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Katie Boody

Founder, CEO

Lean Lab

Katie Boody has worked in public education in KCMO for the last six years. She taught middle school at C.A. Franklin and Alta Vista Charter School, and was an instructional coach at Alta Vista. She is working on completing her Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership. Katie is interested in making education better for all kids in Kansas City, while also leveraging Kansas City’s three best assets–creativity, entrepreneurship and the hospitality of BBQ.

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Program Development


Blue Valley Caps

Committed SCHOOL LEADER and COMMUNITY BUILDER for the Blue Valley School District, offering expertise in profession-based education, program startup, and high-return partnerships in education. Manager of the CAPS business accelerator which exists to support entrepreneurial activity and innovation in our schools. Developer of new programs and next practices that reflect trends from our Industry Partners.  Advocate of active learning environments that instill creative confidence in our youth.

08f19b1 (1)Ken Brown

Regional Education Leader

Steelcase, Inc.

Ken Brown is the Regional Education Leader for the Central Area based in Chicago. Ken joined Steelcase in 1982 as part of the PACE (Professional Accelerated Career Entry program). He graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Marketing and Advertising. During his 30+ year tenure with Steelcase his responsibilities have included working with the A&D community, Dealer Market and working with our large Corporate and Education Accounts.

For the last 7+ years his responsibilities have been to cultivate and strengthen our relationships in Education Market.  His focus is on helping schools, colleges and universities create the most effective, rewarding and inspiring learning environments to meet the evolving needs of students and educators. Through Steelcase’s insight-led research and innovation in furniture, tools and technologies for learning spaces, he has a passion for understanding how learning best takes place and how smarter, active learning spaces can help.

lee van orsdel pic2Lee Van Orsdel

Dean of University Libraries 

Grand Valley State University 

Lee Van Orsdel has been the Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, since 2005. Widely recognized as an innovative, thought-leading organization, GVSU Libraries won the 2012 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. Van Orsdel is an active advocate for open access and a member of the Steering Committee of SPARC, the world’s leading coalition for reform in the areas of publishing and information sharing. She led development of the vision for Grand Valley’s new Mary Idema Pew Library, a $65 million project that was completed in June of 2013.

Van Orsdel earned a B.A. degree in History and French from Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, an M.A. in History from Florida State University, and an MLIS from the University of Alabama.

Guest Panel

David_Reid_pref_2013-2David Reid – Moderator



David Reid is a principal with GouldEvans and a leader in the firm’s national practice in Education and Strategic Learning Environments. He leads much of the firm’s education research, focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the emerging pedagogies in 21st Century Learning, how learning goals impact design of the built environment, and ultimately how design influences learning outcomes, behavior, and perception. With David’s active role on applied projects, he brings perspective as both a designer and researcher. He manages the real world challenges of learning institutions as well as sharing national perspectives on emerging trends, all of which support his clients in the creation of more effective learning environments that help them stay relevant in an increasingly complex world.

donna deedsDonna Deeds

Regional Executive Director

Northland CAPS

Donna M. Deeds has a rich background in educational leadership. She is currently the Regional Executive Director at Northland CAPS and previously served as the executive director of the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) in the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas from 2008 to 2014.

Prior to her work in Blue Valley, Deeds has served as assistant superintendent in the Durango School District in Durango, Colorado, as an elementary school principal, and is the owner of Fast Schools, an education consulting organization. Deeds also has vast experience in the corporate world, serving as a senior organizational consultant at Lore International, and in a variety of senior management roles at Sprint.

mandi sonnebergDr. Mandi Sonnenberg

Associate Professor

Department of Education

Rockhurst University

As a former classroom teacher and administrator, Dr. Mandi Sonnenberg brings both vision and empathy to her passion for transforming today’s education models. She practices a hands-on approach to supporting effective teaching and learning in the classroom as one of her many roles on campus. Simultaneously, she runs multiple summer enrichment and after school programs for area schools, all of which follow curricular strategies incorporating Design Thinking. She was instrumental in designing the pilot classrooms at Rockhurst University and coaching faculty in their flexible use. She’s also a founder of STEAM Studio, which serves as a living education laboratory for her education students as well as a model to demonstrate progressive teaching practices to surrounding schools and educators. She holds an M.A. from University of Missouri, St. Louis in Education Administration, and earned her doctorate from St. Louis University in Educational Leadership. She teaches educational science and technology courses to future teachers.

stephanie declue-2Dr. Stephanie DeClue

Library Director

William Jewell College

Stephanie DeClue is the Library Director at William Jewell College. She joined the staff at Curry Library in September 2009. Previously, she worked as the library director at State Fair Community College, and as reference librarian at Whiteman Air Force Base. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Mississippi State University in 1991. She also earned a Masters of Arts in American Literature from the University of Memphis in 2000, a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Tennessee in 2002 and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri in 2013.

james-hauschildt-2Dr. James A. Hauschildt

President and Dean

St. Luke’s College of Health Sciences

Dr. James A. Hauschildt was appointed president and dean of St. Luke’s College of Health Sciences in 2014, after serving as dean since 2011. During his tenure he hired a significant number of new faculty and supported implementation of new educational technologies. He also fostered new curricular and instructional innovations, and collaborated with Saint Luke’s Health System and community partners on various new programs. He has a doctorate in education and a bachelor degree in psychology—both from the University of Northern Iowa. He has a master in business management from Webster University, a B.S.N. from the University of Kansas, and a nursing diploma from Allen Hospital School of Nursing.

Jamie-Basham3Jamie Basham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Special Education

University of Kansas

James D. (Jamie) Basham, Ph.D., earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Basham’s research is focused on student learning in modern learning environments chiefly related to the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). He is well published, has given numerous talks, and has served as a consultant for school districts, universities, state agencies, and corporate entities on modern learning environments, Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) education, big data, personalization, and UDL. Dr. Basham serves on editorial boards for various journals and was a co-guest editor for the Journal of Special Education Technology topical issue on STEM education for individuals with diverse learning needs. Beyond journals, he serves on the ISTE SETSIG executive board and the SXSWedu Advisory Board. Finally, Dr. Basham is a cofounder of the global UDL Implementation Research Network (UDL-IRN).