2018 Executive Board

President 

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.

Treasurer

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.

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).

Treasurer-Elect

Kimberly Gilman

I'm Kimberly Gilman and I teach social studies at Hocker Grove Middle School in Shawnee. I love to travel and learn especially in other countries. I am focused on justice, the environment, technology, and the humanities. I have served NEA SM as Treasurer-Elect, as a KNEA and NEA Delegate, and as a Building Rep. I will be your Treasurer for 2020-2021. I serve on the KNEA Racial and Social Justice Leadership Team and the KNEA Budgets and Audits Committee as well as on the Boards of the Kansas Council for History Education (KCHE) and the Kansas Geographic Alliance (KGA). I also volunteer with KC Serves and enjoy hiking with my beagle, Sherman.

Secretary

Erin Rivers

I am an English Language Arts teacher at Shawnee Mission North. I have worked in the district for fifteen years, and one of the first things I did was join NEA-SM. I believe strongly in the benefit of a Union to help promote great teaching, a wonderful work environment, and a voice at the negotiation table and in Topeka. I decided a few years ago to get more involved so that I could gain the “bigger picture” of what is happening all through the District. I have not been disappointed and would encourage that kind of involvement for anyone. Being a Building Representative and working on the Executive Board has been incredibly fulfilling.

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

Genie Scruton

I teach 6th grade at Mill Creek Elementary and have been teaching for 20 years in Shawnee Mission.  I’ve been a member of NEA for that entire time serving as a BR the majority. I serve on the NEASM Executive Board as an Elementary Rep.  Recently I was elected to serve on the KNEA Board of Directors as a representative for our uniserv of Ad Astra.  This is a role that will allow me to continue to serve as a member of the Executive Board when my Elementary position is finished.

 

My husband and I have 2 children.  Eva is in 7th grade at Trailridge, and Noah is in 4th grade at 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 20 years now, my 6th at West. I currently teach Welding and metals at West. This is my fourth year on the NEA-SM negotiations team, my third year serving as a High School rep on the Exec Board, I am also one of the Building reps at West.

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

I am currently the theatre teacher at SM Northwest, but I have also taught at Westridge MS and McAuliffe Elementary here in Shawnee Mission, as well as having taught in KCK. In addition to his work with NEA-SM, I am an active member of the SMNW Deep Equity team.  I also act and direct with theatres around the KC Metro including The Barn Players, The White Theatre, Gladstone Theatre in the Park, the Coterie, and others.  I also perform with the Heartland Men’s Chorus of Kansas City.

Middle School Rep

Dawn Shafer

This is my 20th year teaching!  My previous teaching was in Council Bluff, IA at Abraham Lincoln High School (14 years).  I moved to Kansas in 2014 with my family and started teaching in the Shawnee Mission School District in the fall of 2014.  I have been teaching at Westridge Middle School for the last 6 years.  In both states, I have been an active member of the NEA.  Starting in the fall of 2019, I joined the Executive Board to be a voice for the Middle School Teachers in the district.

Retired Rep

Jane Mallonee

ESP Rep

Ray Collins

Director

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!

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 .