Dr. Baz Abouelenein

Dean of Information Services

Dr. Abouelenein has over fifteen years of experience in the IT industry.  He is a senior level executive with strong background in planning and executing student-centric systems, turnaround and change management, institutional leadership, and project management.  Since he joined KCKCC in 2005, Dr. Abouelenein has partnered with administrators, faculty, and community stakeholders to continuously improve institutional effectiveness.  He provided technology leadership, vision, and assistance to faculty, students, staff, and administrators to ensure collaborative, transformational environment where technology is utilized to its full potential.

In January 2014, The Huffington Post recognized Dr. Abouelenein as one of the top 10 social Higher Education CIOs in North America.  He has a number of publications on the role of transformational CIOs in Community Colleges.

Dr. Marvin Hunt

Dean of Business and Continuing Education


Dr. Marvin HuntMarvin Hunt serves as Dean of the Division of Business and Continuing Education at KCKCC. He leads KCKCC’s Workforce Development and Entrepreneurial efforts and has many years of experience developing business and industry partnerships and training and education programs. Dr. Hunt believes in the power of entrepreneurship and has been a small business owner most of his adult life. He worked at the University of Kansas, where he initiated the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and served as an Assistant Dean of Continuing Education. Dr. Hunt holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Nebraska in Educational Studies and baccalaureate and master’s degrees from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Edward Kremer

Dean of Math, Science and Computer Technology


EdKremer_SMPrior to becoming dean I held a position as a fulltime chemistry professor and science coordinator at KCKCC for 10 years.  In 2010, I became dean of the Mathematics, Science, and Computer Technology Division of the college.  Throughout this time I have continued to teach at least one course each year.  These positions have allowed me to work with colleagues across the campus, in all facets of the college.  My responsibilities include budget oversight, faculty/staff hiring, evaluation, curriculum review, developing articulation agreements with other two and four year universities, serving on campus committees, and outreaching to the community.  I am versed in developing criteria and analyzing individual performance or project progression based on this criteria.  In this, I also help individuals and projects to reach their full potential.
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Dr. Edward Kremer

Prior to becoming dean I held a position as a fulltime chemistry professor and science coordinator at KCKCC for 10 years.  In 2010, I became dean of the Mathematics, Science, and Computer Technology Division of the college.  Throughout this time I have continued to teach at least one course each year.  These positions have allowed me to work with colleagues across the campus, in all facets of the college.  My responsibilities include budget oversight, faculty/staff hiring, evaluation, curriculum review, developing articulation agreements with other two and four year universities, serving on campus committees, and outreaching to the community.  I am versed in developing criteria and analyzing individual performance or project progression based on this criteria.  In this, I also help individuals and projects to reach their full potential.

In 1999 I partnered with KU-Medical Center to begin offering an outreach program to area middle and high school students.  This program is now in its 15th year.  The goal of the program is to increase the number of students pursuing careers in healthcare and/or STEM disciplines.  Working with this program has allowed me to mentor students and prepare them for college.  It has also helped me to be more involved in grant writing, community partnership, and interacting with 4-year institutions. 

In 2005, I served as the Chair of the 2-Year College Chemistry Consortium (2YC3). The chair position is a five year commitment to the leadership of the 2YC3.  In this capacity, I worked with chemistry faculty from over 500 community colleges, and represented the 2YC3 to our parent professional organization, the American Chemical Society.  The overall goal of the 2YC3 is to maintain and improve the quality of chemistry offerings in the two year colleges.  To do this, we offer conferences at member institutions, support professional development of faculty, and advocate with the American Chemical Society for science research and education initiatives.  This position allowed me to visit a variety of community colleges across the country, and see how they were structured.

I also have experience serving as a principal investigator (PI) and a reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF).  As a PI, I worked to oversee the goals and objectives of two successful NSF grants at KCKCC.  This work allowed me to partner with area school districts, other 2-year and 4-year colleges, and with community based organizations.  As a reviewer on two NSF panels, I have gained insight into reviewing projects, goals, evaluation plans, and investigators’ capacity to complete the scope of work proposed.

