Spotlight 2013


Kansas Speaks

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Docking Institute Policy Fellows

   Paul Adams Paul Adams, Ph.D. 

Paul Adams is the founder and director of the Science and Mathematics Education Institute.  He teaches courses in science education and physics; his areas of research interest lie in science education and public outreach in science.  He has worked on and led science education projects at the local, state, national, and international levels, and serves as the Anschutz Endowed Professor of Education.  Paul received his Ph.D. in Science Education from Purdue University, M.S. in Physics from Washington University, and his B.S. in Physics/Math from Heidelberg University.


  Joe Aistrup Joe Aistrup, Ph.D.

Joe Aistrup is a senior policy fellow of the Institute and professor and dean of Auburn University's College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, Alabama. He was assistant director of the Institute from 1993 to 1999 and director from 1999 to June 2002. He is the co-author of Kansas Politics and Government: The Clash of Political Cultures (2010, University of Nebraska Press) and sole author of The Southern Strategy Revisited: Republican Top-Down Advancement in the South, which was nominated for the V.O. Key Award in 1997.  He has published in Economic Development Review, Economic Development Quarterly, Soviet Studies, American Review of Politics, Kansas Business Review, Kansas Government Journal, Congressional Quarterly and Court Review.  Joe received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1989.    







Micki Armstrong Micki Armstrong, M.S.

Micki Armstrong is an Academic Advisor for virtual students seeking degrees in the disciplines of Sociology, Psychology and Political Science at Fort Hays State University. She is also an adjunct faculty in the Sociology and Social Work Department at FHSU and has taught courses in family, multiculturalism, mediation, sociology and cultural anthropology. She was previously employed from 1978-1998 by the 23rd Judicial District as a Court Services Officer and has been a trainer and consultant to Hays area schools for their peer mediation programs. She is a state approved mediator/trainer in the areas of Core, Civil, Parent/Child, Domestic mediation and an approved mediator in Farm mediation. She is also trained in case management for highly conflicted families. She was a past board member of Heartland Mediators Association and is a current member of the Office of Judicial Administration Dispute Resolution Advisory Council for the State of Kansas. She co-authored the Northwest Kansas Community Planning Team Comprehensive Strategic Plan presented to the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority in the Fall of 1999. She co-authored an article on the Indigent Mediation Program at FHSU which was published in 2001 in the Family Court Review, an interdisciplinary journal.  Micki received her master’s degree in counseling at FHSU.  

 

Mark Bannister Mark Bannister, J.D.

Mark Bannister is the Dean of the College of Business and Leadership at Fort Hays State University. The college offers significant business, information technology, and media programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels on campus, through domestic distance learning, and international partnerships. He is a Senior Policy Fellow of the Docking Institute of Public Affairs and a principal in Bannister Capital Advisors.  He teaches course work on legal issues and management of information technologies and supervises and participates in research and programming on telecommunications, strategic planning, and community development. He has published academic articles in publications including The Federal Communications Law Journal, Economic Development Review, Economic Development Journal, Kansas Policy Review, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, the proceedings of the Colloquium on Information Systems Security, Journal of Business and Leadership, and the Kansas Business Review. His writing and research focuses on telecommunications and technology regulation, intellectual property, information security, and economic development.

As Chair of the Department of Information Networking and Telecommunications at Fort Hays State University from 1990-2009, he led the growth of the program from 58 undergraduate students to more than 350 undergraduate and graduate students. The department was named the “Outstanding Undergraduate Program of the Year” in 2008 by the International Telecommunications Education and Research Association and was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance in 2009.

Mark previously served as director of the Docking Institute of Public Affairs and executive assistant/general counsel to the president of Fort Hays State University. Prior to arriving at Fort Hays State University, he served professionally as chief of staff for the Kansas Senate president and as associate general counsel to the Kansas Board of Regents.  Mark earned a juris doctorate in law and a masters of communication studies from the University of Kansas. His bachelor's degree is from Fort Hays State University.

