality public education that develops their potential, independence, and character.

  • A Just Society:  We believe public education is vital to building respect for the worth, dignity, and equality of every individual in our diverse society.

  • Democracy:  We believe public education is the cornerstone of our republic.  Public education provides individuals with the skills to be involved, informed, and engaged in our representative democracy.

  • Professionalism:  We believe that the expertise and judgment of education professionals are critical to student success.  We maintain the highest professional standards and we expect the status, compensation, and respect due all professionals.

  • Partnership:  We believe partnerships with parents, families, communities and other stakeholders are essential to quality public education and student success.

  • Collective Action:  We believe individuals are strengthened when they work together for the common good.  As education professionals, we improve both our professional status and the quality of public education when we unite and advocate collectively.
Who We Are & What We Do
Click on the digital booklet to view all that makes KNEA the strongest professional organization in Kansas.    
KNEA Leadership
Click one of the KNEA leadership positions below to view a full profile. Elected Officers
Management Staff
Headquarters Staff

Main Phone Number:  785.232.8271/1.800.432.3573

Click a name to launch an email message from your device OR use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Administration or Policy
Sherri Schwanz, President, ext. 8142
Kimberly Howard, Vice President, ext. 8129
Crystal Blackmon, Executive Assistant, ext. 8142
Kevin Riemann, Executive Director,  ext. 8136
Sarah Meyer, Executive Assistant,  ext. 8135

Business Services
John Metzger, Manager, ext. 8116
Wendy Miller, Business Services, ext. 8113
Tracy Catlin, Membership Specialist, ext. 8117
vacant, Technology Assistant, ext. 8145

Marcus Baltzell, Director, ext. 8134
Angela Deines, Assistant, ext. 8134

Teaching & Learning
Idalia Shuman, Director, ext. 8104
Carol Donovan, Administrative Assistant, ext. 8103

Legal Services
Marjorie Blaufuss, General Counsel, ext. 8131
Robert Blaufuss, Research Attorney, ext. 8131
Kimberly Streit Vogelsberg, Staff Attorney, ext. 8131
Dorothy Emory, Executive Assistant, ext. 8131

Legislative and Political Advocacy
Mark Desetti, Director, ext. 8141
Terry Forsyth, Director, ext. 8126
Robin Bonsall, Administrative Assistant, ext. 8122

Rex Hull, Director, ext. 8110
Carol Donovan, Administrative Assistant, ext. 8103

UniServ/Organizational Services
Julie Wilson, Associate Executive Director,  ext. 8128
Sarah Meyer, Executive Assistant, ext. 8135

Print Copy Operator/Maintenance
David Kukovich, ext. 8121 or 8143

UniServ Field Staff & Map

A color-coded map of KNEA UniServ Districts

Ad Astra UniServ

Phone: 913.268.4005

Kevin Scarrow – Ad Astra UniServ Director

Betty Woods – Ad-Astra UniServ and statewide programs

Alliance UniServ

Phone: 913.268.4005

Tammy Baltzell – Alliance UniServ Director

Christine Foster – Alliance UniServ and Wyandotte United UniServ

Capital UniServ

Phone: 785.232.8271

Shianne Shively– Capital UniServ Director

Matthew Lukowicz – Capital UniServ and Rolling Hills UniServ 

Cottonwood UniServ

Phone: 785.628.8217

Kathy Rome – Cottonwood UniServ Director

Sue Schmidt – Cottonwood UniServ and KNEA Southwest UniServ


KNEA Southwest

Phone: 785.628.8217

Justin Smith – KNEA Southwest UniServ Director

Sue Schmidt – Cottonwood UniServ and KNEA Southwest UniServ


Kaw Valley UniServ

Phone: 913.268.4005

H.J. Heistand – Kaw Valley UniServ Director

Megan Broll – Kaw Valley UniServ


Konza UniServ

Phone: 785.232.8271

Linda Brungardt – Konza UniServ Director

Jen Siefer – Konza UniServ and Pony Express UniServ


Pony Express UniServ

Phone: 785.232.8271

Anna Moon Bradley – Pony Express UniServ Director

Jen Siefer – Konza UniServ and Pony Express UniServ 


Rolling Hills UniServ

Phone: 785.232.8271

Kevin Belt – Rolling Hills UniServ Director

Matthew Lukowicz – Capital UniServ and Rolling Hills UniServ 


South Central UniServ

Phone: 316.685.2397

Dennis Tabor – South Central UniServ Director

Pam Taverner – South Central UniServ and Walnut Valley UniServ



Phone: 785.227.3510

Sue Maples – UD1-Valley UniServ Director

Tammy Wagoner – UD1-Valley


UniServ Southeast

Phone: 620.231.2266

Tony White – UniServ Southeast Director

Cathi Lindsay – UniServ Southeast


United Teachers of Wichita

Phone: 316.262.5171

Greg Jones – United Teachers of Wichita UniServ Director

Rebecca Denton – United Teachers of Wichita UniServ


Walnut Valley UniServ

Phone: 316.685.2397

Tim Knoles – Walnut Valley UniServ Director

Pam Taverner – South Central UniServ and Walnut Valley UniServ


Wyandotte United UniServ

Phone: 913.268.4005

Ollie Carroll – Wyandotte United UniServ Director

Christine Foster – Alliance UniServ and Wyandotte United UniServ

KNEA Website Privacy & Usage Policies


Our website address is: https://www.kneaweb.org and https://knea.org



When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


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Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.



If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. For users who register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their own user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.


We do not send or use data collected on this site for purposes external to our communications planning.  The data we collect is generally (but not exclusively) anonymous and aggregate data.  As directed by our KNEA General Counsel, we will comply with any requests for data and records related to an investigation as required by law. Additionally, visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service, we may use data to engage in digital advertising campaigns and we will use aggregate data to generate reports as needed in support of the KNEA operational plan.


We will only use your personal contact information for internal purposes. If you have questions about this privacy policy, please contact [email protected]

Get In Touch

KNEA Headquarters
Address: 715 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66612 Phone: 785.232.8271 Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F
Eastern Regional Office
Address: 11015 W 75th Terrace, Shawnee, Kansas 66214 Phone: 913.268.4005 Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F
Hays Office
Address: P.O. Box 1257, 1202 Canterbury Drive, Hays, KS 67601 Phone: 785.628.8217 Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F
McPherson Office

Address: 101 1/2 N. Main, Suite 206, McPherson, KS 67460

Phone: 785.227.3510 UD1-Valley

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F

Pittsburg Office

Address: 302 East 13th Street, Suite C, Pittsburg, KS 66762

Phone: 620.231.2266

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F

Southern Regional Office

Address: 121 S. Whittier, Suite 5000, Wichita, Kansas 67207

Phone: 316.685.2397

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F

United Teachers of Wichita
Address: 150 S Ida, Wichita, Kansas 67211 Phone: 316.262.5171