Member at Large, Term ends: 1/14/2020
Kelley Bethell-Smith and her husband Tessley Smith began their residence in Baldwin City in June of 2003. They have two daughters, ages 10 and 8, who have been students in the Baldwin school system their entire lives. Kelley is the Director of Voice Studies and conducts the Academy Choir at the Baldwin Academy of Dance and Voice. She is also the co-owner of ZZP telecommunications consulting company (responsibilities primarily involve the business’s accounting), as well as working as a freelance choreographer and vocalist for private bookings.
Kelley graduated summa cum laude from Ottawa University in 1999 with a B.A. in sociology, with emphasis upon music and cultural anthropology studies. In 2012, Kelley earned her Master of Science degree in Academic Advising with administration emphasis from Kansas State University’s College of Education and Department of Counseling.
For the past 12 years, Kelley has attempted to serve the community she loves in a variety of ways. As a result of caring deeply about Baldwin City and feeling such gratitude for being able to raise her children here, in conjunction with the very real challenges facing education in our state currently and for the foreseeable future, she decided to run for school board in order to contribute in whatever way she can to ensure the best possible education for the students of USD 348.
Kelley feels extremely honored to be joining the dedicated individuals already serving on the board, and wants to do her best to represent USD 348 constituents. As such, she has created a Facebook page, “Kelley Bethell-Smith USD 348 School Board” as a mechanism for constituents to ask questions, as well as to provide feedback and/or new ideas.
District 2, Position 2, Term ends: 1/14/2020
Sandy Chapman and her family have been members of the community since 1993. For the past 10 years she has worked as a Finance Accounting Manager for a subsidiary of General Electric. Sandy and her husband Daryl have three children who attend Baldwin High School and Baldwin Junior High School. Sandy enjoys gardening, yoga, and cooking.
When asked why she wanted to become a board member, she said “My family and I have enjoyed the Baldwin community for 18 years. A big part of the community is the vibrant, diverse schools focused on quality education. Participating on the school board allows me to give back to the community as well as be an active voice for the future of our local education.”schapman*usd348.com
District 3, Position 3, Term ends: 1/14/2020
Chad Christie is a lifelong resident of Baldwin City, KS. He is a 1989 Baldwin High Graduate who attended both Fort Scott Community College and Baker University. Chad is married to wife Ann and they have two children, Kaitlyn and Justin, who attend Baldwin School District. He is currently employed at ICL Performance Products in Lawrence, KS as a Training Coordinator. Chad enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with family.
Chad decided to run for school board “to be a voice for many of my friends and neighbors who wanted change and to bring the district back to an elite district that it once was.”cchristie*usd348.com
District 1, Position 1, Term ends: 1/14/2020
Nick Harris and his wife have been residents of Baldwin City since 1986. Nick has been an educator and coach for 30 years. His wife is a professor at Baker University. They have two children, both of whom graduated from USD 348. Nick and his wife also have two grandchildren. In his spare time Nick likes different sports, riding his motorcycle, reading, and playing with the grandkids.
Nick ran for the BOE so that he could use his experience of thirty years in the classroom as a resource to provide the best possible education for our children.nharris*usd348.com
District 3, Position 6, Term ends: 1/9/2018
Ivan and his wife, Bonnie, moved back to Baldwin City in 2004, because of the many positive attributes of Baldwin City, especially in the areas of raising children and educational excellence. Ivan, after serving as a Vice President at the Baldwin State Bank for 9 years, recently accepted a position at his alma mater, Baker University. Ivan and Bonnie have two daughters that currently attend the BES Intermediate Center, and one daughter who will soon be making her presence known at the BES Primary Center. Ivan enjoys spending time with his family and friends, coaching soccer, entertaining and eating.
“Community service and involvement have always been very important to me. I have served on many committees, but I believe that this committee may be the most important. We live in a community that was founded on and has always stressed the Principles of Education and the importance of growing through education to become a positive contributor in society. Helping create the best possible learning environment for the children of this wonderful community is a great responsibility, but it is also a great honor.”ihuntoon*usd348.com
District 1, Position 4, Term ends: 1/9/2018
Greg and his wife Cindy have lived in Baldwin 25 + years. Greg is the Branch Manager of Kansas State Bank in Baldwin and Cindy works at Baldwin High School. Greg and Cindy’s son Cody attended USD 348 schools from kindergarten through graduation of high school.
Greg has served on many Committees and Boards including The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce and the Baldwin City Recreation Commission. Greg is also a local volunteer firefighter.
When asked the reason why he wanted to be on BOE Greg replied “I have a passion for community service and doing whatever I can to make our community a better place. One of the most important and vital segments of our community is our children and the schools they attend. I want to ensure that the best decisions possible are made concerning our schools and the education our kids receive.”gkruger*usd348.com
District 2, Position 5, Term ends: 1/9/2018
Nikki Tiller and her husband Gary moved to Baldwin City in 2008. They have 3 children who attend The Baldwin Intermediate Center and Junior High School. Nikki is a certified public accountant with experience in both private and governmental accounting, including 5 years as the Senior Accountant at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. She has been a stay-at-home mom for the past 12 years and currently spends her days developing and tending to their family farm. Nikki also enjoys running, gardening, and reading.
Nikki saw the opportunity to serve on the school board as a way to become involved with and show her appreciation for all the members of the community and school district for making Baldwin a great small town to raise and educate children. “We have had such a positive experience in our 5 years in the Baldwin school district and I would like to help ensure that our schools stay strong for the future.”ntiller*usd348.com