Bannister has been recognized by the International Telecommunications Education and Research Association as a Senior Fellow.
Emily Breit

Emily Breit, Ph.D.


Emily Breit is the chair and Assistant Professor of Economics Finance and Accounting at Fort Hays State University. She focuses her research on commercial banking, corporate governance, and corporate finance. She has taught courses in bank management, financial management, financial markets and institutions, money and banking, and investments. Emily serves as the banking program director for the department and as the assistant to the Dean for assessment and AACSB accreditation. She received the 2009 Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Business. Emily received her B.B.A and M.B.A. from Fort Hays State University, and Ph.D in Finance (Minor: Economics) from Oklahoma State University-Stillwater.










Curt Brungardt Curt Brungardt, Ph.D.

Curt Brungardt was appointed the Omer D. Voss Distinguished Professor of Leadership Studies at FHSU, is the executive director of the Center for Civic Leadership, and teaches courses in leadership studies. Curt has been involved in a variety of projects for the Docking Institute since 1989, including grant writing projects, strategic planning, and leadership training. Over the last ten years, Curt has presented and facilitated more than 100 workshops throughout America. He has also published numerous articles and books in the field of organizational theory and development. His books include Social Change Leadership, Risk Leadership, and Understanding Leadership: Theories and Concepts. Curt received his master's degree from Fort Hays State University and his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University.






Keith Campbell Keith Campbell, Ph.D.

Keith Campbell is a professor and coordinator of the Grant Proposal Writing Certificate Program at FHSU. Although his early research was in social psychology, his focus for the last two decades has been on cultural diversity and indigenous peoples. Research activities have taken him to Alaska more than 30 times to work with the Kenaitze Indian Tribe on such issues as subsistence, land loss and discrimination. In 1996, he conducted interviews of women who homesteaded in Alaska in the 1950s and 1960s. His most current research involves a study of isolated rural villages in Henan Province, China. A nonprofit Keith recently started, the Community Health Partnership, has provided free assistance to Santee Sioux, Hmong refugees, and Somali refugees. Keith does consulting work in grant proposal development and program evaluation, with a special focus on rural health issues. Keith received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.





 Chris Crawford Chris Crawford, Ph.D.

Dr. Chris Crawford is the interim provost at FHSU.  Chris has an active interest in leadership, organizational innovation, knowledge management, and quality management related areas for more than a decade.  Over the last fifteen years, Chris has developed and taught several undergraduate and graduate level classes in leadership and communication, has directed a large graduate program, served as assistant dean of the Virtual College, and director of the Master of Liberal Studies program.  Chris has an extensive publications record with numerous articles both in the field of leadership and other cogent areas.  He has published numerous journals and has co-authored a number of books, including Risk Leadership, understanding Leadership: Theories and Concepts (3rd Ed.), Maximum Team Performance: Teamwork, Team Building, and Team Leading, Making Argument Work: Knowing and Applying Basic Argument Strategies (3rd Ed.), Oral Communications: Theory and Practice (2nd Ed.), and Speech Communication (3rd Ed.).  Chris has also consulted for several organizations in Kansas and North and South Carolina dealing with organizational training and development issues.


   
Larry Dreiling Larry Dreiling, M.S.

Larry Dreiling is a senior field editor for High Plains Journal, where he is the agricultural weekly’s principal reporter on farm policy as well as rural finance and development issues. In his nearly 35 years as a journalist, Larry has reported from more than 20 countries on subjects as diverse as government farm programs, rural trauma care, and antique tractor restoration. Larry served as 2000-01 President of the American Agricultural Editors’ Association (AAEA) and as 2005-06 President of the association of North American Agricultural Journalists (NAAJ). In April 1999,he received NAAJ's J.S. Russell Memorial Award for setting high ethical standards for his peers and his life of service to his profession. Larry is an AAEA Master Writer and an early winner in AAEA’s writing contest for Best News reporting for the Internet. He is also the first U.S. reporter to win the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Star Report Prize for outstanding foreign coverage. Larry earned bachelors’ degrees in political science and communication from FHSU in 1980 and his Master of Science in Communication degree from FHSU in 1985. While in graduate school, Larry won the College Media Advisers National Award for Business and Economics Reporting for his coverage in The University Leader of the closing of the Hays facility of Travenol Laboratories and its aftermath on the community.



