Kansas Certified Public Manager Program announces graduates for 2011

TOPEKA – The KU Public Management Center takes great pride in announcing this year’s graduates of the Kansas Certified Public Manager (CPM) program. The graduation ceremony was held on Friday, November 18, 2011 in the House Chambers at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka.  The 79 graduates, who began their course in January, represented local, county, state, or federal agencies, as well as utilities, from across Kansas and participated in classes held in Topeka, the Kansas City area, and Southwest Kansas.

 “CPM students represent the very best in public service.” said Terri Callahan, program manager. “While managing full time jobs, CPM students and their sponsoring agencies, somehow find the time and energy to hone their management skills to improve public service in Kansas.”

The Kansas CPM program is a professional education opportunity for managers working in government agencies, nonprofits, and organizations that contract to provide public services and meet community needs. CPM is a nationally-accredited management program and certification in which participants develop and strengthen their management skills through a competency-based curriculum. Over 1,200 CPM graduates have earned the nationally recognized emblem of management excellence.

The graduates are as follows:

  • Javier A. Ahumada, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Kelsey T. Angle, National Weather Service
  • Crystal J. Austin, Black Hills Energy
  • Greg S. Baldwin, Johnson County Treasury and Financial Management
  • Douglas W. Bartlett, Johnson County Government
  • Douglas G. Bedford, Johnson County Sheriff's Office
  • LeAnn M. Bell, Kansas Health Institute
  • Linda K. Bruce, University of Kansas Center for Research, Incorporated
  • Emily A. Burns, 25th Judicial District Youth Services
  • Jennifer R. Burrows, 25th Judicial District Youth Services
  • Christopher R. Butler, Johnson County Government
  • Leland D. Cable, City of Garden City
  • Lanny E. Campbell, Kansas Department of Transportation
  • Steven R. Culp, Kansas Commission On Peace Officers' Standards and Training
  • Craig M. Curtis, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
  • Andrew Butch Diekemper, City of Lenexa Fire Department
  • Angela L. Dvorak, Johnson County Sheriff's Office
  • Connie Eisenbarth, Kansas Neurological Institute
  • Jennifer M. Emmanuelli, Kansas Department of Labor
  • Scott A. Ferris, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
  • Shawn A. Fletcher, Johnson County Sheriff's Office
  • Joe E. Foster, City of Olathe
  • Kendal D. Francis, City of Beloit Water Plant
  • Jerame W. Frank, Johnson County Fire District #2
  • Todd L. Fritz, TFI Family Services, Incorporated
  • Thomas A. Glor, Topeka Police Department
  • Sharrid A. Girard, City of Olathe
  • Teresa A. Graber, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Timothy P. Hamilton, City of Abilene
  • Dennis L. Hammer, Johnson County Sheriff's Office
  • Charles Chuck Hampton Jr., Kansas Neurological Institute
  • Toni L. Harryman, Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
  • Charles D. Hefton, City of Benton
  • Bill Houk, City of Liberal
  • Leonel Ibarra, City of Dodge City
  • Eve  A. Kemple, Douglas County District Attorney's Office
  • Joe C. Kitchen, Kansas Department of Transportation - Office of Support Services
  • Bernard Kitten, City of Hays
  • Bobby Kosmala, Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
  • David B. Kurt, Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
  • Karen LaFreniere, City of Liberal
  • Cory S. Leiker, Kansas Disability Determination Services
  • Jesse E. Maddox II, Kansas Department of Administration - Department of Transportation
  • Danielle L. Marten, Kansas Department of Transportation
  • David B. Martin, City of Fort Scott
  • John W. Mattox, Shawnee Fire Department
  • Anthony Tony Meyers, City of Overland Park
  • Jo Millett, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Daniel F. Munzer, Kansas Department of Labor - Division of Worker's Compensation
  • Scott A. Neufeld, Johnson County Government
  • Paul M. Nonnast, Johnson County Sheriff's Office
  • Erin K. O'Donnell, Johnson County Sheriff's Office
  • Frank J. Papish, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
  • Jeff L. Parsons, City of Liberal
  • Shannon L. Partridge, City of Garden City
  • Mark R. Pennel, Black Hills Energy
  • Kathy A. Perron Keck, Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
  • Michael D. Phillips, Kansas Department of Labor
  • Dennis D. Pine, City of Olathe
  • Patrick L. Pollock, Douglas County Sheriff's Office
  • Matthew T. Pool, Douglas County Youth Services
  • Amanda M. Reusch, Douglas County Emergency Communications
  • Brad Ridley, Kansas Department on Aging
  • Jillian K. Rodrigue, Douglas County Emergency Management
  • Kelly J. Rodriguez, 25th Judicial District Youth Services
  • Jesse M. Rohr, City of Hays
  • Chad M. Ruder, City of Hays
  • Greg L. Scharff, City of Overland Park
  • Jay R. Simecka, Shawnee County Sheriff's Office
  • Stacy L. Simmons, Douglas County Sheriff's Office
  • David E. Smith, Garden City Police Department
  • Kristine D. Smith, Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
  • J. Scott Thompson, Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
  • Joel E. Thornton, Unified Government of Wyandotte County / Kansas City, Kansas
  • Mary Trent, City of Dodge City
  • Jeffrey W. Vogel, Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Joseph J. Waters, Johnson County Government
  • Heather M. Wilke, Kansas Department of Labor
  • Richard L. Ziesenis, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

The program can fill a training gap for staff with significant technical expertise who seek to further their knowledge of current management practices. The Kansas CPM program offers a blended learning approach of classroom hours, online learning, and outside assignments to meet 300 hours of structured learning. The curriculum addresses personal and organizational integrity, managing work, leading people, developing self, systematic integration, public service, and leadership during times of change. Along the way, participants complete a capstone project focused on an opportunity for cost savings, revenue generation, process improvement, or innovation in their workplace.

Participants meet in the classroom two days per month for one year, starting in January. In 2012 we'll be offering the program in three locations: Topeka, the Kansas City area, and Hays. For more information or to apply, visit the Kansas CPM website: http://www.kupmc.org/programs/cpm/ or contact Terri Callahan at (785) 296-2353 or tcallahan@ku.edu.