The office of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association is located at the University of Kansas in the William Allen White School of Journalism, but its Board of Directors is comprised of high school teachers from around the state.

Feel free to contact any member of the board for information regarding KSPA and its programs, contests and conferences.

Board Minutes

The KSPA board meets three times each year at locations around the state. At those meetings, the KSPA board secretary compiles minutes. At the following meeting the KSPA board votes on revisions to the minutes and approves them. Those notes and drafts of minutes are shared here.

2014 board meeting documents

2015 board meeting documents

2016 board meeting documents

2017 board meeting documents

2018 board meeting documents

2019 board meeting documents

  • KSPA is governed by a constitution and general operating procedures posted here.

 

Regional Map

KSPA regional map voting

The KSPA board is comprised of advisers elected from five areas of the state as drawn by the executive director and approved the by KSPA board. Board members elected in April 2014 and earlier represented schools based on this map.

KSPA Board through 2022

Board Leadership

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    Becky Tate

    913-993-7012

    Shawnee Mission North High School, 7401 Johnson Dr, Overland Park, KS 66202

  • Jeff Welch

    (316) 973-5597

    Wichita High School South, 701 W 33rd St. South, Wichita, KS 67217

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    Kathy Habiger

    913-422-4351

    Mill Valley High School, 5900 Monticello Road, Shawnee, KS 66226

  • Kristy Nyp

    (785) 587-2114

    Manhattan High School, 2100 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502

Non-voting board members

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    Susan Massy

    913-993-7286

    Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, 12701 W. 67th St., Shawnee, KS 66216

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Journalism 
William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication 

Executive Director 
Kansas Scholastic Press Association

    Eric Thomas

    785-864-0605

    Eric Thomas began work as KSPA executive director during the summer of 2014. He works with the board to program excellent events for KSPA schools and to support student journalists…

Board members through May 2022

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    Kim Warren

    (785) 822-8541

    Salina South High School, 730 E Magnolia Rd, Salina, KS 67401

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    Jeni Daley

    Gardner-Edgerton High School, 425 Waverly Rd, Gardner, KS 66030

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    Tucker Love

    (913) 993-7605

    Shawnee Mission South High School, 5800 W. 107th Street, Overland Park, KS 66207

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    Emily Smith

    (620) 249-7895

    Pittsburg High School, 1978 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, KS 66724

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    Joanna Chadwick

    316-788-8500

    Derby High, 920 N Rock Road, Derby, KS 67037

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    Jessica Augustine

    785-623-2600

    Hays High School, 2300 E. 13th St., Hays, KS 67601

Board members through May 2023

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    Spencer O’Daniel

    Maize Career Academy, 11700 West 45th St. N., Maize, KS 67101

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    Heather Springer

    Olathe South High School, 1640 E 151st St, Olathe, KS 66062

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    Kristy DeKat

    Seaman High School, 4850 NW Rochester Rd, Topeka, KS 66617

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    Barb Tholen

    Lawrence High School, 1901 Louisiana St, Lawrence, KS 66044

Presidents of the KSPA board

Past KSPA Executive Board Presidents include:

    • 1974-1975, Betsy Hazlett
    • 1982-1983, Cheryl Attebury
    • 1983-1985, Mary Anne Siefkes
    • 1985-1987, Steve Crum
    • 1987-1989, Tony Furse
    • 1989-1990, Nancy Hall
    • 1990-1993, Carol Dreiling
    • 1993-1995, Phyllis Wipf
    • 1995-1998, Celia McDuff
    • 1998-1999, Mary Lou Bowen
    • 1999-2001, Vicki Constable
    • 2001-2003, Linda Drake
    • 2003-2006, Sharon Martin
    • 2006-2008, Linda Drake
    • 2008-2009, Lisa Crites
    • 2009-2011, Jim McCrossen
    • 2011-2012, Jill Chittum
    • 2012-2013, Linda Drake
    • 2013-2015, Jim McCrossen
    • 2015-2017, Kathy Habiger
    • 2017-2019, Jessica Bowman
    • 2019-2021, Kristy Nyp
    • 2021-2023, Jeff Welch