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Cheri Koochel. LMSW, is the KSSWA President and is a retired School Social Worker from USD 383, Manhattan KS.

Current Board Members:

President:  Cheri Koochel

Vice President  Teresa Palmer

Past President:  Barb Meyer

Secretary:  Leslie Carr

Treasurer:  Becky Hegler

Membership Chair:  Ragan Snyder - Smith

Member-at-Large:  Stephanie Holloway

Communications Co-Chair:  Katie Berry

Legislative Co-Chair:  Norella Munoz and Samantha Jacobs

Professional Development Chair: Kristen Garner

Northwest Representative: Laura Chartier

Northeast Representative: Kim Simpson, Rebecca Trapp - Marquez, and Aarion Rideaux

Southwest Representative: Lindsey Sill

Southeast Representative: Gerri Blaisdell

KSDE Liaison:  Shanna Bigler

Fort Hays Faculty Liaison:  Rekala Tuxhorn

Wichita State University Faculty Liaison:  Amy Nolen

Washburn FacultyLiaison:  Kim Harrison

Kansas University Faculty Liaison:  Michael Riquino

Newman University Faculty Liaison: Jennifer Jones

Washburn Student Representative: 

KU Student Representative: Faith Panzer

Newman University Student Representative: Mikah Kemper

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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