Current Board Members:
President: Cheri Koochel
Cheri Koochel. LMSW, is the KSSWA President and is a retired School Social Worker from USD 383, Manhattan KS.
Vice President Teresa Palmer
Past President: Barb Meyer
Secretary: Dani Redd
Co-Treasurer: Becky Hegler
Co-Treasurer: Tracie Chauvin
Tracie Chauvin, LSCSW is the Coordinator of
Social Emotional Learning for Kansas City Kansas Public Schools. She serves as
the KSSWA co-treasurer.
Membership Chair: Gerri Blaisdell
Member-at-Large: Stephanie Holloway
Stephanie Holloway, LSCSW, RPT-S, is our KSSWA Board Member-at-Large representative. She has many years of experience in schools, community mental health and private practice.
Communications Chair: Katie Berry
Katie Berry, LMSW, is the KSSWA Communications Chair. She is a school social worker in USD 261, working with students K-12. She has entered her 11th year working as a school social worker. Outside of working in the school and helping students and their families, Katie enjoys working on her family farm, gardening, being outside and reading a good book!
Legislative Co-Chair: Shelby Burnett
Shelby Burnett, LMSW, is a school social worker at Tonganoxie Elementary School. She is the Co- Legislative Chair on the KSSWA Board.
Professional Development Chair: Kim Stoeber
Northeast Representative: Taylor Kehr and Jess Sholin
Southwest Representative: Lindsey Sill and Carrie Brock
Southeast Representative: Nicole Gilmore
Southeast Representative: Caitlyn Dailey
KSDE Liaison: Shanna Bigler
KSDE Education Program Consultant
Special Education & Title Services
KSSWA KSDE Liaison
Fort Hays Faculty Liaison: Rekala Tuxhorn
Rekala Tuxhorn serves on the KSSWA board as
the Fort Hays State University Faculty Liason.
Wichita State University Faculty Liaison:
Washburn Faculty Liaison: Kim Harrison
Kansas University Faculty Liaison: Kelly Jones
Newman University Faculty Liaison: Vanessa Rials
Washburn Student Representative:
KU Student Representative:
Newman University Student Representative:
WSU Student Representative:
FHSU Student Representative:
KSSWA Mission: KSSWA is a professional organization dedicated to promoting school social workers through advocacy, professional development and communication within the profession.
We were established in 1973 by a group of school social workers and their clients in the educational arena.
Our state association is part of the Midwest School Social Work Council, an eleven state regional organization that works to promote best practice and support social work in education.
KSSWA has a voice in developing policy at the state level, as well as regionally and nationally through our association with the Midwest School Social Work Council and the School Social Work Association of America.
KSSWA's executive board meets four times a year, and we hold a general membership meeting annually.