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School of Family Studies and Human Services

School of
Family Studies and Human Services

Kansas State University
303 Justin Hall
1324 Lovers Lane
Manhattan, KS 66506-1403

785-532-5505 fax

Current Students

Doctoral Students

Hilary DaltonHilary Dalton

M.S., Marriage, Family, & Human Development, Brigham Young University

B.S., Family Life, Brigham Young University

Hometown: Parker, Colorado

Professional Interests: family processes, religion and family relationships

Co-Major Professors: Dr. Anthony Ferraro and Dr. Mindy Markham

Personal Interests: hiking, reading, jogging, time with family, cross-stitching

"The faculty really care about their students and are willing to work with you to make sure you get the best education you personally need and want to reach your professional goals."


Jessie GardinerJessie Gardiner

M.S., Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University

B.S., Psychology and Communication Studies, Kansas State University

Hometown: Rozel, Kansas

Professional Interests: Grandparents raising grandchildren, Family Life Education as a resource for grandfamilies

Co-Major Professors: Dr. Mindy Markham and Dr. Erin Yelland

Personal Interests: CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting, riding dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles

"KSU's small-town, family feel is the reason I have stayed since 2007 and why I will continue to do so after we have a family." 


Ragad HannonRagad Hannon

M.S., Apparel and Textiles, Kansas State University

Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution, Kansas State University

B.S., Home Economics, King Abdulaziz University

Hometown: Saudi Arabia

Professional Interests: social networking sites, parenting, adolescents, and parent-child relations

Co-Major Professors: Dr. Karen Myers-Bowman and Dr. Bradford Wiles

Personal Interests: cooking, traveling, learning, socializing, and spending time with family

"My family and I are proud to be a part of the K-State family." 


Emily KoochelEmily Koochel

M.S., Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University

M.S., Personal Financial Planning, Texas Tech University

B.S., Personal Financial Planning, Kansas State University

Hometown: Great Bend, Kansas

Professional Interests: Financial transparency and financial management strategies as it relates to marital satisfaction, premarital financial counseling and financial disclosure as predictors of marital dissolution, money personalities and mate selection

Major Professor: Dr. Mindy Markham

Personal Interests: spending time with family and friends; traveling; and being active through cycling, yoga, Pilates; and cheering on the Cats! 

"I am research driven to improve the lives of families; if we improve the lives of one, we have the power to improve the lives of all."  


Sarah KubornSarah Kuborn

M.S., Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University

B.S., Psychology, Manchester College

Hometown: Indiana

Professional Interests: Adolescent development, human sexuality/sexuality education, parent-adolescent communication about sexuality, LGBTQ, social justice, scholarship of teaching, family life education

Major Professor: Dr. Mindy Markham

Personal Interests: bowling, playing trivia, live music, and attending productions at McCain Auditorium and Manhattan Arts Center

"Here you don't only have a teacher-student relationship with your professors, you have a personal and professional relationship with them."  


Morgan RakestrawMorgan Rakestraw

M.S., Sport and Leisure Management, University of Nevada - Las Vegas

B.S., Athletic Training, Kansas State University

Hometown: Bakersfield, California

Professional Interests: Family dynamics in youth sport, empathy in athletic training, parent and family communication in athletic training

Major Professor: Dr. Mindy Markham

Personal Interests: hanging out with my two dauthers, Ellis (3) and Beckett (16 months), and wife, Jess; being at home in the country near Rossville, KS with our numerous pets; and traveling

"I graduated from KSU in 2005 and started back here as faculty in 2011. It only feels right to be finishing my terminal degree right where I started, teaching in the same program that I came from. KSU is the only place I want to be, doing what I am doing! There is nothing like being on this campus daily...no matter the role you might have!"