Dr. Jonathan R. Long

Dean of Student Services


Jonathon LongThe youngest of 7 children, I was born in Denver, Colorado but my family soon relocated to Buffalo, New York where I lived for ten years.  We then ventured to the mid-west, and moved to Kansas City.  I attended both elementary and high school in Roeland Park.  I graduated from Bishop Miege High School in 1976.
 
I started off as a music and drama major at KU, but switched to communication studies when I realized I couldn’t really sing or act.  I graduated with a BSE from KU in 1981.
 
Having worked for the Kansas City Royals as a groundskeeper through high school and college, I went back to the Royals and worked full-time while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration at UCKC.  I finished my MA in 1983.
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Dr. Jonathan R. Long

The youngest of 7 children, I was born in Denver, Colorado but my family soon relocated to Buffalo, New York where I lived for ten years.  We then ventured to the mid-west, and moved to Kansas City.  I attended both elementary and high school in Roeland Park.  I graduated from Bishop Miege High School in 1976.
 
I started off as a music and drama major at KU, but switched to communication studies when I realized I couldn’t really sing or act.  I graduated with a BSE from KU in 1981.
 
Having worked for the Kansas City Royals as a groundskeeper through high school and college, I went back to the Royals and worked full-time while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration at UCKC.  I finished my MA in 1983.
 
As is common for many educators in Student Services, I lived in several cities as my career developed, working at public and private, as well as two and four year colleges and universities.  Starting  at the University of Missouri in Columbia, I then worked in Student Services positions at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Maryville University in St. Louis, the University of Kansas in Lawrence, San Diego State University in San Diego, California, Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri (where I served as an Associate Professor), and finally landed at the best of all places, Kansas City Kansas Community College.
 
I received my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Development at KU in 1996.
 
I have three of my own children, plus added another three when I married my wife Alisa.  We celebrated our two-year anniversary in March of 2014.
 
My areas of research specialization is Higher Education Law, and have consulted and taught legal issues , as well as Research and Statistics.  At the University of Central Missouri, I taught several courses in the Developmental Education Program.
 
KCKCC is a wonderful place, and I am proud to be here.

Dr. Denise McDowell

Dean of Enrollment Management and Registrar

Dr. Denise McDowellDr. Denise Lloyd McDowell currently serves as Dean of Enrollment Management and Registrar at Kansas City Kansas Community College. 

She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; a Master of Science degree from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Missouri; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri.

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Dr. Denise McDowell

Dr.Denise Lloyd McDowell currently serves as Dean of Enrollment Management and Registrar at Kansas City Kansas Community College. 

She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; a Master of Science degree from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Missouri; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri.

Dr. McDowell is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the state of Missouri. 

A dedication to developing and implementing programs that promote access and educational opportunities is demonstrated through years of service to TRIO programs, and the co-creation and implementation of Fringe Benefits of Education which is a male outreach and retention initiative at Kansas City Kansas Community College.  Dr. McDowell is among the founding faculty for the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP) Institute for Advancement of Leadership and Program Management. 

Staying connected to the community through service on boards, committees, and speaking engagements has been an ongoing commitment. In addition, her greatest success comes from pursuing challenging opportunities that focus on connection, collaboration, innovation, and growth. As a presenter on various topics at national, regional and state conferences, she is well known for her ability to convey messages eloquently and with passion.  She believes her mission in life is to create pathways for future generations.

 

Leota Marks

Dean of Academic Workforce Programs

LeotaMarksSMLeota M. Marks was born and raised in Kansas City Kansas.  She is a graduate of Washington High School in Kansas City Kansas. She holds a BA Degree in Personnel Administration from the University of Kansas and a Master’s Degree in Management from Baker University. 

Mrs. Marks’ employment with Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) began in August, 2000 when she was hired as the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action.  In 2003, she was promoted to Dean of Human Resources/Affirmative Action.

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Ms. Leota Marks

Leota M. Marks was born and raised in Kansas City Kansas.  She is a graduate of Washington High School in Kansas City Kansas. She holds a BA Degree in Personnel Administration from the University of Kansas and a Master’s Degree in Management from Baker University. 

