Verna Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.

Verna Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.

President

Verna Fitzsimmons, Ph.D. became the president of HERS on June 29, 2018.

Prior to joining the HERS team, Fitzsimmons served as the CEO of Kansas State Polytechnic Campus and dean of the College of Technology and Aviation, positions she held since 2012. ...

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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 20 years of experience in a variety of higher education settings. Ray has developed expertise in strategic leadership, program, and curricular development.

Prior to join...

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Janet Ash, M.B.A.

Janet Ash, M.B.A.

Director of Finance and Operations

Janet Ash joined HERS as the Director of Business Operations in September 2015 and moved to the Director of Finance and Operations role in June 2017.  In her role, Janet is responsible for the budget, accounting, and finance of HERS as well as recruiti...

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Christy-Dale L. Sims, Ph.D.

Christy-Dale L. Sims, Ph.D.

Program Manager

Dr. Christy-Dale Sims joined HERS as the Program Manager in June 2017. In this role, she brings together her experiences event planning, developing curricula and training resources, online teaching, intercultural and interpersonal communication trainin...

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Beth Pearson, M.S.W.

Beth Pearson, M.S.W.

Program Coordinator

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

Prior to joining HERS, Beth served ...

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Brenda Sifuentez, M.A.

Brenda Sifuentez, M.A.

Research Assistant

Brenda Sifuentez joined HERS as the Research Assistant in November 2017. In this role, Brenda utilizes her extensive knowledge regarding higher education research, assessment, and program evaluation to advance the mission of HERS.

In addition to workin...

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Alejandra Soto

Alejandra Soto

Executive Assistant to the President and External Relations Coordinator

Alejandra Soto is a young professional from Mexico City with more than six years of experience in international cooperation and development, public administration, foreign affairs and administrative matters. She recently worked for the United States Ag...

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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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