Robert Duffy Robert Duffy, M.A.

Robert E. Duffy has been the Coordinator of the Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network at FHSU since September 1997. In that capacity he is a Kansas Addiction and Prevention Services certified counselor and directs a state-licensed Outpatient Counseling, Diagnostic, and Referral Service on campus. Bob has collaborated with the Institute in the development, testing, and analysis of an annual student drinking behavior study as part of a social norms marketing campaign to reduce high-risk drinking at FHSU. He is a cofounder of The Partnership for a Safer Community, which has established a successful Safe-Ride program in Hays. Duffy received his master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1997.






Preston Gilson Preston Gilson, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Fellow Preston Gilson is a professor emeritus of finance at FHSU. Preston taught in the areas of international finance, risk management, real estate, financial institutions, commercial banks, managerial finance, and corporate finance. He also taught in the Public Administration Training Program and taught workshops for the Small Business Development Center. Preston's areas of expertise at the Docking Institute include housing, economic impact studies and strategic planning. His recent projects include an economic impact study for the Kansas Department of Commerce. He earned his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University.






Larry Gould Larry Gould, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Fellow Larry Gould is founder and former director of the Docking Institute. He established the Center's Telepower Conference in 1992 and is the author of a telecommunications report that initiated the state strategic telecommunications plan. Larry was the 1998 recipient of the FHSU Alumni Association's Pilot Award as the outstanding faculty member of the year. The Hays Chamber of Commerce named him Most Valuable Citizen and inducted him into the Chamber's Hall of Fame in 1996. Previously, he was provost,director of the FHSU Model United Nations Program; Faculty Senate president; executive assistant to the president; and, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2000, he was granted the Pacesetter Award from the National Academic Advising Association. In 2008, he was awarded the William Plater Award by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. One of the few national awards for provosts, the Plater Award recognizes those chief academic officers who have advanced the civic mission of the campus through curricular reform, public advocacy, accountability for institutional citizenship, faculty development and recruitment, and partnerships with community organizations. He holds a B.A. in history from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, an M.S. in political science from Eastern New Mexico University and a Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University.


   
Placido Hoernicke Placido Hoernicke, M.F.A., Ed.D.

Placido (Art) Hoernicke is an Emeritus Professor of Special Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages and a Fellow of the Docking Institute at Fort Hays State University. He has worked professionally with special education and diverse populations for over 35 years. He has developed and managed a number of state and federal grants for preparing teachers to work effectively with children in gifted programs, children with disabilities and children who are English Language Learners. Dr. Hoernicke’s most recent activity with funded programs was as the director of the FHSU Hispanic/Latino Head Start Partnership Project. The primary goal of this federally funded five-year Project was to provide educational opportunities to increase the number and competency of Head Start teachers working with Hispanic/Latino children and their families. Over the years, Dr. Hoernicke has directed a variety of projects such as a multi-year Kansas State Improvement Grant for Special Education; a Javits multicultural grant to work with gifted students and teachers; and a federal Access to the Arts Project to train teachers and others on using the arts with children with disabilities. Dr. Hoernicke has also been a field reader for a variety of education and arts grant proposals at the federal and state levels.

He has published and made presentations at professional conferences in the areas of diversity, English Language Learners, gifted children, arts for children with exceptionalities, and legal issues. Dr. Hoernicke has also been active and held offices in professional organizations and boards such as the Council for Exceptional Children, Phi Delta Kappa, Association of Community Arts Agencies of Kansas, and the Kansas Hispanic Latino American Advisory Commission. He holds a doctoral degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado as well as a master of fine arts degree from Fort Hays State University. He is bilingual and bicultural (English/Spanish).
Quentin Hope

Quentin Hope, M.P.P.M.


