2018 Executive Board


Linda Sieck

I began teaching Spanish at SM East in 1992 after starting my career at Leavenworth High School and currently serve as President of NEA SM. My husband Dave and I have been married for 29 years, and we have three grown children. My kids and I are all graduates of SME. I love to travel, read on a beach, and spend time with my family.


Shawnasea Holst

is in her 8th year teaching Performance & Creative Writing at Hocker Grove Middle. Shawnasea was born in San Diego, California. She wandered aimlessly around the Southwest, before finally settling down in Lenexa, Kansas- with her husband of eleven years; Paul, their daughter, Charlie, their dogs, Maddie & Scout. Shawnasea loves to spend her free-time watching paint dry (in person and on HGTV.) She has previously served NEA-SM as Treasurer-Elect, a building rep, a three-time state delegate and a delegate to the National RA in 2018. ​

Vice President 

Jill Johnson

is in her 11th year teaching Math in SMSD.  She began her career at Shawnee Mission North, spent 7 years at the middle school level, and returned to the Brick House (SMN) last year.  She’s been involved in NEA-SM since her first day as a teacher and has held the offices of Treasurer-Elect, Treasurer, Vice President and is currently a member of the Negotiations Team.  She is married to a renaissance man who is currently teaching Architecture and Design at Sumner Academy in KCK.  She loves having dance parties with her two daughters Mae (9) and Lucy (6).


Mark Lange

I am in my 19th year in Shawnee Mission. I have taught Computer Dimensions at Mission Valley for 7 years, was Coordinator of Assessment for 8 years, and am in my 4th year of Computer Dimensions at Westridge. I have been involved with NEA-SM since the beginning but Treasurer-Elect is my first officer position . My wife Christina, who also teaches in SMSD, and I have been married for 23 years. We have two daughters, Mikaela (SMNW graduate and KSU freshman) and Carissa. I am also currently sing tenor with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus.


Erin Rivers

Elementary Rep

Genie Scruton

My name is Genie Scruton, and I'm an Elementary Executive Board Member. I teach 6th grade at Mill Creek Elementary, and I have been teaching in Shawnee Mission for 19 years. I've been a member of NEA for that entire time as well. In addition to my NEA-SM Executive Board duties, I'm the Ad Astra Uniserv Resolutions Committee Officer. I help KNEA draft and revise our belief statements, resolutions, every year.

My husband and I have 2 children. Eva is in 6th grade and Noah is in 3rd. Both attend Mill Creek with me. I enjoy spending time with my family and reading a good book when I'm not teaching or working to help teachers through NEA.

Elementary Rep

Karen Myers

I am currently the Librarian at Nieman Elementary. I am married, have one adult son and two bull terriers. I taught 6th grade at Comanche before becoming a librarian. I have taught in the district for 39 years. I am involved with NEA SM in several ways; Executive Board, Benefits Committee, Negotiations Team and BR. Being involved in the union is the best way to make our schools the best they can be for our students and our teachers.

High School Rep

Jay Sharbutt

I have been in education for 18 years now, my 5th at West. I currently teach Drafting(1-4), Computer Sci(1-4), Machining, and Robotics at West. This is my second year on the NEA-SM negotiations team, my first year serving as a High School rep on the Exec Board, I am also one of the Building reps at West.

Retired Rep

Jane Mallonee


Kevin Scarrow

I began my teaching career in 1988 as an elementary music teacher in Dodge City.

Not long after joining KNEA, I was approached by a veteran teacher to volunteer to attend a Dodge City NEA meeting as the representative for our building. I was impressed with the topics being discussed, which included professional development, negotiations, member rights, and political action. I ran for a position on the Professional Development Council, won, and quickly learned some administrators could be difficult to deal with, as they did not understand what teachers really needed to help them in the classroom.

I quickly moved into other areas of the local association serving as Chief Negotiator from 1992-1996 and then as President of Dodge City NEA from 1996-1999. During this time I moved from the elementary position to the middle school level.

I served on the KNEA Board of Director’s for the Ark Valley UniServ from 1994-1999 and during those years served on the Budget and Audit and KNEA Executive Committee.

In January of 1999, I began working for KNEA as a UniServ Director for KNEA Southwest UniServ and served the members in 19 counties in Southwest Kansas. In December of 2006, I accepted the UniServ Director for the Shawnee Mission UniServ.

In February of 2009, I began my duties as the Director of Organizational Development. In this position, I am responsible for all the training aspects of the association, membership and the Student NEA Program.

I returned to Shawnee Mission in July of 2013 which is now Ad Astra UniServ.

I have also served as the President of the Kansas Staff Organization, the Union which represents professional staff of KNEA.

I have always worked for what is best for the association and members of my Union, whether it was Dodge City NEA, NEA-Shawnee Mission, KNEA, NEA, KSO or NSO. I do believe we need to represent our members zealously. When problems arise, we should first talk and try to resolve situations informally. But, if necessary, we should never back away from a good fight. Sometimes that is the just the right medicine!

Elementary Rep

Jessica Leichter

I am a 2nd grade teacher at Brookwood Elementary. I previously taught 4th grade at Rising Star Elementary for 2 years. This is my 2nd year on the NEA Shawnee Mission Executive Board. This past summer, I had the honor of serving as a delegate to the national NEA RA in Minneapolis.

Elementary Rep

Laura Holland

I teach Kindergarten at John Diemer and have been in Shawnee Mission for 8 years. I got involved with NEA when I was in college and have been involved ever since. I served as a building rep for Omaha Education Association 5 of the 7 years I taught there. I have also been a building rep for 6 years and spent the last 2 years on the NEA Shawnee Mission Executive Board as an Elementary Representative.

In my spare time, my husband of 26 years and I enjoy spending time with our 6 children (ages 25-12), spending time on the lake, reading and training our 2 dogs.

High School Rep

Jason Coats

is the theatre teacher at SM Northwest. He has also taught at Westridge MS and McAuliffe Elementary here in SM, as well as having taught in KCK. In addition to his work with NEA-SM, Jason is on the UNITED leadership team in his building. He acts and directs in theatres around town when not with his students.

New to the Profession Rep

Kacy Thurman


Ray Collins

Administrative Assistant

Kelly Shannon

Hi my name is Kelly Shannon, I am the KNEA Administrative Assistant that works with the KNEA Ad Astra UniServ, Student Program, and R.E.A.C.H. Program. I have worked for KNEA since March of 2017 when my family moved to the Kansas City area. I help with the membership logistics and paperwork between KNEA and NEA-Shawnee Mission, if you ever have a question please email me at Kelly.Shannon@knea.org .