Mrs. Marks’ employment with Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) began in August, 2000 when she was hired as the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action.  In 2003, she was promoted to Dean of Human Resources/Affirmative Action.

While assigned to the Human Resources Department, Mrs. Marks was responsible for supervising all matters of employment, and assuring compliance with college policies.  She was also responsible for ensuring the college’s compliance with state and federal laws pertaining to Equal Employment Opportunity.  She was designated as the College’s Title IX Compliance Officer.

Mrs. Marks revised the college’s Handbook of Policies and Procedures twelve (12) times, and led the department in the conversion from paper employment applications to Applicant Stack, an electronic job application program.

Mrs. Marks was responsible for Multicultural Education and Diversity Training of the faculty and staff of KCKCC.  Under her leadership, numerous professional development programs were held for faculty and staff.  Human Resources training programs included College Development Days, Legal Training for Supervisors, and annual Sexual Harassment Training. 

Signature Human Resources community programs were the Women’s History Month Recognition Program, the 911 Observation March and Program, and Transportation Coordination for the Extreme Makeover Home Edition television show’s KCK Project.  Also, Mrs. Marks and the HR Staff volunteered many hours of their time preparing local high school and KCKCC students for job interviews with mock interview sessions.

Mrs. Marks taught Human Resources Management as an Adjunct at KCKCC, and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).  Her career in the field of Human Resources spans over the last 30 years.  Prior to her employment at KCKCC she worked in Human Resources Management positions for the Economic Opportunity Foundation (EOF), Hunt Midwest Enterprises, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bendix Corporation.   She also formerly owned a small business in the fashion industry.

In February, 2014 Mrs. Marks assumed the position of Dean of Academic Workforce Programs (TEC). 

Mrs. Marks' memberships include Delta Sigma Theta Public Service Sorority, Inc. (Kansas City Missouri Alumnae Chapter), where she served in leadership working with Cotillion, the sorority’s college scholarship program.  She is also a member of the Kansas Citians Social Club, the Kansas City Kansas Chapter of the NAACP, and the Kansas City Kansas Women's Chamber of Commerce.  Mrs. Marks was a graduate of Leadership 2000 Class XXI.  She is a board member for the Kansas City Kansas Shepherd’s Center, and an active member of First A.M.E. Church where she serves as a church officer.

At KCKCC, Mrs. Marks has served on the College Senate, Administrative Negotiation Team, Strategic Planning Committee, and as a member and event Co-Chair for the Intercultural Council.  In addition, she has served as a mentor in the Educational Enhancement Program at KCKCC and the Biz-Fest Entrepreneurial Training and Scholarship Competition.

Mrs. Marks’ past honors include: Volunteer of the Year Award from the Full Employment Council, Employee Service Recognitions from the Economic Opportunity Foundation and Hunt Midwest Enterprises, Woman of the Year in Business from the Friends of Yates Branch, Kansas City Kansas, The African American Student Union Woman of Excellence Award, the Freedom and Peace Award from the Ralph Bunche Society and Students for Global Peace, and the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) Award for Excellence.

 

Dr. Sangki Min

Dean of Institutional Services

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Sangki Min came to United States as an undergraduate exchange student from Keimyung University, Daegu, South Korea, to University of Missouri in Kansas City where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Economics. He went on to Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, and got his Ph.D. in Economics. Dr. Min taught Economics at University of Missouri in Kansas City and Keimyung University for a few years before he settled in Kansas City Kansas Community College. Dr. Min has been with the college for 14 years and currently is the Dean of Institutional Services at the college.

Cliff Smith

Dean of Technical Education


CliffSmith_SMMr. Cliff Smith, Dean of the Technical Education Center, earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts degree from University of Nebraska at Kearney and his Master’s degree in Technical Education from Pittsburg State University.  

As a 1987 graduate, Mr. Smith came directly to what was then the Area Vocational Technical School (AVTS) as an instructor in auto mechanics and industrial arts for special needs students.  He then taught two years of industrial technology at Eisenhower Middle School and then spent two years as the Job Placement Coordinator at USD 500’s Career Learning Center.  He eventually returned to AVTS, serving as Job Placement Coordinator for a year before assuming the position of Director of Budget and Finance.  In 2010 Mr. Smith took the position of Interim Dean and became the Dean of the Technical Education Center in July 2011.
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Mr. Cliff Smith

Mr. Cliff Smith, Dean of the Technical Education Center, earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts degree from University of Nebraska at Kearney and his Master’s degree in Technical Education from Pittsburg State University.