Quentin Hope is an independent research fellow and specialist in the organization practice of McKinsey & Company's, an international management consulting firm. He has served clients in the telecommunications, transportation, and energy industries, primarily in the areas of organization design, organization effectiveness, and change management. Quentin led the field research and co-authored with Jon Katzenbach the book Real Change Leaders and authored the Real Change Leader's Handbook for Action (Random House, 1996). In prior work, Quentin founded and served as executive director of High Plains Public Radio, the public radio service for High Plains region of Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. He now serves as president of its board. Quentin graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Oberlin College with a B.A. degree in communications studies. He also holds a master's of public and private management from the Yale School of Organization and Management.








Thomas Johansen Thomas Johansen, Ph.D.

Thomas Johansen is a professor of economics, finance & accounting at Oklahoma State University. Johansen also has consulting experience in small business valuation and investment strategy. Tom received his B.S. and M.B.A. from FHSU, earning a PH.D from Oklahoma State University (Stillwater).








 Scott Jones  Scott R. Jones, Ed.S 

Scott R. Jones is an instructor of Business Education in the College of Business & Entrepreneurship at FHSU.  Scott works extensively with the Business Education program. He teaches courses in Business Education, Corporate Communications, Business Technology Applications, and is a sponsor of the Marketing Management Association. He received the Collegiate DECA Outstanding Advisor award in 2013 and was also selected as the Navigator (outstanding academic advising). He has been nominated for the Pilot Award multiple years. Mr. Jones has research interests in Career and Technical Education, Teaching Licensure, and information systems/data management.







Doreen Kamoga

Doreen Kamoga, MD, MPH

Doreen is an Assistant Professor in the College of Health and Life Sciences. She teaches Pathophysiology, Primary Health Promotion, Biostatistics, Quality Improvement in Healthcare and Evidence-Based Medicine Project for the Nursing Department.  She also teaches Epidemiology and Environmental Health for the Health and Human Performance Department, Masters’ of Professional Studies-Public Health Concentration.

She obtained her Medical Degree from Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda and her general practice training at Mengo Hospital also in Uganda.  Doreen received a Master’s in Public Health at the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Her primary research interest relates to the impact of healthcare policy, systems and administration on health outcomes in communities. Her short-term goal is to expand research on healthcare systems in resource poor settings and strategies that can be used to improve service delivery. In the long term, she seeks to examine ways in which a multi-disciplinary approach can be used to harness  health systems primarily to improve preventable disease outcomes  and promote better  health  indices in underserved areas and under-developed countries.

Doreen will be collaborating with Docking Institute on design, assessment and analysis of projects related to health systems, health policy and health outcomes within Western Kansas. She is member of the Hays Health Promotion Coalition, Kansas Public Health Association and American Public Health Association.


Richard Lisichenko



Richard Lisichenko, Ph.D.


Richard Lisichenko is an associate professor of geosciences at Fort Hays State University. His primary specialization is in geographic information systems (GIS) in conjunction with other geospatical technologies. Rich has worked on GIS projects at the local, state, and federal levels. Another area of research interest is geographic education. Aside from his research activities, he has served as an editor for both geography an & social studies journals. Rich received his Ph.D. in education and M.A. in geography from Kansas State University, and B.S. in geography from SUNY Oneonta, New York.



Mary Martin Mary Martin, Ph.D.

Mary Martin is an associate professor of marketing at Fort Hays State University. She teaches marketing principles, consumer behavior, marketing management, seminar in e-business, strategic electronic marketing, and database marketing. Prior to joining the faculty at FHSU, Mary was co-founder of a strategic consulting firm in Charlotte, NC that offered clients marketing plans, marketing research, organizational strategy, business plans, and e-business seminars. Prior to that, she was director of marketing for a company that produced interior decorative coatings for aircraft. While there, she developed web-driven and traditional marketing strategies, including website promotion, design, construction, and maintenance. Mary was previously a member of the graduate faculty of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) and Winthrop University. Her research interests include e-business, the effects of advertising on children, and innovative teaching strategies. She has published her research in such journals as the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, The Journal of Advertising, Psychology and Marketing, Journal of E-Business, Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Journal of Business and Leadership: Research, Practice, and Teaching, The Journal of Educators Online, Southwestern Business Administration Journal, and Research in Consumer Behavior. She received her B.S. in advertising from Kansas State University, M.B.A. from Fort Hays State University, and Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Micol Maughn

Micol Maughan, Ph.D.

