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  • Nicole Gilmore, LMSW, is a SPED Social Worker at The Learning Center, SEK Interlocal #637. She serves as the Southeast Representative on the KSSWA Board.
  • Grant Pritz, WSU Student Representative
  • Shanna Bigler
  • Tracie Chauvin, LSCSW is the Coordinator of Social Emotional Learning for Kansas City Kansas Public Schools. She serves as the KSSWA co-treasurer.
  • Cheri Koochel. LMSW, is the KSSWA President and is a retired School Social Worker from USD 383, Manhattan KS.
  • Rekala Tuxhorn serves on the KSSWA board as the Fort Hays State University Faculty Liason.
  • Jennifer Jones, LMSW is the MSW Program/Field Coordinator for Newman University and serves on the KSSWA board as the Newman University Faculty Liason.
  • Gerri Blaisdell is the KSSWA Membership Chair and is a School Social Worker in USD 284 school district.
  • Katie Berry, LMSW, is the Co-Communications Chair on the KSSWA board. She is a school social worker in USD 261 Haysville School District.
  • Teresa Palmer is the Vice-President of KSSWA. Teresa is a School Social Worker in Geary County USD 475.
  • Becky Hegler, LMSW, is the KSSWA Treasurer. She is a School Social Worker/ Acting Counselor at Kingman High School USD 331.
  • Barb Meyer, LMSW, is the past president of KSSWA. She works at Wilbur Middle School in the Wichita Public Schools USD 259.

Current Board Members:

President:  Cheri Koochel

Vice President  Teresa Palmer

Past President:  Barb Meyer

Secretary: Kelly Rhoades

Treasurer:  Becky Hegler and Tracie Chauvin

Membership Chair:  Gerri Blaisdell

Member-at-Large:  Stephanie Holloway

Communications Co-Chair:  Katie Berry and Kelly Rhoades

Legislative Co-Chair:  Norella Munoz 

Professional Development Chair: Kristen Garner

Northwest Representative: Becky Clark

Northeast Representative:  

Southwest Representative: Lindsey Sill and Carrie Brock

Southeast Representative: Nicole Gilmore and Amy Phillips

KSDE Liaison:  Shanna Bigler

Fort Hays Faculty Liaison:  Rekala Tuxhorn

Wichita State University Faculty Liaison:  Amy Nolen

Washburn Faculty Liaison:  Kim Harrison

Kansas University Faculty Liaison:  Kelly Jones

Newman University Faculty Liaison: Jennifer Jones

Washburn Student Representative: 

KU Student Representative: 

Newman University Student Representative:

WSU Student Representative: Grant Pritz

FHSU Student Representative: Jordon Snow

Our Mission

KSSWA Mission: KSSWA is a professional organization dedicated to promoting school social workers  through advocacy, professional development and communication within the profession. 

2020-2021 Focus 

 Continue advocacy efforts through increased social media presence - Facebook, LinkedIn, KSSWA  website, Instagram, Twitter. 

 Strengthen relationships with KSDE, K-NASW, SSWAA and Midwest Council. 

 Increase involvement with the Mental Health Awareness Day event. 

 Expand Legislative Committee and increase communication to members regarding legislative  updates. 

 Provide relevant professional development through our Fall and Spring conferences. Develop emerging leaders through increased participation on KSSWA and SSWAA committees. Broaden connection and communication between Kansas School Social Workers by  

providing opportunities to network - FB events, Book Study, informal discussion by regions. Increase total membership by at least 10%. February 2020 total membership was 128. 

KSSWA History

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.

Constitution and Bylaws

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