If you are experiencing a sense of panic, or simply have a question, please reach out to one of the following members of the Women for Kansas State Leadership Group.
Anna Anderson [Membership Chair] is a graduate of Wichita State University with a BA and MA in English Literature. She began her career as a lecturer teaching English composition classes at WSU for a couple of years but then moved into banking. She specialized in international banking at BANK IV where she was a Senior Vice President and then at Intrust Bank as an Executive Vice President until she retired. She is active in the community as a board member of the Wichita Symphony, WSU Music Associates, and the Office of International Programs at the University of Kansas. She is married and has two grown children and one grandchild. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Knecht [Operations Chair] is a native of Sterling and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Secondary Education — English and Theatre. She has worked as an arts administrator with the Continental Theatre Company and the Wichita Art Museum. She retired after sixteen years as a Project Manager for Willard Garvey. One of her responsibilities was working as General Manager for the Garvey low power community television station KTQW-TV 49. She is an ordained deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church. She is active in the community having served as president of InterFaith Ministries, Wichita-Metro League of Women Voters, Kids Vote, Counseling and Mediation Center and American Red Cross Blood Services. She has been a board member of the YWCA, Sunshine Coalition, KPTS Public Television, The Global Learning Center and the Broadcast and Media Professionals of Wichita.
Lynn Stephan [Chair of Women for Kansas] is a retired advertising executive and former Wichita Ad Woman of the Year. During her 20-year career, in addition to overseeing the creative output of Stephan Advertising Agency and servicing accounts, she received dozens of awards for advertising excellence. Lynn is a community volunteer, having served on many boards, including the Kansas Humane Society and KPTS, where she is the past chair. She also served on the advisory boards for the WSU Elliott School and the WSU Alumni Association. Presently Lynn serves on the Wichita Community Foundation Board. She holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wichita State University.
Susan K Osborne is a retired professor of business administration and marketing and administrator, having taught at Wichita State University, Newman University and Friends University. She served as the State Director of the Kansas Small Business Development Centers in the mid-1980s. As a young instructor at WSU, she had the opportunity to become a member of it’s Women Studies program and meet national Women’s Rights leaders Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug. They became life-long inspirations to her. She has provided marketing and marketing research consulting for 30 years to Kansas small businesses and organizations. Her last 2 years prior to final retirement were spent as the Community Liaison at Wichita Catholic Charities. Susan served on many city boards – Served 10 years on the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, and also served on the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Wichita Park Foundation, and the USD 259 Middle School Exploration Committee. While attending the 2014 Women for Kansas Conference, she made the decision to become active in local politics and ran for office (94th District, State Representative). She enjoyed that experience and was honored to accept a leadership position with Women for Kansas. She is not done fighting for equal representation and voting access for Kansans.
Deanna Zitterkopf Deanna Zitterkopf grew up in the south central farm town of Caldwell. She is a graduate of Kansas State (BA in Speech and English), and the University of Maryland (MA in Comparative Literature and a PhD in English Literature). After returning from Maryland to Kansas, she taught for 25 years at Newman University in Wichita, where she retired as a Professor Emerita. During her teaching career, she published scholarly articles in various academic journals. She has a special interest in Children’s Literature. She has served on the Foundation Board of The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. Over the years, she has volunteered in a variety of local election activities, ranging from voter registration to canvassing. She is married and has 3 children and two grandchildren.
Tammy Smith [Communications Director] is the owner and principal of TS Designs, Inc. Since its inception 20 years ago, the firm has offered a variety of marketing services, specializing in graphic design, and serves a wide range of clients, including community and political service organizations, for which she has provided pro bono work. Prior to starting TS Designs, she was employed by Associated Advertising Agency for nearly seven years. With responsibilities in graphic design and production, she earned a Clarus Award for coordination of the elements of the agency’s “Laissez Faire” project. As a single mother, Tammy studied when and where possible, earning an Associate Degree in Computer Science. She was also enrolled in Business and Political Science courses. It was during this time that she developed a deep interest in the role of politics in social and economic issues that would become a lifelong passion. Tammy has been married to Gene for 25 years, and the couple has five grown children and four grandchildren.
Neva Thiessen Neva has lived in several communities in Kansas while receiving a BS in Elementary Education from FHSU, a MS in Educational Psychology from WSU and a master’s degree in Public Health from KU. She taught for 35 years in a variety of settings including the Wichita Public Schools and the University of Kansas Medical School-Wichita. Presently she is the Art Start Coordinator (art programming for preschoolers) at the Wichita Art Museum. Her leadership training comes from the Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute and the Kansas Leadership Center. Neva has always been active as a volunteer in organizations that support and enrich the lives of young children and their families in the state of Kansas, such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Teach for Life and Women’s Initiative Network. She is married and has one child. email@example.com