Micol Maughan is an associate professor of management and marketing at FHSU. He teaches courses in business and became a policy fellow in 1999. He received the College of Business Award for most innovative teacher in 1999. Professional memberships include the Academy of Management and the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. Recently, he was co-author of the textbook Understanding Leadership: Theories & Concepts with C.B. Crawford and Curtis L. Brungardt. His research interests include leadership, small group dynamics, and person perception. Micol received his Ph.D. in social psychology (with an emphasis in organizational behavior) from Brigham Young University in 1981.






 Rose McCleary Rose McCleary, Ph.D.

Rose McCleary was a co-principal investigator on the Docking Institute’s evaluation study of a Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Service pilot project. She co-authored the resulting report titled Evaluation of the Hays SRS Area Childcare Direct Pay Pilot Project. Other publications include contributions to Psychological Reports and the Encyclopedia of Home Care for the Elderly and Advances in Social Work. Rose has presented at numerous national meetings, including NASW, the Southeastern Psychological Association, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Council on Social Work Education and others. She has extensive social work experience with diverse populations and has taught at Tulane University and in Japan. She is currently the director of social work at California State University in Bakersfield, California, and has served as a research scientist at the CSUB Applied Research Center. Rose received her Ph.D. in social work from Tulane University in 1999.





K McGonigal Kate McGonigal, Ph.D.

Kate McGonigal is an associate professor of sociology at Fort Hays State University where she teaches Introduction to Sociology, Social Deviance, Social Inequalities and the core study courses. She recently authored Mabel Agnes Elliott: Pioneering Feminist, Pacifist Sociologist, published by Lexington Books. In April 2009 at the Des Moines, IA meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, she presented a paper on women bull riders. Kate received her Ph.D and M.A. from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and her B.A. from Drake University in Des Moines.








Shala Mills Shala Mills, J.D.

Shala Mills is a professor and the chair of FHSU's Political Science Department.  Shala has been a fellow with the Docking Institute since 1993. She has presented on the topic of "Statutes and Laws" at several training sessions for the Kansas County Treasurer's Association. Shala worked on the Justice Initiative project and, most recently, worked on the Victims Rights project. She received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and her B.A. from Baylor University.








Leslie Paige Leslie Paige, M.S., Ed.S

Senior Policy Fellow Leslie Paige is the coordinator for the Fort Hays State University Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects. She has written or helped develop funded federal, state and foundation grants and is experienced with Grants.gov, FastLane, NSPIRES, and other federal electronic grant portals. She has extensive experience in project development and management and provides technical assistance for federal grant projects. She has conducted strategic planning activities for local and federal agencies. Leslie is also experienced as a peer reviewer and field reader for federal grant competitions. She is co-editor of Helping Children at Home and School, 3rd Edition, published in 2010. Other recent publications include chapters in the Encyclopedia of School Psychology and the Handbook of School Violence and School Safety. Leslie has conducted over 100 workshops and presentations at national-, state and local levels on school safety and violence prevention, crisis response planning, social marketing, grant writing and consensus building. Leslie received her master of science and educational specialist degrees in school psychology from Fort Hays State University.




Carl Parker Carl Parker, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Fellow Carl D. Parker is chair of the department of economics and finance at FHSU. His fields of specialization are labor market analysis, labor relations, economic impact studies, cost benefit analysis, and statistical and econometric modeling, estimation and evaluation. Carl received his Ph.D. in economics from Oklahoma State University in 1971 and is a member of the national economics honor society, Omicron Delta Epsilon, and the national business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma. He has published in such journals as Economics of Education Review, Journal of the Southwestern Society of Economists, The Journal of Economics, Proceedings of the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics, Journal of Economics and Finance, and the Journal of Finance and Economic Practice. Carl has recently worked on the Hays Recreation Commission Expansion Feasibility Study.





