Verna Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.

Verna Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.

President

Verna Fitzsimmons, Ph.D. became the president of HERS on June 29, 2018. Before joining the HERS team, Fitzsimmons served as the CEO of Kansas State Polytechnic Campus and dean of the College of Technology and Aviation, focused on serving the needs of i...

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Raymonda “Ray” Burgman, Ph.D.

Raymonda “Ray” Burgman, Ph.D.

Director of HERS Institute

Ray Burgman joined HERS as the Director of HERS Institute in June 2013. Ray brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of public and independent higher education settings–community college, liberal arts college, and urban and metropolitan universi...

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Janet Ash, M.B.A.

Janet Ash, M.B.A.

Director of Finance & Operations

Janet Ash joined HERS as the Director of Business Operations in September 2015, moved to the Director of Finance and Operations role in June 2017, and the Director of Finance and Administration in July 2019.  In her role, Janet is responsible for the b...

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PhuLan Olson, M.H.A., P.M.P.

PhuLan Olson, M.H.A., P.M.P.

Associate Director of Marketing & Partnership Development

PhuLan Olson joined HERS as the Associate Director of Marketing & Partnership Development in late August 2019.  She brings to HERS 20+ years of experience in strategic leadership, sales & marketing, program management, information technology, and proce...

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Karen Ramon

Karen Ramon

Accountant

Karen Ramon joined HERS as the Accountant in September 2019. Karen brings 20 years of experience in education and nonprofit sectors.  Karen has created new programming, developed accounting procedures, and worked to develop clear strategic goals in her...

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Beth Pearson, M.S.W.

Beth Pearson, M.S.W.

Program Coordinator

Beth Pearson joined HERS as the Program Coordinator and Registrant Liaison in November 2017. In this role, she brings together her experiences in workshop development and delivery, event planning, and service to the social work profession. Prior to joi...

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Laurie Persico

Laurie Persico

Executive Assistant to the President and Board Relations Coordinator

Laurie Persico joined HERS as the Executive Assistant to the President and Board Relations Coordinator in September 2019. Laurie brings over 20 years of experience in administrative support to high level executives. In this role, she brings together he...

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Kimberly Gaiennie

Kimberly Gaiennie

Event Coordinator

Kimberly Gaiennie joined HERS in February 2019 as the Event Coordinator. In this role, she brings six years of experience in event planning and management, as well as her passion for creating inclusive events that focus on identity development, communi...

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Lindsay Sarin

Lindsay Sarin

Program Coordinator & Faculty Liaison

Lindsay Sarin joined HERS as the Program Coordinator and Faculty Liaison in August 2019. Lindsay brings over 10 years of experience in higher education in a variety of roles from librarian to director. In this position, she brings together experience i...

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Lili Diaz

Lili Diaz

Research Assistant

Lili Diaz joined HERS as a Research Assistant in August 2019. Lili brings 10 years of experience in a variety of higher education settings including admissions, financial aid, higher education public policy and education related non-profits. Lili also ...

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