Kansas Future Fellows

Foresight and innovation with a purpose

2023-2024 Fellowship Application Now Open

Kansas Future Fellows

...imagine—and act on—leading-edge strategies today that inspire Kansas children and families to dream and thrive in the future.

Future Fellows is a unique program developed by the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR).

We need new skills for a new day.

Why We Need Future Fellows

Hope. If we’ve learned anything from our current environment, it’s that time marches on whether we’re ready or not. The future is unlimited – a myriad of choices with influencers yet unknown and often out of our control. It’s a struggle to pick a direction, adapt quickly, and prevail as we challenge ourselves to ensure that every child can thrive today and in every tomorrow.

Future Fellows succeed because we’re better together. We collaborate to achieve connections that make certain Kansas is an exceptional place to do business and raise a family.

Graphic illustration of the great engagement and great undoing in Kansas including wellness, workforce, education and community

Empowering Imagination and Innovation

Hope drives us. We hope to lead the change we want to see for the future, and more importantly, we hope to uplift and mobilize those around us to also engage in this charge.

We aspire to be a powerful catalyst for leading a reawakening and reconnection within and between communities across Kansas . . . what we call The Great Engagement.

12-Month Fellowship

Kansas Future Fellows are public and private cross-sector leaders with vision, tools, and a commitment to stretch in their approach to our collective work.

Fellows regularly gather as a cohort to develop new skills and share insights that promote community connections.

Innovation Lab 1: Defining Futures Thinking and Expressing a Collective Vision

November 13-14, 2023*

Spark Session January 18, 2024 11:00 AM-Noon

Innovation Lab 2: Expanding Capacity Through Participatory Visioning and Coalition Development

February 19-20, 2024*

Spark Session April 18, 2024 11:00 AM-Noon

Spark Session July 18, 2024 11:00 AM-Noon

Innovation Lab 3: Communicating Social Innovation via a Network of Hope – a Transformational Plan August 26-27, 2024*

All Fellows Innovation Forum: 10-Year Transformational Plan + Civic Foresight Project Advancement, October M/Tu dates TBD

*Day one of each lab begins at noon, including dinner together; day two runs 8:00 AM-2:00 PM.

2023-2024 Kansas Future Fellows

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Sara Arnberger

Great Bend Economic Development, Inc.
Jay is smiling, wearing glasses and a blue dress jacket over a light colored shirt.

Jay Bohanan

Senior Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Specialist
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Shalese Clay

Thirty Eight Solution, LLC

Future Fellows Continued

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Ashley Comeau

Jeter Turner Sook Baxter, LLP
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Laura Evins

District Early Childhood Coordinator
USD 252 Southern Lyon County
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Kari Mailloux

Director of Strategic Initiatives
Hutchinson Community Foundation
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Ayaan Parikh

Founder and Executive Director
Medic All

Future Fellows Continued

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Kate Van Steenhuyse

Assistant Director
Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission
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Derek Ramos

Assistant City Manager
City of Garden City
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Fred Van Ranken

Newton Public Schools USD 373
KU Center for Public Partnerships and Research

2022-2023 Kansas Future Fellows

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Jennifer Adhima

Executive Director
Kansas Head Start Association
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Seth Carter

Colby Community College
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Ernestor De La Rosa

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
City of Topeka
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Jennifer Hale

Operations Manager
Midwest Native Coalition for Justice and Peace

Future Fellows Continued

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Valerie Ohlrogge

Patient Resource Director
Citizens Health
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Elizabeth Ramirez

Community Animator Network Program Director
Neighboring Movement
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David Sotelo

Human Relations Officer
City of Hutchinson
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Logan C Stenseng

Policy & Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
Thrive Allen County

Future Fellows Continued

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Leah Wisdom

Director of Instruction and Professional Development
USD 497
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Mike Yoder

Lieutenant of Investigations
Newton Police Department
KU Center for Public Partnerships and Research
All in for Kansas Kids

2021-2022 Kansas Future Fellows

Inaugural Cohort
CPPR’s unique program provides opportunities for statewide change around issues affecting children and their families.
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Craig Correll

USD 445 Coffeyville
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Tatiana Darby

Public Health Practice Researcher
University of Kansas Medical Center
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Lona DuVall

Finney County Economic Development Corporation

Future Fellows Continued

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Jason Gant

Lead Director, KiDSCOR Children & Family Ministry
Church of the Resurrection
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Lynnette Keo

Program Supervisor
Native Connections Program, Kickapoo Tribe
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Jennifer Keomany

Department Manager, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
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Britany Lemon

Mental Health and Disabilities Specialist
Child Start

Future Fellows Last

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Marci Penner

Executive Director
Kansas Sampler Foundation
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Travis Rickford

Executive Director
Livewell Northwest Kansas
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Tabatha Rosproy

Early Childhood Support Teacher
Harmony Early Childhood Center, USD 233, 2020 National Teacher of the Year
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Johnathan Sublet

Lead Pastor | Chairman
Fellowship Hi-Crest Church | SENT Inc.