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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

785-532-5510
785-532-5505 fax
fshs@k-state.edu

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 Piper

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, grandparenthood

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

Major Professor: Dr. Walter Schumm

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

Co-Major Professors: Dr. Mindy Markham and Dr. Sonya Britt-Lutter

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."  

  

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. Michelle Toews

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

Shelby AstleShelby Astle

B.S., Family Life, Brigham Young University

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Professional Interests: Human sexuality, parenting, family life education, emerging adulthood

Temporary Advisor: Dr. Michelle Toews

Personal Interests: Corgis, minimalism, intentional living, swimming, travel

"K-State is one of those amazing places where research comes to life to make a real difference in real families." 

  

  

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." 

   

Kaylee GossKaylee Goss

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

Hometown: Garden City, KS

Professional Interests: Program development, Extension

Major Professor: TBD

Personal Interests: Spending time with my family and friends, exploring Manhattan, and watching movies with my husband and cat

"K-State has so many different opportunities and ways to become involved. The faculty in the AFS program strive to get to know you and your interests to help you succeed." 

 

 

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."   

 

 

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

Major Professor: 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

Major Professor: Dr. Elaine Johannes

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: Dr. Duane Crawford

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." 

 

 

Jing YouJing You

B.S., Industrial Design, Fuzhou University

Hometown: Xiamen, Fujian, China

Professional Interests: Religion and family relationships, premarital and marital education, parenting, sexuality education for children

Major Professor: Dr. Michelle Toews

Personal Interests: Spending time with family, church and spiritual growth, arts, and traveling

"I find encouragement and confidence from the friendly faculty and the supportive academic atmosphere in the Applied Family Science program. It is truly a family, and is preparing me to be a successful practitioner."