Lori Peek Lori Peek, Ph.D.

Lori Peek is an assistant professor of sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University. She is also the associate chair for the Social Science Research Council Task Force on Hurricane Katrina and Rebuilding the Gulf Coast. Lori is the author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11 (Temple University Press, 2010) and co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora (University of Texas Press, 2010). Lori teaches classes on race and ethnic relations, the sociology of disaster, and qualitative research methods. In 2007, she received the Best Teacher Award from the CSU Alumni Association and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts. Lori received her B.A. in sociology (summa cum laude) from Ottawa University, her master’s in education from Colorado State University, and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a native of Waverly, Kansas.





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 Chapman Rackaway, Ph.D.

Chapman Rackaway is an Associate Professor of Political Science at FHSU, serving on the faculty since 2003. Dr. Rackaway serves as the advisor for the undergraduate Political Management concentration as well as the Political Science, Public Administration, Political Leadership and Public Service, and Political Management graduate concentrations.  Rackaway teaches campaign management, political organizations, political communication, and voting behavior. Dr. Rackaway’s research and teaching interests include political campaign organization and electioneering, campaign communication strategies particularly involving online and social media, Kansas politics, campaign finance, and curricular methods of building student engagement.

Rackaway has published in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Political Science Education, Social Science Computer Review and PS: Political Science and Politics and has contributed book chapters to recent publications on gender images in political campaigns, technology and simulations in the classroom, and the use of online tools by state-level political campaigns.  Rackaway is the author of Communicating Politics, a webtext with Soomo Publishing and co-author of American Government: Politics and Political Culture with William Lyons and John Scheb, currently in its fifth edition.  

Since 2010 Dr. Rackaway has been a member of the Insight Kansas consortium, a weekly column on Kansas politics written by political scientists at Board of Regents Institutions and syndicated in more than twenty newspapers across the state.  Rackaway regularly moderates public affairs events, including candidate debates and Kansas legislature programming on Smoky Hills Public Television.  With College of Business and Entrepreneurship Dean Mark Bannister, Rackaway co-hosts Talking Democracy, a weekly public affairs program on KFHS-TV.  Dr. Rackaway is a regular guest on KAKE-TV’s This Week in Kansas and is quoted regularly in newspapers across the state on Kansas politics.  In 2011-2012 Rackaway served as President of the FHSU Faculty Senate, is a two-time nominee for the Pilot Award.  

Dr. Rackaway has been a policy fellow at the Docking Institute since his arrival at FHSU in 2003.  As a fellow, Rackaway has not only helped the Institute’s public affairs television programming with Smoky Hills Public Television, but has participated in developing a tax survey for Hays economic development, student political surveys, and regularly assists with the Kansas Speaks survey. 

A former campaign manager for a variety of candidates, Rackaway provided communication and strategic direction for campaigns from county auditor to U.S. Congress. Dr. Rackaway has previously served as Political Science Department chair at Linn State Technical College and taught at State Fair Community College, Lincoln University (Missouri), the University of Missouri and Columbia College. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri in 2002.

 Ray, Marilyn Marilyn Ray, M.D., M.P.H.

Senior Policy Fellow Marilyn Ray is an adjunct faculty for the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Fort Hays State University, teaching such courses as medical sociology and death and dying.  She is also a board certified radiologist who practices radiology in northwest Kansas and eastern Colorado.  She obtained her M.D. from Tufts University in Boston and radiology training at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital, also in Boston. After teaching for three years at the University of Southern California/Los Angeles County Hospital, and then specializing in mammography in private practice for several years, she and her family moved to Hays in 1995. Marilyn received a master's in public health (M.P.H.) at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in May 2004. Her work for the Docking Institute includes designing and implementing surveys related to medical and health behaviors and analyzing resulting data about related health policy issues. Marilyn has collaborated with Docking Institute scientists on projects related to tobacco cessation, domestic violence, physical activity and nutrition, and oral health. She currently serves on the Kansas Governor's Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board.