Courtney WittCourtney Witt

M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Friends University

B.S., Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University

Hometown: Junction City, Kansas

Professional Interests: Complex trauma in early childhood, parent/child relationships, dating and the impact of social media

Major Professor: Dr. Duane Crawford

Personal Interests: golfing, traveling, yoga, cooking, listening to podcasts, spending quality time with my daughter and husband

"My time as an undergraduate at K-State created the foundation needed for my Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy. The passion in the professors and the dialogue throughout each course provided a unique learning environment - engaging, challenging, and supportive. When I decided to pursue my PhD, I knew returning to the place that cultivated my passion, Kansas State University, was the right decision." 


Master's Students

Nada AlawaniNada Alalwani

B.S., Home Economics, Taibah University

Professional Interests: Parent-child relationships and adolescence

Major Professor: Dr. Elaine Johannes

Personal Interests: travel, learning about different cultures, Netflix

"K-State is a place where everyone is supportive, helpful, and friendly. You will feel that you are in your own home!"





Sarah ColburnSarah Colburn

B.S., Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University

Hometown: Prairie Village, Kansas

Professional Interests: Post-divorce relationships and healthy adolescent relationships and education

Major Professor: Dr. Michelle Toews

Personal Interests: anything outdoors (running, biking, yoga), my house church community, reading, and spending time with my family

"I have found my home here at K-State during my undergrad and have continued that in my graduate program. The 'family' feel is all too real, making me want to pick K-State over and over again." 


Cheyenne MenziesCheyenne Menzies

B.S., Psychology and Family Studies, Kansas State University

Hometown: Salina, Kansas

Professional Interests: Premarital and marital relationships

Major Professor: Dr. Duane Crawford

Personal Interests: dogs, Netflix, memes, hanging out with friends, and making people laugh

"The Applied Family Science program has a collective, family feel - where all students and faculty members provide encouragement and support to one another." 



Nicholle ScheibeNicholle Scheibe

B.S., Child and Family Development, University of Central Missouri

Hometown: Harrisonville, Missouri

Professional Interests: Substance use, recovery, incarceration, and reentry

Major Professor: Dr. Elaine Johannes

Personal Interests: taking pictures, naps, movie and TV show references, spending time with family, singing terribly, and laughing

"The Applied Family Science faculty are genuinely interested in each of us. I love everything that I am learning, but the best part about being a part of this program is the people." 



Charity SmithCharity Smith

B.A., Theology and Education, Concordia University Chicago

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Professional Interests: Sexuality education, resource management in the church setting

Major Professor: Dr. Karen Myers-Bowman

Personal Interests: exercise, travel, chrocheting, and seeing family

"The small class sizes help me to get individualized attention from the professors at Kansas State." 




Katie StunkelKatie Stunkel

B.S., Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University

Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas

Professional Interests: Youth development, adolescence, resiliency, environmental protective factors, families in poverty, and volunteer management

Co-major Professors: Dr. Karen Myers-Bowman and Dr. Elaine Johannes

Personal Interests: National Job Corps Program

"Kansas State University, the School of Family Studies and Human Services, and my major professors have made my educational experience amazing and extremely individualized. Working full-time and attending graduate school can be challenging at times. Every single one of my professors has shown me such grace and support throughout the last few years. My major professors continue to encourage, guide, and hold me accountable to ensure I reach my academic goals. The advocacy and support has made my experience at Kansas State University invaluable."


Aaren SundermanAaren Sunderman

B.S., Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University

Hometown: Paducah, Kentucky

Professional Interests: Farm families

Co-major Professors: Dr. Erin Yelland and Dr. Charlotte Shoup Olsen

Personal Interests: cows, bow hunting, fishing, movies

"The Applied Family Science faculty treat you like family. Everyone knows who you are and calls you by name. I like having the type of relationship with the faculty where I can walk into their offices at any time and talk to them about academics or daily life."



renee Wilkins-Clark
Renee Wilkins-Clark

B.S., Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University

Hometown: Brownsville, Tennessee

Professional Interests: Family dynamics, sibling relationships, and relationships within military families

Major Professor: TBD

Personal Interests: creative planning, playing board games, reading, and learning random facts

"The experience that you gain at Kansas State University is like no other. The concept of family is not something that is simply stated, but actively demonstrated."