As a 1987 graduate, Mr. Smith came directly to what was then the Area Vocational Technical School (AVTS) as an instructor in auto mechanics and industrial arts for special needs students.  He then taught two years of industrial technology at Eisenhower Middle School and then spent two years as the Job Placement Coordinator at USD 500’s Career Learning Center.  He eventually returned to AVTS, serving as Job Placement Coordinator for a year before assuming the position of Director of Budget and Finance.  In 2010 Mr. Smith took the position of Interim Dean and became the Dean of the Technical Education Center in July 2011.

“It’s exciting to be a part of a prestigious, hands-on technical skill training program,” comments Mr. Smith.  “Our programs are aligned with business and industry standards, and we strive to provide the skills and training necessary for our students to enter the workforce in a career of their choice and expertise.”

Smith’s philosophy of Everyone has the potential to learn – we provide the opportunity carries over to his own family as his two oldest sons have started their post-high educations at KCKCC with three more sons to follow.  He strongly believes in his programs and the integral part they play in the community.

Dr. Cherilee Walker

Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


CherileeWalker_SMDr.  Cherilee Walker serves as Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC).  Under her leadership, the division partners with PrepKC and USD 500 in presenting "College Arts Day," enabling high school students to not only experience in an interactive college classroom but also discuss career options in the arts.  AHSS has also been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Jazz Educators Network in the past year.
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Dr. Cherilee Walker

Dr.  Cherilee Walker serves as Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC).  Under her leadership, the division partners with PrepKC and USD 500 in presenting "College Arts Day," enabling high school students to not only experience in an interactive college classroom but also discuss career options in the arts.  AHSS has also been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Jazz Educators Network in the past year.

Prior to this appointment, Dr.  Walker was a respected music educator in Illinois and Oklahoma.  Her research has been presented and published through the American Choral Directors Association, College Music Society, International Association for Jazz Education, and Music Educators National Conference.  Among her performing credits are appearances with Opera Illinois, Montreux Jazz Festival, and opening for artists such as The Four Lads, The Mills Brothers, John Hammond, Jr., and Willie Nelson.  Her music is available through Cimarron Press, Really Good Music, and UNC Vocal Jazz Press.

A former military musician, Dr.  Walker has sung with NATO and United States Navy Bands in more than 35 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.  Her stateside credits include performing for the Chicago Cubs in 2012, at the national WW II memorial for VJ Day in 2010, and the Medal of Honor recipients.

 

Dr. Shirley Wendel

Dean of Allied Health and Nursing

ShirleyWendel_SMUniversity of Kansas Melba Carter Award for dissertation on health promotion, 1999

University of Kansas, nominated for best dissertation award, 1999
Who’s Who in America, 1981

St. Mary Hospital School of Nursing Student Nurse of the Year, 1970

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Dr. Shirley Wendel

HONORS
University of Kansas Melba Carter Award for dissertation on health promotion, 1999

University of Kansas, nominated for best dissertation award, 1999
Who’s Who in America, 1981

St. Mary Hospital School of Nursing Student Nurse of the Year, 1970

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, KS
Dean of Nursing/Allied Health, 1996 – present
Director of Nursing, 1980-1996
Faculty, ADN program, 4 years

Unity Hospital, Fridley, Minnesota
Staff Nurse, 2 years

St. Mary Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri
Staff Nurse, 4 years

PUBLICATIONS
Reversal Theory: Motivations for Overeating in Obese Dieting Individuals – dissertation, January, 1999

Licensed Practice Nurse participants and non-participants in an Associate Degree LPN - RN program - dissertation, October, 1998

Reversal Theory and Overeating: A New Paradigm to Study Weight Control, Popkess, Vawter, Wendel, Schmoll, and O’Connell accepted by

Western Journal of Nursing
Research, October, 1997

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