Kevin Shaffer
Kevin A. Shaffer, M.S.


Kevin Shaffer works as an associate professor within the department of informatics. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a master of science in telecommunications in 1998 and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Information Systems through Nova Southeastern University. Prior to graduate school, Kevin lived in Osaka, Japan for six years. Kevin's research interests include international message telephone service (IMTS) economics and the promotion of broadband internetworking services to assist rural development. Kevin Shaffer is a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and a Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP). His instructional responsibilities include data communications, internetworking and telecommunications courses.







    
Kent Steward Kent L. Steward, M.L.S.

Kent Steward, director of University Relations at FHSU, has extensive experience in media relations. He was a journalist for two decades, last serving as managing editor of The Hays Daily News for 10 years. His services to the Docking Institute include facilitating strategic planning, conducting focus groups, preparing business feasibility studies, writing and designing publications, and counseling on media relations. He served as manager of corporate communications for Sunflower Electric Power Corporation for two years before coming to FHSU in August 1997. At FHSU, Kent supervises the Office of University Relations, which handles media relations, oversees University publications, and assists with special events. He conducts workshops on media relations and other communication issues. Kent earned a B.A. in English from Pittsburg State University and an M.L.S. from FHSU.





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Greg Weisenborn, Ph.D.


Greg Weisenborn is an associate professor of management and Chair of the Department of Management & Marketing at Fort Hays State University. He teaches production & operations management, and other related business operations courses in the College of Business & Leadership. Prior to joining the faculty at FHSU, Dr. Weisenborn worked as a manufacturing and supply chain consultant, where typical projects focused on business process efficiency & effectiveness, ERP systems implementations, and manufacturing systems improvement. Prior to FHSU, Greg was a research associate at the Veterans Administration VISN8 Patient Safety Center, was a faculty member at St. Petersburg College, and was an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida. His research and consulting interests include business operations and manufacturing process efficiency, scarce inventory allocation, ergonomics and safe patient handling, and student learning styles. Dr. Weisenborn earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering the University of South Florida.






Ben Wheeler Benjamin D. Wheeler, B.A.

Benjamin Wheeler received his M.S. in biology from FHSU in 2007. His thesis research involves the conservation of birds relative to the Conservation Reserve Program. He has been involved with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks on several projects. His research interests at the Docking Institute include the relationships between society and the conservation of natural resources. Ben obtained his B.A. in environmental biology from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana in 2003.







Brett Zollinger
Brett Zollinger, Ph.D.


Dr. Brett Zollinger was the director of the Docking Institute until June 2008. He is chair of the Sociology and Social Work Department at FHSU. His work has been nationally recognized. He received the Rural Sociological Society's Dissertation Award in 1997. He co-authored a report on labor force dynamics in Northwest Missouri that won the Best of Class award from the National Rural Economic Development Association and the American Economic Development Council. He is a member of the Rural Sociological Society, Community Development Society, Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, Midwest Sociological Society and the American Association of Public Opinion Research. He has published in several academic journals, including Complementary Health Practice Review, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of the Community Development Society, Research in Community Sociology, and Rural Sociology. He also has a book chapter in the edited book, Mad About Wildlife. He has designed and conducted a wide variety of survey research projects at local, state and regional levels on such topics as labor availability, health care assessment, housing and city services satisfaction, quality of life, crime victims' issues, use of conservation tree plantings, and attitudes toward wildlife issues. He is also very active in program evaluation studies, strategic planning and community development efforts in the region. He led the Docking Institute in facilitating the 2005 Kansas Prosperity Summit planning process on behalf of the Kansas Department of Commerce and five other partner state agencies. Brett received his doctorate in sociology from Utah State University in 1998.