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  • 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.
  • Shelby Burnett, LMSW, is a school social worker at Tonganoxie Elementary School. She is the Co-Legislative Chair on the KSSWA Board.
  • Dani Redd, LMSW is a member on the KSSWA Board as their Secretary, as well as a member of the Legislative Committee. She is a School Social Worker in USD 501, Topeka, KS.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Dani Redd

Treasurer:  Becky Hegler and Tracie Chauvin

Membership Chair:  Gerri Blaisdell

Member-at-Large:  Stephanie Holloway

Communications Co-Chair:  Katie Berry

Legislative Co-Chair:  Shelby Burnett

Professional Development Chair: Kristen Garner

Northwest Representative: Kim Stoeber

Northeast Representative:  Taylor Kehr and Jess Sholin

Southwest Representative: Lindsey Sill and Carrie Brock

Southeast Representative: Nicole Gilmore and Caitlyn Dailey

KSDE Liaison:  Shanna Bigler

Fort Hays Faculty Liaison:  Rekala Tuxhorn

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: 

Our Mission

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

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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